happy halloween!

There isn’t much scarier than looking back through old photo albums. But it’s also one of the funnest things to do (yes, I said funnest….and I think it’s a word). As long as your willing to laugh at your fabulous sense of style and giggle at your choice of hairstyle.

This is why photographs are such an important piece of life’s puzzle. It reminds us of the places we have been. Reminds us of our roots. And for me, they always act as a reminder to continue to love life and take more photographs!

Happy Halloween

My guess is magician. With a gymnastic baton. And stirrup tights. And don't forget a fancy bib.

To my girlfriends who were always my partners in crime, I heart you!

the blank family

You look at these two little bambinos, and you will melt at the sight of thier big blue eyes. I know I did. Their little man was bundled up in the cutest little fall outfit, and Charlize looked adorable with a flower in her hair.

Diane and Brent married in the summer of 2007, and have been moving forward ever since. With their 2 kidlets and a new house to hang a few photos, I hope these images can act as a beautiful reminder of your journey together so far.

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this day, and I hope you enjoy! 

my first time!

Ok. I can’t tell you how excited I am to share my very first printed wedding feature in a magazine. Yes, you heard it right here! Magazine-style!

A big thank you to Engaged to be Married magazine for printing the photos from lil ol’ me! And thank you to Robin + Cody for being the most gorgeous wedding couple, and for asking me to photograph your wedding.

Here are a few picks of the magazine. If you don’t already have a copy, go get one! They are available at a variety of places, including The Wedding Cafe in Kelowna.

xo

Eva+Rick Engaged

Lily was their miracle. A gift that was never supposed to be, according to the doctors.

Rick and Eva met 2 years ago at work, and from what I gather, Rick really liked Eva. He chased her around, and was finally able to get that first date! It must’ve been written in the stars that these two should be together, because they had a truly special connection. So special, that they were able to prove Eva’s doctors wrong. They may have thought she couldn’t have a child, but someone else had other plans. Together, Rick and Eva started a family. Admittedly, it was a bit of a surprise to both of them, but this was a surprise that they will be thankful for the rest of their lives.

R + E were blessed with their miracle baby, Lily. And not long after Lily’s birth, did Rick ask Eva to be his wife. Over Christmas, 2010, he surprised Eva with a ring, and of course she said yes!

Thank you two for inviting me into your lives and having me as your photographer. I can see you have a beautiful relationship full of respect, and Lily is lucky to have parents that love each other like you do.

leah + adam + lucy

Lucy is one of the smiley-est babies…one of the happiest babies I have ever met. And she has reason to be! Leah and Adam are amazing people and no doubt amazing parents. They are both such lovely people in their own rights, and as a couple, they will melt your heart.

Now, let’s add little Lucy to the mix. Just 4 months old, and as cute as a button. This was my first time meeting little Lucy, and I could have cuddled with her all day! But, alas, I had some photo taking to do!

Here are a couple photos of dad stealing a snuggle before Lucy began her ‘photo shoot’.

And now the start of Miss Lucy’s fab ‘photo shoot’. A natural!

One of my faves from the day. I mean, look at those blue eyes… And what is sweeter than a baby’s pouty bottom lip? 

It was time to take this photo shoot outside and take advantage of the beautiful Vancouver day.Beautiful, beautiful mom and baby.

It was definitely getting close to Lucy’s nap-time. We were fighting the big blinks and a few baby yawns.Thank you for inviting me to take some photos of your family. I had such a wonderful time, and I hope you enjoy your photos as much as I do! xo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

little church on the hill

When I got the e-mail requesting a family shoot at the white church on the hill, I was so excited. I had driven by this church many, many times, and had wished for the opportunity to drag someone out there, and here it was! She was requesting it! Done deal.

Last week, I headed out with camera in hand to the little church perched in the open fields, and met an amazing family. With mom, dad and two adorable little ladies, we raced around the property, chasing balloons and each other until we were all worn out.

