Alberta Family Lifestyle Photographer :: Brooks Alberta, Rachel Boekel Photography ::

This little girl has stolen my heart for awhile already, but today I want to show
you how she has her whole family, including her visiting Ouma and Oupa wrapped around her little finger!

I visited this family while they were enjoying family time and a visit from their parents from South Africa, and
this sweet little peanut was getting so much love, attention and play and the adults were enjoying a much
anticipated coffee (yes, it was hand ground, yes it was delicious) from Phil and Sebastian’s Coffee Beans. I can’t imagine the pressure
you would feel preparing a cup of coffee, early in the morning, while your father in law waits!! Luckily it was a pretty boss cup of coffee ;)

The thing I love most about walking in and photographing a home lifestyle session is just watching families happily
move around in their comfortable world. One of my favourite moments from this local lifestyle session was watching Oupa and Papa
get right into the music, and dance along. I’m a big dancer, so obviously this pulled on my heart!

I’m sure you will notice, the sheer enjoyment this family has just being together.
I’m so glad I could capture them!
xxx!

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Golf Lifestyle Photography :: Brooks Alberta Photographer, Rachel Boekel Photography ::

This is where my heart is at these days.
I know, I know, you’ve been hearing me rant and rave about “real life” for awhile now, and I appreciate your patience while I get my
message out, because it is so important to me. Capturing your candid, every day, love of life, time with your kids, moments is so much fun!
If you have the time to scroll down, I did sneak a selfie in the golf cart with this fun crew, and those smiles, those are real!

I was invited to photograph my friend and his kids while they played golf, something that is very important to him and
his family, for generations. I have met his Dad, and his Mom, this love for Golf is real, and another thing, they are stinking good at it!!
We met up at the Brooks Golf Club after lunch for a bit of time on the driving range and then we booted around a few
holes in the golf cart. The kids drove me, and I didn’t fall out ;)

Can we just talk about golf carts for a moment.
Kids are crazy in them. Not like a little crazy, it’s like they suddenly have permission to drive and they play it out like a video game.
Add the wide open space of a golf course and it’s a recipe for fabulous photos of kids living in their glory!

Golfers I have realized are extremely passionate about golf. Not a little bit, not a lot, but all encompassing and
when you mix it with your kids and your life, it’s the best kind of photography mix. If you’ve read this far,
I really would love to hear from you, in my comment section, about what you do that is super special with your family and would
you have it photographed. How do you spend your time with the people you love to be around?

Oh happy day!

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Alberta Photography Mini Session :: Mothers Day Photography, Rachel Boekel Photography ::

I keep raving about my Mothers Days Mini Sessions, and this certainly isn’t the last you will hear of it, they were
flat out ahhhhmazing! I’m going to keep sprinkling on my blog in between other photography session happenings.
Lifestyle photography can be hard to wing in a 15 minute window, but all of these
sessions were so raw and real and oh just the best. Our sessions were in Lake View Park in, Brooks, Alberta.
The trees were in bloom, the dandelions giving us a great carpet to play on and the air was warm.

This sweet mama and her girl were quick to get playing, which made my heart sing.
Often I think we forget how to play or how to climb trees, or how to piggy back each other and I think it just
takes one quick taste of it to remember how freeing it feels.
These two did all of that and some more.
Our quick session was absolutely full of giggles, love and genuine happiness!

Here is a wee snapshot of our 10 minutes together.
Thanks you two for giving me your smiles and your energy!

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Farm Lifestyle Photography :: Real Life Photography, Rachel Boekel Photography ::

When I was driving out towards Gem, Alberta, early-ish for this session, I was in awe
of the landscapes that were unfolding as I headed North out of Brooks, AB. The morning sun was already past it’s early morning,
long-shadow casting pace and was lighting up the sage brush that blew in the raw prairies along with long grasses. When I turned off, just
before I dipped down towards the Red Deer River, I could see the path the river took from the West to the East from my driving perch.
Before I even arrived in the Nielsen driveway my senses were heightened and my inspiration blooming.

When I head out for a Lifestyle Session, I’m just ready to absorb myself into someone else life, and this was no exception.
I walked into Lauren and Lars’ kitchen as they were preparing smoothies and drinks for broken bones while their boys, Liam and Lane were
cuddling kittens and sharing magic tricks. From there, we hit the ground running.
We didn’t stop until the yarn was spun, the flowers watered, chickens, goats and horse fed and the garden planted,
and weeded. The playing, the kindness and the movement of the day was so fulfilling.
These moments are the ones that remind me that I am exactly where I am supposed to be.
Life! It is so insanely interesting!

