Malachi Alexander

'Tis the season for wonderful arrivals! Malachi Alexander made his way into the world at the end of November and I had the privilege of taking some photos of him just a few weeks later. This sweet little man is the first-born to my second cousin, Kalia, and her husband Zander. 

Kalia was worried that Malachi might not have been in the "photo mood" the day that we had arranged for the session, but when I arrived, he happily posed and squirmed exactly as we had hoped! 

I always marvel at the transition into parenthood - I've seen so many friends and relatives lately who have begun the adventure of raising kids and to watch the way that people shift out of a very self-oriented mindset and become enveloped in serving and sacrificing for their child is so incredible. Kalia, who I will always think of as my "little cousin" (because she is the same age as my "little" brother), has become a doting mother - Malachi has captured her heart so evidently. It was lovely to see the way that she looked at him. She already suits her new role so well.

Welcome to the world, Malachi! You are already such a precious gift - can't wait to see how God blesses your life :)

xo

Hannah Jacqueline

You may have seen a maternity/family shoot a few blog posts back where I wrote about my friends, Megan and Josh, and their growing family (if not, check it out here!). That was a few months ago, and they have now joyfully welcomed their second child into the world - Hannah Jacqueline Dyck! She arrived happy and healthy into the world and was greeted by adoring friends and family. Megan and Josh were so surprised at her little head of hair - her big brother, Lyndon, had almost no hair for his first year! She's already asserting her individuality :)

Welcome to the world, sweet girl!

Holiday Mini Sessions

This is the first year that I attempted Holiday Mini Sessions... and I loved it! My mom helped me out with the styling details and my sister Tori acted as my personal assistant one Saturday and my husband, Matt, helped out for the next!

Each family was given a 15 minute time slot for photos - we had set up a few "styled areas" that we used at backdrops - quite convenient that my stepdad has a shed that he built to look like a miniature cabin... haha.

All in all, a fabulous time. Even with the downpour on the second day, we managed to snap some precious photos.

Thank you to all of the lovely families who came out (rain or shine!) for holiday photos - I wish you all a fabulous holiday season and a very Merry Christmas! xo

The Rempels - Langley, BC

Lindsay is my cousin. She is my older, cooler cousin who I always admired. 

When my dad would pile us kids in the back of his truck and drive us out to Saskatchewan each Summer, we would always stop and stay with Lindsay's family (my dad's cousin, Val). Whitney and Lindsay's sister, Amy, were close in age and naturally got along easily. Lindsay was older than Amy and I was younger than Whitney but despite our age difference, Lindsay would always make an effort to include me and make me feel like I was "one of the big girls". I have many memories of our time with Lindsay's family, but perhaps my favourite is when we all were cuddled up in sleeping bags in order to watch the Calgary Stampede - it was July but the temperature was so low that it actually snowed! That's Calgary for you! I'm sure a few days later it was scorching hot again...

That was then, this is now - meet Lindsay, Chris, Jackson, Micah and Brielle.

 

They ended up moving from their hometown of Calgary out to Langley a couple of years ago and have adjusted brilliantly to the West Coast! 

We met up in Fort Langley on a crisp, sunny Sunday afternoon in order to capture family photos in time for Christmas cards! This good-looking crew also possess a very fun sense of humour...

We walked around the park, chatting and snapping photos. It is so easy to spend time with Lindsay and Chris - they are relaxed and fun. The kids were full of stories and information; animated and lively - just how kids should be! 

It was altogether a wonderful way to spend one of the last rain-free afternoons of the Fall - I'm very blessed to call this crew my family and I'm so glad they're out here in BC! 

Thank you, Chris and Lindsay, for letting me capture your wonderful little family! xo

Aaron, Jennifer and Hadley - Fall Family Session

I met Jennifer while photographing Poppy's first birthday party - She and Hadley had come to join in on the celebration and, after seeing the photos shortly after, decided to book a Family Portrait Session with me! 

We had tossed around a couple of location options but ultimately decided on The Stewart Historical Farm out in White Rock, BC. I had done a photo shoot there before and knew that the grounds were beautiful and offered lots of diversity. 

