going coastal

Let the back logging begin!

I saw a great meme a few days ago that said, “This week has been the longest year ever”, and it made me laugh…mainly because the past few weeks of homeschooling and toddlerhood-ing has been r.e.a.l.

Are we oscillating between Martha Stewart level crafting and wearing no pants for 48 hours? Yep. But we’re also slowly… s l o w l y getting this daily rhythm thing.

Currently, am I showered? Laughable! No. Have I eaten a properly prepared meal? Also, a big zero. BUT, while my youngest napped a deliciously long nap and my oldest Minecrafted his heart out, I managed to plunk my butt down and sort and edit folders and folders of media. And it was amazing! Could I have been deep cleaning our abusively neglected master bathroom? You betcha. But this right here is how I self-love, and after the past year of a week this mama chose to go with it.

Enjoy these images of brighter, warmer, freer days from our trip to beautiful Oregon, where we were blessed to take an impromptu road trip and hit up Portland and Haystack Rock at Canon Beach over a two day period while visiting BC. These images definitely make staring at the same four walls a little bit easier to cope with, and they give me something to hang on to for a future beyond social distancing.

I hope everyone out there is staying healthy and safe. And for all of those who know our McKinnon clan personally, please don’t hesitate to reach out for support or help if you need it. We are all in this together.

Concert in the Country

THIS is something to be excited about.

This past weekend I had the absolute privilege to attend the first annual fundraiser for the Terminator Foundation, hosted by Stacey & Garrett Janzen.

The not-for-profit Terminator Foundation was founded by Vanisha Breault, a powerful and passionate motivational speaker.

“Vanisha has been a pillar of strength in her Community and coined a “Social Justice Warrior”. Through her efforts she has received recognition, most recently, The Nadine Stirling Memorial Award in 2018 from the Canadian Mental Health Association of Alberta, the ‘National Every Day Hero’ in 2014, and also the recipient of The Wild Rose Award in 2016.

The Terminator Foundations vision is to reach all youth and young adults who are impacted by addiction and mental health and radically transform their lives through sports coaching, peer support, team training, endurance and triathlon participation while supporting efforts to terminate the shame and indignity of addiction with education,awareness and understanding. Terminator Foundation is a collaboration of integrated health care systems who support youth and young adults in their effort to recover from addiction and mental health issues. Our goal is to strengthen recovery through a continuum of care model that incorporates physical exercise in the sport of Triathlon training, personal coaching, and community engagement. The Terminator Foundation brings effective action in the areas of education, awareness and compassion to make a difference in the lives of youth, their families, our communities, cities and across the country.” (source: terminatorfoundation.com)

This private event was open to all first responders, and was held in beautiful Rocky View County. And in perfect Alberta style, we were dumped on with snow that lasted all through the event (and didn’t let up all weekend. Um, where’d fall go?!)

The night was warmed with roaring bonfires across the snowy acreage and the massively talented CPS band, FrontLine, blessed us with some seriously good live music. The night boasted a BBQ, a silent auction with some incredible donations, and ended with several inspirational speeches from Vanisha, and her daughter, Eden, who spoke of their personal transformations and the value of this foundation + its incredible impact on the lives of young people fighting addiction and mental health challenges.

It was an honour to be a part of this night, and I’m so excited to see this foundation continue to grow and impact lives.

And a huge thank you to every first responder for all that you do daily + behind the scenes.

Enjoy the images!

For more information about the Terminator Foundation, please visit https://terminatorfoundation.com

seasons

Transition can be tricky. Transition can take you out of your comfort zone, it can grow you, and you can’t always see your safe landing. As we grew from our family of 3 to our family of 4, it felt like the season of transition would never end. There were new responsibilities to take on, new routines to start, new emotions to be felt (by our son and us, alike), a new school year and some scarifies to be made. But as we transitioned through this new season together as a family, what stood out to me was the commitment to each other. Us. This little crew that we get to call our own.

I have said it before, we have been so greatly blessed along this journey, and there are no other people I would rather do life with than these crazy humans. As summer comes to and end and we move toward autumn, I’m reminded again how much I have to be thankful for. Discomfort or not, each and every season of change in my life has brought me exactly here with these people. And I am forever grateful for the love, the support, the encouragement, the laughter, the sloppy wet baby kisses and the tickle fights that happen each night on our living room floor.

And I’m extra thankful for a husband who says, “sure”, when I tell him it’s been too long since I’ve had time behind my lens and I need to go out and capture some love to fill up my bucket again.

So, this is us. I hope you enjoy the images!

baby k.

Hello all of you lovely people in media land! It’s been a hot minute since I’ve been on this site, and I can’t believe since my last post we have a nearly seven month old babe! Life has been flying by, but we are doing so well on the home front and I have been loving every minute of this down time soaking up alllllll the baby snuggles.

Baby Kade came to us in style on December 24…yup, he’s a Christmas Eve kiddo, and I just realized his sweet little squishy face is yet to be seen around here! So please be merciful that I’m dampening this glorious summer weather with speak of the C-word, ha!

