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Fly Baby, Fly | Portrait Photography

This beautiful sister of mine is going away for a year, first to Thailand and then to Holland to be a nanny of 4 little kids! I wanted to do a shoot that was sort of vintagey, and that also symbolized her leaving…

We met last Saturday, despite the POURING rain, at the Abbotsford airport. We found a dry spot to shoot at first, by this great old Conair building. I love the way the dark dress and bright suitcases pop against the white! I had searched online before the shoot for vintage magazines, and when I found these two images I thought they were perfect. ;) The windmill, of course, since Arianna’s heading to Holland…and the FART magazine since that cover was both vintage and about airplanes. Obvious choices right?! :D (FYI: FART stands for Fashion, Art, Rhythm and Technology! ;))

Hello there, gorgeous!!


Then…we ventured out into the deluge…and took some of my favorite pics ever! I was completely drenched and bedraggled. Laying on wet concrete (to get that second shot below, for instance), and juggling an umbrella to try and protect my camera while shooting is not something I’d want to do on every shoot, but I’d like to think it was worth it! :) I loved the way this Canadian plane represents Arianna: a proud (and need I add, hot) Canadian. (Holland might be a great experience, but she IS coming back. Because we said so.)

Looking rather fine, sister dear. :)


Oh dear!! All that shooting, and she missed her flight! ;) (Something that has, actually very recently, happened to Nan.)

Thanks for humoring me and frolicking in the rain with me Arianna. Love you, baby sis, and will miss you next year! xoxox


Cathrine Lindhout - December 14, 2014 - 1:09 am

Love these Kristy! You have such a creative mind!

Karin Louwerse - December 12, 2014 - 9:39 pm

Love this! You are too good. :) Especially dying over that concrete reflection / sky / pop of red luggage. Just perfect.

Annetta Slingerland - December 12, 2014 - 5:18 pm

Beautiful shoot, Kristy!

Amy Sinke - December 12, 2014 - 4:18 pm

these are gorgeous! You are beautiful Arianna!

Micheline Vaughan - December 12, 2014 - 3:23 pm

These are great!!!

Micheline Vaughan - December 12, 2014 - 3:23 pm

These are great!!!

Carey-Jane Sinke - December 12, 2014 - 3:23 pm

LOVE. and man are we going to miss her!

Carey-Jane Sinke - December 12, 2014 - 3:23 pm

LOVE. and man are we going to miss her!

Jete Devisser - December 12, 2014 - 1:56 pm

SHUT. THE FRONT. DOOR. These are AMAZINGGGGGGGGG!!! Like jaw-droppingly, good-golly-I-wish-I-had-taken-them, amazing! I would say that getting soaked in this situation was totally worth it. In my humble opinion… GAHHHH!! I can’t stop looking.

The Ankers | Family Portrait Photographer

We had grand plans to take my sister Trish and brother-in-law Dave’s family pictures at a location that I’ve been eagerly awaiting to shoot at…but alas, the combination of our busy schedules, and the crazy weather we’ve been having (shooting in torrential downpours just isn’t my style) wasn’t working out, so we had to come up with an alternate plan. Trish found this delightful little deserted place just down the road from where she lives in Sumas, WA, and last Wednesday we had everyone present, sunshine and…added unexpected blessings…smiles all around for most of the short-but-sweet session! Score! :)

I’m so glad that we could still make this work Trish and Dave! We’ll save our other fab location for next summer dv.


