Edmonton AirBNB : Paul & Grace

I had the opportunity to photograph this beautiful and freshly renovated space for an AirBNB listing here in Edmonton, AB. Located in a quiet neighbourhood, this 2 bedroom basement suite is close to shops, transit and restaurants that guests would definitely enjoy.

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I’d always look for a nice bright workspace whenever I would scout out an AirBNB for my travels - this space would totally make it on my list. (and umm, instagram. hehe)

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This space is hosted by one of our amazing 2018 couple - Paul & Grace. It’s no surprise that they are getting awesome reviews within just a month.

Check out this space and share it with your family & friends who are visiting the area. They are sure to be well taken care of : Spacious 2 bedroom suite in great location - Edmonton, AB

xoxo, abotz

Let's Get Lost : That One Summer in Vancouver, 2018 - part i | Flying with Flair Air

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// So I heard about Canada’s new cheaper flights and thought I’d give it a shot - I didn’t go through the reviews until I was off the plane so I wouldn’t have any expectations. Here’s to applying the no expectation, no disappointment rule.

// Things to know : I got the email before my flight that carry ons and checked in baggages would cost extra - to check in a bag vs carry on is cheaper and to purchase them online vs during check in and at the gate is cheaper. One personal bag that can be stored under your seat is FREEEE :D

// I made everything I needed for the week fit in a backpack, yay!

// Now that I’m double checking the information I’m giving you, they are listed on the website that I also didn’t read through before I booked : flairair.ca/how-to-save/baggage/

// I also paid for coffee. Because coffee is life. It was $4. It was Starbucks.

// Since I would be paying for snacks anyway, I decided to wait until we landed. Also because I wanted a burger. They didn’t carry burgers. nomnomnom

// The flight was delayed for about 30 mins - acceptable. We’ve had worse.

// Overall, not much I can complain about. I thought everything was reasonably priced, I liked having options to pay for services I need and don’t need. I did not get dragged out of a plane. and hey, we landed in one piece.

// Yes, I would fly with Flair again.

// And no, I didn’t get paid to say that.

// Did you enjoy the photos? :)

Cheers!

xoxo, abotz

#WeddingPlanning101 : Engagement Photos - Why do we need them? How can we make the most out of our Engagement Sessions?

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So you're recently engaged ( Congratulations!!! ) and you can't wait to announce your engagement! Now, you're on the hunt for Engagement Photos. But is that really all that you'd be using your engagement photos for? Knowing ahead of time what you'd like to use your Engagement photos for can help determine and make the most of your Engagement Session.

So How can we make the most out of our Engagement Session? Here are a few ideas : 

1. Save the Date cards / Invitations 

2. Save the Date Slideshows or a Slideshow to play on your Wedding Day to share your love story with your family & friends. 

3. Wedding Day Decors/Display.

4. Wedding Day Guestbook / Matted Print for your Guests to sign on. 

5. As Wall Art in your future homes. 

& How does knowing ahead of time what we'd be using them for help with our photo session? 

1. It can help determine your outfit for your Engagement Session. 

2. You can co-ordinate with your photographer to create photographs that are designed for whatever you'd like to use your Engagement photos for - if it's for a Guestbook, we're likely to photograph a story session. If we're using your photos for displays/decors on your wedding day, we would suggest that you wear the same "color theme" as your wedding day. If we're using your photographs as a way to announce your engagement or for save the dates, we'd make sure that we include that in your session. 

3. It will save you TIME. a whole lotta time. a whole lotta last minute time & disappointment. Planning ahead of time helps to make sure that you will receive your photographs in time for when you will be needing them. While prints don't usually take weeks to order, processing times for other items may vary - it's best to get them done ahead of time than have everything rushed last minute & to end up not having them as you would've wished for. 

So, in hopes of helping you make the most out of your Engagement Photos & Session, this is one of the things that we do go through when we meet with you on our Complimentary Consultation. 

I hope that helps with your Wedding Planning! 

xoxo, abotz

Edmonton Photo Locations #5 : Mackinnon Ravine Park | YEG Wedding + Lifestyle Photographer

For this Edmonton Photo Location, I got to explore with Jaeden (my 7 year old) - Field trip!! 

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Obviously, I had taken advantage of the beautiful mood this guy was in and got some updated portraits for him. We all know how rare and challenging that can be with growing boys. 

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Ok, there may have been some sugar bribing involved. 

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He also asked nicely if I could let him roll on the grass. 

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I had agreed, with a fair trade. 

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& as much as I'd like for them to stay away from the screen as much as possible... this guy is pretty awesome at that musical.ly thing. 

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So, this is Jaeden at 7... 

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a little grown up now.. 

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but still makes faces and everything. 

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👍Recommended for : Engagement Sessions, Couple Sessions, Portrait Sessions, Family Sessions, Mini Session, CrashingDateNight Sessions, Summer Shoots, Bridal Party Portraits, Wedding Photo Location - West Side 

⭐️Abotz' Rating : 5/5 - lots of greens. big open space. beautiful light. don't forget the bug spray!

