It was great to meet up with this wonderful family in Oliver on a recent Saturday morning. The only thing harder than getting ready for family photos is getting ready for extended family photos. I always feel great respect for anyone that can gather their clan together and make family photos a reality. Thank you for making the effort to document your extended family. I know it’s tough but it’s always worth it. After we met up at a local park we went to the grandparents home for a few more photos of everyone and some special ones of just the grandparents. It is always such a pleasure for me to photograph the elderly. Perhaps it’s because of the value that I place with my own grandparents. Regardless, these are images that have incredible value for so many reasons. Thank you for a great morning!
This family. This place. The light. One of the best parts about being a photographer is being able to see, like really see. Emotions, light, composition. Life and relationships can be so beautiful… sometimes I can barely stand it, seriously. Spending the early evening hours with this family was no different. In those moments when I step back and just let people be I can feel my heart skip a beat. The authentic way that a couple makes eye contact, the goofy playfulness of children, the way a father reaches for his child, the embrace of a mother. These are the moments that I seek to capture. It’s in these moments that we have enough, when all the worries of life and “what’s next” don’t matter. It’s the here and now and it’s relationships. These moments make our heart full… they matter.
I’ve only known this family for a year and a half, yet I feel like it’s been much longer. Perhaps it’s just the way it is with kindred spirits. I will be forever grateful for the way that they have impacted my life and the friendship that we share.
I don’t know what life has in store for your family, but I do know that an adventure awaits you. I hope that these images always remind you of a sense of “home” and your “good ol’ days” in Oliver. They have been challenging in so many ways, yet they have been sweet and beautiful. Much love. ~Shari
What a beautiful evening we had in the orchard! I think this one of the last days of blossoms and bees. With the warm weather it seemed like the blossoms came and went way too fast this year. This lovely family booked a mini session to update their family photos. I love that they even brought their dog along, after all pets are family too. Thanks for an great evening K family!
These four little beauties were so much fun to photograph! Photographing kids can feel a little wild sometimes, I’m sure the parents are often wondering if I’m even getting “anything” amidst all the chaos. But let me tell you that I always do. In fact, the chaos images are usually my favourites. The authentic expressions, the true personalities and the fun experience through it all. Yes, this photo session was lots of silliness, fun, sweetness and just the right sprinkle of crazy. Loved it.
This beautiful mamma wanted some images of her sweet littles as well as updated images of herself with her children. I know that I’m biased when I say that pics like this are the best gift a mom could ask for on Mother’s day (plus a day off). But honestly, I’m not sure what’s better than beautiful authentic images with your children. Raising children is tough work, like seriously challenging… sometimes I think I’m going to go crazy kind of stuff. But at the end of the day we look into our children’s eyes, they wrap their arms around our necks for a hug and our mamma heart swells with a love like no other. Yes, these days are tough but they are also delightful and incredible. Rochelle, thank you for allowing me to capture your sweet littles and freeze a moment in time for you as your little man starts to move out of the baby stage. You are a beautiful momma!
Carmen was the first baby-sitter that our kids had in Oliver. She was sweet, compassionate and responsible. I still remember our kids telling us stories the following morning about how much fun they had with her, she was awesome! We were thrilled to have found ourselves a wonderful baby-sitter…and then she went off to university. Oh well, thankfully she has pretty awesome siblings and friends who also happen to be great with our kids. Fast forward nearly three years and Carmen and Malcom, high school sweethearts, are planning their wedding. I was thrilled that they asked me to photograph their big day.
Both having grown up in Oliver, this place is pretty special to them. So it just seemed fitting that we took their engagement photos in the place they call “home.” And oh my goodness, this place just doesn’t disappoint. McIntyre Buff, the Balsamroot flowers, the lake views, stormy skies, soft light…all perfect backdrops to capture the love of an incredible couple! I had such a great morning with these two. They have a kind and gentle love. Even after just spending a short time with them you can tell that they deeply respect and admire each other. Looking forward to August!