Beautiful Poem

Beautiful Poem

Here is a Beautiful poem that reminds us to not define ourselves by the things we are not.

 

“You are not your age,
Nor the size of clothes you wear,
You are not a weight,
Or the color of your hair.
You are not your name,
Or the dimples in your cheeks,
You are all the books you read,
And all the words you speak,
You are your croaky morning voice,
And the smiles you try to hide,
You’re the sweetness in your laughter,
And every tear you’ve cried,
You’re the songs you sing so loudly,
When you know you’re all alone,
You’re the places that you’ve been to,
And the on that you call home,
You’re the things that you believe in,
And the people you love,
You’re the photos in your bedroom,
And the future you dream of,
You’re made of so much beauty,
But it seems that you forgot,
When you decided that you were defined,
By all the things you’re not.” -e.h.

Santa Photos For A Worthy Cause! Carstairs Pet Rescue

Santa Photos For A Worthy Cause! Carstairs Pet Rescue

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There were some big winners last night at the 2nd annual CPR charity Santa shoot, and I am not just talking about the kids & pets that who got to meet Santa in person.  The community came out in support of the Carstairs Pet Rescue foundation and helped raise almost $400 for this worthy cause.

Service Dog and little girl

Mr. & Mrs. Claus and all their little friends at the North Pole have a philosophy, that every day is a gift and it should be Opened…Celebrated…and Enjoyed! I think a little bit of their holiday spirit seems to be rubbing off on us; because this year we decided to do a little gift giving of our own & help spread some Christmas cheer.

High-Five Santa

Of the 78+ people who walked through the door last night, 2 lucky winners received a lovely door prize from Elegant Images.

The first gift we gave away was a Holiday Canvas print for the home.  This cute little canvas makes a magical piece of holiday décor.  Our lucky winner was Paula Pawlick & her dog Gremlin from Didsbury.  Gremlin came dress in a full set of reindeer antlers to show Santa he still believes in the spirit of Christmas.

Gremlin tongue out - Reindeer Pug

 

The second gift we gave away was a Complimentary Family Photo Session + $ 100 to be used towards photos.  Our lucky winner was Lyndon Perranit & his beautiful family from Airdrie.  Yes, even the Airdrie folks want to come meet the real Santa Claus! We are thrilled to be able to design a personalized photo session just for his family & capture a handful of precious moments that will last a lifetime

.Family Photos with santa

Congratulations to our winners!

To everyone that braved the cold last night & came out in support of the Carstairs Pet Rescue foundation, thank you for making a difference in your community!

Candy Cane Baby & Santa 1st photo with santa

We would like to send out a heartfelt Thank You to Kelsey Logan, the organizer & mastermind behind the CPR.  We are honored to provide our services to such a commendable foundation.

Kelsey Logan with santa & mrs. claus

To the families that came by to enjoy a little holiday magic last night, Thank you for inviting us to be part of your community! We wish you a Merry Christmas & a Prosperous New Year! Hope to see you all in 2017.

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Santa with Camera

Natalie & Shane

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Santa Minis

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 SANTA PORTRAITS  

Your children will only be little once! Let us capture their magical smiles TODAY!

Why stand in line at the mall for a rushed, cookie-cutter photo with Santa?

          With Elegant Images custom Santa portraits, your child gets Santa’s undivided attention for 20 minutes, You receive unique, personalized images and your children gains a memory-making experience!

Santa Claus is popping into our studio for a limited number of portrait appointments this season! Your children can share a Christmas cookie, read their wish lists or enjoy a Christmas story with Santa. Bring them in their Christmas best or their cutest pajamas – it’s up to you!

Santa is excited to visit our Elegant Images studio on Thursday, Dec. 1st from 3pm-7pm. Each portrait appointment allows up to 20 minutes with Santa; one family per appointment please. Simply choose your preferred package – including prints and/or only digital images. Then contact Natalie to register and find a time that will work for you.

BOOKING POLICY: Appointments are available on a first-booked, first-served basis.  A $50 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot with Santa.  Sorry, we cannot offer any reschedules with Santa. Once your deposit has been recieved, a confirmation email will be sent securing your appointment.

SESSION OPTIONS:

  • Santa Session + 1-8×10 Print +1 Digital Photo – $125
  • Santa Session + 3 Digital Photos – $175
  • Santa Session + 6 Digital Photos – $250

PHOTO DETAILS: Your Santa experience will be professionally captured by Elegant Images. Proofs will be ready to view within 7 days for your session.  Prints and/or additional digital images are available for purchase a la carte or in bundles via an online gallery.

**SPACE IS LIMITED**

**ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED**

  Please note the following event details:

1) Santa photos will be shown at a private viewing consultation within 7 days after the event.  This Private  consultation will be scheduled at the end of your Santa session.    ONE 8 x 10 Print + corresponding Digital Photo is included in your session fee unless you choose to go with  a Digital Photo session instead.  Please see above for Session Options.

2) Prints, Wall Art and Additional Digitals are available and can easily be ordered at your private consultation.  Digitals are high-resolution JPGs without logo for personal printing and sharing.

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Wedding Day moments that capture my Heart – Love| Marriage|Happily Ever After

Wedding Day moments that capture my Heart – Love| Marriage|Happily Ever After

A couple of really exciting things happened to us this past weekend.   The first being that we were fortunate enough to attend & photograph a good friend’s wedding.  We love photographing weddings. For us as photographer’s it is like watching a unique and wonderful movie play out on the back of our camera’s viewfinder.

