For my Heart

I’ve been feeling extremely conflicted lately.

I am a mother.
I am a photographer.
& I am also a frontline healthcare worker.

Since the onset of COVID-19, I stopped picking up casual shifts in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. This was mostly due to fear. Fear of the unknown and uncertainty around this ‘novel’ virus. Fear of contracting it and spreading it to my young family. Fear of more physical and social isolation if that were to happen. Fear of putting my parents at risk if we were to ask them to watch the girls while Craig and I both worked.

While I know this decision is what’s best for my family, I also feel guilty. Guilty that I’m not there with my fellow RNs, RTs, doctors, pharmacists, dieticians, HCAs, unit clerks, social workers, etc. I feel guilty that I’m not on the literal front line caring for the wonderful children in the PICU & ‘doing my part’ as I feel I should be.

So I did something that made my heart happy yesterday. I chose two very deserving families to take photos of for the #thefrontstepsproject while practicing social distancing.

I hope that these photos will help them remember this strange & crazy time. When the world shut down but time continued. I hope that they show these photos to their kids when they’re old and grown, and tell them of a time when the world went to sleep and woke up more beautiful than ever before.

Happy first birthday Hattie ✨
Welcome to the world Arthur 🌎

Photos taken from the sidewalk with my @sigmacanada 85mm 1.4 art

A Gift: Zaremba

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Last winter I was incredibly honoured when the PICU social committee reached out to see if I would donate a session for their Christmas Party. Of course I said yes! And the beautiful and insanely compassionate nurse, Katelyn was the one to receive it. Her and her boyfriend met me out at my parents’ place one beautiful fall evening and brought along with them their gorgeous pup Abby. I had such a blast photographing their connection and love for one another. It was a great opportunity to see my two worlds collide!

Here is a glimpse of their gorgeous session,

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Baby Fletcher

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You know those people who are put in your life for a reason? The ones who keep you grounded and can talk you through anything… the ones who get you through that first nursing clinical… the person who will come with you to your kid’s art class on their day off… the friend that your kids call Auntie…

Well now I can officially call that person family.

The world works in mysterious ways & I can’t wait to meet the newest member of the family! #babyfletcher

Here are a few more photos from my session with these two beautiful souls!

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Maternity: Kyle & Kylie

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A few weeks ago, I met this gorgeous couple for their maternity shoot and it was such a pleasure having them in front of my lens. Not only are they beautiful people inside and out, but I genuinely enjoyed the fact that it was just the two of them! Don’t get me wrong, I obviously LOVE photographing families and children – especially my own. However, the task certainly comes with a few obstacles. This session was like a breath of fresh air that I didn’t know I needed. I was just able to revel in the space created to celebrate these two before they become parents and welcome a beautiful baby into their family.

I am so humbled to have been asked to capture this special time in their lives!

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The Finnie Family

I always jump at the opportunity to photograph my newborn families again! I find it so exciting to see how much babe has grown, as well as how amazing the parents have come into their new roles. Typically new parents are sleep deprived and still figuring things out when I come for their sessions. But when I see them again you can tell their confidence has grown and are just loving this parenting gig 🙂

The Extended Steinkey Family

This post is sooo long overdue! Last fall I had the opportunity to photograph a lovely extended family at my parents’ hobby farm (one of the many perks of booking with me!)

Prior to the shoot, Julie and I discussed the possibility of needing an indoor backup location due to frigid temps in the forecast. In the end, we ‘braved the cold’ and it totally paid off! The weather was mild, the light was beautiful and we got a bunch of STUNNING shots. Take a peek!

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Engaged: Patty & Chris

Patty & Chris were an absolute dream to work with! Not only are they a gorgeous couple but were also complete naturals in front of the camera. People tend to tense up and get self conscious when they know a camera is around… but these two just continued to be themselves and relish in the moment. They are getting married this summer and I don’t doubt it will be a beautiful occasion filled with lots of love, laughter & happiness. Congrats again you two!

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The Watson Family

Photographing the Watson family is always so much fun because they are super easy going, totally open to all of my suggestions and ideas… oh and it’s my sister’s family.

Jill knew that shooting at the Muttart was on my summer bucket list so we met there on a gorgeous late August evening. The views, lighting & location certainly did not disappoint and we got so many amazing shots. My niece and nephew each got a photo in front of downtown Edmonton and views of the River Valley with a bunch of info regarding their upcoming school year. Jill & Rick got some really beautiful photos of just the two of them (they just celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary!) & of course we got a portrait of their pup Einstein! I had so much fun and look forward to documenting this family for many years to come! Read More

The Blackmore Family

I had the most amazing time photographing this handsome little guy with his bright blue eyes & irresistible dimples! Along with their pup, I met this family at my parents’ property when the leaves were the most amazing golden colour. We had so much fun crunching in the leaves, being thrown high into the air and capturing some beautiful memories. Totally swooning over this session 🙂

Enjoy!

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The Weslosky Family

Brit & Nicole gifted their mom a family photo session this fall and it was absolutely breathtaking! The leaves were the most perfect colour, Ronan was just the cutest little babe in a box & the entire family looked amazing. I am so lucky to have access to such a beautiful place to take photos… and it just happens to be Jeanette’s favourite place on earth! Here are some of my favourites.

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