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    Hi! I'm Marie :) I'm a photographer specializing in engagements, weddings and portraits and I love LOVE. I try to capture as many real, natural moments as possible. I truly enjoy getting to know my couples and clients and always try to create photos that embody their personalities as well.

    I am a photo-school graduate and have been running my own business since 2011. A little random fact about me: I hiccup at least once a day! I can almost guarantee you will hear at least one while I'm taking your photos.

    Photo by Danielle Dobson

Hey everyone!

As you may notice Marie Skerl Photography’s blog looks a little different. I have finally finished my new website!!! Yay! It has all the same features and information as my last blog plus even more (like the FAQ, reviews, features, etc.) in a simpler, stream-lined, more adult (slightly less pink haha) look. I am growing up and maturing and my site needs to too.

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Photos of me by my dear friend Sam, thanks!

It has been such a long process making this site (because I wasn’t making it a priority for a long time) and I want to celebrate the website launch with a giveaway for YOU!! I polled people on my facebook page a couple weeks ago as to what place they would most want to get a $100 gift card from. The majority said Etsy and I have to say I would agree with them, so here it is! A giveaway for a $100 giftcard to Etsy:

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This time it is an Instagram giveaway! This image has been posted on my Instagram page HERE and all you have to do is (like the photo says) these 3 things:
1. Follow @marieskerlphoto on Instagram
2. Tag 2 friends to the post
3. Like the post <3

I will be randomly choosing a winner next week Friday, March 27, 2015 at midnight so be sure to do all 3 things listed and you will be entered to win $100 to spend on Etsy things!!  😀

P.S. Bonus points for pinning, facebooking, tweeting and hashtagging: #marieskerlwebsite

THE WINNER IS @alyssalortie!!! Yay! Send me an email to get your gift card:)

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Hello everyone!

It is that time of year again…all the shops are advertising their Valentine’s specials, chocolates and flowers are in abundance and you or your significant other is planning something special for February 14…

While I have been planning my annual VALENTINE’S DAY GIVEAWAY!! But, like I did last year I want to focus on not only the couples in love, but also the love shared between your family, friends, pets, etc. In short, if you don’t have a significant other you can still enter this giveaway! The winner will receive a FREE portrait session by me!!! This is the only time of year I give away an absolutely FREE session.

At the bottom of this post you will find a box with ways to enter the giveaway. Each type of entry has a number value. You can tweet about the contest, share it on Facebook or share it on Instagram once a day and get multiple entries from that! Remember to use #marieskerlvday and @marieskerl when you are posting. The more entries you make, the more likely you are to win. The winner of the contest will be picked randomly using Rafflecopter on February 15.

Good luck! Now start entering! 😀

Lots of love, Marie

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a Rafflecopter giveaway

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  • Marcela - I’ve been waiting for this contest! I was just wondering yesterday when you were going to announce it :) My fingers are crossed!ReplyCancel

  • Keara - Would love to have some awesome photos of me and my man to frame! :)ReplyCancel

  • Troy dakiniewich - Best. Family. Photographer. Ever.ReplyCancel

  • Samantha - I am loving the ones closest to me in life right now, my family, my man and my friends. They are such a blessing! and also you and this lovely contest! I have been waiting for it since the new year hit!ReplyCancel

  • Erica - I am loving my fiance Merkury, our brand new baby girl Devyn, and our frenchie Frank! I’m the luckiest girl to have such an amazing family & would love to capture that in some photos!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - I’m loving God, my family, friends, and our incredible community group! And LOVING YOU!ReplyCancel

  • Katie Dall - Loving Sam Smith!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon Dakiniewich - Marie is a true talent and a blessing to work with. Incredibly happy with our most recent family photos :)ReplyCancel

  • Eleonore Wiens - Love your photos! Love when I visit your page and see Andre & Kari’s photo’s pop up :-) Love your beautiful smile!ReplyCancel

  • Cally Delorme - Marie, you are so lovely! Your photos are beautiful. I would love to do a photo session with you. What fun!

    Blessings,

    CallyReplyCancel

  • katrina dreyer - You are one talented lady!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Siebert - Your photos are so incredible, Marie. Loving everything you post, even though I am far from romantic. Your pictures capture moments so beautifully!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny - Thank you for this opportunity!!! Would love to win <3ReplyCancel

  • Linda - I am loving the rain, actually.ReplyCancel

  • Sheldon - I would love to win for my fiance and I!ReplyCancel

  • Emilie - Loving reading break!ReplyCancel

  • Sylvia - This looks AMAZING!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Dorothy Cheng - Would love to win a photo session :)ReplyCancel

  • AmyF - I’m loving the new little springtime buds poking through the ground!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - Awesome blog! I’m so glad Chris posted about you and your page! Your work is amazing! I’m excited to keep reading and looking through the photos!ReplyCancel

  • Liz - I am loving this contest! So awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Victoria - Loving God, my family, closest friends :) feeling blessed and would love to win the free portrait session!ReplyCancel

