Smoothies Make My Day Go Smoothly :)

Another fabulous family and another super fan shoot.

The most important part, the girls really liked their smoothies!

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And they sure knew how to pose!

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All an intense (as you can see above) and highly productive brainstorming session, we were off to the park for the main portion of our shoot.

They did such an awesome job! After we finished the shoot we had to go back to Prairie Donair and get smoothies for ourselves :)

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I’m so late on all my Facebook posting these days. As in… the last half a year or so.

I’m super incredibly grateful to everyone, who hasn’t given up on me and still likes, comments and shares my posts on Facebook. I started a new business recently and it consumed all of my time.

When it all settles down, I hope I’ll have a little bit more time for photography.

Please stay tuned!

The in-between moments of the Prairie Donair Smoothie Shoot

We couldn’t have picked a better day for the Prairie Donair Smoothie Shoot.

Nice and warm. Trees in bloom. No wind!!

So we thought we’d take a few breaks and enjoy the weather.

Helloooo… :)

Helloooo… :)

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Time goes so fast when when you photograph someone as awesomely cute, as these two are.

I love, love, love this image!!! It tells a story…

I love, love, love this image!!! It tells a story…

…so is this one…

…so is this one…

…and this one.

…and this one.

Have you ever noticed how fascinated with branches and sticks some (most) children are?

Not sure where it comes from, but the moment someone finds one - the search for a stick of the equal length is on!

Prairie Donair Smoothie Shoot

For the longest time I did my best to avoid commercial shoots involving people. Children in particular.

I just couldn’t see how a commercial shoot could be anything but boring for a child.

Boring - is not my style, so away I stayed.

Right until our friends at Prairie Donair introduced Summer Smoothies :)

Right from the start I got some huge smiles… Which I thought was very promising!

Right from the start I got some huge smiles… Which I thought was very promising!

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The image above is not posed or prompted.

This was one of the things our two little models did while waiting for their smoothies :)

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After getting all of our shots do at the restaurant, we headed to the park.

It turned out to be a great idea!

Smoothies and parks are made for each other!

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The shoot went so well, we decided to do another one…

So more photos are coming up soon.


Oh! And one last thing…

These smoothies are soooo good!!!

And I mean it !

We Party Hard - Graduation - Part 2

We came to Imperial with two things in mind…

TO CELEBRATE EM’S GRAD & PARTY HARD!!!

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Lots of folks came from all over. And a good time was had by all.

I love this photo! Mom and her three girls. We wish you could have been here Bobby.

I love this photo! Mom and her three girls. We wish you could have been here Bobby.

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No one ever said the Kaschl clan was shy…

We party hard!

We party hard!

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There was lots of food… and of course, cake!

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The party went on into the night, but not everyone could make it.

Where we came from... Graduation - Part 1

 
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Here is a sneak peek at Grad photos I took for a family of dear friends of ours a couple of weeks ago.

Getting ready for a Grad takes quite a bit of time… and effort… Having a big family helps a lot!

Getting ready for a Grad takes quite a bit of time… and effort… Having a big family helps a lot!

It was such a gorgeous day!

Apple trees in full bloom made for a fabulous background for a photo shoot.

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It was a small Grad, which I absolutely loved. With only six students in the class there was plenty of time to reminisce about good times, look through photos and focus on each and every student… a luxury that very few Graduations can afford.

Of course ‘our crowd’ was the loudest group on the premises!!! Though to be fair I heard more than one person asking Emily’s mom Rochelle, whether we are allowed to be loud to the point of embarrassing Em… prior to the ceremony.

Of course ‘our crowd’ was the loudest group on the premises!!! Though to be fair I heard more than one person asking Emily’s mom Rochelle, whether we are allowed to be loud to the point of embarrassing Em… prior to the ceremony.

There are two more things I loved about the ceremony.

First was a fantastic Guest Speaker. A caring person giving some deep and some hilarious insights into each graduate’s personality and plans for the future.

And the second… Emily, who gives an impression of being shy and quiet most of the time, was completely transformed when on stage! She is a natural speaker, I hope she uses it in her career.

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Part 2 of the Grad photos (Party Time) is to follow.

2019 Cathedral Arts Festival Street Fair - Part 1

The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for the Cathedral Arts Festival Street Fair this year.

Not too hot, not too cold. Of course it rained… but not as long and not as hard as some years...

BEST THING - lots and lots of dear friends stopped by to say hi!

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Our rabbit (prop rabbit, I should say) stole the show again. It looks so realistic… It got a huge number of double takes and kiddo hugs :)

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Apparently, I took a ton of photos during the fair (even though it didn’t feel like that at the time). So part 2 of this post is coming tomorrow. Please stay tuned.

You mean so much to me...

Dogs are family.

Everyone who has one knows the feeling…

You care and worry about them just as much as you do for the people who mean the most to you.

They shower you with never-ending affection and bring you love in buckets.

Unconditional love… The best kind there is.

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It was wonderful to photograph these two good friends.

All this commotion… I just want to sleep.

All this commotion… I just want to sleep.

You’ve been my friend for a long-long time…

You’ve been my friend for a long-long time…

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The photo below says it all…

Rae and his fur friend… . Jabez and his Human…

Rae and his fur friend… . Jabez and his Human…

A Harmony of Hearts - Making Memories Together

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“Don't you wish you could take a single childhood memory and blow it up into a bubble and live inside it forever?” 
― Sarah Addison Allen

I love photographing this family.

When you are around them it’s impossible not to get drawn into their world… Filled with kindness, care and attention to each other, it radiates harmony. Genuine harmony of hearts…

I don’t see them very often (as you can imagine), but every session leaves a lasting impression on me… and a ton of photos to go through!!!

