Feature: The S Family

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Kelowna_Photographer_Family_Baby_AimsPhotography.photos-11I had the honour of doing a photo session with this lovely little family a few weeks ago. I’ve wanted to blog a few of my favourites but haven’t had time until now.

Kelowna_Photographer_Family_Baby_AimsPhotography.photos-10We met for a morning session because it fit best with baby Ireland’s nap times and it wasn’t as hot outside yet… of course I was thrilled because morning light is always gorgeous.

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And the beyond adorable baby, Ireland.Kelowna_Photographer_Family_Baby_AimsPhotography.photos-2-2

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Kelowna_Photographer_Family_Baby_AimsPhotography.photos-14I was really excited when Melissa asked for a few “couple” pictures. It was fun, Tobias and Melissa were so chill and relaxed… and in so many ways still acting like newly weds… they kind of made my job super easy.

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Kelowna_Photographer_Family_Baby_AimsPhotography.photos-9I seriously had the hardest time trying to choose which pictures to blog, I came out of that session with so many great pictures! (So maybe I’ll just have to do a part 2 😉 )

At the very end it was getting to be Ireland’s nap time and she fell asleep on her Mom’s shoulder…

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Thank you, Melissa, Tobias, and Ireland for a wonderful morning and for a special glimpse of the love you three share!

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Mountain Expanse

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Rolling mountains of British Columbia, Canada.

This is one of the aerial photos I took during a flight I was able to go on last week.  I’ll feature that whole experience in another post (hopefully soonish!) but I couldn’t wait to share at least one already! 🙂

I can’t describe how amazing it was to see the Okanagan Valley from the sky! It really gave a whole new perspective on how beautiful this place is! …and I get to call it home!

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July 15-21

 

 

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Last week through pictures.

July 15, glanced down at my gas gage to see that someone (thanks Dad! ❤ ) had filled my tank – kind of a fantastic way to start the week! 🙂IMG_0667

 

July 16

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July 17 – Boo paid me with hugs and kisses to share the last piece of mom’s homemade banana bread at supper.

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Also one of those “liquid sunshine” evenings when its sunny and rainy at the same time. (Can you see the rain drops? 😉 )

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July 18 – fresh Okanagan apricots

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July 19 – another view of Okanagan Lake

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July 20 – I was a second photographer at a wedding up on Silver Star, a local ski hill. (There are mountain bike trails in the summer) Part of the day included riding the chair lift – which was kind of epic.

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July 21 – Our “traditional” Sunday morning breakfast – biscuits.

 

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Well, there you have it!

Hope you’re enjoying your summer too!

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July 8-14

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Here’s the second week of July as seen through my various electronics.

July 8

IMG_0572I took Rasco to assist me in a family photo session (look for that feature post on my blog soon!) and we celebrated with starbucks afterwards.

July 9

The busy day I took a moment to look up and saw the sun rays flowing off of the clouds.

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July 10

A honey bee enjoying some of my favourite blossoms – lavender.

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What I like to call a “drive by shooting”. Snapped this from the car on the way home. A lovely sunset over Kal lake.

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July 11

We had VBS all last week at our church, made for a busy week – but it’s a fun kind of busy. With some of the kids who came.

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July 12.

The first day I didn’t take a picture.  A hard day, attended the funeral of a family friend.

July 13

A piece of my Grandma’s legendary pumpkin dessert.  If you’ve ever had the honour of eating a piece, you’ll know why it’s worth of a picture. If you haven’t had the honour – know you’re missing out – big time!

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Beach. Water. Sunset. I love that I’m blessed live here.

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July 14

We celebrated Lulu’s first birthday at at park.

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It was also the afternoon I “officially” tried an energy drink. It’s worth a picture – yes. (I shared it with my best friend. It was fun.)

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And there we go. 🙂 Excited to see what this week will bring. I’m enjoying the challenge – because it’s teaching me to stop and enjoy a moment.  To stop and see a moment.

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Summer Sunlight

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Earlier this week, I took one of my sisters with me to assist for a photo session.  We were there a little early to scout out some locations for the photo session…she happily complied when I asked to to model for me.  These are a couple of my favourite snapshots.

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(Thought the epic sunflare was kind of funky 😉 )

Ah, the gloriousness of ‘early’ morning light.

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Daily Pics July 1-7

Here’s the first week of July via pictures.

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July 1, which also happens to be Canada Day. My older sister and I enjoy frozen yogurt from Peachwave…Yummm! That stuff is amazing!

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July 2, the eyelashes of my baby sister.

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July 3, I picked some sour cherries (can’t wait to eat those in pie!)

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July 4, the hands of one of the kids that I nanny as he practices piano.

