I want to say that it was about three or four years ago.

I had been taking the morning to read through some of my favourite photography blogs when I came a across a beautiful session captured in Southern California.  Except that something didn’t look quite right; there was snow!  And as I read through the blog post, I soon realized that the photographer had taken weeks to prepare this session in a magical winter setting…fake snow and all.

I’m not going to lie…I was surprised!  Because we spend about five months out of our year buried in snow, and it’s not always an easy thing to do.  It takes a certain amount of mental stamina to endure the cold months and the extreme climate.  But we do it, year after year.  And when the snow melts and the air warms up…we rejoice in knowing that we survived another winter in the Great White North.  So, the idea of someone trying to replicate our every day life in order to create a new setting was so strange to me.

Until it wasn’t.

Until I really realized for the first time just how rare and beautiful it is for us to live in this climate; to play in the snow…to experience four very different seasons…to witness such natural change.

And from that time forward, I have loved shooting in the snow.  Sometimes it’s cold.  Sometimes it’s hard.  Sometimes it’s more than any of us bargained for.  But it’s always worth it.  It’s worth the effort to be a part of something so unique.

Amina and Deni thought so too!  And on an usually mild winter day, we trekked into the woods, through knee deep snow and enjoyed all it had to offer!

They wanted to have their photograph taken.  Just because.

They wanted it done during the winter. Just because.

And I love every single minute of it.

Just because!

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