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It’s how I always think of John & Anastasia. They’re content with life, not at all settling into routines or roles simply out of ease, but purposefully being thankful for everything they have – not wishing things were different. They want simplicity in their lives & they’ve done a beautiful job of making that happen. 

That contentment shows in their faces, in how they carry themselves, in their commitment to each other. Their wedding day was no different, keeping things wonderfully simple to best love everyone around them. The rain made a true wet coast appearance in the morning, but the golden light we got at sunset – what a way to end our time with these two!!

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This session is how I dream family photos will go.

There’s no time limit other than the sun set, so we start earlier than I think we’ll need because those first 20-30 minutes are full of little eyes cautiously watching what the lady they just met with a big camera is gonna do. So we walk for the sake of walking, not for the pictures but for the chance to chat with Mom & Dad, showing their kids that we’ve got a connection here, so it’s okay to trust the lady they may be unsure of.

There’ve been emails back & forth between Mom & I, chatting about locations & wardrobes & the general excitement going on in their lives, so even though I’ve never met them before, Mom & Dad trust me. And since Mom & Dad trust me, they know a laidback, let-them-run-free session is what will best document their family in this season of life. 

This beautiful, messy, will-never-come-again season of being little.

The way the kids push away from hugging Mom & Dad one minute & then hold onto their legs while walking around the next. The slightly crazed look in their eyes as they’re encouraged to run & play & explore what the world has to offer. The look back over their shoulders to make sure Mom & Dad are watching them do all of it.

The backdrop of mountains & lakes & coordinated outfits at sunset may not be true to every day life, but the grass stains, dirty fingers, & tousled hair are.

We create memories of perfect imperfection. 

Thanks for trusting Liz & I with memories of your Canadian vacation, Fox Family! If I ever get to Florida, y’all know I’ll swing by to see you & your girls!!

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One of the best things I’ve ever done for my business is spend time with my brother.

He thinks differently than anyone else I know. His years of business experience, starting a creative agency (they’re hiring, btw), being a faithful Catholic, and genuinely caring about my success (among other things!) has made me intentionally seek out his advice every few months.

In our time together I lay it all out: the things I want to try, the plans I’ve started working on, the direction I hope to go. My notebook is always on the table alongside our lattes, pen in either of our hands as I take notes or he draws things to help me visualize & understand what he’s teaching me.

Having someone who walks a little ahead of me in life has helped my business grow & breathe & adapt to the things God is inviting me to explore. Having someone who cares about my mission has helped stretch my life in all kinds of good ways.

I know how hard navigating the creative waters can be. I know how lonely it can feel when there doesn’t seem to be anyone else around who gets it. And I also know my brother has spoken healing & encouragement into that area of my life.

I would love to pay forward what my brother has done for me.

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I’m now offering Creative Intensives!

They’re two-hour one-on-one Skype sessions to lay out the things on your heart & then walk away with practical advice to bring those things to fruition. We talk the talk and walk the walk ’round these parts, yo.

Before the Intensive you’ll receive a questionnaire that helps me learn about you, your dreams, and what would be best to address in our time together. The session is personalized to you & what you need in this season of life!

A Creative Intensive is for you if you’re into the idea of:

  • Figuring out the problem you want to solve in the world; the thing that both breaks your heart & lights your soul on fire
  • Speaking light in a world full of darkness; using your words to share stories of hope & of how God is speaking to you
  • Learning how to document the world as you see it; choosing which moments get to stay & understanding why they’re important to you
  • Dreaming up how life could be; making decisions, setting goals, and following through on them with practical takeaways designed for you

I’ll answer your questions about photography, writing, business, social media, brainstorming, prayer – essentially, you can ask anything you want! And I get to turn the tables on you ;)

Creative Intensives are $150 & yes, you can gift them to friends!

Email laura@laura-anne.ca with the subject Creative Intensive to set up a date!

I can’t wait to explore what God has in store for you :)

PS. I know good people read this little corner of the internet, and good people hang out with good people, so if you know someone who would be interested in a Creative Intensive – the person that crossed your mind as you were reading this – please send this along to them, wouldya? Many thanks from this girl.

Sometimes God’s plan looks mighty different than the plans the world may propose.

Well, a lot of the time, actually.

But especially so when it comes to something like marriage.

On the surface, marriage at a young age may seem crazy. There’s still more school to do, more money to make, more freedom to explore… according to our culture, at least. When we look at big decisions from a different perspective – will this be the thing that brings me closer to God? – our lives change.

Instead of being seen as crazy, things like committing to one person forever, saying yes to being refined into gold together, and celebrating something that has beauty, truth, & goodness wrapped up into it; well, marriage makes sense.

Adam & Colette have embraced the fact their lives may not make sense to the rest of the world, but these are two delightfully kind, inviting, & intentional people who are willing to explain their decision to people who question them. Alone they are strong, but together they are a formidable force to reckon with.

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Church // St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church – Calgary, AB
Reception Venue & Catering //
 Varsity Hall
Cake & Cupcakes // Teyler Hawes
Hair //
Candace Alvarez & Ashlynn Lerner
Makeup //
Becca Campbell
Photographer //
Laura-Anne, Photographer

Florals // Hen & Chicks

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