Family photoshoot - Lindsay - Calgary Family Photographer by Mila Boekestyn

Family photoshoot - Calgary Family Photographer

Lindsay lives on a beautiful acreage with a big red barn and donkeys and horses and cats and cows - the rustic, country feel that any photographer would be super excited to photograph, and on top of that, Lindsay's hubby have assembled this amazing antique truck - so of course THE TRUCK was the centre of this photoshoot.  We had such an awesome time during this family photoshoot, even one of the cats decided to join us.  Here are some of my favourite images from this session.

 Family of 4 in front of the barn and old truck. Calgary Family Photographer. Milashka Photography
 Family of 4. Calgary family photographer. Milashka Photography.
 Family of 4 standing in front of an old truck. Calgary family photographer. Milashka Photography
 Family of 4 holding hands. Calgary family photographer. Milashka Photography
 Family of 4 standing in front of a big red barn and an old truck. Calgary family photographer. Milashka Photography
 Boy standing beside an old truck and red barn. Calgary family photographer - Milashka Photography
 A little girl sitting on the truck. Calgary family photographer. Milashka Photography.
 A boy and a girl with a cat. Calgary photographer. Milashka Photography
 A boy and a girl looking at donkeys and a mini horse. Calgary photographer. Milashka Photography

Maternity session at Big Hill Springs Provincial Park - Maria - Calgary Maternity Photographer by Mila Boekestyn

Maternity Session at the Big Hill Springs Provincial Park - Calgary Maternity Photographer

I was very excited for this maternity session as it is in one of my favourite places - really close to Airdrie and Calgary, Alberta - Big Hill Springs Provincial Park. If you have never been there before, you have to check it out and go for a little hike - it has everything you need without going too far from the city - waterfall, forest, rocks, river, bridges. A very picturesque place and perfect for pictures.  When I have met Maria for the first time, she has mentioned that she has envisioned her maternity photos to be done in the forest with trees and sunset and right away I thought - Big Hill Spings park!  As you may know I offer a wide variety of different gowns that you can wear during your maternity session. Maria has picked beautiful pink, blue, green and purple gowns - we wanted to make sure we cover all the bases and got some "girly" and "manly" colors as Maria and Drew did not know if they were having a boy or a girl. This photoshoot turned out pretty good, Maria and Drew rocked this session and you don't need me to tell you as you can see this for yourselves - these two are SO IN LOVE!!!!

 Beautiful expecting couple standing on a bridge. Mom - to - be is wearing a purple dress
 Expecting couple in a forest. Mom-to-be is wearing a beautiful purple gown.
 Expecting couple in a forest kissing. Mom-to-be is wearing a blue dress. Calgary Maternity Photographer. Milashka Photography
 Beautiful mom-to-be wearing a blue gown in front of the waterfall. Calgary maternity photographer. Milashka Photography
 Beautiful mother to be in a gorgeous pink gown in front of a waterfall. Maternity photographer in Calgary, Alberta. Milashka Photography.
 Expecting couple in front of a waterfall. Mom-to-be is wearing a gorgeous pink gown. Calgary Maternity Photographer. Milashka Photography
 Mom-to-be wearing a gorgeous pink gown in front of a waterfall. Calgary maternity photographer. Milashka Photography
 Expecting couple in love. Mom-to-be is wearing a beautiful pink gown. Milashka Photography - Calgary Maternity Photographer
 Mom-to-be wearing a beautiful pink gown in front of a waterfall at the Big Hill Springs Provincial Park. Milashka Photography - Calgary maternity photographer
 Expecting couple on a bridge. Mother-to-be is wearing a beautiful pink gown. Milashka Photography - Calgary's maternity photographer
 Beautiful mother - to - be wearing a gorgeous green gown at the Big Hill Springs Provincial Park. Calgary Maternity Photographer - Milashka Photography
 Expecting couple in a forest. Mom-to-be is wearing a beautiful green gown. Milashka Photography - Calgary's maternity photographer.

