Last night Hilde Van Den Heuvel and I ventured out into the darkness with little hope of seeing the aurora like I had the night before. A solar storm watch had been issued for Tuesday night, and then extended to last night, so Hilde and I decided to give Big Island a hook. We kept a close eye on the Kp levels but, it didn't look hopeful for us to see any northern lights last night at all. We did, however have a fantastic night shooting the Milky Way, and we event ran into fellow photographer Hilary Hendsbee who had the same thing on her mind, and two STFX football players shooting with steel wool. Seriously, when you're out night shooting you never know who you're going to run into, but probably other photographers! Hilde and I were actually pretty glad to run into the guys on the beach. Their steel wool lead us right back to Hilde's car, man we walked far!
Probably one of my most favourite pictures! Fiona + Nanny The family trying really hard not to laugh and stay still for 30 seconds, it's not as easy as one would think! Hilde shooting the Milky Way at Big Island
You know those people who suffer from seasonal depression during the winter months? Well, that's not me! We spend our weekends swishing + swooshing down the runs at Ski Wentworth in all kinds of weather at various rates of speed, knowing at some point it's going to come to an end, and that just happened this weekend. THIS is when my seasonal depression starts.
We ski on bluebird days, the coldest of days, and in the shittiest of weather, and then when the season is nearing it's end some of those crazy skiers + snowboarders dress in funny costumes, and catapult themselves into the icy cold waters of the Ender Bender weekends Aquaneige. I decided this year I wanted to shoot it, so I slid myself under the barrier along side the pools and braced myself. I knew I was going to get wet, I knew the risk factors of lying next to a big pool of water with people trying with everything they had to make it across without falling into the frigid water, but I wasn't prepared for how wet I would actually get! I was so cold, and soaked to the bone, but man it was fun. My camera is still sitting in the camera bag, I'm kind of afraid to look at it!
My parents actually didn't ski when we were kids, but we always had a season pass to Keppoch. They'd drop us off early in the morning, and we didn't leave until the last t-bar ran that night. It's how I grew up, then it closed. Years went by before I fell in love with the sport all over again, and I knew that I had to give my kids the same opportunity I had. There's no better place for a family, for kids, for anyone! Our kids entered the ski + snowboard programs when they were little, and have now gone onto instructing. That makes me so frigging proud!
Ski Wentworth, you're the best thing since sliced bread, your staff is top notch, and the beer at Ducky's are always cold! You make us wish winter would never end, we have made some incredible memories and some incredible friendships over the years! We will miss you, but we'll see you next year, or maybe even this weekend......wink wink......
Kora and Stephen are living on the other side of the world, and were home at Christmas time to spend it with their families before Little Baby Barrett arrives in a few months. Right now, I am sure they are suffering from tremendous heat waves, while we are walking around wrapped in thermal undies, and skating to wherever we need to be. Hopefully, it's not too hot. Sheesh, heat and pregnancy made me very uncomfortable!
I am going to let the pictures tell the story. They all had way too much fun for me to try and explain it to you, so have a look! There was loads of laughter, a wee bit of spilled milk, and for some reason the ladies were wearing diapers! Oh my!
Good luck guys, and congratulations! Baby Barrett is becoming a part of two beautiful and loving families!
Decorating: Jacqueline Stephenson
This was a slightly different family session, of course we did the typical family portraits, but the girls had a very special surprise in store for their parents. Christa pulled me aside just before we started with the photos and she said "We're really relying on you getting our parents to the party." I must say my heart skipped a little beat, could I pull this off? Hell yes, I can pull it off. I have known Gerard and Elaine from my past years as a medical secretary, and they don't live too far from me, so I was prepared to lie my ass off to get them to Crystal Cliffs!
They are a wonderful couple with a beautiful family who love them to the moon and back! The girls put a lot of work, and long hours into getting ready for this special occasion, and kudos to them for keeping it all a secret.
I was told before I left that day that my lying skills could get me a job with the RCMP special ops units. HAHAHA....Good to know if this photography gig doesn't go anywhere.
Venue: Crystal Cliffs
Decorating: Michelle Cameron
Every year we go for a walk in the woods for some pretty fun family photos, tree climbing, and leaf collecting. My husband and I both come from a large family, I am the oldest of 6, and he's the youngest of 16, we get it. We get what it is like coming from a big family. These guys have it nailed down perfectly! They are raising beautiful, happy and loving children, and I am so happy I get to see who they are becoming.
See ya next year!