Birthday Session - Hannah

My daughter Hannah recently turned 18 so of course I used that as an excuse to photograph her. I was also trying out a dress and some jewlery I bought for my studio wardrobe. 

 

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The Beauty Project - Jill

Here is another beautiful lady that I recently photographed for The Beauty Project, and another new friend!  Please enjoy her story and her gorgeous images.

 
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How old are you?  40!

Are you from Calgary? Yes

Are you married? Yes

Do you have children? Yes

What do you do for a living? I do some admin work for a dental clinic, but mostly manage my home and family.

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Have you ever had a portrait session (by yourself) before?  No

Why do you want to participate in The Beauty Project? I've seen your portraits...you do beautiful work!  I would love to have a portrait of myself that I am in love with, something that makes me feel beautiful.

What does beauty mean to you?  When I'm assessing my own beauty, it usually is related to outward apprearance, and primarily is related to weight.  For myself, I also fall into the trap of relating my beauty to hair style, make-up, and clothing.  I am not nearly so cricital and superficial when looking at the beauty of others...inner beauty shines brightest!

 

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When do you feel the most beautiful?  When I have lost some weight, have just gotten my hair done (or have styled it nicely myself), or when I am wearing something I feel is flattering.

What does being a woman mean to you?  Being a woman means taking on everything the world has to throw at you, and doing it all with grace and style!  Women have so many pressures from so many angles...learning how to juggle them all without losing yourself is a challenge, but one we must rise to!

 

 
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What do you love about yourself? I love my creative side and my sense of humor. I love my hair, and I love that I'm living out my chosen career as a wife and mom.

Tell me your story!  I'm the wife of an amazing man...the love of my life, and mom of 4 beautiful and talented  children, age 10 - 22.  I was born and raised in Calgary, and have lived in Airdrie for the past ten years.  As a family we love camping and water-sports, especially wake-surfing!

 

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Jill it was so great to meet you and have the opportunity to photograph you.   Your hair is just incredible!!! and you are truly a beautiful woman.  Congratulations on celebrating your 40th birthday.  I hope that you love your beautiful portraits as much as I do!  Thank you for participating in The Beauty Project.

 

The Beauty Project - Tammy

Since I've been doing The Beauty Project I've had the opportunity to photograph several long time friends, and Tammy is one of those.  I've known Tammy for over 10 years and we've gotten to know eachother at church and through homeschooling our kids, who are also friends.  Enjoy her story and her beautiful portraits!

How old are you?  I turned the BIG 40 this past summer!

Are you from Calgary?  Yes

Are you married? Yes, for 18 years now.

Do you have children?  I have been blessed with two children, age 17 and 15 currently.

What do you do for a living?  I am a homeschool mom (on my 13th year!) and I work for a Christian homeschool board in Calgary.

 

Have you ever had a portrait session (by yourself) before? Yes, but that was years ago (22 years to be exact) and they were just head shots.

Why do you want to participate in The Beauty Project? This is an opportunity to take some time for myself and also have some fun with my friend! I have loved looking at your pictures, and look forward to having you work your magic on me!

What does beauty mean to you?  Beauty is more than what people see on the outside.  It is our individual personalities, the vast array of talents we each hold, the ambitions that drive us, the fact that we are made different, is a beautiful thing!

When do you feel the most beautiful?  I feel most beautiful when I have taken time for myself. Just being able to relax, unwind, and give myself that gift of time is a real treat.

What do you love about yourself?  I love my talent for decorating cakes and doing crafty things.  I also love my organizational skills, but it drives other people crazy!

Tammy,  congratulations on celebrating your 40th birthday!!  It was so much fun spending the day photographing you!  You are a beautiful lady, both on the inside and the outside and I am lucky to call you a friend.  Thank you so much for participating in The Beauty Project!!

 

Sweet Sixteen - Carolyn

This gorgeous young lady recently celebrated her 16th birthday.  The coolest thing about this session is that I also photographed Carolyn as a baby, so it was very precious to be able to photograph her again now that she is sixteen.  

Not only is this young lady very beautiful, but she is also musically talented and plays both the violin and the piano.  

I love so many images from her session it was hard to narrow down a few to show here,  but these are my favorites.  I also love the fact that Carolyn was brave and let me play around and do some fashion/couture looks with her.  We had a lot of fun with the tulle skirt and flower crowns!

Congratulations on celebrating this milestone birthday Carolyn!

 

 

 
 
 
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The Beauty Project - Angela

This week I am featuring a dear friend of mine who signed up to be part of The Beauty Project. I've known Angela for around 25 years now, which is amazing.  I'm so glad she came in to get her portrait taken because she just recently celebrated a very special milestone birthday. Please enjoy her story and her beautiful portraits.


How old are you?  50

Are you from Calgary? If not, where are you from?  I grew up in BC but have lived in Calgary for almost 30 years.

Are you married?  Derek and I will soon celebrate 28 years of marriage.

Do you have children? I have 3 children.

What do you do for a living? I am a full time home maker, and part time music teacher.

Have you ever had a portrait session (by yourself) before? I haven't had individual photos taken since I was in my 20's.

Why do you want to participate in The Beauty Project?  First to support my good friend Lorraine. Second to see just what a camera in the hands of the right photographer can do for me.

What does beauty mean to you? God has given us so many beautiful things, moments and friends to enjoy and admire. Beauty in it's simplest purest form appeals to me. A sunset, a beautiful rose, a baby and the smile of a friend.

When do you feel the most beautiful?  When I am well groomed, well rested and feeling happy.

What does being a woman mean to you?  To represent the softer side of life, to be a nurturer, to be the wife of one husband, to revel in all things feminine.

What do you love about yourself?: That I am loved by an infinite God and cherished by a wonderful husband.

Tell me your story.: First, I am a follower of Jesus Christ, choosing to believe the Bible. Second I am the wife of a hard working self sacrificing man. Third I am privileged to have raised 3 wonderful children. Fourth I am proud to have come from a Christian heritage and belong to the larger family of the Church.

Angela, my beautiful friend, it was a pleasure to photograph you.  I'm honored to have been your friend for all these years, and I pray that you have another 50 beautiful and blessed years.