Whenever there is the opportunity I love to photograph clients at home, on their own property. Spending time with this young, farming family was especially nice on their farm. It’s a place they love to be, spend time together and the children love being outside and part of what is going on around the farm too! The youngest one was pointing at the combine with a big smile. Their family has grown since the last time I photographed them here and they are a beautiful, farm-loving family!! The plan was to take family photos after harvest but the weather has not been helpful in that department this fall. We would still be waiting unfortunately. I was sure proud of this couple on yet another wet day to put any stress of this harvest season out of mind to have a nice time as a family around their yard. Being about to take a few photos in the standing crop was great too! It’s wonderful to see these adorable, happy kids being raised to enjoy the outdoors and learn about farming along with a whole lot of love!!
Zaniyah’s sweet words for the letter board at her 10 years old photos: There is sunshine in my soul! I am ten years old.
And a whole lot of sunshine there was on this beautiful evening spent by the river. It was a double digit birthday in the summer for this animal loving girl which meant a photo shoot of just her. I love that my sister has chosen certain ages that we capture her kids at. It’s hard to believe two of them have reached the 10 and up mark now! It was no surprise Zaniyah requested to have animals in her 10 years old photos. The gorgeous smiles tells how much joy that animals bring to this girl!!! She lights right up, from the core of her being! Our aunt + uncle have this adorable pup, Kona, and the horse of choice was Dancer. Zaniyah was brave with these beautiful, strong horses. A gentle touch to get the horse to do what she needed and was happily riding bareback. She was absolutely in her glory!! As was I capturing these happy moments. It was a perfect, summer evening drenched in sunshine!
Film Processing and Scanning: Canadian Film Lab
This Oungre family session was so much fun!! I’ve really enjoyed getting to know their loving, sweet family. When this beautiful mother and her daughters came for an A Mother’s Love photo session in the spring there was talk of family photos. Years had passed since their last family photos were taken so it was an extra special occasion capturing memories for their family. It worked out on a gorgeous, summer evening! One of the cloudy, drizzly days that ended with beautiful sunshine and perfect lighting.
We had neat areas to explore on their property in the little town they live at and a farmyard nearby. There were old buildings and rustic vibes in abundance. A prairie look was the request as this couple both grew up in Ontario but now enjoy living on the southern Saskatchewan prairies. I thought it was really cute to hear the man that owns the grain truck is sure that his old truck has really gone up in value now! Too bad for him though there won’t be two cute girls included in the sale!! If there was a way to bottle up all the laughter and giggles the bottle would be bursting. I think the photos show what a happy, fun evening it was!!
Add a cowboy hat and kick things up a notch!
A few photos were taken on medium format film and processed + scanned by Canadian Film Lab.
Photographing this beauty in the summer fields was fabulous!! Megan is teaching kindergarten overseas so any chance to spend time with my beautiful friend while she was home for a summer break was a treat. It was lovely to have her in front of my camera again as we enjoyed these summer fields. Seeing the prairie landscape turn to blue and yellows as the crops bloom is gorgeous. The flax and canola fields are really pretty in the summer as they add color to the countryside. And there’s just a small window of opportunity to have backdrops like this as the crops ripen. So our timing worked out well as we had a beautiful, sunny-filled morning for the shoot. I’m glad as Megan is back to work thousands of miles away for her to have these photos as a reminder of home and the beauty of our southern Saskatchewan prairies!! There’s so many reasons that summer is an amazing season here!
Film Processing + Scans: Canadian Film Lab
Flax and canola fields used with permission from the landowners.
Matt + Melissa’s Oungre Park wedding truly was a day filled with happiness and love!! From the first time I photographed them together it was easy to see how much they connected to and care about one another. Then taking their engagement photos at Oungre Park on the hottest day of last summer, there was much excitement to officially become husband and wife. As well as a family! Their wedding ceremony was very personalized and touching as Melissa started off reading a letter to Matt’s daughters. Finding her life partner includes a wonderful bonus of two beautiful girls and it’s sweet to see the way they adore their stepmom. With so much love shown to them too!
There was the perfect getting ready scenario with Melissa getting ready with the ladies and flower children at her Mom’s house and Matt with the groomsmen at the bride’s brother’s house which are on the same farm. An initial idea of a peacock wedding cake sparked the overall theme of their wedding day. Peacock feathers in the handmade bouquets, bridesmaid dresses, a hairpiece for the bride and the little girls couldn’t wait to get into their peacock-colored, poofy dresses. They floated around the rest of the day! It was cute to watch their reaction as the bride put on her beautiful, lace dress. On a hot, sunny 33 degrees Celsius summer day, the guys were happy that they chose to wear shorts and white shirts! Everyone did really well as it was a very hot day!! It was great that the day was planned with time between the dinner and program of their reception to head out for more photos around the park. Including the pups that are definitely part of their family too. Then headed back to celebrate and dance the evening away!
Matt + Melissa, we wish you years of happiness together. It was wonderful to capture your Oungre Park wedding and witness how happy and in love you two are! Congratulations on your marriage!!
Hair + Makeup: Naddy Stalwick
Wedding Cake + Cupcakes: Naddy Stalwick