It's always a fun thing to spend a bit of time with a family you wouldn't have previously had a connection with - Aaron and Jennifer are easy to talk to, relaxed and fun. Hadley was so interested in her surroundings that it was hard to keep her in one place for very long! (But what can you expect from a one-year-old?) Luckily, Mom and Dad knew some tricks for catching her attention and making her laugh.

What I like about Stewart Farms in the Fall is that it offers fantastic colours and multiple options for settings - You can represent the West Coast through the wooded area, the dock or the farmyard itself!

We were thrilled that the rain held off and that we were able to spend our time together exploring such a wonderful site! It was even clear enough for the mountains to make a few appearances in the background of some of the shots.

I think Hadley's favourite part of the whole experience was when she was free to explore! Look at this little face - what a doll!

Thank you, Aaron and Jennifer (and Hadley!) for the lovely afternoon :)

The Dyck Family - Fall Photo Session

These are some of my favourite people.

You may think, "that seems unfair to your other clients" and you are correct. However, my other clients did not spend the past 28 years of my ENTIRE life with me... because they are not my sister, Whitney. 

It's been such an amazing thing to watch my original "other half" flourish in the roles of wife and mother. My sister is so much more than just those two things, but those are two of her most obvious triumphs. 

This is Whitney and her incredibly attractive family. Dave, my brother-in-law, has been around since he and Whitt became friends in 2002... Wait... I've been putting up with him for 14 years? Good grief. 

Actually, I really love him and not just because I technically have to. He and I were both at Bible College in Calgary together the year before he and Whitt were married and it was a really great opportunity for me to get to know him as a friend as well as appreciate him as the man ALMOST worthy of my sister's hand (for no man could ever be fully worthy). He's a devoted husband and father, a hard worker and a man of great integrity. 

You may notice that the two smaller humans appear to be child models. Not true. They are, in fact, my nephews: Jameson (3 years old) and Casey (9 months). Jamie is imaginative and silly. He has a fun sense of humour and is, without a doubt, a cuddle-bug. Casey is ALWAYS moving - he went through an incredible ordeal at one month old ( #caseythebrave ) and it's almost as if the life that was nearly lost has increased ten-fold within him! Both boys are quick to smile and love being surrounded by people. 

We headed down to a park near Dave and Whitt's home in Boundary Bay, Tsawwassen, in order to catch some fall colours on one of the last, non-rainy days in October. (Side note: rainiest October we've had since 1985 - not ideal for a Photographer!) 

All I had to do to make this bunch look great was point my camera at them and do a few silly faces (that was mostly for Dave's sake). 

We wanted to make sure that there were a few close up headshots of the boys for the Grandparents' walls - look at these faces. 

And of course we had to get a pose of Casey in the same pose that Jamie had with Mommy and Daddy a few years ago...

Big brother patiently waiting to get the show on the road.

Big brother patiently waiting to get the show on the road.

You should have seen my face when I was editing these photos. My smiling muscles were aching (so either I don't smile enough or this was just an overload..)

This family has a VERY large portion of my heart.

Curtis and Hannah - Spanish Banks Ceremony

You may recognize the following stars of this blog. 

I met Curtis and Hannah (and Easton!) at a Family Session back in the beginning of July. We chatted about their upcoming wedding and Hannah said, "we're not the kind of people who would be comfortable being photographed all day... but we're hoping to find someone to photograph the ceremony!"

Which then was me... if that wasn't clear. 

It wasn't hard to hit it off with this family - they are easy-going and fun to be around. If I thought they were cool when we FIRST met, they really stepped it into full-gear on October 8th (their wedding day) when they turned what most couples would label a "worst case scenario weather situation" into a super intimate, fun and unique wedding experience. 

I called Hannah (hands-free, of course) while driving through Spanish Banks, searching for the precise location. Due to the speed of my wiper blades, I was expecting to hear a slightly panicked bride on the other end of the phone. Nope. Cheery, helpful, relaxed. "Oh, you're probably close - just look for a tent... I mean, there SHOULD be a tent... or just look for the parking lot before you start going up the hill." Haha. Best bride ever.

