Month: June 2011

I first met Mackenzie and Kevin when Christine recommended them for my house mortgage and I was a...

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28Jun '11

Mackenzie + Kevin say "I do" at the Old House

I first met Mackenzie and Kevin when Christine recommended them for my house mortgage and I was a convert. Ask anyone who uses their services and they will tell you they have never been taken better care of my anyone in the financial services area.  It was the type of experience that makes you...

It was the night before their first day of medical school, and their lives were heading in a...

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24Jun '11

Justine and Phil say "I-Do" at Strathcona Park Lodge

It was the night before their first day of medical school, and their lives were heading in a different direction, more so then they anticipated. Phil walked into the med school social, and noticed a girl with a beautiful smile. He thought she would be out of his league, but he gave it a go, and was...

When I went to blog about Kristen and Mikhail, Christine started talking about how much they mean...

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24Jun '11

Guest Post by Christine: Kristen + Mikhail-Tender Session

When I went to blog about Kristen and Mikhail, Christine started talking about how much they mean to her.. so we thought we would have her jump in and write the blog post. I first met Kristen and Mikhail at prenatal class when we were both expecting our daughters, who were born 2 weeks apart....

Christine and I adore this family. They are troupers! We have watched them face challenges, such as...

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22Jun '11

Melanie, Lisa, Shay and Kian

Christine and I adore this family. They are troupers! We have watched them face challenges, such as children's health issues, with smiles and grace. They make us feel connected - as whenever either of us are with them, they genuine and open. PLUS....they have ADORABLE children.. LOVE,...

The thing about me is I am a romantic. In a huge way. Now my definition of romance is not...

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21Jun '11

My Romance

The thing about me is I am a romantic. In a huge way. Now my definition of romance is not about grand gestures (Note to John: don't let this deter you from acts of grandiose, this blog post is about romance in everyday life, and again, I repeat, should not deter you from proclaiming your love...

As part of a daily email I am receiving this month this came to my inbox this a.m. ""Nothing...

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21Jun '11

On Enthusiasm

As part of a daily email I am receiving this month this came to my inbox this a.m. ""Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."  Emerson. If there's no enthusiasm in what you do, it won't be remarkable and certainly won't connect with people on an emotional basis. But, if you...

They hopped out of the car,excited and already blushing and I knew it was going to be a good one....

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20Jun '11

Kelly and Dean - engaged and adorable

They hopped out of the car,excited and already blushing and I knew it was going to be a good one. We played until the sun went down, and myself and my assistant Jen were drawn into  their "in love" energy - we even shared some of most embarrassing "on the job" stories. Kelly and Dean...

Chelsey, Peter, Ava and Zoe - you are such a beautiful family,  not only gorgeous, but...

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20Jun '11

Chelsey, Peter, Ava and Zoe

Chelsey, Peter, Ava and Zoe - you are such a beautiful family,  not only gorgeous, but intuitive and full of amazing values and visions. Thanks for talking food, chicken and family life with me and allowing me a peek into yours. Your family totally embodies the word...

I think being a father is complicated and often confusing. Over the last 50 years men and women's...

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19Jun '11

The dad in our house

I think being a father is complicated and often confusing. Over the last 50 years men and women's roles in the family has become more similar, gone are the clearcut roles, and with that came both parents needing be be jack of all trades - as homemakers and parents. I know among my women friends,...

As I climbed out of the car they stood in the special dresses peeking coyly out the door, I can...

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17Jun '11

Hanna and Ania - serious cuteness

As I climbed out of the car they stood in the special dresses peeking coyly out the door, I can sense their excitement and adored their sweetness and shy demeanour. It wasn't long though until we had them giggling as they sat with the mom, aunt and grandmother for a girls photo. You  all...

Avery is Christel second, and I was moved that she commissioned a photograph of just her and her...

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17Jun '11

Christel and Avery - mother daughter love

Avery is Christel second, and I was moved that she commissioned a photograph of just her and her daughter, like it was the most natural thing, as is a mothers love for their daughter. She asked that the photo be black and white, a classic portrait - easy, with such a classic beauty and a...