We were in and out of hospital like a whirlwind and back home just 12 hours after Kade was born. Waking up as a family of four on Christmas morning was pretty surreal, and I’m still shocked I managed to snap these images in my sleep deprived, she-warrior state. But I am SO glad I did! He’s been the most amazing addition to our clan, the best little brother to Chase, and it feels like he has truly always been a part of our family.

So, enjoy these insanely late photos of our best present ever.

(All the heart eyes, right?!)

Mark & Merrick

Well people, it’s T-minus 10 weeks until baby McKinnon arrives (gasp!), and I have been so fortunate to spend my last few weekends exploring (read: waddling) around some beautiful Calgary park grounds.

You may recognize this lovely family from a few of my past sessions. The Hill’s are the best kind of people, and I’m always so happy to spend time with them (with out without my camera in hand!)

We weren’t sure what the weather was going to do, and it was a little more chilly than we anticipated, but we found a great little spot in Carburn Park to wander.

Despite the enormous amounts of snow this city has been recently dumped with, this weekends melt and plus temperatures actually felt like fall. And it was lovely!

Enjoy the images.

 

The Campbell’s

Happy Winter!

I mean, happy…fall? Right, this is fall. I have to keep reminding myself that it’s not Christmastime yet whenever I look out the window at the wall of snow Calgary was hit with a few days ago. We broke records you guys! And not the good kind! But now that Snowmageddon seems to have passed and the white stuff is melting down, I’ve been looking forward to getting outside and seeing those amazing autumn colors saturating the trees. And today did not disappoint!

I got to spend my afternoon with this beauty of a family. Meet The Campbell’s. It’s been years…YEARS since they have had family photos taken, so I was honored to capture some memories today.

The weather was perfect, the scenery was amazing, and this preggo mama got to spend the day behind a lens, so I’d say today was a success! And to top it off, I even got to hide away and edit all evening, so these images are super duper fresh. Like, five hours fresh, you guys!

I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed capturing them.

Wayne + Nina

Love is in the air… Ok- so this past weekend was crazy. Crazy busy, crazy loud and crazy filling for my soul. I jumped in a packed SUV and drove for 10+ hours into the Fraser Valley with my kiddo to spend the weekend soaking up sunshine, old friends and family moments. Among the busyness, I was able to sneak away with one of my favorite people, my big brother, and his b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l bride to be. These sweethearts are getting married this coming September and I cannot wait for the day to arrive. So in the meantime, enjoy these engagement photos- they sure do make my heart happy.

Jake + Jaclyn’s Wedding Day

It sure didn’t feel like an entire three months went by between shooting this sweet couple’s engagement photos and their wedding day, but it came at last and it was beautiful! This vintage inspired wedding was hosted entirely on the grounds at Heritage Park Historical Village and the details were perfection. From the bride’s hand made floral fan to the flapper style bridesmaids dresses that were designed and created by one of the bridesmaids herself, to the Dairy Barn where they danced the night away- this was one lovely day to remember. The bride and groom also decided they wanted to have one last “meeting” before they met at the ceremony aisle, and guys, it was full of emotion! I was holding in tears as this couple held hands, separated between a wall, and I’m so honored I got to be a part of this. Jake + Jaclyn, I wish you a lifetime of blessings and a home full of joy in your future. Congratulations, newlyweds! Enjoy the images.

jake + jacyln.

I love to photograph love! And I love it even more when I get to spend my afternoon with a couple like this.

Meet Jake and Jaclyn. I have the privilege to photograph this sweet couple again in just three short months and it was a pleasure to spend some time with them in front of my lens for their complimentary engagement session.

These next few months will be gone before you know it, so until then, happy planning all things wedding (eek!) and enjoy the images!

 

 

 

january.

January 1st is here!

I’ve been so grateful to have my husband home for the last 10 days, and it’s been ah-ma-zing to have such a low key holiday season this time around. We’ve spent more days clad in jammies than we have dressed and it’s just what we all needed!

I want to be intentional this year about getting inspired by the things around me and to spend more time with my camera in hand. And what better way to kick off this resolution than to spend some time with my friend @johnpohlphotography at one of the coolest little wildlife saturated parks in this beautiful city. It warmed from -40 degrees mere hours ago to a balmy -12 while we roamed, but I was still frozen to the core with that bitter -20 wind chill. We kept this session short, but were able to find some incredible wildlife to get up close and personal with.

One of my best experiences was meeting a curious little doe this summer, and this time around did not disappoint! These winter deer are stunning, and can be coaxed out of the comfort of their surroundings with a little patience and some enticing field grass to munch on. I don’t know how we managed this again, but I had a beautiful baby interested enough to let me get a quick scratch on her muzzle, as she munched that wheat right out of my hand.

So, as I sit in the comfort (and warmth!) of our home, I wish you blessings in all of your 2018 endeavors, and I hope you enjoy the images!