We don’t have animals, so watching the capability of these boys as they feed their chickens and checked eggs, and then
jump on their horse and confidently moved around the animals so a tad bit foreign to me and I admire that
quality of life on a farm or ranch.

Lauren and I spent a year at school together in Victoria, BC, over a decade ago, and I have had the luck of photographing
her and the boys a few times in the past, and so I know her as a friend but what I loved was seeing her as a woman, wife and mother.
Equally awesome was watching Lars with his boys and his animals. My first time meeting Lars, many years ago, I had stopped in to visit Lauren and I convinced
him to drive me to HWY 36 so I could put in an hour of training on my road bike.
On this day, we laughed at house naive I was about the traffic on HWY 36 and how far I’ve made it as a prairie girl.

*I recently posted about my Top 3 road rides out of Dinosaur Provincial Park and I also talk about completely avoiding HWY36 as a road cycling route.*
I should have listened to Lars those many years ago!

Photographing the raw life of a hard working prairie dweller is again, inspiring. It made me want to go home and start weeding my garden,
get back to creating a good meal and appreciating the greatness around me; the vast sky, the approaching rain clouds, the smells of the sage brush
and the quietness of space.

I hope these images share a piece of their extraordinary ordinary.
I think it’s beautiful, honest and I’m always thankful for the opportunity to be a visual story teller.

Thank you Lauren, Lars, Liam and Lane!

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Top 3 Road Cycling Routes out of Brooks, Alberta / Dinosaur Provincial Park

Whizzing pass blanketed green fields pressed up against a pale blue sky feels much like being in a heavy state of happy meditation.
The yellow lines pass quickly underneath our skinny tires, and the Canadian Badlands are beckoning us closer.
A resident Meadowlark is happily perched on top of a fence post and chirping at us kindly, this was my kind of cycling day!


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This experience made me want to share my top three rides near Dinosaur Provincial Park and Brooks, Alberta just ahead of Fathers Day.
Road cycling is a pastime that I’m lucky enough to share with my Dad. It’s our thing to do, our place to go when we need some time to hang out.
We’ve tackled many a Rocky Mountain hill as a duo egging each other on and have spread out onto the vast prairies to regain our breath.
It’s a calming experience, and something I know we always have in our back pocket as an outlet for summer adventure.

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I hadn’t actually considered our area around Brooks as a prime riding spot, until two weeks ago, when my Dad challenged my husband and I for a spin
from Duchess, Alberta to Steveville Bridge. Being a born and raised mountain girl, it’s been hard to compare the cycling out here to what
we have back in Canmore, Alberta. But on this day, last week, we all rode in awe at what we were seeing, experiencing,
hearing, smelling and enjoying. That endless sky is something I covet!

 If you’re travelling across Canada, or skipping out of the Rocky Mountains to escape the masses and are
enjoying our area’s provincial parks and towns, it’s worth tucking in your bike along to explore a wider area.

 Tips & Tricks:
We’re growing our cycling community, one biker at a time.
Our area is heavily industrial and you’ll notice a lot of oilfield vehicles on the road that aren’t always used to seeing cyclist out.
As always, ride defensively.

Roads to Avoid:
HWY 36: This Highway is heavily used by everyone as it heads straight south to the US Border. Straight North it goes to Lac La Biche.
I’d advise not using this route or even if you’re using it as a link to other routes. Traffic can be fast, intense and distracted.

 HWY 873: Between Brooks, AB and Duchess, AB: It seems like an accessible route to take from Brooks to Duchess, but I’d avoid this section of hwy.
Vehicles pass quickly, often passing other vehicles and the shoulder isn’t cycle friendly.

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Route 1:

 Brooks, Alberta to Dinosaur Provincial Park
Distance: 43km (one way)

 When you leave Brooks, Alberta you’ll want to head East on Hwy 542 and cross over the TransCanada Hwy. Hwy 542 turns into Township RD 190 which forces you North onto Range Rd 141, and then East onto Township Road 191, then North onto Range Rd 140 for approximately 10km until you hit Hwy 544 which guides you East for 6km towards Patricia, Alberta. You’ll come to the now closed Dinosaur Rest Stop. Head North toward Patricia and follow the signs to Dinosaur Provincial Park. You will be rewarded with the incredible views of the Badlands, and if you dip down into the Park, you can enjoy an ice cream at the Cretaceous Café, or head back to Patricia, AB and have a beer and burger at the Patricia Hotel, an intensely authentic watering hole.

