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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!  


This is a bit of a feat for me.

I finally got my passport renewed. I am so lazy with this kind of thing ~ I had every good intention to do it before it ran out ~ last October. And for the life of me, I just couldn’t fill out the form right. I’d write the wrong thing in the wrong spot and I know that some of you are thinking Wow, it’s not that hard but after hearing stories of having applications returned because the information wasn’t just right ~ let’s just say it made me really paranoid. So when I did get a call from a Passport Officer in Ottawa, I called back immediately. Turns out they just needed my original birth certificate. Whew.

So, this big one is off of my list (#95 to be exact) and I’m so excited because I’ll get to use it lots coming up!

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DJ and Jen

This couple is super awesome and tons of fun. These two are a little quirky, a little crazy and compliment each other perfectly. At our first meeting, we talked about different ideas for their Engagement Session and I really liked all the things coming out of it ~ movie theater, a retro vibe, scooters. We had decided to do the session on a Sunday evening and thank you setting sun, it made for some wonderful, warm couple-y shots.

We hit it all! First we started off at the Roi Theater, where DJ works as a projectionist some evenings. Because of his connection to the theater, we thought it would be fun to incorporate that into the Engagement and guess what? They are getting married there too! I love it when there is a tying theme to the the Engagement Session and wedding. We visited one of three projection rooms and it was pretty cool ~ I told DJ that I kind of felt like I was on the set of LOST ~ it certainly had that 70′s lab-feel to it. Then we went into the theater itself, and of course had to take some fun shots in there. DJ and Jen were up for anything so when I tossed out a variety of emotions and told them to make faces for it (like they were watching a ‘scary film’), they totally played along ~ I think it makes for a cute storyboard. And when I asked if we could throw the popcorn ~ well, let’s just say that was pretty much awesome! DJ had changed the marquee out front and I ate it up ~ I’m sure it confused a lot of passerby but it was so worth it!

After the theater, we went to a very special, hidden sort of place called The Barn. It’s tucked away on someone’s private property and very dear to DJ because he spent a great deal of his youth playing basketball in this converted barn loft. I didn’t really know what to expect when DJ was explaining it to me but when I saw it, I thought it was really charming how it was all done up like a proper basketball court, complete with writing on the floor. I could definitely see how it would be a great hideaway with the boys.

The barn was situated in a really lovely spot with some field and forest and I wanted to take advantage of it because the sun was just so. Their beagle, Dexter, joined us and the sun stayed long enough to get some gorgeous shots of DJ and Jen cuddling in the tall grass. *sigh* My favourite kind of shots.

We had to hurry now ~ the light was going fast. For the last part of the session, we went to a nice long straightaway on the Telkwa High Road, had another quick outfit change and hopped on some scooters. Jen has a cute, pink scooter that’s all decked out and she uses it on a regular basis to get around town. Perfect idea if you ask me. And of course, Murphy’s Law would have it that any time you try to photograph anything in the middle of the road, traffic comes out of nowhere on an otherwise quiet road. But we worked around it and ended up with some adorable shots of them on scooters going for an evening ride on a country road.

I am so looking forward to their wedding in May! With the amount of fun and laughter we had, I know that their wedding day is going to be equally if not more fun. Thanks DJ and Jen for being so creative with me!



  • Alyssa Schroeder: Gorgeous fun session Rose! I love the ones in the field and look at that puppy. Sigh cute!! (September 29, 2023 3:32 pm)

Meic and Emily // Smithers Engagement Preview

How cute is this little family?

Meic and Emily are getting married next spring on Vancouver Island at Strathcona Park Lodge.

I think it’s going to be a super dee duper amazing time ~

what gets better than a wedding with a wonderful couple at a premier provincial park?

More to come….

  • Leanne: :) Hey, I know these folks!! Happy Days!! Can't wait to see the rest! (September 27, 2023 11:43 pm)

The Travelling Road Show

I hate packing. You’d think that after 14 years of being mobile, it gets easier and you get more efficient at it, but honestly, it just gets worse. Back in the good old days, it was just me and my trusty Subaru Legacy - everything I would ever need was crammed into that green station wagon including a single mattress. And we sure got around. But then I met my husband 7 years ago and 5 years ago we had a Mitsubishi Delica, which was considerably larger. We moved up to Smithers and packed our life in that ~ leaving a few things behind, but still managing to take most of what we owned. Then we bought a house and needed to fill that house so we got a sofa set, a dining set, a wall unit and a few other things ~ even a lawnmower to keep the green nice and trimmed in the summer. But we sold, moved, kept most of the stuff, had a baby and well, those of you who have kids know how the stuff factor multiplies ~ even though we truly kept it down to a minimum and still Fin rarely has lots of toys. And now I look around at this mess, this chaos and think how wonderful it would be to just have just a few nice things. Now, I’ve sort of come full circle to the Subaru Legacy ~ plus a 17 foot U-Haul truck.

