TRICK OR TREAT!?! Fairies, Lambs, Dogs and Pumpkins…| Red Deer/Calgary Family Photographer

Halloween Mini’s at the ACP Studio in Red Deer

Over two weekends, I had a number of adorable kiddos come and visit me…decked out in their sweet Halloween costumes. There really weren’t any scary ones, just cute and cuddly animals and characters from their favourite shows/movies!

I don’t do a lot of Mini Sessions, and truthfully I’m not really “into” Halloween. But I happened to have a Halloween backdrop in my closet and thought I’d give it a shot. I’m sure glad I did. It was a ton of fun, the kids were very interactive and loved showing me their outfits and how they can act out their characters! I’ll definitely be doing this again next year!

I hope you enjoy some of the images I captured from this years mini’s!

~ Amy


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Amy Cheng Photography offers Red Deer and Calgary families the very best in portrait photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! I specialize in family photography but also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, wedding photography, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe and Blackfalds.

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Images by Red Deer Family Photography – Amy Cheng Photography © 2019

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Dykens Family Session at CPR Train Bridge | Red Deer/Calgary Family Photographer

Sunset warmth, running off energy, Grandma’s love.

This session has been in the making for almost 2 years, no joke! Daughter-in-law Sheena, bought a gift certificate for Grandma Susan for Christmas of 2017. You heard that right! We have been working around work schedules and nasty weather for the past little bit, but we finally made it happen on this gorgeous August night.

We met at the CPR Train Bridge in Red Deer where it’s always an interesting place to be. Luckily on this night, we didn’t have to dodge too many people walking across the bridge. There are always some interesting “characters” that you meet at this location.

In the end, I spent a little bit more time with this family than what a normal Mini Session would allow, but after 2 years of waiting, I thought they deserved it. We captured some great group shots and of course, some fun photos of the kids. And of course, Grandma got the images she wanted of her with the kiddos.

My favourite photos are the individual ones that I capture of the kids. They normally happen near the end of the session. It gives me a brief one-on-one moment with them where I try to make them feel special and beautiful. And then of course I always encourage mom and dad to do some “couple shots”. Once you have kids, it seems to be all about them, or family photos…but a photo of just mom and dad…often forgotten about. I think it’s important to capture their loving partnership in a shot of just the two of them. And this mom and dad did not disappoint – look at how they look at one another, and hold each other when walking. It makes my heart bubble over when I allow moments like this to happen and capture it for them!

Enjoy some of the photos from our session!

~ Amy


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Amy Cheng Photography offers Red Deer and Calgary families the very best in portrait photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! I specialize in family photography but also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, wedding photography, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe and Blackfalds.

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Images by Red Deer Family Photography – Amy Cheng Photography © 2019

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Pulham Family Visits Alberta | Calgary/Red Deer Family Photographer

12 years later, they are back with the kids!

12 years ago, the Pulham Family (my sister and her husband, and their newborn eldest daughter at the time), came to Calgary for my wedding. They haven’t been back since…but when work allowed my sister to make a visit to Alberta, the rest of the family decided to come along too!

It was really special for my husband and I to watch our nieces experience the mountains for the first time.

As is normal at Lake Louise, there were mounds of people there and it wasn’t even a weekend! We had to park down the main road, and walk up to the Lake. It’s amazing how amongst all the visitors, we could capture some photos that make it look like we are the only ones there!

It was an incredibly long day as we travelled from Airdrie to Lake Louise, then to Moraine Lake, and finally we made a quick stop through Banff. Amongst all the “are we there yet”, it’s fun to look back on these photos and remember those precious moments with my family.

I have called Alberta home since 2002, but I do still miss my immediate family who are still in London, Ontario. I hope they will come and visit again…and we’ll do some activities closer to the city!

To end off the trip, my brother-in-law decided to buy an old Mustang and drive it back to Ontario. It was a long drive, with a steering wheel that kept pulling to the left (apparently a new set of tires fixed the problem). The road was long, and I’m sure he likely won’t do it again…but he arrived 4 days later in Ontario, safe and sound.

