Beth - Winter Portraits by Roxanne Wiedemann

One of my favourite portrait series to date is a folder I labelled 'Snow Portraits'.

Last winter my sisters Beth and Allysin agreed to allow me to photograph them. Usually opposed to anything out of doors in the months of November through March, I was actually really excited to be taking my camera out on a chilly February day. 

I remember the original plan had been to go to the abandoned gas station off of the QEW, but after driving close to 40 minutes to get there we discovered that due to construction the only way to reach it was to walk. None of us were into the idea of hiking kilometres in the sub zero temperatures. 

Back up plan!

We drove back to Niagara Falls, disappointed by the turn of events, but in a stroke of luck we found a building with a large white wall. I was so happy with the results!

You can find Allysin's pictures here.

Allysin also filmed our adventure. Find her video here! 

NWC Christmas Photobooth by Roxanne Wiedemann

One of my sisters is the student & young adult pastor at a church here in Niagara Falls - Niagara Worship Centre. I feel really lucky that a year after I moved to Niagara Falls for my job at Pro Church Tools she was hired by NWC and moved here too. 

Each Christmas since then she has had the responsibility of putting together a photo booth for our church, and I have had the creative pleasure of lending a hand. 

Last year we created an artistic forest. 

This year we went for a more cheerful, cartoonish, style. Covering the back of our space with a wrapping paper with a colourful, confetti Christmas tree pattern on it. Then we hung a garland - we went with a fake one because last year we worked with real pine, and the needles dried out so quickly and kept falling off. The final thing we added to our back drop was a couple of gold word banners that Allysin picked up from Winners.

The final touches were some cardboard props, and some oversized 'ornaments' that Allysin and I (and Kelli Ann!) made from balloons and bristol board. 

Here are a few shots that I took this past Sunday:

Also how insanely adorable are Ry, his niece Lily, and Britt? Like seriously! My heart!

I have a couple engagement shots coming up, so look forward to that, and I'll hopefully have some shots from my own Christmas celebrations.

Merry Christmas y'all! 

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Leave a comment with your favourite Christmas tradition. :) 

Christmas Parade 2017 by Roxanne Wiedemann

Alright y'all - finally feeling the beginnings of the holiday spirit! 

This past weekend was the Christmas Parade here in the Falls, so my sister and I gathered some friends and went to take it all in. It brought such joy to my soul!

Now I am currently sitting at my desk looking out on darkening grey skies that are filled with storm clouds. Night comes early these days, but with 'Holiday Beard Ballads' playing instrumental Christmas songs in my ears, somehow today seems light. Like that feeling when you see a Christmas tree decked out with warm, colourful lights at night. 

Somehow the world seems less cold; more friendly at Christmas. 

I pray that the warmth that is hope finds you where you are.

The Wiedemann Family 2017 by Roxanne Wiedemann

For Thanksgiving my family went up to our cottage for the weekend. It was so nice to spend time together, and to be up North in nature taking the autumnal scents and scenery. 

With two of my sisters being in college, and Allysin and I moved out, it is rare that all of us are in the same place at the same time - so, we took advantage of it. We used the opportunity to take our family portraits for the year. 

Here's a sample: