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The School Sessions - Liam's 1st Birthday

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The School Sessions - Liam's 1st Birthday

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This family is one of my favourites, not only because I'm good friends with Jen (and she's a lovely human being) but because she was the first person to sign up after I posted about joining The School Sessions (she literally messaged me SECONDS after posting on Facebook). The School Sessions was started by a couple in Vancouver who had the dream that they could combine their talents to help others in need. The earthquake that happened in Haiti five years ago destroyed thousands of schools, one of them being the E.C.C.A school. However, the founders Mr. Duckenson and Mrs. Francois Laguerre continued to teach, as well as allow many kids to attend school for free.

And so The School Sessions was born. The idea was that photographers around the world would set aside one day to donate 100% of photography session fees to help rebuild a ten classroom school for over 200 kids in Haiti. Their goal was to raise $200,000 and hundreds of photographers from all over the world joined the cause.

I was so excited to join in this project - I loved the idea that using my talent and my work could help transform the lives of others. Jen was also so excited to join in the cause, and since Liam's 1st birthday was the following day, we decided to do a cake smash. I had never done one before, so I was excited to try something new, especially with a friend there to laugh with! As you can see, Liam had no problem being in front of the camera. The best part was when he would continually keep crawling over to me, biggest grin on his face, and simply sit beside me.

So far, the project has raised over $43,000, and so while we didn't quite reach our goal, the fundraising efforts will continue on. I know there are many organizations that are desperate for funding - even now that with the earthquake in Nepal. I encourage everyone who is able to consider supporting an organization that goes to helping those in need, especially in times of disaster.

Thanks to Jen, Brendan and little Liam for taking part in this cause! Hope you enjoy the photos!

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Stephen Avenue Family Session: Adam + Catherine

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Stephen Avenue Family Session: Adam + Catherine

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 I had such a great time photographing this family - they were so laid back and fun to hang out with! Despite the cold wind and snow that fell in the morning, it cleared up just in time for our session on Stephen Avenue. I don't often get to shoot downtown Calgary, so I was excited for the change of scenery!

And seriously.. have you ever seen a family's outfits be more perfectly coordinated? I think I should hire Catherine to be my official outfit coordinator...

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Fish Creek Park Family Session: Lippert

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Fish Creek Park Family Session: Lippert

I met the Lippert family on a beautifully crisp, sunny morning a couple weeks ago down in Fish Creek Park. The light was absolutely stunning and made some beautiful photographs of this beautiful family!

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North Glenmore Park Family Photos - Jen and Liam

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North Glenmore Park Family Photos - Jen and Liam

I always love when Jen asks me to take family photos for her, because that means I get to see one of the cutest little boys in the world. Seriously.. Liam is the best. Every time I've taken photos of him, whether he was crawling or walking, he'd saunter right up to me and my camera with the biggest grin on his face. It kills me every time.  

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The School Sessions: Andrea

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The School Sessions: Andrea

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My second shoot dedicated to supporting The School Sessions was with my beautiful cousin Andrea! Andrea came down all the way from Edmonton to support this cause and I'm so glad she did! Despite the very, VERY chilly wind that Calgary brought, Andrea toughed it out and we got some beautiful photos of her and her nieces down at Sandy Beach. Thanks again Andrea for supporting this awesome project!

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Baby Emma

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Baby Emma

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oh man oh man oh man.... am I in LOVE with these photographs. Everyone, meet baby Emma.

I was privileged with documenting this beautiful little girl and her family only six days after she was born. A coworker of mine had purchased this session for her daughter in law, and I'm so glad she did. I cannot believe how blessed I was to be able to come into these strangers' homes and document such a beautiful and memorable part of their lives. As these memories become hidden behind the many sleepless nights or  seemingly endless diaper changes, I love that my work gets to bring these families back to a time and space when their lives were flipped upside-down for the better.

I still smile when I flip through these photos. I hope you enjoy looking through them as much as I do.

The best part? My coworker purchased two sessions for this family - which means I get to see them again in 6 months. I can hardly wait.