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July 5, enjoyed an epic breakfast…mornings like that don’t happen often enough!

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Another one from this day; I was second photographer for a wedding and snapped this from the window of the cute little church waiting for the rehearsal to start.

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July 6, since I was helping a photographer with a wedding…I took lots of pictures that day! BUT, won’t be posting any of the wedding ones quite yet 😉 However, here’s one of the little church where the ceremony happened…isn’t it adorable?!

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July 7, Sunday, a day of rest. Had a little bit of rest out on the swing. A few quiet moments before a crazy week of work and VBS ahead.

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This Moment

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This story behind the photograph…

Last night we were all sitting down to dinner and I looked over and saw Lulu crawling towards the door – immediately, I saw the above picture in my mind – exactly as you see it.  So I pulled my iPod out of my pocket and snapped it.

Sometimes our favourite pictures aren’t taken on an amazing camera. I love this picture because of the story it tells.  It’s the story of my baby sis – Lulu, barely a year old…discovering and exploring the world around her. It’s precious because in a few weeks she’ll be walking – she’s still in that crawl everywhere stage. Her whole life – the whole world out there – is ahead of her – waiting to be discovered.

And I captured one tiny moment of it.

Time is flying by – and the only time that “belongs” to us is this very moment – right now.  Everything else is either already past or in the future. (Think about that, eh!)

So be thankful for right now; use right now to its full potential.

Always, Aims

Summer Days

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Summer is upon us – wow! Where has the time gone?!  To me, summer never feels “official” till July 1.  I was skimming through pictures on my iPod earlier today and had an idea.  I want to enjoy this summer – busy as it will be – and I want to remember it.  So for (at least!) July and August I want to take (at least!) one picture every day (be it on my phone, my iPod, or my DSLR.)  Yes, I know this idea isn’t new – people do the “picture a day” thing often.  But, I’ve never done it – and I just feel like this summer is going to slip by before I know it!  I’ll be uploading pictures to instagram and will do a weekly blog post of my daily pictures from the past week.

You see, I’ve come to realize that…I never regret taking pictures…capturing moments.  If I regret anything – it’s that I DIDN’T take more! So to start off here are a few random snap shots from the past couple of months – mostly taken on my ipod. Some made it onto instagram already – some didn’t 😉

First off, I’m kind of SUPER excited this guy is back! My brother, Mitch, was in the Philippines for almost 3 months.  He came home last weekend. 🙂

 

 

IMG_0486By the way…I LOVE the panorama feature on my iPod!!! Here’s a “perfect”rainbow I captured a few weeks ago (no filter) 😉IMG_0201My Oma (Grandma) baked my Dad her iconic Kaffee Torte for Father’s Day.  This is something very special and I wanted to remember it. IMG_0364My bro got his Barracuda on the road for the summer… Looking forward to some summer crusin’. IMG_0283Not to long ago I gave Lulu her first ride on a swing. IMG_0359

 

IMG_0362Speaking of Lulu, she just turned 1 year old! I can’t believe how fast time has gone!  Here’s a picture I took of her and I on her birthday last week.

A friend of ours was married last weekend here are a couple pictures from that day.  Another reason I love the panorama feature…I figured out how to get the same person into a panorama 3 times. See him?IMG_0432

 

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And sometimes life is about seeing how many people you can squish into one picture!

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Moments go by quickly… we really only have right now! 🙂 So here’s to having an amazing summer!

Follow me @aimsglanz on instagram to see my daily pictures!

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Wedding: Eugene and Sabina

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I’d known Sabina a few years ago when we both attended the same youth group, so I was excited when she sent me a facebook message one day telling me she was engaged and inquiring about me photographing her wedding.

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I met Eugene for the first time when we all met for coffee to talk wedding and photography.  I noticed right away how much he cared for her and what was important to her, and that he had her best interests in mind.

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Their story is cute.  Sabina bought some speakers for her vehicle from Eugene’s brother.  However, she didn’t know how to instal them, so he suggested she go to his brother, Eugene, who is a mechanic, and have them installed… well, as you can see, that was only the beginning of their story. 😀

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We were all so very thankful it didn’t rain! It rained the day before and then a little in the morning and during the ceremony, but for the pictures later it was dry and the sun even came out later!

Hum yeah, aren’t they a cute couple? Lots of laughter that day!

 

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It’s always so hard to decide which pictures to blog – and to not overload a post with too much! But here are a couple more of the lovely bride!

 

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Starting their journey, side by side – together.

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Sabina and Eugene, I wholeheartedly wish you all the best as you start your life together! Thank you for allowing me to share in the joy of your day!

Always, Aims

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