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If you're looking for the "say cheese" staring at the camera pictures, or assembly line of cookie cutter sessions - I'm sorry, I'm not your girl! If you're here for the sun drenched, laughter filled, roll in the grass, get snuggly kinda pictures... You know, the kind that make you feel it in your heart, that are unique just to you - then you're in the right place!  
I have spent a lot of years studying photography. A labour of love that has been so rewarding. A lot of hard work, persistence and commitment have got me to where I am today. Taking photos isn't just what I do, it's become an actual extension of who I am. This is not merely snapping a picture, it's knowing exactly how to utilize the light and surroundings to create captivating images! My goal is to capture you in a sincerely, telling your story in the most beautiful way possible. I want you to have that moment when you see your pictures for the first time and think "Wow, that's us". 


I promise, they don't. They can even be fun!

Who said family photos have to be stiff?

nice to meet you
i'm liz!

epic fine art family
photography & films
located in calgary, ab
frequenting vancouver island
Available world wide

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i held myself back for years.
I was too afraid to invest in myself and took the longer, more difficult & lonely road. from the lessons of my own journey, i want to share how to make your journey quicker, easier and most importantly with a friend at your side!
the greatest gift you can give yourself is permission to invest in your artistry & business! if you are feeling stuck and not sure what to do next, I want to help you!  

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preparing for your session

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We're here for a good time! I want to make sure that you're only worry during our time together is to be yourself and enjoy each other! Here are my personal to go tips for preparing for your session!

Plan ahead- Let me prefix this with, I am a momma of three. My kids have a regular bedtime and routine every night. I fully appreciate and understand that the best lighting doesn't always fall at the ideal time in day to day kid life. Know that napping your kids, having quiet time etc. to prepare for your session will pay off, and that I personally take the same measures before our photo sessions also. 

Kids are kids!- Sometimes all it takes is a quick snack and water break to keep the littles from getting restless. I suggest things like fishy crackers, raisins etc. as they aren't messy. If any of your children have a keepsake like a blanket or stuffed animal I encourage you to bring them. If we've chosen a location with a water source bring a beach towel in case feet get wet. If you have anyone in your family that might get super soaked maybe have a change of clothing in the car lol! 

Follow their lead-  By following the children's lead, with mild direction, we'll find more opportunity for little in between moments to arise. I'll still try my best to get some smiling at the camera(the grandma wall hanger as I call it lol), but our main focus will be capturing the real you. Please don't stress, don't push them to "cheese!" we'll dig out some real smiles the old fashion way!

Be present- Being fully present will encourage magic to unfold! So allow yourself to let go of the busy and enjoy some uninterrupted time with your loves! 


My pledge to you- I will always do my upmost to capture beautiful natural moments and create something unique and special to your family. I will utilize the best light possible in different ways, strong composition and hand editing to build a dynamic variety filled gallery. I take great pride in producing individual products that highlight the character of each client. I will do everything I can to create a fun and enjoyable experience for you, because great pictures of you will also make my heart sing! 

Timing & location

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Lets talk about timing - 

I have spent years studying light and the use of light, so I can shoot in any lighting situation I encounter. That being said, not all times of day and light are treated equally. There are only a few hours each day that create that soft dreamy golden hour light. No matter the season or where you are in the world, this light falls in the hour or so after sunrise and the hour or so before sunset. Unfortunately this isn't something you can fake or alter. If you want the delicious golden light you must be willing to time accordingly. If you know your kids cannot handle the later night required in the summer months to achieve this look, it’s best to book in the fall.

If you are hoping for a more moody, darker look, we could consider scheduling based on a more grey cloudy day. Want a bright, fun and carefree feel? Maybe a full sun, beside the ice cream truck with sunnies and graphic T's look is in order! 

Know that light, which is based on timing, tells part of your story. You are investing a lot of time and effort to create these treasured images, let's do everything we can to help make them the best they possibly can be! 

Location, Location, Location! 

