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Oooh, how I love photographing a new space I’ve never used before.  This is The Aero Space Museum in the NE of Calgary.  I’ve wanted to photograph there for a long time and the opportunity came up this winter for our friends.  There was very little light in the actual museum so we moved to the next door hangar.  Sweet light but quite chilly this December day, so there was lots of running,  jumping and tickling to get everyone warmed up.  “I’m cold” soon turned into “This is FUN!”   I can see this location being a fabulous location for photos in the spring… when it’s a bit warmer and there’s not as much snow covering the roof.  There were times when we’d hear a huge WHOOOOSH as the snow would slide down!   It made us jump the first time it happened!

I’ve become friends with this fabulous mom over the past couple years.  Our sons spend the morning together every day before kindergarten and he comes home with lots of stories of their adventures together.  We are so lucky to have them in our lives.

I must admit, I get a bit nervous photographing friends as I put this imaginary layer of pressure on myself to capture them as I know them.  Over and over again, I am reminded of what I’ve learned through the years.   All the technical and compositional photo stuff is just there now.   I need to apply it but it’s only the foundation to the picture.   It is all about engaging and connecting with the kids… whether I have known them for years, months or minutes.  That is the secret to receiving sweet smiles, authentic giggles and moments of love.



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  1. Janelle Awe January 15, 2014 Reply

    Wow...beautiful images and I love the lighting and backdrop Janet!

  2. Vanessa D'Souza January 15, 2014 Reply

    It was our complete honour to have Janet photograph us! There is a long history of my children's maternal grandfather and great grandfather working in the airline industry (British Overseas Airways Corporation, Wardair, Canadian Airlines and Air Canada) and paternal grandfather's love of planes. This could not have been a more fitting location to honour them! Thank you Janet for creating such a keepsake and capturing such joy. With love, Vanessa

  3. Jeannette January 15, 2014 Reply

    You guys look amazing Vanessa, the kids are so sweet and you are simply radiant! xoxo

  4. Nurishah Alani-Dharamsi January 15, 2014 Reply

    Smiles captured beautifully. Love the location choice

  5. Stephanie Jackman January 16, 2014 Reply

    Incredible photos that show the heart of your beautiful family. Well done, Janet!

  6. Priscilla January 16, 2014 Reply

    Beautiful photos! You were able to capture the boys' personalities very well. Amazing!

  7. Janet January 16, 2014 Reply

    These are fantastic photos Vanessa. Thanks for sharing them.

  8. lisalewis January 16, 2014 Reply

    so simple, so beautiful!

  9. Jennifer Lewis January 16, 2014 Reply

    stunning photos! what a fab idea to use the museum as a backdrop! i especially like the black & whites.

  10. Kerry January 16, 2014 Reply

    Absolutely beautiful photos!

  11. Amanda January 16, 2014 Reply

    Beautiful photos!

  12. Cheryl Mendonca January 16, 2014 Reply

    Janet! What and amazing photographer you are I admire your eye for detail. The picture of the boys are lovely my favourite is the of Vanessa with her boys you not only captured "the boys will be boys look " but the beauty Vanessa possess, you can see her happiness in her smile. Awesome!!!!

  13. Niromi January 17, 2014 Reply

    beautiful pictures of a beautiful family....V you look amazing!

  14. Moonira January 17, 2014 Reply

    Wonderful photos! Incredible. Joyful-I love the warmth in those smiles. Great location!

  15. Denise Andrea Campbell January 18, 2014 Reply

    Beautifully captured photos! The joy comes alive with such clarity! Janet, thanks for honouring my dear friends in such a lovely way!

  16. Cassandra Mendonca January 18, 2014 Reply

    Gorgeous!! You've truly captured the essence of this family!!

  17. Bindu January 18, 2014 Reply

    Such beautiful photos and such a great location. Janet, next time we are in town with my boys I am booking a photo shoot!

  18. Kristen Mendonca January 18, 2014 Reply

    These pictures are stunning! In each picture you can see the boys' and Vanessa's uniqueness!

  19. Jennifer January 19, 2014 Reply

    What a great venue and beautiful pictures! Fabulous photography

  20. Melissa January 19, 2014 Reply

    This is simply beautiful. It captures the precious moment so well.

  21. Amanika Luciani January 22, 2014 Reply

    Incredible photos. So happy you shared V.

  22. Kim Bowie January 26, 2014 Reply

    Beautiful photos. The love and joy really shines through. Love the location.

  23. eden January 28, 2014 Reply

    Great job capturing the Love in Vanessa's family!

    Thank you for sharing them.

  24. Theresa D'Souza February 1, 2014 Reply

    These pics of my grandsons are beautiful. Amazing job.
    What a memorable keepsake for Vanessa and her family.

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