The wind was too strong for the tent to be set up in the original location, so a new spot was chosen - under a nearby willow tree. Hannah's sister and brother-in-law quickly went to work setting up the tent in our "sheltered area" while the officiant insisted that Hannah and Curtis sign the wedding papers in her bright yellow Mini-Cooper. She was VERY insistent on staying warm and dry!)

When the papers were signed and Hannah and Curtis had each had a little sip of some pink "champs!" we all headed across the grass to the lovely little ceremony spot.

Surrounded by friends and family, huddled in the shelter of a willow tree, Curtis and Hannah said their vows, exchanged rings and sealed the whole deal with a kiss. 

Before taking a few family portraits and bridal party shots, Curtis and Hannah asked if everyone in attendance would pose for a photo so that they would have a visual record of everyone that came out to witness their wedding. It was very sweet.

The rain eased off for a little while following the ceremony which allowed for a few pictures by the water - Hannah was a real champion with her bare arms and open toe shoes. She hardly let on that she was essentially freezing... haha. 

Please notice how sweet Easton is. Those cheeks. Good grief. THOSE CHEEKS!

And then, of course, we needed to celebrate the fact that they lucked out enough to have a rainy wedding day! (I'm not kidding. Major good luck involved with that. It's a scientific fact. Ask Wikipedia.)

There is something kind of romantic and moody about rainy weather... and I won't lie, I loved using the umbrella! 

And just like that, it seemed our time was up! The newlyweds headed off (in a car with the heat blasting, I'm sure!) to their reception. 

It was a lovely afternoon for me. Lovely people celebrating a wonderful life event. 

I'm so thrilled for you, Curtis and Hannah! I have truly enjoyed getting to know you and I wish you a lifetime of happiness.

Now, pass the "champs!"

xo JL

Josh & Megan - Family and Maternity

I have some pretty great friends. Megan is one of them. We met in grade 6 as members of a local community children's "honour" choir (thought I'd make sure you knew it wasn't just any run-of-the-mill, mediocre children's choir...) but didn't really strike up a friendship until we attended the same high school 2 years later. That was 15 years ago.

Life has significantly changed since then... for one, we don't have braces and wear sweatpants everyday (only SOME days) and we're not writing notes about our crushes and passing them to each other between classes. Funny thing is, the boys we wrote about in those notes actually ended up marrying us! Megan and Josh dated in high school for a while and then went their separate ways during University.... Matt and I dated during high school and then went our separate ways for 7 years.... We all ended up realizing what a great thing we had! 

Josh and Megan were married 4 and a half years ago, and 2 years ago welcomed their sweet little Lyndon (Lyndo!) to the family. Megan is now days (maybe weeks... hopefully days!) away from welcoming baby number 2!  

Look at this family! Just a bunch of stunners. 

Megan didn't get maternity photos when she was pregnant with Lyndo, so I wanted to make sure she had some "yummy mummy" shots for this pregnancy - she truly makes pregnancy look beautiful.

And then there's Lyndon. What a little monkey he is! He's smart and imaginative, expressive and silly. This little man is honestly one of the sweetest photo subjects because his face is just constantly telling a story! 

Thanks for the opportunity to share in your joy, Meg, Josh and Lyndon! I can't wait to meet the latest addition to this fabulous family :)

Derek & Chanel

I love meeting new people. I really do love the idea that I get to participate in creating memories for them; capturing a moment in their lives that is often one of celebration or excitement or just general happiness. What a fantastic thing to be a part of!

I was first contacted by Chanel in the late Summer. She had met my brother-in-law through Police training and had become friends with him and my sister as a result of that time. When Derek and Chanel had first become engaged my sister mentioned to them that I was a photographer and to "look me up" if they were interested in some engagement shots. Obviously they did... 

My husband, Matt, came along for the drive out to Langley and to help me as a second shooter (and extremely convenient bag carrier!) and we met up with this lovely couple at a Farmyard close to their home. It was a beautiful, warm, fall afternoon. 

I tend to get a common reaction from... well, gentlemen, when I'm taking pictures: "I don't really like having pictures taken... I don't really know what to do... This feels weird." I enjoy a good challenge! I do my best to start off with shots where the couple can relax. "Just walk towards me, holding hands. You can chat or look at each other or look at me - whatever you want!" While I was traipsing my way through the tall grass and setting up shots, Matt was cracking jokes - we were like a dynamic duo who were shooting a dynamic duo! 

