katie maclaren

A Venture in Something New...

One of the most exciting parts of buying my new camera, was the option of having a new way to capture memories: film. This is one of my first experiments with making videos and I can already see the countless elements that I need to improve. It was a ton of fun filming and editing this video of our family trip for California. It is far from perfect, but something I think we can all look back on and simply smile. Enjoy!

The Happiest Place on Earth

Last week, the MacLaren-Croft-Josue clan threw on one-of-a-kind shirts and excitedly jumped on a plan to venture to beautiful California. The family trip centered around theme parks as we visited Disneyland, California Adventure, Sea World, and Universal Studios. As I stepped into the Disneyland gates as an adult, I was astounded by all the little details of the park. Everything is so clearly well thought out that you cannot help but stare with amazement. It truly makes dreams feel like reality.

Sea World was a fun-filled day as we interacted with so many animals. On the way home from the park, we saw more of California as we drove past Laguna Beach and Huntington Beach.

Though the days were jam-packed with rides, shows, and delictable unhealthy food, the trip was really about family. Car rides and evenings were spent chatting away and getting to know each other better.

Photographing Disneyland was truly a joy. Capturing the right moments made princesses and characters feel real. It felt like every second in the park could be a perfect photograph. I definitely had to learn on this trip to put the camera down and live in the moment.

Much love and gratitude to Dan MacLaren & Jody Croft for making this trip possible. Thank you for giving us all unforgettable memories, but especially for bringing us all closer together and making this family stronger.

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Easter Weekend

 Easter is all about family.

Two family-filled days were sandwiched between two relaxing and productive days. It started off with meeting with my favourite little angel to help give her a bath, dress her up for easter, and squeeze in some quality one on one time. Luckily, we got to meet up with one of our cousins for a quaint lunch, mostly centered around the two little ladies.

We ventured to my dad's house for a spring/easter shoot of  Lucianna (you'll have to wait for next week to see those photos!) and to catch up on the NBA playoffs. Dinner was absolutely delicious, as usual, especially when it ends off with the infamous Carol cookies.

On Sunday, Mike and I had one thing on our minds: scalloped potatoes. We wpent the day in Tsawwassen helping out around his dad's place. We even got to learn how to make Jody's scrumptious scalloped potatoes and chowed down once it was ready!

It is weekends like these that remind me of how truly blessed I am to be a part of so many loving families.