I was booked two years ago to do a maternity shoot for Nicole. Sadly, that never happened as she went into labour prematurely and delivered Mackenzie! Fast forward two years and she is expecting another baby this July!
She wasn’t going to do a maternity shoot this time, but I think I talked her into it. It may be her last pregnancy and this needs to be celebrated, and recorded. Personally I can hardly recall what it was like to be pregnant as its been a long time since I had my babies. So, we put together a quick maternity shoot as I was only in the Okanagan for a few short days!
Dakota Ridge. Its in our back yard. I discovered it six or seven years ago with my friend Jessica Huntington, before the road was consistently plowed. It is another hidden gem on the coast if you haven’t been before. The ultimate winter recreational place to go! Once you hit the snow line you feel transported to another country!
We were there for opening day which was last Friday. The cat and grader were finishing up the parking lot for the public. Chains are recommended always to get to the top, but it is possible to make it up in an all wheel drive or 4 wheel drive vehicle.
The quonset warming hut and the the nice big sign greeted us the the head of the trails. Apparently the volunteers have been very busy blazing new cross country trails for the cross country and skate skiers. We were there to snow shoe, and just enjoy the morning!
Nancy, Jessica and I have been friends for many years. Its pretty safe to say we are all, in some way, adrenal adventure junkies! And we hadn’t had a chance to get together for quite some time. The scenery was just amazing!
We actually were talking so much and so fast that we thought we would try to be more meditative and just listen to the silence. Um, that didn’t last the full minute😉
In total we did a couple of loops, 6k, and broke trail in some spots! what a great workout!
The cameras did come out. A lot. It truly is breathtaking to be up that high in the alpine! (thank you to Jess for the Iphone shot of me, and Nancy for trying out the big camera!)
We finished up in the warming hut, with the essential snow shower’s care package that Nancy prepared!
What an incredible day! Thank you to Nancy’s husband Craig for snapping a shot of the three of us!
As we were leaving we ran into a student that Jess knows. She explained that she was actually doing a paper on what this special experience is called. She said it is “being in the flow” and “having a high quality recreational experience.” And yes, I’d say it was!
What is that? It is what a lot of photographers work on to make their subjects stand out from the background. Its the “creamy blurring” in the background, its those beautiful little dots that appear when shot with a certain lens. It is pronounced “BOW (as in bow tie) and KE like the sound when you say KEN.
This session was all about BOKEH. It takes practice and practice and some more practice. It takes switching up your lens collection to acheive what you are looking for in your photo. And since Magic Hour is such an amazing time of the day to do a session and provides the nicest lighting, we took our willing models Odin the long haired Weimeramer and Brycie, my beautiful 5 months pregnant daughter down to the Thompson River in Kamloops. Kamloops is known for their amazing sunsets and the river is always glass flat providing even more lighting to give us some great bokeh!
I think Odin has been my favorite model so far! This first photo really makes me smile. A lot of great things happening with the sunset, the color of the dog, the lighting. Everything was perfect!
And here’s my beautiful daughter at 5 months. Baby is kicking up a storm she tells me! Due this spring, her Dad and I can’t wait!
And my most favorite photographer ever! – Stacey with her fur pal.
And this is something I am passionate about. Stacy and I love pulling some fun techniques out of the bag to try. I’m not much of a photoshop girl, and these few shots have something a little special in them! More bokeh!
It was starting to get really dark and cold. Brycie didn’t complain too much, but I couldn’t feel my hands! So this last one the bokeh really got big, and the darkness added more drama to the shot!
And after a cappuchino and hot chocolate at our favorite coffee shop we headed indoors to create some crazy bokeh and sillhoettes inside! I’d love to hear what you think!