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Welcome to the Simply Rose blog! I am so glad that you have found your way here. This is where you will find my latest work and musings, anything from weddings to what my son has been doing lately.  There is lots to look at, so grab a cup of something warm and yummy and maybe a blueberry scone to go with it and stay a while. And don't be shy ~ leave a note ~ I'd love to hear from you!  

Ryan, Andrea and the Girls

I love photographing families. I love the energy of the kids, the pride on the parents faces, and the dynamics between everyone. And the only way to get these unscripted moments in time that defines your family, is to let the kids be who they are and just go with it. Run, dance, chase, get a little dirty,  and maybe sometimes put a spoon on your nose.

I met this sweet family at the Toboggan Creek Fish Hatchery just outside of Smithers. When choosing a location, I always consider a few things ~ are there enough spots with variety to shoot in (buildings with lots of different textures or interesting outdoor locations), will I need to consider certain permissions to go there or even pay a fee, and will it fit the people I’m photographing. When I initially met Ryan, he commented how perfect the spot was for their family. They had never been there before so they viewed this as an adventure. And I like that!

There were creeks to play in, fields to run in, trails to explore, anthills to inspect…..it was a perfect place for a family with two young busy girls with inquisitive minds and lots of energy to burn. Andrea brought a set of spoons to play around with and it was a hit! Pure entertainment was had by all. They also brought their boots along, just in case some creek wading was to occur, which it did. Although, one of the girls got a little too familiar with it, slipped on a muddy spot and got very dirty and wet but we were already wrapping up the day so she didn’t have to stay cold for very long.

It was a lot of fun and thanks everyone for making the morning a big adventure! Don’t forget to leave some comments below…

Enjoy your Sunday wherever you are!

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#92 Nail Polish

I went through a nail polish phase in high school for about two weeks. I tried it all, reds, pinks, and everything in between. But since then, I have developed an aversion to things on my nails. I can never put the stuff on right, it starts flaking within days (or rather, I start picking away at it), and it just gets to the point where it looks so bad you have to use nail polish remover to take it off and I can’t stand the smell of that stuff. Why on earth I put it on my list I’m not sure but it was fun picking out a colour and watching episodes of Portlandia while applying it.

There you have it, another one off the 101 in 1001 list!

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Mike, Tammy and Talyn

A few with this sweet family from the farm on Sunday.

Enjoy and don’t forget to leave some love below!

More to follow…..

  • Robyn: The running picture is brilliant.... way to go! (June 21, 2023 8:54 am)
  • Tammy: I love the photos! The running photo is brilliant and the picture of myself and Mike is very sweet. You captured us perfectly. (June 22, 2023 7:47 am)
  • Bev/Mom/Grandma: Love these photos of my family. The running pic is fabulous and love the one of Mike & Tammy. Anxiously waiting for more. (June 22, 2023 8:33 pm)

Dan and Amanda

It was sketchy-looking.

The weather I mean.

I bumped forward our evening session because the sky looked heavy and I didn’t want to get completely rained out on the second part of our photoshoot. It did rain anyways, but we went ahead with it and I think worked out rather well in the end, despite the weather.

In the planning stages of this shoot, I made a few suggestions of ideas and when Amanda told me she wanted to do something incredibly romantic, I immediately thought of a pretty set-up in a field of tall grass. And things just sort of fell into place from there. But first off, we headed to the CN Rail Roundhouse for a few shots before switching gears into something a bit different.

There is no shortage of beautiful fields in this part of BC and I had been eyeing this one for a very long time. After getting permission from the landowner, we hauled in all of our stuff for the session and began setting up, in the rain. I’m not going to lie, it was cold, and I think Dan and Amanda welcomed the snuggles under the heap of cozy blankets.

I got the idea that candy apples would be a fun thing to include and people, these are not easy to make. It takes a long time to get the sugar to the right temperature, otherwise it just slides right off the apple. My husband, Josh, patiently stirred the sugar for a good half hour at least until it started to look like it would stick to an apple properly. We double dipped them just to be on the safe side and realized afterwards that this dulls the shine so if you are ever making candy apples, don’t double dip! If the sugar has been boiled down enough, then one coat should stick just fine. I also got the sweet heart sugar cookies from Paul’s Bakery.

A big thank you to Caroline Marko of the Salt Boutique for the Adirondack chair as well as the vintage crate. The lovely blooms were picked from around town (with permission) and everything else in the shoot was complied by myself and the couple. And thanks to Dan and Amanda for bearing with me in the rain, going along with all these crazy ideas and for just being such an easygoing, fun-loving couple. I’m really looking forward to your big wedding in August!

Without further ado, here are the rest of the images from our Engagement Session! And don’t forget to leave some comment love for these two….


What to Wear // Engagement Session

I’ve been thinking about this posting for quite some time now and just haven’t sat down to do it. One of the first questions that people always ask is, “What do I wear?”

I always say that putting some time and effort into how you look for your photosession will greatly show in the end product. First and foremost, you need to be comfortable, so pick things that you feel fabulous in. I often give my clients the option of bringing along two outfits, one casual and one more dressy, just to mix it up a bit. We might use them both, we might not. It’s just really nice to have that option. Also, ladies, it’s perhaps a good time to get that trial wedding hair and makeup. You don’t have to go out and get your hair and makeup done professionally, but if you’re like me and can’t put eye makeup on worth anything, you might want to consider it. Don’t forget to accessorize! I love cute details like headbands, scarves, earrings and chunky necklaces or bracelets, but be careful to not overdo it. Think Stella and Dot, which is one of my fave’s. This is one way you can spice up your outfit if it’s a bit more on the neutral side. A few other resources for women’s clothing that I like are Anthropologie, Ruche and Free People.

This set are a few options for women’s outfits and I just noticed most of the accent pieces are yellow! Must be my flavour colour of the month. These are more casual options that still look incredibly cute and fun. (All of these images are from Pinterest, if you aren’t on it yet, get on it!)

For men, I had a harder time finding different options, but these two I really like, especially the one on the right. Just watch your footwear boys, the chunky skateshoes don’t translate well in photos and stay away from logo T’s. Jeans, solid colour t’s, and button down shirts are all really good basic starter points. Add a tie, sweater, or scarf to break things up. Got a cool watch? Bring it.

This set of images is for couples together and I’ve got a variety of casual to semi-dressy. You don’t have to match. In fact, I prefer it if you don’t. As long as you stick with a similar tones and colour palettes as all of these images have done, you’ll do well. Pops of colour work well like the pink shoes in the bottom right image.

I hope this posting can help you plan out your outfits for your Engagement Session, or at least give you something to consider.

Happy outfit selecting!

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