Thanks for the summer visit Pulham Family!

~ Amy


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Amy Cheng Photography offers Red Deer and Calgary families the very best in portrait photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! I specialize in family photography but also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, wedding photography, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe and Blackfalds.

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Images by Red Deer Family Photography – Amy Cheng Photography © 2019

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Choosing the Right Camera for Your Child | Red Deer/Calgary Family Photographer

Encouraging a new interest…

If your child has recently started showing an interest in photography and you are thinking about buying them their first camera, there are a few things you need to consider. As a parent you probably know that a kid’s interests can change tomorrow, next week or even next year but the good news is that you can still support their new hobby without breaking the bank.    

Here are some tips for choosing a camera for your budding photographer: 

  • Choose a camera that will enable your child to learn the basics quite quickly. Make sure that the controls and buttons are manageable and that the size of the camera is suited to the size of their hands. The menus should also be logical, easy to read and have intuitive icons that are easy to understand. 
  • Children love to experiment and tend to learn faster when they can do so. An entry-level DSLR camera will allow them to adjust exposure settings such as ISO, shutter speed and aperture. Interchangeable lenses are also a great learning tool but definitely not essential as a beginner. 
  • When deciding on a camera for your child, take a look at the screen. It should be large, bright and have great color reproduction. It should also be easy to use both indoors and outdoors as there is nothing more frustrating than not being able to see your images clearly on the screen due to bright sunlight. 
  • Ensure that the sensor resolution is good enough and meets your specific requirements, especially if you want to print larger size images. In most cases a 10-14 mega pixel camera is a sufficient for an entry level photographer. 
  • As a first time photographer, your child will want to keep practicing so it’s important that you are able to extend the camera’s memory using a SD/SDHC memory card. 
  • Next come the accessories. Your child will want to download their images from the camera onto a computer for editing so a USB cable/memory card reader will be an essential accessory. Down the road if their interest keeps growing, consider purchasing a tripod, alternative lenses and eventually, a camera with more capabilities.

If you aren’t sure that a brand new camera is the best route to go as your child pursues their interest in photography you can also look at buying a secondhand camera instead (or ask family members if they have an old camera they don’t want anymore!). Ask around because many photographers may be willing to sell an older backup camera. Be sure to find out about all the camera’s features and any extras that it might come with before making the purchase to ensure that it meets your specific requirements. Additionally, camera stores (like my favourite one, Saneal Camera!) are a terrific resource. Even if you don’t plan to buy new, they have a ton of information that can help you make the right decision.

Happy Camera Hunting!


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Amy Cheng Photography offers Red Deer and Calgary families the very best in portrait photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! I specialize in family photography but also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, wedding photography, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe and Blackfalds.

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Images by Red Deer Family Photography – Amy Cheng Photography © 2019

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Do I Really Need a Professional Makeup Artist? | Red Deer/Calgary Wedding Photographer

Should I hire a MUA (makeup artist) for my wedding day?

You’ve made a big investment in photography (and possibly videography as well) to help capture your big day. You want to make sure you absolutely look your best. Although, I’m sure you do a very nice job on your everyday makeup, I strongly recommend looking into hiring a makeup artist. 

Here’s why:

Even though you’re great at doing your own makeup, a MUA can do it so much better. I mean, after all, that is their job. We especially recommend hiring a good MUA if you don’t normally do your own makeup. They know what will look good on you and can make it look natural and flawless.

Makeup artists use high-grade makeup – nothing runs, shines, or smudges, ensuring that you don’t have any makeup malfunctions during your big day. They also know what works well with the flash, the lighting at different times of the day, etc. 

On your wedding day, you’re going to be moving around all day and you want your makeup to last. You’ll need to be wearing about 30% more makeup than normal. It may seem like a lot in real life, because you’re not used to it, but it won’t look like a lot on camera. Makeup artists know exactly how much to put on. 

