Family Exploring | The Rocky Mountains

Family Exploring in the Rockies, Canada. View of the woodland.

Photography & Words: Louann Walker from Pearl Walker Photography


 I can still feel that mountain air settling, that cool, breeze blowing across the pristine blue glacier fed lakes of our surroundings. When Chase and I were considering a family trip with our then 5 month old son Carson, we wanted to go somewhere magical. We had traveled so much together before, even meeting while studying abroad in Greece, but this trip, this one was our first with our baby. When a few fellow film shooter friends put together a Rocky Mountain adventure, our decision was made clear. What’s better than the mountains and the company of fellow artists?! We flew into Edmonton, CA, road tripped out to the mountains, and explored Yoho and Banff National Parks before making the scenic drive on Icefields Parkway to meet our friends a few days in Jasper National Park.

 The beauty of the Canadian Rockies is absolutely unmatched. When we arrived to Yoho, we wanted to stop and see everything, to touch every rock, to see every river, blue body of water, creek, and wildlife there was. We wanted and did breathe it all in. Among my favorite locations of our trip was Emerald Lake in Yoho, Morraine Lake in Banff, and Maligne Lake in Jasper. We were quite adventurous with a baby in tow, hiking up to the top of a mountain to see Lake Agnes and have tea at the oldest tea house in Canada and taking a gondola to the top of Whistler’s Mountain, followed by a hike to the peak to touch a glacier. My sweet husband Chase took the photo of me nursing at the top of the mountain.  I’ll treasure it forever. These adventures with my husband and our sweet boy are forever etched into the soft, wild rhythm of my dreamer heart. We can’t wait for all that is to come, for our next trips planned for the future, to expand our family and continue culturing ourselves with all our babies. We will relive these moments in the Rockies time and time again through these photographs. There is so much love, growth, young parenthood, and softness captured within their frames.


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Camera |  Canon EOS3
Lab | The FIND Lab
Film | Portra 400, Fuji 400H, Kodak Gold 200

About Louann
I am a film and digital photographer, currently settled in the gorgeous, coastal town of Half Moon Bay, CA. I am primarily a wedding photographer but absolutely find such peace in photographing the day to day for families, couples, our travels and my own life with family and friends we hold dear.

I love being a wife to my handsome Chase, a mother to my now 8 month old son Carson, and seeing beauty in this world everywhere I look! I love dipping my toes in the cold, Pacific Ocean over our frequent trips to our favorite beaches near our home. The love and light I always try to capture in my photographs keeps pulling me in closer. My love for film and for art in all its forms will forever swell my heart and leave me seeking more joy in this life.

Website | www.pearlwalker.com
Instagram | @pearlwalkerphotography

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