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2016 | Personal

This year has been a year of growth for our children. Jensen started grade one and like many moms before me have said….they really do change so rapidly at this age. He has the biggest heart and I see so much love and compassion in him – for example, he came running into the kitchen at my mom and dads a few days ago, in a panic and said “come quick, the guy on tv said we have the chance to save hundreds of animals and to call this number to help!” My sweet boy had just watched an spca commercial and was so focused on getting us to help these poor animals…..i’ve realized now, more than ever that he is the window to my childhood. We are wired just the same, which I take as a blessing…I have a bond with him that will never break, I get you sweet boy.

Hudson started full time at Wonderflow Schoolhouse and wow, he really has changed. He is still very passionate and outspoken – aka loud and spoiled lol but he has his little tender moments that peek out to say hi every once and awhile. He is going to do big things, this kid. When he sets his mind to something he doesn’t stop until its done and I know he gets that from his dad. His smile is my favourite. When he laughs but doesn’t want anyone to know he’s laughing he grabs his cheeks and pretends he’s not. He is the silliest kid and is definitely going to be the class clown.

We got a sweet little pup named Timber in January and he was the little puppy love of my life. The boys and I adored him more than anything, and he adored us. As he grew older, we started notching some very severe behavioural issues that were troublesome. Not towards any members of our family but to others. He was terrified of everything and everyone but he turned that fear into aggression and we couldn’t take him anywhere without scaring people – he legit looked insane, ask anyone that came in contact with him. Which, in turn, added a ton of stress to our lives so we decided to take timber to a trainer in Lethbridge that deals specifically with these issues. We got Timber back in Sept and while he was still apprehensive of others he was fully trained for the most part, but he needed a TON of attention to keep him on track. He healed, was polite and every thing was going great. One week later he cut his foot on a plant pot that he had knocked over and then it all started to go downhill. Training took a back seat because he was on kennel rest due to his paw and it all came back, the barking, the lunging at people, the stress…..and then he mistook Jensen for a stranger as he was coming into the house from school with his dad. As Jensen opened the dog I couldn’t get to the door to grab him and he barked and lunged at him. He didn’t get him but the what if’s started and at that moment we knew Timber needed more work. So in October I called Peter again and told him what was going on. He suggested a few things that wouldn’t necessarily make his life any better so we made the decision to give Timber to Peter and he would work with him for 6 months and then find a home that would be best suited for him. It gutted me to make this choice. We tried everything but he was just not the dog for us. I felt broken. I bawled my eyes out for days. I wanted him so badly to be a part of our family but I believe we did what’s best for him and for us. I could never live with myself if something happened to one of our children or someone else’s.

We traveled as a family from Salmon Arm, BC all the way down to Yosemite Valley this summer and we definitely did not expect the amount of time we would be spending in the truck….lol We got to stop in Portland and see Lucas’ Uncle Kevin and Aunt Lois (and their boys!) They live in the most quaint beautiful subdivision that felt like you were in the middle of small town america – naked kids on the sidewalk playing with toys, kids playing basketball in the street and neighbours that you know are all friends. Not to mention Kevin and Lois are two of the greatest people I have ever met and happy that they are in my family 🙂

Sequoia National Park was definitely my favourite, I have never seen trees like that and it was just so incredibly inspiring to stand and the foot of these giants and think about what they must have seen in their lifetime.

Next stop was San Fran – I had been there as a child but don’t remember much besides the bridge and stopping at this little (actually it was a hollowed out sequoia so it was actually huge) tree house store. When we left San Fran on our way back up to portland, we had just sat for about 30-45 min at a construction site, we finally got going after impatiently waiting and as the traffic cleared, out of the corner of my eye….I saw it…the tree house store. Now, in my 3 year old head, I only remembered one thing…the sign. And that was all I saw. I slammed on the breaks, turned around and took jensen in to find the one thing that my mom bought for me at the store – a wooden mechanical snake to scare my grandma. There was one left – it was plastic but he has it and I hope he will remember going there and hopefully take his kids to pick up a snake of their own 🙂

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Happy 3rd Brithday Huds!

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Wonderflow School Barn Dance!