A MUA knows how to accentuate your features to make sure you look your best for portraits and close ups. They know that cameras alter lighting and colors and how to avoid common makeup issues with photography. Some everyday makeups can make you look oily or shiny on camera – MUAs make sure the makeup they use will photograph perfectly. Also, on your wedding day, you’ll be wearing a lot of white. You don’t want to look washed out in your photos and a MUA knows how to make sure that doesn’t happen. 

And lastly, they know your schedule and can help keep you on track by making sure to have you ready in time.

Still not convinced?

Consider doing a trial run with a MUA. What’s to lose? Don’t want to pay for it…head to The Bay, a MAC store or Shoppers Drug Mart and ask the cosmetic ladies if they’ll help you out. Then, have someone take a photo of you. You might be pleasantly surprised!


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Amy Cheng Photography offers Red Deer and Calgary families the very best in portrait photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! I specialize in family photography but also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, wedding photography, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe and Blackfalds.

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Images by Red Deer Family Photography – Amy Cheng Photography © 2019

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The Near Wedding in Calgary | Calgary/Red Deer Wedding Photographer

Emotional first look, milkshakes & dance party.


Getting Ready

The day started at the Four Points Sheraton Calgary West where we photographed Sean and his groomsmen getting ready. Amongst getting ready, they were busy playing Nintendo Switch with the young ring bearer. As a gift, Sean gave his groomsmen tactical boxes as well as new ties and socks for the day. The suite that we were in was very large, it made this portion of the day both easy (to move around in) but also a beautiful backdrop.

After photographing Sean and his guys, we headed next door to the bride, Neena’s suite. We had lots of time to photograph her jewellery and accessories as she finished up hair and makeup. Neena gave her bridesmaids gifts that included fuzzy shawls to keep them warm and floral robes. During our time with Neena, I especially loved her rose-gold shoes and the delicate jewellery that she wore, and check out that adorable purse! It was pretty clear while photographing the guys and girls, that their bridal party meant a lot to them – close friends who had helped shape who they are and they enjoyed journeying through life together!

The First Look

The first look was incredibly emotional. Working with a large mirror in the room, we situated Sean near the window. As Neena came in and tapped him on the shoulder, he turned around and we were able to capture his true emotions both directly and indirectly using the mirror. He was truly overjoyed to see his soon-to-be wife and how absolutely stunning she was. After this, the couple took a few moments to read personalized letters that they had for one another. We allowed them complete privacy for this part.

Formals in Bowness Park & Angel’s Drive-In

Formals were a ton of fun with this large group. We started off at Bowness Park, where a bit of snow could still be found on the ground. There is always a ton of different looks at this park – water, trees, grassy areas, bridges. We first photographed the entire bridal party together, both in a formal look and then a fun “cheering” group shot. After that, we broke into separate groups, photographing the ladies on their own and then the men. This is the time where we get individual shots of each person (great for LinkedIn or Tinder…ha ha…that’s what I always say to them), plus we pair each person up with the bride/groom, and of course group shots of the girls and guys. Then it was time to photograph the bride and groom on their own. The entire bridal party stuck around, helping us hold jackets and flowers as we switched throughout a variety of poses and locations.

After finishing at Bowness, we headed to Angel’s Drive-In which was right around the corner. The group ordered burgers and milkshakes, and had a relaxing time sitting at a few of the tables inside. The place was packed with people, but we managed to find a few corners to use. We captured candid shots of the group eating and laughing together, plus we took Sean and Neena outside to do some photos in front of the vintage-looking building. With the stainless steel look of the walls, and the large vehicle over the front door, old records and black and white motif, this location was a fun spot. Something out of the ordinary!

Ceremony at Four Points Sheraton

After photographing the family in the lobby of the hotel, it was time for the ceremony. As Neena’s dad is no longer with us, her Uncle had the honour of walking her down the aisle. Throughout the day, Sean carried Neena’s dads wallet with him, to help keep him close throughout the day. After exchanging rings and saying their vows, they signed their marriage certificate and then shared their first kiss as husband and wife.

Reception Time!

