Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Winter Fun {Calgary Family Photographer}

It is always such an honor to photograph friends. These guys are so special to us. It has been such a privilege walking the fun road of raising four little people together with them! Bouncing parenting ideas and struggles off one another. Seeing our EIGHT kids play together. Enjoying many fun adventures. We are so looking forward to watching our kids grow up together!

When they asked to do their session up in the mountains in the winter I  was more than excited. There is something so lovely about winter sessions. They are playful and magical and bring something special that only winter can bring.We ventured up on a chilly day (taking turns warming up in the truck!) and then they changed into some winter gear and had some fun in the snow :)

Thanks again guys, for being such a blessing in our lives!

p.s. Because I love winter sessions so much (and want YOU to have a chance to play in the snow too!) I will be announcing a winter special soon! To stay in the loop follow on Facebook here!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Everyday Joy Project- Dec "Tradition"

After a super busy fall season I found myself yearning to slow down. To better carve out time to take pictures of my own little crew. To remember why I got into photography in the first place. It was for my story. My little family's story. And yet, the reality has become that I rarely pick up my big camera anymore at home. The iphone is just way too handy dandy.

And so this year I have decided to start a little project.
The "Everyday Joy Project"

A couple of months ago I invited each of the ladies who took one of my beginner photography classes this year to join me in a monthly project. I figured if I was the one who organized and started the project then I couldn't back out halfway through the year! (ha!)
I also thought it would be an awesome way to practice together. Plus, once a month is totally doable!

Want to join in the fun?
I have decided to open this project up to everyone! The more the merrier!

Each month I post a new theme in a closed facebook group. These themes will hopefully encourage us to "think outside the box" and get a bit more creative with our picture taking! The plan is for each of us to post our photos in the facebook group and then I will highlight some of them on here each month.
The goal is to create community.
To encourage one another.
To grow together.
Whether you are brand new to photography, or have been doing it for years, all are welcome!

If you are interested in playing along, please click here and request to join our group :)

Here are a few of our everyday joys from last month...


The last three years we have escaped the cold for warmer temperatures during the Christmas season. I have started searching for next year....is that too soon :)

A new tradition for our family this year - a wooden advent wreath. Every evening one child would move the candle to mark the day and Mary on her donkey would be moved one step closer on her journey to Bethlehem.

Tradition. It is hard to pick pictures at this time of year. I have keen boys in the kitchen and baking is always fun ( and messy) with them.

Snow globes are always a big part of our Christmas tradition!

New Tradition, New Years Eve outing. This year we went to Elbow Falls, it was gorgeous and fantastic. This is walking along the river.

Every year Grampa (my dad) reads the Christmas story on Christmas Eve & the kids dress up & act out the narration. 

 Every night in December our kids take turns unwrapping one Christmas book that we would read together by the tree before bed. We started this tradition last year and absolutely love it!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Project Hope

For almost 2 year now I have been wanting to do a personal project.
It's Raw.
And so very close to my heart.

It will stretch and challenge me.
And will bring a new depth of healing to my heart.

I think I am finally at a place where I am ready to take it on....
I'm calling it "Project Hope"

When I was 10 years old we lost my mom to cancer.
My memories of her are scattered.
I remember her sick.
And I remember her healthy.

I remember birthday parties, with her beautifully decorated cakes.
I remember her making hot cross buns at Easter.
I remember her dancing silly with us in the afternoon sunlight.
Her fresh chocolate chip cookies.
Going on long walks together.
Her sewing our Halloween costumes.
My sister and I doing her hair all beautiful (!!) with all our elastics and barrettes ;)
Snuggling in close to her.

I also remember the day she cut off the long hair she loved and replaced it with a shorter do, so that she didn't have to watch her long hair fall out during treatment.
I remember the wig she wore over that new haircut and how she took it off and surprised us all. And the way she laughed at our shocked faces.
I remember playing many games of shuffle puck in the hospital.
Coloring many get well soon cards and learning origami in the waiting room.
I remember her smile.
Her laugh.
Her touch.

Most of these memories are tucked deep within my heart. And only my hearts eye can see them.
What I would do to have a more tangible way to remember...
To see me cuddled up next to her- regardless of how sick she was.
To see our family together.
A dad. A mom. And their four kids.
Real. Honest. TOGETHER.

My desire is to help document these memories for another family walking a similar journey.

Here's where you come in.
I need your help finding a sweet family who I can connect with.

I want to take the next year and gift my time & photography.
I want to give them several sessions throughout the year.
(at absolutely no cost to them. they will receive the sessions and disks of images as gifts from me)

I want to document their journey.
The happy days as well as the harder days.
The treatment.
The family.
The realness.

I am looking for a family fighting cancer.
My hope is to help show beauty in all circumstances.
To show that the love they have for each other is and will always be beautiful.
My desire is to be thankful with them- even as they walk through the most difficult time. It's so important to slow down. Cuddle the ones you love. And be thankful.

This special family would need to be open to being real, and allowing me into some of the most intimate moments of their journey. To be vulnerable and allow me to share these images on my blog/website. Please speak with any family you are considering nominating before you do so. This is such a personal decision and I want to respect them in their journey.

To nominate, please send an email with "Project Hope" in the subject line to info@sarahaynesphotography.com telling me about this wonderful family and their journey.
Also, please share this with friends and family to allow for them to nominate someone they know & love too.

I have been earnestly praying for this special family and know that the right one will come my way...
Thank you all so much for taking the time to help connect me with them!


Monday, December 31, 2012


Looking back over the past year I can't help but feel blessed.
What a joy it was to look back over 12 months of...

Excited new parents.
New fresh from heaven babes.
Joyful families.
Couples deep in love.
Two committing themselves to one another.
And many celebrations of milestones- from one year old birthdays to 60 years of marriage.

What an honor it has been to witness your love.
To help you count your blessings.

2012 was a year of growth for me. As a photographer. An instructor. An artist.

As I look ahead to 2013, I can't help but feel a bubble of excitement of what's to come.
I have a few personal projects I am excited to dive into (stay tuned!!) as well as to welcome back past families throughout the year and meet new friends as well!

Thank you again from the bottom of my heart for supporting me and what I love to do.
Here's a little look at some of my favorite images from the past year...


Saturday, December 29, 2012

november & december iphoneography

Well, friends I can honestly say this has been such a wonderful project for me.
I have shared before how I have tried and failed at the "Project 365."
A photo a day, seemed to be a bit too much for this mama to commit to :)
Happily as soon as I took the pressure off from having to have taken a photo each day I found success! Plus, using only iphone pics, I found that I always had a ton of everyday moments with my little family to choose from! Yay! I'm so happy I allowed myself the grace to use my favorite photos from the month rather than having to worry about taking a photo each day.

I encourage you to jump in with me next year with this project- please let me know if you do! I'd love to follow your joys too!
:: November ::

:: December ::


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