They left their two little boys at home and came out to celebrate how it all started... with the...

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15Jun '11

Tammy + James - Tender Session

They left their two little boys at home and came out to celebrate how it all started... with the two of them. When Tammy and James met 12 years ago while working in the same restaurant, she initially wrote him off, but once he wrangled a date with her, she was quickly won over. It's easy to...

It was a very good day, blue sky, not to hot, warm hearts and a two women who haven't gone a day...

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14Jun '11

Glenice + Donna Say I Do

It was a very good day, blue sky, not to hot, warm hearts and a two women who haven't gone a day without talking since their very first meeting. On a Comox Valley beach,Glenice and Donna said I do surrounded by their closest friends and family, many who travelled from afar to be there. Despite the...

My friend Melanie organized a TENder session for her parents Doris and Garth and had herself and...

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14Jun '11

The Riggins Clan - Multi-Generational Portrait

My friend Melanie organized a TENder session for her parents Doris and Garth and had herself and her husband and children join them for some of the images."To be photographed or to commission a photograph of a loved one, is an act of LOVE"Thank you Melanie for having this photo created for your...

Erin, Simon. Aidan and Owen I met at a little trail, on what was finally a sunny day, for a...

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9Jun '11

Walsh Family - Courtenay Portrait Photographer

Erin, Simon. Aidan and Owen I met at a little trail, on what was finally a sunny day, for a leisurely shoot. Well, it felt leisurely for me, as this crew was super warm and laid back. However, I think Aiden and Owen got a bit of a work out running around and playing. Honestly, Erin, you...

Last week I had the opportunity to speak to some of the island member of the Professional...

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8Jun '11

Elsa + Katie - Vancouver Island Children's Portraiture

Last week I had the opportunity to speak to some of the island member of the Professional Photographers of Canada, about children's portraiture. My lovely little friends Katie and Elsa drove down from Courtenay to model for us  - thank you! This shot jumped out at me, as it is just sooooo...

I had a fabulous weekend. Despite it being a busy photography time of year, I always ensure I take...

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6Jun '11

Dreams too big?

I had a fabulous weekend. Despite it being a busy photography time of year, I always ensure I take a few weekends off throughout the summer. For 10 years myself, my daughter, my mom and step-dad, my sisters and their family and I head to Tofino for 5 days. This year, due to my step-father's health...

Sarah and Jesse are strong - they are the love you dream about. Mid session as we were walking...

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3Jun '11

Sarah + Jesse TENder session

Sarah and Jesse are strong - they are the love you dream about. Mid session as we were walking behind their shed I saw a sign,  on it was carved "Jesse loves Sarah" - Jesse was trying out a new tool and this is what he carved, because that is just the kind of guy he is. He has this undeniable...

Look. Look again. Look away. Look back. Notice the green. Notice the purple flowers. Don't look...

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2Jun '11

Yes, there really is some spring out there...

Look. Look again. Look away. Look back. Notice the green. Notice the purple flowers. Don't look outside right now.  Sadly it isn't spring. But look here. Look again. And it is spring.. Notice a child in shorts. Dairnie, Mike and Chloe came together for their session last week in a...

Like many entrepreneurs, one of the appeals for me of being self employed is freedom. However,...

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1Jun '11

eeek.. a tuesday in November, does this = freedom?

Like many entrepreneurs, one of the appeals for me of being self employed is freedom. However, something fishy has been going on around here. We are booking way in advance, I just scheduled a tuesday in November!! Eeek! Of course, for weddings I am acclimatized to this, but weekdays in November,...

If you follow the blog you know I have been gushing about the beautiful families I have been...

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1Jun '11

Yes, another beautiful family

If you follow the blog you know I have been gushing about the beautiful families I have been photographing recently. Wai-Ling, Rupert and their children fit right in. I adore this family and their approach to their session. The intention has always been to photograph them on their property and when...