  • Brittany - Loving your photos and photography style! So glad to have found your site!ReplyCancel

  • Katie garba - I LOVE YOUReplyCancel

  • Jill S - Loving the photos, and your style. Hoping to win to take pictures of our growing family!ReplyCancel

I don’t write too many personal blog posts and while this one isn’t all personal (it’s about photos too) I wanted to share some recent happenings in my life. Ever since I had the opportunity to go and take photos in Belize and Roatan for the South American Missions Society I have had a stirring in my heart to do something like that again. Unfortunately as much as I love traveling, I always seem to get sick/lots of bug bites whenever I go traveling for more than 1 week or so at a time. When I was in Belize and Roatan I almost got malaria which was quite scary (my anti-malaria pills saved me, do not go there without them!). But, the experience was amazing! Getting to meet so many sweet school children in Belize (who loooove photos), photographing an emotional youth event, helping build (but mostly photographing haha) a shed for an Anglican church in Roatan were some of the highlights. Of course I have to share some photos, these are just a few from my time in Belize:

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Roatan, Honduras:

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Anyway, fast forward to this year, my family was in Kona, Hawaii end of December to beginning of January and one day we are walking around the town and my mom is just drawn into this beautiful church – there was no stopping her. We walk in expecting no one to be there and to admire the inside of the church, but a friendly man greeted us at the door and said he was “so glad we came!” We were stuck at this point and weren’t sure what we were in for, but God has his ways! We soon found out that a photographer for YWAM named Susi Childers was speaking about her experiences photographing all around the world and talked specifically about a few people (children in militant camps, prostitute in India, a young girl who survived infanticide and when near death was adopted by missionaries). I was inspired by her and talked to her afterward and she encouraged me to do more volunteer work in my off-season like I was doing with SAMS. I wholeheartedly agreed.

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As some of you may know I attend Village Church and I was asked to voluntarily photograph the Sacred Echoes Women’s Conference, it was a wonderful event and I was glad to be a part of it. Here are a couple photos from the weekend (the rest of the photos will be coming soon ladies!). Margaret Feinberg was the speaker.

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Another photographer was there as well; the lovely Jamie Delaine! I was reeeally excited about meeting her especially because back in 2009-2010 when I was trying to decide whether photography would be a good career choice for me I followed her blog and was inspired by her, she helped me make that decision. A day or two after meeting Jamie I was looking at her photos on Instagram (we all do this, don’t deny it) and I noticed that in her profile it says she is the founder of “The School Sessions.” Naturally I was intrigued and looked it up. I was delighted with what I found! Jamie and her husband have been planning a one-day event across the globe on Sunday, April 12, 2015 to raise $200,000 to build a school in Haiti! Jaimie’s husband has been to Haiti multiple times with Hope Force and saw the need for a better school there. To learn more click here.

Well, I messaged Jaimie as soon as I finished watching THIS video, told her my story above and that I was in! You should watch the video too.

I thought in my mind, I am going to book as many sessions on April 12, 2015 as I can!! But, following the lead of the amazing Jeanie Ow I am going to be doing it for more than just 1 day! Here are the details:

From April 5th, 2015 to April 12th, 2015, 100% of all portrait session fees will be donated to The School Sessions!!!

– Your session must happen between April 5th and April 12th, 2015.
– Each portrait session will be 1 hour long at 1 location of your choice.
– Portraits for the school sessions are $250 (plus applicable taxes).
– 10 digital files are included, the rest are available for purchase.
– 10% of all proceeds from album, print and product sales from each school session will be donated towards building the school in Haiti.

BOOK YOUR SESSION HERE!

I am really excited about this opportunity to give back and I hope you are too! If you don’t want photos, you can also donate to help build the school in Haiti HERE.

Love, Marie

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  • Sylvia - This is a wonderful and inspiring thing you’re doing, and a really fantastic idea at that. Best of luck and I look forward to an update as usual.ReplyCancel

TA-DA! I put together a blog post of my personal favourite images from 2014. Instead of going through all my photos and spending hours deciding which photos to post, I decided this year I would make it easier for myself, so last night before I fell asleep I tried to imagine my 2015 year of photos and what images popped into my head. Immediately I thought of about 10-15 images…perfect! I will just post those ones. Well…in the process of getting those photos blog ready I found a lot more images that I love and wanted to share…about 50 more than I planned haha! Apologies to those who thought this post would be small.

I wanted to use only weddings, engagements and couples sessions for this blog post (I had amazing portrait sessions this year too though! you can view a few here, here and here) and call it “Love” because let’s be honest that is really what it’s all about. From bookstore proposals to snowy mountaintops to horses to majestic trees to corn fields, barns, boats, trucks, amazing sunsets and awesome people Marie Skerl Photography had a pretty incredible year! Thank you to all that were a part of it! You made my year. Enjoy the photos!

Lots of love, Marie

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All images by BC Wedding Photographer; Marie Skerl

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