very special to me.

This is a very special post for me. You will see why below…

The first night Ry and I arrived, we were having such an awesome time eating dinner, laughing and getting caught up. We were the last to arrive to Hawaii. Mark, my big brother and his girlfriend Janelle (yep, same name!) had already been there for a few days. So, he’s chatting and starts to tell a story about this hike they found along the coastline. As he’s telling us about the gorgeous cliffs, yada-yada-yada, he non-chalantly says, ‘and that’s where Janelle and I decided to get married.”

At first, this story sounded like a nice little story about a hike. So even though I was listening, I was also totally enthralled in the amazing prawns we were having for dinner. So, when that last sentence came out of Mark’s mouth, I think I sort of sat there stun-gunned for a second. Aaand then it registered.

Ummm… pardon? I thought we were talking about a hike? What?! What?!!!! OH MY GOSH! I am sooooooooo excited!!!! And, of course, I began to cry! Apparently, the rest of my family already knew the night before, and they had made bets on whether I could cry or not. OF COURSE I would cry!

Janelle is this amazing girl. She’s funny and really goofy with Marko. She super cute and stylish. And her and Mark truly love each other.

We made a point of going back out to the spot where they got engaged and took a few photos. We only had maybe 10 minutes, but it didn’t take long to get some sweet shots of these two.

Congratulations you guys. I love you both so much, and we are so excited for you. xo

a wonderful year

I thought there can’t be a better way to start off 2012 by appreciating how amazing 2011 was. I know that 2012 will only get better, but if I can say how amazing all my clients of this past year were.

Here are some of my fave photos from 2011’s wedding season. Beautiful brides and their loving grooms. Thank you all for letting me be a part of your lives. I know I am better for it.

'tis the season

I love Christmas. Ry and I went to Starbucks this past weekend just for an hour or so. He did his homework, and I began reading a Seth Godin book, Linchpin. And I will definitely write a little review on the book another time, but this post…this post is about Christmas. And it all started with a gingerbread latte and the jazzy, Christmas music playing in the background.

Since Ryan and I live out in the sticks, whenever I get the chance to go and sit in a coffee shop and just enjoy the hum of the laid-back ‘busy-ness’, I am in heaven. I sink deep into a book or writing in my journal. I curl up between the arm rests of the chair and just let my mind relax. And it is the cherry on top of my sundae when I get to go with Ryan. Me doing my thing and him doing his, but we’re doing them ‘together’.

We also went out and hunted down our tree! As per usual, my eyes were bigger than our ‘living room’. Once we got the tree home, we realized it needed a haircut if it was going to fit inside the house! So we pulled out our shears, and gave it a solid trim.

For now, in the afternoons when I sit and brainstorm about my business in the front room, I curl up with my tea and stare at our lovely green tree. It’s not technically a Christmas tree yet because it has no decorations on it yet. I’m saving that bundle of joy for this weekend!

And lastly on a Christmas-y note, if you are trying to think of a Christmas prezzie for someone special, maybe the perfect gift is a little GC for a portrait session!E-mail me for the details on how to get yours!

 

caroline + jim married

Passion. check.

Respect. check.

Love. check.

I could see it when I met these two in Vancouver a few weeks back for their engagement session. I could hear it when I heard the story of his proposal on the beaches of Tofino. And this past weekend, I heard it again in their voices as they shared their wedding vows with each other.

Caroline and Jim were married at the fabulous Hester Creek Winery in Oliver, BC. Their day was nothing less than perfect. The ceremony took place overlooking the valley; we strolled throughout the property together, photographing C+J being completely in love; and finished off at the amazing Terrafina Restaurant for their reception on the patio.

C+J, I hope these images will be your constant reminder of how amazing a couple you are.

If you haven’t had enough of this gorgeous couple, check out the slideshow below!

 

 

Hester Creek sneak!

As my last wedding of the summer of ’11, I am so happy to share this one with you. And I’m not happy because it was the last…. because I truly l.o.v.e my job and am sad to say that a forced ‘break’ is upon me…. but I’m so happy to share this because I adore this couple so much, and am happy to have ended this season with them.

I have just loaded the photos into my computer, but I couldn’t help but share one. But I hope you enjoy this image and I can’t wait to post the rest!

gastown engagement

It is sessions like this that make me realize how lucky I am to do what I do. This weekend, I had an engagement session with Jim + Caroline. I hadn’t met them previous, and only had a quick phone conversation. All I knew, is she had a very cute accent, I was going to photograph their wedding, and that. was. it.

Needless to say, I was excited and anxious to meet them! And when I walked into their apartment, I felt instantly at ease! Good music drifted through the apartment, a pretty amazing wine collection sat in their dining room, and the cutest puppy you ever did see greeted me at the door. I could tell they were my kinda couple!

We set out on our Gastown walking tour, and literally just stopped for a few photos whenever we were inspired! We chatted over coffee about the details of their wedding day and their honeymoon travel plans. They hooked me up with lots of good restaurant recommendations in the area, and ended the eve with a few adorable pics with Rusty, their little puppy.

Thanks C+J for a wicked Saturday afternoon, and I can’t wait for your wedding in a couple weeks.


V-Day Photo Lesson

Ry and I decided to go on a mini-vacation for Valentine’s this year in downtown Vancouver. We enjoyed some amazing food and drink at Hapa Izakaya, enjoyed our outdoor, city-scape hot tub, and went for walks along the sea.

During our walk, Ry decided to pick up my camera and see if he could craft a couple images! Over coffee we talked about the f-stop differences and shutter speed options. And then Ry found me a few places to sit so he could try out his eye! And I think I may have found a natural. Ry’s framing was artistic, different, and he was loving it!

Here’s a few pics of yours truly that he snapped! These first few are with a 50mm 1.4 lens. I love the way he used lines to draw the eye towards the subject…aka. me!

And this last one was his look using a 17 mm lens. Wide angle funkiness!

Snow Day!

As I drove up the drive to their 66 acre property, I could see the potential for some great photos. Beautiful snow-covered fences and trees, a gorgeous view overlooking the area, and as long as we watched out for the random horse ‘you-know-what’, it was a great spot for some family photos.

Jody and Doug with their two teenage girls did an amazing job of ‘not looking cold’ on a very cold Canadian winter day. It may have taken a few minutes for the smiles to warm up, but with just enough prodding and goofy sisterly love, all four were photo ready!

To Doug and his harem of fabulous ladies, thank you for a wonderful, winter wonderland afternoon.