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Hudson fell in the creek right after this…he was fine but I was covered in mud lollifestyle family photography | ©The Paper Deer Photography | thepaperdeer.ca lifestyle family photography | ©The Paper Deer Photography | thepaperdeer.ca

My sweet Timmy

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We built a playhouse this summer!

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I got to spend my 20 year Friend-iversary with these fine ladies in Field, BC

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Happy 6th Birthday, Jensen!

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These images will forever be a favourite

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They get their curls partly from Nana 😉

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Nerdy Portlania sight seeing

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Yosemite!!

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it’s not vacation until a wee ones has a tantrum in front of 100’s of people!

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So I had just told Jensen NOT to climb on this but he looked so proud up top that I decided to take a photo. Just as I did that, as you can plainly see, he fell and nearly cracked his head open on the concrete below. He listens now.

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Jensen climbed that entire hill – Hudson made Lucas carry him and then passed out at Starbucks.

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amazed by the pelicans

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We did not expect to go to San Fran but made a last minute decision to make the 3 hour trip. I’m so glad we did but we also packed for 40 degree (Celsius) Yosemite weather, not 17 San Fran weather.

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His hair faired very well in the humidity

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First time seeing the ocean!

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See?! Why can’t my hair do that?? geez….

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Hud’s nearly drowned in this pool….it was not kid friendly aka, the “shallow end” was 5 feet deep

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Inside the Tree House Store! We were INSIDE a tree…Jensen’s mind was blown

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At Uncle Kev’s – his place is GORGEOUS!

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I got to meet up with my sweet friend Helen Joy in Sept. Her and her family traveled all the way from North Carolina and I was so excited to squeeze and photograph them in my neck of the woods.

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taken by my budding photographer, Jensen

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Merry Everything and Happy Always,

Jayme

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zabolotney family | waterton family photographer

Oh, Waterton….I have only ever been there a handful of times but I can’t help but just fall deeper and deeper in love each time. It also helps to have incredible clients that will make the trek down south to adventure with me 🙂

Jessica, Dean and their sweet little girl, Claire met up with me at the beginning of October for a family connection session on an unusually warm day in Waterton. It was a very special session because we were able to include Jessica & Dean’s first daughter, Everly. If you look close you will see her <3

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amanda, evanie & noa | Rocky Mountain Family Photographer

Sometimes when you have close photographer friends that feel the weight of having growing children slipping through their fingers as much as you do, you just take a trip out to the mountains, brave the cold (well compared to the temperatures the past few weeks, this was summer lol), and hold your kids as close as you can. Amanda and I traded session back in October and it was so great to finally get a chance to photograph her and her two sweet little ladies.

When I take these types of images, I take them with the children in mind. These images are not just for us as parents but for our children, our children’s children and so on. Think for a minute about an image of you and your mom (or dad), does it exist? I don’t have many from when I was very small but oh how I cherish the few that I do have. I want my kids to know what I looked like at every age; when I was pregnant, or a new mom complete with bags under my eyes and that soft squishy belly or when I was fresh faced and basking in the glow of my boys.

I need to prove that I existed.

That I was there.

I want them to have these images to look back on, to try and remember that very day and how extraordinarily ordinary it was.

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Teacher Silvanna’s Brood | Red Deer Family Photographer

I’m not really sure how to describe the love I have for my eldest son’s Kindergarten teacher; Teacher Silvanna. She has the most kind heart and Jensen thrived under her care and attention last year.

When she asked if I could photograph her brood I could not say no, even though older teens/ young adults is not something that I shoot all that often, these three were such a blast to hang out with.

Silvanna is the kindy teacher at Wonderflow School House here in Red Deer. Waldorf education is something that I feel so strongly about and we are excited to be starting an initiative to start a K-5 Waldorf School (Woodland Grade School) right here in Red Deer. If you value creative based education as much as I do, please please check out their Facebook page.

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Embracing The Chaos | Jan/Feb Class | The Bloom Forum Online Workshop

I am super excited to announce that my Jan/Feb workshop over at The Bloom Forum is now open for early registration! See below for more information.

