The Growing Summach / Berg Clan :: Rachel Boekel Photography ::

 We have been very lucky to call the Berg Family friends for many years now
and every time we turn off of the Range Road and onto the Broadview Ranches long driveway and down into their carefully considered,
tree-ed in homestead, it feels like you are being drawn into a very special place.

Sarah and Ryan are expecting their third baby, and I was so happy to be able to meet up with them
just outside of Brooks, Alberta at the place Sarah grew up and also where they were married, to
spend some time chasing them around in their merriment.

You will start to notice a few changes in my work coming up. I guess I’m slowly trying to ease
you my dear readers into it, but I am going to be working harder at chasing down your ordinary.
I believe that real life is actually pretty interesting, and I’ll share a more in depth blog post on that soon.
In the meantime, I’ve been lucky enough to have some wonderful sessions, with a twist of lifestyle documentary photography
included into it, and I am excited to share this with all of you.

Ryan and Sarahs session was pretty natural to begin with, I feel that often while photographing kids, you just have to
follow them around to see what kind of magic will occur.
Sarah and Ryan are avid bikers and despite being late November, we were able to get the kids on their Spawn bikes for a rip around
the ranch yard. I have loved watching E’s determination to get her two wheeler working for her, and L was flying around
like a complete boss on wheels, these two can cover a lot of ground when their little legs get pumping.

Photographing in rural alberta always gets my heart fluttering. I love the sweeping landscape, the giant sky and the
unknown of what seems to some as simple space. Ryan pointed out some cactus and enticed his girls to get close to their
prickly thorns for a thorough look. Animal tracks were visible through muddy sections of prairie, and the animal poop all
around left much room for conversation about which animals had been there; horse, deer, rabbit… the observing is endless.

One thing that is very important to me with family photo sessions is watching relationships evolve between family members,
and if you wait long enough and are patient it’s a pretty wonderful thing to be able to capture the twinkle of these moments.
I loved watching E throw sticks with the ranch dog, or L being tossed into the air by her Dad, and
the gentle hand gesture of Sarah tucking E’s hair behind her ear
and photographing these relationships is becoming more and more important to me.

I can’t tell you how excited I am to hear the news that the latest little Summach has arrived.
This really is the most wonderful time of the year!

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