Sheryl + Steve Married

The resort was alive with preparations for Sheryl and Steve’s wedding day. Guests were finishing up their morning coffees on the veranda, staff was preparing the venue, their wedding planner, Jenny, was setting out the beautiful florals. Together they were creating a gorgeous setting for what would be the most perfect day to celebrate S+S.

Sheryl finished off her final details with her sisters and nieces by her side. Steve waited for her on a quiet path, just down from the resort. Sheryl had really wanted to make the time to see Steve before the ceremony. She knew he was the only one who could bring her the calmness she was needing before the most special day of her life began.

When they found each other, she laid her hands in his, and took that quiet moment together…

Without too much time to spare, they headed off to their ceremony overlooking the incredible view at Predator Ridge. They said their ‘I do’s’, and followed it up with a champagne toast with all their family and friends.

Celebrations lasted well into the evening, and ended with a magical sparkler send-off for the newlyweds.

Thank you two so much for inviting me to be a part of your day. I loved every moment, and I think it’s easy to see within these photos how much love you share. I wish you all the joy in the world as you begin this new chapter as husband and wife. xo

SS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-1_ST SS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-4_ST
SS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-6_ST SS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-7_STSS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-21_ST SS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-8_ST SS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-10_ST SS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-13_ST SS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-14_ST SS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-16_ST SS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-18_ST SS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-20_ST SS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-22_ST SS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-26_ST

Sheryl made sure to take a quiet moment to open her gift from her groom. The words Steve chose to write to Sheryl brought tears to her eyes and a warmth in her heart that overflowed… It was the perfect final moment as she left to meet him for their first look together.

SS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-23_ST SS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-28_ST SS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-33_STSS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-30_ST SS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-32_ST SS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-34_ST SS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-35_ST SS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-40_ST

SS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-37_ST

SS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-39_STSS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-41_ST SS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-45_ST SS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-46_ST SS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-47_ST SS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-48_ST SS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-51_ST SS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-52_STSS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-44_ST SS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-53_ST SS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-55_ST SS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-57_ST SS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-58_ST SS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-60_ST

SS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-59_ST

SS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-63_ST SS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-64_ST SS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-66_ST SS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-68_ST SS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-71_ST SS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-74_ST SS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-75_ST SS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-78_STSS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-85_ST SS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-79_ST SS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-82_ST SS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-87_ST SS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-89_ST

SS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-92_ST

SS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-90_ST SS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-93_ST SS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-96_ST

SS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-95_ST

SS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-98_ST SS-Wedding-JanellePhotography-99_ST

The lovely vendors that made up the day:

Venue and catering: Predator Ridge

Wedding coordination: Jenny McAlpine Weddings

DJ: B Mack

Hair and Make-up: Jenna Jones

Dress: Tara Keely by Lazaro

Commissioner: Barb Samuel

Chair Rentals: Perspective Event Rental

Florals: Stage Right

Videographer: Full Circle Productions

Limo: Okanagan Limo

Assistant Photographer: Mandy Glinsbockel

Sara + Blair Married

Laughter rang through the house as Sara and her best friends finished getting ready for the day. Sara sat in Jenny’s chair, getting the final touches on her make-up. The girls all took a moment together to remind each other how much they all mean to each other. The love  and appreciation I felt between this beautiful group of women was such a special moment. There is no better way I can think of starting one of the best days of Sara’s life.

The dress hung in the window, and when she was ready, the girls helped her into her gorgeous gown, and sent her to see her soon-to-be-husband.

Blair was waiting for Sara outside, as they wanted to have a quiet moment together before the festivities and celebration began. As Blair turned around, his face filled with emotion and love.

And those feelings lasted throughout this perfect day. The ceremony took place on the edge of Okanagan Lake with the sun overhead. After they shared the most beautiful (and oh so funny) vows, they kissed, they signed, they cheered, kissed again, and were ready to break out the bubbly.

It was a backyard bbq like no other. Fantastic food, great drinks, very entertaining speeches, crazy games and tasty cupcakes! Doesn’t really get much better than that.

