Guedes Boys

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I would like to introduce you to four incredible boys. Each one stole my heart and I have no problem being called a pushover when it comes to them. I’ll tell anyone I’m busy, I have so much to do, I can’t! But if one of the boys asks me to go for a walk or for a sleepover, chances are, it’s a yes.170830_Guedes Boys (28)

I was pretty lucky to be able to stand next to my sister during 3 of 4 of her boys’ births. I lived in Newfoundland during Sawyer’s birth but came home within a week or so of him being born.  I remember holding each one of them in my arms. So tiny and shrivelled up like old men. I had no idea that I would later worry about them as if they were my own. 170830_Guedes Boys (33)

I was watching Grey’s Anatomy one day and a girl started talking about her niece and nephew, “I love them like, if something happened to them, I would die. My heart is so wide open, and they’re so fragile,” She went on to ask how their mom deals with it. I’ve been there so many times. As they cry in pain, frustration, anger, etc. I want to just hug them and make everything go away! How do parents deal with this?

Each of them have sleep overs but we always do different things. Gene wants to make things, Lukas wants to talk and ask questions, William is all about food and video games and Sawyer, well, currently he just runs around playing with and touching everything.

These little men are the loves of my life. Together they are a hand full that I am not always prepared for but in smaller numbers I’m ready! I honestly wouldn’t know what to do if something happened to one of them. But I’ll just continue to pray that nothing does.

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Ashlée

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Crozier Family

The Crozier family was all together for a morning of laughs, photos, and a ton of bugs before Zac went back to school.

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We did the shoot on Dee-Anne’s parents’ property because it holds a very special place in her heart. She has many memories of the machine 170819_Crozier_004filled yard and green field. While it made for a great background for the shoot it came with many flies and wasps. The family did great ignoring the bugs but the little white dots floating between them and I were just a little annoying in post processing.

This family is incredible. Jeff and Dee-Anne are the type of people who would do anything for you. Last year I ended up in the hospital and Jeff came to see me while I was in the ER. We had no idea what was going on yet but he was there if I needed anything. After my surgery Dee-Anne came up to pretty much just sit in my room until I was calm and comfortable being alone. They work so incredibly hard to not necessarily please everyone but to be there for as 170819_Crozier_002many people as possible.

Each Crozier kid has a different but similar personality. They each have a million faces and unique personalities but all a little goofy – okay, maybe a lot goofy! Although their lives are in different places they are all working towards their future: Madi is entering Grade 11, Zac is headed to Bethal School of Supernatural Ministry to do a third year internship, and Andrew is currently entering his second year of business at the College of the Rockies.

It was a lot of fun taking these photos. If you’d like to see some more they will be on Facebook shortly. If you’d like to book your own family photos you can reach me through my website or at 250-421-4363

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Ashlée

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Wagner Wedding

170527_Wagner FB_019-2I had the pleasure of photographing the Hebert/Wagner wedding back in May of this year. It was a small wedding at the St. Eugene Catholic Church. The flowers were beautifully done by MJ’s Floral Boutique, the stained glass gave a beautiful haze of light through the church, and the small crowd of close friends and family kept things personal and intimate.

I didn’t get to know the couple very well before the wedding but enjoyed seeing their special day none the less. I saw two families come together to celebrate love, friends share jokes and try not to cry as they stand witness to the ceremony and a little girl happily watch her father marry her new step mom.

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I’m not busy with many weddings this season but will hopefully get to do more in the future. There is something special about weddings.

Ashlée

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Guedes Family

170719_Guedes WM_031While I was on the coast I had the pleasure of photographing a wonderful family. They are three strong and beautiful women. The shoot was focused around the two daughters who seemed more than excited to take photos with me. 170719_Guedes WM_009We went to a lovely beach on Salt Spring Island and started with one at a time. They chose where they wanted to go on the beach for their solo photos and were absolutely adorable!

Haylee, the youngest, chose some rocks heading from the water to a cliff. We didn’t go climbing but she gingerly walked across small crevasses and then stood there smiling at me. She started playing with her hair and giggling – and wouldn’t stop! Haylee is so gentle and sweet.

Haylee’s older sister, Aby, chose to go climbing. We went off across some logs and into the trees. She climbed a hill and grabbed a stick in a fighting stance. She moved so fast while telling these amazing stories about school, 170719_Guedes WM_013her family, her summer, and her dad that I had to be precise about when I took the photos or I had her eyes closed or mouth wide open. She is such an incredibly animated and intriguing soul.

There was absolutely no arguing when it came to the photos of them together. “The fence!” followed by “Can we climb the tree?!” As I took their photos I couldn’t believe how much they look like their parents. At one point when I asked them to tell me an embarrassing story about their mom they looked at each other with these mischievous smiles just like I’ve seen their parents do in the past. Sitting in front of me was Sandy and Travis.170719_Guedes WM_024Being able to take these photos meant so much to me. I’m not sure if I can explain why, except, because I love them. 170719_Guedes WM_036Ashlée

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We need your help!

Remember that project I mentioned a few weeks back? The one I was given a grant for from the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance? Well, it’s time to get the ball rolling! And for that we need a lot of input from people who live in the East Kootenay!

The project is going to focus on people who stand out in the East Kootenay: Cranbrook, Kimberley, Radium, Invermere, Jaffray, Wasa, Fernie, Sparwood, Elkford, Elko, Canal Flats, Wardner, Moyie, Bull River, Fairmont, and so many places in between. We will be travelling the area talking to and photographing community members and then returning, in the spring, to many of the towns to share the final project.

As someone who grew up in the Kootenays I have a pretty good idea of the towns themselves but my social circles in them are fairly small. I’m definitely going to need help figuring out who should be included in the project. So, I created a survey. This survey is made to give suggestions and lead your mind to think about people in multiple areas of the community. You don’t have to fill in each question or give only one response per question.  It’s also set up so that you can do the survey as many times as you’d like. This way you can give suggestions for multiple towns.

If  you wouldn’t mind, perhaps you could share the survey on any social media, through email, and/or by telling someone about it. I need as many responses as soon as possible to really get an understanding of who to start contacting.

Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/C599Y2K
Link to this blog:
https://ashleedawnblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/27/we-need-your-help/
(There are also multiple sharing options for this blog at bottom of page)

I am so excited to do this project! There are so many aspects that will be difficult but I’m really looking forward to meeting some of the amazing people that make our area what it is. To follow along as the project progresses you can subscribe to this blog (enter email in box top right of this page) or follow me on Facebook or Instagram

Click here to take the survey!

Thanks in advance for helping with this project,

Ashlée

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