May 21, 2010

Swoon Graduate Claire

Swoon Photography Grad Claire 2100

Claire 2010 Grad

Claire 2010 grad

Claire Grad 2010

I always do this. I get too excited and post the first 2 or 3 pictures I edit because I am dying for someone to look at them. Today I went out with Claire, her mother and cousin to shoot her graduate photos. I personally think she look like Anne Hathaway.....beautiful!!!! OMG! We had to fight the wind but we managed to do so while still looking wonderful.....Claire that is. Her grad is tonight and I hope she is having a wonderful time. Claire will actually be second shooting for me for some weddings this summer and I am so excited to work with her. She has a great eye and a talent for photography. I know I always promise to post more pictures......I will so stay tuned please!!!

May 18, 2010

Swoon Graduate Shelby B

2010 Swoon Graduate Shelby

Swoon Graduate Shelby B



I have known this girl for 7 years now, or as long as I have been teaching in Clavet. Shelby is graduating next month and I am so excited to take her formal shots as well. She is so pretty, poised and feminine.....I wish I had that kind of grace when I was 17. The mosquitoes were out in full force tonight but I made her stand in a grass mosquito infested field for quite a long time while I captured these beautiful shots.

May 17, 2010

Summer Sessions at the Lake

I plan to be up at Emma Lake most of the summer however I am going to be taking a few bookings during the week of July19 to the 30th. If you are planning on being up at the lake during this time please let me know and we can get you booked in for a date ASAP. I am only taking a limited amount of booking for this time as it is actually during my holidays. I am available to travel between Christopher, Emma and Waskesiu.

May 13, 2010

Post directly from

Please note before reading this post is taken directly from Deb Schwedhelm's blog. I am simply posting it on my blog because I was so moved by the post and I could do no justice trying to explain what I had come across. Right now I am five months pregnant and the thought of having my picture taken absolutely mortifies absolutely ridiculous I am. This our 1st child and I should capture and celebrate every moment. My Grandma on my mother's side was a an amazing lady that we barely have any record of. She kept very few pictures from her life and my mother's life. She is gone now and I feel like i have nothing left to hold on to. Since I was a kid I would always want to look at other people's photo albums.......even if I barely knew the person I would ask to look at their photo albums. I was always enthralled with their life moments that they captured. I feel like my mother's life moments have not been captured enough and one day when she is gone this will devastate me. Everyone is beautiful in their own way and everyone (including myself) should embrace life's moments and capture is all we will leave behind when we are gone.

Photographs and words below are courtesy of Deb Schwedhelm.

is there a perfect time?

May 13, 2010

a friend posed this question today on her facebook wall: what is holding you back from booking a family photo session?

quite a few women (moms) quickly commented that their weight is holding them back, which made me really sad. and a few posted money, which i understand but i also believe that there’s enough photographers out there to cover everybody’s budget.

this all led me to thinking about the perfect time.

is there ever a perfect time to have photographs taken of your family?

it’s so easy to say –
i’m too fat.
i have too much going on.
we’re too busy.
maybe next year.

but i just want to say STOP IT! we need to take the time to appreciate the value of family photos, if not for ourselves (because we’re too fat or whatever), then for our children. in 20 years, your children are not going to say,

i really love this photo of my family but i wish my mom had waited until she lost some weight.

kirsten sandstrom, who recently passed away at the age of 37, leaving behind a husband and three young boys. i don’t think for one second that those boys will look at photographs of their mom (who pre-cancer probably wished she could have lost some weight) and see her as anything except the most amazing and beautiful mom there ever was.

we never know what tomorrow will bring our way. and life is quickly racing by; before we know it, our kids will be grown and leaving the house.


i hope that this will inspire someone, who might be waiting for that perfect time or to lose a couple of pounds, to book a photographer…today!

and let us all try to slow down, remember what’s important and see and hear the everyday beauty that surrounds us.