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Because sleeping in, never ending sunshine and lack of routine and rules has been truly exhausting… ammiright?

At every moment we have the opportunity to spread joy ?????

It was basically a perfect summer day, so a round of tennis seemed to fit the bill. And naturally I brought my camera along…

It takes 14 to make a thing go right. Right?
Absolutely!

We arranged this photoshoot for Nanny’s birthday.
And believe me — finding a date that 14 people can all be available is no easy feat.
But we found the date and stuck to it.
Booked the most picturesque lavender farm; lucked out on a summer sunset and practically perfect weather.
Family together in fields of lavender; it was pure magic.

 

In my experience I’ve found that the amount of energy you invest into something
is generally the reflection of what you’ll get out of it in the end.

And photographs are a perfect example of just that.
Now I’m sure you’ve heard me say (or write) that I love catching the little moments, keeping things simple.
I absolutely do — but sometimes with a little planning, a fun location, beautiful wardrobe, and A game attitudes —
photos can go next level.

Take a look.

Her soul is a kaleidoscope, bursting with every shade and hue;
but shift your gaze ever so slightly, and she’s something entirely new. {Erin Hanson}

You know I love capturing everyday moments, the in-between stuff, the little simple aspects of life.

But the dreamy stuff that happens with shimmering details and beaming smiles is pretty incredible in it’s own right.
It’s what tells the story of special events; days you’ll want to remember forever.
I’d love to tell the story of your next big event: prom, weddings/showers, parties or event portrait parties.

Let’s get started, contact me to book your Dreamy Session today!

 

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Every heart’s a hurricane,
Every soul a starlit sea
Every mind’s a meteor
Unbound by gravity
And everybody’s wishing
They could learn to tame their tides
When nothing more than nature
Is what’s echoing inside

#erinhansonpoetry

 

We played real-life Crossy Road, braved the extreme temps and were lifted up and away with giant red balloons.
And celebrated family.

Fam•i•ly
fam(ə)lē

Where life begins and love never ends.

 

 

These three were quite possibly the most enthusiastic funny little group I’ve ever taken photos of.

I spoke; they laughed. Wait, what?!
We all laughed … it was a great way to keep toasty warm.
There may’ve been some jumping, wrestling and caroling going on as well,
but I’ll let you guess which is true.

“Laughter is a smile that had burst.”

 

“Time spent amongst the trees is never a waste of time.”
Katrina Mayer

We meet in the woods, and wandered till we were lost.
Fine.
I got lost.
They lead the way back out.

That’s beside the point though.
There are fewer places as lovely to play than in the forest.
So we played amongst the trees, and it was almost magical.

 

We planned to chase leaves and bright autumn colours, but it didn’t work out as so.
In my opinion, it turned out even better!
We hung out in the family’s incredibly beautiful home (this very talented mama is responsible for it),
and I couldn’t have loved it more. The kids had opinions on how and where their portraits should be taken.
So I let them take lead, and worked with them … it was pretty flippin’ awesome.
Take a look and tell me what you think : )

“My mission in life is not to merely survive, but to thrive and do so with some passion,
some compassion, some humour and some style.” Maya Angelou

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This little guy and his big sister were an absolute blast to work with.
No exaggerating.
The charisma, their expressive eyes and personalities.
It’s always such an honour capturing a moments with so many incredible families,
and these two (and their lovely parents) are no exception.
xo

The great paradox of parenting is that it moves in both slow motion and fast speed.

I’ve spent much time lately thinking about what makes me smile.
Top of the list is, of course, family and friends.
A close second being outdoors… running, cycling or just feeling sun on my face.
But always in the back of my mind is an anticipation spend more time in the garden.
I love caring for flower beds, but my veggie patch is what really sets my heart off singing.

I grow vegetables for many reasons:
for novelty, for nostalgia, to show the kids that growing food is somewhat simple,
to wind-down and relieve stress, to please my soul, to challenge the earth.
And most importantly, because nothing tastes better than vegetables straight out of the garden!

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Decide every morning that you’re in a great mood.
Cause the secret to being happy, is knowing you already are.

This was my first time meeting this family;
working with them made my heart skip do a happy dance : )

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Spring, butterflies and cherry blossoms.
Contact me if you have a themed photoshoot in mind that you’d like to discuss!

 

 

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I’ve photographed this gorgeous family for quite a few years now,
and it’s always humbling to be asked to document their lives every now and then.

With the arrival of their newest, sweetest addition,
I wanted to capture some of the little moments in-between.
The real little moments of their family, at home.

Joy comes to us in ordinary moments.
We risk missing out when get too busy
chasing down the extraordinary. Brene Brown

 

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When a friend who I don’t get to see enough of (why does life get so busy) asks if I can take photos of her week-old little man, my heart explodes a little.
Maybe a lot.
So without delay, I’ll let these photo speak for themselves.
Here’s only a few from the very relaxed newborn session we did.

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We spent the first 20 minutes of this session looking for the ‘spot’ that I’ve used dozens of times before.
Everything was flooded. Couldn’t find it. How is that even possible?
Luckily, this family is the kindest, most co-operative family that exists on this side of town.
They stayed cool, never lost their happy faces and turned my frown upside down.

The best, right? Yes. Absolutely.

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Plant it. Grow it. Pick it. Eat it.

Grilled zucchini and tomato with basil and ricotta on toast.

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To point out the obvious, it’s been a while since I’ve posted.
I’ve been trying to find ways to slow down, take time to look around and pay attention to the simple things again.

And today I had time to reflect on some of the ‘best’ from this past year.
Perhaps I could’ve narrowed it down a little, but truthfully I just didn’t want to.How fun it was and cannot wait to start a new collection with the new year!

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“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder,
he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it,
rediscovering with him the joy, excitement,
and mystery of the world we live in.” Rachel Carson

Free-spirited sessions have long been my favourite.
Keeping it real, spending time playing and laughing.
These two little guys didn’t stand still for a second.
Always on the go and squealing with laughter!

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Watching Laura and Alex’s day unfold put everything into perspective for me.
This family is a sharp-witted bunch. Aside from my own wedding, I don’t think I ever laughed so hard at speeches.
But they also had thoughtful, sweet words for each other. The kind that make your heart skip a beat.
There were endless whole-hearted hugs. And gleaming smiles.
Parents, in awe of what their children have become, and the decisions they have made.
And everyone gathered together; eating, drinking, and dancing.
I had no idea I would enjoy documenting it as much as I did.

I’m also giving props to Jason, the incredibly talented Art Director who partnered with me, making sure we didn’t miss a beat!
Jason’s behind-the-scenes video, below, will make your heart melt a little.

Thank you, Laura, and Alex, for letting me be a part of your day.

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  • Kristina - Wow! Absolutely amazing job, Nancy and Jason!! You really captured some beautiful moments. So happy for Laura and Alex. It looks like it was a beautiful day!ReplyCancel

We met up tonight to review wedding day details and last-minute plans.
Although well organized, they are a couple that can’t be taken too seriously.
They gave me zoolander poses and headlocks, on request. Repeatedly.
This couple. So much fun. I cannot wait to be a part of their big day!
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Summer evenings are so much sweeter when friends share their joy with with us ??