Family portrait photographer Canmore, Invermere, Golden, Cranbrook, Kimberley, Nelson, Castlegar

This post makes me just so happy!

I was so excited to photograph this Invermere family, Karen, Steve, Liz and Anna, after so much time… I think we figured eight years or so since they last had their family portraits taken.

As avid hikers and outdoors people, the view was important, Chisel Peak, in particular.  We found the perfect location to ensure all of the requirements were provided for, including my need for shade and a little rickety old architecture to boot!

In addition to the perfect valley scenery, there’s nothing like an outdoor loo for the perfect backdrop.

What a wonderful, crazy and just a tad bit scary time of life for this family… one daughter graduated university and considering next steps, the youngest graduating high school and off on the next leg of her exciting journey.  Wow!  Beautiful grown women in the blink of an eye!

This is just one of many reminders I’ve experienced recently… time seemed to go in slow motion with little ones and so much was taken for granted.  Now, with kids transforming into adults before our very eyes, the time literally flies!

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaagggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!

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cuba travel film photography

cuba travel film photography

The beauty of being a bit of a disaster on the organization front… not to mention a bit of a procrastinator is when I finally got around to sending away to the lab a small fortune in film, it was darned near like Christmas when I discovered the box of pictures had arrived in my mail box!

It also lets me revisit one of the best vacations I’ve had in recent memory all over again!

Havana is such an incredibly beautiful and vibrant city.  The architecture, albeit a little crumbly, the colourful history, the old cars, of course, and most certainly, the people. It’s easy to be charmed by the feeling of stepping back in time, regardless your politics.  As we are all aware, the country, and culture, is in for some significant changes over the coming years where they decide how to proceed with increasing investment and development.  How do they balance the simplicity and charm that is so appealing with the free market consumerism they are all so ready to embrace.  Right now, rather than lined with restaurants, hotels and nightspots, Havana boasts one of the most understated ocean fronts probably anywhere. The Malecón is known as a place to hang out, gather with friends and fishing more than anything else.  And, as a pretty seasoned tourist, it was such a pleasure to encounter nary a Starbucks, Señor Frogs or Hard Rock Cafe.  No McDonalds.  It was nearly impossible to find a Coke, in fact.  It was fantastic!

However, you learn pretty quickly that the people are savvy to the impact of tourist dollar and, whether it’s your bike taxi driver or the charming little old lady with the cigar planted strategically between her lips, Cubans have found their own creative, and honestly, in some cases, exploitive ways to take a little bit more of the pie than their system affords them.

And, it’s hard to blame them.  Why shouldn’t they want what we have?

This first trip to Cuba was, indeed, an education.  I learned how to best get around, where to eat, where to hang out for an afternoon drinking the best daiquiris while enjoying great music and people watching… and, to make sure I’m always stocked with plenty of smaller bills so as to get more people portraits.  I SO, SO, SO look forward to my next trip, ideally before the inevitable influx of western consumerism….

As for the picture taking… Cuba doesn’t get any better!  I feel like I didn’t do nearly enough.

But, I’m so glad I brought film.  I LOVE film photography!  I prefer the colour quality.  I love that I can over-expose a tinge to enjoy my lovely pastel tones, but still keep my highlights.  And I love the ease of the post-processing… ahem – there is none!!

Seeing these makes me so very happy that I bothered to schlep around two cameras.  It also makes me want to go back.

Tomorrow!

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How precious is this little man-let??? OMG… I was so happy to hear that almost exactly one year after their lovely destination wedding, Ally and Nate’s little family had expanded to include this adorable baby boy!

Little Jackson is so darned perfect.  And, of course, he smells like you could just about eat ‘im!  Or at least, sneak him into the ‘ol camera bag and take him home… just kidding.  Sort of!

I am so happy for this special couple, and honestly, little Jackson couldn’t have chosen a better home to be a part of!

Congratulations, Ally & Eddie!  He’s just adorable and so, so lucky to have landed the two of you for mum and dad!

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There are some days scheduled for a shoot, where I just have to groan, “Uuuuuggghhhhh!!”

The morning I met with Lindsay and Jon was one of those days.  The forecast: rain, rain… and more rain.

So, we ducked out when there was a brief break in the weather, and lo-and-behold, how incredibly perfect!  The atmosphere and mood, the colour.  It all worked!

It was a darned right gorgeous afternoon for a romantic engagement session!

Lindsay and Jon – equally gorgeous!  What a great, easy going pair.  I so look forward to working with them on the big day come summer ’16!

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Tracy Connery Photography- destination wedding photographer panorama, invermere, golden, kicking horse, st. eugene mission, fairmont hot springs

Tracy Connery Photography- destination wedding photographer panorama, invermere, golden, kicking horse, st. eugene mission, fairmont hot springs

tracy connery photography- destination wedding photographer invermere, golden, panorama, kicking horse, st. eugene mission

tracy connery photography- destination wedding photographer invermere, golden, panorama, kicking horse, st. eugene mission

tracy connery photography- destination wedding photographer invermere, golden, panorama, kicking horse, st. eugene mission

destination wedding photographer Invermere, Golden, Panorama, Kicking Horse, St. Eugene Mission - Tracy Connery Photography

tracy connery photography

tracy connery photography- destination wedding photographer invermere, golden, panorama, kicking horse, st. eugene mission

tracy connery photography

tracy connery photography

tracy connery destination wedding photography

 

tracy connery destination wedding photography

tracy connery destination wedding photography

 

tracy connery destination wedding photography

While I live in the Valley, as most of my clients are from elsewhere, I work as a destination photographer.  Invermere destination wedding photography can require ski hill weddings, an occasional dogsled wedding (while not officially an Invermere destination, it was a lovely Invermere couple!)… and to my great delight, helicopter trips!

As was the case with Michelle and Kevin over Thanksgiving weekend.  I had been looking forward to the opportunity of a helicopter flight many weeks before their event.  The couple, on the other hand, found out only as we returned to Eagle Ranch after our portrait session.

Such a terrific surprise, courtesy of the groom’s beautiful sis, Cori.

So exciting!!  And SOOOOO windy!!  OMG!  It was so windy.  So much so that I was thinking it might not be in the cards that day.

But, nope.  Up we went!  It was stunning… and scary!  So memorable for this couple so wonderfully easy-going and in love!

I was so very happy for Michelle and Kevin this day.  They are so warm and generous and SO deserved just the best on their special day.  And, despite the crazy wind, I think they would agree that they got it!

Pretty perfect!

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