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Canmore Family Session: The Brauns

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Canmore Family Session: The Brauns

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I'm so excited to finally share this session I did with the Brauns back in October. I apologize that this post is so late; however, I had to wait until I actually gave the Brauns these photos for Christmas (yes, I have become the photographer who takes photos of people and gives it to them for Christmas in lieu of presents. So what?). We were all together in Canmore for a holiday, and apparently the last family photo they had taken together was about 13 years ago, so we thought "hey, we're in a beautiful location, we're all together, we have one heck of a photographer in the family (that's me!), so why not take a few photos?" And so, here's what came out of the afternoon.

Thanks for letting me not only crash your family vacation, but for letting me take photos of you guys - and insisting I be in a couple of them!

 

 

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Prince's Island Park Session: Alyssa & Stuart

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Prince's Island Park Session: Alyssa & Stuart

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  The day has finally come! My sister and I finally live in the same city again! And am I sure loving having her back in Calgary - especially when she asks if I can take some pictures of her and her husband Stuart for their Christmas card (which I designed for them and will blogging about as soon as we get them back from the printer!). We snuck in a quick session during Stuart's lunch break at Prince's Island Park downtown Calgary and then promptly headed back to the car to warm up. Thanks for toughing out the cold weather you two! Welcome back to Calgary!

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North Glenmore Park Family Session: Jen, Brendan and Liam

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North Glenmore Park Family Session: Jen, Brendan and Liam

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I love reconnecting with old friends, and while Jen isn't THAT old of a friend, it had still been an entire year since I last saw her. During which, her and Brendan had a BABY! Little Liam was full of smiles which made for a lovely afternoon in North Glenmore park. Jen was convinced that they would be awkward as they come, but it was an absolute breeze taking a good photo of these three (four, if you include Jen's mom who came along for the ride. I love the last photo of the two of them - they would NOT stop giggling! They just love to crack each other up). It was so great catching up with you guys! Congratulations on your little one - I hope I get to see a lot more of the three of you!

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Big Hills Spring Park Family Session: The Michauds

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Big Hills Spring Park Family Session: The Michauds

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I was so excited when I got the call from Mel who asked me to take photos of her family. I used to babysit these kids when they were younger (and I suppose when I was younger too), so it was awesome being able to see them again. I can't believe how old they are now! Which again, must mean I'm old too? Geeze.

We headed out on a sunny Saturday morning to a family favourite of theirs - Bill Hills Springs Provincial Park out near Cochrane. It was so great catching up with this family. I hope you like the photos as much as I enjoyed taking them!

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I still laugh every time I see these two photos. Such a typical father - son moment.

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Aletha, Byron and Max

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Aletha, Byron and Max

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I love walking through life with people and witnessing the joys that life brings - I love it even more when I get to document it with my camera. You may have seen my past post about Aletha and Byron's engagement session and then again about their wedding. Well I am so excited to share with you photos with the newest addition to the Brooks family - little Max! We met on a sunny day at the end of September near their home and I have to say - it's never difficult getting a good picture of these two. Add on an adorable little boy and you get the photos below. DeannaCupido-2517 DeannaCupido-2533 DeannaCupido-2599

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The Braun Family

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The Braun Family

I'm so happy I was able to spend Christmas with this wonderful family over break. I miss these guys so much, so it was nice being able to catch up and take some photos. It was also Frank's first time experiencing snow, so of course we had to take pictures of that. 2013-Braun-6129 Copyright 2014 Deanna Rachel Photography-3 Copyright 2014 Deanna Rachel Photography-2

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The Wilsons (again!)

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The Wilsons (again!)

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I originally had this photoshoot booked for the middle of the summer in Calgary, however complications arose and we had to postpone. With myself moving to Vancouver in September, we thought that we had missed our chance to do a shoot, but when it was decided that I would be spending Thanksgiving in Canmore, Nicole and I jumped on the opportunity to get their photos done out there! I'm so happy that our paths crossed and I could see this family again. This was their second shoot with me, and this time, Sean's sister's family and their parents were added to the mix! Despite the brisk October mountain air, I had so much fun meeting new faces and snapping photos of their adorable children (seriously... so cute!!).

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