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My Little Baby-Doll

It has been a crazy month, to be truly honest its been a crazy year already and I feel like it’s barely even begun. Wedding season is just around the corner, engagement season is happening right now and on top of it all, I am a new auntie. A week into my new title as Aunt and I am ecstatic. I have the cutest niece anyone could ever ask for and she was so excited to meet me she got here a little early.

When my sister became pregnant we knew it would not be an easy pregnancy, but even that was an understatement. She went into preterm labor at 29 weeks and was in and out of the hospital constantly. She actually started contracting at her baby shower and found out after she got back to Vancouver that she was indeed in labor. The doctors today are miracle workers though and got her to stay in there another 8 weeks. That little girl definitely has my lack of patience.

My sister was induced on April 11th at 3pm. We thought she was going into labor a couple days before this but there were many…MANY… false alarms. Talk about your heart racing each time the phone would ring. At 3pm my mother was on her way to pick me up. Oh yah, I was in Pendleton, pacing back and forth for 3 hours, but at 7pm was on my way.

We got to the hospital at 11pm that night. My sister who at this point was still smiling was nowhere near ready to have a baby. I stayed with her all night waiting. Morning came and still nothing, but not for lack of trying. I believe she walked, bounced and basically tried every move under the sun to start labor. Did not happen. 

I had a bet that her water would break at 9am. My niece apparently also loves an organized time line because at 8:55am. BAM. Everything that happened next was a blur because she went from 0 – 60 in no time flat. All of a sudden she was 10cm dilated, the doctor was delivering another baby and now we are trying to keep the baby in? Ummmmm, how about no. I have never seen a live birth. It was never on my to do list that is for sure, but it really was amazing. After holding that baby in for an extra 30 minutes, once the doctor came, my sister did amazing. 30 minutes and we had a new family member. To watch the love my sister was surrounded with and to see the everyone experience the new found love they had as they looked at our new baby girl, I was in awe. I am also happy that the first sound my niece most likely heard when she got here was the clicking of my camera. It was an amazing experience and I am so happy to have pictures to remember the whole thing. Good and bad.

I am one proud auntie and definitely a very proud sister.

Bailey Rose
Born April 12th at 1:15pm
6lbs 3oz
19 inches long

Janet Southard - I am a very proud Grandma!!

Jeniffer Copeland - Beautiful :)

Shannon Pierce - These are wonderful! Thank you for sharing! Congrats to you all! <3

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Fred & Kristina

Picking wedding vendors is definitely not an easy task. If you have a vision in mind, you want to pick the vendors that will make that vision come to life and if you pick the perfect wedding vendors, they will surpass your every expectation.

Not every wedding is perfect. Crap happens. OH MAN CAN IT. There are things out of your control. Hopefully you have vendors that are ready to tackle whatever the day may throw their way. On this particular wedding, mother nature decided that we would not be going outside. The wind was crazy. It was probably the windiest day I have ever seen during a wedding. It didn’t stop us. We were able to rock out awesome pictures without leaving our venue. Kristina and her bridesmaids did try to fight the wind, but lost. Lost eyelashes, lost hair barrettes, just plain lost. The pictures are to die for though and luckily they knew it and just put themselves back together afterwards. We definitely learned our lesson and stayed inside the rest of the day after that.

Fred and Kristina love their friends and family and they showed them by showering them with every type of food anyone could ever want at a wedding. Freshly shucked right in front of your eyes oysters, prime rib, chicken, pasta made to order, scallops and so much more. I know your mouth is salivating right now. Just wait for the photos.

This wedding was a dream to photograph, the couple was amazing, and the vendors pulled together to create a little magic. By the way if you have not thought about a wedding coordinator, think about it and then get one. Cameo Events was awesome to work with and truly made this wedding even more spectacular with their expertise.

Okay, now to some photos…

Kenneth Woloson - Love them!!!!!!!!!!! Ken (Daddy!) Woloson

Kenneth Woloson - Love them!!!!!!!!!!! Ken (Daddy!) Woloson

Marian Woloson - Great pictures. No pictures of grandmas, or grandpas….. ??? Love, Grandma Woloson

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Cody & Kate

“In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.”   - Albert Camus

I love shooting in winter, when the leaves and flowers are gone and how a place can look unrecognizable.  I know most photographers love spring, summer and fall, which don’t get me wrong, are amazing seasons, but winter doesn’t get enough credit. Sure when there is snow on the ground everyone scampers outside, but there is just something about winter after the snow is gone. The moodiness of it  … it just makes me giddy.

Kate and Cody let me pick where to go for their maternity session. They showed up to Finch Arboretum and there was a slight fear in me that they would think I was crazy. It was brown and dead and looked nothing like the Finch everyone knows and loves. I think I prefer it this way.

I love shooting at places most may pass up. It makes for some unique photos and that is what I try and give my clients. I love it when my clients trust my vision. They may think I am a little crazy, but I think every artist is.

 

Ellen Harkness - You have captured love from a gorgeous artistic perspective! Thank you from a mother and grandmother’s heart!

Kate Scott - I LOVE THEM ALL!!!’n

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Kyle & Crystal

I may complain about the cold in winter, but a winter wedding can make it all better and a winter wedding at Beacon Hill can make it perfect. I feel like every wedding I get to experience or see something new. I love that I may not know exactly how my day will end up or what will happen. I leave my house with an idea of what the day will bring, but rarely does it go exactly as planned. Wedding timelines are more of guidelines. You have to be flexible as a wedding photographer and I love the excitement and spontaneity that comes with it.

I am definitely never bored.

… and on one of those days when my groom and his best man decided to put some ice skates on in their tuxes and play some hockey, I  picked up my camera and went to work.

Just another day at the office.

How lucky am I to call this a job.

 

Tracy Chrisler - One of the most beautiful weddings I’ve ever been too! So very happy for you both!

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