EMBRACING THE CHAOS with photographer Jayme Ford

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Want to break free from the ordinary and create emotive images that will stand the test of time? No more fake smiles and uncomfortable looking, forced connections. Learn to work with unhappy dads, ease the stressed out moms, and enjoy those crazy littles. Come join me, Jayme Ford of The Paper Deer Photography and Embrace the Chaos of these incredible beautiful family’s. If you have ever wanted to whole heartily capture the love between family members and fully document your clients story of togetherness and love, this 2 week, interactive course will help lead you on your way!

We will be covering a lot to do with Family Photography but this class is so much more involved.  A few topics we will be covering in this course will be; Getting to Know your Clients, Location Scouting, Working with Kids, Working with Parents (aka How to Win Over Dads), My Go-To Equipment, When Sessions Go Bad (how to deal with it without it showing in your photos), My Key Shot List, Indoor Lifestyle, The Shy Photographer – Building Confidence, Workflow, Pricing & How to Attract the Right Clientele, Getting Testimonials WHILE Boosting your SEO at the Same Time, and a bonus Iphoneography AND Intro to Basic Videography Lesson! There will be a few assignments as well as a Q&A section and private Facebook group for all members to interact during and after the workshop. There will also be a link posted to the complete PDF at the end of the course!

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who this is for? Anyone who yearns to document the real moments of your clients, who wants to feel confident going into a session all while spending more time with YOUR family because your workflow has been cut in HALF.

prerequisites: A DSLR and knowledge of shooting in manual is recommended for this workshop (I won’t be going over settings too much)

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1. This workshop will run from Jan 23rd – Feb 4th.

2. 25 active seats are available at $200.00USD per seat.

3. 25 silent seats are available at $150.00USD per seat. (Silent seats will be able to view and receive all the workshop material but cannot post inside the private forum, or email Jayme and get cc on their homework.)

4. The private workshop information will be available for one month after the workshop ends but there will be a complete PDF sent to you at the end with a BONUS iPhoneography and Intro to Basic Videography lesson!

5. This is an online workshop and students work at their own pace within the allotted workshop dates. I will be posting one lesson per day for 14 days, each is about a 15 min read. There is no set time you will need to be online.

6. Registration is now open on a first come first serve basis, my last workshop sold out so don’t hesitate, it is limited to only 25 active, silent & alumni seats!

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Once you register your PayPal receipt will act as your confirmation to the workshop. **Please make sure to include your main email address on your PayPal form if your main address is not your PayPal email address.** I will be sending a welcome email a week before the workshop so make sure to check your spam folder! I lot of attendees said the emails ended up there!

You must be a member of The Bloom Forum to participate in this course, click here to join!  No refunds are given once a seat is purchased, however, you can sell your seat on your own, but please let me know so I can add the new person to the roster.

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Love from previous Attendees:

“I feel so empowered after completing this course and was beyond excited to go out and shoot, meet with clients, and push myself to a new level. These lessons brought tears to my eyes on numerous occasions because it made me understand how “normal” some of the things we go through, are. I’m so thankful for the time I had in this course and look forward to putting it to practice.”

– Jennifer Christensen

“Jayme’s course was a blessing in disguise. While I was searching for new information I found inspiration and a new fire within that made me want to pick up my camera. After Jayme’s course I feel inspired and I’m loving my work more than I ever have. ” 

– Jenna Hobbs

“The workshop was packed full or content that I had hoped for. I found each lesson built so well onto each other and together combined to be a treasure of content. It was nice having daily lessons that helped focus each day and was exciting to look forward to. I learnt as much as I had anticipated and then some. I loved how it wasn’t just about family photography but about the business of being a professional family photographer, as well as focusing on myself personally. It wasn’t a generic workshop, it was a workshop that has helped me grow personally as well. It was so great realizing that I am not the only photographer who struggles with being shy – and learning how to be confident and value myself and my time (and family time) despite that. Being part of such a wonderful group of other photographers who have similar struggles also helped me feel more encouraged”

– Liesel Sanday

I would LOVE to have you in my class, if you have any questions at all please email me at paperdeerphoto@gmail.com.

Active Seat – $200USD



Silent Seat – $150USD



Alumni Seat – $100 USD (THIS IS ONLY OFFERED TO PREVIOUS ATTENDEES)



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