First and foremost you want to select a location that suits you and feels right when you hang those beautiful new photos on your walls! Homebodies? Consider a cozy in-home session. Outdoors enthusiast? Let's get to those mountains or your favourite picnic spot! Farm girl? Maybe a field of hay bales! Love architecture and lines? Downtown might be the spot for you! 

Consider the whole story when narrowing down your location. Dynamic geography to interact with and entertain the kids is always a great choice. Just as simplicity never disappoints. If you are more of a minimalist there is always something to be said for a simple brick wall or open field. 

Wardrobe and location go hand in hand. So either use your wardrobe to help decide on the best location, or use your location to help with the best wardrobe. Flowy dresses love a breeze to create a romantic feel so an epic backdrop on a beach or in the mountains will help. Cozy fall knits look at home in the forest or amongst hay bales. Casual attire looks great on a rooftop parkade with city views or an old-school yard! The key is to consider how your location will add to the overall feel you want for your session.

Okay so now you're thinking, "Great how on earth am I finding this 'epic' location??" I got you! I always scout locations for my clients. I prefer to avoid overly manicured parks or hot spots where you'll have an audience. Unless of course that's the look we're going for. Once you've booked we'll discuss your vision for your shoot and I can suggest locations based on that info. Not sure what you want? No worries! I can help you narrow down options and get things rolling for you!

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Let's get dressed!
I know this can be a daunting task, but together we have got this! I've spent years considering the details that create the best imagery possible. Trust me when I tell you, the effort you put into thoughtfully handpicking your garment choices will pay off in the final product!
There are a few rules that are universally applicable when considering wardrobe for photo sessions. Certain things just do not work under any circumstance if you want the best product possible. 

Let's start with things to avoid in general -
Steer clear of fluorescents - If you love bright colours, I recommend primary colours. Yellows (mustard, gold), reds (brick, maroon, wine), blues (navy, royal), and deep greens (emerald, juniper, forest).

Make sure clothing fits - To avoid disappointment make sure everyone tries their outfits on BEFORE your session so you have time to make a swap if needed. Ensure you have the appropriate under garment, no one wants to see a diaper or bra strap sticking out.

No logos, characters or crazy graphics - As a general rule, I say no to all of these things as they can be very distracting in the final product. If you decide to use a graphic make sure it's intentional vs. tacky. This goes for footwear as well! 

Check your feet- Footwear can easily be an afterthought, but can just as easily ruin a good outfit. Avoid brightly coloured, character, reflective, or light-up shoes.

Using one colour for everyone- i.e.- everyone in a black shirt. This can cause everyone to blend into a giant black lump. Not the look we're going for! 


What to wear-
Layers, textures, patterns & accessories - Add dimension, depth and interest to your images and set the vibe. Accessories I love to use include hats, headbands, jewelry, scarves, suspenders, jackets and vests. Adding a simple prop such as a blanket, guitar, flowers or a child's toy are another way. Some of my favourite fabrics/textiles to use are linen, tweed, lace, knits, denim, fur and leather. Patterns are essential! Most patterns are game, but avoid super loud. I encourage using more than one print, just try to avoid using multiple similar prints.

Wear what you feel good in- If you don't feel comfortable in your outfit selection it will show! Be true to your personal style!

Dress for the season & location- Chunky sweaters and flannel shirts are perfectly at home in the mountains on a fall day vs. the beach in the summer. Also consider the colours you'll be encountering so your outfit selections are complimented by your surroundings.

Dressing for in-home sessions- Consider the colours in your home; you'll want your wardrobe to suit the space. Neutrals with texture are always a great choice indoors.

Okay, so where do you start?
Here are my three go-to starting points for getting your wardrobe selection going: 
1. Choose a colour palette- Pick 4-5 complementing colours,         don't forget to consider the colours at your location. 
2. Pick a print and pull from there- Use the colours in the print     to find other clothing items in those colours.
3. Neutrals- Neutrals are a great choice if you like simplicity in   your images. They are my fave for newborn sessions. Classic neutrals white, cream, black, grey. 

Remember I'm here for you! Together we can go over all of this info and plan your wardrobe together! 

