I do not take a lot of family commissions, because I am pretty busy with weddings. But sometimes the right family comes a long. The Gillunds were that family. Martin contacted me years ago about shooting photos of his family. We never got around to it due to scheduling conflicts, but this time around, everything worked out. Martin has been following my work on Calgarypuck since I first started doing photography. He remembers photos that I made that even I have forgotten about. I came over to meet Martin, Mihaela, Gabby and Travis at their beautiful home in NW Calgary. When I first arrived I immediately greeted by the boys with big smiles on their faces. I felt welcomed right away. I also noticed there was one thing was lacking in the home, family photos. That would have to change. They also had the most amazing backyard I have seen in a long time. I was so jealous, because my backyard is… well, uninspiring. Travis and Gabby are such happy kids! They showed me all their toys, swings and showed me some of the funny things they liked to do. I knew right away, this was the perfect family for me to photograph. So we booked our session the day after and I showed up a few days after that to do their family session.
We hung around the house for the first hour while I photographed everyone in their own environment. Afterwards we headed to nearby Nose Hill Park in NW Calgary for the outdoor part of the session. Everyone did awesome even though we were swarmed with what seemed like a million of the world’s biggest mosquitoes.
Thank you Martin, Mihaela, Gabby and Travis. You guys are one awesome family. I hope you print lots of the photos and put them everywhere in your house. I am really glad to have been able to do this for you guys. It was really nice for me, as a photographer, to do something different from my norm. It gave me the motivation to want to shoot more families like yourselves. I look forward to taking you all to Flames games with me next season. :)