Vancouver Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer Mikaela Ruth »

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We’d wake up to the sound of hoof beats out the window of our cozy cabin and the breezes of fresh, cool mountain air. We weren’t sure how we could afford two full days away to ourselves with the busyness of life right now, but it was actually just what we needed.

We found ourselves at the beautifully scenic Big Bar Guest Ranch in Clinton BC for Amber and Bryan’s photo shoot and given that the drive is a good five hours from home, we took advantage. There were walks exploring the ranch and visits with the horses in our front yard, an afternoon trail ride for Shane and delicious meals to be enjoyed with Amber, Bryan and Lily and the other guests.

There was time to just sit outside and do nothing at all but enjoy the sunshine and the views and each other.

Many, many thanks to Amber and Bryan for sharing their ranch with us. It really was wonderful getting to know you both better and that sweet little girl of yours. We hope to make a return trip before too long!


  • Ashley Durance - May 30, 2014 - 8:59 am

    gorgeous! Love ranches.. some of my favourite places to be!ReplyCancel

  • Jete Devisser - May 30, 2014 - 11:31 am

    I’ve been to this ranch when I was really young! SO beautiful. And that shot of the white horse flicking his tail?! AMAZING!! That light!!ReplyCancel

  • Katie - May 30, 2014 - 11:36 am

    So gorgeous, Mikaela! I’m so glad that you and Shane could take some time off. Especially with baby coming pretty soon! :)ReplyCancel

Last week, we had the privilege of spending time with and photographing the Golat family at home on their gorgeous guest ranch, Big Bar, in Clinton BC. Last Fall I photographed their maternity session in Vancouver and couldn’t wait for our trip up to meet their little one, now six month old Lillian. She was such a doll! It didn’t take long before she had Shane smitten with her ;)

As for Lily’s parents, Bryan and Amber are some of the loveliest, most welcoming people you’ll meet. It was such a treat getting to document these photos and be their guests on the ranch (I’ll be posting more photos from our stay soon!). For now, here are a few favourites from their family lifestyle session…


  • Lisa Proven├žal - May 28, 2014 - 9:53 am

    Absolutely beautiful! Gorgeous elements and familyReplyCancel

  • Amber - May 28, 2014 - 11:08 am

    So beautiful. From the depth of my heart, thank you for documenting this moment in time for our family. She is growing so fast, it is hard to believe where the time goes. Thank you Mikaela and Shane, thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Charles Coe - May 28, 2014 - 12:36 pm

    Really well done, love all of the photos.ReplyCancel

This beauty chose to celebrate her 30th birthday with a boudoir session – celebrating every curve, every so-called flaw, every worked-for, well-toned muscle and the confidence acquired along the way. I love that she chose to celebrate such a milestone in this way. And so with hair and makeup done, a glass of wine on hand, and a playlist on the speakers, we had so much fun creating these images together…


  • Haley Richelle - May 26, 2014 - 10:22 am

    I love the way you do boudoir sessions – so tasteful and classy. :)ReplyCancel

  • Keith - May 26, 2014 - 10:26 am

    she’s beautiful…. I see no flaws at all and the photographer is incredible.. very well doneReplyCancel