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 *The road is almost completely flat, with a few dips here and there. The only big hill you will encounter is the 11% grade 1km hill that dips down into
Dinosaur Provincial Park.

 *This is a great ride to do if you want to meet your family / friends at Dinosaur Provincial Park for a picnic or,
if you are staying at the Park and want make it a return ride to Brooks, AB

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Route 2:

 Duchess, Alberta to Steville Bridge, AB

Distance: 33km (one way)

 A great place to park and start is the Duchess Golf Course.
From there, you head North on HWY 872 for approximately 3km before turning East on the Cut Across Road for 15km.
This road spits you out onto HWY 876 all the way to Steveville. Once you dip down to Steveville Bridge, you can enjoy the Red Deer River running underneath the bridge (springtime) or trickling by (late summer) and looking East you’ll catch the beginning of the Badlands. Going further doesn’t make sense as the road turns to gravel right away.

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*The shoulder is a decent size and the pavement great on this route. This route is fairly flat, with only a mild hill down towards Steveville Bridge.

*This is a fairly quiet route, but does have some gravel truck traffic. I have found the trucks to be extremely considerate to riders,
(Thank you County of Newell and Liberty Trucking Drivers) but keep an eye out for bouncing rocks and oncoming traffic, naturally.

 *An added bonus to starting and stopping in Duchess, Alberta is access to The Prairie Cottage Bakeshop (Centre Street, Duchess) which always serves up fresh Cinnamon Buns and on Wednesday and Fridays it’s Donut day and if you’re jonesing for a sodium hit after your ride, Alberta Prairie Meats (Railway Ave) a few steps down the street has the right kind of beef jerky.

We stopped in for BOTH jerky and cinnamon buns after our ride, and they were all gone and fingers licked clean between the short drive from
Duchess, Alberta to Brooks, Alberta.

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Route 3:

 Brooks, Alberta to Tillebrook Provincial Park, AB

Distance: 10km (one way)

This is a very easy ride if you are wanting to quickly stretch your legs.
Start at the City Hall and head East out of town and out onto Railway Avenue, which takes you all the way to Tillebrook.

 *Add on an extra 10km (one way) by heading out to the Centennial Regional Arena and heading West on the Silver Sage Road. This road takes you all the way out to HWY 36, cross the HWY36 and follow Township RD 184 as far as it goes before it turns to gravel and then head back the same way.

*Finish your ride with a coffee and sausage roll at the Steaming Cup in downtown Brooks, AB or a beer and a Brooks Sandwich at The Brooks Hotel.

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 Bonus Route!

Distance: Approximately 143 km Roundtrip.

Add all of these routes up together for a mega day on the bicycle!

Start in Brooks Alberta and follow Route 1 out to Dinosaur Provincial Park.
On your return trip from Dinosaur Provincial Park, skip the right hand turn toward Patricia, AB and continue on Township Road 204 until you hit HWY 876.
Take HWY 876 North all the way to Steveville Bridge and from then take a U-Turn back in the same direction until you reach
the Cut Across Road and take it all the way to Duchess, Alberta. Take a very cautious ride down HWY 873 toward Brooks and take
a Eastbound turn on HWY 544 toward Dinosaur Provincial Park for approximately 6km and turn South
on Range Rd 140 back toward Brooks the way you came.

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 *Great pit stops include the Cretaceous Café at Dinosaur Provincial Park, or the Patricia Hotel in Patricia, AB.
Duchess Prairie Meats or the Prairie Cottage Bakeshop in Duchess are perfect for the last hit before heading back.
If you want to finish off with a beer in Brooks, it’s gotta be at the Brooks Hotel!

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 What are your prairie riding experiences? Do you have other fabulous routes to add to this list and who do you ride with? Is it your Dad too?

Happy Fathers Day Weekend!

 

June 18, 2017 - 4:08 pm Lisa O - Great suggestion and pics Rach! I'll bring my bike next time. :-)

June 21, 2017 - 8:05 am Ryan Kiedrowski - Awesome post - absolutely love it! I've been threatening to start biking for years, but haven't got too far! lol One quick hint, if you continue west on that Cut Across Road by Duchess, it will take you to Rosemary, and even further west to Bassano! Traffic is generally light, and there are some cool sights along the way (Spragg's Meats, Countess, AB., and of course all Bassano has to offer).

