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Phil and Evalynn’s Reception

I don’t shoot weddings anymore and haven’t for a couple of years; I’m happy to leave such things to the likes of Jete @ Urban Fig Photography. (Who, if you are looking for a wedding photog, I highly recommend!! Check her out!)  I DO love shooting engagement sessions though, so when my nephew and (now) niece asked me last summer to take their pictures I happily obliged.

This spring Phil and Evalynn asked me if I’d second shoot their wedding with Jete. I told them “I’m sorry! I don’t really do that anymore.” They  responded with “oh…we’d really hoped that you would!!” and since they looked so dejected and crestfallen, I promptly assigned myself the very prestigious position of THIRD shooter. I messaged Jete and said “I hope you don’t mind, but I’ll be coming along for the ride!!” :)  And so I did. You can check out their wedding pics that the FIRST and SECOND shooter took here. They did a stellar job, as per usual, and probably would have managed without me there…but I/we had fab time shooting together all the same. :D

Since Jete wasn’t going to be shooting the reception, Evalynn asked me if I would mind taking a few shots during the night. Naturally I sighed and said “Phffftt, well, I guess so. I actually hate shooting cute people, bathed in golden evening sunlight, frolicking in orchards, but I’ll make an exception this time.”


It was rough, but I rallied.

Happy wedded life, Phil and Evalynn. :) Thanks for wanting me to shoot you…during the day and the evening. :)


Jete Devisser - August 27, 2015 - 6:19 am

Love!!!! So jealous you got to shoot them in that gorgeous light!!! The ones in the orchard

Steveston…and Maren

One of my favorite places with one of my favorite kids.

Carey-Jane had no choice. When I saw the dress that she bought for Maren a couple of months ago I said “Hey! We need to do a session at Steveston with Maren in that dress!” So, I planned the date, bought the little red boat and told Care, “Eric, the kids and I are going to Steveston on Saturday…please bring Maren so I can take pics of her. Oh yeah, and I’ll take a few of the three of you too.” ;)

This sassy little naughty hag. (A compliment in our family. Seriously. High praise…until they are about 8 years old, and then they need to smarten up. :)) She steals the show. Makes us laugh. She is gonna have a tough time sharing the attention when Care and Ben have their second baby in January dv.


The essence of summer: the ocean, driftwood-shrewn beaches, fishing boats and gorgeous late evening sun. I hope Care and Ben that you enjoy these pictures as much as I LOVED shooting them.


Leanne Maljaars - August 22, 2015 - 2:44 pm

Love them! Such a fun age!!

Trish - August 21, 2015 - 1:43 pm

Gorgeous!! Love them all! xoxo

jane Kerkhoff - August 21, 2015 - 1:31 pm

Love, Love the pictures Kris!!

Mason’s One

I miss these little dudes (and their Mom) living right across the road; now they live a whole kilometer up the road and life will never be the same again. I’m just glad that I still get to shoot them every now and again…I mean come on!! These faces though!


I love that last one. :) The kids look a wee bit weary of my antics and Janel is giving me the “we’ve tried it all, given it our best shot, I think this is all we’re gonna get” look.  And, to be honest, we really DID give it our all, since Mason wasn’t feeling too into us capturing his cuteness that day. ;)

Hurray, first session of the summer done and edited. Wowzers that’s hard to accomplish during these crazy busy days. I guess I’m too busy lingering pool-side or something… :)

I hope your summer is fab so far! xox

Trish Anker - July 9, 2015 - 4:07 am

These kids could NOT get any cuter! The oldest one looks exactly like mom, the middle one like daddy and the littlest chubby one like a mix of them all :) You sure can’t tell that this was a chaotic shoot! Great job Kris! xo

Big Sky Country

I didn’t take my “real” camera. Too cumbersome I thought for a weekend in Alberta. Besides, I’ve been there several times…I’ve shot the wide open sky and fields before, what could I possibly have to shoot there this time? ;) Well, the big sky and wide open spaces always surprise me time and again with their beauty and these cousins enjoying their weekend together made we wish that I wasn’t limited to my iPics after all. These pictures simply had to be taken so thanks Janie for the use of your camera. :)

We 4 sisters(in-law from BC and Ontario) had a great time with Jaedah and Tiana in Lethbridge, celebrating Cora’s 40th birthday with her. The girls surprised Nicole at the airport and she was shocked and ecstatic (there was tears! :)) when she saw Jade and Tiana come through the doors at the airport. We had a great weekend together, and the girls did too. Thanks Cora and John for having us over. That 3 night slumber party was a fun time that I’ll never forget. :D


While shopping in Calgary we bought Nicole, Tiana and Jaedah the same dresses to wear for the birthday party. (Where was my camera again?! Oh right, at home in the closet.) I could have shot these girls for hours (pretty country, pretty girls!) but they were eager to go play so I had to refrain myself and just take a few pics along the driveway.

These 3 were born within a year of each other and have always been good friends. I know John, Cora and kids love their new life in Alberta but sometimes…sometimes we wish that they still lived a mere 3km down our road.

In generally I’m not a minimalist, but I can absolutely appreciate the simple beauty of Alberta’s big sky and pictures shot there.


It’s doubtful that a trip like this will happen again, so I’m thankful that it did and the great times had there. Time spend with family is always time well spent. xox to all of you.

Trish Anker - July 9, 2015 - 4:08 am

beautiful girls! Love the matching dresses :)

Cora - June 15, 2015 - 10:49 pm

Thanks Kristy.. Thankyou so much for coming out.. We sure had a really nice time together.. Miss those sister visits:) Unforgettable memories for sure.. We love Alberta but also miss you all.. xoxo

These Two Cuties

My nephew and niece, Casen and Emilia, are clearly rather kissable.

I was looking forward to shooting them around my yard, and thankful for an awesomely beautiful day! I will admit, however, that I have never been such a haggard mess after a session…ah, the joys of shooting unwilling toddlers who don’t want to sit still for more than 1.3 seconds. :)


I pulled out all the stops. I don’t think I’ve every tried to shoot a kid while giving airplane rides before?! :) These pics are rather blown out since they were shot against a very bright sky, but I’m rather fond of them this way, and since I’m the photographer and artist, what I like stays. :D


Elly said that any pictures of Casen and Emilia in the same image (without her in it) was bonus points, so I’d say I SCORED with this one. ;)

Joe and Elly I loved shooting your cutesies once again, and can’t wait to shoot you all this fall! :)


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Trish Anker - May 26, 2015 - 11:50 pm

Awesome job Kris! I am so glad that someone else’s kids gave you a run for your money this time ;) Casen and Emilia are super CUTE!

Casey Kerkhoff - May 26, 2015 - 10:22 pm

Beautiful pictures Kris of beautiful kids!! Casen’s clearly enjoying taking you for a run around the yard.

Carey-Jane - May 26, 2015 - 3:47 pm

So adorable!! Love Casens grin and Emilia looks so pretty!!

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