A Surprise Celebratory Session
To celebrate their parents 50th wedding anniversary, Stephanie and her brothers Brett and Jon, along with their spouses Mike, Isabel, and Bonita planned a surprise. For the substantial event, they set up a whole weekend away at the Delta Lodge Kananaskis, including a family portrait session.
The initial surprise came the day before the session, when Stephanie, Mike, Jon, and Bonita, were having dinner at the home of the parents, Ross and Whybree. One of the brothers, Brett, lives in Spain with his wife Isabel and their two-year-old daughter, so they rarely get to see each other. As a surprise, Brett and his family flew out to join the weekend celebration. Because Whybree likes to have the house prepared for guests, they told a little white lie. Instead of outing Brett, they said Jon and his family were spending the night. That way, the whole family could leave for Kananaskis together.
Little did Ross and Whybree know, Brett and his family were already on their way. The doorbell rang, and confused, they opened the door to their Spanish branch of the family! Amid all the excitement, Stephanie broke the news that they would have family portrait session the next day!
The Portrait Session at the Delta Kananaskis Lodge
Once settled into the beautiful Delta Kananaskis Lodge, we met the family for their portrait session. They are a tight-knit clan, obvious in the way they interacted with each other. They simply take joy in being together, which made for a fantastic photoshoot.
To begin the session, we headed outdoors to the sweeping panorama of the Rockies. Ross and Whybree held a sign that read: “All Because Two People Fell in Love.” It drove home the love and care this family has for one another, and the importance they place on their relationship. We started with a group shot of the whole family in front of the sweeping backdrop of fall colours and Mount Kidd. Then, we photographed the grandparents with their grandchildren: Stephanie and Mike’s children Mya (11), Lucy (8), and Holly (6); Jon and Bonita’s children Connor (12) and Meghan (9); and Brett and Isabel’s daughter Teresa (2). After breaking the kids into groups and setting up each family unit with the grandparents, we brought all the adults together for a few images. We photographed the women together, and then the men, before grouping the kids again. Next, we separated the family into their smaller units, before wrapping up with individual shots.
Throughout the session, we alternated locations between the sweeping backdrop of the valley and the more intimate spaces amongst the trees. The wind gave us some trouble, but it was wonderful to have so many fantastic locations to shoot.
We had a wonderful day with the family. They were kind and polite, and incredibly easy to photograph. That made for a sensational session, and it was easy to see how much love and care they have for one another. They truly were a joy to be around, and we hope they love their images as much as we do!
View the Online Gallery
An online gallery of all their images is available for the next 30 days. From the online gallery you are able to favourite images, order prints and share the gallery with your family and friends. The gallery can be accessed via the link below and you can contact Stephanie & Mike directly for their secure password.
We are so fortunate to have had the opportunity to photograph the Burns family and we look forward to capturing more of their memories in the future.
Images by Calgary Family Photographers JM Photography © 2017
Some of my Favourite Photos from the Burns’ Session
The Burns Family Session Details
Date | 9.30.17
The Burns Family
Family Photo Location | the Delta Lodge at Kananaskis
Photos by Jeremy Martel
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