Kiss the Groom

Yes is it always great to see the people involved transform from their regular Cinderella clothes into some of the most stylized GQ models on the planet.

Scot & Ryan looking dapper

GQ Groomsman

However for me, it is about trying to capture those special moments between the happy couple, their friends and loved ones.  There are moments that happen on a wedding day that make my heart sing.  Like seeing a Grandmother place a gentle hand on the small of the bride’s back, lean in close to whisper, “You are beautiful Sweetheart.”

Family Wedding Photo Grandma and Bride

Or watching the groomsmen help the groom shake off some of his nerves by goofing around with him in the “Evolution of a Groom.”

Evolution of a Groom

Being able to witness the look on a mother’s face as she watches her radiant daughter prepare for one of the most important day of her life. Her gaze seems to suggest that she has wound the clock back in her mind, to a time when her tiny daughter would spend hours playing dress up & make believe; and here she stands today, a grown-up version of that smiling princess.

Donna mother of the Bride

But my all-time favorite moment from this wedding was watching the groom gather his beautiful bride into his arms; brush the tears from her cheeks and hold her after she had finished watching a lovely homemade video he had created, just for her.

Nancy & Scot Comforting his crying Bride

All these things remind me that life is not about how many breaths we take, but rather how many moments take our breath away.   I count myself as one of the lucky ones, that is privileged enough to witness many amazing moments like this unfold.  How fortunate am I to do this type of work, where I take pictures so that people may have a round-trip ticket back to a moment that would otherwise be lost.

The other exciting thing that happen to us is ….

 

The Dogpound Stampede Historic and Legendary

The Dogpound Stampede Historic and Legendary

The Dogpound Stampede 2016 – A Historic & legendary Rodeo!

The charm of the Old West was alive and well at this year’s annual Dogpound Stampede.

Dogpound Stampede-Cowboy

Dogpound Stampede-moving a bull

This 111 year old event was started back in 1905, when summer picnics were a community affair and a small “stampede” was an important part of a get-together.

Dogpound Stampede-Olyn Jensen - young cowboy

Dog Pound Stampede proudly boasts the fact that it is Alberta’s oldest ranch rodeo; even older than the world famous Calgary Stampede. It is held annually on the third Wednesday in July at the Dog Pound Rodeo grounds.

Dogpound Stampede-trick riders

Dogpound Stampede-4 year old trick rider

At this legendary event there is no such thing as a bad seat! At this stampede you are sure to be immersed in the full experience! You can expect everything from dusting the dirt off your jeans after a horse gallops by, to occasionally needing to wipe the airborne bull snot off your arm.

Dogpound Stampede-calf roping 1

Dogpound Stampede-bull snot

As I watched the day’s events unfold, I was captivated by the lifestyle these cowboys and their families are trying to hold onto. It was like seeing the lyrics of a country song come to life in front of me. Phrases like “it’s a pride passed down …” and “we work hard and live right” kept bouncing around in my head as I listened to the good-natured jokes between Wes Cummings, the rodeo announcer and funny man Dennis Halstead.

Dogpound Stampede-Dennis Halstead

Dogpound Stampede-Wes Cummmings

Dogpound Stampede-Deny Halstead

There is a standard that rodeo promotes; an unwritten code of ethics that is so fundamental to Alberta’s ranching and farming communities. This code of ethics is based on respect, responsibility and determination.

Dogpound Stampede-saddle bronc 1

There are elements of spirited-individualism, a respect for nature, animals and wide open spaces, a willingness to help your neighbours and sense of brotherhood behind the chutes, in which cowboys help each another do their very best in the arena.

Dogpound Stampede-calf roping 4

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A few times spectators were riveted to their seats as they watched the next hazardous spill unfold. Not even a monster piece of homemade pie from the ladies in the community could pull the crowd away, as we watched three contestants being packed off the in-field by stretcher.

Dogpound Stampede-ambulance looking after hurt cowboy

Dogpound Stampede-Cowboy packed off by stretcher

Many people ask why they do it? Why put yourself on the back of an 1800 lbs animal just to test your skills and luck for the day?

Dogpound Stampede-airborne cowboy

Dogpound Stampede-rank horse 1

Rodeo is not for the faint of heart! It’s been call the toughest sport on the planet, requiring strength, nerve and endurance. Rodeo is one of the only professional sports based on the historic lifestyle of ranching and the daily work of our early pioneers.

Dogpound Stampede-wild pony race 1

In this certain way of life, there is a strong belief in passing down traditions; everything from family recipes to learning how to get back up after getting knocked down.

Dogpound Stampede-boys steer riding

Dogpound Stampede-Young cowboy gets back up

It was an incredible experience to be part of crowd cheering on the cowboys & cowgirls, as they displayed outstanding horsemanship, limitless skill and unwavering bravery as they raced, roped, tied and wrestled their way into the history books.

Dogpound Stampede-cowboy help other team up after wild pony race

Congratulations to all the FCA Competitors for putting on such an amazing show! We can’t wait to see you again next year.

Dogpound Stampede-successful ride

Mount Ware

Mount Ware

Before we started this blog we had actually gone on a couple different hiking trips, however we already wrote about them on our sister site Roving Hiker.  We still think the information interesting, as well as all the  beautiful photos we took while on the trail itself.  So feel free to pop over and see what we had to say about this hike at http://rovinghiker.com/