Spruce Grove Photography

Rodgers Hometown Hockey in Spruce Grove, New Years Eve, Dec 31, 2017

COLD! but fun, best way to describe last weekend. 

The day started out at State & Main with a VIP event featuring Ron MacLean and attended by many Spruce and Stony "celebrities" including our Mayor Stuart Houston and other city Council members. 


Following the VIP event, we headed over to the main event site at Stu Barnes Agrena, the activities were locatied outside and also in some heated tents.


As the event photographer, I had the opportunity to photograph kids having fun dressed up in sumo suits and rolling through a Dodge Caravan, kids and adults spinning the Rodgers "wheel" to win a variety of prizes, young hardcore hockey fans playing ball hockey in the mini outdoor arena, along with many other activities. 

Ron MacLean was on site with Tara Slone to do a live broadcast of an afternoon game played in Vegas, as well as an evening game played in Edmonton. Event attendees had the opportunity to watch the games on a few different screens both outside and inside some heated tents. 

"The Northern Pikes" band took the stage to bring us a few of their songs to celebrate the evening, in -25 playing instruments is difficult, but they did awesomely.

Throughout the day a person was able to visit with and have items autographed by  both Kevin Lowe and/or Ryan Smyth.

Before the evening Oilers hockey game began, there was a Parade of Champion of our young Spruce Grove Hockey players. 

Mayor Houston and family and many other proud parents and supporters came out to cheer on the parade, some braved the cold long enough to catch the beginnings of the Oilers game. 

As evening started to roll around the temperature was dipping around the -30 mark, The Northern Pikes came out to do a couple more songs, we got to see Nathan Dempsey in the crowd, and people were having a grand time. 

As the evening came to an end, only a few die hard fans stuck around outside, Ron took a few minutes to chat with them and sign some autographs. 

I hope whoever made it out to this local event had a great time and also had an enjoyable New Years Eve! Happy New Year and my wishes for you to have a awesome 2018!

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A special day for a beautiful couple. Congratulations Matthew and Zara!

13+ years and 4 beautiful children later they have tied the knot! It was a gorgeous, if not slightly temperamental, Alberta summer day.  There was loads of sunshine, a little breeze now and then, and a few tiny showers that you could have gotten away without an umbrella for.  Being an outdoor wedding at the brides’ childhood farm, kids were able to run around, adults got to enjoy the gorgeous (award winning) gardens.

While people arrived from both near and far Zara kept well hidden in the house and Matthew greeted guests outside.  When you share the same building, playing hide the bride can be difficult, but they managed well.

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The groom patiently waiting for the bride to make her quick trip around the expansive vegetable garden.  


The family was involved in nearly every aspect of the celebration, Matthew and Zara's children preceded her down the aisle with her sister. Zara's mother was her escort, giving her away at the end. 


The wedding went on as weddings do, there were tears and special words, smiles and a couple laughs. It was perfect. 


The ring bearer did his job famously well, so the neverending circle of love could be placed on each others fingers.


The flower girls got right in there and decorated up the grass for their parents.


A beautiful family!



There are a variety of opportunities for formally posed images at weddings, but sometimes you just need to toss in some variety. Matthew wanted to get his teams socks in the picture, and why not catch the sisters photo bomb in the back? everything is a memory.


Let the celebration continue with supper, drinks cake and toasts


Back to film continued

The journey continues on re-learning how to shoot with a film camera, adjusting settings based on how images turn out.  My kids continue to be subjected to my experimentation with this process, but they don't seem to mind to much - for now anyway. 

Fall, leaves are turning, kids are exploring. Throughout Spruce Grove and Stony Plain a person can find piano's placed in different public locations for people to play a tune or plunk on the keys. We found one of the pianos at Stony Plain's Rotary Park, the kids enjoyed a few minutes of piano fun before heading out for a walk.  A different day we pulled out popsicle sticks and challenged the girls to build a house or some type of stick building. That was an entire weekend project. 

