Beauty and the Butterfly

beautiy and the butterfly
beauty and the butterfly 

Working in Photoshop with layers and textures has always been fascinating to me. Starting with a simple portrait and layering graphics, textures and words creates a one of a kind portrait; an art piece for people. I am looking for people in the Calgary area who are interesting in collaborating on this very personal project.

Learning from people like Kate Klassen who has textures and tutorials, and who creates lovely vignettes of everyday life



The In-Between Moments

a little love'n from Sophie
a little love’n from Sophie

It is always good to have the camera ready for those in-between moments!

To be honest Sophie was really ready to sit and have her picture taken, so we did a little playing around, and I asked her to give her dad a kiss on the cheek. The Square format eliminates the background, giving us a less distracting image.  While black and white, gives even more emphasis on the faces, and the little kiss even further.

Hopefully this is one photo that father and daughter, will cherish for a long time.

my photoheart connection for january

One Happy Little Girl!

One happy little girl
One happy little girl

One happy little girl! Just looking at Sophie’s bright smile brings a smile to my face.  hopefully it brightens your day just a little

Mom and Addilyn

Mom and Baby Addilyn

A daughter may outgrow your lap, but she will never outgrow your heart.  Unknown Author

Jillian in Black and White

Jillian, Black and White Portrait

It has been an incredibly busy summer, and posting to the blog has dropped down on the list of priorities! that may not be a bad thing, it means I am too busy “doing” than talking!

I have one more image of Jillian to share with you. I had not planned on posting any more images from this session, but after sharing the images with her last week I received a beautiful facebook message from Jillian and thought I would share it with you.


I cannot get over how beautiful these pictures are! I think I sent them to everyone I know last night. The one of me looking back in the yellow dress (and the black and white) is the most stunning picture I have of myself. Thank you so much I truly apprecate it,


I love giving people portraits they are happy with, and when they are this happy, it is a great day!

Saturday, and Jillian in the Garden

Jillian in the garden, Saturaday portraits, Calgary Alberta

More portraits from my session with Jillian a couple of weeks ago.  The photos taken in the garden a couple of weeks ago. I use the term “garden” for my backyard loosely, those of you who have been to the house will understand.  We have the back deck which is rather small, the arbour acts as a gate, as you step down off the deck you are in the yard, really the green space for our area, and it is open to the street.  There are some mature trees, but once you leave the deck there is no pretty flowers, and while the area works great for portraits, there is no real garden.

Jillian was wearing a beautiful red dress, that in black and white contrasts nicely with the green arbour. The sun to her left just peaking through the arbour was beautiful, a small fill light was added to brighten her eyes. She is the perfect girl next door!

blowing bubbles at prince’s island park

blonde girl blowing bubbles in the park
playing, and blowing bubbles at the park

I spend last night at Prince’s Island Park, with Lindsay, Jordan and their two children, playing, running around, blowing bubbles and taking family photos. when there are little ones in the “picture” it is quite often easier to be outside, and mixed up the time with photos and play time. To be honest, the playtime often results in some of the best photos. Here is a series one just one bubble that blown last night.

Watching the penguins, at the Calgary zoo,

The young children are completely mesmerized by the penguins at the zoo, so they stand quiet enough to get a great picture and include their reflection. I think the penguins love the attention, they stand on the ledges and seem to call out to the kids, make great dives into the water, and swim by close to the window where the children are standing. All this to the great delight of not only the children, but  the parents and adults who are watching the delight!

Taleeta, waiting to smile……..

She’s a pretty girl;                                                                                                                                                                                                              her eyes smile just like she does:                                                                                                                                                                                     softly and often,

haiku by Ociel Guadalupe.

While Taleeta was not smiling in this picture she did smile often and easily during our photo session, and the haiku by Ociel seemed appropriate. Poetry can be an inspiration for photography, or a photo can be an inspiration for a poem,  either way there does seem to be a complementary aspect.

Keri and the Hat

Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.
— Dr. Seuss

Keri helped us out on Sunday with our portrait workshop, one of the other photographers brought a couple of hats! It was a little big but it was a great prop!  Of course the hat is enough to trigger thoughts of Dr. Suess, his books are not only full of great entertainment they are full of life lessons for kids of all ages. Best of all, they are fun to read out loud!