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.

together

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve shown up around here. I can’t remember the last time I focused my attention into this little photography passion of mine, and it feels really good to be back.

Life with two sweet boys has been amazing. BUSY. So busy. But wonderful. And now, as I sit here, pensive, with the rest of the globe, wondering what the next few weeks and months with Covid-19 will look like, I find myself teeter tottering between under and over reacting, missing so many of our friends and family that we have to be distant from, and trying hard to soak up this state of having no time at all and all the time in the world. It’s a bit wild, but I’m trying to focus my mental energy on hope, joy and these little moments of goodness that are around me all day.

I’m hoping to spend some more time here over the next little while, and will hopefully get to back log some looong overdue photography posts, and maybe even find a way to continue to photograph you lovely clients again, if we can do so safely with our best interests in mind.

Until then, enjoy this cheese ball. He is my wild and my littlest. And I’m so glad I brushed off my lens today to get close to him amidst the distance.

Enjoy the images.

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!

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.

 

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!