Thank you Sara + Blair for asking me to be your photographer. It was such  an honor, and I hope these photos bring back all the beautiful memories of your day.

xo

BS-Wedding-Janelle-86_STBS-Wedding-Janelle-87_STThanks to Mandy, my second shooter, for these great photos of the boys getting ready!BS-Wedding-Janelle-89_STBS-Wedding-Janelle-90_STBS-Wedding-Janelle-1_STBS-Wedding-Janelle-7_ST BS-Wedding-Janelle-2_ST BS-Wedding-Janelle-4_ST BS-Wedding-Janelle-9_STBS-Wedding-Janelle-5_ST BS-Wedding-Janelle-13_STThis laughter set the tone for the entire day. Joyful, love-ful.BS-Wedding-Janelle-15_ST BS-Wedding-Janelle-16_STBS-Wedding-Janelle-12_STBS-Wedding-Janelle-37_ST BS-Wedding-Janelle-19_ST BS-Wedding-Janelle-22_ST BS-Wedding-Janelle-25_ST BS-Wedding-Janelle-26_ST BS-Wedding-Janelle-31_ST BS-Wedding-Janelle-32_ST BS-Wedding-Janelle-33_ST BS-Wedding-Janelle-36_STBS-Wedding-Janelle-41_ST BS-Wedding-Janelle-40_ST BS-Wedding-Janelle-43_ST BS-Wedding-Janelle-45_ST BS-Wedding-Janelle-47_ST BS-Wedding-Janelle-48_ST BS-Wedding-Janelle-49_STBS-Wedding-Janelle-57_ST BS-Wedding-Janelle-54_ST BS-Wedding-Janelle-58_STBS-Wedding-Janelle-101_ST BS-Wedding-Janelle-61_STBS-Wedding-Janelle-99_STBS-Wedding-Janelle-100_STBS-Wedding-Janelle-60_STBS-Wedding-Janelle-102_ST BS-Wedding-Janelle-95_ST BS-Wedding-Janelle-64_ST BS-Wedding-Janelle-65_ST BS-Wedding-Janelle-66_STBS-Wedding-Janelle-52_STBS-Wedding-Janelle-51_ST

BS-Wedding-Janelle-82_ST
BS-Wedding-Janelle-68_ST BS-Wedding-Janelle-69_STBS-Wedding-Janelle-67_ST

BS-Wedding-Janelle-72_ST BS-Wedding-Janelle-73_ST BS-Wedding-Janelle-74_ST BS-Wedding-Janelle-77_ST BS-Wedding-Janelle-78_ST BS-Wedding-Janelle-79_STBS-Wedding-Janelle-76_ST BS-Wedding-Janelle-84_ST

The amazing vendors that made up the day

Wedding Coordinator – Jenny McAlpine Weddings

Venue – Private Residence

Caterer – Flambe Catering

Wine – Perseus Winery

Florist – Lisa’s Fresh Cut Flowers

Make-up Artist – Jenny McKinney

Hair Stylist – Sabrina Nunes

DJ – Travis Turner

Tent Rental – Westminster Rentals

Dessert – Kaleena Cakes

Bride’s Dress – Sophia Tolli

Bride’s jewellery – Leah Alexandria

Assistant Photographer – Mandy Glinsbockel

 

Kim + Bryan Married

The Naramata Inn was buzzing with energy this past Saturday. Kim and Bryan were preparing to get married, and their guests awaited their time to join in and help these two celebrate!

Kim prepared in the Champagne Suite with her most closest of ladies. The details were taken care of, all of her support was here, and all that had to be done was to put on her beautiful wedding dress and find her groom.

Bryan waited for Kim underneath the trees, and when she arrived, his face lit up with pride, with gratitude, and with so much love. Their first look was such a special, quiet moment that would prepare them for one of the best days of their lives.

They were married at Legend Distillery, looking over the beautiful Okanagan Lake. The sun shone overhead with a slight breeze in the air. It was the perfect day to celebrate K+B.

After a few signature cocktails, we strolled through the most beautiful lavender farm, with the soft scent of the flowers surrounding us. It seemed like a dream to have this most gorgeous bride and her doting (and quite handsome too) husband by her side. But like all dreams, it had to end, but thankfully the day took us right back to The Inn to celebrate over amazing food, good drink and in wonderful company.

Thank you two so much for inviting me to be a part of your day. I hope these photos bring back many of the beautiful moments that made up your wedding day.

