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Grad 2013: Alexandria

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Alexandria ain’t just a town in Egypt. πŸ˜‰ Another one of my little Lutheran lambs, I’ve known Alex since she was a wee one. It’s amazing to see these kids grow up right before your eyes and become . . . adults!!! It’s crazy. But I guess, given enough time, it happens to all of us. Makes me feel old! πŸ˜• But regardless of my sentiment, we had another great grad shoot. It was done ahead of grad day so we had lots of leisurely time at our disposal. I like that because it means greater opportunity to make even more photos you’d otherwise have to pass up on the fast paced grad day. Josh did a great job as escort too. He gets to add lighting assistant to his resumΓ©. hehheh… All the best to the both of you in post high school life! 😎


Grad 2013: Alyce

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Grad in Saskatchewan is, how shall we say, a wee bit different. πŸ˜‰ Nah, just kiddin’! Especially when you have an awesome couple o’ kids to work with. I’ve known Alyce for almost 6 years now, which is hard to believe. Where does the time go! I was stoked to take her grad pics. She was up for anything and we had a great grad shoot. Her family through a shindig out at the family farm last night and brought my trusty fuji along and we got the shot above. We were going for the quintessential Saskatchewan Grad look. Motorbike? Check. Glorious grad dress? Check. Rider hat? Check. Camo hat? Check. Killer sky? Check! Add in some cool dramatic light and viola! It’s a keeper. πŸ™‚ All the best to you Alyce, you’re an amazing girl! Β . . . And, your escort Riley is not too shabby either. 😎


Where food comes from

Since Canada has been undergoing it’s wide scale urbanization over the past several decades, people have gotten further away from the land. By that I mean, it is widely held that food comes from a grocery store, packaged in plastic. It’s clear that there is a veil of cellophane over many peoples’ eyes about the truth. Our food doesn’t come from a grocery store. It is produced on the land, be it meat, grains, dairy or vegetables. There are still a select few who live closer to the land than many of our urbanized counterparts. I include myself in the former group. πŸ™‚ I admire many of the elderly people I know (I’m talking 90+) who lived growing up on the farm. Having chicken for supper meant walking down to the chicken coop, axe in hand. A far cry from today’s styrofoam container experience!

I decided to put together this little photo-essay documentary about the “organic” experience that hunters still have with the land, the animals they hunt and/or farm, and the end result of that labour: food for the table. More specifically, smoked sausage made from deer, moose, elk and pork.

The images are real life – they contain scenes of life, death and blood. Be advised. But, in living and operating this way, we know exactly where our food comes from, and what’s in it. Our people have been living this way for generations. “100 mile challenges” weren’t pithy movements, they were everyday life! And, thankfully for some of us, they still are. 😎

All the shots here were taken on either a cellphone camera, iPod camera or Nikon V1.Β 


Smash!

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Another new first for me today! Our pals Dane & Lexi turned 1 not too long ago and, what better way to celebrate one year or life on earth than to smash a big ol’ chocolate cake into oblivion in a high key lighting setup?! I can’t think of any better way. 😎 It turns out that both kids were somewhat terrified of cold chocolate cake. Reactions didn’t go as expected. I think we parents, knowing our kids, think that when encountered by a ginormous cake will dive right in with both hands and eat like its going out of style! We tried this with Ethan and he barely mashed into his cake too. Oh well! It was still loads of fun and contributed wonderfully to the laundry situation. πŸ˜€

 

I also borrowed Regan’s Nikon V1 (again) and did a time-lapse of the whole event! Well, technically, not the whole event. Math never was a strong point of mine and I screwed up the first part of it while we were setting up the lights. hehehehe… 😳 I got it figured out though and put this vid together from still images taken every 10 seconds for the duration of the event. In one of the frames the flashes synced with the V1! Pretty awesome coincidence. It was a bona fide metric tonne of fun!

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Merida . . . in Blonde.

Every little girl wants to be a Disney Princess! At least on our crescent they do. Phoebe wanted to dress up like Merida from the movie Brave. The only hurdle was all of Merida’s lovely frizzy hair. Leaving her buckwheat braids in overnight created Merida – Lite. Couldn’t do much about the blonde at this young age. 😎 Don’t know if I would change it anyways. πŸ™‚

 


Fire!

We got home tonight and noticed that A) it was still warm and B) there was no wind. Perfect for a family fire! We stoked it up and then I threw a little magical pixie fire dust in it to make the flames fire up. I thought it might make a cool picture with the twilight settling in in the background. Fun stuff! 😎  ISO 400 f/11 1.6s 16mm


Pria!

What can I say? I am one proud Papa of 3. Baby Pria was airlifted into the world via c-section on April 3rd at 1:31PM. In the mad furor of an OR Theatre, the gift of life was placed in my arms . . . again. Birth is always tougher on men than it is on women. I’ll maintain this to my dying day. Probably etch it on my tombstone even. πŸ˜‰ Watching the one you love suffer while you can do nothing is very draining/frustrating/scary. C-section, in this regard, is more intense but for a shorter period of time. You can’t have it all. πŸ™‚

It’s a wild ride no matter what. You see this little pink bologna loaf and you instantly fall in love. It’s incredible. Truly the greatest and fullest of the human experience to look into the eyes of another person and seeing your own image (in this case, Regan’s image, thank the Lord!). We are truly thankful to God for a safe delivery and also to the AWESOME doctors, nurses and staff at the Moose Jaw Union Hospital. We have received incredible care and attention all the way through. My heartfelt thanks goes out to all of you, you do an outstanding job! Β And of course a big thank you to my beautiful wife Regan who is super strong and a real trooper through it all. And to Phoebe & Ethan for being outstanding older siblings. And to our families and friends who have supported us, visited us and prayed for us too. We luv ya mucho! πŸ˜€

Pastor Kreutzweiser stopped by today for some prayers and a blessing. He quoted these words from Psalm 127:

Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD,
the fruit of the womb a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the children of one’s youth.
Blessed is the man
who fills his quiver with them!
He shall not be put to shame
when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.
(Psalm 127:3-5 ESV)

Here’s some photos. They’re straight out of camera other than the resize & watermark. No time to edit. I’ve got three kids to chase after now! Β And I couldn’t be happier! πŸ˜€

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Pre-K

When I was a kid, I loved Pre-Kindergarten!! It was the best 4 years of my life! πŸ˜‰ Actually, I was too much of a wimp to go to pre-school. I was afraid of all the kids and the brightly coloured crayons. But I was certainly happy to stop by Β and check out the new Pre-K class in Oxbow. What a fun class! All the good times of Kindergarten without all the Algebra homework. 😎 I was asked to stop by and do some class photos for Tony as he unfortunately has to return to Germany. All of his classmates are going to miss him for sure! We hope he will be back in school in no time. As always, it’s tons of fun helping out the school making images for them. We broke the mould of the traditional “line em up move em out, rawhide!” photos and got them jumping and spread out. Little kids are designed for moving around, might as well take advantage of it!


1st Day

Well today was the big first day for Phoebe and a truck load of other preschoolers. Hard to believe it’s true. I’m sure I’ll be a wreck when Kindergarten comes around the bend. 😯 So I got up early and made some pancakes as the special breakfast and then we tried to squeeze out some photos to remember the big day by. She’s become such a goofball when it comes to getting pics lately. Always got a crazy face instead of a nice smile. Can’t even bribe them out with treats and shows hardly anymore. So, we take what we can get and with a little luck, might nab a memory. πŸ˜†