For this year’s Mother’s Day, I wanted to celebrate motherhood with beautiful editorial portraits. Motherhood is challenging and can be hard. Mothers deserve a break sometimes. But I know that what they cherish the most is a gorgeous photograph with their kids.
All they want is a lovely picture of them with their children. Of course, we all have great phones now and kids have their life documented every day. But it’s important for moms to be in the picture. That’s why I wanted to offer these editorial portraits.
Take a look at all the beautiful families who booked a session with me!
And these kids are just the cutest!
I would love to photograph some dads, so send me a message if you want to book a Father’s Day photo session.
Every photo session is different and this one had its own challenges. My client and I were supposed to take photos outside. But winter in Edmonton is always full of surprises and the day before the shoot, the temperatures suddenly dropped to ridiculous numbers, plus a wind which would freeze you to death if you would stay outside more than 5 minutes.
So, we started our urban lifestyle photo session in a parkade but quickly realized that shooting outside was going to be impossible. That’s when my friend Ali from Blondy Photography came to the rescue. I had mentioned that I would come to shoot in her home studio Home by Blondy for the second part of the shoot, but we had to head over to her place after 15 minutes.
But this is the interesting part of a photo shoot, to go with the flow, have a plan B, and be prepared to change your plans.
As a portrait photographer based in Edmonton, the biggest compliment I can get is when another photographer asks me to take their photos.
A little back story about Sharon… I started following her on social media way before I moved to Edmonton in 2016. You know these people you follow online and you immediately think “Oh, I want to be friend with that person”? Well, Sharon was one of these persons.
So fast forward to 2019, Sharon is one of my closest friends now. Yes, I kinda forced her to be my friend at that point. Haha kidding! I think she likes me.
Actually, when she asks me to do a Truth in You session for her, I freaked out a little bit. You need to understand that Sharon is one of the best wedding photographers in Edmonton. She is admired and followed by so many other photographers. For sure, it’s a big honour to be hired by someone like Sharon. But this also comes with a bit of pressure.
But I accepted the challenge and put on my big girl’s pants. I worked with Sharon the way I work with my “regular” clients. I created a mood board for her on Pinterest and I took control of the creative direction of the shoot. I chose a few locations that I thought would be a good fit for her.
We picked her clothing together so it fits with the locations I picked. It just helps me more efficient while shooting and we don’t waste time changing outfits. After that, it was time to shoot.
When I posted a sneak peek on social media, Sharon sent me this message:
“I am so in love with that photo. It matches who I want to be.”
What a beautiful way to honour my work. Thank you for your trust, Sharon.
For this shoot with Shiann, I had a few ideas in mind but not a clear vision of what I wanted to get from the session (ugh, hello burn out!). We were texting and sharing inspiration and she showed me a picture of this kimono. Right away, I knew I wanted to use it for the shoot and style it a certain way.
I love coming up with a concept, creating an entire shoot, photographing it and seeing it become a reality. It makes my heart happy.
Sometimes, we feel stuck and burnt out. But actually, doing something and “forcing” ourselves to create can help. I felt so much energized after this shoot. Finally, I was able to create something that was aligning with my brand, my style and my vision for my photography. What a relief!
I’ll post more pics of this shoot in another post. Different outfit, different look. Stay tuned!