Without further ado, Let the story begin…
Wedding-KB-Janelle-9_STWedding-KB-Janelle-11_STWedding-KB-Janelle-12_STWedding-KB-Janelle-3_STWedding-KB-Janelle-1_ST Wedding-KB-Janelle-6_ST Wedding-KB-Janelle-7_ST Wedding-KB-Janelle-13_ST Wedding-KB-Janelle-16_ST Wedding-KB-Janelle-17_ST Wedding-KB-Janelle-18_STWedding-KB-Janelle-116_STWedding-KB-Janelle-118_STWedding-KB-Janelle-119_STWedding-KB-Janelle-120_ST

First time seeing each other that day…

Wedding-KB-Janelle-10_ST Wedding-KB-Janelle-11_ST Wedding-KB-Janelle-12_ST Wedding-KB-Janelle-13_STWedding-KB-Janelle-124_ST Wedding-KB-Janelle-15_ST

The view at Legend Distillery…

Wedding-KB-Janelle-126_ST Wedding-KB-Janelle-20_ST Wedding-KB-Janelle-38_ST Wedding-KB-Janelle-39_ST Wedding-KB-Janelle-41_ST

Wedding-KB-Janelle-43_STLoved seeing the local wineries, distilleries and cideries being served! The Okanagan tastes good!

Wedding-KB-Janelle-45_ST Wedding-KB-Janelle-47_ST Wedding-KB-Janelle-48_STWedding-KB-Janelle-46_ST Wedding-KB-Janelle-49_STWedding-KB-Janelle-57_ST Wedding-KB-Janelle-52_ST Wedding-KB-Janelle-58_ST Wedding-KB-Janelle-60_STFields of lavender… it doesn’t get more beautiful than this. Wedding-KB-Janelle-62_ST Wedding-KB-Janelle-61_ST Wedding-KB-Janelle-64_STWedding-KB-Janelle-71_STWedding-KB-Janelle-4_ST Wedding-KB-Janelle-68_ST Wedding-KB-Janelle-70_STWedding-KB-Janelle-141_ST Wedding-KB-Janelle-81_ST Wedding-KB-Janelle-84_ST Wedding-KB-Janelle-85_ST Wedding-KB-Janelle-86_STWedding-KB-Janelle-143_STWedding-KB-Janelle-89_STWedding-KB-Janelle-135_ST Wedding-KB-Janelle-93_STWedding-KB-Janelle-132_ST Wedding-KB-Janelle-97_ST Wedding-KB-Janelle-98_STIs that a wall of donuts? Yes, yes it is. Whisk, you are amazing…
Wedding-KB-Janelle-99_ST Wedding-KB-Janelle-100_ST Wedding-KB-Janelle-103_ST

There was a piñata! So fun! And she killed it…literally. Wedding-KB-Janelle-101_ST Wedding-KB-Janelle-106_ST Wedding-KB-Janelle-107_ST Wedding-KB-Janelle-111_STWedding-KB-Janelle-110_ST Wedding-KB-Janelle-113_ST Wedding-KB-Janelle-114_STWedding-KB-Janelle-115_ST

The amazing vendors that made up the day

Ceremony Location: Legend Distilling

Reception Location: Naramata Heritage Inn

Wedding Planner: Vines and Vows Event Planning

Bouquet and table florals: Lisa’s Fresh Cut Flowers

Vintage Decor Rentals: Vintage Origami

Rentals: Westminster Party & Tent Rentals

Donut Wall and Cake: Whisk Cake Company

Catering: Ambrosia By Chef Bongo

Dress and Veil: Made with Love Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses: Show me your Mumu

Invitations: Minted

Make-up: B.Jollieartistry

Hair: Beyoutiful Beauty Artists

Videography: Fresh Finish Media

DJ: Wes Please of Brightside Wedding Djs

Assistant Photographer: Mandy Glinsbockel

Greenery: Carl’s Flowers

Van Rentals: Top Cat Tours

 

amanda + derrek married

The details had been taken care of. The day had arrived. It was time for Amanda to marry Derrek.

