a paperclip exposè – laurell

When I first met this girl, we were sharing a cabin with a group of ‘tweens on the island of Keats. I was just 17, working as a ‘First Mate’ at a kids summer camp and Laurell was my ‘Skipper’. Together we were Keats Camp leaders, summer of 2000.
Jump ahead 10+ years, and this week I met Laurell at her super cute downtown Vancouver apartment. I haven’t seen her since our camp days, but as soon as she opened the door, it felt like it was just yesterday. We spent the hour catching up and telling stories about where life has taken us over the past decade.
Laurell is an amazing musician based out of Vancouver. This past year, I remember walking through a store and all of a sudden, I would hear Laurell on the radio! Her voice is soft, beautiful, yet strong and full of passion. And her life is nothing less. You can check out her song/video here and get her CD on itunes! Even this past Christmas, she had a Christmas song lighting up the radio stations! Love it!
When Laurell isn’t busy working on her own music, she has been diving deep into songwriting and co-writing for other musicians and artists. Beyond that, she has devoted part of her time to working with children with special needs in the school system, as well as teaching children who are passionate about learning music.
Laurell is, in my mind, an amazing role model and inspiration for these children, as her passion for life naturally glows from within her. She is truly a joy and I am so happy to call her a friend.
Once we finished our tea, we went for a stroll around her neighbourhood and took a few photos. I hope these images really show the beauty that is Laurell…

The Bohl Family

This past weekend felt like the first true spring weekend in Vancouver. The sun was shining, the fresh air was blowing, and everyone was out taking in the beautiful weather! I met Lauren, Randy, their gorgeous kidlets and their pup, Zoe out at Boundary Bay in Tsawwassen for a fun family session. We were right on the beach, taking advantage of the logs, the sand and the reeds.

If you don’t remember, I had mentioned in a post awhile back, Lauren and Randy were my first ever wedding! And it wasn’t far from here where I photographed their wedding! Such a stunning couple, and now they have the cutest little lady and such a handsome little guy! Thank you for inviting me to photograph your family, and I hope you enjoy! xo


a seat for me!

This is a bit of a strange blog, but I am so exited to share! I have spent all day trying to create this little 2 minute video, and hopefully this will do the trick! I would love love love the opportunity to go and participate in a live CreativeLIVE seminar in Seattle with Jasmine Star, and here is my application video! Sorry that I am a dork. I can’t help it. You should see the outtakes! lol

When you need a break!

What do you do when you don’t have the time, but you desperately need to ‘get away’? You go! And that is what we did. Ry and I escaped for 1 night to the hills of Apex, and was it ever worth it!

We weren’t sure if we were going to even get there, as we were passing cars on the way up with their bumper was on one side of the road, and the car on the other. Lots and lots of snow, and lots and lots of ice. But our little silver bullet made it up the icy roads so we could take in an amazing day of skiing. Great snow, quiet lifts, and an extra tasty lunch! Mmmm…

We booked a cute little hotel room for the night, so we made sure to take advantage of the outdoor hot tub and local watering hole. We even found an outdoor fire that we snuggled around while the Canucks game played through the restaurant windows!

It was a perfect Saturday, followed by a perfect Sunday, where Ry took me skating on their 1km wilderness skating loop! And we all know how much I love skating!

Just to start the week off right, here is the evidence of a great, restful but action-packed weekend! Thanks Apex for the perfect snowy weekend! xo

The 1km wilderness skating loop

So excited to go skating!

Ryan trying to show me up with his backward skating skills

Me trying to show Ry up with a jazzy-skating pose! Not dorky, at all…

“If you do, your dead’…so he controlled himself and lived to see another day

Happy Monday!


beautiful you.

I’m not sure about most of you women, but the idea of getting into my skivvies and having a stranger photograph me ‘trying’ to be sexy or beautiful or whatever I am supposed to be… is a fairly terrifying thought.

But there comes a time in most of our lives, where we want to take the time to capture what is, and can only be, YOU. Whether you are just about to be married and you want to give this as a gift to your husband-to-be… or you are single and fabulous and you know you deserve these photos for YOU. The idea of this is secretly something most of us would love to do, but can we do it without dropping trou?!

