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Our baby turns one today. It’s been both the longest and the quickest year; one of much joy and many challenges. Being a mom has been far more all-consuming than I could have prepared for, in both the work and the love. No matter the frustrations or the exhaustion, Zaya brings us such delight in the everyday, and it has been the neatest thing to watch him learn and explore the world around him.

Last week, Shane had returned home from being away for work, and I was preparing for a twelve hour wedding the following day. We had mere minutes together as a family in between, so I walked away from the dirty dishes and curled up on the couch with Shane as Zaya played on the floor. I think Zaya must have known the timing was just right, because it was then that he decided to take his first steps – one, two, three – right to his proud (and stunned) parents!

I remember when he was just newly born, my heart ached at the thought of him growing up. Am I ever relieved to know that every stage truly is fun. These days, Zaya loves to read books and he will actually take your hand, open it up, and place a book in it and settle into your lap for story time. Seriously, my favorite.

And so to my sweet, smart, silly and curious little boy, happy first birthday! You are so very loved.



  • Whitney - July 30, 2015 - 11:39 am

    Seriously adorable. Happy 1st birthday, Zaya! Auntie loves you!ReplyCancel

  • Corinna - July 30, 2015 - 1:01 pm

    Happy 1st birthday, Zaya. Love this post.ReplyCancel

Kyle and Krystal were married this past Saturday and I was so honored to get to photograph their first day as husband and wife. They said their I do’s in the mountains of Hope, overlooking the river and mountains beyond (BC, you really are beautiful!). Kyle’s parents hosted the ceremony and reception in their backyard – hardly what you picture when you hear the word. This place was stunning. Nearly two hundred of their friends and family witnessed and celebrated, though Krystal and Kyle’s most cherished guest, I imagine, was their sweet daughter, Ella. Last Spring I photographed their maternity session, and was excited to finally meet their little girl.

To the newly married Mr and Mrs, thank you so much for including me in your wedding day! It may have been one of the hottest days of the year, but it was certainly the most beautiful, too. Enjoy a sneak peek of your wedding photos…


I love that Krystal happily stepped outside to dress…

A color palette I’ll never tire of…love all the white hydrangeas and pink dahlias and garden roses…


I’ve known Krystal for years as we used to work together, so it was extra special to get to photograph her day. Also, how gorgeous is she?!

Much appreciation and congratulations to the three of you!


Venue: Private Property
Bride’s Dress: Sottero and Midgley
Makeup: Kayla Sullivan
Hair: Hair Trends
Flowers & Decor: Lori Ibister
Catering: Lori’s Catering

  • Julie - July 22, 2015 - 8:12 pm

    Just lovely, Mikaela! And those details! This must’ve been a joy to photograph.ReplyCancel

  • Harrison - August 19, 2015 - 1:04 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous wedding! Lovely photos!ReplyCancel

Meet my sweet little nephew, Luka Manuel! Whitney and Manolo welcomed him into the world in the early hours of July 1st, and I had the incredible privilege of witnessing and documenting his arrival. Such a crazy wonderful moment, when they first laid their eyes on him. And Whitney, well, she surprised and impressed me throughout her labor! So calm, so strong, and Manolo could still get a smile out of her even towards the end.

Now they’re a family of three, at home and falling in love with their little boy and soaking up his sweetness. He’s quite perfect, from his head of soft hair, to his itty bitty toes. We’re all falling in love with him! Welcome to the family, Luka! Auntie loves you. xo