Ambleside Family Session

F A M I L Y;

What a blessing it is to have the opportunity to photograph such a beautiful family and to capture their love and support on camera. This session was all about stealing those sacred, effortless moments of pure happiness and connectedness with each other.

Creating M E M O R I E S;

Running around Ambleside Beach in West Vancouver on a chilly Fall day, chasing the pup, exploring & looking for new fun spots. Camera in hand searching for that “moment”, I chased after Dylan, Robin and Teagan, who chased after Buddy. We explored, we played, we ran and we posed and this family made it SO easy! They were naturals in front of the camera. It might have helped that the kids were able to skip a few hours of school to score some great family shots! (Thanks mom!)

The air was crisp and the sun was setting, the perfect backdrop to capture those sweet family moments. Standing behind the camera really gave me a handle on the family in their element. These opportunities will evoke memories for all of us! How special is it that they have a collection of photos from such a special time in their lives. Time moves so fast and it is comforting knowing you can press the pause button on life to reflect on this day.

G R A T E F U L;

I was so fortunate to meet the Savages. They actually missed booking into a “mini session marathon” at Highlands Elementary that I had in North Vancouver a few months ago. Rather than miss out entirely, they took it upon themselves to book a session with me on another date. There is something special about this family; I love that they ordered prints and already have them hanging on their walls. It happens all too often that digital files are stored on the computer and forgotten about. Moments like this should be displayed and enjoyed!

It was a pleasure to spend the afternoon with you all. Thank you for trusting in me to be your family photographer! I had a blast!

 

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Bodega Ridge Wedding

This Bodega Ridge Wedding was amazing, beautiful, fun, emotional and so much more.  A weekend long, wedding event that embraced and celebrated, Tessa and Matt’s love, but also family and friendships.  

Nothing is more meaningful to a photographer than being invited to shoot a momentous occasions.  It is a huge responsibility to capture authentic moments of emotion, and when Matt and Tessa called me to ask if I was available to photograph their wedding day I have to admit that I was incredibly honoured.  I have shared several special moments with the two of them over the past few years, including capturing their two exquisite babies, Madelyn and Luke, as newborns & toddlers. Both children are growing into gorgeous, friendly and engaging children and I have loved having this beautiful family in front of my camera as it grew from two to four.  It was with great excitement that I boarded the ferry to Galiano Island, an incredibly beautiful island on the West Coast, where Tessa and Matt were getting married.    

Galiano Island, and specifically Bodega Bridge, is, in a word, spectacular.  The vistas of the soaring mountains in the distance, sunlight dancing on the water and the mesmerizing sound of the ocean set a stunning stage for Tessa and Matt’s weekend-long wedding. Even the little details, like the fairy lights twinkling in the marquee, the colourful flowers and the dazzling blue sky, helped to create an enchanting aura.  And yet, all paled in comparison to the radiance emanating from this happy couple, who wanted nothing more than to gather family and friends to celebrate this very special day.  As Tessa said in her wedding blog, they were, ”Beyond honoured and excited to share our special day with all of you; the people we love the most.” 

As with most brides and grooms, the wedding day itself seems to pass by in a joyous blur and sometimes they don’t always catch every moment.  I love capturing all of those: the images that they imagine prior, the candid moments that they weren’t expecting, the spontaneous laughter, and the joy.  Most importantly, capturing how the day felt is most important to me. I want Tessa, Matt, and theirs friends & family to look at the pictures and be brought back to the day, to the moment of the “I-do’s” ,the crowded dance floor, the laughter and the love.  The moments they may have missed, but now have to look at and remember forever.
 
When Matt and Tessa walked back down the aisle to petals being showered over them, I felt the joy and elation that radiated from them both.  I had felt it from the moment I arrived, until I left the island.  The photos I took that day encapsulated all the uninhibited delight that I had witnessed. I am so excited that they will have these images to look back on and share with their children, family and friends.  To see how they were celebrated; how they felt that day.  I am so grateful they invited me to photograph the day for them, to trust me and my camera and let me preserve their memories forever.
 
This wedding, for me, was incredibly special as they were allowing me to photograph the start of another momentous chapter in their lives.  Thank you, Tessa and Mike, not only for including me but also for trusting me to capture your stories.  
 

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Travelling to Iceland

I think it must be every photographer’s dream to be able to travel for work.   This last year, I have been lucky enough to be sent to many fun places to capture beautiful images for my clients.  My most recent and favourite is Iceland.  Travelling to Iceland to capture it’s beauty was unbelievable for me.  Iceland is so amazingly gorgeous.  Everywhere you look there is beauty.  The landscape is so diverse and different from anything I have ever experienced.   If it is on your list, get there….and if it is not on your list, it should be.  I took so many pictures and love everyone of them.  I would love to go back and shoot again in the summer; I was there in the winterish spring.  You can visit huge waterfalls, stunning cliffs falling into the ocean, lava fields, ponies (Icelandic horses) and glaciers and so many more jaw dropping views.  I’ve complied a tiny fraction of my favourite images from this trip to share.  Each picture means something to me.  An experience, or a feeling or just plain appreciation at what I was seeing and having the ability to capture it with my camera and share it.  Being a travelling photographer is something I am so grateful for.  Every job I have here and away give me so much happiness and remind me of how lucky I am to call myself a photographer.

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