As their guests awaited the start of the ceremony, the clouds opened up just a hint to let in a beautiful soft glow over the field at Powers Creek Retreat. Amanda walked towards Derrek and they were married under the open sky… becoming officially husband and wife.

We quickly slipped away to Quail’s Gate for a little wine tasting and to enjoy the beautiful view over Okanagan Lake. Getting back to the resort, A+D had planned a lovely tent reception in the field, with good food, good wine and fabulous company.

With the lights twinkling overhead, we heard stories about A+D, making everyone laugh and cry. We enjoyed homemade pie and delicious cupcakes, and then the music turned up and the party began!

It was clear to me, with the love of their family, the love of their friends, and the love between each other, this is a relationship built to last a lifetime. Here’s to many years to come, filled with all sorts of love, of joy, being the shoulder to cry on, arms to lift each other up, of great adventures, and beautiful victories.

AD-Powers Creek-Janelle-2_STThose shoes though! A little something borrowed AND something blue.. John Fluevog never fails…AD-Powers Creek-Janelle-1_ST AD-Powers Creek-Janelle-9_ST AD-Powers Creek-Janelle-11_ST AD-Powers Creek-Janelle-13_STAD-Powers Creek-Janelle-7_STAD-Powers Creek-Janelle-100_ST AD-Powers Creek-Janelle-102_ST AD-Powers Creek-Janelle-17_ST AD-Powers Creek-Janelle-18_ST AD-Powers Creek-Janelle-20_STAD-Powers Creek-Janelle-23_STAD-Powers Creek-Janelle-24_ST AD-Powers Creek-Janelle-22_STAD-Powers Creek-Janelle-21_ST AD-Powers Creek-Janelle-26_STAD-Powers Creek-Janelle-28_ST AD-Powers Creek-Janelle-29_ST AD-Powers Creek-Janelle-30_ST AD-Powers Creek-Janelle-34_ST AD-Powers Creek-Janelle-35_ST AD-Powers Creek-Janelle-36_ST AD-Powers Creek-Janelle-31_STAD-Powers Creek-Janelle-38_ST AD-Powers Creek-Janelle-39_ST AD-Powers Creek-Janelle-40_ST AD-Powers Creek-Janelle-41_ST AD-Powers Creek-Janelle-44_ST AD-Powers Creek-Janelle-45_ST AD-Powers Creek-Janelle-46_ST AD-Powers Creek-Janelle-48_ST AD-Powers Creek-Janelle-50_ST AD-Powers Creek-Janelle-51_ST AD-Powers Creek-Janelle-52_ST A very special token of love that had been tucked inside the bride’s dress…close to her heart. AD-Powers Creek-Janelle-54_ST We’ve ARRIVED!AD-Powers Creek-Janelle-57_STAD-Powers Creek-Janelle-55_ST AD-Powers Creek-Janelle-58_STAD-Powers Creek-Janelle-68_ST AD-Powers Creek-Janelle-59_ST AD-Powers Creek-Janelle-60_ST AD-Powers Creek-Janelle-64_ST AD-Powers Creek-Janelle-66_ST AD-Powers Creek-Janelle-67_ST AD-Powers Creek-Janelle-70_ST

The evening was made up of every emotion. Some hilarious moments, some sweet moments, some tear-filled moments. All of which made it a perfect wedding day…AD-Powers Creek-Janelle-71_ST AD-Powers Creek-Janelle-73_ST AD-Powers Creek-Janelle-74_ST AD-Powers Creek-Janelle-75_ST AD-Powers Creek-Janelle-77_ST AD-Powers Creek-Janelle-78_ST AD-Powers Creek-Janelle-79_ST AD-Powers Creek-Janelle-81_ST AD-Powers Creek-Janelle-82_ST

The wonderful vendors that made up the day:

Location – Powers Creek Retreat

Caterer – Foodlums Catering

Bouquet – Passionate Blooms

DJ – John Berg

Mobile Bar Service – Mint Julep

Cupcakes – A little piece of Heaven

Make-up – Saara MUA

Hair – Beauty and Shave Parlor

Dress – Kathryn Bass Bridal

Second photographer – Jessica Balfour

Sara + Blair Engaged

It never hurts to warm up with a little bit of fabulous vino before heading into your engagement session, especially a ‘winter’ engagement session! Keeps the cockles of the heart (and toes) just a little bit warmer!

