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Celebrate The Season | Alberta Legislature

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Celebrate The Season | Alberta Legislature

Tis the season to be merry! On December 7th the Alberta Legislature Grounds turned the lights on for their annual Celebrate the Season event. Until December 23rd people can head down to the grounds and check out the light displays, performances and you can even take your skates and go for a spin on the outdoor rink. There isn't snow right now, it is more of a wavy hard ice/snow mixture with patches of grass sticking through, but when there is snow on the ground, I am sure you can take a rip on your GT snowracer, saucer or crazy carpet down the hills. 

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The key attraction to the light display this year is at the front steps of the Legislature building where you will find a giant 150 display for some photo opportunities. Not to be out done is the giant Christmas tree that is in the middle of the fountain area. It is always worth just standing and watching the lights trickle down a massive Christmas tree.

At least once a day, somedays up to three times, the grounds host performances from various musical groups and a full calendar of these performances can be found at the Legislative Assembly of Alberta website or check it out below. 

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So pick a nice evening, bundle up and head over the Legislature Grounds for some Christmas cheer. If you want to extend your evening out the High Level Bridge is right there and always lit up in various colours, Constable Enzio Park is across 109 street and offers a great view of the High Level Bridge at night and Jasper Avenue is only two blocks away for some food (and/or drinks). 

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Photo Location - University of Alberta

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Photo Location - University of Alberta

Late in the fall I spent some time walking around the University of Alberta (north campus) looking for some photo spots. I had spent four years at the University from 2001-2005 where I earned my Bachelors of Physical Education degree but I never spent too much time walking around the campus, especially the northern part…of the north campus. The University of Alberta or U of A or UAlberta has a nice mixture of old architecture with new and modern designs as the campus continues to grow. Changes I noticed since I was a student include a whole new Hanson Fitness & Lifestyle Centre, Wilson Climbing Centre, Saint Joseph College Women’s Residence, a renovated exterior to the Student Union Building and finally numerous changes to the residences in the Garneau area on the east end of the campus as well as the the new structures built in the medical sciences area of campus. When I was a student at the University the biggest change was the completion, or near completion, of the LRT expansion from HUB Mall to the Health Sciences area. 

While a lot has changed in a decade there is still a lot of old history and historic buildings around campus, especially towards Saskatchewan Drive. This is where we focused our search for some photo locations. I would highly recommend walking around campus during a weekend as it is much more quiet without a lot of stressed out students roaming around. In the fall we only walked around the north/north eastern part of  campus but I definitely want to go back when we get a fresh blanket of snow to see what some of these buildings look like with snow on them. When you are on the northern side of campus you have a nice trail along Saskatchewan Drive and the River Valley as well as quick access to Emily Murphy Park and William Hawrelak Park to the west as well as to the east you have the Old Strathcona area. Perhaps the crown jewel of the University campus is Rutherford House which was the first home of Alberta’s first Premier, Alexander Rutherford. It is now a provincial historical site and a great piece of the history of Edmonton. 

Here are some photos of the campus I captured during our walk for you to enjoy. 

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The Rutherford House (C7 on map)

Photos above taken around Earth Sciences Building (C5) as well as Tory Building area (C6)

Faculty of Arts Building (D6)

The brick buildings around campus are hot spots for wedding and engagement photos

Dentistry/Pharmacy Building (E5/6)

The main transit road through campus (E5/6)

St Joes College (F5)

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Megan + Forbes | Engagement

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Megan + Forbes | Engagement

Megan and Forbes came all the way from Lloydminster for the day to allow us to capture their engagement photos. Megan chose the lovely Whitemud Park for the photos which at this time of year had a mixture of fall colours, earthy tones and a little bit of snow. The park is scattered with foot bridges, covered trails, a winding creek and wild life.  

We had a great time with this beautiful couple and it was a great reminder on why we love what we do. 

Congratulations Megan and Forbes. We can't wait for your wedding in July. 

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Fall Photos

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Fall Photos

We have had an amazing fall season for photos so far this year. The warm and rich tones that accompany the fall season are some of our favourite photos of the year. Combine the fall setting with a bunch of lovely families and fall quickly becomes a "can't wait for it to get here" time for photographers. We even had a little bit of snow this year to add another element and as much as snow is tough to want, it helps make some excellent photos. 

Here are some of the images we captured with some of the beautiful families we got to photograph so far this fall season. 