Love shooting you guys – even if it does mean that I’m running twice as fast as usual. ;) Love and hugs always to you all. xoxox

Michelle Vandepol - December 11, 2014 - 2:37 pm

very sweet. cute colors. really like the black and white one too :)

Carey-Jane Sinke - December 11, 2014 - 6:35 am

LOVE them! Love the ones of jasey in the window and Sadie jane between the wall with her teddies…love this fam:)

Trish Anker - December 11, 2014 - 5:27 am

Love them Kris! You managed to capture our crazy, chaotic family perfectly :) xoxox.

the “Almost a (Cup)Cake” Smash | Chilliwack Photographer


A little baby girl came into our lives 12 months ago, and has taken over our hearts. Maren turned one year old last week Thursday, and Carey-Jane asked if I’d shoot a cake smash session. I was excited since I’ve never shot one before, but now the challenge was to make it DIFFERENT than all the other cake smashes being done every day around the country. My mind whirled for days, I perused the internet, looked at other beautiful cakes dug into by babies and wondered how to make a girl as special as Maren have a session that was SPECIAL too. And…suddenly it came to me. A session that (sorry, but I do believe it’s true) hasn’t been done before; a smashing twist on the original cake smash. :) I present you…

The Almost a (Cup)Cake Smash.

Maren loves sweets, baking and candies, and she set about one afternoon, with the intentions to bake her own cupcakes. She could see them already in her mind’s eye; the icing piled high, the sprinkled candy toppings. They’d be perfect. Decadent. Delicious…


But then (you know how it is, we all do it when we bake), she thought the batter looked so good, she’d just have one little lick. And then another. And (sigh) that icing looked so inviting too… “Mmmmmm. Ah, why waste time to bake the cupcakes?! They are every bit as enjoyable unbaked.”

At least Maren seemed to think so… :)


“Yummy!!! That was exquisitely delectable.”

Thanks so much Carey-Jane, for loving my off-the-wall idea and letting me run wild with it. :) Maren was a superstar and made all the hours of prep more than worth it. Love ya. xox

(If you are wondering if those thought bubbles are photoshopped in, they are not. I hung them from the ceiling between Maren and the paper back-drop that I made. :P The apron that she’s wearing is a dress I bought at the Superstore, cut up and added ribbon. And no, she isn’t getting plastered in real cake batter…she really loved that vanilla pudding. :))

Debbie Jelier - December 9, 2014 - 3:12 am

SO Adorable!

Anita Krul - December 9, 2014 - 12:56 am

Gaaah! Seriously! Suuuper cute!

Leanne Maljaars - December 8, 2014 - 10:53 pm

Super cute! She was definitely enjoying that pudding :D

Carmen Both - December 8, 2014 - 10:46 pm

CUTE! I love the one of her little tongue sticking out the side. :)

Patricia Neels - December 8, 2014 - 4:47 pm

Very cute photo shoot and very original!! She is adorable

Jane Kerkhoff - December 8, 2014 - 2:24 pm

Kristy this does beat all other cake smash birthday sessions!! You are one creative girl! We are so lucky to have you as our family photographer. And yes we are ever so happy to have Maren come into our lives one year ago. Love this little chicky so much!
Love, Mom

Blue and Yellow | Chilliwack Family Photographer

If we were trying to match the location and the wardrobe, then we totally nailed it. :) I love all the blue and yellow this fall…almost as much as I love these great people. Care and Ben, we were always happy to see you before Maren arrived last December, but since then we are simply delighted if we get to see you. ;) Your baby is such a little treasure.

Thanks for braving the COLD wind with me last Saturday. It was totally worth it – check out that sky! And check out those fat baby cheeks.


Maren has such an expressive little face. :)


(Thanks Ella for the use of your boat. ;))


Thanks Care, Ben and Maren for braving the elements with me. Maybe next year dv, let’s plan your session for an equally sunny day – in July. :)

xox friends.

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Leanne Maljaars - November 25, 2014 - 3:54 pm

Beautiful! Love Maren’s fuzzy hair and smiles for Mom :) Love the last one on the dock too – beautiful colours!

Ashley Van Koeveringe - November 25, 2014 - 3:18 am

Love them all! :)

Trish Anker - November 25, 2014 - 12:43 am

Oh man! these are too gorgeous! I especially love the ones where Care and Ben are laying with Maren between them but they are all amazing! My heart melted….xoxo.

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