It was such a treat to meet Sara + Blair at Perseus Winery for their photo shoot. We started off within the warm walls of the winery and enjoyed one more glass of Pinto Gris.  Eventually we bundled up and headed into the beauty of the Okanagan. Even in winter, I have so much love for this valley. The stunning surroundings that we call home always takes my breath away.

As we walked along the clay cliffs of Penticton, S+B were amazing!  There is no hiding their comfort with each other. You could see they relied on each other within the moments to keep it real. Keep it honest. Keep it fun! There was a lot of laughter. There were beautiful, quiet moments that fluttered my heart. Made for a perfect session as we prepare for the big day!

Thank you two for entrusting me to be your photographer! I will be so excited and honoured to see you on wedding day. xo

okanagan engagement photography

okanagan engagement photography

okanagan engagement photography

okanagan engagement photography

okanagan engagement photography

okanagan engagement photography

okanagan engagement photography

okanagan engagement photography

okanagan engagement photography

okanagan engagement photography

okanagan engagement photography

okanagan engagement photography

okanagan engagement photography

okanagan engagement photography

okanagan engagement photography

okanagan engagement photography

okanagan engagement photography

okanagan engagement photography

okanagan engagement photography

We’re Engaged

Let’s start the conversation about one of my favorite parts of the whole wedding process.

The Engagement Session.

This is often the first time I will meet up with my clients, or possibly the second, if we had the opportunity to meet for coffee during the initial process. But either way, I am always so excited for this day.

They are a bit nervous. A bit unsure what to expect. Definitely excited. And they look amazing!

The beauty I find in this session, is the opportunity for me to capture images that depict the couple in a more natural, every-day environment. On a wedding day, they are dressed to the nines in an outfit that they will never wear again (at least this is true for the bride). They are distracted (in a very good way) being surrounded by everyone they love and care about. They are hosting the biggest party they’ll most likely ever host. AND they are marrying the love of their life. Definitely distracted.

Hence why I love the intimacy of the engagement session. They are wearing clothes that more represent their true personality. They get to choose a location that they love and feel comfortable in.

And most importantly, all they have to focus on is each other. Holding hands. Snuggling while looking out over somewhere beautiful. Being quiet in the moment. Being goofy in the moment. Simply being the moment.

A lot of brides will scour Pinterest for inspiration, which I totally support, as I am a sucker for Pinterest myself! And when a bride shows me images of a couple having these super gorgeous, organic, romantic, passionate moments, I first, get very excited, because I too, love love love those moments. I always follow up that excitement by saying, “you can have those kinds of photos too, you just need to allow yourselves to BE organic, romantic and passionate throughout the shoot.”

And that is the truth. I have a lot of little tricks up my sleeve for directions and encouragement for everyone that I work with, but it’s when a couple starts to just be themselves and relax into the moment, that’s when beauty really shines through.

 

Outfit selection is a fun, but potentially stressful part of the preparation. Some of my basic suggestions to couples are:

  1. Choose outfits that compliment each other, but don’t necessarily ‘match’.
  2. Try to avoid large logos or words, as these can be really distracting. If you are unsure, trying to stick to more classic, simple colors is best.
  3. Black on black on black is usually not a good idea (unless you were, for example, pulling out a tuxedo and that unbelievably sexy little black dress. In that case, rules are always meant to be broken!)
  4. Try to think of all the little details. This is a perfect time to get your makeup and hair done beautifully. Have fun with your accessories, and even make sure to touch up your manicure! I love to photograph the details (especially that beautiful new engagement ring).
  5. Be mindful of the environment and season we will be shooting in. If we’ve chosen an open field and dirt roads, this would not be the time to wear high heels and a sparkly evening dress. It would, however, be perfect for a pair of leather ankle boots and a flowy top that will move beautifully in the breeze. And if it’s cold out, make sure you have a jacket that you love and are happy to be photographed in. Freezing in the wind and cold temperatures doesn’t make for ‘organic, romantic, or passionate’. But wrapped in a beautiful parka with the hood pulled up over both of you? That’ll do it!

