Heritage Park-Fun Summer Outings

Friday was the first glorious day of summer we’d had in quite awhile. The first warm, sunny day after a long week of rain and downpours. And we were super excited to enjoy our outing in the sun.

The fabulous moms and kids of Millarville Playgroup met at Heritage Park, in Calgary for our year end outing. As our group is rather large, we ended up splitting up after entering the park. Brodie really really wanted to spend time with his friend Powell, so we spent the day with our friends, Sheila, Powell, and Bailey.

The train is the big excitement for my boys on any trip to Heritage Park. I know those big steam engines are rather interesting for boys of all ages. So the first order of business, of course, was to ride the train.

Heritage Park steam train boarding the steam train on the train at Heritage Park

Heritage Park is filled with many fabulous exhibits and things to see. But as this was a day for the kids, we didn’t visit any of the museums or historical exhibits, but rather let the kids enjoy their day riding the antique midway. 

We had a picnic at the new playground, a then a visit to the candy store, which is also one of our favourite places in the park.

After the children were fuelled with more sugar, we went for more rides on the antique midway. Our brave little ones enjoyed all the spinning, twisting, and turning of the rides. They loved the heights of the Ferris wheel. I was proud of them for waiting so patiently in line for the Ferris wheel, (something my boys have had difficulty within the past).

After we were thoroughly dizzy from rides, we had one last ride on the train to take us back to the gates. Thank you to Millarville playgroup for the fabulous outing and our friends for sharing the day with us. 

Note: I was having trouble keeping up to the kids, and taking photos at the same time, so I don’t have nearly as many shots as I might have liked to capture. But as the point was to enjoy the day with them, I put my camera away, and rode around like a kid myself:) And I still have a few here to remember our fun:)

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Grad Portraits in the Foothills-It’s Not too Late to Book a Truly Memorable Session

As I was browsing the internet last night, I was struck by how when it comes to Grad photos, and Prom photos, there is a surprising lack of professional quality Grad photos out there. On PromGirl’s Facebook page for example, nearly all of the photos their customers shared, were snapshots.

I find this such a shame, as Grad is such a significant celebration in a young person’s life, and yet it’s often barely documented with great photography. A small fortune is spent on fabulous dresses, with every young lady dreaming for months on how she’ll look and feel come Grad night. Tuxes for the guys, hair, make-up, manicures, for the girls. Lets face it-the next time you go to all this trouble to get dressed up, it will likely be your wedding. 

So although this is a little last minute, I propose that some of you Grads out there contact me to have some fun, fabulous portraits taken of yourselves, and your friends to document this momentous day, and how amazing you’re all going to look. 

I’ve been the hired photographer during the Grad dance for several Graduation celebrations, capturing family portraits, and Grad portraits, and it was so much fun. What I’m suggesting this year is to do some great on-location Grad portraits for a few Grads who are willing to take 1/2 hr-1hr out of their day, grab a few friends, and have a mini-session. 

siblings Grad Portrait

 Imagine, yourself and your friends professionally photographed in all your great Grad garb, like princesses in the park, flouncing, spinning, and having some girly fun in your grad dress. Or perhaps you’d like a more modern, urban backdrop for your portrait. Or be photographed at a favourite hang-out spot, or someplace fun, like a bowling alley. It’s up to your imagination!

I will only be able to accommodate a few people on a shoot like this, so contact me immediately to reserve your session time, and make arrangements. 

Don’t settle for Smartphone photos, and the handful of snapshots your family/friends might take. Have a great keepsake and quality lasting images created to capture and celebrate this exciting day, that you’ll only live once!

 friends grad portraits

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Soccer Sneak Peek {Sports Photography-Black Diamond, Turner Valley}

I’ve captured three shoots of Soccer Photos for the Oilfields Soccer Teams in Black Diamond so far, with a few left to go.

Sports photography is not typically my thing, but kids portraits are, and so far this has been a lot of fun!

To the U6 teams from Saturday, all I can say is you guys are soooo cute! Seriously, as I was choosing the best individual photo of each team member, I was saying to myself how sweet you all are, and loving the great smiles you all have. 

U8 kids from Monday night, you guys were cracking me up so much! What a fun bunch! Did you all eat silly beans for supper, before coming to Soccer practice? Despite all of your antics, and the required silly pose for each team photo, I had a lot of fun with you guys, and I have some great individual portraits of each of you. Water Tower Park at that time of day was working quite well for lighting. 

Here’s hoping this rain to let up by this evening for tonight’s Soccer pictures in Turner Valley. 

Here are a few sneak peeks from Saturday’s shoot. Thanks to you Mamas who allowed me to use these images:) Enjoy!

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Update

Hey Everyone,

It has been a busy stretch for me! I’ve been taking a few courses through the Clickin’ Moms University, doing lot of Photography including Pre-School Portraits, Event Photography in High River, and Soccer Portraits in Black Diamond. I’ve also accomplished an entire re-design of my business and my website.

Gosh, with all of these things going on, I barely had time for the mad rush of spring gardening;) But somehow, I managed to squeeze it in.

With my business name change, and new website, I also started up my new business blog, which I’ve not had any time to post to. But now that everything is coming together, I shall endeavour to use my awesome new blog as intended: to share my love of photography with you. 

Take care,

Rachel

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Natural Kids’ Portrait of Two Brothers {Millarville Child Photographer}

I captured this natural portrait of my boys last spring, as they were exploring puddles and ditches full of water, near Millarville. I brought my camera along on this lovely spring day, as we enjoyed the first warm days, the melting snow, and the promise of warmer days to come. 

 I think every child is fascinated by, and drawn to puddles. Our home, and a warm change of clothes were nearby, so I let them explore, and I was rewarded with this beautiful photo of Brodie helping his little brother up out of a deep ditch. I love how I captured his caring, and protective personality toward David. It instantly became a favourite family photograph. 

 After doing some editing, and muting some of the stronger colours in the photograph, I came up with what I feel is a gorgeous artistic lifestyle portrait of two brothers. I had it printed as an 11×14 Gallery Wrapped Canvas for our home, and I love looking at it every day.

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Welcome to my Blog, and Introductions.

Hey there, and welcome to my new Blog! I’m so excited you’re here. I’ll begin by introducing myself, and allowing you to get to know me better.

My name is Rachel Ellen Imrie. I live with my husband, and our two sons, near Millarville, Alberta. My family is my life. Our two young boys are energetic, loud, silly, and full of fun. They keep us busy, and there is never a dull moment.

We love our times together as a family. We love campfires, going sledding, riding bikes, flying kites, watching my husband fly model airplanes, and going fishing.

In addition to my passion for Photography, I have many other favourite past-times, and hobbies.

I love cooking, and getting creative in the kitchen, (although cleaning up afterward, is not my favourite part).

I love many types of crafts, including sewing, and making floral arrangements.

I love to garden, feeling the soil, and watching things grow. After our long Canadian winters, it brings me such joy to watch the tender green plants emerging form the ground.

I love going for long walks, immersed in the beauty all around us. In the winter, I love cross-country skiing, gliding over the snow. I also love going for long drives.

I love isolated wilderness, and remote places.

I love wildflowers, and study them endlessly. I love sunsets, big skies, water, and forests.

I love spending one-on-one time with a close friend or family member, and having a heartfelt chat.

And of course, I love Photography. I love the ability to capture, preserve, and share the beauty that surrounds us, whether it is the beauty of the outdoors, the study of a fragile flower, or the people we love the most, and share our life’s journey with.

Thank you for visiting my Blog. I hope to share my love of Photography, and these many things I love with you. Enjoy!

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