June 23, 2017 - 5:33 am Donna Martin - Lovely pics and great writing. Loved it. Spelling for Tillebrook Prov Park, no "y". And Cretaceous Cafe after the Cretaceous Period that is exposed at Dino Prov Park. Super good article. If you are OK we will share it on our DPP UNESCO WHS facebook page. Thanks !

5 New Alternative Ways To Have Your Family Portraits Taken :: Rachel Boekel Photography ::

Hey Blog Follower Friends! Thanks for checking in!
I have some fun summer photo session ideas in this blog post and exciting contest giveaway details.
And, I wanted to share this new favourite photo from a family paddling / camping adventure on the Red Deer River.
While our family isn’t the focus of the picture, the moment sure sticks with us.

Best ways to enjoy family camping time

It’s JUNE!!!
That’s huge excitement in our home for may reasons. The biggest at the moment is that
it is one more sleep until our 4 year old turns 5! And as you can imagine, that is huge stuff in a 4 year olds world!
June also brings to Brooks, Alberta the Brooks Rodeo, which means many a pancake breakfast,  The Pink Ribbon Project,
which means supporting this amazing family and their incredible giving hearts.

June’s arrival also means summer holidays are coming up and hiking, fishing, biking, camping and adventure trips are around the corner!
This is one of my most favourite times of the year with the long days and the diversity of activities we can pack into one single day.

We have a lot of fun family activities planned for the summer, and a lot of them around Brooks, Alberta and into the Rocky Mountains!
We are also pretty excited to explore the East Coast for the first time this year and celebrate a dear friend as she
gets married in Newfoundland! Does anyone have any tips for what not to miss in Newfoundland? Please Share!

Contest Giveaway // 25 Places in Canada Every Family Should Visit

I was pretty excited to come across the book 25 Places in Canada Every Family Should Visit by Jody Robbins
which full of great family oriented Canadian Adventure. (I bought my copy at the Walmart in Brooks!)
It’s jam packed with fun ways to celebrate our 150th Canadian Celebration Year by exploring Canada as a family.

Jody details some fantastic adventures that are inclusive for so many differently family demographics in her book and
it hits on some great Canadian spots, including some spots we will definitely check out in Newfoundland with our crew.
As Jody explains, planning a family getaway can be overwhelming, but 25 Places in Canada Every Family Should Visit
puts you on the right path with savvy suggestions to make family travel smoother.
This book really inspires you to explore with your kids, plus gives you the confidence to travel with rambunctious types,
ensuring everyone has a memorable vacation.

So, seeing as it’s so Canadian, adventure filled, inspiring and might tickle your brain with new photo session location / activity ideas too,
I am going to give her book away to one lucky winner.

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To enter the contest to win this book you must simply follow me and
comment on a post on my Instagram account: @rachelboekelphotography.

Earn an extra entry by following me on Facebook @rachelboekelphotography and
by commenting on my Facebook contest post!

Winner will be selected at random with a draw and announced on Wednesday, June 7th

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram or Facebook.

The arrival of June also means family time, and because summer is full of long daylight hours there are many different ways to
capture your day to day life so I thought I would share 5 of my favourite family photo session ideas.

Top 5 Photo Session Ideas for Summer 2017

1) Camping! A great way to capture your family together outside of the house.
I would love to head to Dinosaur Provincial Park, Kinbrook Island Provincial Park, Bow Valley Provincial Park or
any camp spot for  a marshmallow roast with you!

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2) The Beach! We have many great beaches in Canada, and capturing time with your people
floating, building sand castles, and picnicking is an adventure I’m up for.

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3) Hiking! The amazing trail systems all over Alberta and Canada are worth exploring.
A great way to explore wildlife, landscape and adventures as a family could be on a hiking trail!

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4) Biking! City pathways to cow trails to mountain bike tracks, there are so many different levels
and ways to capture your family out for a bike ride!

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5) Water Fight and Backyard Hangouts! While I don’t advise you getting me wet, I’d love to spend an afternoon watching your family
skip through a sprinkler, throw water balloons at each other or bust out the water guns, or pump your legs on the swing!

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What ways do you spend time together as a family in the summer?
Please leave a comment below, I’d love to hear from you!

June 4, 2017 - 6:51 am Simon - Absolutely adorable photos!

