Family photoshoot - Downtown Calgary - Prince's Island Park - Calgary Family Photographer by Mila Boekestyn

Family photoshoot - Downtown Calgary - Prince's Island Park - Calgary Family Photographer

For this family photoshoot, we decided to explore Prince's Island Park in downtown Calgary. Prince's Island Park is an urban park in the city of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It is developed on an island on the Bow River, immediately north of downtown Calgary. It was named after Peter Anthony Prince, the founder of the Eau Claire Lumber Mill.  Prince's Island Park is a beautiful park that holds many large events throughout the year, it also has a famous "Peace Bridge" and a very cozy and delicious River Cafe. This cool and modern family was fitting beautifully to the urban style of the shoot in the "City of Bridges" - Calgary, Alberta.

 Family of 4 standing on a Peace Bridge in Calgary, Alberta. Calgary family photographer. Milashka Photography.
 Family of 4 standing on a Peace Bridge in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Calgary family photographer - Milashka Photography
 Mother and daughter in downtown Calgary beside the Peace Bridge. Calgary family photographer. Milashka Photography
 Boy is standing beside Peace Bridge in Calgary downtown. Calgary Family photographer. Milashka Photography.
 Girl is sitting on a rock and smiling. Calgary family photographer. Milashka Photography.
 Family of 4 standing infront of the Bow River in Calgary downtown. Calgary family photographer. Milashka Photography
 Family of 4 sitting on a rock and wearing sunglasses. Calgary Family photographer. Milashka Photography

Calgary Newborn Photoshoot - Baby girl - Lennon - Calgary Newborn Photographer by Mila Boekestyn

Calgary Newborn Photoshoot - Baby girl - Calgary Newborn Photographer

When I have met Maria and Drew they didn't know if they were having a girl or a boy as they were keeping it a secret (you can see Maria's maternity session here), but they had already picked out the name for their baby - Lennon - inspired by the legend - John Lennon.  Beautiful Lennon was so good to me during her newborn photoshoot, she gave me the biggest smiles and I just wanted to take her home with me, such a sweetheart! Welcome to the world sweet Lennon!

 Beautiful newborn baby girl wrapped in lace with a bonnet on a beanbag. Calgary Newborn Photographer - Milashka Photography
 Portrait of a beautiful newborn baby girl in a white bonnet smiling on a beanbag. Calgary newborn photographer. Milashka Photography
 Newborn baby girl in a blue romper on a beanbag. Calgary newborn photographer - Milashka Photography
 Beautiful newborn baby girl in a cute pink romper on a beanbag. Calgary Newborn photographer. Milashka Photography
 Froggy pose - Calgary Newborn Photographer - Milashka Photographer
 Newborn baby girl lying on an antique bed. Newborn Calgary Photographer - Milashka Photography
 Beautiful newborn baby girl sleeping soundly on an antique bed. Calgary Newborn Photographer - Milashka Photography
 Sweet little baby girl yawning on a beanbag with tulips beside her. Calgary Newborn Photographer - Milashka Photography
 Newborn baby girl in a nest - Calgary newborn photographer - Milashka Photography
 Smiling newborn baby girl in a crate - Calgary newborn photographer - Milashka Photography
 Newborn baby girl lying down in the middle of a sunflower and smiling. Calgary newborn photographer - Milashka Photography
 Composite image with a stork holding a newborn baby girl. Calgary Newborn photographer - Milashka Photography
 Dad is holding his newborn baby girl. Calgary newborn photographer. Milashka Photography.
 Mom is holding her newborn baby girl. Calgary newborn photographer - Milashka Photography.
 New parents and their precious newborn baby girl. Calgary newborn photographer. Milashka Photography

Airdrie Family Photoshoot - Nose Creek Park - Nataliya - Airdrie Family Photographer by Mila Boekestyn

