Marisa & Justin | Maternity

It’s both nerve wracking and extremely exciting when one of your best friends asks you to take her maternity photos. I’m so proud of this gorgeous mama! Baby Jack graced us with his presence on December 31 2015 and he was 9 lbs 7 oz & 21 inches long.

I got to meet him when he was two weeks old, and he was pretty much the most chill baby ever and just slept the whole time. ( Which is great for me because I don’t always know what to do when they cry, ha ha!) I’m very excited for you guys, congrats on becoming parents!

-Sara

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Edmonton Birth Photographer | Alexander Michael William Degroot

I am unbelievably excited to share this with you. In November I had the amazing opportunity to photograph my first birth story. Kate was a childhood friend of mine, so when she trusted me to capture such an intimate moment in her and Steven’s lives, I was STOKED.

We had a couple false alarms with this little guy, so I have some images shot during that time at the beginning. Finally, on November 20 at around 2AM I got a phone call and it was time to head to the hospital! And at 2:26PM in the afternoon, Alexander decided to come out and meet us. Words cannot even begin to describe how incredible this experience was for me. I am starting to tear up again thinking about it. It was so worth the all nighter we pulled!

The last few moments when he was almost here were so emotional. I actually started to feel tears welling up in my eyes before the same thing happened to Steven. It was so, so beautiful to witness these two become parents for a third time. Thank you guys so much for allowing me to be there and experience this with you. These are some of my favourite photographs I have ever captured.

(And thanks to Taylor Swift for writing this awesome song, Never Grow Up. I thought it was rather fitting.)

– Sara

Adrienne & Mackenzie

I have been excited to share this wedding since it started! My talented side kick Lauren of Lauren Voisin Photography and I headed out to Beaumont to capture Adrienne & Mackenzie’s big day. If you know me, you will know that I am all about the cheese and romance, so at pretty much any wedding I will tear up if the groom tears up as the bride comes down the aisle, or one of them cries during their vows, or the maid of honour starts crying during her speech. Seriously, look over at me and I guarantee you will see my eyes well up with tears. I know Adrienne personally, we actually met in the church where her and Mackenzie got married. Now I will pretty much tear up anytime someone else does at a wedding, but there is something really special about witnessing people I know get married. There were times during the ceremony that I almost had to say to myself “Dude…you are supposed to be taking pictures, pick up your camera!” It was so adorable seeing how excited Adrienne was as she walked down that aisle, and how she could barely contain her excitement right before they had their first kiss as husband and wife.

I also loved how stoked her maid of honour, Pam, was. I am pretty sure my cheeks hurt from smiling so big at the end of the day. This wedding really reminded me why I have the best job in the world. Thanks so much for letting us capture your day for you, and congrats again!

-Sara

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Angela & Dan Wedding

Back in August I was lucky enough to capture this couple’s wedding day with my talented friend Lauren from Lauren Voisin Photography as my sidekick. Everyone was laid back and super fun to work with. I had a blast doing their engagement photos, so I was really looking forward to their wedding day. It was absolutely gorgeous out that day. Congratulations again you two!

-Sara

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He asked, and I said yes!

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If you follow me on Facebook, I’m sure you have seen the photo of my engagement ring. At first I wasn’t sure if I should make the announcement on my page to my fans and followers, but I decided to go for it. I also saw that a few other photographers I follow have done this, and I figured, well, as a wedding photographers, we are all about the romance. So why not share some of our own love story with our fans. Since I have been so caught up in finishing up the weddings I photographed this summer, in the mean time I thought I would share something personal, and what could be more personal than our proposal story?

If you know me, you probably know that I am extremely cheesy and romantic. Luckily I found a guy who is very much the same. Luke had some sneaky plans up his sleeve, like waiting til we were out taking some selfies with my camera and shutter remote, he had planned to steal the remote and propose to me so he could get pictures as he asked. I had talked about how I would love getting photos of that, but he figured trying to coordinate with another photographer could be difficult (ESPECIALLY since he would probably want to ask one of my photographer friends, and that could be tough to do without me knowing!) Anyways, he had it all planned and was going to take me out to take pictures and do it. Lo and behold the day of I had a bad day and didn’t want to go. (Sorryyyyyy!)

