Had a lovely opportunity to head out after dark this week with a fellow photog friend and capture some night action in Kamloops.  If you can call it action.  haha.
Sunset, long exposures and light trails.  Different from my usual stuff.

And one other gem that I missed during my initial edit.  I love this one of my boy with his “sleeping baby”  his beloved baby has been with him pretty much since birth.  I love that in this photo my boy, who is now 3 and always seems to look so grown up looks more like the little boy of past months.   I love the older stages, but I do miss the little boy stuff too.

tracy cook {FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY} www.cherryblissphotography.ca

Today was probably my last fall photo shoot before the snow flies this year.  I think we caught the fall leaves just before they all fell to the ground.  We headed to a spot very special to this family who spent many summers out there.  The “boys”, truth be told are more men then boys, but really, to this mom they are her boys.  This shoot probably had to be one of my favorite to do.  The “boys”, clearly their mom’s apple of her eye, and dad’s pride and joy are really nice young men.  I can’t express how awesome it is to see a family so connected to each other and how nice it is that boys past their childhood come out for photos.

As I sat here editing the images, I kept reflecting on my family.  As the mother of a boy, I think I caught a glimpse into my family a few years in the future.  My son is almost three, and these “boys” are men, but I constantly had flashes ahead to when my son’s a young man, and hope that we will be as connected as this foursome are to each other.  I hope this is us when my boy is a young man.  
At the end of the session I chased the boys away to do a few images of their parents, clearly still very much in love after many years together.  How awesome to see that !  I’m partial to the images of them too, again…. hoping this will be me and my husband down the road.  
Enough rambling… here are the images…. I sincerely hope we’ve accomplished what you guys were hoping for !

tracy cook {FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY} www.cherryblissphotography.ca

Family photo shoots have to be one of my favorite types to do.  Maybe it’s because I’m a parent myself, but I always want to capture the love and emotion between parents and their children.  I’ve photographed this family before, and got one of my all time favorite shots of the little man and his dad.  It was an image that I thought just moved me and showed the strong connection between father and son.  This was the image.
Fast forward almost a year ahead.  I was privileged to shoot them again.  They are such a nice family, but it’s funny, I feel an intense need to please this dad with my images more then anyone else I’ve shot.  It’s totally pressure from within because like I said, they are the nicest family.  But I really want him to like these.  I think he’s the dad who will give me honest feedback, will tell me if I got it right or wrong- which I actually really appreciate from a learning perspective.  Hey, as a photographer I want my clients to love the images, and I appreciate them trusting me to capture their family.  So here are a few previews of tonight’s session.  Did I get it right Kev?  🙂

We threw a little outdoor party for the little man’s upcoming third birthday !  Ohh what fun it was !! 

tracy cook {NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY} www.cherryblissphotography.ca

Hello Fall
Now that we live in Kamloops- we actually see four distinct seasons.  When we were in Calgary, one day it was Winter, the next day Summer.  You know what I mean if you’re from there.
It’s honestly not an exaggeration.
Leafs fall off at a rapid rate in Calgary.  One day they are green and on the trees, the next day they are brown, crusty and on the ground.
I do love the Kamloops weather, and since we’ve lived here, and I’ve been able to experience the change of seasons, I’ve come to love fall.
Beautiful colours, leaves falling, the contrast of the blue sky and the yellow leaves….

tracy cook {NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY} www.cherryblissphotography.ca

Hubby and I both share a love of photography, exploring, and heading off the beaten trail.  With my mother in law in town to look after our little guy, we decided to go exploring.  A neighbour had seen my photos of old buildings and barns before and recommended this very secluded place not too far from Kamloops.  I suspect there is a lot of history to these sets of dwellings- I need to look into it further before I can say much.  Although it was a dreary rainy day, I loved what we found !  We happily explored for hours, and these are some of the images I captured.  
A cold house built into the hill- still in good repair
 Love the roof !
 An apple tree in the background.  Bear poop nearby.
 Isolation.  Way back when it was occupied- peace and serenity, or boredom and depressing?
I think I squealed when we went around back of this one and found the car
Grass growing from under the motor
Love the details of old vehicles in poor repair
What a great find !  We so enjoyed the day on our own, and I loved capturing these images and exploring !!

tracy cook {MATERNITY PHOTOGRAPHY} www.cherryblissphotography.ca

I spent my Wednesday night with a beautiful momma who is expecting her second baby in a couple of weeks.  We took advantage of the 
warm weather and wonderful light.
For me, when I sit down to edit a session, especially one that’s different from others that I’ve done I am really excited to get working, and find myself saying…
 ” this is my new VERY favorite set of images”
I said it again tonight.
I think you might agree when you see these !
I love the dreamy nature of the log image….

And at the end of the session, this adorable big sister to be joined us and painted mom’s belly !
So cute !
Thanks for the opportunity to capture your maternity images !
I hope you enjoy this preview.

tracy cook {FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY} www.cherryblissphotography.ca

I had the cutest brother/sister duo the other day !  Both were sweet and beautiful, although I’m not sure a boy his age wants to be referred to that way–haha– but it’s true !  Enjoy the images.
This has to be one of my favorite images, I caught her just sitting quietly waiting for me to come to her.
And she was all smiles once we got going

The two of them were soooo photogenic !!
And this is an out-take, but an adorable one… monkeying around after the shoot.  Could you resist capturing this??