It was 2009. I had moved to Vancouver for school. I had a Canon Rebel T1i. I wanted to learn photography. And I asked Chelsea if I could take her picture.
Two hours later, 400+ images later, we walked away laughing and happy. I still cringe looking back at some of the images that day, but it was also a day that solidified our friendship. Eight years later, this is still how we play.
I’m glad to say that the images are getting better.
Earlier this year, my ever so talented cousin Tara (aka T-Rhyme) shot her video, Start Over. With local talent Darian Lonechild, Tara managed to cultivate her vision from beginning to end, and it was truly inspirational to see. Watching creative beings collaborate and direct and create their magic – it gives me all the feels.
Love these women – love this video.
The joy of being a family photographer is that I get to see families grow year after year. I have been with michelle and Matt since they both made eyes at each other, and they became my first couple that I ever photographed. back in the dayyyyy, I’m telling you. And now, we climbed mountains (“it’s just a trail, Tenille“) to photograph their beautiful family in one of their favourite areas.
Th egrets is large and massive; the air is always damp. They laughed and played, their kids climbing their way over mossy rocks with a grin on their faces. Matt and Michelle laced fingers together, taking moment to breathe before rushing in again, scooping one baby before she fell, following another before he got too far.
I ran around, slipped, fell, laughed, complained and basically was donnneeeee with the mountain climbing, but it was all so very much worth it. West coast magic, this family is.
My hearts, my hearts. Enjoy!
Oh, Van and Jay.
Vanessa and I go way back; we both grew up in Beauval, running around like thugs in the hallways of Valley View School. She’s been a great, hilarious friend, and has the quickest laugh – she’s always teasing and giggling. And then we met Jay, eeeeeboy. All sudden he’s on her Instagram, they’re steaming up Facebook, and I’m like “…..Van, who’s our boyfriend?”
I have no chill.
Fast forward to this year, and they’re getting married. We snuck around Saskatoon one weekend, making Vanessa throw on a dress and gently encouraging Jay to flex for us, ha. The ever stunning Van had her makeup done by Kacey Beaudry, MUA and we crept in back alleys, and in open fields.
And we laughed. We giggled. We slipped in mud puddles and changed in the backseat of cars.
Totally worth it.
Congrats, Jay and Vanessa!
Dakota’s been my model for ever. We needed to update her headshots; her last session of formal headshots was in 2012, I think.
That was adorable.
This round was much better.
And in true sweetmoon style, we got some clothes together, some fabulous earrings, and took a drive through the city.
In between her country vs urban identity, there was some moments there.
That last image tho… magikkkkkkkk.
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sweetmoon is a photography business currently based in Treaty 6 Territory of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, specializing in capturing the stories of Indig and non-Indig people throughout Canada.
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