To every bad side, there is a good and this is the beauty of moving. Getting rid of stuff. It makes me feel lighter, less cluttered, and hopeful for the simplicity that I crave in a home. My husband and I are both Tauruses and even though I don’t really follow this kind of stuff, I have to admit, a lot of the character traits are spot on. Determined. Stubborn. Loyal. Independent. Expensive things. Good food and wine. A beautiful home. Except one problem ~ I’ve never really been in a financial position to indulge in these things nor do I agree to excess. In fact, I spend a lot of time at Value Village and such. We live a very simple life and I would love to simplify even further. Perhaps a garage sale is in order for next summer.

This will be the last blog posting for a while. I am going through my emails tonight one last time and then the auto-responder will be on until further notice. And those who are waiting for pictures, thank you so much for your patience. But, back to packing for me.

My exciting Wednesday night……

And some design favourites from Pinterest.


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An Afternoon of Forest Fun // Smithers Family Photographer

I got to spend a drizzly fall afternoon with this lovely family.

We went hunting for mushrooms, interesting leaves, and leftover berries from the summer.

We organized our findings back at home, had a tickle fight and ended off with a rave in the living room.

It was wonderful to say the least and there will be more on this family to come ~

another poignant family session because that little girl with those blonde curls fought cancer and won.

  • Leanne: These are some great shots Rose! Indeed a wonderful family that has overcome more than I can imagine in a lifetime! (September 27, 2023 11:41 pm)
  • larissa addison: love these shots they are perfect! (October 2, 2023 10:56 am)

High Energy // Smithers Family Photographer

Little boys are entirely their own little creatures….I’ve got one myself and even at one and a half, I just don’t understand it. So much restless energy and this deeply rooted desire to destroy things, explore their world by taking things apart and sometimes attempting to put it back together. Oh and don’t forget the tractors. But it’s just who they are and I’m learning to embrace it as a Mom of a boy and how best to nurture the positivity out it.

Ashley and Lloyd have two beautiful little boys that are full of energy and giggles and fun. Did I mention energy? =) The oldest, Joshua, was crazy for tractors and all things machine-related and it was perfect that we had our session at the lovely Round Lake Ranch where there were plenty of opportunities to climb and run and just be a boy. And his little brother, Jaidon, was easy to entertain ~ such a happy little baby! We took a walk across the grounds from the gorgeous lodge to the sweet hay bales stored in the barn and the fields beyond ~ it was another beautiful fall evening in the Bulkey Valley and I wanted to take full advantage of that setting sun.

Thanks for having me photograph your little family, Ashley and Lloyd! Enjoy!



  • Ashley Young: Thank you so much Rose for doing our photo shoot, I love everyone that i've seen so far can't wait to see the rest. (September 19, 2023 3:51 pm)

Tiny Light Emma

This posting might be a long one.

I volunteer with an organization called the Tiny Light Foundation and their aim is to provide complimentary portraiture to families with a sick or disabled child in Canada. I became involved after being approached by one of the Tiny Light members and I felt like it was a fantastic way to give back to my community. There is another organization called Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep (NILMDTS) that is based out of the USA and I learned of them a number of years back and considered becoming a part of that group. But upon further research and thought, I decided not to ~ because I didn’t think I’d be strong enough to do it. Sometimes the children are very sick and sometimes they even pass away. Back then I just wasn’t able to commit to something emotionally like that.

I have my own son now who is a year and a half. He is healthy, loud, and growing by the day and every day I thank God that he’s OK. But having my own child made me realize something. It made me realize that perhaps I was being too selfish by worrying about my own emotions. If Fin was sick or disabled, I would covet something like this. I was suddenly wearing a different pair of shoes.

So I joined Tiny Light last year and wasn’t expecting to get any calls being in a more remote northern BC town. But I did. In the beginning of August I received an email from Laura who saw a news segment on Tiny Light, checked out their website and photographer listings and noticed that there was someone in Smithers. Since I am primarily a wedding photographer, my summers are insanely busy and I told Tiny Light I may not be able to do any sessions during the wedding season. But after I heard this family’s story, I knew that I had to do it. Emma was born with Down Syndrome and a heart condition that requires open heart surgery this fall.

