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>Hot Air Balloon Ride – Calgary Photographer

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Last Sunday my wife and I finally had the chance to use my first year wedding gift, which is from 3
years ago.  Jenn had purchased a Sundance Hot Air Balloon ride for us to use, but when we got to our scheduled fly date Jenn was pregnant with our third child, Cameron, and low and behold they don’t fly pregnant women.

So we said we would reschedule… when I finally stopped procrastinating and made the reservations they were all booked up and we couldn’t fly at the time we wanted to. So there we had to book in for the following year but at least we had a date set!

August 14th came a few short days after we got back from an epic 30th birthday week in Las Vegas (thanks hunny!) and we were off at a ridiculous time in the morning to go flying.

Were we worried? Nah maybe a little.  Were we excited? yes a lot! Was it amazing? HELL YEAH.
Its was a crazy thing just floating around up there checking everything out, a crazy feeling of awesomeness and nervousness that I would love to do all over again.  I highly recommend going on a balloon ride the next time you want to try something different.

And here are bunch of photos after what ends up being a lot of words!

Make sure the fire works!

They use two big fans to inflate the balloon almost all the way…

 Here Dale starts to add the heat!

As Dale adds the heat it stands up and we gotta run and climb on in!
The view right after take off. You can see the van and truck in the lower right.

I CAN SEE MY HOUSE FROM HERE!  That’s the car in the front and the newly shingled roof that looks like it may be two colors…

Langdon and Mead lake.

At one point we were VERY close to landing but changed our minds when we realized it was an 
Alf-alfa Field.  We “dusted” the crop with the bottom of the basket for about 20 feet.

In the end we landed safely and helped pack everything up so we could head to Chestermere.

Once in chestermere we had a Champagne Toast as it is a old French tradition…9:30am and drinking, I think we thought we were back in Vegas!

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>Levi is awesome – Airdrie Children Photographer

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Here is a little man that was such a pleasure to photograph he almost made it… dare I say it…easy!
I used a simple set up in their living room and matched the same lighting I had used when I photographed his brother at Bright Explorations Preschool.  That blog post can be seen here.
Levi was a natural in front of the camera. He hammed it up when I needed him to and he was relaxed when I needed that as well. We played, we laughed and we talked. I found out he was really loved his blanket…so why not have a picture with it…he likes to show off his tummy, so we gotta make sure we get that… he also is quite the artist so at the end of the session I let him color on my backdrop and even invited his brother in on the action for a few photos. 
I think those are the things that as a parent you don’t want to forget, because when they go off to college you may want to remember those little pieces of their personality past.
It was a fun session with a great family.  I am very thankful to have been invited into their home to capture this little mans personality.

Thanks for looking and Enjoy!

With this post I am going to continue to try something new…

Help Levi out by leaving comment on this post and I will give him a free gift!
All you have to do is leave some love below by clicking the ‘comment’ link below…

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>Kylie and Darren are Expecting – Calgary Maternity Photographer

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Like the post title says, this awesome couple is expecting a new bundle of joy any day now!  I had decided I wanted to get a few different locations done in this one session so I chose to go to the Ramsay area.  Problem was in all my planning for the shoot I overlooked the fact that it was sneak a peek for The Calgary Stampede that night.  That meant no parking in and or around that area, without a proper local resident parking pass.  

I got there early to scope out the locations I had in mind and good thing because I had to sweet talk the Parking Patrol to allow me to park in the area.  I got the okay with a warning of ‘even if the guys come by they could be ruthless and still tag and tow you’.  So off we went to get the shoot done!  During the session I was stressing a bit, and a few times I had to look around to see if there was any patrols around. As lucky as we could be we didn’t end up getting a ticket or towed! All though thinking about it, even if I had it still would have been worth it to hang out with these guys and get some seriously awesome photos!

I am excited to meet their little one when he/she arrives and get some more great photos to add to the portfolio and grace their walls!

With this post I am going to try something new… Help Kylie and Darren by commenting on this post I will give them a free gift!  Just leave some love below by clicking the ‘comment’ link…

ENJOY!

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>50th Birthday Luau – Calgary Event Photographer

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For the past few months there has been many a night of planning and organizing in our house and a few others too. Busy planning a surprise 50th Birthday for my Mother in-law, Shannon. This was one of the hardest surprise birthday parties to try to arrange, you see, Shannon knows everybodys routines and how they don’t stray from them. So when Andy said he didn’t want to race, Cody said he had to work, Jenn wasn’t able to go to Edmonton to race and all of a sudden Melissa had to go to work on Saturday she had to have known that something was up.

Getting her out of the house was another chore.  How often does Shannon get a call from Val to go out and get her hair done and have some lunch?  Well lets say it doens’t happen often she did finally agree to go but it was a lot later than we had hoped to  get started setting up!

Lots of people helped get all the things lined up during the day, coming out to Bearspaw to help set up tents, chairs, pull the pork, cut the buns, set up the tiki bar, pick up and set up the Maragrita mixer, put up decorations and limbo bar, water Shannons flowers and Valet all the guests cars outta sight so it could still be a surprise. 

The biggest tip off to her was when Andy called and said he was getting hungry and was wondering when she was coming home…that NEVER happens, he would work on the cars until midnight without coming in to eat if it were up to him!  She came home wondering what was up but had no idea that all her family and friends would be there with a Luau set up in the back yard!

We had a delicious feast consisting of pulled pork, Huli Huli chicken, a few different salads and a spinach salad inside a watermelon, lots of fruit and a few different desserts including one cake(well actually 3) made by none other than my awesome wife.

So was she surprised you ask?

I still think she was! One of my favorite things was when she said “Is that Ben and Donna here, you said you were racing!”

Happy 50th Shannon from all of us, hope you had a great time!
Here’s a few photos from the night.  Enjoy.

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