April 27th, 2015 by sharaleep | 1 Comment »
the goal: a family-style meal featuring a delicious seasonal menu and local wine. an opportunity to sit around a table together, put away our phones and enjoy great conversation and good food with friends, old and new.
the outcome: everything described above and more. this room was filled with an incredible group of generous and fun people who weren’t afraid to laugh and share. duft and co created a locally sourced four course meal(which turned into 7 or 8 if you count the bread, palate cleansers and petit fours) that no one could stop talking about. jack coffee brought the caffeine that perfectly complimented the desserts and warmed our bellies to send us off into the crisp spring evening. the atmosphere (courtesy of the women of spruce collective) was inviting and beautiful and everyone left with some little gifts to enjoy at the end of the evening. a huge success…you won’t want to miss the next one.
April 16th, 2015 by sharaleep | 1 Comment »
you know the saying “the shoemakers’ children go barefoot”? or maybe i’m just old. either way, sometimes photographers have the fewest pictures of themselves with their children because they are always the one behind the camera. my sweet friend jayme invited me into her home to document a little slice of her life with her daughter. i’m so pleased she made it a priority to step in front of the camera, as nerve wracking as that may be. the bond she and her little lady share is pretty special and i am so delighted to be able to reflect it back to her.
April 3rd, 2015 by sharaleep | 2 Comments »
while this day was obviously focused on dave & kelsey, in some ways it was almost just as much about the people who had walked alongside them up until this point. there was a strong emphasis on family…they chose to be married in the same church his grandparents had been, their five nieces and nephews rocked the aisle walk and if you could have seen kelsey’s brothers wiping the tears from their eyes as she made her entrance, your eyes wouldn’t be dry either. this was a day many had been waiting for and it didn’t disappoint.
March 23rd, 2015 by sharaleep | 1 Comment »
sometimes your family knows what’s best for you. anthony & steph were set up by their siblings and while they were hesitant to go on that first date, when anthony came home he told his parents he had just met his wife. thankfully, she agreed. and once they were together, there was no going back.
special thanks to second shooter extraordinaire, wendy delamont lees!!
March 20th, 2015 by sharaleep | 2 Comments »
there’s something about seeing a mom smell her new baby…while newborns always carry a mysteriously sweet smell in those early days, it’s more than that. it’s like she’s breathing them in. it’s as close as she can get now that they are on the outside and while it’s still not quite close enough, it satisfies the senses and offers a deeper connection, if only for a moment. one of God’s little gifts to us mothers, i figure.
March 12th, 2015 by sharaleep | No Comments »
i will always always always remember delivering this couple’s wedding pictures. she came to the door about a month and a half after the wedding, car running and said, “by the way, keep a spot open for us in 9 months because i’m expecting!” so here we are, about 10 months later, celebrating their first child’s arrival and man alive, is he a sweetheart.
March 6th, 2015 by sharaleep | 1 Comment »
my head exploded this week (not in a good way…in a “want to scratch my sinuses out” way), but i’ve been comforted looking at so many images of loving couples preparing to commit their lives to each other! tis the season for engagements…here is tyler & cecilia.
March 2nd, 2015 by sharaleep | 4 Comments »
after a brief hiatus to focus on hockey, the prang family is back to soccer in full force. i’m so grateful they have a dad who loves to play with them! go visit some of my friends at childhood unplugged and see how their families are being intentional about spending time screen free.
February 2nd, 2015 by sharaleep | 10 Comments »
there is something powerful about seeing two people from very different backgrounds come together and choose to forge a future as one. these two have already faced some uphill battles, both as individuals and as a couple and it’s exciting to see them stand beside each other filled with hope for what’s to come. thanks for sharing your hearts and your time with me, shane & taelyr.
January 1st, 2015 by sharaleep | 3 Comments »
if there was ever a time for nostalgia, i suppose it’s now. in a season rife with tradition, i can’t help but adopt a few of my own. i come from a mennonite background; a people with rich history who love God, good food, sturdy women and pacifism. which is basically me in a box, in case you’re wondering (though i do love to dance, which is a bit of a problem for the more conservative among us ;).
this year i decided to teach allie how to make new year’s cookies (aka portzelky, aka fat balls of deliciously raisin filled dough fried in oil). as the name suggests, they are typically made around new years and are meant to draw one further into the food induced coma they are just starting to wake from after christmas. everything about making these in my home brings back memories; the crispy fried raisins that fall off and you can’t help but eat and immediately regret because they have a crispy burnt flavor to them, the look of the dough stretching from the edge of the bowl, the bubbles as you drop them into the oil, the smell of the fresh baked fitters that clings to your curtains for days to come…the essence of nostalgia for me. and even though i know that eating too many may very well cause me to poop my pants, i just can’t help but indulge. you didn’t think i was going to get too serious on y’all, did you?
please go take a look at the other new years posts from the amazing women of childhood unplugged!