Speaking of which…

I’m still trying to reduce the number of photos in my posts…

…and clearly it’s still not working very well.

So here are 30 of my favourite 75 images from the session :)

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Human Symphony

If I had to describe Anne in terms of music, I would say she is a symphony…

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…which, according to the dictionary, is an elaborate musical composition for full orchestra, typically in four movements, at least one of which is traditionally in sonata form.

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What I am trying to say is… no matter how hard you try to capture a deep and interesting person, there are always… always… things left outside the frame. At the end of the session I am often wondering what was left unnoticed.

Sometimes the elusiveness of the answer drives me crazy, but once in a while I get an image like this one and I feel like I’ve been offered a glimpse behind the guarded doors…

This is one of my three most favourite images from this session. The other two are not quite finished yet. I’ll post them later.

This is one of my three most favourite images from this session. The other two are not quite finished yet. I’ll post them later.

Anyway… Here is the side of Anne that is easily observable.

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Beautiful smile, followed by mischievous glance, followed by infectious laugh…

The epitome of joy.

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A lovely-lovely person to be around!

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A Masterpiece of Love

Every time I meet inspiring people I seem to go way overboard with the number of photos I take… and post.

This is exactly why this post has a gazillion of images.

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And the main reason I took so many photos is because…

…this family is a masterpiece of love.

Despite the fact that I met them not too long ago I feel like I’ve known them all my life.

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Chrissy and Armando are both dance teachers (I believe they teach jazz and contemporary dance).

They obviously know how to pose.

They are also infinitely patient and kind beyond measure.

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Look at their eyes… See what I mean? They emit kindness.

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And their girls…

…their girls are something else!

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I look at the moments we captured… and my heart melts into a puddle…

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We had soooo much fun :)

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I think the last photo says it all…

Secret Ingredient -Part 2

If you take a moment to look at every single photo in this post, you can’t help but notice how tight-knit this family is.

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Obviously their relationship is built on love…

Yet you can sense there is way-way more than just love alone that binds them together.

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It is clear that mutual respect and genuine interest in each other are nourished in this family.

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They subscribe to the same values and listen to each other’s heartbeat.

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They make time to be together.

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And someone is always there for you when you need a hand or a hug…

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Actually I think “Being There” for each other Is their Secret Ingredient!

The Secret Ingredient - Part 1

Well…

After spending a day trying to squeeze all of my favourite photos from this session into one post… I finally had to give up.

No matter how I rearrange the images, there are still way too many… Too beautiful… Too different.. I love them all… and nothing can be done about it!

So here we go, Part One…

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Every time we photograph this family they fill my heart with gratitude and warmth.

Gratitude - because I have the privilege to call them my friends.

Warmth - because they are extremely genuine people who are a joy to be around.

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They are so in tune with each other…

Being around them always makes me forget about our dysfunctional world...

and when I sort their photos I often wonder what the secret ingredient of their relationship is.

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I have some ideas…

I’ll share them with you in Part Two :)

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Beauty and grace of friendship and dance

Here is a little sneak peek of one of our last Fall Sessions this year.

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You’d never know it from the photos, but it was rather chilly and the wind…

The wind was howling!

Despite everything the session was a success.

All credit for that goes to these two girls, who are in addition to being graceful dancers turned out to be real troopers as well.

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What does true happiness look like? - Part II

Every time a fellow photographer tells me they can sort photos from a session in an hour or two, the left part of my brain takes a big bite out of the right one…

HOW?!!

HOW in the world do they do it?

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In my case… even something as simple as selecting images for a post is a major struggle…

As a result ‘Part II’ of this post kept growing, and growing, and growing…

And it would have continued to grow, if at some point I didn’t count the photos…

27?!!

27 images in one post is way too many.

Except I love them all…

They capture beautiful moments of a truly happy family.

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Oh, I love those curls!!!

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Wow! STRONG!!

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These two….

These two…

Soooo precious!!!

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What does true happiness look like? - Part I

“Children don’t need ‘things‘. They need you (…their parents)!”, said Shelley

and I immediately knew not only did I get a Client… I met a Friend!

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Genuine happiness never comes from getting everything you want.

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It comes from sharing everything you have with people who matter most

and being there for people who need your help.

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I believe happiness comes from the ultimate fulfillment of the heart

and genuine appreciation of life and people.

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Happiness is when you have someone, who understands you even without words.

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I took so many photos, I have to break them into two posts.

Part 2 is to follow :)

I wonder if it's going to be a Halloween baby... - Rebecca & Co - Part 2

Today the sweet little baby in the tummy is turning 5…

Time flies so fast!

This portrait belongs in a gallery. I just love the look on Rebecca’s face.

This portrait belongs in a gallery. I just love the look on Rebecca’s face.

Love it!

Love it!

It’s photos like this one make me wonder whether I should go back to taking pregnancy photos against dark background.

It’s photos like this one make me wonder whether I should go back to taking pregnancy photos against dark background.

This is one of my favourite family portraits from the session. The lines, the light, the expressions… Expressions in particular!

This is one of my favourite family portraits from the session. The lines, the light, the expressions… Expressions in particular!

I just love how surreal and timeless this photo looks..

I just love how surreal and timeless this photo looks..

And here she is!!!! Beyond, beyond, beyond adorable. Just look at those lips!

And here she is!!!! Beyond, beyond, beyond adorable. Just look at those lips!

Quick Guide to Capturing Gorgeous Fall Photos

Even though you might think…

…it is too late for photos like the one you are looking at…

It isn’t!

We took this photo at Wascana Park only two days ago (on October 21st).

Striking foliage and berries are still around!

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While the weather is nice, take advantage of it!

Get some beautiful images of your family this fall!


I put together some tips and ideas on how to capture the authentic photos of loved ones.

Click on the button below to see it.