Archive for the ‘Grad’ Category

I’m crossing new frontiers, living in a heart shaped world

I shared this on Facebook last week, but I’ll share it again for those of you that don’t follow me there….my first memory of Jyana is from the skating rink and she was just a baby at the time.  Her mom, Trish would bring her in to the rink and ask if someone could hold her while she went out to bring in the other girls. I always volunteered if I was there!  I have lots of memories of Jyana from when she was little….our first photo shoot together she was in pigtails and the cutest little Tommy Hilfiger pleated skirt….she was a cutie!  Always a little bit quieter than her big sisters but she had the cutest shy little smile for the camera! Here we are many years later and I am so lucky to capture her grad photos!!

It’s a really special thing to capture grad photos for someone you’ve watched grow up….knowing what a special time it is in their lives as they prepare to start on their next big adventure!  Jyana’s next big adventure is going to be university!  As much as grads must get sick of that dreaded question “what are you doing next year?”, I really love hearing the answers!  When Jyana told me she was going to study nursing it seemed like such a perfect fit for someone so kind, I could just picture her providing the most loving care for patients!  Anyone would be lucky to have a nurse like her someday!

We had such a fun mother-daughter evening touring around Winnipeg to a few of my favourite spots and one of Trish’s favourite spot (I love it when clients have location requests!).  Sometimes I can get a little carried away when i’m shooting grads….I could shoot for hours and hours with such gorgeous gals….it’s really nice to have subjects that don’t run away from me 😉

CONGRATS Jyana!  Thank you so much for allowing me to capture these special memories for you!

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Yeah, it’s all gonna fly in the blink of an eye

One of the wonderful things about growing up in a small(ish) town is the connections that you have with people.  You might not have spent oodles of time with someone but the connections that you have with them make it seem as though you’ve known them for years.  My connections with Hannah’s family are pretty strong.  Her dad taught me Sunday School and built my mom and dad’s house, her mom and my mom are great friends and worked at the hospital together, we’ve had a family photo shoot together, I’ve watched her in the Christmas play at church over the years, and i’ve heard all about her and her brothers adventures through my mom as they have grown up over the years.  This family has helping hearts! Hannah and her brother Caleb are always there to help my mom when she needs something in the yard, when my dad needed a railing installed in the garage Myron was there for us, and when my dad passed away I’ll never forget their kindness when they brought over homemade pizza to feed the family (yum!).  This is one great family, who is so easy to love.  When Barb and Hannah asked me to take her grad photos a whole year ago I was so flattered and SO excited to do something for them and make it so special!

Hannah was such a joy to spend time with for the evening.  She is easy going, relaxed, confident….beautiful inside and out!  When I asked if she was willing to sit down on a rock in her dress, her and her mom giggled and Hannah sat down and said, she’d do anything!  And i’m pretty sure she can, and will do whatever she puts her mind to going forward!  She has some big adventures in store!  After a summer working at a local dairy farm she’s off to Bible school in Europe and then off to study animal sciences with goals of being a vet.  This girl has goals and I love that!

Sit back, relax and get ready for a long blog post!  We piled into Barb’s vehicle and set out on an epic night of photo shooting!  We hit the road for the hills, Stanley Park and on the way I spotted a gravel pit which happened to be Hannah’s uncle’s so we got to stop there too!  On our drive I asked if maybe they knew of a pasture with some cows we could find…I thought it might be kind of a cool memory for Hannah of her high school job and would make for some REALLY cool photos!  So before he capped off the night we made a stop at the farm Hannah works at….love it!  She really was up for anything!!!

Congrats Hannah!  It was such a pleasure photographing you!!!

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And we were dancing, dancing like we’re made of starlight

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Overheard during this shoot:

Becky: “i’ve taken pictures of Abby since she was little, we go WAY back!”
Abby: “it’s true, she took pictures of me when I had a boy haircut”

True story.  I have taken pictures of Abby since she was just a kiddo in elementary school…but she never had a boy haircut!  She was always just as cute as can be, and i’d show you except those pics are in my film portfolio in my parents basement! Yup, film!  It’s been that long!

Abby has always been such a happy and friendly person and that hasn’t changed one bit in all the years I have known her.  She lives just down the street from my parents house in Winkler and whenever I see her she always has the biggest smile on her face.  Abby has one of those infectious personalities and you just can’t help but to be happy when you’re around her!  Apart from her lovely personality Abby is also an extremely talented athlete and has done a lot of travelling with her involvement in volleyball AND to round it off and make this girl the whole package she is also so smart!  This week Abby graduated with distinction and many scholarships and bursaries to her name!  In the fall she will take on the great adventure of attending Asper School of Business (represent!) at the University of Manitoba!!

Abby was simply a bombshell in her grad dress the day of the shoot!  She rocked that gold dress like nobody’s business!  She had a lovely team of ladies to help her get ready, some of my fave in the business!  Tracy Bueckert worked her make-up magic for Abby and her gorgeous up-do was courtesy of Jayci Elias at Salon Chop.  Tagging along for the evening was her handsome boyfriend Austin who provided lots of laughs and entertainment for the evening.  These two are so cute together!  What a fun evening we had!  The crew came in from Winkler for the shoot and we had a blast touring around some of my favourite locations!  We even found blossoms and a field full of dandelions! Which I thought was such a perfect thing for this shoot….a field of wishes….wishes for Abby’s future!

Abby – I have so enjoyed capturing you as you have grown up over the years, you have grown up into such an amazing woman!  With your love for life and your kind and friendly personality you are sure to do great things in your future!  I can’t wait to see what adventures you take on in your future!  I hope you had an amazing time at your grad!

Prepare for LOTS of gorgeousness!  Enjoy!


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Things are heating up for the summer!  Oodles of new sessions coming to the blog and teasers on Facebook!

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As we go on, we remember…

Even though it’s been almost 11 years (gosh, I can hardly believe it), I remember the time leading up to my high school graduation like it was yesterday.  I remember spending HOURS in the gym with my friends stringing snowflakes from the roof, constructing a snow castle and turning the gym into our winter wonderland.    I remember being SO excited for the adventures that were before me!  Meet Amber….she is in that home stretch leading up to her very own graduation!  This Miss is SO uber talented that she is graduating a year early!!  I can only image what her future holds for her, with her smarts and dedication she is sure to accomplish so many great things!

We had such a fun night together!  She showed up for the shoot in her gorgeous grad dress(check back for those in a couple weeks after her grad!) and we checked out a few locations before we had a wardrobe change to something a little more casual.  I was SO excited to see her little polka dot dress because it fit so perfectly for the retro looking motel I had picked out for her – I was so excited to shoot here…I had been eyeing it and saving it for the perfect shoot!

Make-up: Tracy Bueckert 
Hair: Mavis Doell @ Salon CHOP

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