☀️ : Summer - July 2018 - 8pm-9pm 

xoxo, abotz

// Thank you Angel for recommending this beautiful location! Since we won't be offering newborn sessions anymore, please see this wonderful lady & their amazing work - they're a husband and wife team & do cake smash sessions too! - www.twentyfourphoto.com

#WeddingPlanning101 : Wedding Vendors | Edmonton Wedding Photographer

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Wedding Planning can be pretty overwhelming, we get that! I hope that sharing with you some of these amazing vendors & what they do could help with your search for your Wedding Dream Team. xoxo, abotz

[ Photobooth ]

M3-tainment Mirror Me Booth

FB : m3tainment | # : 780-719-0129 ( Mhy Mangaliag )

[ Hair and Make Up ]

Glamouré Touch

FB : Glamouré Touch

[ Wedding Venues ]

Polish Veterans Society - Hall Rentals

W : www.polishveterans.ca | FB : Polish Veterans Society - Hall Rentals

[ Film ]

Aldrich Cinematography

W: www.aldrichcinematography.com | FB: aldrichcinematography

Save this link as we’re still adding to the list!

Vendors that are listed are either recommended by brides and vendors that we truly believe can provide your special day with great service <3

Edmonton Photo Locations #4 : Graffiti Walls | YEG Wedding + Lifestyle Photographer

Cameras and Kickass Walls? With no time to stop for coffee, this could possibly be the only exception that I could ever get up for a 7am shoot on a Sunday. 

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The art and colors on these walls was heaven, you guys! It's definitely going on the top list of my favourite photo spots in the city 😎

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@cassleighephotography is super awesome for organizing this shoot with amazing YEG models, Talayna (@tally_dancer) and Connor (@realconnorhogg). Totally worth the Sunday AM! 

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How'd you like these Pretty Walls? I'd definitely be back to shoot here again. 

👍Recommended for : Engagement Sessions, Couple Sessions, Portrait Sessions, Mini Sessions, Anything and EVERYTHING!!! 

⭐️Abotz' Rating : 101243110014214219999/5 - Kickass Walls. 'nuff said. 

☀️Early Sunday Morning : June 2018 - 7am

Til' our next stop... 

xoxo, abotz

Fun Finds : Vi's for Pies | YEG Wedding + Lifestyle Photographer

Do you like cakes? Pies? All the good stuff? 

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Located in the corner of 13408 Stony Plain Road is... *drumrolls* HEAVEN for all the CAKE & PIE LOVERS of the world !!! 

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I met with the wonderful Tiffany Claire of Click Heart Photography on a late Saturday afternoon. There were drools all over and a very indecisive tummy as I saw the selection of dessert that they had in store. My tummy was definitely doing a happy dance in there - they all looked mouth-wateringly-tasty! 

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Decisions, decisions. On my side of the table, arrived the Blueberry Crumble Cheesecake & a Chai Latte. Tiffany had the Chocolate Pecan Pie. If my 30 year old body wouldn't hate me, I'd have a bite of everything. 

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We sat on the pretty & instagrammable patio to enjoy what's left of the sun for a bit and then later moved inside... #patio #cakes #weekend. 

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Would I go back again? You bet!

Best things in life, people. Now, to make more cake loving eating friends :) 

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"Life is uncertain... Eat Dessert First!" 

xoxo, abotz  

🍰Have You Been to Vi's for Pies? What was your favourite? I'd love to try it out! 

❤️Unsponsored Post - Just sharing the good things in life! 

Edmonton Photo Locations #2 : End Of The World | YEG Wedding + Lifestyle Photographer

Ohla YEG Location number two! I've heard about this place way too many times now that it had to be next on the list. 

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Graced by YEG's Freelance Lifestyle Model - Mochiryoko, the best part of this really was that neither of us has been here before. 

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The sun was still a bit high up when we arrived so we went for a walk around the area before heading into our main location. 

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There's the steep way to get into this "off-limits" location.. but if you ask around, you'll find an easier/safer path to get in. 

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I guess you'll never really know until you go.

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The sunset. The view. Oh, the heart was happy :) 

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Have you been to The End of the World ? 

" The world will try &amp; change you.&nbsp;I hope you never let them &lt;3 "

" The world will try & change you. I hope you never let them <3 "

⭐️Abotz' Rating : 4/5 - View + Sunset, hell yeass!! Enter at your own risk. Enjoy responsibly :)

☀️Chasing Sunset : Spring - May 2018 - 8pm-9pm 

xoxo, abotz

Edmonton Photo Locations #1 : Capilano Park | YEG Wedding + Lifestyle Photographer

We're exploring Photography Locations in the YEG! Many times, I get asked for recommendations on locations for photoshoots. Well, why don't we check them out together? 

There's so many beautiful spots here in the city. Last weekend, we hit up Stop Numero Uno :) 

Edmonton Photography Location #1 : Capilano Park 

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We had originally planned to hit Gold Bar Park but if you miss the right turn and drive straight ahead, you'll end up finding a parking spot to Capilano Park. 

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Winter had just left the building. And all the white stuff had just cleared out. 

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It was a beautiful day. Sunsets are always love. 

