"What are the 3 most important things you want to remember from your wedding day?" I ask this question to all of my brides before their wedding, it not only helps me to know what is most important to them, but it helps them bring themselves back to the reason they are getting married and think about what is most important to them. I just had to share with you Alicia's response to this question, it is such a great reminder to all you bride's planning your wedding! "I don't want the glitz and glamour of the wedding to over shadow the real purpose of what the wedding actually signifies. We are getting married because of the love we share for one another and I want to look back on our wedding day and see that love shine through our photos and the memories we each hold." Such a sweet response! I am all about capturing the feelings and the memories. Capturing the love that you share, how you feel to be getting married, the love in your eyes, and the emotions in your heart. So if that's what you want to remember from your wedding day, let's chat! I'm currently booking 2021 and would love to include you!
Prepare yourself for some sad facts about entrepreneurs: Entrepreneurs are 2x more likely to suffer from depression than the average person. 6x more likely to suffer from ADHD. 3x more likely to suffer from substance abuse. 10x more likely to suffer from bipolar. and 2x more likely to have suicidal thoughts. Why is this and how can we fix it?? Entrepreneurship is a lonely journey - YOU are the one who takes the risk, puts your name on the line, makes the decisions, YOU determine the values.This is a lot of responsibility for one person to take on. Many people enter into entrepreneurship to find meaning, satisfaction, and personal significance. But if this is where we are searching for those things, we are never going to find them and it will only leave us feeling empty. Take Solomon for example, the bible says everything in his house was made of gold, he was multi talented, his Kingdom was at peace, his business was surging, he was well-read, his power was unchallenged, he ate great food, he had a thousand wives, he built the most impressive temple, he even led Israel in a national spiritual revival. And yet, with all this success, he still said, "Then I considered all that my hands have done and all the toil that I've expended in doing it and behold all was heval (useless) and a striving after the wind, and there was nothing (permanent) to be gained under the sun" Ecclesiastes 2:1 So basically, pleasure is going to disappoint you. Worldly justice will let us down. All the wisdom in the world will still fail you. The fruit of our labor crumbles. So what then? What are we supposed to do? How are we supposed to live if everything we try to do will fail us? 1. Remember that you're created for God. Our hearts are restless until they learn to find their rest in God. 2. Decide what God wants from you and pursue it. Don't let the uncertainty of life and the possibility of failure paralyze you. Nothing is guaranteed in this life, so taking risks is good. 3. Look for happiness in the present, not the future. Happiness is a gift of God for the present. It's not something you are going to get after you achieve something great. Should I share more bible lessons?
Thinking about eloping outdoors? You're going to want to read this! Choosing your location is one of the biggest (and possibly most difficult) tasks you need to do. The place you get married will affect a LOT of your day and your experience. And we want you to have an incredible experience! So here are a few questions for you to consider to help you choose the perfect outdoor location to get married: 1. How many people will be there (couple + guests + any vendors)? This will help determine how much space you need at your location so there is room for everyone without causing environmental damage. 2. What is your + your guest's fitness level? How far can you hike while carrying ALL your wedding day gear? 3. What activities do you want to do on your elopement day? Are you able to do these in the location you want? 4. How busy is the location you are looking at? Lots of people around will affect your experience and make it less enjoyable. Well there you go! 4 questions to help you choose your elopement location! Make sure you save this for when you are looking at locations!
Time for some 2 truths and a lie! I'm going to tell you 2 things that are true about myself, and 1 lie. Your job is to guess which one is the lie! READY... SET... GO!! 1. One of my dreams in life is to run a marathon 2. Back in the day I had a hamster named after Miley Cyrus 3. I used to be a cheerleader Comment what you think the lie is below! Let's see if I can fool ya!
That feeling when you just can’t wait to get married!! I love capturing the getting ready moments for this exact reason, there are so many emotions and nerves and feelings flying around and it’s so special to remember these. And think about how special it will be for your partner to be able to see how you spent the morning of your wedding day. This is honestly one of my favourite parts of the day. Do you have a favourite part of a wedding day? How did you spend your morning getting ready?