We had a great time with these two - they were fun and easy-going. Quick to laugh and clearly in love. 

We made an attempt to include their sweet puppy in some of the photos, but it's hard to convince a dog to "pose" when there are farmyard excitements all around! He was off like a rocket, running from one end of the farm to the other - exploring and adventuring. We did manage a couple of pictures to prove he was, in fact, present!

We really enjoyed spending time with Derek and Chanel. I'm not sure how I'll be able to patiently wait until next Fall to shoot their wedding considering how excited I am for it! 

Thank you, Derek and Chanel, for the chance to join in on your story! xo

The Davis Family (& Mason the Mini Football Star!)

I love seeing old friends. (Old in the sense that we are both still super young and hip but have known each other for a while... of course). Steph and I worked together for 3 years at a local private school - I was the Kindergarten TA, She was the grade 1 teacher who then became a grade 2 teacher right before heading off on maternity leave. You may be able to tell by the following photos that Mason (her little boy) is no longer a baby. IN FACT, he has just turned 2! (Lucky parents, right?) He is actually the sweetest little guy, so Steph and Kevin don't have too much to worry about!

Since it IS October, we decided to really embrace the opportunity to go "all Fall" and headed to Westham Island Herb Farm (Ladner). There's simply no better place to find everything Autumn - pumpkins, hay bales, mini corn maze, root vegetables and an apple kiosk! 

Something that I've really liked about taking family photos over the past year is that I get the chance to watch parents interact with their children a lot. It's actually a really awesome thing to see how that relationship is so unique and wonderful in each family. It's especially cool to see someone that you watched working with children for three years (minus the bit where she was off caring for a baby!) interacting with her own child - there's still that intelligence and intuition in communicating with a little one (that I think all really great teachers need to have) but there is also such a tender sweetness between a mother and child. It's very precious. 

Lovely day. Lovely people. I'm a lucky lady.

Poppy turns 1!

I got ridiculously swept up in the chaos of trying to finish two online courses over the month of September and gave this wonderful little lady's birthday party pics to her momma without posting a little something on the blog! 

Poppy's first birthday party was, without a doubt, one of the cutest "soirees" that I've been to. Jess, her mom, had originally planned on having the party at a park BUT, as fate would have it, the forecast was for rain... and a lot of it. So, like a supermom, she whipped up a new plan - the party was held in the common room of their townhouse complex. The theme was "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" and it was, truly, a glittery event :)

We took some family photos before the guests arrived just in a little park area near their house - Poppy thought I was quite a suspicious character with my camera. She wasn't quite sure why I kept following them around...

And then, PARTY TIME! 
Friends and family started to file in. The love that these people had (have) for Poppy and her parents was so very evident. Grandparents and great-grandparents were gushing over the sweet little birthday girl. Little friends toddled about, playing with the props bucket and eyeing the sweets. Old friends and fellow new-parents chatted and laughed. It was a lovely celebration!

But my FAVOURITE part? Cake smash. Not hard to see why...
 

Happy 1st Birthday, sweet Poppy! Thanks for letting me join in on the party :)

The Toigo Family

I have to say, I've been meeting some utterly adorable children lately.

Is the world getting cuter? I know I am, but I mean, in general? 

I've known the Toigo's for a looooong time -  growing up in a small town seems to have that effect on people! Pete's younger sister and I even played ice hockey together for several years... but that's a story for another time.

As the family pulled up to Earthwise Gardens and hopped out of the car, I knew I was in for a treat. I mean, look at these kids! They should be in some kind of baby Gap commercial, 

Don't you agree? Good heavens. Those eyes!

I know it may seem all "fall-ish" now, but last week when we took these pictures, it was smokin' hot outside - promises of ice cream abounded as we tried to find a few shady spots for pictures. With limited cover, we decided to face the sun "back-on" (photographer joke, I suppose).

And of course, for sentimental reasons, we had to get one with their Vancouver Giants jerseys on!