Thanks to Sophie for asking me to take your family portraits for you! I had a wonderful time meeting your family, and I hope you enjoy your photos!


booyah!

As I arrived on location, I opened up my trunk of my car, pulled out my gear, flung it over my shoulder and walked through the side door. I was nervous. I was anxious and excited. I hadn’t met these girls yet, but I was sure they would be fabulous…

As I walked down the hallway and opened the door marked #3, I was greeted with masked faces, sticks and the familiar waft of hockey gear with a slightly sweeter smell than usual. It was ladies hockey night, and I had finally shown up.

I will admit, as I was getting dressed (I seriously must have looked like a beached whale trying to flop back into the water), I secretly wished I could bedazzle my jersey to have a few sparkles on it. And underneath all this crazy gear, I had to stay true to my love of Lululemon, sporting my ever-fab ‘Wunder Under tights’.

Ready to hit the ice, I had a mini-giggle fit on the walk down the hallway. I’m sure the real hockey girls thought I was a kooke! But if you know me, you know these are senonomous with just being ‘Nellie’.

Anyhoo, after a lot of blood, sweat and tears just getting into this hulk-like outfit, I was on the ice, and pretending to be a hockey player. I instantly could feel the ‘attitude’ taking over my body. I felt mean. I felt like it was ‘go time’. I snarled my teeth, gripped my $10 Canadian tire hockey stick and it was GAME ON!

I bobbed, I weaved, and did a few cross-cuts and I chased the little black puck. I even scored a goal (admitedly, there was no goalie, and I was like a foot from the net, but hey! still counts)! But the best part? The absolute ‘thrill’? That was the moment that out of nowhere, the puck was passed, and I managed to keep it within range of my stick. So, I giggled a little, but took off down the ice towards the other net. All of a sudden, there were people coming at me from both sides, and what the heck was I supposed to do?! So, I just tried to keep going forward… but all of a sudden, I was hit! I was hit!! I was HIT!!!! MY FIRST HIT!!!!! YES!!!!!!!!! It was amazing! Down we went, me and this other girl. I giggled. She laughed. It was amazing.

So, thank you to the ladies of the Princeton Hockey team who let me come and pretend to be a hockey player for the night. But just prepare yourselves… next time you may be blinded by the fabulous-ness of my bejewelled jersey, ’cause the fashionista in me wants to play hockey too!

And as I sit here this morning writing this blog post, it just reminds me that in all avenues of life, it is so, so, so good for the soul to force yourself outside your comfort zone. To push! To challenge yourself to try something your not even sure you’ll like! This figure skater went out, and instead of a pretty little sparkly dress, jumped into what felt like a million pounds of armour, and played the game called hockey. And it was fabulous.

engagement in the woods

Together for 7 years, you can tell these two are in rhythm with each other. Andrea and Ken were engaged this past spring, and are planning to be hitched in May, 2012. This past weekend, we met up for their engagement session on Knox Mountain in Kelowna, where we had amazing fall weather. Not too hot, not too cold… just perfect.

It was somewhere between the trees and the sarcastic jokes that we created some very cute and very loveable photos. Andrea looked amazing in her red heels and Ken, well you didn’t look too shabby either.

I hope you two enjoy your photos, and I can’t wait till May!


family time

I love the beginning of the fall season. Aside from summer (because at heart, I really am a summer baby), this is my favorite time of year. I love the feeling of the crisp fresh air on the tip of my nose; I love that I get to start wearing my boots again; and I love the family sessions that often come this time of year.

To start off the fall season, I met up with Lesley and John with their little 6 month bambino, Erika. We headed out to the Gellatly Nut Farm in West Kelowna. What an amazing location! Beautiful, big trees surround the grounds and it sits on a lovely little beach on Okanagan Lake. On top of that, it backs onto one of the newer Okanagan resorts, The Cove. For family portraits and for weddings alike, talk about a perfect spot!

Me, Erika, John and Lesley wandered through the grounds, taking photos of their new little family. Thank you L+J for thinking of me for your family portraits, and I hope you enjoy!