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.




Scouting Alberta {Fort McMurray, Red Deer, Canmore}

November’s 10 on 10 was spent on the road scouting. Scouting new homes and photo locations. We started the day in Red Deer. My van peeking out from the snow is not my preferred subject on a day of travel, however, I didn’t mind that my awesome husband took care of that snow while I stayed warm. We headed to Canmore to scout the area for a wedding that I will be capturing this winter. I loved seeing the mountains and meeting up with an amazing bride to be. We then headed back to Red Deer to explore a few more areas. We spent a lot of hours on the road so yes, I did succumb to fast food:(At some point along the journey I turned around to capture my little monsters, cooperative or not. Before dinner in Camrose, Rowan spent some time honing the craft of paper airplane making with his grandpa and we went out to fly them in the snow before the sun set for the day. Yes we travelled from Red Deer to Canmore, back to Red Deer and north to Camrose in one day…not too many photo opportunities but a full day to say the least. Stop by and visit my 10 on 10 friends Sara, Beth and Amy to see what they filled their days with!

November 12, 2013 - 10:21 am

Sara Arrigoni - Thanks, Carm! I look forward to seeing more pictures from wherever you end up. And you already have so much snow!!! That is more than we usually get in a year :)

November 12, 2013 - 10:41 am

Amy RHodes - Your photographs are so beautiful! I can’t believe you are already buried in snow!!