Airdrie Family Photoshoot - Nose Creek Park - Airdrie Family Photographer

Finally I did a photoshoot in my own little city - Airdrie, situated North of Calgary only about 30km away from downtown Calgary at the park on Main Street - Nose Creek Provincial Park. I have moved to Airdrie 4 years ago from Ontario, and fell in love with it.  Airdrie is famous for the Airdrie Pro Rodeo, which is held each year at the end of June and is TONS of fun.  Airdrie has everything a young family might need or want - Genesis place - a sport complex with anything you could wish under the stars - skating rings, swimming pools, gym with a full running track, basketball and soccer fields, trampoline gymnastics and many many more activities. Airdrie has all kinds of amazing and delicious restaurants - here are just a few of my favourites - Italian, Mexican, Indian, Thai and Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and of course local Canadian cuisine. Airdrie has tons of kids' sports and activities like gymnastics at the Little gym and dancing at the Star Bound Dance Company (SBDC), and of course many schools including French Immersion and Catholic schools. We have our own mayor - Peter Brown (who is very personable - he made an effort to came to my daughter's school during Remembrance Day ceremony and spent time with veterans and kids) and we have Airdrie Community Health Centre with very patient staff that is open 24/7!  I love my city and if you haven't been here yet, you should definitely come and visit!

This family photoshoot was tons of fun - just a stroll in a park with kids playing and laughing and making jokes, baby smiling and parents loving it all :-) Here are their pictures! Enjoy!

 Beautiful Family of 5 sitting on a blanket during a warm summer evening. Airdrie family photographer. Milashka Photography.
 Family of 5 walking and holding hands during a warm summer evening at the Nose Creek Park in Airdrie, Alberta. Airdrie family photographer - Milashka Photography
 Girl sitting in a tall grass. Airdrie family photographer - Milashka Photography
 Girl is standing beside a tree with red berries. Airdrie family photographer. Milashka Photography
 Cute baby boy with blue eyes staring right at the camera. Airdrie baby photographer. Milashka Photography
 Lovely couple in Nose Creek Park, Airdrie, Alberta.  Airdrie family photographer - Milashka Photography
 Little sister is giving a kiss to her older sister. Airdrie family photographer. Milashka Photography
 Lovely family of 5 on a warm summer evening at the Nose Creek park in Airdrie, Alberta. Airdrie family photographer. Milashka Photography.

Blast from the Past photoshoot - Liam - Heritage Park - Calgary Family Photographer by Mila Boekestyn

Blast from the Past photoshoot - Heritage Park - Calgary Family Photographer

This was a very special photoshoot with my friend Jenn and her adorable little guy Liam.  I have been photographing Jenn and Liam since Liam was just a little peanut in a belly.  Since this photoshoot was all about the "Past", you can visit Jenn's journey with Milashka Photography by clicking on these links to see all Liam's previous sessions:  Jenn's maternity session, Liam's newborn session, Liam's First Christmas, Liam's First Valentines, Liam's First EasterLiam's Baptism, Liam's Cakesmash, Liam's Christmas.

This photoshoot was about visiting the past - beautiful Heritage Park in Calgary, Alberta. Liam was dressed in a very cute overall and old style hat (which amazingly he wore the whole time and didn't even try to take it off). He was fitting in perfectly with the surrounding and was enjoying the whole experience: riding the train, visiting school, blacksmith shops, post office, old houses and everything else the Heritage Park has to offer.

 Little boy dressed in the old style clothing beside barn. Calgary child photographer. Milashka Photography.
 Little boy dressed in the old style clothing looking at the upcoming old style train at the Heritage Park, Calgary. Calgary family photographer. Milashka Photography.
 Cute little boy walking proudly at the farm. Calgary photographer. Milashka Photography
 Curious little boy at the Heritage Park, Calgary. Calgary photographer - Milashka Photography
 Mom and son. Little boy sitting on a cannon infant of an old house. Calgary photographer. Milashka Photography
 Little boy dressed in old style clothing pointing at something. Calgary Child Photographer. Milashka Photographer.
 Little boy in an old style school looking curiously at the camera. Calgary photographer. Milashka Photography
 Little boy with a newspaper at the old style post office at the Heritage Park in Calgary, Alberta. Milashka Photography
 Little boy dressed in an old style clothing standing in tall grass and smiling. Calgary child photographer. Milashka Photography
 Newspaper anyone? Little cute boy standing in the red Royal Mail wagon at the Heritage Park in Calgary holding old style newspaper. Calgary child and family photographer. Milashka Photography
 Sweet little boy looking at the window on a train at Heritage Park, Calgary, Alberta. Calgary family and child photographer. Milashka Photography

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.