“More on That Later…”

So about the lens I rented, and the wedding I helped shoot… well, here’s the “more on that later” part. Basically, it went like this: I was asked to shoot a wedding, but I declined since I didn’t feel like I had the talent nor did I want the responsibility. So I recommended my friend Rosie of Gilded Moments Photography, but she got straight back at me and asked me to be her second shooter. So much for that! No, actually I accepted the generous offer quite readily, and considering it was both our first time shooting a wedding, I think we did great! Well, more like Rosie did great, and I just followed suit. We had our share of stress, but we still had a wonderful time, and if nothing else, it taught us both a Lot!

Now, about the lens. I always say I, Yesenia, has a wonderful camera. A belief I still hold to firmly. But the lens… well, it’s a kit lens, so that explains a lot. So I came up with this brilliant (but complicated) idea that I would just rent a lens for the weekend, and problem solved! Not quite so simple, but in the end I did get the lens, an amazing Canon 75-200mm 2.8f.


I was more than thrilled with the lens, though it was terribly heavy. Halfway through the ceremony I regretted not lifting weights for the previous month in preparation for the wedding, but I made it through the day, and decided it was totally worth it! Here are some photos on the wedding I helped shoot.







The following Sunday was my last full day with the lens, and I wanted to use it as much as possible. Two of my friends were kind enough to let me take photos of them, and I think we were all thrilled with the results.




I don’t know about you, but that bokeh just gets me! It is soo beautiful! I was totally sold on the lens, and even more thrilled to be able to second-shoot a wedding with it!

wishing you a wonderful day,



These Past Months:: Clients

This past summer held the record of the most photo shoots for me. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and learnt a lot! With so many photos, its terribly hard for me to choose which ones to put up on the blog, as so many seem worthy of the position!

I did quite a bit of family sessions, so here is a sampling of that:










While I love seeing whole families together, their children are totally the best! Following are a lot of individual photos, some taken at family and others at portrait sessions







And then I learnt to shoot vertically…








And no, I did not forget about my “lens story.” But inserting that into this post would make it way to long! So hopefully I’ll get to it in the new year sometime.


These past months


Hi everyone! In an effort to make up for not posting these last couple weeks, here is a round up of my favorite photos from last summer. My plan is to first post personal photos from the last while, and then, later on, I’ll post some of the pictures I took for others.

Last summer:


Water fights with a big brother are always the best! Thanks to Jon, Elfrieda and Leandro will always have wonderful memories of that Sunday afternoon!



If these pictures look like they are beyond my photographing experience, there’s a good reason!  I had the amazing privilege to shoot a wedding with my friend Rosie, and for that weekend I rented a lens.  (More on that later.)  These 6 photos are taken with that lens on the Sunday following the wedding.



In July we had an Unger family campout at our place, which we all thoroughly enjoyed, despite the heat.



Cute cousins, huh?



Ultimate Frisbree!



On Sunday we had a scorcher, and my parents came up with the genius idea of a slip n’ slide! Beyond fun!


Isn’t she cute though?!




A few weeks later we youth went to Waterton Park, and as usual I snapped way too photos. Here is a sampling:








The following weekend we went camping with Jon and Yesenia








Hopefully I’ll be back in the near future with a post from my summer/fall clients.


By my phone

A while back I had been taking a lot of pictures with my phone, due to a shortage of SD cards for the camera. While the quality frustrated me I kept it up, since I was just too lazy to go empty memory cards. Hence, I have way to many pictures on my phone and some of them are actually nice enough to display. The following are from spring. I guess that just goes to further prove how far behind I am in posting.


The above are from March when our aunt and grandma from Texas came to visit. Precious memories!

I’ve been doing more photoshoots lately and that means a Lot of editing so all my spare time is leveraged to that. Though I do want to post more I’m kinda thinking it won’t happen very frequently in the near future. Who knows, maybe I’ll surprise myself and do regular updates, but for now it looks like the blog will have to sit rather neglected until this season passes. Until then,






In the Matter of Drudgery

Get A Move On

Get A Move On

In the Matter of Drudgery

You have inherited the Divine nature, says Peter (v.4), now screw your attention down and form habits, give diligence, concentrate. “Add” means all that character means. No man is born either naturally or supernaturally with character; he has to make character. Nor are we born with habits; we have to form habits on the basis of the new life God has put into us. We are not meant to be illuminated versions, but the common stuff of ordinary life exhibiting the marvel of the grace of God. Drudgery is the touchstone of character. The great hindrance in spiritual life is that we will look for big things to do. “Jesus…took a towel,…and began to wash the disciples’ feet.”

There are times when there is no illumination and no thrill, but just the daily round, the common task. Routine is God’s way of saving us between our times of inspiration. Do not expect God always to give you His thrilling minutes, but learn to live in the domain of drudgery by the power of God.

It is the “adding” that is difficult. We say we do not expect God to carry us to heaven on flowery beds of ease, and yet we act as if we did! The tiniest detail in which I obey has all the omnipotent power of the grace of God behind it. If I do my duty, not for duty’s sake, but because I believe God is engineering my circumstances, then at the very point of my obedience the whole superb grace of God is mine through the Atonement.

I cuddle up next to the man I love as my favourite voice reads the words above. My heart drinks up each word. Drudgery, adding, diligence,  common stuff, character, routine, no thrill. These things are, oh, so familiar. We know them too well, this wonderful man and I. We want to do something great, we want to accomplish things in the kingdom. But each day we are faced with the common round, the trivial task. There seems to be no illumination, no thrill. We pray, we question, we tell each other we just can’t give up. We ponder whether we are in preparation or if there’s some flaw that we cannot see that is keeping us from the vision. And then we read this:

“Drudgery is the touchstone of character. The great hindrance in spiritual life is that we will look for big things to do. “Jesus…took a towel,…and began to wash the disciples’ feet.””

My soul cries, “Help me to be faithful in washing feet, Lord! If this is what you are calling me to, help me to see it as such and to remember that “Routine is God’s way of saving us between our times of inspiration.” Help me to be happy with routine and to “learn to live in the domain of drudgery by the power of God.” Help me to be the “common stuff of ordinary life exhibiting the marvel of the grace of God”.

“If I do my duty, not for duty’s sake, but because I believe God is engineering my circumstances, then at the very point of my obedience the whole superb grace of God is mine through the Atonement.”

What power! How marvellous! I could ponder this for days and it still would be so wonderful to me! God wants to use me in the common round. He wants me to do the things I’m doing! He doesn’t see my tasks as trivial and unimportant! He has me right here for a reason, and that is to live by His power in the everyday moments! He has a purpose for me, right here, right now! He isn’t waiting for me to be in a different, “more important” spot to use me.

I am ashamed for being discontent. I see now that God has me here for a reason and I assumed that I wasn’t accomplishing anything and my life right now didn’t have much ‘weight’ in His eyes. But the opposite is true, when I live in obedience and I diligently add to my character, I am doing all God wants me to do. He wants me to be content, right here, showing others by my life, the power of His grace.

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