Sunrise Mountainside Portrait Sessions by North Birch Grove are an amazing way to kick start spring and a day in Kananaskis!

A.V is a professional photographer with over 10 years of experience creating images, particularly those of fellow outdoor enthusiasts enjoying the great outdoors.

A.V has an eye for capturing the love others have for nature, the mountains + each other. Check out her images HERE!

Put on your hiking boots, hit the trail and in under 45 minutes you’ll be at the perfect spot to experience the world waking up! 

Your session will be quick, simple, and best of all unique! These sessions are each 40-minutes long, so they’re perfect for adventurous couples, groups of friends (maximum of 6), families (maximum of 6) and their dogs with hiking experience who don't mind getting up before dawn! 


• Each session is $350 +gst.

• 40 minutes of time in front of the camera.

• About a week after your shoot, you will be emailed a proof gallery of 55-75 images to check out!

• 8 fully-edited, high-resolution digital images of your choice that you can print + share with everyone are included in your session. 

• Additional edited images of your choice are available for $25 each, or $150 for all of the images provided in the proof gallery!

• If your group is larger than 4 people but less than 6, an additional charge of $25 per person will be added to your invoice. (please make a note in the comments section at check out letting me know how large your group is)

• No additional charges apply for dogs!! **Your dog(s) must be on leash at all times.


These Mountainside Mini Sessions will be in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park (approx 2 hours from Calgary) and are by appointment only.

You are responsible for arriving at the designated parking lot at least 10 minutes prior to your session commencing to be checked in, briefed + allow ample time to hike to the location. (4:50 am arrival to parking lot)

We require a minimum of 45 minutes to hike to the location and must leave the parking lot no later than 5:00 am for sunrise at 5:45am.
 Your time in front of the camera will run from 5:45-6:25am.


You must be comfortable hiking approximately 4km return with an elevation gain one way of 300-400m on a hiking trail in the Canadian Rockies by headlamp (on the way up) and confident in your physical abilities.

Unofficial Trail Name is: Indefatigable Trail - Wendy Elkes Viewpoint
Distance is: 4km return
Elevation Gain: 300-400m one way
Difficulty: Short n' Steep

More Information: Hike #85 in Gillean Daffern's K Country Trail Guide Vol. 3

*please note, this is an unofficial trail, not a closed trail. Parks cited that the trail was to be demoted to unofficial status in 2006, and is no longer being promoted or maintained by Parks, though it remains a very popular hike among visitors to PLPP.  There is a sign at the start of the hike which informs you that it is an unofficial/decommissioned  trail and that the chance of encountering bears is possible on this trail (as with most if not all trails in the Canadian Rockies). I encourage that all persons attending our Mini Portrait Session each carry a bear spray, have experience hiking in the Canadian Rockies, and prior to hitting the trail, educate yourself on the methods that can be used to reduce the chance of a bear encounter.


Once you have paid for your session, you will receive an email confirmation that includes directions to the parking lot, trail head + mountainside location information, FAQ, waiver, and a list of what to bring.


Should inclement weather occur on July 20th, 2019, and you are unable to attend for the rescheduled date (which will be August 10th, 2019), you will receive a refund of $300.00.


There is no cell service at the trail head, so please plan accordingly. There is no cell service at the trail head, so please plan accordingly. If you are late, your time will not roll into the next session.

No-shows will not be re-accommodated in any way, and you will not receive a refund or the opportunity to re-schedule.


With the exception of inclement weather, payments are non-refundable and your session cannot be rescheduled due to non-emergency personal matters.


By registering + paying for the chosen Portrait Session slot on July 20th 2019 you and everyone in your party are acknowledging the risks associated with outdoor travel, holding yourselves accountable for your own actions + the actions of nature.

With this acknowledgement through registering + paying for this Portrait Session on July 20th, 2019 you agree that A.V Wakefield, all attendees (organizers + participants) of this Mini Portrait Session cannot be held liable should something happen to you due to your own actions + or the actions of nature.

A waiver sent via email will be sent to you + everyone in your party and must be digitally signed prior to July 20th, 2019 . A paper copy of this waiver must be signed by everyone in your party upon your arrival to the mountainside.


These sample photos have been taken on location at the Wendy Elkes Viewpoint in late mid-May + August, and are shown to give you an idea of how our photos might look!

All sample photos have been taken by A.V Wakefield of North Birch Grove.

Your photos may not look exactly the same as those shown, especially since we are going to be shooting at sunrise = amazing morning light!


Coupons or discount codes of any kind cannot be used for Portrait Sessions, they are valid only for artwork and home decor items. 

Should you enter a coupon or discount code at checkout and proceed to complete your purchase, you will shortly receive an invoice from:

This invoice will be for the discount amount, and is due upon receipt.

You will also be charged a $15 administration fee on top of your invoice for a misuse of discount codes + coupons.


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