Late Summer  Expectant Mama 

Glorious mama Kiera ready to welcome her little one Earth-side very soon. Thank you for trusting me to capture some beautiful images of this precious time on your parenting journey.

wild woman of the lake


I am honoured to photograph my brave friend!

She is a glorious wild woman holding space and honouring her edges. <3




a wild woman project ~ wild spa

“I feel like I washed away a lot of shame in that river.”

Beautiful wild women! It takes courage to walk into the river bare of all conventions, wild spa clay and forest greens help to honour our wild nature!


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Down to the River to Play

Beautiful Wild Woman Elizabeth at the Wild Spa at Firemaker this year! I have so much respect for you, Goddess, your vulnerability, strength, resilience and how you uphold your values and raise your son!!!!!


For most of us, it’s wonderful to decorate ourselves with mud, ferns, leaves, to walk, wildly decorated towards our own nakedness. For few of us, is it easy to stand naked and strong in the centre of the river. Elizabeth you are an inspiration.

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wild woman project ~ Exploring exposed roots…..

I am grateful for the bravery of this gorgeous woman, Charlotte. This is a sneak peek from our third wild woman project session together. This time, Charlotte entered the river with a lot ore confidence, self-knowledge and self-acceptance.


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Spring Mini Photo Play Sessions!

How lovely it was to photograph this sweet family for our first Cherry Blossoms of the year. The rain stopped and the sun peeked out just long enough for us to capture some sweet, playful images.


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Spring Mini Photo Play Sessions are Here!!

The wonder of new growth, the sun peeking out from behind clouds and illuminating raindrops and delicate petals…
What a great time to celebrate the playful energy of your family with some gorgeous candid portraits Apple Star Style, shining from the inside out.

>>>>Arrange three families, and get your $55 Mini Session FREE<<<<

It looks like we'll have sun peeking out this afternoon. First come, first served. Possible locations Queen Elizabeth Park, Douglas Park, Stanley Park. You choose! The first folks who sign up, get to choose the locations. Today's Pop-Up Location is Queen Elizabeth Park. To book, select 'Going' on the facebook event and PM me Belinda at Apple Star Photo to reserve your spot.

Book your 15 – 20 minute Spring Play Minis soon! All is abloom with new colour and vitality. Its a perfect time to capture some gorgeous portraits of you, your partner, family or friends.

$35 gets you 2 high resolution edited digital image chosen from 5-8. $55 gets you 6 chosen from a gallery of 12-18. This deal comes with the option to purchase more images from 20-35 images in a private online gallery. You will also be able to purchase prints, and other products. If you gather three families for a set of minis, you get your $55 session for FREE!!

Book your Spring Mini Session Now or inquire about other upcoming sessions, weather dependent.

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Spring Play!

I am passionate about play

All children love to play, few children can handle sitting still for traditionally posed photos. Even adults can loosen up and relax with a little play, movement, and fun. In photo play sessions, whether minis, or a longer family photo session, I use my experience working with both children and adults in play and learning environments, to engage families in fun, natural togetherness through climbing, balancing, joking, and playing with elements in the environment. I am passionate about Play! I am forever grateful for my diverse experience with Play, through gatherings like Firemaker, my work in the home learning community, raising my free-range, hands-on kid, my access to lovely rural and wilderness settings, and my multiple connections in embodied and attached learning, I have had many opportunities to observe and photograph children and their families at play.

Photo Play Sessions are a great way to capture some lovely natural smiles and genuine family connections!!

>>>> Spring Mini Photo Play Sessions >>>March Special $45 / Book two families, get yours FREE! <<<<

Book a 15-20 min mini session and get you a choice of 4 pro edited, high res images chosen from a gallery of 10-15 images.
Location TBD Trout lake, QE park, Douglas Park, Sunnyside, Clark Park, Falaise Park

If you would love a chance for some playful, relaxed, genuine family portraits, these mini play sessions are perfect. I love offering accessible, affordable gorgeous, candid family portraiture to all. Sliding scale available for single parents.
PM me at Apple Star Photo to reserve your spot, bring two friends, and get yours free!!

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winter minis

***Winter~Spring Photo Minis***
This weekend!!! Capture some stunning Winter Play Family Portraits…

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Apple Star Learning outdoor class….

My photography informs my mentoring work with children. Inspired by the Reggio model of education, I use loose parts, arts supplies, and an engaged, observant, curious, experimental, inspired approach to my outdoor education classes. I believe fundamentally that attachment to place, creative learning, and compassionate child raising and educational practices go hand in hand. I use my photography as an observational tool, an art form, and a celebration of what my students and I engage with, leaner from and create.

Fall is well on it’s way with its wonderful shifts of temperature, air pressure, colour, and more! Isn’t it amazing how these seasonal changes engage us and invigorate our senses inviting us to touch, explore, connect deeply? When it comes to outdoor education, Summer and Spring are wonderful for their ease, light clothing, or none at all, making it easy to go on hikes, access the water, enjoy the outdoors, whether running, swimming, climbing, or lazing around studying shadows. However, there is nothing like Fall and Winter to keen our senses, and propel us like sticky burrs into a state of survival….seeds fall, their textures and secrets calling to us, telling a story, birds migrate south, scribing the air with their graphic presence, waters begin to flow, moulding the landscape, light and colour become precious, poignant, rain, cold and wind mean we need to take stock, take care, carry our load. Did you know, that children come alive in these settings? Their bodies tingle with belonging, with competence, with awe….

I am excited to be heading int my second Fall and Winter Sessions of Art~Play at Trout lake with a small group of students for our place and inquiry-based, free-range play classes that combine Forest School Tinkering and Reggio elements, all the while centring around compassion, heart-centred and non-violent com munition and problem-solving.

These classes are a wonderful small student-to-teacher ratio group for children aged 6-8 who love to move-to-think, use their hands, hearts, entire bodies and imaginations to engage with learning; and, who benefit from a gentle, attached, mentor-teacher style. Here they can safely explore connecting with self, other children and their natural surroundings without pressure t conform or produce. Here their unique ideas, suggestions and divergent learning styles are honoured.

Also, if your child is new t home learning, or is even still in school, but needs an outdoor, more embodied, activated break from the four-walled classroom, Art~Play could be perfect! It introduces the concept of child-lead learning to both student and parent, while allowing a lot of freedom of movement, association, thinking and creative styles. With my extensive experience working with children of many learning backgrounds, i can help both your child and you get a more integrated understanding of how she/he/they learn.

Don’t let the cold wether scare you! Even children who have less experience carrying their own weight, and toughing it through the hard weather, grow immensely in this setting, gaining incredible self-confidence and mutual care with the group.

We have space for one more student, maybe two depending on the individual. I am open to sliding scale fees, and parent=participation. Please con act me here on Apple Star Learning on Facebook or at to register for a trail class or for more information.

I look forward to hearing from you and to sharing some glorious days playing, creating and learning outdoors this Fall!


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