The Wheels Are Turning

Hope you all had a great weekend! Mine was fun, but it went by way too fast, as usual. On Saturday we hung out with some good friends of ours and I picked up a wedding dress for one of my summer sessions which I'm SO stoked about! I found this wedding dress on craigslist for pretty cheap so I bought it. Now I'm trying to get all my accessories together, which will include a birdcage veil (know of where I can find a free/cheap one???), and a headpiece/clip thing that I'll be making. Might throw some pearls in there yet, and maybe an umbrella. Who knows! We'll see where my imagination takes me!

I've been thinking about different types of shoots that I'd like to do, and I'm always open for a new idea so please feel free to comment with your million dollar idea! So far I've come up with a couple:

-I'd love to photograph a birth. Of a baby. That would be awesome. Having had a child myself I know how amazing/overwhelming/joyous/emotional/unbelievable/etc a birth is. I would love to capture those moments for a couple. I get goosebumps just thinking about it. A baby being born is the most miraculous thing ever!

-How awesome would it be to photograph a marriage proposal!!?? And right after she says yes (hopefully!) we'd shoot the engagement session. Pretty awesome, I think! I would be hiding nearby with my ultra zoom lens, capturing every candid moment as he asks "will you marry me?" and she says "YES!" and then the hugging and kissing and then I'd pop out of the trees in my camo outfit and start the engagement session! Just imagine the emotion in that couple's expressions at that moment. Pure. Love. Ahhhhh.

Those are the 2 that I've come up with for now. One day I would love to co-ordinate a bridal session with a bunch of people and try to get it in some wedding magazines or blogs or something. Oh, and ultimately I'd love to photograph a wedding! (And I'll reiterate that the first wedding I do will be totally FREE! The couple would just need to buy their own prints, but all the picture taking and editing and CD of images would be included for free!) I would even love to second shoot for a wedding. I love weddings, they never get old for me!

This is my Girlie when she was 6 weeks old. In 2 1/2 weeks she'll be 52 weeks old (ie: a year!) Where has time gone? I love how you can kind of see her mullet in this picture =)

Ok, that's all I'll ramble about today. Hopefully the weather will perk up a bit very soon so I can get some photo shoots in!


Travel Post

I hate being alone on Friday nights. It sucks. Royally. Before I had a baby I could usually someone to hang out with, grab a cup of coffee with, etc. Now that I have Cheyenne I can't just pick up and leave to meet someone. She goes to bed at 8 which is when I would want to leave! Oh well, I make the most of it, which included a surprise phone call to one of my besties in Australia! (Love you Heids!!!) I love having friends that you can call up and pick up where you left off even if it's been 9 months since you last talked! So good.

Anyway, speaking of Australia, I thought I'd write another "10 Things About Me" post. Today's topic is 10 Places I've Travelled To. I'll put them in order from the furthest away to the closest and beside each one I'll write how many times I've been there in brackets.

1. Australia (1) -James and I went for my girlfriend's wedding and to travel
2. New Zealand (1) -Went to Capernwray Bible School for 6 months after high school
3. Paraguay (3) -My dad was born here so we've visited multiple times
4. Argentina (1) -My mom was born here so we stopped there during one of our visits to Paraguay
5. Brazil (1) -Went to the Cateratas de Iguazo (spelling?) on a road trip during one of our visits to Paraguay
6. Cuba (2) -First time for our Honeymoon and second time for a cheap getaway
7. Mexico (3) -First time to Manzanillo, last 2 times to Puerto Vallarta for family trips
8. Dallas, Texas (1) -James had to go here for training so I tagged along and enjoyed lots of room service and shopping alone!
9. Los Angeles, CA (1) -Went for our 1 year anniversary
10. Oregon Coast (3) -I went a few times in high school with my youth group and then James and I went last March for our Babymoon

I love travelling, as does my husband. It's always been a priority for us to travel, even if it's just a couple hours away, like Oregon. We love exploring new places and driving around. I'm so thankful that I've been able to travel so much in my life already and plan on doing much more travelling in the future. Our next destination is Tofino on Vancouver Island. James and I both have never been there before so we're looking forward to that! And we're going without the babe, which will make it even more relaxing! Hello Sleep! =)

I've got a couples session scheduled for tomorrow morning but Mother Nature might have other plans. Hopefully it's not raining so we can go ahead with the shoot. Should be a good one, we're heading to Yaletown!

And what is a photography blog without pictures, right? My husband playing guitar for my daughter...


|MY NEPHEWS| children

We're going to do a bit of time traveling, back to our trip to Manitoba in April. I got a little side tracked when we got back so I didn't get a chance to edit these pictures until recently. (Sorry for the delay, Erin!) While we were visiting we had a wiener roast one night, which is another Voth tradition of some sort (I married into a family of many traditions... I love it!), and I figured that was as good a time as any to get out my camera and get in people's faces! =)

Anyway, here's some shots of 4 very photogenic boys!


|COURTNEY & MIKE| maternity

I was supposed to take Mike and Courtney's pictures last Wednesday, but Mother Nature had other plans. It was gorgeous all morning and by late afternoon there was a torrential downpour and major winds. Not ideal conditions for a natural light photographer! Luckily Mike and Courtney didn't take off for the long weekend so we were able to do the photo shoot Monday morning. That was a great day for pictures. Slightly overcast, not too cold, perfect.

Mike is my cousin and him and his wife, Courtney, are expecting their first baby in a couple weeks. I was glad to be able to do this shoot for them. The whole pregnancy/baby thing is so mind blowing to me. God is pretty amazing in how he created women's bodies and just the whole process of the whole thing. Incredible!

We started taking pictures at Holland Park in Surrey. I'd never actually walked around there until the night before the shoot and fell in love with the scenery. Lots of brick and concrete architecture that I thought were the perfect backdrop. After taking a few photos we headed toward the mall at Central City for a quick bathroom break and then off to take more pictures outside of Simon Fraser University. I got a couple pictures inside at this one concrete ramp that I thought looked cool, but then I saw a security guard beside us looking at us while talking on his walky-talky. I'm pretty sure he was calling for back up. ;) I knew taking pictures inside the mall was probably frowned upon (I just wanted a couple at that ramp!!!) so as soon as I had what I wanted we went outside. After a few minutes another security walked up to me and before he even started talking I said, "Let me guess, I can't take pictures?" Apparently they have very strict rules about taking pictures on the SFU campus. I could stand across the street and take pictures but I can't actually be on the property and take pictures, even outside. Weird. Oh well. We got a few great shots and moved on. Back to Holland Park then! I didn't mind, that little bit of park is gorgeous. Too bad it wasn't bigger or had more trees surrounding it so you didn't have to deal with cars and Winners in the background!

Wow. That was a long blurb about one photo shoot! It was eventful, what can I say? Oh, and an old man with long gray hair riding his bicycle felt the need to tell me I was hot. Surrey. Enough said.

Anyway, here are my favourites from Monday! I hope you guys like them!

|STEFAN'S 30th BIRTHDAY| party!!

I just realized that I never blogged this. On May 15 my sister threw a surprise birthday party for her husband who will be turning 30 next month! Luckily everything worked out and Stefan was definitely surprised! We lured him to my parents place by cancelling our regular Thursday night family dinner and rescheduling it for this Saturday and my dad was going to make Geizo (a Paraguayan stew) and teach Stefan how to make it too. I think Stefan was a little bummed that he wasn't going to be getting Geizo that day but having a party wasn't so bad either! =)

The evening was spent mingling with friends, eating burgers, trying to stay warm, and indulging in the amazing invention that is the chocolate fountain!


 Stay tuned for pictures from yesterday's maternity session!