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Every year I’m lucky enough to photograph the Bischoff family.  I photographed Karen and Aaron’s wedding my first year shooting weddings full time and I’ve been able to watch their family grow each year. They’re explorers, campers  and adventure-seekers and I’m also happy to call them my friends. Last month when I decide to donate the profits from a session to the Red Cross in support of Fort McMurray, Karen was first in line to book her fall session for next year- they’re just great people.

So here’s our latest instalment of their yearly portraits. A little time together flying kites, reading books and playing in the river valley. My favourite type of session, full of laughter and fun.

Looking forward to our next set of portraits this year,



A year ago my niece Paige married her love, Cleighton (or as my daughters call him, Cleighty). Although I spent the majority of my day enjoy the company of my family and with two of the cutest flower girls  I ever saw, I did take a break from relaxing to be the photographer their wedding portraits.  Being out in Waterton National Park made being the photographer easy- beautiful scenes from every angle. I loved spending a couple hours with the happy couple and their favourite people in one of their favourite places in the world.  I can’t wait to get back to Waterton, I love it there so much.  Also, if you haven’t been I highly recommend making the trip. You can check out some tips I wrote on my travel blog, Twirls and Travels all about exploring Waterton.

Happy first Anniversary Paige and Cleigh, we love both so much!











  • Chelsea - June 1, 2016 - 1:20 pm

    I love every single one of these!!

This was my third time hanging out with this adorable family and every time we get together they seem more cute than the last. This time mom brought along Asher’s favourite Paddington Bear book (also a favourite of mine) and a dozen of his stuffie friends. We played in the park with their dogs (who were also very very excited to have their portraits taken) and then hung out at University’s Old Arts Building. All and all, I’d say it was a pretty perfect afternoon celebrating a very special first birthday.

Did you know that with any family session booked around your child’s first birthday we can add in a cake smash session at the end for no extra charge?  That way you can capture some fun and relaxed memories along with the first birthday rite of passage for one cost.  Send me an email for more information.





Let’s be honest, Cass is so beautiful I could have photographed her in a parking lot and she’d still look stunning. But lucky for us, we got a perfect evening of warm sunlight and welcoming trails for her maternity mini session. Cassandra hiked the trails like she wasn’t 9 months pregnant- not even a tiny bit out of breath- my pregnancy hero!  It wasn’t too long after this session this couple welcomed Kaia into their family and I got to meet them once again for a beautiful newborn session in their home. Stay tuned for more.





This family is way too cute.  It’s now 3 seasons later, but when I see these images I still feel all smiley. Isla is the happiest kiddo, full of laughter and kindness and determination and sweetness. She loves her puppy and loves tickles from Daddy. For our portraits session we walked down into the ravine out their backdoor, enjoying at the antics of their sweet dog.  He wasn’t camera shy in the least (Mom just happens to be an awesome Edmonton pet photographer.)  We finished our session with a sprinkler (Isla wasn’t about to get anywhere near that), bubbles (Isla was all over those) and watermelon. These are my favourite kind of sessions-  creating a few keepsake portraits, then staying busy and exploring, followed up with snacks and hanging out in your own spaces. I love being able to capture families doing things they love and things they often do together, even when a photographer isn’t around.

Thanks for having in your mom and capturing your adorable family.



  • Teann Dhariwal - March 15, 2016 - 1:40 pm

    Awe! Thank you for your beautiful write up about our little family! We are still in love with these photos and it was a absolute pleasure working with you!