Range Lake Trail |Yellowknife NT | Family Photography

Your story that embodies your lifestyle. I wanted to share a bit about what a lifestyle story session is. I feel like a lot of photographers throw around the term "lifestyle" but we don't really know what it means. Dictionary lifestyle definition is: the way in which a person or group lives.  Bingo!  Person(you)  and Group(family) in which you live. I kinda love that actually. To be honest, when I first started shooting and I was drawn to this type of photography, I didn't know how to achieve it. How do those photographers get all those beautiful "unposed" images. I tried and sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn't. So I studied it, I obsessed over it, I even went to a workshop and learned it! Then I put it all together into a little package called "A lifestyle story" of what I love, what I see and what Im drawn to, so its uniquely my art and uniquely yours. 

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We met at the Range Lake trail head in which I was surprised they actually knew this place taking into consideration they weren't from town. The Range Lake trail is one of my favourite places to spend time. Its one of the first little trail systems I discovered here in yellowknife accidentally actually as I was out walking my dog and I often visit it a few times a week. I think its an older trail and not as heavily used as some of the newer spots around Yellowknife. (hence why i love it) I have actually met many long time Yellowknifers who have never been on this trail and are always  pleasantly surprised by how beautiful it is. For me it has the perfect amount of trees, path, rock and water. Like I said I spend a lot of time on it so I know each little spot and where I like to stop to take a photo. 

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The session was scheduled for a bit later in the  evening then I would typically shoot with such small children and Catherine expressed a bit of apprehension about the excitement around the traveling and the later bedtime for her kids. I assured her I would do my best and it will be great. They arrived combing hair, bouncing the baby on their hip and wiping faces as we said our introductions and a quick hello  all while their 2 year old face plants straight in the gravel on the lot. I turned my attention to the 2 oldest kids age 2 and 5, for I know by now that kids run the show and if they arnt having a good time then no body is having a good time. Plus, Im a parent myself of 2 very energetic often too crazy boys and parents everywhere be known I have been thought it all. 


The curve of the trail with the beautiful views along the way were a great way to keep the whole family, interested and engaged as we moved along. We chatted and I snapped photos, the kids played and I snapped some more photos.  Im looking for moments and connection between the family members. We spent about 1hour 20mins together on this little trail. We stopped at a few of my favourite spots were I knew I could get some beautiful lighting with the shadows in the trees. But we mostly kept moving, the kids were excited to explore and I wanted them to  just be themselves and  have a good time, no pressure. . 

How a B.C girl and her camera survived the first year in Yellowknife, NT Canada

Pilots monument engagement session -30. Yellowknife, NT

Pilots monument engagement session -30. Yellowknife, NT

"Oh your from B.C. ?!?"

"how are you liking the winter? " Seems to be the opening line for most people I meet. I was born and raised in Beautiful British Columbia, I lived and loved the mountains, the ocean and laid back people. I met my husband in Vancouver B.C finished up school, bought a house, had our babies and then after a few years headed North for a simpler life.  Now I say North because people in Northern BC call themselves Northern, its considered Northern after all. Its rugged, its rural and its cold. Haha...arn't we cute those west coasters you!  Then we found ourselves heading North once again... 

When your compass points North do you head North or head the other direction and go South, maybe head East and keep an eye North
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Theres a lot that goes through your mind when you decide to move North. The thrill and romanticized adrenaline really keeps you going through those first few months. It was exciting and before we knew it was Spring, Summer and Fall my favourite season! 

Business wise... 

With my little guy starting J.K I knew it was time to rev up the camera and start hunting for my people again. I had taken a few clients over the spring and summer but haven't really gotten myself out there. One thing holding me back...old man winter. I hadn't run a business like this in the North. I knew I might be the only photographer without a studio. I had briefly considered carving one out in our place somewhere, but I just couldn't do it. My heart is not in that style of work and I was willing to give it a go without one. I wondered if Knifers would be on board for this? 

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 The good news people are booking me. Another interesting fact Northerners love outdoor photos even when its damn cold. More then I have probably ever seen anywhere else. Winter is a true culture up here and people embrace it with loving arms and beautiful attire. 

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It is a truly unique and beautiful way of life up here. Ive had my ups and downs including frost bite to the fingers but I think I nailed down a few solid tips for a BC girl taking photos in the North. 

  1. follow your heart and do what you love and people will follow it too

  2. Invest in a good pair of mukluks and a few pairs of wool socks

  3. embrace the grain when you do shoot indoors ; the dead of winter is dark and you'll have to bump your ISO waaaay up

  4. get a speed lite just in case

  5. shoot wide open whenever possible the light is so pretty

  6. practise shooting your camera with your down filled mitts on , especially when you back button focus

  7. carry hand warms, I feel like this might be a bonus for keeping your camera warm as well because I have never had to switch out batteries while I always hold my camera in my hand

  8. prep clients to dress warm, like really warm embrace the parkas! 

  9. know that your fingers will still go numb

  10. avoid the tour buses while shooting at prime locations LOL you know what Im taking about

Thats it my friends I leave you with some winter delight below...