End of the year + engagement celebrations

The last day of 2013, and I feel lucky to have had 2013, and feel even more excited for what is to come in 2014.

In my business, I have never felt more blessed to have the clients that I have and thankful for their support. To that, I wanted to share a little run-down of a few of my favorite images from all the amazing engagement sessions from this past year. Some of these couples I had the absolute pleasure of photographing their wedding this past summer, and a few have their wedding coming up for summer 2014.

If you missed it, you can also check out my Favorite Wedding Images of this past year HERE. xocook-41

And I wanted to end this New Years Eve post with a few sneak peek images from an engagement session we did just a couple days ago on the winter-y beaches of Penticton. Another amazing couple that I am so looking forward to working with this coming summer… more of this amazingness to come in the New Year! Kong-Eng-339 Kong-Eng-504

Family of 3

Just six weeks new, this little family of three is now complete. I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Andrea and Ken 1.5 years ago when I photographed their wedding on a beautiful spring day in Kelowna.

This time round, it was so special to see them as brand new parents. With this ‘melt-your-heart’ little bundle of a boy, they seemed so happy, a little tired but completely in love.

One of my favorite parts of the day was actually before we even started photographing. I can only imagine how challenging it must be to be a new parent. Especially when your new little babe is upset and you can’t seem to figure out what is wrong… So, this was happening, and instead of getting frustrated or upset themselves, Andrea + Ken simply worked together to resolve little K’s upset cries. They went down the list of ‘potential’ issues, and eventually got it solved. And now, it was time for some snuggles and lovin’ in the studio.

Thank you Andrea + Ken for inviting me back into your lives to capture another milestone moment for you. I can see the love and the patience you have for your new family, and it is something very special…

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come and gone

Already half-way through December, and I am amazed at how fast 2013 has flown by. Such a wonderful year in so many ways, and I will be forever thankful for all of the moments that made up the days.

I want to say a huge, big, huggy thank you to all my brides + grooms from this past year. You are the reason I do what I do, and you are the reason I get to do what I do! I feel very blessed to have this business, and I am always so thankful for each couple that I get to work with. Here is a little rundown of a few of the images that I fell in love with this past year… so much love, so much romance, so much fun and joy…

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crunching numbers

I have labeled this week ‘Business Week’ in my office. I will admit, I am definitely a photographer first, business-woman second. I am not naturally number/business/marketing/sales savvy, but I love what I do, so I try to put the time in to learn the business side of things. I know that the only way to be successful and continue to be an entrepreneur is to effectively and pro-actively work on the ‘business’.

And fittingly, this past weekend we had a little celebration in honor of my smartypants hubby who is an accountant. Soooo business savvy and so smart with numbers. Yes, I am lucky, because I have the best resource for business in the world. And he helps me to no end… which I am so very thankful for. For his party, I had to get something fun for dessert, so I called up Sarah of Sarah’s Sweets in Kelowna and had her create a little somethin’ somethin’. Check it out –

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And now I sit here dreaming of calculator cookies, getting ready to start learning a new software, taking time to learn a few new tricks on my current software, prepping my back-up systems for a new season, cleaning up my computer and filing my paperwork. Good times and Happy Monday!