Rachel Boekel Photography :: Meyer Mini Session ::

My Mothers Day Mini Event was such a fulfilling  day, it was full of moments of appreciation, respect, kindness
and so much love. It was also full of variety. I was lucky enough to photograph grandmothers with their grandkids, mothers with their
almost newborn babies, mothers with their grown up daughters and mothers being loved on by their kids.
Mid way through I sent life appreciation texts out to my family, because I was so grateful to be a part of their lives the
way these fabulous mothers were all apart of their own lives.

These mothers day photo sessions were held at LakeView Park in Brooks, Alberta.
I photographed these relationships in under the apple blossom tree, climbing the apple tree, rolling in the dandelions,
and sliding down the slide and walking through the trees. When photographing in Brooks, Alberta I am used to bigger and wider
landscapes, with lots of sky, but for this event we had this lush, green and full corner of town to ourselves to play in.

I wanted to share one of the Mothers Day mini sessions with you today.
This is the Meyer Mama Extraordinaire and her two kiddos and this is what a 15 minute portrait session can look like.
I loved these Mother Day Minis, and actually, I love all my mini sessions because they are fun, candid and with kids,
generally a little more relaxed! I’m always excited to see connections in families and that genuine joy of being together,
and I feel like these three always have a good time together, so being together is easy and fun!

Most of my favourite photos are when they are looking at each other and not at me.
I’ll post my favourite from the day first.
And, I promise to share more of these Mothers Day Moments soon!

xxx, Rachel

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May 30, 2017 - 7:35 am Debbie Berg - Rachel what a wonderful Mothers Day event, these are such beautiful, love filled pictures that will be a special reminder of that mother bond.

Pat and Soulafa :: Bragg Creek Maternity Session ::

I met Pat and Soulafa on the edge of Calgary, where the foothills move toward the mountains, and the
strong prairie landscape still stretches vastly in front of you. It was a very windy day when we met for our Bragg
Creek maternity session, but nothing can un-ruffle these two with their big sense of humour and exciting adventure ahead.

Patric and Soulafa are from so many different corners of the world and so I love that they chose
to do their sessions out in the windy world.

Patric is a Swiss-Canadian and Soulafa a Syrian- Canadian and they both blend their cultures and
histories together so nicely. I was lucky enough to photograph their wedding in Canmore, Alberta at the Hive Gallery
and Gathering last summer, and watched as their worldly family celebrated them in every way. There was even a Haka dance
from a New Zealand niece. The best part about these two is how diverse and broad minded and kind they are, and how
supported and loved by their families they are.

Soulafa had a clear idea of what she wanted. As they didn’t and still don’t know the sex of the baby, they wanted to
incorporate different coloured balloons in their maternity session. We used the single red ballon on the hay bales.
(I realize that by saying “hay bales” and not just “bales” I have outed myself as a non-native prairie girl)
I love the contrast of the red ballon with the beautiful Rocky Mountain range loading up the background.
Boy, those Rocky Mountains  sure do make a magnificent backdrop for a photo session!
Pat has mad jumping skills, and when put to the test, he nailed his position and ballon hold in one shot.
Scroll down for a sampling!

When we moved locations and attempted to retrieve the pink and blue balloons from the back of the car,
we underestimated the braveness of the wind, which, in an instant had all of the strings crossed and pulled together.
The other lovely thing about Pat and Soulafa is their flexibility. We lost the idea of separate pink and blue balloons for this maternity session,
but gained a wonderful mix, and a big blowing colourful show!

I am always inspired by a new landscape to photograph, and certainly the foothills provided a fabulous
new spot to explore. Sometimes it takes someone with a great idea to collaborate on to get great images,
and I am so glad that Pat and Soulafa had a vision of for their maternity session.

Thank you for the fun filled afternoon Pat and Soulafa, and happy days ahead!

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The Kiedrowski’s in Dinosaur Provincial Park :: Rachel Boekel Photography ::

I hosted a contest awhile back for a 2hr documentary photography session and had so
many great comments and replies to my blog post, discussing the idea of “what if you fly.”
(I have a blog post to share tomorrow of what the last 3 months since that blog post have looked like!)
The winner of that contest was Ryan and Eusebia Kiedrowski and I am so happy to share their images today!

Ryan is also a Brooks, Alberta local photographer as well and does videography. It’s always
amazing photographing a fellow photographer because they know when the sun is good, what the best backdrop
is and how to just hang out. I had such an amazing session with them, filled with wild adventures!