Can I order prints?
Nothing brings me more joy than seeing your photos hung on your walls! I offer professional print options directly in your final gallery! Making the printing process super easy, leaving you no excuse to not print!! My session fee also includes print release on your final images, meaning you can take those files and print them anywhere you choose. 

So how does the actual session work?
My goal is to tell your genuine story. My favourite images are always the candid real smile moments. You know, the ones that feel effortlessly unposed. These moments are often the product of gentle direction and subtle guidance. I'll ensure we utilize the best light available through out and take advantage of our surroundings. Creating a captivating gallery filled with your love story. 

UGH! My kids are being crazy!!!
Can I tell you a secret?? So are mine!! LOL sorry I know that's not helpful! I want you to know that kids are kids. They feel the energy around them, especially from their parents. Getting organized for your session can feel stressful, allow yourself a deep breath when you arrive to your session and relax into your time being photographed. No need to force anything, let's enjoy our time together!

Can I ask you a favour?
I love that you want to show your new photos off to the world!! My best advertising is you, my amazing client! I appreciatively ask you tag me if you decide to share images on social media!

I want you to know exactly what to expect! 

 Ready to book your session?
I would love to work with you! Click the book now button and let me know what type of session you're looking to book and the approximate date. I do recommend booking in advance for ideal dates. To secure your session I'll send you a quote that will guide you through paying your booking retainer (50%) and contract. The remainder of your balance will be due one week prior to your session date. Don't worry I send a reminder.

What's next?
Now we get to have fun!  24-72 hours after you've confirmed your booking  I will be in touch via email to book our session details phone call(text also works if you're really not a phone talker). Let the planning begin! 

What happens after our session?
That session was everything!! I'm so excited! I must share a handful of sneak peeks with you via email/text or social media in the days after! I hand edit every single image I send you. My editing process is honestly My average turn around for gallery delivery is 3-6 weeks. If you selected The Essentials Session you will first receive a proof gallery to choose your favourite images, the finals will be delivered 24-72hrs after they're selected. 

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I want you to know exactly what to expect! 

 Ready to book your session?
I would love to work with you! Click the book now button and let me know what type of session you're looking to book and the approximate date. I do recommend booking in advance for ideal dates. To secure your session I'll send you a quote that will guide you through paying your booking retainer (50%) and contract. The remainder of your balance will be due one week prior to your session date. Don't worry I send a reminder.
What's next?
Now we get to have fun! 24-72 hours after you've confirmed your booking I will be in touch via email to book our session details phone call(text also works if you're really not a phone talker). Let the planning begin! 
What happens after our session?
That session was everything!! I'm so excited! I must share a handful of sneak peeks with you via email/text or social media in the days after! I hand edit every single image I send you. My editing process is honestly My average turn around for gallery delivery is 3-6 weeks. If you selected The Essentials Session you will first receive a proof gallery to choose your favourite images, the finals will be delivered 24-72hrs after they're selected. 

Can I order prints?
Nothing brings me more joy than seeing your photos hung on your walls! I offer professional print options directly in your final gallery! Making the printing process super easy, leaving you no excuse to not print!! My session fee also includes print release on your final images, meaning you can take those files and print them anywhere you choose. 
So how does the actual session work?
My goal is to tell your genuine story. My favourite images are always the candid real smile moments. You know, the ones that feel effortlessly unposed. These moments are often the product of gentle direction and subtle guidance. I'll ensure we utilize the best light available through out and take advantage of our surroundings. Creating a captivating gallery filled with your love story. 
UGH! My kids are being crazy!!!
Can I tell you a secret?? So are mine!! LOL sorry I know that's not helpful! I want you to know that kids are kids. They feel the energy around them, especially from their parents. Getting organized for your session can feel stressful, allow yourself a deep breath when you arrive to your session and relax into your time being photographed. No need to force anything, let's enjoy our time together!
Can I ask you a favour?
I love that you want to show your new photos off to the world!! My best advertising is you, my amazing client! I appreciatively ask you tag me if you decide to share images on social media!

- Jim Carrey

"Risk being seen in all of your glory."

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