So each fall the kids love raking up leaves and jumping into them, really who doesn't enjoy that pastime. Here are a few of my favourites from that roll. 

Following fun with leaves is Halloween! Thanks to the kids grandparents we had pumpkins to carve this year, unfortunately last year there was a shortage and no carving happened. Pre carving was a little twister game fun and some cheeky Ryder pictures.

And the snow starts falling....the poor rose bush bending under the weight of new heavy snow. Another indoor day for the kids so more game playing, this time some battle ship.

So we do at times venture outside for some snow play...these are the most recent in the film journey, just this past March in fact when we get crazy swings in weather and snow quite often.  Why not use a big rubbermaid tub packed with snow to build a "castle".

So still lots for me to remember and take into consideration when shooting with a film camera, it is an exciting journey and I am looking forward to its continuation.  I'd like to give a shout out to Canadian Film Labs for the development and scanning of the images. They offer a custom experience and have great educational information to help their clients succeed in shooting film. 

Looking forward to Summer

Every summer I make it a goal to take my kids out on as many adventures as we can with out going to crazy. One of those is a trip up to their uncle and aunt's cabin located at Slave lake. We have all kinds of fun playing in the lake, going for walks, rides on the boat and helping build something to improve on the experience. 


One of the other things the kids enjoy about heading to the lake is the chance to play with Cembra a beautiful husky.

For my self enjoying being with the kids at the lake is of course great fun, but it also gives me a chance at some personal photographic time. 

At the end of the weekend the kids had an aura happy exhaustion. For a more extensive look at our fun filled weekend... https://spark.adobe.com/page/ELBOj/  

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Winter Tea Party and Family session

Were we just a little bit crazy, maybe, but even if they were a little cold the girls had a great time having a tea party, tossing candy canes and skipping along the trail! 


Fall sessions

Fall, well this year it was a couple weeks long and we seem to have jumped right into winter. Before the snow fell though I had the opportunity to do a quick session with my cousins and their families.   What a way to commemorate a 60th birthday for my uncle - their dad - then with an up to date family portrait. 

Allied Arts Council - Member Headshot evening

What a great time I had doing some Artist Headshots for the Allied Arts Council a few weeks ago! Some of the members came out and let me try out a lighting set up in exchange for a headshot to use in social media, website profiles and other needs. We had some laughs as I directed them in what can only be called "odd" ways to achieve the desired results. Visit the Allied Arts Council Website to see all the great things they are doing.


The kids had a great time again this year for Halloween. We went to visit our friends and all the kids went trick-or-treating together. They met some neighbours, went through a haunted house and got rained on a little. Before we left home to do any Halloween activities I had to grab some pictures of my kids costumes this year.

Morgan wanted to be scary so we did her up as a devil, Paige went for the purple witch and Ryder didn't get much of a choice, he's my clown - he wasn't really into getting his picture taken either.

Photo Booth Fun 2015

What a fun time we had October 30, 2015 at the Allied Arts Council's Black and White Masquerade Gala. There were a great variety of members art work on display both large and small as well as 3D work. A Patsy Cline Tribute was sung by a great artist. The MC kept the evening moving along well and the catering was top notch.

Members of Spruce Grove, Stony Plain and Parkland County including Spruce Groves Mayor and other council members, had art work up for auction. Over the last 2-3 months these brave citizens took up pen, pencil, paint brush and even camera to produce art work. They did not go it alone though, members of the AAC were there helping them along as mentors, sharing their knowledge to help produce fantastic works of art. 

Lea Photography & Design, worked with Then, Now and Forever Photography in a onsite full set photo booth to provide an added experience to the gala.  Gala attendees had a chance to have a portrait taken of themselves and/or with friends. Masks on or off it didn't matter they all had a great time, being both silly and serious.


We definitely look forward to next year and the possibility of again taking pictures of some fun people at this wonderful fundraising event.