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.
Guysssssss, I’ve been a mad fan of Dickson Designs since I was first introduced to her work through a collaboration she did with Shawna McLeod Photography, Tania Larsson Studio and Kamamak Cosmetics. I recognized the beaded hankie – my Setsune (grandmother) used to wear these every day, and I own one of her silk hankies now. The product made me grin, and when Heather (the woman behind Dickson Designs) started with the graphics printed on clothing, my little heart swooned.
So much goals, so much love.
Fast forward a year later, and it turns out she and I were presenting at the same panel together in Thunder Bay, ON. We were online friends, so we made plans to gather a few models, get some makeup together, bring some of our collective swag, and get photographing. She made friends with Renee, and asked her to be one of our models. I made a call out and asked Cynthia, after convincing her that her bangs were cool. We brought Indigenous goods from both our personal collections and loaded down my hotel room: items from She Native’s #WeAreDene collaboration, the infamous beaded hats and bunnyhugs (hoodies) from Dickson Designs, delicate jewelry from Tania Larsson Studio, beaded bing by Beads, Rhymes, Life, flowing feathers by Savage Rose, and so. much. more. My hotel room looked like a pow-wow booth, it was so great.
My baby cousin and friend Breanna second-shot with us, as well as handled the makeup. Heather was our assistant, ha. We finally hopped into Renee’s car, and cruised around Thunder Bay, finding sketchy back alleys and poplar’s to shoot at. We laughed, teased, and had some Starbucks. We made our model’s freeze (SORRY!….ish) but the light was magic, the wind our friend, and goals were slayed.
Now… how do I get to Whitehorse for a visit?
Last year, when SheNative’s CEO Devon and I decided to do a collaboration, we hosted a steak night to fundraise. One of our grand prizes was a exclusive, limited edition SheNative bag, some swag, and a photograph session by me, with makeup by Kacey Beaudry, MUA.
The winner, Cheryl Ann and her sweetie Richie, we finally managed to get together and rock a session. Cheryl and Richie are freakkkinnngggg hilarious – they could not stop laughing, teasing and grinning at each other. Travelling around Saskatoon, we went up to hidden parking lots and almost got stuck on a mud field, and they rocked their session. The light, the looks, the love – it was magic.
edglanete + welcome
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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