 

For inspiration, here are a couple of my favorite engagement shoots I’ve had the pleasure of shooting. A little bit of effort can really go a long way…

xo

SHERYL + STEVE – Gorgeous Calgary engagement

STORMEE + RON – Kelowna sunset session

TAMARA + COLE – Caldwell Heritage Farm engagement (link to location HERE)

Milligen-Engaged-453

 

And then magic happens

I’ve just gotten off the phone with a lovely wife-to-be, and I’m feeling humbled and very happy that they’ve decided to hire me as their photographer. Every time this moment happens, my mind quickly goes over everything that I want to ensure I give and complete for this couple…

Most basic:

  1. I want to give a set of beautiful images that fully encompass the big moments of the day, all the beautiful moments in-between, as well as photographs that simply exude their unique kind of love.
  2. A personal presence that is calming, at ease and warm.
  3. A confidence for my clients in knowing I will do my job fully.

And within those, there are so many little details that allow me to accomplish this for people.

Thompsonblog-76

It starts with how many weddings that I allow myself to do each year. I have realized for me and who I am, I work best and give my best when I am not overworked OR underworked. Taking a set amount of weddings each year has helped me to give my clients an experience that I can feel proud of.

I have also had to focus in on what I feel I do best, which is wedding photography. I am a bit of a hopeless romantic and if two people are lucky enough to find love, I am so happy to be there to put those memories and that love into photographs.

I know that each photographer has their own unique style, and each couple has a unique kind of love. The challenge of having the right couples find me and choose me to be their photographer, is one of my favorite parts! Even though this part can also be challenging and difficult at times, it is well worth it.

Because when I know I’ve been paired up with the right couple, magic happens.

Thompsonblog-19

It’s about time!

Paris anyone?

It’s been awhile since I’ve dreamt of Paris. Actually, that isn’t true. I am always dreaming of Paris, but it’s been awhile since I’ve thought about it in any possible, tangible way.

What feels like forever ago, I took 3 days and soaked in as much of that city as possible. I was in awe. In love. Infatuated with ‘Paris’.

The 3 days ended, and I moved on. But ever since that first date with Paris, I have been yearning to go back, but the next time hand in hand with the love of my life.

The time has finally come to go back, and wouldn’t you know it, but I get to take the TWO loves of my life with me.

I know, I know. It’s just a city. I am a firm believer that the most valuable and loved parts of my life are the people who surround me, so why get all wrapped up in the idea of streets and buildings? Well, all I can say to that is… that’s why I’m taking them with me! Rain or shine, we are going to spend a week together eating crepes and tiny desserts, drinking good coffee and even better wine.

And then I get to kick off my wedding season with a countryside wedding between the rolling hills of England. Ummm, yes, that’s right. My lovely cousin and his beautiful fiance and getting hitched and I get to capture the memories for them (here the link to their Canadian engagement session!)! I could not be more humbled and excited for this wedding. And I’ve wrangled the amazing Amy Faith, who is an incredible photographer located in England to help me out, so that I can also relax with my family and enjoy the celebration as well!

And then we get to come back home to summer in the Okanagan. I’ve got a lineup of amazing weddings that I can’t wait to be a part of. I’ve got time set aside for making my own memories with my little family. And most importantly, I am going to do my best to be ever-present in each moment, whether that be ‘work’ or ‘life’.

My goal this year is to be more streamlined. More organized. More effective. Which will hopefully allow me to truly enjoy every minute I get to focus on my work, and then fully enjoy every second I have with my family. I want to work effectively, play a lot and get the perfect amount of beauty sleep (ya right). Everyone has to dream, right?!

Here’s to another trip around the sun!

Below is my sort of my ‘signature’ Paris photo that always brings me right back to standing on the corner in Montmarte…

cello-winery_ST

We owned the beach

I believe the best way to move forward, is to appreciate and acknowledge where you’ve come from, and know where you want to go. It’s felt important to reflect on what happened this past year, and even more exciting to see where it has led me to. There were some pretty tough personal moments, some amazing personal moments, many wonderful, beautiful photography moments, some sad world moments, and happy world moments.

May as well start with the tough stuff, and then we get to finish with the icing on the cake!

The beginning of last year, our little bub was diagnosed with a Juvenile from of Arthritis (JIA). Shocked and heartbroken, this took us some time to digest what this really meant. Thankfully, we’ve had some incredible doctors who have helped us understand what it all means.

