The Swart Family | Urban Family Session

I love any chance I get to do an urban family session. They aren’t always easy to plan around as they can require some location scouting beforehand. Sometimes it’s more practical to meet a family at Fish Creek Park where it’s quiet and you don’t need to worry about parking. Luckily, these clients happen to be good friends of mine and already had this location picked out.

Kristy-Anne is a major boss babe who just happens to be an incredible photographer. To say I look up to her is an understatement. She and I met as through a mutual friend and then met again a couple years later when we became inseparable. Since then, we have been swapping services each year for family photos. It’s always so fun to take turns working with each other’s family. I promise I will share some of the images she captured of my family very soon.

The day we captured these images was a cold one! We literally took them all in 13 minutes. It’s amazing what you can capture in such a short period of time. I was so nervous driving home after the session because I wasn’t sure any of them turned out, but then I had a huge smile on my face as the images loaded onto my computer. The Swart’s are fun, carefree, adventurous, nurturing, and passionate. They never take themselves too seriously. I love this family!

Kate and Evan | Calgary Maternity Session

This Calgary Maternity Session was so beautiful. I was so nervous leading up to it, as I am with every session, because I want so badly for my vision to come to life. In my head I imagine lots of laughter, connection between each family member, and beautiful light. I feel like all of those things exceeded my expectations with this one. Plus, the family is not so terrible to look at either!

Kate and Evan are expecting their second child in February! Guess who gets to be there to document his arrival? This girl, right here! I am so excited to be apart of their birth story. I still consider it the greatest honor. We met in Griffith Woods over in Discovery Ridge and the path was so icy because of the warmer temperatures. So we ended up adventuring down towards the river bank to a beautiful spot in the trees. This is why I love having the time to work with families. I get to watch as the story unfolds!

Their daughter Abby took a little while to warm up to me and that is so normal for kids. I eventually asked the question, “what is your baby brother’s name going to be?” She gave me a timid smile and shied away at first, but then after making some suggestions of my own she chimed in with “Booger”. We all laughed and laughed. Her parents were not expecting her to say that, which made it all the more silly.

They finished off the afternoon with some hot chocolate and cuddles. What more can you ask for on a cold day?

I LOOOOOOVE this session, and love this family even more now. I cannot wait to see them again in February for their birth!

Charlotte | Calgary Baby Photographer

As a Calgary Baby Photographer, I get to photograph bellies, births, and babies. All three are completely different. Now that this winter weather is in full swing, in-home sessions are a great way to stay warm and capture those first few weeks or months at home as a family. The dynamic changes as families grow, but I especially love working with new families. The house is always so quiet! Everyone works around the baby’s schedule so we can take things slow if needed.

This Calgary Family hired me for the birth of their baby girl, Charlotte, back in August. They began as complete strangers and now I am so lucky to call them friends. Nicole has been a huge supporter of mine since we first met, and has helped me in so many ways with my own business! I truly believe that us meeting was no accident. Nicole was so sweet to write a review about her experience. You can find that at the bottom of the post!

Normally, I recommend doing the Newborn Session when baby is between 1-2 weeks old. Nicole had asked to wait a bit longer and I am so glad we did! With Charlotte being 2 months old, she was much more alert, yet still sleepy for those snuggly shots. One of the things I do to get my families comfortable on camera is to ask them questions. This allows them to focus on each other, be present in the moment, and connect on a deeper level. In the end, the hope is that they aren’t just left with beautiful pictures, but also feel closer to one another emotionally. These images were some of my favorite ones to capture to date.

“Kristina is as good as it gets. When my husband and I were expecting our first child, we started looking at photographers in Calgary. After seeing a couple of Kristina’s birth stories, we quickly moved away from considering a maternity photo shoot and completely fell in love with the idea of birth photography instead. After meeting Kristina, the decision to work with her only felt natural. Not only is Kristina a total professional, she is one of the sweetest and kindest people you’ll ever meet.

Our birth experience didn’t go exactly as planned, as many don’t, but Kristina was so accommodating and supportive. She found a way to be right where she needed to be to capture the story without us even knowing she was there. The birth of our daughter ended in an emergency C-section. Given that in those circumstances photographers are usually not allowed in the delivery room, which was the case for us, we were really unsure how our birth story was going to turn out. Kristina was so collected in the moment. As I was being rushed into the operating room, Kristina quickly connected with a nurse who agreed to take her camera into the OR to capture some shots of our first moments together as family. Following the birth, Kristina spent a couple hours with us in recovery capturing some really beautiful shots as the three of us bonded as a new family. As so many others would say, these are memories that we will forever cherish and having them captured in photos and a video to share with our daughter one day is priceless.

Hiring Kristina as our birth photographer was not only the easiest but also the best decision we could have made. Kristina wasn’t the only photographer we met with and considered, but upon meeting her it was clear that her professionalism, the quality of her work and her character and energy were the best fit for us. We’ve never looked back and look forward to continuing to work with Kristina in the future on family photo shoots, and God willing – another birth story one day!” – Nicole

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