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Chantelle & Matt: Engaged

I knew Chantelle and Matt would be a great couple to work with the minute we met…..the more they described their wedding the more I got excited and we decided on the spot to book three photo sessions together; their engagement session, Chantelle’s bridal session, and of course their wedding, which is coming up in September.

Today, I’m blogging about their fun  engagement photo session.  We met at Capital X  a unique location with many exciting backdrops– after a quick train ride and text messages back and forth  we found ourselves at the entrance gates ready to start this fab  session. 

The first stop was the Ferris wheel – we all squeezed in to one buggy and immediately the shutter was released at rapid speed. We found ourselves in line for all sorts of fun rides and were surrounded by backdrops a photographer can only dream of. Sure, Chantelle and Matt had a bit of an audience, especially when one of the game announcers used his microphone to shout to the world they were engaged, but they didn’t seem to mind – Matt just picked Chantelle up and swung her around for the world to see his beautiful fiance – a sweet kiss and a hug later and we were on our way to discover more locations.

These two are so fun and full of laughter;  this location was a perfect representation of their happiness and love for life.  As the sun was setting, they walked back to their cars, arms linked… each with a candy apple in hand. ….oh yes, life was good….little did they know they were on their way home to a surprise engagement  party!!!

Congrats you two! I am looking forward to your wedding.

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sean - CONGRATS!!! great job on the new blog… I love it.

Susan - Love em!

Darilynn - You guys really are a perfect couple. You two take great pictures and what I great location for pictures. I bet Jaleen LOVED that location :D.
Looks great you two can’t wait for the wedding and the bridal session (it’s a TOTAL BLAST!!)

Maria - What a fun location. Great pictures. I love the emotion you captured.

Sam - The 2nd & 3rd ones are my favourite. Great job, as always Jaleen!

Tina - Fantastic images. The color is dynamic! The one of them infront of the ferris wheel is a A+!

sienna lee images - What a great location….beautiful color Jaleen congratulations on the fab new site. I love it let’s get together in Vegas for lunch at WPPI

sienna lee images - What a great location….beautiful color Jaleen congratulations on the fab new site. I love it let’s get together in Vegas for lunch at WPPI. Talk soon

Judy Courchesne - These pics are excellent, i can hardly wait to see the rest. Thanks Jaleen.

Diana - She is so beautiful. I can’t wait to see their wedding photos, I know they are going to be amazing. In my opinion, they picked the best photographer in Edmonton!!!

Gabriela - I loved these.

Alanna - Great pictures, I wish my efforts were half as successful…,

Connor - Another brilliant accomplishment!

Jake - Beautiful!

Ayla - Glad I found this!

Angelina - Glad I found this!

Leilani - Excellent.

Johnny - Terrific photos, I spent far too long looking at them!,

Roger - Glad I found this!

Larry - Wow. Any tips for an aspiring young photographer?

Bella - Im so glad I stumbled across these pictures!

u1097 - Love the lighting!

anonymous image board - Lovely just what I was looking for.


The 1440 on “Sweet Life”

My inbox is overfilling right now with people asking me why did you change your name Jaleen?  We loved Obscura why change now?  So I told my husband(Sean) I better blog about this…so then it is easier instead of answering individual emails…so here is a collective email to my many friends of the past…present and future.  What’s in a name anyways…so much to consider.   Has the name ever been heard of?  Do other people have that name?  What does it mean?  How did it inspire you?  Why not your own name for the business?  For all of these questions I have many answers and wonders that I continue to try and figure out. 

As for my old business name it came to me on a trip to the coast….Tofino B.C. a place where my husband and I drove with our little girl for a family vacation.  I was thinking of names and drawing non-stop doodling logos of things of importance to me.  I kept thinking of names and I read an article about the history of photography and antique cameras.  One of the names of the original way to capture images was through a camera obscura which literally is an optical device where light passes through a hole to project an image.  This was the precursor to cameras…I know it’s deep but I thought wow that is soooo cool so I began to draw images and came up with the rough sketch of a O with the 5 dots on it symbolizing my future goals.  Voila Obscura was born and it was awesome while it lasted.  However, the tough part of it is that many people read it Obscure and they think I am totally into the dark or on the edge of photoshoots….so many people have inquired into Halloween weddings and they are shocked when they meet me and I am the polar opposite of this…shocking….  So with that in mind over a year ago I looked into switching things up and thought about what is important for me as a professional photographer…someone who is passionate about the business and the lives that create it. 

I was  staff at a workshop for a very well known children photographer in Austin, Texas and we sat up late into the evening talking about life and business over some wine and great Canadian chocolate bars.   She told me I was so Sweet….and asked what I was doing with such a dark name.  I told her I agreed and thought it was too dark as well. So, together, we started doing searches and talking about all things Sweet on the last day…I was flying home on the plane I was thinking to myself …life is good…life is great…that was such an awesome and uplifting experience…then it came to me it must be Sweet Life!!  Almost a year later I have honored that name and now officially can say I love Sweet Life and that is why I changed my name.  This is the way I want to approach the business…with this on my mind.  Life is Sweet we must embrace it and I must capture the moments and all the in-betweens that compose the lives within it.  I am hoping to meet you and I want to personally wish you what I continue to personally pursue… A Sweet Life….

With that being said I’d like to share with you a few “sweet” a few “in-between” moments of my daughter, my husband and I that were captured on film from my friend Janean of CR Photography.

In love,