• Shari Saysomsack Photography

    Hi, I'm Shari. Welcome here! I am a photographer in the small town of Oliver, located in the beautiful Okanagan Valley of BC. You're invited to check out past client sessions here on my blog and take a look around to get to know me. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, would like to book a session or just want to chat.

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2d6a5744The rules are simple.  Just leave your home the way it is (I’m not a guest that you should clean up for), wear clothes that you would normally wear at home.  Only do your hair if it’s what you do on a daily basis.  Have fun with your family and be yourself.   This should be the easiest, least stressful (and probably the most enjoyable) photo session ever.

We are close friends with this family (my kids were playing downstairs).  We have seen each other through many highs and lows in life.  The good, the bad, the ugly and the uncertain. Having a second child was a tough decision for this family.  You can imagine their surprise when they found out that they were actually going to have identical twin boys.  Yes, life usually looks different than we think it will.  We don’t think about how hard things will be, how stretched we’ll feel and the exhaustion we’ll experience. But we also can’t imagine how full of gratitude our hearts can be.  We can’t imagine the gift that we can find in our family and the joy that they can fill us with. Sometimes we’re too tired to really see it, to truly feel it.  The baby years can be rough, especially when they’re x2.  But life is beautiful (at least the way I see it from behind my camera), the mess, the dirty feet, the snotty noses, the tired eyes. Yep, all of it.  It’s the real deal.

So glad we could make it work and get these moments captured.  Crazy how the boys are almost one!  You’re doing this whole mom of three thing.

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2d6a7868Life just seemed right together.  When they found each other this was just the way it was.  Family is whatever we make it, Ashley and Kelly seem to be figuring this out beautifully.  I was honoured to be able to capture their wedding day.  Congratulations Ashley and Kelly!  Your day was perfect!

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Photography Assistant/ 2nd Shooter: Chad Tiegen

Venue: Walnut Beach Resort, Osoyoos, BC

Florist: Polka Dot Door, Osoyoos, BC

Hair Stylist: Helena Gale at Nu Beginnings in Oliver, BC

Make Up Artist: Nancy Bath

2d6a1396Oh how I love spending a morning with a family and their sweet new baby. Little Taylor was just a couple weeks old and couldn’t seem to keep her eyes open for anything, she was adorable and so sleepy.  This session was a little extra special since Taylor’s mom was Sarah’s teacher.  Everyone that knows her will agree that she is a whole lot of sweet and lovely herself. Watching her with her own children was no different, she is doing this parenting thing beautifully. Taylor’s big sister was adoring to her new baby and in typical toddler fashion, seeming to figure out her new place in her family.  It doesn’t seem like that long ago that it was me with a young toddler and a baby and now that young toddler is in third grade.  Time is such an odd thing.  The moments can seem so long and yet it has a way of going by in the blink of an eye.

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Sweet Taylor, you were an absolute joy to photograph!

Aqua/ Floral Wrap from e:bebes handmade Children’s Items in Oliver, BC

Pretty little Headband from Cricket and Bean in Oliver, BC

2D6A8166They met in sixth grade.  She liked him from the start but it took him a little longer to notice her.  Carmen and Malcom were high school sweethearts.  Their relationship is full of kindness, grace and adoring love.   For these two their wedding day was about each other and surrounding themselves with close family and friends.

Down a little country road, near fruit stands and orchards sits a beautiful country home.  Outside the sheep were in the pasture and the butterflies were among the flowers (really).  Inside, the girls were getting their hair down and practicing “walking down the aisle” up and down the hallway.  There was laughing, quiet smiles and sweet anticipation of what the day would bring.  What a joy it was to be able to document and tell the story of Carmen and Malcom’s amazing wedding day.  The sky was blue, the sun was shining and the day was perfect. Carmen and Malcom, may your love continue to grow and deepen through your married life.  May you serve each other and God with joyful hearts.  May you always find comfort, safety and love in each others arms.  This is a snapshot of Carmen and Malcom’s day… I hope it takes you back to the sights, sounds and beautiful moments of their day.

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  • Sonya - Fabulous photos Shari! I truly love your work.ReplyCancel

2D6A7459I used to teach with Sandra many years ago in Abbotsford.  It’s funny how the online world can make us feel like we’ve kept in touch more than we actually have.  I’ve always been grateful to see her little updates and follow along with what her family has been up to.  I was delighted when she got in touch saying that they were coming for a summer holiday in Oliver.  We had a great little family photo session and then got to spend time together the following day. When I think of people that are joyful and in general just super lovely, Sandra is defiantly on the list.  She’s got that contagious smile and passion for life.  It was so great meeting her kids and getting a glimpse of their personalities as well.

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