Mickey Mouse Cakesmash - Tegh Singh - Calgary Cakesmash Photographer by Mila Boekestyn

Mickey Mouse Cakesmash - Calgary Cakesmash Photographer

This was my third photoshoot with Tegh Singh and his lovely family, it was so great to see him grow from a tiny newborn to a little toddler. You can see his Newborn session here and his Sitter session here. I offer Bundle photography packages where you can choose to have multiple sessions to document different milestones throughout your baby's 1st year. You can choose to have 2,3, or even 4 sessions with me during your baby's first year and usually the First Birthday / Cakesmash is the final one.  It is always a bitter sweet - seeing my little newborn clients all grown up eating their first birthday cake but also realizing that I am not going to see them again for sometime. Tegh Singh did enjoy his Mickey Mouse cake prepared with love by his aunt. He started out by being very suspicious about the cake and the whole idea, but once he tried the cake and realized how good it is, he couldn't believe his luck - "All of this for me?!" Happy First Birthday dear Tegh Singh, I hope to see you and your amazing family in a near future again!

 Birthday boy with long curls and long eyelashes, looking suspiciously at the photographer. Calgary Photographer. Milashka Photography
 Mickey Mouse Inspired Cakesmash set up. Calgary Cakesmash Photographer. Milashka Photography.
 Mickey Mouse Inspired Cakesmash Photoshoot. Birthday Boy is about to taste his first bite of his birthday cake. Calgary Cakesmash Photographer. Milashka Photography
 Birthday boy is enjoying his cake during his cakesmash photoshoot. Calgary cakesmash. Milashka Photography
 Birthday boy suspiciously looking at the photographer during his cakesmash photo session. Calgary photographer. Milashka Photographer
 Birthday boy is enjoying his cake. Calgary photographer. Milashka Photography
 Little hands and feet covered in cake during a cakesmash photoshoot. Calgary cakesmash photographer. Milashka Photography
 Baby boy covered in his Mickey Mouse towel and holding a rubber duck, looking suspiciously at the photographer. Calgary Cakesmash Photoshoot. Milashka Photography

Newborn Photoshoot - Russian Inspired Photoshoot - Baby Boy - Roma - Calgary Newborn Photographer by Mila Boekestyn

Newborn Photoshoot - Russian Inspired Photoshoot - Baby Boy - Calgary Newborn Photographer

I was so excited when Roma's mom - Lila contacted me for a newborn photoshoot as she has specifically requested to have some of the Russian heritage inspired photos.  Both myself and Lila have originally come from Russia to Canada, so it was dear to my heart to nail this photoshoot and to make sure I represent!  I have previously done Russian inspired photos with little girls (wrapped them up as matryoshka (aka Russian doll)) and took photos of them wrapped up with a bunch of matryoshkas lined up (you can see this image here), however I was at loss as to what to do for a newborn baby boy.  So I started thinking back to my childhood, what did I like to do, what movies did I like to watch... and I have remembered one specific movie that I have watched over and over again about four youngsters who became heroes in the Russian Civil War and were at the end of the movie honored and acknowledged by the Red Army called "The Elusive Avengers" (aka "Neulovimie Mstiteli"). As soon as I thought of this movie, I was on a mission to get that special Russian Civil War inspired hat called "Budenovka". I have contacted one of my vendors in Russia and asked her to make me that specific hat, which she did.  Once I got the hat, the rest of the picture just came together in my head - I need an antique horse, baby in a basket and a fur - and voila - Russian Inspired photo is ready to be made.  While waiting for Roma to be born, I have visited the local Russian produce store called Yummy Russia, where I often buy some yummy Russian food and they were selling a pair of boxing gloves in Russian flag colors with RUSSIA written all over them (those decorative boxing gloves that people usually hang on their front mirror in a car), right there and then I had another idea for a Russian inspired shot - little Russian boxer! I got the gloves, ordered a little blue overall and was waiting for my Russian little model to be born!  World, meet handsome Roma!

