Where Has My Year Gone?

Last year we packed up and moved from our long time home in Fort McMurray to Red Deer, Central Alberta. It has been that long since I have shared anything. I put my photography business on hold to give my family more of me but it is hard to give from the heart when something is missing; there are a lot of days that I feel like I am  running on empty. Without clients that can only mean one thing…I have to shoot more for myself because photography fills me up and calms me down. From here on in I will share but I don’t promise the consistency of a professional – right now this is about my family, my friends, my journey, and me and I think that is perfectly ok. Camping Cold Lake Summer Photos


Exploring the Farm near Red Deer

I must say that one of the benefits of living in Red Deer is being so much closer to sweet kids like these! I used to have to schedule their sessions months in advance but now they are only a day trip away. We had fun at Grandma and Grandpa’s farm outside of Drayton Valley. It was early enough that the bush wasn’t too saturated with mosquitos. We climbed on the tractor, enjoyed grandma’s colourful tulips, caught tadpoles in the pond (which I hear have legs now!) and got spoiled with watermelon.

We even managed an outfit change. I fell in love when I saw those red pants and just had to get them. I absolutely love how they look on him…a perfect little pirate. As you can see, sister loves her pirate too and, well mom, she couldn’t get enough of either of them!

I know these are not the only children who I have had the pleasure to watch grow. Now that I’m in Red Deer I live closer to so many friends and family…you know who you are; let’s plan a photo date!


Photo Tales by Carmalee Red Deer Children Photography

June 21, 2014 - 9:03 pm

Nicole Cormier - Fabulous job, as always Carmalee!

Time to Celebrate!

Not only are we getting settled in Red Deer, Alberta my man has also turned 9! Keeping it simple, I believe the photos speak for themselves. So happy to be back!!!!!

I can’t wait to explore Red Deer and begin to create all over again. Know someone in or near my new home that might be interested in playing? Please contact me and hook us up.




Color Everywhere in Fort McMurray

It is 10 on 10 once again and I can’t wait to see what Tina, Beth and Sara are up to. Maybe you already know because you have visited them but if not be sure to share some blog comment love with them!

It was an “office day” for me so I decided to take a bit of a different approach – I aimed to capture the colors I see on an average day. Grab your pre-schooler and engage them in your blog surfing…make it fun for everyone! What colors do you see?

My aloe sits on my desk at work; it really doesn’t get much tlc. Fall is here and almost over won’t be long before we don’t see any leaves on the trees! At lunch I headed over to a local eatery. You have to walk under loads of crabapples to get up to the door. Afternoon cookies I brought into the office to increase the donations to United Way. Finally, the typical evening at our house…lego, building contraptions and milk at bedtime. Lastly I leave you off with two photos that have zero technical merit but the first tooth to fall from a five year old mouth is worth celebrating even if its just a quick snap with the cell phone. The boys thought it was pretty neat that they both lost a tooth on the same day…guess we saved the tooth fairy an extra trip. I keep telling them now we are ready for hockey season – these are my TWO little hockey players this year! Can’t wait to share that experience!

How many different colors did you come across in your day…this is definitely the time of year to absorb it all and enjoy!


October 14, 2013 - 7:25 am

Sara Arrigoni - I love your idea of focusing on fall color. My favorite is the crabapples. And I know I usually view your site on my phone, but did you do a recent redesign? I love it!

October 14, 2013 - 8:21 am

Beth - Mmmm… Cookies and milk! That makes for a good day, any day!

October 14, 2013 - 10:03 am

Tracilee - I just love those toothless grins.It’s amazing all the colors we see in a day if we stop to look.

October 14, 2013 - 1:56 pm

admin - yes…complete change to the blog and brand…it has been loads of work but I sure hope it is worth it…