When I met the family, everything was like any other normal Sunday morning in any other household. Except this family wasn’t chaotic like mine ~ it was quiet, serene and peaceful. Despite this daunting surgery approaching, the thing that struck me the most was the love this family shared. Everyone doted on Emma and Sam, the second youngest. People took turns holding Emma, making sure she was warm enough on our chilly morning walk or swinging Sam around to make her laugh. Even Sam clearly loved her little sister and didn’t leave her side once when we went indoors to do some pictures of Emma.

I intentionally wanted to spend more time with the family as a whole, because it was such a large family and it seemed to me really important to focus on those relationships. I did however, try to balance that out with some portraits of Emma as well as a glimpse of home-life. I think the ones of Laura feeding Emma are my favourite. You can see the connections here ~ this is not scripted but real life and really why I do what I do.

I hope you enjoy these images of a poignant moment in time. I hope that this perhaps urges you to make a point of picking up your own camera to begin capturing pictures of your own family or hiring a professional on a regular basis to document your family’s life. This is something even I am not diligent with, I admit it. And don’t just take the picture but PRINT them. Put them in a nice album so your kids can touch them, pour over them. I used to sit for hours and go through my parent’s black and white images from the old days. Digital cameras have benefited us but we have also lost so much appreciation for the art of photography and print form because of it. It takes some time but trust me, you’ll appreciate putting the effort into having something tangible your family can touch and see.

So what are you waiting for?

  • Ally: Rose, this is so so so amazing. Incredible work my friend. I will be looking into this as well, and would love to continue this for you :) (September 16, 2023 9:15 am)
  • larissa addison: Emma is just beautiful. What a great family, I love it when children's ages span such a large amount of years. It really teaches everyone so many amazing life lessons and experiences. (October 2, 2023 11:02 am)

DJ and Jen // Preview

This couple is hilarious.

We all hit it off right from the start and I knew DJ and Jen

were going to bring all kinds of awesome to their Engagement Session.

Hm…..yup. Pretty much accomplished that.

More to come…..

  • Jen Henkel: Check out Dexter, looking so fly! Thanks so much for getting them up so quickly! We are soooooo looking forward to seeing the rest. What a fun process this is! Also, I think the marquee is brilliant! The theatre shots make me even more excited about the ceremony venue!!! GREAT great GREAT great Job! I'll be spreading the word about your talent! :) We are very happy. * (September 13, 2023 11:13 pm)
  • Melicia: Love Jen and the DJ. Rose you captured them perfectly. (September 13, 2023 11:14 pm)
  • Tyra: Love the pictures! They totally capture who DJ and Jen really are:) (September 14, 2023 8:06 pm)

Alain and Anna // Day After Preview

When the stars align you get stuff like this.

The light, the couple, the place, the timing, the mood….everything.

It all just gives me goosebumps, really.

More to come….

  • Kate Schat: Marvelous Rose. Can't wait to see the remaining. (September 11, 2023 4:03 pm)
  • Alyssa Schroeder: These are gorgeous! I love the last two. (September 11, 2023 4:34 pm)
  • Karen Mouat: These are lovely yet again! It was quiet a magical evening. (September 11, 2023 7:39 pm)

Smithers Fall Fair

Some would call it the highlight of the year. I call it tons of fun crammed into one weekend full of animals, food, crafts, rides and rodeo. This year was a little different, however, we got to tag along our 1 1/2 year old. It was some of the nicest weather for the fall fair that I can remember the past few years (minus last year since we weren’t around) and it was pretty neat to see our son checking everything out, some things for the first time, like chickens. Let’s just say he didn’t like the chickens. Or horses. Just really big animals in general. So, there’s an awful lot of pictures of my kid in this posting, I mean like, lots - but that’s OK. He’s my kid, I think he’s cute and that’s all there is to it.

We also bumped into our neighbor with his little guy, all done up as a tiger. We all took a break in the sun, drinking yummy fresh-squeezed lemonade. Then it was off to check out the tractors, which I think Fin could have played on forever. My little techie - loves knobs, buttons, and all things mechanical. He was plumb tuckered by the end of the afternoon, as were we and I was very proud of dinner. It didn’t take long to make and was a nearly 100% local meal of market potatoes, beets from our garden and locally made sausage - a hearty finish to the day!

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