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Adam + Jarom's Downtown Calgary Family Session

And Then There Were Three

Families aren't always born into existence but made by love. So, when you feel your heart tugging at you and you know your purpose is to become a parent there is nothing, and I mean nothing, that can stand in your way until your heart is made whole.

Adam and Jarom both knew that they were meant to be fathers. So, they opened their hearts to find exactly what they needed, their son. 

The moment I met these three, I became smitten within moments. I mean how could you not? Their manboy's cheeks are just amazing and when he smiles your heart melts like butter on a hot day. I swear I could have hung out with these three gents all day and I am forever grateful to be able to capture what love looks like for them. Please enjoy every great new chapter Adam and Jarom because your whole world is simply beautiful. 

Much Respect & Love 

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Messer Mini Fall Family Portrait Session

The Messer Family

Oh the Messer's y'all are extra special. 

One of my rules when photographing families is they have to be cool enough that I can have a glass of wine with the parents and joke with the kiddos. Life is too short to not work with the best. The Messer's are THE BEST. I swear I just want to go on a holiday with them and bring my camera because I like them that much. 

Thank you for having kids Dawn & Tony

Much love & respect, 

Christy

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So much love in this fam jam!

So much love in this fam jam!

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Newborn Session

Sakai Family 

The best gift you can give is the one that shows you care. Sometimes folks buy families sessions from me and I must say, its the gift that keeps on giving. I am always honoured to meet and serve new families, especially when I'm the gift! Lucky me!

The Sakai family, welcomed their baby boy into their lives and I have a very certain thought that they will never be the same. This baby boy will be so loved and handsome too. (His parents are gorgeous!)

Take a look see. 

Cheers, 

Christy

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New Orleans Louisiana Staton Family Portrait Session

The Staton Family

Well, well, well... when I travel, I also work. It is a simple as that. If I post I'm going somewhere you can bet I will also be shooting boudoir and family sessions too. And, I absolutely love it!!

So, here is the Staton Family. They are near and dear to my heart, as well, they are some of my cousins. When you are asked to be hired by your own family two things happen in my mind. One is are they kidding me, why me? The other is, how do you charge your family? Well, someone made a very valid point to me one day. If your family values you and what you create they are showing their love and support by hiring you. Its not different than when you are paid a compliment and you learn how to say thank you instead of hiding. 

So, Dana, Tony, Riley and Daphne, thank you for cheering me on, loving me so much y'all allowed me to capture your family and for reminding me, I'm worth it. I owe y'all everything.

xoxo Much love and respect. 

Your Christy (your cuz/aunt christy)

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Harder Family Portraits

The Harder Family

You never know what lies ahead of you but if you follow your intuition and dreams you are sure to have the universe provide everything you will ever need. So, tell the universe what your dreams are and what you need so it all can come to fruition right before your eyes.

Background Info : Nicole and Graham one of my very first wedding couples EVER and yet, here they are still putting up with me. Thank you isn't enough but it will have to do this time around.

Nicole and Graham now have two beautiful little ones and well, lets just say they laugh at lot, are entertained daily and are busy parents. See what I mean, check out their mini fall family session below. I might want to add, their lil'lady is a lot like her uncle Mike and god help us all. She is going to be what stories are written about. Oh, and bless her momma and daddy! Y'all are all gonna be tough. he he I adore her to bits.... well the whole fam jam actually.

Until next time Harder Family.... Thank you kindly. xoxo Christy

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Peters Fall Family Portraits

Peters Family

 

I've known you before you were born. I've loved you more than I ever thought I could love anything or anyone. Now, I have to learn how to watch you grown into the person you were born to become. May my heart stand strong.

Raising two boys, balancing all things life throws at you, all the while trying to laugh out loud as often as one can. I must say, these are the folks that are my heroes. As I am too entering the teenager phase in my own home, I can completely relate to Tammy who's son is now a teenager. While having a younger kiddo who still looks at you in thinks you are the knees bees.  

What I'm learning about teenagers, is how they still have you in the back of their mind as we are their first impression of what is the highest standard, however, they tend to keep THAT to themselves. Take note, those teenagers are watching us even closer than ever before because they are beginning to see themselves like you see yourself, human, fallible and vulnerable.  They are comparing their world with the rest and the serious questioning is just starting to begin.

To make things a bit harder, lets teach our child how to become a young adult whilst navigating in a world that isn't always so kind. This is what I call the most challenging of them all. So, lets hold our breath, because I know we all do at times, hope that they talk to us when they need anything and be ready to listen but, answer all the why(s) other folks do what they do. 