 

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Fall Mini Sessions

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Fall Mini Sessions

We know it is tough to think about but summer is almost over! As the calendar flips to September the leaves will start to change colour and fall will be here in full force. It is an amazing time to capture some spectacular photos in the golden fall landscape with the gorgeous soft and warm light shining down on those great brown, yellow and red leaves. Fall family photos are also a great time to showcase all of the beautiful new fall clothing everyone has been waiting to wear. 

If you are looking for a head start on your Christmas cards for friends and family, we can help you out. With your session you will receive a custom Christmas card template, which you can order in quantities of your choosing in time for the holidays. 

We hope you will join us! 

 

FALL MINI SESSIONS

September 25th | Sherwood Park

October 8th | Provost

$150 | 30 Minute Session | 5 Digital Images | Custom Christmas Card Template

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2016 Johnson MS Bike Tour - Leduc to Camrose

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2016 Johnson MS Bike Tour - Leduc to Camrose

On Saturday June 11 I was given the opportunity to photograph the 2016 Johnson MS Bike Tour - Leduc to Camrose event. The scenic ride through central Alberta is a two day, 180km trip from Leduc to Camrose that featured 2035 riders for the 2016 edition with a fundraising total of (as of June 13) $1,775,956.64 which will go towards funding programming for Albertans impacted by MS and to fund research with the ultimate goal of finding a cure. 

The day started early for riders with many beginning to show up around 6:00am to get ready for the 7:30am start time at the Richie Bros. Auctioneers yard in Nisku. Riders had the opportunity to get some breakfast which was provided and served by a superb group of early rising volunteers or grab a free cup of coffee provided by Tim Hortons while they wait for the bike technicians from United Cycle to work their magic if a bike was not in suitable shape for the upcoming 90km ride. 

It was great to see the participants interacting with each other prior to the start of the ride. While there were a lot of company teams with co-workers coming together to make the ride together as a team, there were also individuals who have developed great relationships with others through this event and their experiences with MS. One of the most powerful sights are the "I'm riding for _____" signs that individuals wore. Names of loved ones, friends and co-workers effected by MS were written and worn with pride. It was amazing to listen to individuals talk about the individuals they were riding for and how proud they were to be a part of an event like the Johnson MS Bike Leduc to Camrose. 

While the weather was far from ideal, we are talking about temperature dips to 10 degrees with rain and wind for the entire 90km, it was awesome to see the determination of the riders. The event draws serious riders, recreational riders and riders who may have spent a couple of weeks on a bike prior to the event but the level of commitment and determination I got to witness from the riders was not impacted by riding experience. If an individual could not continue the ride at any point for any reason there was a volunteer team that would pick up your bike and give you a ride to a check point where you could take a bus to Camrose and enjoy the festivities there. Throughout the route United Cycle also had their bike technicians available to fine tune the bikes. Tire maintenance, lubricating, chain repair, seat repairs and the list goes on. It was really impressive to see how quickly and with precision the technicians could rip apart a bike, fix the issue and then put it all back together for the awaiting rider. 

The lunch check point provided riders with some fantastic homestyle soups, wraps and other energizing food for the riders to finish off the second half of their first day. If a person wasn't impressed with the care that the volunteers had been giving the riders yet, at the lunch check point you couldn't stand back and admire the work of the volunteers. From serving the 2,000 riders food to making sure anyone that looked like there were going to shiver right out of their shoes had a blanket or knew that they could warm up in the church or just to say welcome to the checkpoint and asking how the ride has been so far. 

Once riders got to Camrose they were greeted by a cheering crowd in the muddy driveway of the Camrose Regional Exhibition grounds, some great food and the music of Mourning Wood, a St Albert based band who kept everyone entertained through the afternoon with amazing covers. There was even a superb rock version of Backstreet's Back. Well done gentlemen, well done. If riders were sore, or as one gentleman put the condition of his back "stiffer than a 2x4", Blitz Conditioning provided riders with a stretching room complete with three of their staff providing coaching and assistance. 

The experience I had throughout the entire day was nothing short of awesome! It was a miserable day weather wise but the people and the event itself made the 6am - 5pm day a great amount of fun in the rain. I would strongly encourage you to check out the event in 2017 and if you ever were interesting in volunteering for an incredible event, the Johnson MS Bike Leduc to Camrose is a great one to look into. 

You can check out the Johnson MS Bike Tour - Leduc to Camrose Facebook page or the MS Bike website for more information.

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