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    Thank you for stopping by for a visit. I'm so happy to have you here!

    I'm the face on the left...in the middle of my two inspirations! I call them that, since they were really my reasons for pursuing my photography dreams.

    While photography was my full time career for five years, in January of 2014 it became a secondary career, as I accepted a position in a completely different field. I have since struggled with what to do with my photography business and am still unsure what the future holds for my photography career. I just know that I need to continue on creating personalized works of art through digital imagery.

    Throughout 2014, I will be fulfilling all current photography contracts and distributed gift certificates. However, I no longer offer gift certificates as an option. I will be restructuring my business in coming months, but am currently focusing on newborn, baby's first year and boudoir photography, so that I can work in my studio...a space that I love. I will be offering a limited number of family sessions in the fall as well.

    Since I am now working outside of my office, I won't be blogging near as frequently. However, you can find my most recent sneak peeks on my Facebook page. You will also find my newborn and baby photography here on my Jakal Photography website, while any of my boudoir work can be found over or my Beautifully Refined Boudoir website.

    I hope you enjoy your visit here and I will be sure to keep you posted with updates.

    Love and smiles, Darlene

    NOTICE: I am currently booking sessions into October and have no further availability until this time. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Miss Rylin Turns One {first milestones}

She is always so sweet to photograph…as I’ve had the opportunity to do so several times throughout her first year.  While she’s always shy to start her sessions, after mere minutes…she’s all smiles.  And her first year session and cake smash were no different!  Such a beautiful, sweet, little girl and I can’t wait to capture her next milestones too!  Love!!!

Love & Smiles, Darlene



Little Man ‘H’ {newborn lifestyle photography}

While I’m sure that everyone is always excited to see their images appear on the blog and I know that I’m over half a year behind, I LOVE looking back through the images and memories that I’ve captured for others.  It allows me to relive the moments spent with these fabulous families, as they celebrate a milestone in their lives.

I’ve photographed this beautiful family again since this session, but Little Man Henry is just way too cute not to share.  Here are some of my favourites from their session last summer!

Love & Smiles, Darlene


Emy turns One {first year photography}

A couple years back, I had the pleasure of photographing Ryan & Marie’s wedding day celebration.  They are such a cute and wonderful couple.  And it’s no surprise that their sweet baby girl is such a happy, beautiful little thing!  She came to the studio for her first birthday and reminded me so much of both of her parents.  Just look at that SMILE!  I love it!!!

Love & Hugs, Darlene



Little Miss “M” {newborn photography}

I love this family….seriously!  They have been coming to me time and time again over the last few years and I feel like we’ve been friends for a lifetime, even though we’d never even met before their very first session.  We can chat about anything, we exchange gifts, we keep in touch (even when it’s not photography related) and they are beautiful inside and out!  I truly believe that people come into our lives for a reason…and while I haven’t pin-pointed exactly why I’ve been so blessed to have these wonderful people in mine, I know that there will always be a bond that keeps us connected.

So, when Greg & Lisa announced that they were expecting baby #2…I couldn’t wait to meet this sweet baby girl.  Miss M is just as beautiful as the rest of them…and a wonderful addition to this fabulous family!  Enjoy!

Love & Smiles, Darlene



Awaiting Little Brother “C” {maternity photography}

This post has been a long time coming, but in this frigid weather…it’s a great reminder of the warmth that’s to come.  I have been capturing milestones and memories for this family over the last several years.  I’ve loved spending time with them (maybe more than they’d like…as my vehicle left me stranded once…lol) and it’s been great getting to know them.

Last summer when they told me that Cooper was going to be a big brother, I couldn’t wait to visit them on the farm to capture some memories of their anticipation as they awaited the arrival of little brother Colson.  The weather was perfect…as were the farm and the models!  I even discovered that Cooper may grow to be my competition…as he decided to take some photos with my camera too…check out one of his images below.

While Colson has since long made his appearance into this great big world, I had to share some of my favourites from before his arrival.  Enjoy!

Love & Smiles, Darlene