Tammy, I want to sincerely thank you for being a mom who loves her boys with your whole heart, you know when something is wrong and you care, you takes time to explain to your kids that you are not perfect and you show them that to truly live means being we must be honest, seek positivity always and that no matter what, you will always be their mom who loves them some kind of fiercely. 

Much respect, 

Christy

 
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Undisclosed Letter To Me Previous Self

 

Dear Christy, (*BC Days)

Girl, girl, girl you have no idea what you are getting yourself into. Here is a snippet of what is to come. Now, calm the f'ck down and focus, focus, FOCUS!!!!  What I am going to tell you because this will save you from yourself more times than you will realize. 

1. Shit is going to happen, a LOT!

2. Getting married, you will do it twice and it will all be ok. Trust me! OH, and you WILL have two healthy children, despite what the doctors will tell you.

3 The treadmill.... not the physical one but the mental one... Yeah, you know what I'm talking about, get off it when you start to circle in on your thoughts about what if, why, why now, but, or its not how I envisioned it. 

4. You are enough and when you feel like you aren't enough, STOP EVERYTHING and breathe.

5. ASK FOR HELP!!! No one cares about your ego but be careful who you ask. Some folks are waiting to see you fail. F'ck them! Here's a tip : Make a 1x1 inch piece of paper and carry it with you. On it place only the very few people who get a say in your life. You. Are. Welcome.

6. Everyone is doing the very best with what they have been given, today. So don't prejudge, don't assume and don't pretend you understand them until you do. 

7. Expect nothing. Don't get me wrong have goals, visions and dreams but don't go into things expecting things from others until after you have talked about these expectations. 

8. Travel, travel, travel but budget, budget, budget. Its called balance girl, you NEED IT.

9. Credit cards... don't get a lot. Hell, only have one and pay it off every month. (This should be no. 1 of this list)

10. Have a tribe of your own. It will take time to really understand this but you will get there. And, you probably want to have a few tribes to belong too. Thats ok!

11. You will feel more alone than not and that is completely normal. You are a creative! Hey, I bet you didn't even know that!?! Surprise... and you won't suck at it, so PRETTY PLEAE DON'T GIVE UP.

12. Stay relevant with your kids. They need you to want to be involved. Listen to their music, read their books, listen to them don't just talk to them but do answer all of their questions no matter how hard it is to do so. You have only a short time when they still listen to your advice.

13. Invest in good skin care products. 

14. Exercise 3-4 times a week, preferable outside when you can. Especially after you have your kids.

15. You are more than the scared little girl who feels dirty, poor, fat and stupid. You are so much more. You are greatness, you just have to fight to see it in yourself. 

16. Seek out education at least 3-4 times per year in some facet. 

17. Listen to your elders but trust your intuition. They are not always right. Ex. Discrimination and Segregation in the south girl... it is wrong, wrong, so wrong! Choose love always.

18. Sign up for dance classes no matter how old you are; you will not regret it.

19. Date your spouse. Date our kids independently. Spend quality time with your friends. 

20. Technology is not always your friend. This thing called social media is coming for you and it will consume you for a while, but you will figure it out. Remember everything is about balance over insanity. 

21. You will have to travel a great distance to know what home feels like to you. 

22. Letting go. This one of the most important things to always work out. You will loose so much and you will survive it all. So, when you ache all over, you don't want to get out of bed and you cry sometimes because it is f'cking hard to imagine a tomorrow, let go and allow yourself to be mad, sad and call these days 'dip days.'  It will help you.

23. That pain I was just talking about, well you need to resist sometimes because you will use that pain to help others. It will in the end heal you but you will feel like you are traveling through a fog for a while....you will be able to function but it won't be with full cylinders as per usual. 

25. Love yourself so you can have a heart that is full of love for others. 

You got this girlie!

Love you more, 

Christy Lynn 

*BC Days = Before Children Days

 
Photo by Dana Cole Photography

Photo by Dana Cole Photography

Photo by Two Mann Studios

Photo by Two Mann Studios

Photo by Dana Cole Photogaphy

Photo by Dana Cole Photogaphy

Photo by Dana Cole Photography

Photo by Dana Cole Photography

"After every storm I've navigated through, I awoke tired but I knew my strength was mighty. I used to be good but know I'm walking toward my greatness. Let today be the day I know that I am enough. " - Me, Christy D Swanberg