My Children. My main reason I was interested in Photography. Barrhead Photographer

July 2012… that is when I purchased my first ever DSLR, it was a few weeks after my 2nd was born, my little guy Zayden. A family member came to the hospital with their cool fancy camera and I LOVED how the photos looked when using it… Now I want to be clear, the camera can assist to take great photos, but many other factors come into play to take an all around great photo.. Light, composition, white balance, focus and mostly emotion. When I got my camera I remember reading so many articles, books and tips, and like to think I started in the right direction. My first subjects were my kids, and I was so excited to take them out and do their photos. Fast forward that to 5 years later, with a bunch more knowledge behind me and older kids, I am still so excited to photography them, especially when they ASK me to! YES, we go do it! These are a few images I took of them last night, God has truly blessed me with these little beautiful children. I am so thrilled I can capture images of them. I already placed a print order too and cannot wait to get some new photos on my walls! These are some spots we found around town last night.

In the future I hope to host a “mini camera” course where we play with settings on our camera, and some knowledge of taking better photos of your loved ones!

Do you want some beautiful images of your kids?

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Country Engagement Session – Barrhead – Westlock – Troy & Christine

I drove out to Troy & Christine’s home in the country, after totally “not” getting lost 😛 … We had a great time with some gorgeous sunshine! Troy adores Christine, and it is no lie that is also mutual on her part. Their yard was full of endless possibilities for photos! Here are a few of my favourites! Today these two join in marriage, and their families also join to become one! So excited to see how stunning you will look Christine! Although we didn’t plan for snow, I think it will make things just even more awesome!
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Engagement Photographer – Aubrie&Adam – Barrhead/Westlock Photographer

I met these two a couple years ago, I photographed the grooms sister’s wedding. When Aubrie contacted me about her wedding I was quite excited! She is such a sweetheart, with a fun personality! I joined them on their acreage for their engagement session, so many awesome spots around the yard! So excited for your wedding tomorrow!
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Engagement Photographer – Travis & Julie

Travis and Julie were super fun to photograph for their engagement session! They were up for anything! We photographed part of their engagement session in the Devonion Gardens. We then proceeded downtown for a more urban approach. Oh and btw their wedding is tomorrow 🙂 Super excited for that! Enjoy these images! And keep watch for their wedding sneak peeks!
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Iceland Engagement Photographer – Ragnheiður & Gísli

Back in May a good photographer friend Leigh Jess and I were fortunate to travel to Iceland for a workshop we really wanted to attend (I will blog about it one day!) I really, really. really wanted to photograph a couple while we were there! So with a little searching and some help from our host we found this amazing pair! We had not met or talked until the day of the session! It was all arranged through someone we had not even met yet either!
We contacted them and they came to pick us up to drive to the locations, (yes some may think we are crazy to hop into a vehicle in a different country with two strangers, but what ensued next was the reason why!) They showed us some of their favorite locations (we adventured for about 4 hours), we did a bit of off roading, and they were so excited to show us a part of their beautiful country! We all clicked right away! We laughed, we adventured chasing the sunset and best of all we all built some new friendships! The next day we had another adventure to Skogafoss, with only minutes to capture these two before the light was all gone. These two were barely told to do anything for their sessions, their natural chemistry made it that more raw and real. The way Gísli wraps his arms around Ragnheiður, you know they are made for one another. They have this deep connection. This real connection. Love.
Thank you for new friendships, and making us feel welcome in your beautiful country! We cannot wait to come back! Hopefully one day you can journey to Canada so we can bring you both on adventures!
Here are a few of my favorite images of these two in the beautiful country of Iceland < 3
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Newborn Photographer – Baby Ayden – Barrhead/Medicine Hat

Baby Ayden was an absolute pleasure to photograph! He is my cousin’s newborn baby boy! Who happens to be the most adorable little man ever!! He started off very awake but we soon got him to sleep with some special tricks 🙂 His mom chose browns for his session which totally complimented his skin tone . I saved the funny photos for last!
Most of the knit items are from my favorite vendors!
Knits N Knacks 
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Couples Photographer – Damian & Nancy – Barrhead

So Damian is my little brother, well not so little anymore! Damian is dating Nancy who happens to be soooo amazing! Being around these two is hard (like awkward hard), they are a little “too” in love… maybe its because its my brother ! I convinced them to take some images at the Boardwalk here in Barrhead! Loving how they turned out! Love you guys!
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Wedding Photographer – Dennis & Nadia – Lily Lake Resort

Dennis and Nadia’s wedding took place at Lily Lake Resort in January 2016! Quite a neat location with such cute charm! We started off in the morning with everyone getting ready, and then Dennis & Nadia had a first look which was very beautiful!!! We then had the ceremony in the circle house and then proceeded with some chilly formals. Dennis adored his bride and Nadia adores him just as much. Here are a few favorites of mine to share their day. Enjoy! 🙂

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Engagement Photographer – Caleb + Adanna – Barrhead and Edmonton Photographer

These two made my job so easy! When Adanna contacted me telling me she had a friend that would let them use a canoe for their engagement session I was ALL in!! I love trying new things! Even though it made us all a little nervous about tipping it we managed to get some great shots (without tipping-maybe one close call!) We started out at Thunder Lake and then headed into Barrhead. These two were up for all my crazy ideas and I absolutely love when clients are just as excited about photos as I am! So looking forward to your November wedding 🙂
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Engagement- Maternity – Family – Children- Newborn- Lifestyle- Wedding Photographer  Still looking for a 2016 wedding Photographer? I might have your date open still! Contact me to book. Also bookings have opened for 2017 dates. vanleeuwenphoto.com