I haven’t yet shared this outside of my one-on-one conversations with people, as I really just needed time to soak in what this will mean for my little girl as she grows up. But I also want to say that I feel sharing this information and putting it out to my community, will inevitably open conversations that I’m sure will help us to deal with this new challenge in our family.

I hadn’t ever heard of Juvenile Arthritis before. I absolutely thought it was something you get when your older. Not when your 2 years old. But as I’ve now learnt, there are many, many forms of arthritis at all levels of severity, and at all ages.

Thankfully, Ari has been doing so well with her treatment and is a normal little monkey again at the playground. Yes, we have a bit of a hill to climb and I’m sure there will be some hard days ahead, but she has been such a trooper though all the doctor visits, the medications, the poking and prodding.

I also lost my grandfather at the start of 2016. He lived a beautiful, full life all the way to 95 years. It was a celebration of life, for sure, but nonetheless, hard on my heart to actually see him go. But I feel so lucky that Ari and I were able to spend time with him before he left. She will still see a photo of him, and say, ‘Hey! There’s Great-Grandpa!’. It warms my heart that she has those little memories and the photos to keep his spirit alive.

With a few other challenges though the spring, we did absolutely manage to come out the other side still motivated to keep pushing and moving forward.

The summer was amazing. We took Ari camping and she connected so much to Mother Nature! She loved every minute of it, surrounded by her grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles.

We owned the beach this year. We literally took a picnic dinner to Skaha at least 4 times a week after work. There is no other place I’d rather be when the sun is out in the Okanagan. We even did a mini-staycation this past summer and LOVED it. We are so blessed to live here, and I promise to never take for granted that we live in a summer-paradise!

Every wedding and engagement that I photographed this year, I truly felt so connected to my clients. I am so lucky to find such wonderful people to work for, and it makes me want to do a 150% job for them. I so appreciate each and every one of the bride and grooms who entrust me to capture those memories for them.

I finished up my shooting season at the end of September this year, and had an amazing fall, focused on my own little family. Ari became obsessed with ‘ghosts’, therefore had to be a ghost for Halloween. Cutest little ghost I ever did see!

Wrapped up all the edits and albums for clients by mid-November, and then was able to focus on Christmas with a toddler! So. Much. Fun.

And now it’s a new year, and I can’t wait for it! We already have so many amazing things planned, that I can hardly contain my excitement. The next blog post I’ll share a bit about what is coming up.

Let me leave you with just a few of my faves from this past season…

Janelle Photography-1Leboe-31 MenziesBlog-88 Winczura-45 ZingleBlog-39BreeNathan-3 Howarth-blog-18 Kowbel-27

Thompsonblog-78

 

 

 

 

Amanda + Derrek Engaged

“I have so, so much love for him, and he is seriously the most important thing in my life…” Admittedly, Amanda was referring to her beautiful pup Titan at the time, but trust me when I say, she’s got all sorts of love for both her boys, Titan AND Derrek.

It was such a special treat for me to do these photos for Amanda and Derrek’s engagement. Amanda and I went to school together once upon a time. And to see her now, looking so gorgeous, so full of joy, and getting married to a guy who is a perfect fit for her.

We walked around downtown Kelowna, and enjoyed talking and catching up with each other. And of course, taking a few photos here and there! Titan joined us for the first few minutes, and then waited patiently as I did a few more of just A+D at the waterfront, taking advantage of that gorgeous Okanagan light at the end of the day.

Thank you two for inviting me to be a part of this ‘getting married’ journey, and I hope you love these photos and they become a beautiful reminder of this special time in your lives…

xo

kowbel-1

kowbel-2 kowbel-5 kowbel-6 kowbel-7 kowbel-9 kowbel-11 kowbel-13 kowbel-14 kowbel-15 kowbel-17 kowbel-18 kowbel-20 kowbel-21 kowbel-22 kowbel-24 kowbel-25 kowbel-27 kowbel-28 kowbel-29 kowbel-30

Amanda’s beautiful hair done by: Courtney Scott at The Beauty and Shave Parlor

Amanda’s beautiful make-up done by: Jenny McKinney