 Russian Inspired Newborn Photoshoot. Baby boy in a basket wearing a Russian Civil War hat - budenovka with a wooden horse beside him. Calgary Newborn Photographer. Russian Newborn Photographer. Milashka Photography
 Russian Inspired Newborn Photoshoot. Baby boy wearing a blue overall and Russian boxer gloves. Calgary Newborn Photographer. Russian Newborn Photographer. Milashka Photography
 Newborn baby boy smiling on a beanbag. Calgary and Airdrie Newborn Photographer. Milashka Photography
 Newborn baby boy wrapped and in a crate, wearing a bunny hat and holding a little bunny toy. Calgary Newborn Photographer. Milashka Photography.
 Newborn baby boy wearing a bear hat and holding a little bear toy wrapped in a cloth and in a crate. Calgary Newborn Photographer. Milashka Photography
 Newborn baby boy in a bowl surrounded by fur. Calgary Newborn photographer. Milashka Photography.
 Newborn baby boy in a basket with a cute brown hat. Calgary Newborn photographer. Milashka Photography
 Newborn Baby boy on a blue backdrop on a beanbag. Calgary newborn photographer. Milashka Photography
 Newborn baby boy on top of a bed. Calgary and Airdrie newborn photographer. Milashka photography
 Froggy pose. Newborn baby boy. Calgary photographer. Milashka Photography

Smash and Splash session - Prairie - Calgary cakesmash photographer by Mila Boekestyn

Smash and Splash session - Calgary cakesmash photographer

This was the final session - Smash and Splash / 1st birthday photoshoot from 3 sessions Bundle (Newborn / Sitter / Cakesmash) for Prairie. It was such a privilege to photograph her first year and to see her grow from a tiny newborn (see her newborn session here) to an adorable baby (see her sitter session here) to a Birthday Girl. Prairie's photoshoots were always easy - from an easy newborn, she grew into a happy, easy going toddler.  And although she wasn't too much into smashing the cake, she has definitely enjoyed the splashing part of the shoot. Milk bath filled with flowers? - yes please! - what else do you need after being covered with icing?!

Happy 1st Birthday dear Prairie!

 Birthday girl is sitting in front of a cute white tipi surrounded with flowers. 1st birthday set up photoshoot ideas. Calgary baby photographer. Milashka Photography
 Baby girl wearing a white romper smiling.  Umbrella and tipi set up. 1st Birthday photoshoot ideas. Calgary Photographer. Milashka Photography
 Baby girl is turning ONE. First birthday photoshoot ideas. Calgary photographer. Milashka Photography
 Little girl is turning one. Balloon, ONE letters, pompoms decorations. First Birthday photoshoot ideas. Calgary Photographer. Milashka Photography
 Cakesmash photoshoot. Baby girl wearing a pink romper smashing her cake. Calgary photographer. Milashka Photography
 Birthday girl trying her cake. Cake Smash Photoshoot ideas. Calgary baby photographer. Milashka Photography
 Happy baby. Cakesmash session. Calgary photographer. Milashka Photography
 Little hands and feet covered in icing after a successful cakesmash. Calgary cakesmash photographer. Milashka Photography
 Baby with beautiful eyes looking straight at the camera. Cakesmash photoshoot. Calgary. Milashka Photography
 Baby is crawling away from a smashed cake. Calgary cakesmash photographer. Milashka Photography.
 Milk bath for a one year old. Little girl sitting in a milk bath, surrounded by flowers and smiling. Milk bath photoshoot. Calgary photographer. Milashka Photography.
 Milk bath photoshoot ideas for a one-year-old.  Little girl splashing in a milk bath, surrounded by flowers. Calgary milk bath photoshoot. Milashka Photography
 Family shoot with a one year old birthday girl. Calgary family photographer. Milashka Photography.

Calgary Family Photoshoot - Laura - Alberta Family Photographer by Mila Boekestyn

Calgary Family Photoshoot - Alberta Family Photographer

This winter was so long that I have almost forgot how much I love taking pictures outside, and I am so grateful that I have amazing families like this one, who hires me to do what I love. This Calgary Family photoshoot was done at the Baker's Park - a popular location in Calgary, Alberta for family photos.  This was my third time to photograph beautiful Natalie as well as her parents, aunt / uncle and grandparents. I love photographing big families, capturing their connections and creating memories.  This photoshoot was so much fun, everyone was having a good time and I couldn't be happier with how these portraits turned out!

