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Calgary Russian Family Photographer - Maslenitsa by Mila Boekestyn

Calgary Russian Family Photographer - Maslenitsa

As many of you know I am originally from Russia, although I have been living in Canada for the past 25 years, Russian heritage and of course my accent is something that will always stay with me :-). I had the idea of this specific photoshoot for a very long time and I was so glad that I was able to finally accomplish it during the Eastern Slavic religious and folk holiday called - “Maslenitsa”.

Maslenitsa is the oldest surviving slavic holiday. It is celebrated during the last week before Great Lent, that is, the eighth week before Orthodox Easter (Pasxa). It is usually observed by Russian, Belarusians and Ukrainian communities worldwide. In Slavic mythology, Maslenitsa is a sun-festival and a celebration of the imminent end of the winter.

The most characteristic food of Maslenitsa is “Blini” -  thin pancakes or crepes, made from the rich foods still allowed by the Orthodox tradition that week: butter, eggs and milk. Since Lent excludes parties, secular music, dancing and other distractions from spiritual life, Maslenitsa represents the last chance to take part in social activities that are not appropriate during the more prayerful, sober and introspective Lenten season.

My goddaughter Isabella and her older sister Diana were my perfect little models for this photoshoot - dressed in the traditional Russian clothes and headscarfs and drinking tea from traditional dishes and a “Samovar” - a heated metal container traditionally used to heat and boil water in Russia and eating “pryaniki” - Russian gingerbread cookies - I couldn’t wish for any better outcome!

Two sisters are dressed in Russian traditional clothes, drinking tea from Russian traditional dishes and Samovar and eating “Pryaniki” - Russian gingerbread cookies
Russian inspired photoshoot. Two sisters are dressed in Russian traditional clothes and drinking tea from Russian traditional dishes and Samovar. Russian Canadian Photographer - Milashka Photography
Russian inspired photoshoot. A girl is dressed in a traditional Russian clothes and drinking tea from a Samovar and Russian traditional dishes. Russian Calgary Photographer - Milashka Photography
Russian girl. Dressed in Russian traditional clothes and holding a Russian dish. Calgary Russian Photographer
A portrait of a girl standing outside during the winter and dressed in Russian inspired clothes. Russian Canadian Photographer - Milashka Photography
Russian Girl. A little girl dressed in traditional Russian clothing during winter. Calgary Child photographer - Milashka Photography
Russian sisters. Two sisters are dressed in Russian traditional clothes during Maslenitsa. Russian Canadian photographer - Milashka photographer

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