big hills spring provincial park

Family Winter Photoshoot at the Big Hill Springs Provincial Park - Rhoda - Airdrie and Calgary Family Photographer by Mila Boekestyn

Family Winter Photoshoot at the Big Hill Springs Provincial Park - Airdrie and Calgary Family Photographer

It has been a very long and cold winter this year in Calgary, Alberta - we got tons of snow and it just seemed like the winter will never end… The first nice weekend, when the temperature was finally above 0C, I have met Rhoda and her beautiful family at the Big Hill Springs Provincial Park for her Family Winter Photoshoot.

Big Hill Springs is a provincial park in Alberta, Canada. It is located 10 km north of Cochrane in Rocky View County, (about 20 minutes drive West from Airdrie and it is NW of Calgary). It is a beautiful park that is open all year round - perfect place for hiking. The Big Hill Springs Trail is a 1.6 KM loop that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, bird watching and of course taking gorgeous photos of your family. Talking about gorgeous photos - I will having Spring Mini Sessions this year at the Big Hill Springs Provincial Park on May 26th, so if you have ever thought to yourself “I think I need to update my family portraits” - now would be a perfect time to do that. To get more information about the upcoming Spring Mini Sessions, click here.

Since it was the first warm weekend of the season, there were lots of people at the Big Hill Springs park enjoying the weather and the nature walk, I have actually run into 2 of my clients there - what a small world. Although it was still a little bit slippery from all of the snow, it was warm enough to finally NOT wear a jacket! Rhoda and her family had super cute matching outfits all the way to their shoes and they had a great time. We even did an Easter egg hunt (even though Easter is not here for another month), because why not? Check out this beautiful family in this beautiful place and give it some love!

Mother and her daughters are standing in front of a beautiful waterfall in the winter at the Big Hill Springs Provincial Park. Calgary Family Photographer - Milashka Photography
Portrait of a beautiful girl. Calgary and Airdrie child photographer.
Portrait of a beautiful girl holding tulips in the winter
Portrait of two sisters sitting on the crate in the snow. Calgary children photographer. Milashka Photography
Portrait of a handsome young man standing in front of a waterfall in the snow at the Big Hill Springs Provincial Park. Calgary family photographer- Milashka Photography
Cousins are standing in front of a waterfall at the Big Hill Springs provincial park. Calgary photographer - Milashka Photography
Easter egg hunt in the woods. Two sisters in matching clothes holding baskets and collecting Easter eggs. Calgary children photographer - Milashka Photography
Portrait of a young girl during the Easter egg hunt. Calgary Photographer - Milashka Photography
Portrait of a girl. Calgary Photographer - Milashka Photography

Winter Maternity Photoshoot at the Big Hills Spring Provincial Park - What to wear and how to prepare - Aman - Calgary and Airdrie Maternity Photographer - by Mila Boekestyn

Winter Maternity Photoshoot at the Big Hills Spring Provincial Park - What to wear and how to prepare - Calgary and Airdrie Maternity Photographer

I absolutely love the Big Hills Spring Provincial park, it is located only 20 minutes away from Airdrie, AB and it is a gem of a place - it has a waterfall, multiple bridges, a river, beautiful trees - a perfect place to go for a hike with a family or of course in my case to meet my clients for a maternity photoshoot. It is a perfect place during all 4 seasons, I love going there in the winter as much as during the summer.

I am always asked - how do the moms do it - standing in the snow, wearing nothing but a gown - aren’t they cold? They certainly do not appear to be cold…Trust me - it is NOT as easy as they make it seem - for this maternity session, this brave mama was determined to get her maternity photos outside at the end of February with -15C and some snow - nothing would stop her and the result are these gorgeous, very unique portraits of her and her hubby expecting their first baby, which they will cherish forever!

So, how does one survive a winter maternity photoshoot, what shall you know or how should you prepare for this adventure? I would start by suggesting to make sure you have some blankets ready - blankets that would help to cover you in case you are brave enough to change into a different gown as well as to warm you up between the shoots. I also always suggest to wear boots (no-one would usually see what you are wearing on your feet as the gowns are long enough and will cover any footwear, so you might as well make sure your feet are nice and warm). Then of course a nice, big, easy to put on/take off jacket - you are only going to be standing in your gown for a few minutes for a photographer to take those quick shots and then you can get a little break and warm up in your jacket, so make sure you bring a warm one. Another thing to think off and bring along is something warm to drink - maybe a nice tea in a thermos or a hot chocolate? Hot drinks can definitely help to warm you up a bit from the inside. And of course don’t forget your mittens!

Beautiful mom-to-be is standing on a snow wearing a red gown in the middle of a winter. Calgary Maternity Photographer - Milashka Photography.
Radiant expecting parents are standing on the snow in the middle of a winter while it is snowing. Mom-to-be is wearing a gorgeous red gown. Winter Maternity Photoshoot ideas - Milashka Photography - Calgary Maternity Photographer
Stunning mom-to-be is standing on the snow wearing a red gown and a red flower crown, while it is snowing in the middle of February at the Big Hills Spring Provincial Park. Calgary Maternity Photographer - Milashka Photography
Gorgeous mom-to-be is standing in the snow, wearing a purple gown a holding little baby boy shoes. Maternity photoshoot ideas. Maternity Photographer in Calgary, Alberta - Milashka Photography
Stunning mom-to-be in a purple gown standing on a bridge and smiling at the Big Hills Spring Provincial Park. Calgary Maternity Photographer - Milashka Photography. Winter maternity photoshoot idea.
Expecting parents standing in front of a giant rock in the middle of a winter at the Big Hills Spring Provincial Park.
Beautiful mom-to-be in a purple gown standing in front of a river in the middle of a winter at the Big Hills Spring Provincial Park. Calgary Maternity Photographer - Milashka Photography