The day Maggie was born will always be one of the happiest days of my life. Being present to see and document my niece coming into the world was nothing short of amazing.

My sister Carolyn lives in Victoria, BC. We had talked about the option of me coming there to photograph her birth but knew it was highly unlikely I would make it in time as we live a province away from each other and of course time to travel and plan how to drop everything and run quickly was going to be tough. But it truly worked out in the most perfect way possible. It was obviously meant to be.

Carolyn called me around 1 am on August 6th to tell me that her water broke. My mind immediately started racing with thoughts of excitement for her and her husband Jesse, wondering how this was all going to play out for them and …. if I could actually get there to photograph their story for them. I sat on my couch in the middle of the night, thinking about a plan and the possibility of getting on a plane. It was the long weekend so my husband Matt was home and could stay with Landon and Levi. Matt’s niece Elaina was also with us for the month of August and could help out with care for the boys. I sat there for about half an hour, checked out some flights and decided to go for it. I arrived at the airport at 6:30 am, got on my flight at 8 am and was in Victoria at Carolyn’s front door by 9 am BC time.

When I arrived at their house, Carolyn’s contractions were between 7-8 minutes apart and things were progressing nicely. With the loving support of Jesse and her doula, Carolyn moved through labour throughout the day with control and determination. By 5 pm, she was pushing with the support of her incredible midwife and at 8:20 pm …. Maggie Raina Gisborne was with us. I will never forget the feeling of watching my sister become a mother right in front of me. What an experience I cannot put into words.

Congratulations Carolyn & Jesse! Maggie – you were born into the loving arms of two people who would do anything for you and find comfort having you in their lives. You’re a lucky gal. I love you very much.

Erin xo

Maggie’s birth story slideshow to music ::

Cass & Brett’s stunning summer wedding at Theatre Junction Grand was truly unique in every way from the vintage and edgy feel of the venue itself to Cass’ incredible two piece wedding dress. At every turn this wedding was chic, classy and amazingly beautiful.

From the moment I met up with the girls getting ready in their suite, I could feel the excitement of the day. Cass’ easy going nature made for a chill and calm room and when I went to see the guys downstairs, it was the same feel there. Everyone was relaxed and just excited to get the day underway.

Cass & Brett’s unplugged ceremony was amazing – unplugged meaning all guests had their phones and cameras away and were truly present during the entire ceremony. I loved being the one and only person taking photos so their family and friends could be in the moment with them as they got married. Once the ceremony ended, we headed for portraits on 8th Ave downtown and it was the perfect backdrop to compliment their urban style day.

When I walked into their reception room, my jaw hit the floor. The space was absolutely gorgeous – every vendor who had a hand in the setup did such an outstanding job. Please make sure you check out the vendor list after the last photo to see all the local Calgary talent that helped put this day together.

Congratulations Cass & Brett! Thank you for letting me be a small part of your incredible wedding and trusting me to capture such an important day.

Erin xo

Vendor Credits

Ceremony & Reception VenueTheatre Junction Grand

Caterer Workshop YYC

Bride’s HairTop Knot Brides

Bride’s Makeup Something Borrowed Beauty

Bride’s Hair Piece & EarringsJoanna Bisley Designs

Bride’s AttireThe Bridal Centre and Laura

Groom’s AttireThe Bridal Centre

Bridal Party AttireThe Bridal Centre and Kate Spade

Florals Sweet Pea Designs

CakeSweet Relief Pastries

StationaryCanva

Groom’s Wedding RingMarlow’s Diamond & Design

Bride’s Wedding Ring – Family Heirloom

Krysta & Devan are one of those awesome couples that are super easy to photograph because they genuinely love to laugh and they have such an obvious connection with each other. I loved hanging out with them for their engagement session and hearing all about their fun and unique ideas for their wedding next year.

We shot their session at Fish Creek Park on a gorgeous summer night. Take a peek below at some of their images!

I’ve photographed this lovely family for the last 4 years and I always enjoy our sessions together. This year they wanted some canola fields in their images so we waited until July and found the perfect spot.

Here are a bunch of images from our time together, enjoy!

And just like that, another summer comes to a close. Looking through all the images I’ve taken over the last few months always makes me grateful and appreciative for my happy and healthy family and puts in perspective how lucky we are. This summer was extra special as we had Matt’s niece Elaina stay with us for the month of August, I witnessed the birth of my niece in Victoria, Matt and Landon spent 10 days in Ontario together, we attended Matt’s brother’s wedding, we had many family members visit from out of town, Landon started Preschool 4, we made many day to day memories with our boys and most importantly we prepared for the arrival of Baby Shep 3 who is due very soon! See – lucky.

A huge thank you as always to everyone who followed along and supported my annual photo series. You guys are seriously the best.

Erin xo

These two love each other so much but they also go head to head every day. Brothers.

My Levi.

 

Love that sweet face.

Two little beauties.

Beautiful mother & daughter.