Laura and Bodie are getting married this summer in Bodie's hometown of Rossland, BC. They currently live in Vancouver, where Laura grew up and like many of my other 2018 couples, are planning their Kootenay weddings from afar. When it came time to plan their engagement session, Laura asked me if I had any ideas for a location. Cheekily I asked if they would be up for a hike up a mountain, to an amazing view point, "Wear appropriate footwear," I warned, "It will probably be muddy."
By some miracle they actually agreed, and a few short weeks later we found ourselves here, at the top of Trail's 'Miral Heights Loop'. The trail was muddy, and snowier (still!) than I had expected, but Laura and Bodie took it in stride. The views from the top were incredible as always, and it was such a treat to spend a couple hours getting to know these two wonderful people.
Charlotte is a wonderful friend of mine, and is also a photographer. About a year ago, we agreed to shoot each other's life events in trade. I often feel like I am getting the better end of the deal in this arrangement, but don't tell Charlotte that!
Most recently, we got together in between snow storms to shoot the maternity session for her 2nd baby. Baby is due next month and I could not be more excited for this family and to meet the newest addition. I just know that little Blaire is going to be the best big sister ever, and of course that the baby will be incredibly adorable... because, duh! Look at its parents & big sis.
Stay tuned for that Lifestyle in-home Newborn Session.
You may not guess it, but the 2 weeks just before Christmas are some of my busiest weeks of the year with Family Sessions. The weather is always less than ideal, and people are stressed to the max as the countdown to Christmas is on, but it's also a time of year when family from near & far are together, for maybe, the first time in a year (or even a decade!) Because of this, I often find myself braving the elements and shooting Large Family Sessions. I could not get over how charismatic those little boys were-- just smiling and hamming it up, despite the cold. We had a really great time together stomping & sledding around snowy RedStone Golf Resort.
If you have your family together for the holidays, I absolutely suggest contacting a local photographer to squeeze in a family session!
Claire and Mark are one of my Summer 2018 out-of-town Wedding Couples. So when they emailed me to let me know that they would be in The Kootenays visiting family for the holidays, I knew that we had to do whatever we could to make an engagement session happen.
It may have been just the day after Christmas, and it may be been -18 degrees celsius (brrr!), but we made it work! The frozen alpine lake in Nancy Greene Provincial Park made the perfect wintery backdrop for our cozy session. Despite the cold these two were nothing but smiles. We had an awesome time together, and I am more excited than ever for their summer I-dos. I wonder if I will recognize them without toques and mitts on?
When Melisa suggested Tulip Creek Falls as the location for her and fiancé Brian's engagement session I didn't know what to expect. I had never been there, much less in the winter time. But I am always up for an adventure--- especially when that adventure includes hanging out with some new client-friends. Suffice it to say, the falls did not disappoint!
The short hike to the waterfall itself was snowed over and absolutely stunning. We couldn't see the trail at all, but that didn't stop us! In we trekked-- over logs, slippery rocks, and under fallen trees. Within 15 short minutes the frozen waterfall was towering in front of us. It was a sight to behold as snow blew from the surrounding rock face, shrouding us in a atmospheric cloud of swirling snow flakes.
The best part was chatting with these two about their up coming wedding (May 26th! Fairmont Hot Springs!), laughing at their fabulous dog's silly antics, and generally getting to know them. I have long said that I have the best clients, and Melisa and Brian are no exception! Thanks for taking me on such a great adventure. I can't wait to see you again in just 5 months!
This gorgeous family! What a pleasure.
Charlotte is the talented (and incredibly beautiful & kind) woman behind Kootenay based 'Lota Love Photography' and we got together this past weekend to swap family sessions and catch up. We've traded sessions before and it was wonderful, so & I was thrilled to do it again this season. Even more exciting is that Charlotte, her husband Steven, and their adorable daughter Blair have big news to share....
Coming April 2018 there will be a second little monkey in the Truant Family!!
I could not be more thrilled for these fabulous human beings, and could not be more honoured to have been trusted to help them make their big announcement.
Mitch and Allison are getting married next summer in the gorgeous mountain town of Rossland, BC. They decided to seize one of the perfect fall days the autumn before their wedding to get some beautiful engagement photos done. We met at Nancy Greene Lake, in Nancy Greene Provincial Park for this woodsy-lake-outdoorsy session and could not have asked for more beautiful weather!
Before arriving for their session, Ally warned me that she and Mitch would be "awkward" and need "help with posing". I assured her that that is totally normal, and helping clients pose & feel at ease is all part of my job. But when she and Mitch arrived, I met a couple who were so fluid & at ease in front of the camera that I still don't believe that they aren't professional models. These two have a chemistry that is undeniable, and photographing them was an absolute joy! I am more excited than ever for their July 2018 wedding.
Thank you to all the wonderful families who came out for my 2017 Fall Minis! It was great to meet the new faces, and see the old faces again. Here are a handful of my favourite images from the weekend!
When gorgeous mama-bear, Shondell, initially booked her family portrait session a few weeks ago, she gave me a heads up, "If you can pull off a miracle and have all 4 of us look decent in a photo, I will love you forever. We are "Chandlers"."
"Challenge Accepted", I thought.
We met at Castlegar's beautiful Millennium Park for an hour of walking and exploring. When we initially got going, Shondell's youngest, L*, was quite shy and not exactly feeling it... but she warmed quickly and definitely surprised me with her keen willingness to participate and take direction. All 3 kids absolutely slayed this session!
It was such a treat to work with this beautiful family! I don't mean to toot my own horn or anything, but judging by the resulting photographs, I think that Shondell just might have to make good on her promising of "loving me forever" because I think I got several shots where everyone looks much, much better than 'decent'.
Jessica was the first Mother to meet me to participate in my Everyday Breastfeeding Series. The aim of this series is to document and normalize what breastfeeding really looks like on a day-to-day basis. It's not all flower crowns, flowing white dresses, and fields of wild flowers. Usually it's messy houses, unmade beds, and greasy hair. Or, in Jessica's case, the back seat of her truck while out & about.
The flower crowns and wild flowers made for pretty pictures, and have their place, to be sure. But I want to show that there is beauty even in the mundane. Even when you're rushed, or stressed, not made-up. Even when your baby is teething hard, distracted, or refusing to latch.
Breast feeding is hard. And it's often not picture-perfect. But it's still beautiful.
I want to thank all of the mothers & babies who shared their time with me for this project. I appreciate it more than you know. More images to come.
34-years-young, Tamara Boden is a Family Portrait & Wedding Photographer out of 'The Kootenays' region of south-eastern British Columbia. She loves being right, going on adventures, snuggling her dogs, husband, & baby boy, roadtrips, indie/off-beat weddings, chubby babies and making people laugh. When not behind the camera or at her computer, you will find Tamara planning her next big trip, seeking out the perfect cup of coffee, and counting all of her infinite blessings. Thanks for stopping by!