Thank you for the lovely afternoon, Toigo family! xo

Jonathan & Kendrianne

I've known Jonathan since I was 8 years old. His family had moved over from England and his younger sister, Nicky, was in my grade 3 class. She and I became "thick as thieves" and when I wasn't at my house, I was at hers. We would often wrangle Jonathan into playing silly games with us or acting as MC to our musical performances. Fast forward 20 years. 

Jonathan has found the love of his life. She is beautiful, she is fun, she is kind - she is going to make a perfect addition to the Freeman family. 

Kendrianne and Jonathan first met in a class at university nearly a decade ago. They hit it off as friends and remained as such until a couple of years ago... I suppose they just finally realized that the person they had been searching for had been right in front of them for quite some time! 

Speaking from experience, there is something wonderful about falling in love with your "buddy." 

We hiked down to a lookout at Lighthouse park in order to capture some oceanside shots - I couldn't be happier with how they turned out!

Jon and Kendrianne, I am so thrilled for you. May this next year before your wedding be full of fun and excitement!

XO. J

Shapes

I met a lovely woman back in February . That's one of the wonderful thing about living in a city as culturally diverse as Vancouver - you are able to make connections with people that you may have otherwise never had the privilege of meeting/befriending. Sophie and her husband met in Dubai where they had both moved for work. It didn't take long for them to fall in love and were married not long after! They decided a couple of years ago to move to Canada and chose (in my opinion) the best possible location - Vancouver. 

When I met Sophie she was renting space from another salon but had dreams of quickly starting her own business and running her own Brow and Wax Bar. Just six months later I was privileged enough to be taking photos for her brand new location down in Kits! What an inspiration! She's truly a woman with a mission. 

Not only does she run a Brow and Wax bar (she was the first person to thread my eyebrows - let me tell ya... pretty substantial difference... haha), but she is also a professional makeup artist. We set up a photo shoot with my dear friend (and local Jazz singer) Natasha D'Agostino in order to showcase her skills...

I was then able to join Sophie and a large group of family and friends in celebrating the Grand Opening of "Shapes Brow and Wax Bar" this past Saturday. There was free henna, chai tea, pakoras, cupcakes, eyebrow makeup kits and even a threading demonstrations! It was a lot of fun.

Congratulations Sophie (and team)! Happy opening to Shapes Brow and Wax Bar!

Min Family Photos

It's not hard to enjoy my job when I get to spend time with lovely families and beautiful babies.

I met up with Elyse, Jason and Oliver on Sunday afternoon as the sky began to loom overhead. We originally planned on meeting in "Old Ladner" to take photos at a couple of locations there, but had to quickly change the "game plan" as there was a classic car show happening in the exact location we wanted to use (small towns, right? Shananigans and what not...)
 

Luckily I knew of a park just down the road that I knew would be perfect for this little families portrait session. In the time it took us to drive over to the new location (5 minutes? 7 maybe?) the clouds had softened and the rain that was 60% likely to annoy us suddenly became as unlikely and preposterous an idea as me entering the Vancouver housing market...

Thank you, weather! 

Oliver was a bit puzzled by the stranger with a camera (and my handy helper and husband, Matt, who kept trying to make faces and wave things around behind me in order to attract his attention!) We found great success in playing "peekaboo" from behind my reflector...

Look at this face. No wonder his parents seemed so smitten...

Look at this face. No wonder his parents seemed so smitten...

Oliver seemed quite keen on this hill... mostly because he wanted to pull the grass out...

Oliver seemed quite keen on this hill... mostly because he wanted to pull the grass out...

What a fabulous way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Thank you, Min Family!

So long, sweet Summer.

Caution: The following photos are of a stunningly beautiful woman.

The lighting was perfect. The weather was perfect. The model was perfect. 
On Sunday night, Whitney (hair and makeup artist and also one of my lovely photo subjects) Ingrid and I headed down into Boundary Bay (Tsawwassen, BC) and did an "end of summer" photo shoot. A special THANK YOU! to "Our Little Flower Company" www.olfco.ca for providing us with our beautiful headpiece. 

We started at Earthwise Gardens - if you're ever looking for a photo location in the Spring/Summer, consider this place! It's so fantastic. I'm NEVER disappointed by the beautiful landscaping there.

