Season Recap & Ready for snow!

Happy October readers! It's been a while since I've put a post up but with the snow beginning to coat our beautiful Rocky Mountains I can't help but feel the stoke and reflect on what an incredible year it has been. While some may claim the 2014/2013 season wasn't the most ideal for snow conditions I beg to differ. It was a year for snow hunting, and that is were the adventures being!

This past year started off at Sunshine Village in some perfect Nov/Dec powder before heading to my Montana home and teaming up with Whitefish Montana with Great Northern Powder Guides for another epic season. GNPG kept me pretty busy with clients, film crews, athletes and face shots until April. Then I headed back to my roots in the Canadian Rockies and dug into a few pow days at Sunshine Village before heading out the door for 10 days in Revelstoke BC. In Revy I photographed for a non-profit organized dedicated to helping women experience the outdoors on any skill level and in multiple sports. Every year SheJumps partners up with the Selkirk Lodge for a ski  
mountaineering class, and what a treat it was to learn technical skills with a bunch of rad chicks in the backcountry. We also did some filming/photographing for the new Lyndsey Dyer film PrettyFaces that is touring now - check it out here!! My "season" has been going on for 12 months straight now, and things got a little spicy in the summer months. I followed not only the snow but photo opportunities and I landed in some pretty spectacular places including Whistler in July and Jasper in August, not to mention snowboarding in suburbia Calgary in the middle of September, thank you snow gods! 

Currently feeling so grateful for the places my camera has taken me and the people that I've met along the way. I cannot wait to be playing in my backyard - Sunshine Village again this winter. Sunshine's has one of the earliest opening dates around every year and their level of stoke is contagious. I'm not sure if you suffer from the same snow starved feeling as I do, but I cannot wait to be in the white mountains that I call home. 

It's the time of year where everyone is getting snow mode and prepping their gear. What are your favorite preseason tricks or hacks? Are you an October waxer, maybe starting some cross training? I want to hear your secrets and share them in my next post :)

Until then, let the flakes fly!


Bachynski Family Photos

 I have known this incredibly talented and gorgeous family for almost 10 years now! Hard to believe how quickly the time has flown! A few years ago I photographed M&J's San Diego wedding - it was a flawless day, beautiful! Now a days the kids are all living in different states making it a pretty rare occasion to have them all together, but this year they were able to celebrate Christmas as a family in Calgary. I consider myself pretty luck to get to see them all together and photograph them. Thanks so much for thinking of me for your family photos Bachynski Family!

First Communion by Calgary Photographer Abbydell Photography

 I just love when last minute bookings work out! I had a great Sunday photographing Nicholas First Communion a few weeks ago. What a special event to share with his friends and family members. Beautiful service enjoyed by all!

LDS Calgary Temple Wedding by Calgary Photographer

 Winter weddings are so beautiful! I always enjoy getting out in the snow to photograph, especially for a couple as cool as S&J! We were able to make the most of a few short hours together and create some beautiful snowy memories. Thanks for sharing your special day with me! Couldn't have been so productive if not for the help of the lovely Lyndsey Leary - my wonderful assistant for the day!

barkhouse FAMILY Photos

The holiday season is the perfect time for an extended family photoshoot! The Barkhouse Family was lucky enough to have their whole family together this winter, and what better way to make memories than by a winter outing for family photos!

Lane & Acara - couple photos by Calgary Photographer Abbydell Photography

 Recognize that pretty brunette? Well she is the face of See Spot Run Dogwalking Services! All those cute pups that I get to photograph once a year hang out with this pretty lady all day long - lucky right?! It was fun to head out to one of Acara's secret dogwalking spots with her boyfriend (my brother) for a quick photoshoot. I've been so lucky to photograph a lot of my own family this year, L&A included as that doesn't happen very often! So grateful for their support in my career as a photographer!

Snowy Family Photos by Calgary Photographer: Abby Stanford

 The Buck Family is awesome. I've known Melissa for 7 years now, wow how time flies! This American girl is now at home more than ever in Canada with her bread growing husband and adorable step daughter. The Buck's were troopers during this cold & stormy shoot. The sky was so dark it felt like night, and the snow was coming down so quickly if you stood still too long you'd turn into a snowman. So glad they braved it, I love snowy family photos!