John on November 3rd, 2013

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Bella sure is growing up.  We spent a beautiful fall afternoon at Lake Sundance among the waterfalls, trees, and fallen leaves.  The sun offered a beautiful glow, patiently waiting for us to finish before chocolate swirls and the tingling splashes of a cool shower pushed their way toward us.

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Slowly wandering among the bridges and through the wooded shadows certainly makes you forget the urban bustle around us.  Bella ran among the leaves and trees, playing peek-a-boo and beckoning for a chase.

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John on November 3rd, 2013

This is my first photography session with Wendy & Greg. They’ve got an active bunch of boys that love to play, so that’s what we did.

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I love shooting in evening or morning light. The colours and shadows on this evening really made for an exciting time.

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John on November 3rd, 2013

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I love taking photos of Zie & Coop. It’s fun to see them grow, and watch how they react to the camera.  They’re getting more used to my antics and really enjoying the camera. This year was a nice change, not having to fight so much with the weather.

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It also seems to be the year of extended family photos, which is always a great thing!

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John on November 3rd, 2013

My oldest child was married this year, just 6 months after her sister.  It has been a whirlwind year for me with an overwhelming amount of activity and emotion.

As usual, we started with engagement photos.  Both Lucas and Kristina are quite academic, so it seems fitting that they wanted to do their photos at the University of Calgary.

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We were in overdrive with the wedding preparations, since the plan had to accommodate the start of school in September. With the experience of a recent wedding under our belts, it all went very smoothly and well under budget. We pulled off two weddings for under $10K.

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The most exciting thing was that Victoria’s father was able to travel up from Spokane, Washington to meet his two new grandsons.

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And I had to end with something you’ll probably never see again: The most unique wedding cake for a most unique couple.

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John on November 3rd, 2013

The wedding just by itself is always amazing, but what we had in store for us that afternoon was inspiring. We had some beautiful blue sky in the Southwest, and as got going, we jumped into action mode, racing to beat a thunderstorm heading our way. We shot right up to the end and ran for shelter once the rain hit.

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John on October 8th, 2013

This vinaigrette was something that I made to satisfy a craving for a rich flavoured and sweet dressing that didn’t rely on sugar for its sweetness. It’s a relatively quick recipe and the Balsamic vinegar adds a deep flavour to it.

Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup Olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar of Modena
  • 1 tsp minced shallot
  • 1 tbsp liquid honey
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • dash of salt
Combine ingredients and mix well.

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John on October 6th, 2013

Gary’s girls came to visit Calgary again, so we needed to get together, especially with the new addition of Gary Jr.  One of my favourite spots is at Pearce Estate Park, where we photographed Ashley and Michael. The timing was perfect, as we took these just a few days before the epic Calgary flood that nearly destroyed the area.

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John on October 6th, 2013

I was amazed at how I would feel during the wedding of my daughter.  There’s a mix of excitement and feeling reluctant to let go.  I lost myself in taking their photos.  We spent 3 hours wandering the downtown core for their engagement. I loved the variety we found in a relatively small area.

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Then there was the adventure of the wedding itself and the beauty of the new Calgary Temple. It was a cold day. The weather that day was a welcome change to the worse weather we had both before and after. It was definitely a great day!

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John on April 30th, 2013

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I hadn’t been to Radium in a while. The last time was during the Golden Triangle cycling trip with the Elbow Valley Cycle Club back in the spring of 2000.  This year, we spent a week with our friends Kevin and Marion mostly just relaxing.   Kevin and I went on a couple of hikes that were just amazing. At one point, we pretty much had to push a couple of Bighorn Sheep out of our way so we could keep hiking.
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John on April 30th, 2013

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Fall mornings at Pierce Estate Park are incredible.  It’s even better when you include an amazing couple preparing to be married this summer.  Probably the hardest part of the morning was the incredible variety of scenery. We also wandered down to the river, being carefully observed by a heron. Mornings aren’t a popular time, so the only crowds are the birds.

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