It’s all about the feelings.

There are a lot of reasons to love weddings; the pretty dresses, beautiful flowers, great food, well stocked bars, great DJ’s, and the entertaining, and often embarrassing, stories. For me, I love the feelings; the raw and constant communication of emotions.

This summer, I was able to attend and photograph a wedding that gave me a sentimental, love life, feel all warm and fuzzy, dose of emotion. There was no shortage of tears, laughter, hugs and affection; from the moment I met up with the bride in the morning, until the moment the guests were sent on their way at night. The day had its share of glitches, as do most wedding days, but they have disappeared as I look through the photos and see the joy on each and every face.

Tara and Andrew, you have always demonstrated to me how much you adore each other. I am so honoured that I was able to see how much an amazing community of friends and family adore you too.

Thank you for letting me be a part of your day and to take away a little of the love your are constantly sharing with the world.

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Family Trees

I love spending time with this family and, for just a moment, becoming a part of the stories that will be told at another of their reunions. Each visit is filled with good natured ribbing, a lot of laughter and huge amounts of affection for each other; even if it is hidden behind an elbow poke or accompanied with a shove from whatever perch I’ve made them balance on.

All visits to their home reveal new aspects of their family history; foundations of the first home, trees planted as saplings that now tower above the house, and view points that provide opportunities to explain the history of their property and the surrounding neighbourhood.

I can’t wait to get back again for the next reunion!

 

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A Year in Review

I sat down today intending to take a few minutes to grab a few of my favorite photos from 2013 as a retrospective for my blog post today. Four hours later, I am sitting here with a huge smile on my face, flooded with great memories.

I spent the day exploring a collection of emotions, lifelong friendships, unforgettable moments and irreplaceable experiences.  It has definitely been a good year.

Thank you to everyone that shared a piece of their lives with me.  I can’t wait to see what is in store for 2014.

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Listening to the trees

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My buddy Corbin and I have an annual tradition of heading out to Gordon Bay Provincial Campsite and escaping the world for a few days.  It is, by far, our favorite event of the year together. We disregard all schedules, “fly by the seat of our pants”, eat continuously, float on the lake and relax into a world with no expectations.  It’s no wonder he is already counting down the days till next year.

This year I also added in my first solo camping trip at Morton Lake, just north of Campbell River.  As I lay in my hammock, drinking tea and listening to the wind blow through the trees above me; I realized how important it is to shut off the noise of social media, multi-tasking, and endless to do lists.  Apparently I am not very skilled at this and need to travel to regions without cell phone service or internet access in order to find my quiet.  Once I found it…it was glorious.  Somehow, even the outhouse seemed peaceful.

Here’s a little glimpse into our paradise.  How many more sleeps until summer comes again?

 

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Big Family, Bigger Love

My work in the world of photography has given me the opportunity to meet some incredible people.  While visiting Campbell River, I had the privilege of meeting a big, wonderful family that recently grew just a little bit more.  Already a full house with 6 kids, this home welcomed in two more family members; two beautiful boys from Congo.

We started our shoot with a first trip to the beach.  Rain was falling and sea life was in short supply at our first stop so we moved on to brave more weather and find the elusive crabs.  Watching the boys squeal and jump with every new discovery at the next beach made the gloomy weather disappear (at least in our minds).  The older brothers and sisters all diligently searched under every rock, finding dozens of crabs to entertain the boys and a lifetime love of the ocean was quickly formed.

I was invited back for a warm up cup of cocoa after the shoot and fell in love with this family just a little bit more.  The house was full of chatter, affection and inspiration.  I immediately felt at home and was welcomed into the flock without a moment’s hesitation.

I look forward to the opportunity to follow this family as they grow together.  I see great things in their future.  I also really want more of their homemade, gluten free, chocolate chip cookies!

 

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Highlights, Inspirations and Reflections.

The end of the year brings a lot of time for reflection; a look at our personal lives, the world around us and what we hope for the future.

2012 was an incredible year for me as a photographer; graduating from Western Academy of Photography, unforgettable moments with local families, being part of the wonderful friendships supported through Lifetime Networks, beautiful weddings, and a trip back to the world of cruise ships with Buddy Cruise and all the amazing families on board.

I have realized that my highlights, my view of the world around me, and my hope for the future are all tied into the people I have been blessed to meet, laugh with and to photograph.  There have been some tears shed throughout the year, both behind and in front of my camera, but each person, family, child, couple and group that I have been lucky enough to capture makes me smile, brings a happy tear to my eye and keeps me believing that there is a whole lot of good in the world.

Here is a glimpse into what makes photography such an amazing experience for me with the help of the Goo Goo Dolls and “Better Days.”

Don’t forget to hit the little arrows on the bottom of the player.  Full screen definitely adds to the moment.

 

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Beauty, Tradition & Pretty Green Tea

One of my favorite things about developing my photography career is the opportunity to witness and participate in new and unique experiences.

Capturing the 10th anniversary of Urasenke Nagomi Tea Circle Victoria was definitely a highlight.  The Japanese tea ceremonies are full of beauty and tradition.  Each turn of the hand, every utensil, each interaction between host and guest all have meaning and a cultural significance.  Watching the students prepare methodically for their day, I was impressed with their dedication and commitment to each step of the ceremony and the world it represents.

One of the things I heard repeatedly throughout the day was the importance of each step in the ceremony as a way for the host to keep their focus; to settle their mind to the tasks at hand.  This aspect of the ceremony; the quiet, dedication and meditation, was shared between both the participants and observers.  I left the day with a calm heart, refreshed for new adventures.

A huge thanks goes out to all of the members of the Urasenke Nagomi Tea Circle Victoria, the Inn at Laurel Point  and the many guests participating in the celebration for their willingness to allowing me a unique perspective and outlook on a beautiful tradition.

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Melissa & Scott…a sneak peek.

Melissa & Scott’s wedding day left my heart warm & fuzzy.  These two are so smitten with each other.

Their family & friends talked, laughed, and cried together and everyone became part of the celebrating throughout the afternoon.

By the time the wedding party hopped into the limo to head off for their evening of celebrations, I was so sad to see them go.

Thank you for making me part of such a fantastic day!

 

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Love, Laughter & A Little Flipcup (cont….)

Couldn’t resist the urge to share just a few more.  Spending time on these wedding edits reminds me what an incredible party it was.  Lots of warm, fuzzy moments as I work through this collection.

 

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Love, laughter, dancing and a little Flipcup!

  Last weekend I had the chance to celebrate the love of an amazing couple.  The groom was clearly smitten and the bride was stunning!

Family members and friends were full of excitement and, as expected, tissues were necessary throughout the reception.  Drinks were flowing and the food was incredible.

Every detail of the day was unique and personalized.  It was a fairy tale setting with all the pieces for a happily ever after ending.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The night ended with a fantastic band, everyone on the dance floor and an intense Flipcup tournament.  It was one incredible party!

Wishing Tessa and Alan an incredible honeymoon as they are off to enjoy the wonders of Europe, and some quality time together to begin their new life as husband and wife.

Thank you for making me a part of your special day.

 

 

 

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