Creative Weekend for the ladies!

So, how should I begin...

Well, for starters an invitation from some very talented women in my life.  This trip to the mountains was their third annual creative weekend away or retreat as I should call it!  Two days of uninterrupted, no kids hanging off our legs, relaxing time to focus on our craft.  In my case, everything photography related and setting up a business plan, Jen's amazing paintings, and Erin's love for writing.  

Creative Weekend Portrait

I was able to take some stunning portraits while practicing with my Fuji camera remote.

Jen Portrait

We cooked together, drank wine and had a wonderful time being surrounded by such inspiring people.  We finished the last day in Canmore, wandering through art galleries sipping on coffee and wondering what was going to happen in our future.  Well...It must have been the push we needed.....

 

I ended up planning and executing our first holiday mini photography session for RIB Studios at an amazing venue called Loft 112 in the East Village www.loft112.org.  Well, not by myself!  My amazing husband and business partner played a huge part in making this shoot come together!  I couldn't have done it without him and his support and encouragement.  Also, a shout out goes out to my friend Tanya for all of her help and everything she has taught me so far.  Thank you!

Holiday minis Loft 112

Jen worked on several paintings finishing four on the weekend and now has some of her paintings on display and for sale at a local shop in Calgary called Ollie Quinn www.olliequinn.ca. 

Ollie Quinn Display

 

Erin finished the first draft of her children's picture book, took on some poetry and has been working as part of a Story Teller Collective for ATB where she works.

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Thank you to these two beautiful ladies!  I am really looking forward to our next adventure together.  xo

15 years and two kids later

Fifteen years ago, my sister and her husband eloped.  She has always wanted professional wedding photos, and this summer we had the opportunity to fulfill that dream for her.  So with the family they have raised, at the home they have built, we made it happen!

  "The Wedding Dress"  Irma's Bridal Thunder Bay, Ontario    This was the second last dress she tried on and it literally jumped off the rack saying "pick me, pick me!"  We had some much needed sister time and had such a fun day picking out flowers and decorations.

"The Wedding Dress"  Irma's Bridal Thunder Bay, Ontario

This was the second last dress she tried on and it literally jumped off the rack saying "pick me, pick me!"  We had some much needed sister time and had such a fun day picking out flowers and decorations.

  She has thought about this day since she was a little girl.

She has thought about this day since she was a little girl.

  Just missing the two goats to complete the family portrait.

Just missing the two goats to complete the family portrait.

  Twenty years later and he still has that look in his eye.

Twenty years later and he still has that look in his eye.

  That night couldn't have been more beautiful for wedding photos.

That night couldn't have been more beautiful for wedding photos.

  "The Houseboat"    Home away from home.

"The Houseboat"

Home away from home.