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We did our shoot from 8pm-9pm to catch the beautiful sunset light. 

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I can only imagine what this will look like in the fall! 

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Overall, it was a fun location to explore.

👍Recommended for : Engagement Sessions, Couple Sessions, Portrait Sessions, Family Fall Sessions, Mini Session, CrashingDateNight Sessions. 

⭐️Abotz' Rating : 4/5 - Sunset was gorgeous. Lots to play around with. Adventure Feel, yeass! 

☀️Chasing Sunset : Spring - April 2018 - 8pm-9pm 

xoxo, abotz

<3 Many many thank you : Julianne + Branden 

Sticker Photos + Happy Walls - HP Social Media Snapshots

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If you're on the look out for a home printer - the HP DeskJet 3755 has stole my nerdy momma heart. Having a printer that is such a space saver is an absolute dream. It fits in the corner of my desk nicely and with it's size, has been an ease for bringing around. lol i know i know.. who the hell brings a printer around? well, this chick kinda does.. and maybe you do too.  

Love : Her first breath...

"Happiness is... Family!", they said. And I could not agree more! Sharing this wonderful time with them has made my heart full! 

Tiny little feet... 

The way you look when you're fast asleep... At your beauty, I could stare all day. 

& we wait for the few little moments that you slowly awake.. I want you to see me, "Hey little one, I'm your mommy!!! "

Here's your Big Sister!! She looks and feels like she's grown so much since you've arrived. She's helping me take care of you.. and she will be there for you as the years go by. 

We think you like her just as much! 

Daddy holds you in his arms. You're safe here, little one. 

It won't be too long till you grow... you guys are known for making time fly by so fast! 

But for now, we'll enjoy these first little moments - the day you came into our lives. 

Welcome home, little one! We're happy to have you join us for the ride... 

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"Happiness is... Family!" - Team Blake

Hello, Baby! Welcome Home to your Beautiful Family <3

xoxo, abotz

From The Heart : What 2016 did to me & 3 things I will take along with me...

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It still feels very fresh.. the day I decided I wanted to take the plunge.. Become a Photographer and run a Business. 

Boy, if I knew then what I know now about doing both.. I would absolutely think that girl was crazyyy!!! 

That was about 10 years ago and some days, I wish that I'd have brought the same courage and braveness that 20 year old me had. But that also came without knowing really what I was getting into. 

What the heck. Who really knows what they're getting into 99% of the time... 

One day, I got a text about an underwater photoshoot - and well, I didn't really learn how to swim. I would get in a pool but only up until where I could reach the floor. Having said that, we brought an assistant aka Hazel just in case and did it anyway. It totally jump started our year and will be one to remember! 

When a dear friend said they would be bringing their fur babies in a shoot - I wasn't sure how to feel about it. But by the end of our weekend with them, I have fallen head over heels with their babies and they have become our very first fur-besties(?)

I had been hesitant to book in a destination wedding or destination anything because I like to be prepared. I like to know the work we'll be doing.. what kind of light situation will we be working with.. what equipment should I bring.. I like to have everything prepared before showing up to shoot anything at all. 

But slowly through the year... I decided to let go of all that.. to challenge myself more and to hopefully grow as a photographer. I wanted to put myself in the unknown.. and allowed our clients to pick locations that meant more to them as supposed to having a perfect backdrop or expected lighting. 

I learned a thing or two... or three. 

1. That people shine when you put them in their happy place. 

2. People connect. naturally. 

3. And if I step back a little and allow magic to happen... 99% of the time, it does. 

I am very grateful for every opportunity to create images and photographs for you and your loved ones. And if there's anything that I would love for you guys to keep doing with me, it's this - please do keep sharing your stories & your ideas with me. I love being inspired by them and I'd love nothing more than to work together with you in creating these photographs for you guys to keep... to enjoy daily and look back into 10, 20, 30 years from now. 

xoxo, abotz

E: hello@abotz.net | IG: @abotz | FB: @xoxo.abotz

This is Our Happy Place | Edmonton Lifestyle Photographer - Family Photos

I write this blog as I lay down my 6 year old to sleep. Man, time flies, doesn't it? 

My parents had just received our annual family photo in canvas - they had just moved into a new place a few months ago and wanted to create a wall series that matched our first family photo on the wall and add on to as the kids/fam grows.  

I don't think of it much but after having a few rough weeks, this popped into my newsfeed. 

The daily stress and challenges of the day to day life can sometimes be overwhelming. ( #realtalk ) And sometimes I forget WHY I do the things that I do everyday. Sometimes, I forget to find joy in the little things. Sometimes, I forget why I have taken these photographs and why I've wanted to get it in a print up my wall. 

It is my day to day reminder to never forget to live, breathe and to find joy in the simple things in life. It is my day to day reminder to be so thankful of what I have and the amazing people I have in my life. It is my day to day reminder of what's important in my life. 

My heart is always in being able to share this with you guys. To photograph your happy place with the people you love. To create images that will remind us of what's important and the tiny details that we treasure in life. For you to enjoy your photographs daily and for years to come. 

“What i like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” 

xoxo, abotz

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