 Family of 7 posing in front of a Lilac tree. Family photoshoot at Baker's Park. Milashka Photography
 Family photoshoot at Baker's Park in Calgary, Alberta. Family of 7 sitting on a bench. Calgary Family Photographer. Milashka photography
 Family of 7 at Baker's Park in Calgary. Alberta family photographer. Milashka Photography
 Family photoshoot at Baker's park. We have all the ladies on one side and all the guys on the other side, looking at the camera and smiling. Alberta family photographer. Milashka photography
 Family separated by inner families. Grandparents holding their granddaughter and other two couples are on each side. Alberta family photographer. Milashka Photography
 Family of 7 walking away, only little girl is looking. Family photographer in Calgary, Alberta. Milashka Photography.
 Family of 7 sitting by the water in Baker's park, Calgary. Alberta family photographer. Milashka Photography.
 Family of 7 divided by inner smaller families standing on the stairs in Baker's park. Calgary photographer. Milashka Photography
 Family of 7 by the rails at Baker's park, Calgary, Alberta. Calgary photographer. Milashka photography
 Family of 3 sitting on a blanket at Baker's Park and looking at the camera. Calgary family photographer. Milashka Photography.

Cakesmash Photoshoot - Natalie - Calgary Cakesmash Photographer by Mila Boekestyn

Cakesmash Photoshoot - Calgary Cakesmash Photographer

We did Natalie's Cakesmash photoshoot right on her 1st Birthday and it was fun! Natalie was such a cute little model, I could have taken her pictures all day!  Later that day, when I left, Natalie took her first steps!  I have met Natalie almost a year ago for her newborn session, which you can see here, we stayed in touch with her mom and I was so honoured to take Natalie's First Birthday photos!  Happy First Birthday beautiful Natalie!

 Baby girl sitting on a chair wearing a tutu and a onesie that says "one". Calgary baby photographer. Milashka Photography.
 Baby girl sitting on an antique bed wearing cute outfit, pearls and smiling. Calgary baby photographer. Milashka Photography.
 Baby girl wearing cute white romper, sitting on a floor holding on to an umbrella. Calgary baby photographer. Milashka Photography
 Beautiful baby girl, wearing a purple romper and looking right at the camera. Calgary baby photographer. Milashka Photography
 Baby girl wearing a cute violet romper sitting in front of the tipi and surrounded by flowers. Calgary baby photographer. Milashka Photography. 
 Little girl is wearing a white romper, sitting on an antique bed and reaching out for letter "O" from the word "ONE". Calgary baby photographer. Milashka Photography
 Birthday girl who is turning 1 is sitting in front of her cake surrounded by pompoms, balloons and pink popcorn. Calgary Cakesmash photographer. Milashka Photography
 Cake is falling of the cake stand. Birthday girl is surprised to see her cake falling off the stand. Calgary cakesmash photographer. Milashka Photography
 Cakesmash photoshoot. Birthday girl is covered in pink icing and is happy. Calgary cakesmash photographer. Milashka Photography
 Little feet covered in cake and pink icing. Calgary cakesmash photographer. Milashka photography.
 Birthday girl sitting in a tub after successfully smashing her cake. Bubble bath and bubbles. Calgary cakesmash photographer. Milashka Photography

Family session with twins - Rotary Park - Julie - Calgary Family Photographer by Mila Boekestyn

Family session with twins - Rotary Park - Calgary Family Photographer

This is my third time photographing these fun and very active twins - Finn and Grayson as well as their big brother Ryder.  So nice to see this family again!  I have met them first time when the twins were born for their newborn session, which you can see herethen I have photographed their beautiful family just before the twins turned 1, you can check out this photoshoot here. And we meet again - boys are all grown up and very cute.  I seriously don't know how Julie and Eric do it - very busy household with 3 young boys, Hats off to all parents with twins!