We started at Earthwise Gardens - if you're ever looking for a photo location in the Spring/Summer, consider this place! It's so fantastic. I'm NEVER disappointed by the beautiful landscaping there.

After Earthwise, we loaded up a comfy chair and ventured down to a field just behind an elementary school...

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Then we headed just two minutes down the road to the beach (West Coast = Best Coast) and grabbed some photos just as the sun was sinking.

Ingrid was such a trooper. "Go in the water." "Okay!"

Ingrid was such a trooper. "Go in the water." "Okay!"

It was a beautiful evening with beautiful people. Thank you, Ingrid, Whitney, Matt (lighting and child-minding!) and Our Little Flower Company for a fantastic photo shoot!

Mike & Katie - Vancouver Wedding

What a rad day. Do people still say "rad"?... If not, they should. It seems to be the only word that adequately describes Mike and Katie's wedding.

There were a number of things that made the day special for me - unique vendors, fun locations, incredibly relaxed atmosphere - but the most significant was that I witnessed an old friend marry a really fantastic guy. You see, Katie and I went to high school together. We were in classes together from grade 8-12 (mostly choir!) and she was always such fun to be around. As life goes, we lost touch after high school until 9 1/2 years later when I heard about a) her life in Regina b) how she was now a homeowner c) how she met a wonderful guy at her sister's wedding 4 years previous, d) how she was going to MARRY HIM! and e) that she was wondering whether I might be the photographer. It was an easy "yes" for me! 

So, on July 31st, Mike and Katie got all spiffied up and vowed to spend their lives together in front of friends and family at Queen Elizabeth Park. Then they had a grand ol' time celebrating down on Granville Island at the False Creek Community Centre. 

Katie, Mike and family stayed at the Granville Island Hotel with windows facing False Creek.

Katie, Mike and family stayed at the Granville Island Hotel with windows facing False Creek.

The feeling in the hotel room as Katie was getting ready was so relaxed - everyone was chatting and laughing. Loved it.

The feeling in the hotel room as Katie was getting ready was so relaxed - everyone was chatting and laughing. Loved it.

After a morning haircut and beard re-shaping, Mike and his mom had brunch down at the hotel restaurant while waiting to head over to to the ceremony location.

After a morning haircut and beard re-shaping, Mike and his mom had brunch down at the hotel restaurant while waiting to head over to to the ceremony location.

Katie's dress was so beautifully detailed.

Katie's dress was so beautifully detailed.

This handkerchief belonged to Katie's step-grandmother who carried it down the aisle on her wedding day. It has been carried by a list of family brides in the 70 years following.

This handkerchief belonged to Katie's step-grandmother who carried it down the aisle on her wedding day. It has been carried by a list of family brides in the 70 years following.

Katie had both her mom and dad walk her toward her groom.

Katie had both her mom and dad walk her toward her groom.

The justice of the peace kept telling Mike to give Katie "a little kiss" because she thought that would help calm their nerves - very cute.

The justice of the peace kept telling Mike to give Katie "a little kiss" because she thought that would help calm their nerves - very cute.

This was probably one of my favourite moments. I was trying to move around the ceremony set up as discreetly as possible - apparently Mike noticed me and decided to give me a big old smile (I think the smile was partially because he had almost made it through the ceremony! Only signing left to do...)

This was probably one of my favourite moments. I was trying to move around the ceremony set up as discreetly as possible - apparently Mike noticed me and decided to give me a big old smile (I think the smile was partially because he had almost made it through the ceremony! Only signing left to do...)

As everyone was standing, the nieces wanted to make sure they had a decent "vantage point"...

As everyone was standing, the nieces wanted to make sure they had a decent "vantage point"...

At the end of the ceremony, M&K greeted each and every guest under the shade of some nearby trees.

At the end of the ceremony, M&K greeted each and every guest under the shade of some nearby trees.

The musicians played through the ceremony, receiving line, and into family picture time. 

The musicians played through the ceremony, receiving line, and into family picture time. 

How could you NOT have fun with this crew?

How could you NOT have fun with this crew?

The sister responsible for introducing the new Mr. & Mrs...

The sister responsible for introducing the new Mr. & Mrs...

Katie's ring was so unique - it was her "something blue."

Katie's ring was so unique - it was her "something blue."

