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

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 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!

Maple and Oak Designs Lookbook 2016

It is 100% no secret that I love the products Leonie comes up with for her Maple and Oak Designs line of fashion accessories. There is literally something for everyone, which makes shooting a lookbook dynamic and fun!

After hunting around for a great location, we started the day off in Inglewood after discovering a great deep turquoise wall. The stunning deep colour was the perfect backdrop to give great contrast to all the Spring looks, like bright pastels and beautiful florals. Continue reading Maple and Oak Designs Lookbook 2016

Emotional Support in Small Businesses

At the beginning of the year, I took some time to map out my blog post schedule. In my effort to blog with more regularity, I sat down and planned what days and which topics would be published all the way through to the end of June.

When it came to this week’s post, my schedule read the vague and daunting subject of, “Emotional Support in Small Businesses.” I looked at this topic and immediately said to myself, “I do not know where to begin with this one.”

So, I texted Leonie, complained to her that I had delivered an impossible topic to myself, and lamented that I just didn’t feel like writing this one. After a bit of back and forth, I was more at ease, relieved that my friend was there to make me feel better and that she understood how tough it was.

And though she didn’t know it, she gave me my article with that one small gesture. Continue reading Emotional Support in Small Businesses

Makers in the Raw: Agnes in August

With a motto like “nature simplified,” it’s easy to see how Kourtney Branagan’s Agnes in August line of modern string art pieces draw the essence of the Albertan wild indoors. The soft wood grains of the boards, lovingly sanded and finished, are contrasted with the perfect angles of stringed peaks, making artworks that are wonderful additions to the walls of every outdoor enthusiast’s home.

Born in Red Deer, but living in Calgary since she was four, Kourtney has always enjoyed everything the outdoors had to offer. Adventures with her mom took her and her brother snowshoeing through the snowy wilderness in winter and camping throughout her summers. Continue reading Makers in the Raw: Agnes in August

Makers in the Raw: Maple and Oak Designs

Funky, retro, and undoubtedly fun, Leonie Vatter’s Maple and Oak Designs are the perfect accessories to brighten up any outfit. From her trademark triangle scarf to her cute rockabilly headbands, to her suave beau-ties for the gentleman in your life, there’s something for everyone.

Given our many collaborations in recent years, it wasn’t hard to select Leonie as the local maker to kick off this series. Born in the small German town of Bad Oldesloe, she moved with her family and grew up in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Lübeck, famous for its gothic architecture. It was there she learned to sew in school, inspired by her mother, her grandmother, great aunt, and great grandmother. Continue reading Makers in the Raw: Maple and Oak Designs

Indiana Jill: DIY Fruit Liqueur

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As we head into the Christmas season, there’s one thing most of us can enjoy: good drinks.

If you ever wanted to try making your own liqueurs, I recently posted a photo-filled tutorial on the subject over on Indiana Jill. I used Nanking cherries for the recipe, but there’s a world of flavours to choose from just by perusing the frozen fruit aisle at your local grocery store.

Have fun & happy drinking!

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Wild Horse Warm Spring

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A few months ago, Stephen & I went on an adventure to find a secluded hot spring – a place true to the romantic idea of an isolated spot, warm in the mountains.

During our search, we came across Wild Horse Warm Springs, an incredibly photogenic spot. I took a few rolls of Fujichrome with me and came away with some new favourite shots.

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