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Monthly Archives: May 2009

Abbotsford Maternity Photography | Julia & Mike – Maternity

She was my roommate in College… the one who could always make me laugh when times were stressful! And well he is seriously one of the kindest men I know. They’re fabulous people with a fabulous little baby on the way. While I was out west, there was no doubt that we had to take advantage of me being so close. And what a perfect time for photos since she’s “preggo” (as she says – for some reason I really hate that term – why? I don’t know!).

Julia & Mike, Justin and I hope the best for you and your little one 🙂

I hope you enjoy this lifestyle short film that Justin put together!

And now for the photos…

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I just loved this old door she had in her house.

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This is the Julia laugh that is SO contagious!

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Aside from our mutual friend Justin, Mike has got to be THE BIGGEST SPORTS fan of life!

This next shot was definitely appropriate for them.  Thank You Elisha for the idea!

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We took some photos in their yard because it was SO green from all that rain!

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After a long day of rain, the sun came out just in time to go back down… but the light was perfect for this shoot!

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I really love this shot!

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gorgeous (I hope I look this good when I’m pregnant!!!)

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there were so many from this series.  I probably could’ve posted so many more…

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As I was putting my camera away, Mike jumped in the tree…

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All the best to you lovely people.  We love you guys so much 🙂

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Abbotsford Maternity Photography | Julia & Mike – sneak peek

Here’s another shoot that I did in Abbotsford last week.  But you’ll have to wait for the story and the rest of the photos 🙂

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Abbotsford Engagement Photography Minter Gardens | Jeannine & Glenn Engagement

“It took me 45 years to find the perfect man” said Jeannine as we drove together on the #1 from Abbotsford to Hope towards the Othello Tunnels (side note: breathtaking views there).

This shoot was something very special for us… because Glenn is Justin’s dad.  We could not be happier that Jeannine is the one joining the Driedger family.  She brings so much joy to Glenn and she’s someone so sweet or as she says so often “priceless”.  Over the past few days, we’ve been able to really see the love they have for each other.  And I’ve decided that everyone deserves to be happy no matter how young or old you are because one thing is always true: We all need to love and to be loved!

After so many tears of sadness over the past year, there were tears of JOY shed yesterday as we watched the short film that Justin put together of our time with them!

And now for the photos.

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I loved this special moment 🙂

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beautiful smile

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Jeannine loves the way her ring looks from the side!!

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And here we are at the Othello Tunnels

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Abbotsford Engagement Photography Minter Gardens | Jeannine & Glenn – sneak peek

Justin and I are hanging out in beautiful British Columbia.  We’ve been here since Sunday, enjoying the sights and smells of the lovely land we used to live in!! HA!

I wanted to quickly post a few photos from Jeannine and Glenn’s engagement shoot.  Full story and more photos tomorrow!

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African adventure part four : Rwanda

There’s a reason for my crazy Africa week, and here it is: We’ve put up some of our favourite photos from my last trip back in 2007 on our site for you to buy.  In the next month, ALL the proceeds from these print purchases will be donated directly to the building project for our upcoming Zambia trip.  So please –> CLICK HERE <– and purchase a print or two… and pass on the word!

Now onto the last post: RWANDA!!! It was very hard for me to choose which photos to post because we spent just as much time in Rwanda as we did in Kenya… and it has a special place in my heart.  In my mind, because of the genocide, I thought the country would be more rundown, the people downcast… but that was so far from the truth.  There was such hope in the people, and the cities and villages were so beautifully clean and well taken care of (and there were NO POTHOLES).

Our first view at the country

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Another welcoming dance party broke out at the church when we arrived… this lady was doing the coolest noise with her tongue!

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The view from where we were staying in Kigali “Centre D’acceuil”.

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I spent half the time in Kigali teaching some music seminars… the other half was spent in Gitarama at the orphanage site.

Once again, we were welcomed with music, dancing, and drama!

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some beautiful orphans

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my lovely mother

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this is what you call A GRATEFUL SMILE.  Even when it is just a sticker on your hand!

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The orphanage and my mom doing what she does best… painting.

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We had a big celebration for the opening of the orphanage and hundreds of people showed up… You can see them heading our way in this photo.

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View from the orphanage

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a beautiful girl in desperate need of some shoes!

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A few hours before this next photo was taken, I handed my journal over to my sister Amy and asked her if she remembered the words to a song that I had written. YES I had forgotten my own lyrics.

I just had a feeling that they were going to ask me to play/sing… and I was right.  Thanks to Amy, I wasn’t a complete failure 🙂

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We worked alongside the locals

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Back in Kigali… we taught them some basic english.

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Here’s mom distributing some of the donations we had received

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here’s Amy “mowing the lawn”!!!!! I should say “plucking one grass out at a time”!!!!!

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I’m very grateful for this man who was with me all week long.  As I spoke at the seminars, he watched my camera gear and was SO kind to me!!

Here he is with his wife.

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At the end of our trip… we headed to the genocide memorial in Kigali.  No photos allowed inside of course, but here’s a few from the grounds.

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this flame never goes out in remembrance of all who were slaughtered and killed

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As I mentioned before.  All the photos from my AFRICA POSTS are available on the website for purchase. Every penny will go to our upcoming Zambia trip.

I hope y’all have an amazing weekend!!  I’m spending my weekend with 2000 teenagers, then heading to B.C. for a few shoots.

I’ll be posting those photos later next week!

Mel

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