After entering the reception hall, speeches were given. Then a unique presentation happened where friends reenacted how Sean and Nina met. It was similar to a Bollywood style of film and included a number of the kids in the group. This was such a special touch for the couple, it was obvious that they really appreciated the effort.

Dinner was followed by a dance that literally just erupted on the dance floor. This group knows how to dance, and I’m sure it kept going, long after we left that night!

Here’s a few of my favourite images from this special day…Congrats Neena & Sean!


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Amy Cheng Photography offers Red Deer and Calgary families the very best in portrait photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! I specialize in family photography but also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, wedding photography, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe and Blackfalds.

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Cadens Senior Grad Session | Red Deer/Calgary Grad Photographer

Countryside, horses, family & laugher.

It was such an honour to be part of Caden’s Grade 12 Graduation from Lacombe High School. I was invited out to their acreage in Lacombe County where we spent a couple hours with his immediate family, girlfriend and Grandma.

They had so many different areas of the acreage that we could use for photos – grassy pastures, the dirt road, the field with their three horses and treed sections.

To add to the mood of the session, there were grey clouds circling behind us. They almost had a tornado look to them. Luckily, they seemed to pass by us without a drop of rain, but the backdrop it provided was incredible.

Brother Brody had graduated 2 years prior, so some of the photos we took were replications of the images they had done for his grad. But then we got to make some unique ones, just for Caden! It was fun to photograph him in his blue suit, then in his grad gown and finally in his comfortable jeans.

Congrats Caden & best of luck in all your future endeavours!

Here’s a small sampling of the photos we captured that evening


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Amy Cheng Photography offers Red Deer and Calgary families the very best in portrait photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! I specialize in family photography but also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, wedding photography, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe and Blackfalds.

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Lemieux Family Session in Sylvan Lake| Red Deer/Calgary Family Photographer

Extended family, new home and the perfect backyard setting.

This family knows how to document all the important things in life! I have photographed them on numerous occasions and was ecstatic when they called to say extended family was coming into town and they wanted to document it.

A little bit of rain didn’t bother us as we took shelter under the mature trees that filled the backyard of their new home.

After all the traditional posing that I do with families, I love to let the kiddos run around and show me their true spirit! For this morning session, balloons were involved and the cousins really lit up as they ran around the yard, punching the balloons and chasing one another.

Congrats Lemieux Family on your new home and to celebrating all the important moments in life! I can’t wait to see you again!

Here’s some of the images from their session:


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Amy Cheng Photography offers Red Deer and Calgary families the very best in portrait photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! I specialize in family photography but also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, wedding photography, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe and Blackfalds.

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Simple Tricks to Look Thinner in Photos | Red Deer/Calgary Wedding Photographer

Feel proud when you look at a photo of yourself.

We have all seen photos of ourselves where we simply weren’t happy about how we looked. It’s easy to be your own worst critic but it’s even easier to make small changes in how you pose for photos in order to look slimmer and more confident.

  1. Low angles are a no-no. Nobody looks good when they’re photographed from below. Photos taken at this angle make you look heavier, shorter and will more than likely give you a bit of a double chin. Instead, I take photos from a side angle or from above.
  2. It’s all in the jaw. It might feel rather awkward at first but try practicing moving your chin up slightly and your neck forward so that it accentuates your jaw. Sometimes this is called “turtling”. It feels strange but works miracles!
  3. Think before you get dressed. What you wear plays a big role in how you look in photos. Avoid bulky or baggy clothing that doesn’t fit you well. While darker clothes do make you look slimmer, if you want to go for brighter colors, stay away from any patterns that draw attention to your problem areas and always avoid horizontal stripes.
  4. Angles & posture are instant wins. You will always look slimmer in photos if you twist your body slightly to create an angle. Place one leg in front of the other and keep your weight on your back leg. Put one hand on your hip and keep your other arm relaxed at your side, not pushed up against your body. To accentuate your collarbones, stand up straight and push your shoulders back. 
  5. Sit correctly. If you’re sitting in a photo, try and cross your ankles instead of your legs. It makes you look leaner and shows less of your thighs.
  6. Stick to the middle. Taking a group shot? Try and stay away from the end of the group if possible as people standing on the edges of the group always look a little bigger.  