The next day (August 23) we had went to a friends birthday dinner, and on the way home he pulled into the parking lot at Telford Lake, and said we should go for a walk. Now I was in a dress and it was a bit chilly so I wasn’t sure I wanted to, but he managed to convince me. So we start walking towards the dock in the picture above, which is where we first hung out back when we met. Luke actually inspired me to go out and take that picture. (I’m soooo glad he did! Its one of my favourites.) So we are walking on the dock, and he won’t stop talking about how the whole thing is covered in bird poop. It was definitely covered but it didn’t seem that bad to me. As we got to the end he stops and says “I think it’s time I wife you.” Now, he always says things like this, and I often joke and say “Well if you just hurry up and wife me…” so naturally, I thought he was just saying it. Then he gets down on one knee..and I freak out. And then he asks me to marry him. And I obviously said yes!

Shockingly, I didn’t start bawling my eyes out, but it was a close call. It was dark so I couldn’t really see the ring as he just about dropped it putting it on my finger, ha ha! But he pulled out his phone and turned on the flashlight so I could see it, and it was even prettier than I imagined! As much as I love hearing crazy stories about such big romantic gestures guys do to propose, and when I would think about it that’s what I wanted, I’m even happier with how it turned out. It was simple, quiet, and it was absolutely GORGEOUS out there that night. As amazing as the sunset image is, I’m really inspired to go and take a photo of it at night with the stars out.

I’m still getting used to the idea, its crazy to think that I get to marry my best friend. I look down at my ring constantly and I just can’t wait! Luckiest girl in the world right here.

In case you missed the photo of my ring, here it is!

Thanks for reading,

 

Sara

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Get to know the person behind the camera

I have been busy trying to catch up on editing from the weddings and sessions I have photographed, so I thought since those images are on their way in the meantime I would post a few fun facts about myself.

That way you guys can get to know me a bit better! So this is what I have come up with so far:

 

1. I am named after a dinosaur.

Yes, its true. I am actually named after “Cera” the bossy Triceratops from The Land Before Time. My mom originally wanted to name me Jordan (hence why it is my middle name). However, my sister wanted to name me Sara after the dinosaur because she was her favourite character. This kind of puzzles me because Cera is my least favourite character in those movies, however, it is kind of appropriate. I can be a bit of a bossy pants myself! Ha ha. I sometimes wished they had spelled my name with a C, but I am glad they didn’t. Saves me a lifetime of people pronouncing my name wrong!

 

2. I am right in the middle of introversion and extroversion.

In every personality test I take I seem to be completely equal for introversion and extroversion. If you know me I think we could agree I am more extroverted. I have tendencies for both sides. I can be a bit of a social butterfly, I like to be around people. Sometimes I feel like I NEED to be around people. Other times I can be exhausted from being around people and I want to be by myself. I see it as good thing though, it means I can sort of relate to people of both types.

 

3. I have a TV addiction.

Luke was the one who suggested this as a fun fact. I personally think he is partial to blame for it, because he gave me his Netflix account, ha ha! I get very into my shows. And Netflix is both wonderful and awful because I can watch episodes one after the other and stay up until 3 in the morning. My sister and I both watch a lot of the same shows so we usually end up watching them together. I suppose its a bit of a sisterly bonding time. I thought it would be a neat idea to share some of my favourite shows..though it is kind of hard to say. If I had to pick a top 5 though they would probably be…

1. Grey’s Anatomy

2. The Walking Dead

3. Vampire Diaries- Yes…I know. I guess I am still a teenage girl on the inside.

4. Rookie Blue

5. Breaking Bad

 

4. Favourite things.

So you now know my favourite TV shows, lets go on to some other favourites.
Colour: Green. And more recently mint green. Which is precisely why I chose the colour of my new logo!

Band: City and Colour. I recently saw them live…it was magical.

Movie(s): Lord of The Rings is definitely up there. I like all three but I would have to say Return of the King is my favourite out of all of them….and I always cry at the end. If the end of a movie is sad the chance of me crying is pretty much 100%. I really like a lot of movies so its hard to pick my absolute favourite.  How the Grinch Stole Christmas with Jim Carrey is another favourite for sure. My sister and I quote it all the time. We have seen it over a hundred times easily.

