Our own family photos - a weekend in Banff - Alberta Canada

I look at Nora crawling along the shore of an alpine lake, feet in the freezing water and I think how did I deserve this!? All of the years being told I wouldn’t be able to conceive naturally to seeing this tiny human learning to take her first steps in one of the world‘s most beautiful places. She is a miracle and I wonder how did I get so lucky ? To be a mother, to be here, to have my family and these moments.


Photo by @jenaleephotographs
photo by @jenaleephotographs

As much as I love being behind the lens and as much as I myself at times can be uncomfortable in front of the camera. I without a doubt will cherish these photos for my entire lifetime.

They will always be worth it. They will be worth the hour drive to the lake, they will be worth disrupting bed time. They will be worth it all.

Photo by @jenaleephotographs

I will always look back on this time, at these photos, and I'll know these were the best of times. In 15 years I will see nothing but my youth intact, my pure happiness, I will see no one but a person who was capable of anything and everything. I will see a strong, beautiful woman- a mother- where I see a tired one now. Thank you Jena!

Photo by @jenaleephotographs

Even now- I see that I am a nurturer, I am an adventurer. I see my happy baby. I see my family and how bright the future is.

And to be able to always look at these. These glimpses, this snap in time- it is a gift.

Photo by @jenaleephotographs

Photo by @jenaleephotographs

Photo by @jenaleephotographs