Remember that confidence makes a big difference to your photos too so don’t forget to smile naturally and let your beauty shine through.  


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Amy Cheng Photography offers Red Deer and Calgary families the very best in portrait photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! I specialize in family photography but also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, wedding photography, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe and Blackfalds.

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Images by Red Deer Family Photography – Amy Cheng Photography © 2019

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Caleb’s High School Graduation | Red Deer/Calgary Grad Photographer

Today, I’d like to introduce you to Caleb, a recent graduate of Lacombe High School! I had the pleasure of taking some quick photos of him, his girlfriend Ashley and his family, in-between the ceremony and dinner portion of his grad day, at Westerner Park.

There were so many people there, I believe they had 400 graduates?! At first I thought we would have to do photos inside because of the rain, but it seemed to stop just as we were about to start our photo session. We also managed to find spot with some pretty trees that were nice and green, and full (to hide the buildings behind them).

I couldn’t believe the gowns that the ladies wore! They are absolutely stunning (just check out Ashley’s gown in the above picture!).

Best of luck to Caleb! I know there are lots of wonderful events and experiences ahead of you!

Check out some of my favourite photos from our session:


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Amy Cheng Photography offers Red Deer and Calgary families the very best in portrait photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! I specialize in family photography but also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, wedding photography, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe and Blackfalds.

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Moser Family Session | Red Deer/Calgary Family Photographer

Fun in the sun & water at Three Mile Bend.

It was the most gorgeous Fathers Day, when I got together with the Moser Family at Three Mile Bend. The sun was BLAZING out, and for half of the session, it felt like shade was hiding on us.

We started out in an open grassy spot with the pond (do we call it a pond?!), beaver dams and full leafy trees were our backdrop. I had to watch where I stood as the moose and deer had been in there, leaving some “presents” behind. For me, it’s important to get some big family shots first. This allows everyone to get to know me a bit more, feel more comfortable when we move into individual/family photos. It also gives me a chance to provide some posing “tips” that everyone can use throughout the rest of the session. And of course, most importantly, all kids at generally in a good mood at that point in time…so we want to get the most important shots done first! And with an extended family photoshoot, the most important shot is the entire group.

Grandma and Grandpa had their kids and grandkids come in for this special occasion, travelling from Calgary and Edmonton to Red Deer. After photos, they had plans for a bbq back at their house.

We found a little bridge where we got some grandkid photos, with their feet dangling over the water. Then it was off to some shade!

This location provides great variety for photos – open fields, pathways, tall grasses, and then eventually, you reach a “beach” of sorts, although quite rocky and sore for bare feet, the water area is stunning! It’s almost like being in the mountains, but we’re right in town!

I hope you enjoy some of the photos I captured from this session. In total, I sent the Moser’s 120 photos from this session – that’s the great part about a “full session”. We had as much time as we needed; time to change and go to different locations. It worked out great! Thanks for letting me be part of your 2019 Father’s Day, Moser family!

Check out the fun we had:


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Amy Cheng Photography offers Red Deer and Calgary families the very best in portrait photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! I specialize in family photography but also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, wedding photography, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe and Blackfalds.

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Why a “First Look” is a Must on Your Wedding Day | Red Deer/Calgary Wedding Photographer

Are First Looks Important?

Many of my couples ask me whether or not they should have a first look. If you’re reading this, you’re probably wondering the same thing. In my professional opinion, I think they are an excellent idea. I love first looks. I know that they are a tad bit ‘untraditional,’ but let me take a minute to explain the benefits of a first look.

Reason Number 1 – It Makes Your Wedding Day a Little “Less Crazy”.