Book(s): Lord of the Rings! Two Towers was probably my favourite of the books. I am also a big fan of the Dragonlance Chronicles by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. AND The Legend of Drizzt by R.A. Salvatore.

5. I love animals.

I have a 17 year old cat named Beethoven. We got him when I was 4. He was actually supposed to be my sister’s cat…she picked him out and named him but I kind of stole him. I used to dress him up, wrap him in blankets, and carry him around like a baby. I have no regrets, he is probably the friendliest, most affectionate cat you will ever meet. Oh, and when he purrs, he kind of sounds like a rusty engine or something. I have never heard another cat purr the way he does. It’s a very weird sound.

I also have a dog named Woody ( after Woody the cowboy from toy story) , he is a mutt, but mostly Daschund and Basset Hound. So he kind of looks like a sausage with short stubby legs. He’s more of a family pet, but I felt I better include him also.

I hope you enjoyed reading, if you read all of it I really appreciate it! I am pretty much an open book so I’m always willing to share if you have questions! Hopefully you feel like you know me a bit better now.

Sara

Jen

FINALLY I can share the rest of Jen’s session, I am almost all caught up on editing. Jen is just absolutely GORGEOUS! I looove the bold colours she picked for her clothes and makeup. I was really excited when she told me she would like to model for my portfolio, as she is a talented makeup artist, and I was even more excited about how ecstatic she was to help out. I asked if she would be willing to wear a dress even though it was cold, and she was like “Yes! I love dresses!” It’s so awesome to photograph people who are looking forward to it. Thanks so much!

Sara

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Time to go out into the real world!

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Thanks to our awesome instructor Shaun Scade for this image. So glad to have met all this wonderful people ❤

So I have some exciting and very nerve racking news, I am officially finished the Photographic Technology program at NAIT! Crazy! I handed in my last assignment on Friday. I can’t say it has really hit me yet. I am stoked, but at the same time a little bit scared. I’ve spent two whole years pursuing my dream and now its time to actually go out and do it. I think the thing I will miss the most is all the other students. I made a lot of friends and I love them all, it will be weird not seeing them every day. It’s awesome knowing that they all have my back though. Congrats to everyone graduating this year, we made it! I could go on forever about all the wonderful memories but then I’m just going to be sad, ha ha!

 

Here are some of my favourite photographs from the last 2 years

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This was one of my critique assignments from first year, the theme was shadows. It was one of the highest marks I got, so I was pretty stoked about that.
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This was one of my favourite assignments ever. It was for our history class, we had to pick an image taken before 1960 and try to recreate it. The one on the left is not mine, that is the original, the one on the right is my reproduction.
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This image was for my reflective surfaces assignment. We had to pick something shiny and create an image of it. Things like this are really hard to light, especially when it is super reflective, because you can see EVERYTHING around it.

 

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This was taken for my photographic essay, at the Edmonton Humane Society. I had a ton of fun doing this assignment, I love animals so it was awesome to be able to go there and hang out with cute furballs like this one!

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This was for one of my photoshop assignments. We had to create an image based off of a song or part of a song. Mine was “I tried my best to be guarded, I’m an open book instead.” From the song Broken by Lifehouse. I think if I was to re do this I would take the book out, because I think it makes that a bit too obvious. It also turned out a bit darker than I expected, but I have always loved that part of the song and I thought it would be a good one to use.

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This image was for the critique “evoke emotion using the colour red” it was critiqued by the second years. This is probably the image I am most proud of. They really loved it, and I still love it. I wasn’t really sure what to do for this one, but then someone mentioned using blood, and at first I thought that would be creepy, but then this idea popped into my head. I trekked through deep snow at a friend’s acreage to get some hawthorn branches to make the crown, and I made my own fake blood for it. I also found the giant nails in our garage. Turns out if you get stabbed real good by the thorns on this plant it can have some pretty serious reactions. Of course I found this out after I had been poked quite a few times. Luckily I didn’t get poked too bad.

 

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This is from a group project we did in second year. We had to create an image together, and we got to use the Phase One medium format cameras. I was lucky enough to be the model, got to put on my grad dress and be a princess for a day, so it was a lot of fun. This was one of the outtakes but I just love it. It always makes me smile. I can’t remember what I was laughing at for the life of me though.