These two were impossibly cute together. They were just exploding with happiness and it really made me feel lucky that I had the chance to capture that.

These two were impossibly cute together. They were just exploding with happiness and it really made me feel lucky that I had the chance to capture that.

Down to Granville Island to grab some cool shots before the reception!

Down to Granville Island to grab some cool shots before the reception!

M&K outside their reception venue. I know what you're thinking, "awww, they're so sweet and happy!" And in a way, you're right. But what they're ACTUALLY laughing about is that Mike had just scared the heck out of me by yelling "GOOSE! GOOSE!" as he knew I was petrified of the flock of Canadian geese that were sitting on the lawn where I had to back up to shoot from. Thanks Mike. Real nice.

M&K outside their reception venue. I know what you're thinking, "awww, they're so sweet and happy!" And in a way, you're right. But what they're ACTUALLY laughing about is that Mike had just scared the heck out of me by yelling "GOOSE! GOOSE!" as he knew I was petrified of the flock of Canadian geese that were sitting on the lawn where I had to back up to shoot from. Thanks Mike. Real nice.

Dinner provided by "Tacofino" Food Truck!

Dinner provided by "Tacofino" Food Truck!

And Johnny's Popsicle Stand showed up for dessert! 

And Johnny's Popsicle Stand showed up for dessert! 

Mother of the bride enjoying "Raspberry Basil" (my favourite!)

Mother of the bride enjoying "Raspberry Basil" (my favourite!)

You have to love a good roast! MC "Karma" had everyone in stitches.

You have to love a good roast! MC "Karma" had everyone in stitches.

Time to dance!

Time to dance!

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Altogether a lovely day. 

Congratulations, Mike and Katie! I wish you a lifetime of happiness!

Salt-Water Moon

I love theatre. I love being on the stage and I love being in the audience. It's been a lot of fun, therefore, to now have a different means of involvement - production/promotional photos! I've taken promo shots for Vancouver's 'starstar theare' and the 'Troika Collective' but this was my first experience working with 'PlanZ Theatre'. Eleanor and Julie are wonderful, hard-working local artists and I was more than happy to be a part of the team for their production of "Salt-Water Moon" playing now through July 31st at Pacific Theatre in Vancouver, BC.
The play takes place in 1926, Newfoundland  (which I quickly picked up on by their very sweet "newfie" accents!). When director, Eleanor Felton, was asked "What do you hope the audience takes away from this play?" She responded, "When we hear that something is a love story, we all want to believe it, but we think we should be smarter than that. We are skeptical of love - we are cynical, especially of young love. SALT-WATER MOON is a simple love story, gently asking us to fight for love for 80 minutes. I hope that it will inspire our audience to hope and fight for the future, and to leave the past in the past."
The score consists of beautiful, live violin in order to keep with the Maritime feel.

The score consists of beautiful, live violin in order to keep with the Maritime feel.

I highly recommend that you check out these up-and-coming Vancouver talents! You won't be disappointed :) #supportthearts

Jared

This is Jared.

We met a few months back at a theatre production my husband was involved in. We chatted about the Vancouver theatre scene. He mentioned that he was in need of some new headshots. I mentioned that I was a photographer and would happily give him my information in case he wanted to look into my work.

Was it deeeestiiiiiny? Probably not, but Matt and I DID happen to run into Jared quite a few times in the months following! 
We actually had originally planned on taking his headshots back in May, but life got in the way and Jared had to push the date back until yesterday... but BOY! I'm sure glad it worked out! Look at how photogenic this guy is! Made my job seem like a walk in the park (or, more accurately, 'a walk in the city' teehee). 

We were going for a few different 'niches' of local Vancouver film and television casting... I wonder if you can figure out which ones ;) 

Thanks for the fun evening, Jared! Can't wait to see your name rolling through the credits of an upcoming major picture! 

Harper & Brittany

It's fun to spend an evening with good friends. These two are not only a lovely, local, Vancouver couple, but Harper also happens to be my husband's best friend (and was, therefore, the best man at our wedding). I know he isn't keen on being in front of a camera, but with Brittany by his side, he seemed to relax... a bit.

Thanks for the fun evening, friends! Here's to more board games and brews :)