When I first showed up at the top parking lot at Dinosaur Provincial Park for this family photography session,
I was met with a funny scene. There was a whole gang of people dressed up in grim reaper costumes and some looking
like farmers… and then I had an aha moment and recognized Lindi Ortega from a conversation
my husband and I had had the night before, that she was in town. They were filming a music video!
Dinosaur Provincial Parks wild and abstract landscape attracts so many creative people.
I’ve been following some amazing photographers through Instagram doing some starry night work in Dinosaur Prov. Park
lately and aurora captures. The landscape is dramatic and inspiring to say the least.

At any rate. I was excited that the Kiedrowski’s chose Dinosaur Provincial Park to play and adventure in
for their lifestyle session. When they arrived their kids promptly got to work putting up a kite.
I’m not sure parrots have flown above the badlands before, but they sure did that day!
While I was catching Aleta with the kite we heard a giant shriek and scream from a little below in the coulee.
Thea and Eusebia had stumbled upon a rattlesnake basking in the warm sunshine.

Okay, so before you freak out and think of never going to the Badlands ever again. Please know that
in all of my years of trekking through the area and visiting the park, I have never seen a rattlesnake.
And, I still haven’t!
That shriek had Ryan down the coulee in a moment and me at the top making sure a cool young boy
named Jack didn’t end up stumbling into a cactus or down the hill.
So, I don’t have an impressive photo of a snake with a family scampering up the coulee,
but no snake bites were had, and a good story is told!
Type 2 fun as it is often referred to in our family!

My favourite part about these photography lifestyle sessions is just seeing what unfolds.
You can’t predict the light, the landscape or the kids and capturing the spontaneousness of the
day is what I get pretty excited about.

After our  their exciting / nerve-wracking snake encounter, we headed down the big hill and into the
park where we chased photo of the first crocus’s of spring, and played in the soft, sandy silt that is
such a child’s treat. Adventures in Dinosaur Provincial Park with families always
lead to inquisitive moments, and these kids knew a lot about the landscape and area.
I could tell that this family spends a lot of time together playing, exploring and interacting.
They were comfortable together, and as a photographers family, they were pretty comfortable
with a camera in their faces!

Thank you Kiedrowskis for having me along for such an adventurous and inspiring day!

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May 15, 2017 - 8:11 am Ryan Kiedrowski - Thanks again for the fun adventure! You captured everyone's personalities perfectly. We had so much fun, and thanks for the fantastic blog post!

Calin + JP Winter Wedding :: Rachel Boekel Photography ::

Calin and JP were married on a warm February afternoon in Brooks, Alberta at St. Mary’s Catholic Church
followed by a wonderful reception at Trinity Luthern Church down the street.
Warm meant no snow, which was a bummer when you plan a Winter Wedding, but weather
is such a small element of a wedding day. Love, now that is the forecast we were after and boy did
we ever get that in spades!

Calin and JP along with their families are bathed in love and respect and attention.
It makes my job so easy, I just get to sit back and watch the emotions flow over. I hope you
can see what I am talking about in the photos below.

The way JP’s Mom attentively put on his corsage, along with that embrace that was so bright and the
way Calin’s Dad teared up at the sight of his beautiful daughter in her wedding gown. Now that is some Love.

Calin had Cosmo hair in Brooks look after her hair and had makeup artists Amanda and Lindsay do her makeup.
I love the image of the veil being put on, and all of the hands that it took to put it in place, secure it and care for Calin.
Moments, that’s what I’m after, those moments. Give me moments any day!

Calin and JP chose to do a first look.
I LOVE a first look.
First looks take a lot of pressure off the day, and they are a great way to have a moment with your future
husband and wife before things get real.
We choose to do the first look at Calin’s family farm just outside of Duchess, AB and I loved the white barn
and most of all their glee at seeing each other for the first time. Their wedding party was a spirited bunch that had no
problem being bossed around the yard by yours truly, for which I am always thankful for.

Sometimes Often, when I am setting up shots, or working with couples I mutter a lot of stuff
out loud to my head and I sometimes always get my lefts and rights mixed up in mirror form,
so I’m always thankful for people who are quietly patient while my brain and my mouth catch up to each other.
These guys were all very patient!

Another shout out to Prairie Blooms who never fail to do an amazing job with florals.
Willy has a knack for putting together multiple colours, layers and ideas and it works out so
beautifully! I think she did a brilliant job with Calin and JP’s flowers.

It was such an honour to photograph your wedding Calin and JP, thank you for including me in your
wedding day, I love your spirit, joy and love for each other!

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May 5, 2017 - 9:49 pm connie runyon - Love the photos. Calin and JP you had a beautiful wedding.