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This image was featured on a recent blog post about my Thesis project. This is probably the image I am most proud of out of all of them. I never even thought it would be possible to pull this off. And I am really glad that I pushed myself to do it.

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This image is from my final project, portfolio. This was the best out of my 12 images according to my marks. The funny thing is, this was only the 2nd or 3rd shot from the entire session. My beautiful best friend was willing to model for me as a bride. I wasn’t actually planning on using this one, but when my instructor was helping me out with a few things he saw this image and said he really liked it. The more I looked at it the more it grew on me. I am sure glad that I used it! Thank’s Janelle for being a trooper and going outside in a dress when it was snowy and cold!

 

Which image is your favourite? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

 

Thanks for reading!

 

Sara

The Amazing Spider-Man (Thesis)

I have been wanting to share about my Thesis project from last semester for quite some time now. Thesis is a semester long project we had to do in the beginning of second year at NAIT. Basically, we had to pick a topic, and create 15 images based on that topic.

As soon as I heard about it when I was in first year, I immediately began trying to think of ideas for what I would do for mine, since it sounded like it was going to be a lot of work. By the end of first year, I still didn’t have a clue what to do. Over the summer I finally figured out that I want to be a wedding and portrait photographer, because that’s what I love to photograph. I wanted my thesis project to be something that would challenge me creatively, but still involve some form of portraiture. However I still didn’t have any ideas. Finally, I pretty much had an epiphany. I never thought this would actually happen. I was on my lunch break at work and I wasn’t feeling very well so I had my head resting on the table. For some reason I began to think about when I was in high school and one of my teachers dressed up as Gambit from the X-men. If you don’t know who that is, you should read this. He is pretty cool. Anyways, the costume he had was awesome, spot on. As soon as he walked into the room I was like “YES, that is a sweet costume!” A lot of my classmates didn’t know who he was, which was sort of depressing to me. I don’t read a ton of comic books, but I am a bit of a Marvel nerd.

Anyways, back to my epiphany. So I was thinking about the awesome Gambit costume, and that was when the light bulb went off. I sat up and was like “THAT’S IT! That is what I will do for my thesis!” I know, I know, it sounds really cheesy, but it was honestly a pretty epic moment for me. Just picture me, being all sad because I’m not feeling good, and then I get this brilliant idea, and I slowly lift my head up from the table, and in my mind I’m jumping up and down from excitement.

My original idea was to do 15 different Marvel heroes, but after awhile I realized it could be really stressful to find all the models and costumes and whatnot. SO I decided to focus on my favourite hero: Spider-Man. Don’t get me wrong, not everyone thinks he is the coolest, I get a lot of people hating on me for my love of Spidey. But he has been my favourite for as long as I can remember. (Back to when I would watch the cartoons with my younger brother.) AND, I think it is neat that Peter Parker is a photographer as well. I just find it to be a really cool story. So that was my plan, to tell his story.

For me, that involved some hard work, including some intense photoshopping, new things I had never done before, AND, handling a live tarantula. Which is something I have always wanted to do because I thought it would be terrifying. But I managed to face my fear, and I actually find tarantulas fascinating now.

Here are some of my favourite images!
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This last image, as well as the second one up top, were the ones that required some photoshopping I had never done before, they are both composite images. My good friend Cody was the model for both of them, he operates heavy equipment. So to take the images of just him swinging from the rope and hanging upside down on it, we actually brought his bobcat into his shop, took the bucket off, lifted it up as high as it would go and tied the rope to it. Here is what our set up looked like. Needless to say, it was quite the adventure.

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First we actually left the bucket on, but as he was swinging the edge started to cut the rope…so we had to change things up a bit.
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Don’t mind my crappy iphone photos! And yes…we did actually hang the light upside down like that. Ha ha!

I never would have dreamed I could create a photograph of Spider-Man swinging from buildings if it weren’t for my wonderful boyfriend Luke. Thank you so much for your input and support throughout this, and believing that I could pull it off! 
And thank you so much to my models Cody, Matt, Ciaran, and Rosie the tarantula. Last but not least, thanks to all my classmates, and my instructor Shaun Scade for all your help. I appreciate you all so much.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read, I hope you enjoyed it.

-Sara