observed by Diane » photo journal for those who enjoy vignettes of an ordinary life

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    Living on Vancouver Island in B.C. Canada Diane loves the scent of forests and rain, the rhythms of the sea, and holds discoveries and stories in high regard.

    Where mornings begin with a drum roll! --Diane M Schuller

    Updated on random Mondays ... simply an online journal of an ordinary life. Come on in to enjoy a breath of West Coast air.

    photos from the birthday party

    Here’s a few more photos from the birthday party. I can hardly wait until someone else asks me to shoot their birthday party!

    Our birthdays are feathers in the broad wing of time. ~ Jean Paul Richter

    Of course some of the fun was outside!

    And, of course, there was cake!

    Oh yes and I took lots of shots of kids at play, the decorations, the laughter, some quiet moments, dad and birthday boy, mom and birthday boy, and oodles upon oodles of birthday boy himself!

    I like this saying and believe this is the very reason why taking those photos is so important:

    From our birthday, until we die,

    Is but the winking of an eye. ~ William Butler Yeats

    Please contact me if you have a birthday party planned here in Alberta — whether it’s close to my home in northern Alberta or elsewhere in the province (I love to travel), I’d be honoured to chronicle your special day.

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    Birthday Photos

    Birthday parties can be so much fun, whether you’re a guest or a parent — or the photographer! I was so excited when I got my first birthday party to shoot a few weeks ago. It was a day of firsts — the birthday was for a little boy reaching his first birthday. The first of many more.

    If you hire a photographer for the special day, it leaves Mom and Dad free to plan, greet guests, and just have a fun time! It was so enjoyable melting into the festivities watching for special moments and capturing the candid moments as well as the traditions. I can hardly wait to shoot another birthday party.

    Because time itself is like a spiral, something special happens on your birthday each year:  The same energy that God invested in you at birth is present once again.  ~Menachem Mendel Schneerson

    If you live in northern Alberta, the Peace River Region, or anywhere within a 100 km radius of Grande Prairie, Alberta give me a call. I would love to capture all the sweet ordinary and extraordinary moments for you! Whether the birthday is for baby’s first birthday, for your birthday, or for a special grandparent, I can promise to capture the day in a special way.

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    images speak volumes

    “When words become unclear. I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” ~Ansel Adams

    All Images are Copyright © Diane M. Schuller. It is illegal to copy or download any of these images. All Rights Reserved.

    I’m a pleasant & reasonable person, so if you wish to use one of my images please simply send me an e-mail. Then we’ll see what we can work out okay? In the meantime, thank you for respecting my copyright and for doing the right thing.

    If you’d like to purchase either of these as a print, if you’re looking for some special prints for your home or office, or perhaps would like me to take some photos of you and your family/pets, please contact me and we’ll work something out that is just right for you!

    {Photos taken NW of Hythe, Alberta Canada}

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    Happy, healthy conversation

    “My idea of good company is the company of clever, well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company.” ~Jane Austen

    I came across these women in Sydney, BC — talking, engaged in great conversation, enjoying the weather and their coffee. I love when people are engaged in this way. This photo is a perfect candidate for desaturating the background. If I get around to doing it, I’ll post the result at a later time.

    All Images are Copyright © Diane M. Schuller. It is illegal to copy or download any of these images. All Rights Reserved.

    If you’d like me to come to your home or office and take some candid shots, please contact me by checking out the page above titled “Alberta photographer” or visit my website. I look forward to hearing from you — we too can engage in some interesting conversation!


    {Available to come to your home or office in northern Alberta, places such as: Grande Prairie, Beaverlodge, Wembley, Hythe, Spirit River, Valhalla, Sexsmith, Claremont, Peace River, Grimshaw, and many more points in northern Alberta.}

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    Holding you in my heart …

    How often have you come across someone who is a total stranger to you, yet you want so desperately to hold them? While in Sydney, BC I was strolling along the harbour walk when I noticed this man. Something about the way he was ambling along, caught my attention. He wasn’t walking in a strut as most of the walkers and he wasn’t boldly forging ahead as I had been. There even seemed to be a hint of grief on his face. He stopped and leaned in this manner holding like a statue. I fumbled with my camera bag, trying to quickly get my camera out, hoping my lens would catch him and that he’d still be in the same position by the time I quietly moved toward him. I had only a fraction of a second to catch him and this is the sole shot I got off — he moved away the moment I took the photo. I felt as if I may have intruded somewhat. What was on his mind; more importantly who was on his mind? I was and still am holding him in my heart, even if I didn’t reach out to him.

    All Images are Copyright © Diane M. Schuller. It is illegal to copy or download any of these images. All Rights Reserved.

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    Alberta Photographer

    Do You Need Images for Your Book, Magazine, or other Project?

    I have available some stock images of various subjects ranging from dogs (at work or play), horses & other livestock, food, landscape, rural sights & events, and so much more. If I don’t have a particular image that you may need for your book, magazine, or project please let me know and I would be pleased to meet your specific needs. I will work with you and your budget. Let’s team up for a great final product!


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    If you live in Alberta or northern British Columbia and are looking for a photographer, read on!

    Professional-quality photos are more reasonable than you may realize.


    Dogs, Pets, Horses, and Livestock

    Get some quality and memorable shots of your four-legged friends whether it’s simply to grace the walls of your home or office, or if it’s for advertising purposes. I also love to cover events such as dog sports, equine events, rodeos, and livestock sales.

    Family and Community:

    Diane is also available to cover your organization’s special event whether it’s a sporting event or a family reunion.

    Imagine having quality photos to treasure a special birthday celebration whether it’s a children’s, grandparents, or your own birthday! They include candid shots of the fun and memorable moments, close ups, and shots that many people often don’t think about until it’s all over. I will come and capture those images while you enjoy the party!

    Natural light, natural captures:

    I embrace the use of natural light and focus on bringing out the unique and special personality of every subject whether the subject is a person or their pet.

    I work directly with you to ensure my work is customized to your photographic needs. My creativity and keen eye provide you with the professional photographic results you are seeking.

    Let me capture those special candid moments of your next special family, community, or sports event for you to treasure for a lifetime.

    Gift certificates are also available and make a unique and personalized gift.

    Visit my website for more information:


    Call me right away to book a session to capture your special moments!

    phone Diane at 780 – 3 5 6 – 2 3 5 5

    I specialize in special moments — life’s sweet ordinary.

    Available to photograph you, your family, or your pet in northern Alberta: Grande Prairie, Wembley, Sexsmith, Beaverlodge, Hythe, Valhalla, Peace River, Spirit River, and points in between and beyond. Also available in northern British Columbia: Dawson Creek, Pouce Coupe, Tomslake, etc.

    **Sorry but I do not do wedding photography. There are so many photographers who specialize in weddings and I truly recommend you seek out photographers in that specialty.



    {digital photographer, Alberta, Canada, stock photography, dogs, horses, landscape, food, wildlife, nature, rural, events, rodeo, fall fair}

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