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edmonton family photographer: an evening on the farm

i’ve never been one to book a lot of extended family sessions.

not because i don’t appreciate those relationships, but because the expectation is often that people just line up and smile in a bunch of different configurations and honestly, that pains me inside a little bit. so i’m here to show you that extended family photos can be so much more than that!

whether your family has mini ponies and bubbles and swings like this one, or enjoys baking or books or backyard bbqs, whatever it is that you love to do together, i promise you it’s worth documenting and remembering.

after the year that just passed, there is so much magic to be found in reconnecting with loved ones this summer. i’d love to spend some time with you and yours ✨

tidbits of magic: look for the magic

one of the ways i am most excited to celebrate this milestone month in my business is by sharing fifteen of the most valuable lessons i’ve learned in my fifteen years as a photographer. fifteen tidbits of magic, if you will.

over the years, this final lesson has become foundational in both my life and my work:

look for the magic.

if you’ve followed me for long, you’ll know i talk a lot about finding the magic in our days. in the best ones, of course, but even more importantly, in the ones that feel hard.

because whenever i make the effort to seek out and document something to be grateful for, it makes the tougher times just that little bit brighter. and i don’t know about you, but around here we can all do with a little extra light these days.

from everyday memories to vacation albums, from daily photo projects to monthly family films, the art i’ve created for my own family serves as a visual gratitude journal of all the moments i want to remember most.

i’ve incorporated this magic seeking into the way i approach photographing my client sessions now too. as we get to know each other and work together to design your family’s session, we’ll uncover what it is you are most grateful for and capture those memories, alongside all of the other bits in your messy, magical, ordinary days that are so worth remembering.

from the planning process, to the session experience, to looking back at your photos for years to come, you’ll always be reminded of the best bits in your days.

so whatever you choose to call it — magic, light, wonder, goodness, joy — i’d love to find it with your family ✨

tidbits of magic: show up in photos

one of the ways i am most excited to celebrate this milestone month in my business is by sharing fifteen of the most valuable lessons i’ve learned in my fifteen years as a photographer. fifteen tidbits of magic, if you will.

this lesson is for you. (and as someone who is far more comfortable on the side of the camera that no one can see, it’s for me too.)

show up in photos.

you know how they say ‘every body is a swimsuit body’? well, the same idea applies to photos.

i often hear people saying that they’ll book their family photos after they get their hair coloured, or they spend some time at the gym, or they find the perfect outfit. and while i completely understand wanting to feel your best for your photo session (and will definitely help you to feel that way), i also want to remind you that you are worthy of being seen and remembered just as you are today (and everyday) — no haircut, diet, or fancy clothes required.

in a society that sometimes feels designed to make us feel unworthy, there is no better antidote than standing in our worth and showing up. in recognizing that we don’t need to meet some preconceived standard of beauty to be worthy of existing in photographs.

these photos i have with my own parents are invaluable to me and let me tell you, none of the things listed above ever cross my mind. (i mean, other than the occasional laugh together about how much styles have changed — whether they splurged on a new outfit or not!)

i look at them and think, ‘wow, i am so grateful to have this photo’. ‘look how much they loved me’. ‘i remember how much fun we had that day’.

i’m going to wager a guess that you feel the same about your old photos too.

and one day, years down the road, our kids will look back at photos with us and think those exact same things.

so don’t wait. don’t hide in the background. be present. laugh hard. live fully. and get in the picture.

because photos are meant to preserve our memories. to document the moments and relationships and people we want to remember, and you (yes, you!) are most definitely worth remembering ✨

tidbits of magic: share what you love

one of the ways i am most excited to celebrate this milestone month in my business is by sharing fifteen of the most valuable lessons i’ve learned in my fifteen years as a photographer. fifteen tidbits of magic, if you will.

if this past year has taught us anything, it’s the value of connection. and one of the best ways to bring people together is to

share what you love.

the world is made brighter by people who are lit up by the things they love. so find what it is that ignites you and spread that magic around like wildfire.

go ahead,

share your talents with the world.
share experiences with loved ones.
share snacks.
share stories.
share love.
share art and ideas and photos and funny memes.
share your favourite new finds and the businesses you love.
share your best lemon dessert recipe.
(really… my inbox is open and hopeful 🍋💛✨)

whatever it is that lights you up on any given day, share some of that.

because now more than ever, so many of us are looking for ways to feel connected.

for me, sharing these lessons over the past month — and the bits of joy i’ve had the privilege of documenting for my own family and yours over the past fifteen years — has filled my heart more than i can say. so thank you so much to all of you who are here sharing this journey with me!

while we’re on the subject of gratitude and sharing, if there are people in your life who you think might resonate with any of these lessons, or be a good fit for my photography style, even after fifteen years, i’m always so grateful when you share and spread the word ✨

ps. this lesson seemed like the perfect place to share a sliver of magic from each of the families i’ve been lucky enough to work with in the last few weeks — a huge thank you to every single one of you for trusting me to tell a piece of your story. i couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity.

tidbits of magic: look at your photos

one of the ways i am most excited to celebrate this milestone month in my business is by sharing fifteen of the most valuable lessons i’ve learned in my fifteen years as a photographer. fifteen tidbits of magic, if you will.

this one is an easy one.

remember to look at your photos.

i’ll always encourage prints on your walls and albums on your coffee table, but even just making sure you transfer your images to the camera roll on your phone so you can scroll through them regularly is worthwhile.

there is truly no better medicine for a tough parenting day/week/season than looking back with gratitude at days gone by and remembering that each phase, no matter how wonderful or how difficult, will have moments of worth celebrating.

because the way photography works together with reality to create our memories is perhaps the most magical thing about it.

i mean, i’m fairly certain this rainy camping trip we took had its moments of frustration — due to the lack of sunshine, kids fighting over whose turn it was to paddle the canoe, and who knows what else — but when we look back through the album of soggy photos, all i remember is the wonderful adventure.

during your session i’ll find and document the magic in your story — even the imperfect bits — so whenever you look pull out your photos and look through them, you’ll be reminded of the goodness in your days ✨

 

 

 

 

hi, i'm andrea.

 

i believe in celebrating the good

in every day and i feel so lucky

to get to tell the messy,

magical, authentic stories

of busy, beautiful perfectly

imperfect families like yours.

never underestimate
the value of tiny
explosions of magic
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