Each time I head out to Simon and Melanie's property in the Blaeberry I'm kind of blown away (which you might recognize as the backdrop for Dawn's horseback riding session). I love walking around the property with them, and this time we were accompanied by their newest addition, Oliver and three lively golden retrievers. We passed by the chicken coup, stopped into the recently stocked hay barn, said hello to all the horses, and we spent a bit of time in the cozy house as well. I'm kicking this post off with my new favorite photograph.
This one was fun. The main goal was the get some shots of Scarlett's new little brother, Levi. But the whole family was there and looking so photogenic, we ended up spending a fair bit of time playing in the backyard. Even Bruin got into the photos a bit. Tracy was wise to suggest we do a few shots in the wheelbarrow, and now I think I'd like to bring one along for all future shoots. Mike and Josée (Tracy's sister) were around for a bit, and Ivy was a happy joiner for several shots. And to tie it all together, Debbie, aka the-most-lovely-grandmother-ever, was there to play in the autumn leaves with the kiddos. Pretty great.
This sums up what it's like to chase an almost two year old around with a camera. Look at how stoked she is! I don't recall what about, but it was entirely entertaining to spend some time with Scarlett.
There couldn't have been a better autumn morning for an engagement session in the Columbia Valley; this one was about as good as it gets. My camera and I followed Trevor and Karen (and Wally!) on a little wander near the river, along the tracks, through the grass. Heard stories of the proposal, made from their nearby dog park overlooking Calgary. Walking with Wally seemed like a natural fit for some pre-wedding photos. He's likely not to make it into any photos on the wedding day, a little less than a year from now. Already looking forward to capturing the ceremony in Spirit Square, and the good times to follow at the newly renovated Civic Centre. I expect it'll be a tight knit group at the wedding, since Karen and Trevor went to high school together. Love that.
Wally was as happy as a dog can be. Bounding through tall grass still wet with morning dew, his people fully engaged in other activities (pun only kind of intended). He's full entertainment, this little hound.
Mike and Alison said something about just wanting to look in love and happy in their engagement and wedding photos. No fierce model poses. After spending an evening with them at home lodge (their favorite place to stay in Golden . . . they have good taste), I can't imagine photos of them looking any other way. Because, it would seem, these two are indeed in love and quite happy about it. Mike and Alison were able to forget all about my camera, and just have a damn good time together. Lots of laughter. Lots of love. Very much looking forward to documenting all the laughter and love on their wedding day next August.
This crazy dog came wandering over from the neighbor's yard. I've not come across any dog, even those invited to be in a photo, so keen and ready to pose as this K9. He was worth a few laughs, and knocked me off my feet only once. Enthusiasm, defined.
home isn't just a lodge. It's a working farm as well, with cattle and horses and all the quality of life associated. Lynn and Sigi keep it real.
We went. We were overwhelmed. We slowly adjusted to the mayhem, the dust, the community, the fun. We loved it.
It felt like there was a lot on my plate. I needed to refresh, reboot, relax. So I squished a trip to the forest into my schedule last week. Birken Forest Monastery was there waiting for me to unwind for a weekend. To read books, stretch, nap, float around the marsh in a canoe. But mostly, sit in silence. It was precisely what my heart and mind needed. I came home feeling less like the motherboard of my computer-like brain was going to overheat and explode. I felt cool, calm, back on track. Thanks Buddhism.