No getting around it. You have so much to do and so little time to do it in. If you have a first look, it helps to calm down the day a bit. Instead of trying to rush around to get everyone together and have pictures taken between the wedding ceremony and reception while your guests are waiting, you’ll have that time to relax and enjoy your guests and not have to worry about being late to your reception. We can do all of the main portraits before the ceremony even begins – at the very least, the bride and groom and bridal party photos. This way, your hair and makeup are still perfect, as they were just finished. If your family is coming earlier, we can do their photos beforehand, as well, or we will only have to worry about those portraits after the ceremony and not the bridal party shots.

Reason Number 2 – It Gives You a Special, Intimate Moment With Your Soon-To-Be Spouse.

If you are nervous or stressed out, this will especially help to relax you, and your spouse can comfort you and let you know it will all be OK. During the ceremony, there are many of people around and you can’t fully take in the moment because everyone is staring at you. With a first look, that moment is just between you and your spouse (and your photographers, of course). 

Reason Number 3 – Walking Down The Aisle Will Still Be Special.

Even if you have a first look, your husband will be just as happy to see you walking down the aisle and you’ll still take his breath away. Don’t worry that you’ll be spoiling the moment by seeing him prior to the ceremony. Instead, now you can take in the moment, hear the words being spoken without those “first look” jitters!

Here’s some photos from the Munn Wedding First Look:

Aren’t convinced yet? Here’s a few more reasons…

Reason Number 4 – A Crying Groom Makes Everyone Melt. You’re probably thinking and dreaming about your groom’s reaction when he see you for the first time. The fact is that boys get nervous, and when they do, they shut down. Imagine what a crowd of 150+ people will do to your soon-to-be spouse! Now imagine his reaction when it’s just you and him!! Almost every groom who meets his bride alone, expresses his raw and true emotions. He doesn’t shut down, he doesn’t get shy…and he almost ALWAYS cries tears of joy!

Thanks so much for reading. I hope you got some clarity on what First Looks are and why they are super important for a happy, stressful wedding day!

Here’s some photos from the Near Wedding First Look:


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Amy Cheng Photography offers Red Deer and Calgary families the very best in portrait photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! I specialize in family photography but also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, wedding photography, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe and Blackfalds.

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Images by Red Deer Family Photography – Amy Cheng Photography © 2019

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Catherine & Andy | Calgary/Red Deer Wedding Photographer

Love & affection abound for these newlyweds.

I met these two newlyweds (2 years married…but boy did they have chemistry!) at Pearce Estate Park in Calgary. It was a gorgeous June evening with very few bugs, and only short snippets of rain during our time together.

They were up for anything – any location that I chose, or pose that I suggested, they quickly stepped into it and then made it their own. It always excites me to see the chemistry of a couple come alive as our session goes along. They seem to settle into a rhythm with each other, probably because the busyness of life is put aside and all they have to focus on is one another!

Here’s some of the images we captured, enjoy!


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Amy Cheng Photography offers Red Deer and Calgary families the very best in portrait photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! I specialize in family photography but also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, wedding photography, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe and Blackfalds.

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Images by Red Deer Family Photography – Amy Cheng Photography © 2019

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Client Appreciation Garden Party With RE/MAX Realtors Kim Fox and Roxann Klepper | Red Deer/Calgary Event Photographer

Private greenhouse purchases, lunch with friends, activities for the kiddos.

I had the pleasure of capturing this Client Appreciation Garden Party that Kim Fox and Roxann Klepper, from RE/MAX real estate central alberta put on last week. They had over 100 families come out to enjoy a free bbq, bouncy castle, bubbles (event the parents could be seen having fun with bubbles!) and crafts for the kiddos (check out those adorable rock animals the kids were painting).

The event was held at a private, typically wholesale only greenhouse called Meadowbrook, in Penhold. Clients were given a free flower basket to take home (compliments of Kim and Roxann, aka Roxy) and had the ability to purchase other plants inside the greenhouse. Even I went home with a gorgeous planter for my front step, some annuals for my front garden and some “hens & chicks”! The quality was outstanding, plants were well maintained and looked flawless.

The event was a huge success! Kudos to Kim and Roxy and their entire admin team and volunteers who put on such a fun party!

Here’s some of the photos captured from the day. Thanks for letting me spend the day with you guys!

~ Amy