Thankfully, the art of ‘boudoir’ photography, or ‘beauty photography’, is not a set-recipe. It is whatever you make it. And for my photography, I want it to be beautiful. I want it to be sexy, but mostly, I want it to be natural and simply you.

I know for me, I need to be comfortable in any situation where a camera is in my face, let alone if I’m sitting in my knickers. And that is where we ‘work it out’. Finding the confidence that makes each of us unique, and finding the fun and joy in everything… THAT is the goal. That is what will make these photos you will cherish.

To those women that are inquiring about what this is and if it’s right for you, I hope this gives you insight into what it’s all about! Here is a little style sheet that I think would make for an amazingly beautiful session.

all photos found via company website


1. Feather Fascinator – Etsy

2.  Jimmy Choo – Garland Glitter

3. Get cheeky – Victorias Secret

4. Satin blossom garter – Etsy

5. Lip Glass  by MAC  6. OPI Nails

7. Chiffon Robe – Betsy Johnson

8. Pearl Necklace – House of Bun

light the way

Some of you know (and some of you don’t know) that during our cold, Canadian winters, I coach figure skating a few hours a week to little tykes. I love it. And yesterday was our season’s finale, the ice show.
I came across this poem in a business book I am reading. It made me take a minute to think about my life and how I need to apply this to every minute of everything that I do. And it made me think of my little skaters. A couple weekends ago, me and some of my students went to competition, which is always exciting and nerve-wracking! I wish I could have read this poem to them before they stepped onto the ice.
And now that I have read this poem, I am posting it on the wall of my office, so that every time I need a reminder, I can just take the minute to re-set and realize what is truly important in life.

If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you like to win, but you think you can’t,
It is almost certain you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost
For out of the world we find,
Success begins with a person’s will –
It’s all in the state of mind.
If you think you are outclassed, you are,
You’ve got to think high to rise
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man
But soon or late the one who wins

Walter D. Wintle

The book is called ‘Think and Grow Rich‘ by Napoleon Hill. This book was originally published in 1937 – 75 years ago! I’m only 75 pages in, but it feels like one of the most relevant books to me and my business/personal life I’ve read.
In our world, it is amazing how some things change and advance at light-speed, but the basic human workings of the mind were just as powerful 75 years ago as they are now.

For me the most powerful line in the poem is “If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost”.
It does not say, “If you think you’ll lose, you’ll lose”, but “you’re lost”.
To be lost is such a powerful (scary) thought. I always always want a light above to guide my path.  Oooh, and if I can request, a beautiful sunset, back-lit kinda light. That’s my fave…

To start this amazing week, here are the flowers and gifties some of my students gave me. One of my little students, a boy just 6 years old, came over to me part way through the show with a single red rose and said, ‘coach, this is for you’.

Life’s little moments can take one’s breath away, and this was definitely one of those moments.

i am woman.

It wasn’t that long ago when women were NOT running their own businesses, women were NOT ‘choosing’ their vocations. I can’t imagine what all of that would feel like, because I have always been taught that I can do whatever I want (aside from driving the boat when I was 14, even though my older brother Mark was allowed to drive the boat at 14…hmmm…dad, you’ve got some ‘splaining to do!).

But seriously, my family has always supported me and my siblings to do whatever it is our hearts desired, boy or girl (my parents were lucky – and crazy – enough to have 2 boys and 2 girls).

Today I wanted to quickly shout out to the women in my life that have inspired me. Firstly, my momma. The hardest vocation of them all: a stay-at-home mom for 4 crazy kidlets plus a part-time working woman. How? I have no blinking idea! Love ya, mom!
Second? My big sister. Always someone I looked up to, and always someone I aspired to be like…and I still do!
And the list is endless, from my Auntie T and JT, strong, beautiful women rocking the socks off of their careers, to my Auntie M, who I will always look to when it comes time to raise a strong, solid family.

To every woman out there who is working towards greatness, pushing harder, and chasing their dreams, thank you. The road has been cleared for us who are working’ it out right now, and I only hope that we do the same for the amazing young women of the future.

my mother...

Happy International Women’s Day!