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Stephanie & Neil’s Maternity Shoot

When we last saw Stephanie & Neil, it was at their beautiful winter-themed wedding here in Calgary, Alberta. Before that, it was at their engagement. So we did a little throwback to where it all began, incorporating the Bay blanket that added a unique touch to their engagement shoot.

We took to Votier Flats in Fish Creek Park close to sunset, gathering up the most of the last rays of the day’s light. The beautiful gold bursts of the Fall sun added the perfect highlights to this shoot, showcasing Stephanie’s gorgeous baby bump and the excitement of new parents. Continue reading Stephanie & Neil’s Maternity Shoot

Camera Confidence with the YYC Girl Gang

A few months ago, Sam from Sugar and Sam reached out to the YYC Girl Gang about an idea she had. Tired of not knowing what to do in front of the camera, she asked us if we could put together a workshop about how to pose and feel better in front of the lens.

This is something I’ve worked on before, as it’s a pretty integral part of what I do as a portrait photographer, but I was so excited and jumped at the chance to work with Sam and the rest of the Girl Gang to bring the experience to our local population of bossbabes. Continue reading Camera Confidence with the YYC Girl Gang

Things to do in Calgary: Velour Clothing Exchange

One of the things I love about living in Calgary is how small businesses are thriving. In a time when other sectors are experiencing a slump, handmade, vintage, and small are being supported by and in turn are supporting the community. This series is going to take a look at those businesses!

Vintage-fashion lover Myra Miller recently took her clothing curations to the next level and has opened up her own brick & mortar shop on 17th Ave. Velour Clothing Exchange is a beautiful and bright space, filled with fantastically unique pieces, carefully selected by Myra herself. There’s handmade art pieces hanging on the walls, and all of the fittings are locally made. Continue reading Things to do in Calgary: Velour Clothing Exchange

Makers in the Raw: Knitatude

Hands up if you have warm, happy feelings associated with yarn! There’s just something about that squishy fibre that’s so easy to love. It keeps us warm, comes in gorgeous colours, and can be expertly crafted into functional yet beautiful patterns to enjoy.

This is the world Chantal of Knitatude lives in. In her bright apartment, there’s a shrine-like quality to her studio. Nested in a large papasan chair, her hands move quickly to crank out beanies, scarves, and even purses in beautiful, brightly coloured yarn. Continue reading Makers in the Raw: Knitatude

Umayri 2016

Another successful dig season at Tall al=’Umayri has come and gone. Land ownership troubles didn’t stop us from getting some questions answered and some squares completely documented. It’s hard to think about how this may have been our last season at ‘Umayri, but at least, it was a good one.

Going forward, I can only hope we find a way to continue our excavations at ‘Umaryi. The site has been under excavation since 1984 (just like me!), and it would be a shame to see the excavations closed when there’s still so many questions to be answered, so many squares to be excavated, and so much history left to find. Continue reading Umayri 2016

Umayri Photo Contest

Since I can’t be everywhere and shouldn’t be the only one having fun photographing life with the Tall al-‘Umayri crew, I hold a seasonal photo contest with ice cream as the prize!

Participants can compete in four categories: archaeological, camp life, portraits, and landscapes. Since everyone submitted such amazing photos this year, we were able to treat all the contestants to ice cream! If you want to see the winners & runners up, head to the official ‘Umayri weekly reports to check them out!

The Archaeological Photographer’s Equipment List

When I started doing archaeological photography, I didn’t have much to go on. There weren’t many articles online at the time, so when it came time to build my equipment, I opted to buy what I knew I’d need for portrait photography and hope for the best.

It worked out, since most of what I do is portrait and art photography relies on what I ended up selecting, but there were some things that turned out to be more useful than others. So if you’d like to know what I haul halfway around the world to get quality artifact photographs, read on! Continue reading The Archaeological Photographer’s Equipment List

Those Wedding Day Disposable Cameras!

Wedding season is upon us! As I write this, soon-to-be newlyweds across the country are sitting down and planning their own ceremonies. If you’ve ever been to a wedding and walked away thinking to yourself that it was one of the best weddings you’ve been do, you probably know that it’s the details that make for a great wedding.

As a photographer and as someone who is currently working on planning her own big day, I know that one of the few things that lasts after a ceremony are those beautiful photographs. But I also know wedding photographers are expensive and it can be hard to look at that bill for several thousand dollars and not think to yourself, “there has to be a cheaper way.” Continue reading Those Wedding Day Disposable Cameras!

Etsy Captains’ Summit 2016

Last week, Lindy and I took off to Toronto to attend this year’s Etsy Captain’s Summit. Every year, Etsy Canada gathers team captains from across the country to come participate in a special conference where we share ideas and celebrate all things handmade & vintage.

The first Summit was held in 2014 and originally centred around the Etsy: Made in Canada market. In order to attend, each team had to agree to put on the market in their own city, which was great for putting on a united front and making Made in Canada the big cross-country event it deserved to be, but it also meant some really great people doing really great things stayed home for 2014 & 2015. Continue reading Etsy Captains’ Summit 2016