 3 brothers sitting on a blanket. Twins and their older brother. Rotary Park. Calgary Photographer. Milashka Photography
 Boy standing by lilac tree and smiling. Calgary child photographer. Milashka Photography
 Boy in a blue shirt, smiling and looking at the camera. Calgary child photographer. Milashka Photography
 Boy is smiling. Calgary Child photographer. Milashka Photography
 Mother and her 3 sons sitting in a grass and smiling. Calgary photographer. Milashka photography
 Twin boys holding hands. Calgary downtown background in Rotary park. Calgary Family Photographer. Miashka Photography
 Boy with his tongue out holding bouquet of lilacs. Calgary child photographer. Milashka Photography
 3 brothers lying on the grass head to head and smiling. Calgary child Photographer. Milashka photography

Family Photoshoot - Rotary Park - Lindsay - Calgary Family Photographer by Mila Boekestyn

Family Photoshoot - Rotary Park - Calgary Family Photographer

I met this sweet family in Rotary park - one of my most favourite parks in Calgary.  I love Rotary park for many reasons - it is central, relatively small, it has off leash dogs area (and I love dogs), beautiful blooming trees and amazing downtown view.  It also has a tennis court, playground and a splash park for kids in a summer!  Lindsay and I have known each other for a few years now and she wanted to book this photoshoot for awhile, so I was very happy that we finally got to do it and I got to meet her beautiful family.  Lindsay's kids were super cute and SO well behaved! Check out their pictures and give this blog some love!

 Family of 4, Mother, Father, boy and girl sitting on a blanket in a park. Calgary Family Photographer. Milashka Photography
 Siblings lying down on a blanket and looking at the camera. Calgary children photographer. Milashka Photography
 Family of 4 in Rotary park. Downtown View - Calgary. Calgary Family Photographer. Milashka Photography
 Boy standing in front of the blooming lilac tree. Calgary Photographer. Milashka Photography
 Girl is standing in front of the lilac tree and smiling. Rotary Park. Calgary Child Photographer. Milashka Photography
 Siblings stand in front of the blooming lilac tree. Rotary Park. Calgary children photographer. Milashka Photography
 Girl sitting on a tree and smiling. Rotary Park. Calgary Photographer. Milashka Photography
 Family of 4 sitting / standing around an old tree. Rotary Park. Calgary Photographer. Milashka Photography

Family photoshoot - Baker's Park - Courtney - Calgary Family Photographer by Mila Boekestyn

Family Photoshoot - Baker's Park - Calgary Family Photographer

Baker's Park is a very popular spot in Calgary for photographers to take their clients for beautiful portraits. It has beautiful blooming trees, flowers, access to water and a nice gazebo. I took my dear friend Courtney and her family to Baker's park for her family photos.  We had so much fun - boys are really into superheroes nowdays, so I brought along some superhero capes and they were able to be themselves and to have fun. Even Courtney's husband discovered some inner Superman powers. Check out this beautiful family!

 Family of 4, Mother, Father and 2 boys sitting on a blanket at the park. Calgary Family Photographer. Milashka Photography
 Mom and her 2 sons sitting on a blanket at the park. Calgary Family Photographer. Milashka Photography
 Brothers sitting on a blanket and hugging. Calgary Family photographer. Milashka Photography
 Mom and Dad hugging at Baker's Park. Calgary Family Photographer. Milashka Photography
 Mom and her son at the Park. Calgary Family Photographer. Milashka Photography
 Mom and her son at the park. Calgary Family Photographer. Milashka Photography
 Dad and son playing in the park. Calgary Family photographer. Milashka Photography
 Boy with blue eyes lying down on a blanket and looking at the camera. Calgary family photographer. Milashka photography
 Superhero. Boy is wearing a superhero cape and posing. Calgary Family photographer. Milashka Photography
 Boy wearing a superhero cape running in the park. Calgary Family Photographer. Milashka Photography
 Brothers wearing superhero capes and posing. Baker's park. Calgary family photographer. Milashka Photography
 Brothers are wearing superhero capes and posing. Baker's park in Calgary. Calgary family photographer. Milashka Photography
 Superhero dad is picking up his superhero son while the other son is watching in awe. Calgary Photographer. Milashka photography