This colourful and stylish wedding just hit the blog!! If you love bright bouquets, wedding tattoos (on the wrong hand), floral suits, and neon heart glasses, then go click the link in my bio to read all about Nakita + Tristan's unique wedding day and see the marvelous photos!! I promise it will not disappoint! . . . #calgaryphotographer #calgaryweddingphotographer #calgarywedding #calgaryelopement #calgaryelopementphotographer #yycnow #yycphotographer #yycweddingphotographer #yycwedding #yycelopementphotographer #albertaphotographer #albertaelopementphotographer #albertaweddingphotographer #bavkyardwedding #colourfulwedding #covidwedding #calgarybackyardwedding
Hope all my Canadians had an amazing Thanksgiving long weekend!! Don't forget to be thankful EVERY day, not just on thanksgiving! Gratitude improves our lives in so many ways: It makes us happier. It makes us healthier. It makes people like us more. It makes us more optimistic. It reduces our stress levels. It increases our self-esteem. And don't forget to show your thankfulness and say "thank you" to someone today. How did you celebrate thanksgiving this year? I got to enjoy 2 thanksgiving meals, one turkey and one ham and they were both delicious!
This wedding was featured on @saskeverafter!!! Here’s what Brooke had to say about her wedding: Our day wasn’t the wedding I always dreamed about as a little girl, but it became my new dream. We had a shorter ceremony after pictures, with 30 people in my parents’ backyard. We went simple. We had one of my friends play music for us through a speaker. Instead of having our bridal party stand up with us, we had them seated so that they could be relaxed and enjoy themselves like everyone else. Our reception was so relaxed. We had people ripping around our yard on our golf cart, and we had a couch under the reception tent so people could just lounge. The food was amazing, and spending time with everyone was so special. We had everything in the backyard. I used my own plants as centrepieces for the tables. We had a small special wedding. We chose to have an anniversary box for our unity ceremony containing rum and our vows. We chose all this so the whole day felt relaxed, and so that it felt very personal and like everyone was family. The speeches were some of our favourite moments. The maid of honour and best man speeches made us cry and the parent speeches made us laugh. One of my favourite moments was after the kiss when we were presented as man and wife, such joy. Also it was so funny that I almost put the ring on the wrong hand at the ceremony. Everyone got a giggle.
Taking care of my clients is always my number one priority in my business. That's why I created an "Adventure Session Prep Guide" for all my couple shoots. This guide will walk you through everything you need to know for your shoot: ‣ What to expect ‣ How to make your session unique to YOU ‣ How to choose the perfect outfit that represents you and will look so good in the photos ‣ What time is best for your shoot ‣ A list of practical things for you and your hunny to do to get you connecting with each other before your shoot even starts So if you want a photographer who's got your back, then look no further. I'd love to chat with you about your love story and get to know you so we can make your vision come to life! No matter if it's for engagement photos, an anniversary session, honeymoon shoot, or just photos to capture your one true and unique love. I'd love to do this thing! Reach out on my website and I will be sure to get back to you, while also being STOKED!!
Liv Hettinga Photography RELOCATED!!! WOOT! WOOT! In case you missed the big announcement yesterday, I MOVED TO CALGARY!! Get ready for all the dreamy shoots in the rocky mountains! I'm so stoked! It's been my vision for a long time to shoot primarily small weddings and elopements in the mountains, I was going back and forth a lot between Saskatchewan and Alberta for shoots, but I can now officially say that I am a Rocky Mountain Based Elopement Photographer!! I will still be taking bookings around Saskatchewan, but have very limited space available. So if you are getting married in Saskatchewan in 2021 I recommend reaching out very soon! Most of my bookings from here on out will be based in Alberta and BC, so if you are in either of these places reach out and let's get some beautiful images of you and your hunny. Fall won't be around for much longer, so the sooner you reach out for photos, the better! You can fill out the contact form on my website (link in bio) or send me a DM if you have any questions!