Month: July 2011

I really don't have to write more than LOVE. Because that is the word that best describes them. I...

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28Jul '11

Leakey Love- Vancouver Island Family Photography

I really don't have to write more than LOVE. Because that is the word that best describes them. I fell for the Leakey's when I photographed Sarah and Sean's wedding, it was such an honour to be part of their celebration and get to know them well enough to call them friends. Sean, Sarah,...

If you know me you know I wear Rainbow colored glasses almost all the time, and rarely will you...

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27Jul '11

A mood changer - Katrina and Rob maternity

If you know me you know I wear Rainbow colored glasses almost all the time, and rarely will you hear me say I have had a bad day - I don't growl often, and can always find the good, (trust me, sounds nice, but can annoy the heck out of my family sometimes.) So when I feel a little attitude...

I'll admit it, lately, I don't always photograph in the nicest of places, well that is, the nicest...

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26Jul '11

The Tancon's - scratch and sniff?

I'll admit it, lately, I don't always photograph in the nicest of places, well that is, the nicest smelling places. The last few weeks have found me in some stinky alleys, some old no longer used barns and surrounded by manure, well actually, in manure. So when presented with a beautiful...

Hello All, it's Christine here - making my second blog appearance as Karen took advantage of the...

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22Jul '11

Christmas in July - fabulous offer

Hello All, it's Christine here - making my second blog appearance as Karen took advantage of the sun and ran like a madwoman out the door with her camera. As you know, for the first ten months of the year we are doing something a little extra special each month to celebrate Karen's ten years...

When I was a child we lived around the corner from a portrait studio. I would walk by on the way to...

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20Jul '11

Family Photographs, an act of love

When I was a child we lived around the corner from a portrait studio. I would walk by on the way to dance class and as I approached their window I would anticipate what I would see. I looked forward to staring at the families and imaging their lives, how they interacted and the fun they had...

It's hard to write about this wedding, because it really is just a feeling. I first felt it when...

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19Jul '11

Danielle + Justin say "I Do" on Mt. Washington

It's hard to write about this wedding, because it really is just a feeling. I first felt it when Danielle came into my studio to talk about her wedding, but really she just talked about Justin and her love for him. I felt it during our engagement session, when they stayed embraced in each others...

So after my lovely evening at the Atlas Cafe I was apparently just starting to get on a roll for a...

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19Jul '11

Libations + Bacon

So after my lovely evening at the Atlas Cafe I was apparently just starting to get on a roll for a weekend of dining and beverages. Friday night saw me at the Black Fin pub, watching the weather storm over the ocean, while I sat back and enjoyed a meal with my friend Kathy. What does that have...

I love this session. Let me count the ways. - Shayla's grandmother booked this session for...

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19Jul '11

Shayla - Courtenay Children's Photographer

I love this session. Let me count the ways. - Shayla's grandmother booked this session for her granddaughter while she is here visiting from Texas. When Shayla looks back on these, she will always connect the experience with her lovely and very loving grandma. - Shayla is 9. I don't know...

Summer brings a finely tuned balance of sleep and play, parenting and working, exercising and...

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18Jul '11

Eating & Drinking my way through the summer

Summer brings a finely tuned balance of sleep and play, parenting and working, exercising and eating.. okay, well I could be doing better with the exercise part, but I really have been excelling at the eating and drinking. Oh wait! That sounds bad, I really shouldn't be writing about drinking on my...

Oh.. how I love a session with a two year old. They come in a bit shy, watching, looking, checking...

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15Jul '11

Frederick at 2 years old

Oh.. how I love a session with a two year old. They come in a bit shy, watching, looking, checking me out and by the end they are running, jumping and not holding back. Frederick recently became a big brother and I adore that his parents still decided to focus this session on him. He is a...

I guess it is the weather, (because we certainly aren't going to blame the mall-ish friend chinese...

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14Jul '11

Can we do a re-do, I need another hit - baristas come back...

I guess it is the weather, (because we certainly aren't going to blame the mall-ish friend chinese food I had for lunch,) but I sure feel like I could use a shot of caffeine in the arm. Maybe yesterday could do a do-over. I started the day at the Wandering Moose Cafe in Cumberland, the...

I am a creataholic - cooking, planning, photographing, I love to create. However, I fall short when...

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12Jul '11

The failed knitter meets the Tricksy Knitter

I am a creataholic - cooking, planning, photographing, I love to create. However, I fall short when it comes to anything textile. I was a good student in high school butI failed grade 8 sewing, well, Mrs. Richards gave me a C- because apparently it wasn't cool to fail someone in a grade 8...

I had just been out shopping for a new pair of converse right before this shoot. I picked them up...

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12Jul '11

The Leblanc Family - hello style!

I had just been out shopping for a new pair of converse right before this shoot. I picked them up off the shelf, but reluctantly put them down, hearing my mothers voice "wait a week, and if you still are thinking about them, then go get them."  But when the Leblanc family rolled out of their...

What a wonderful session, what a wonderful woman, a true beauty, who I enjoyed every minute...

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8Jul '11

Petra - Bella Session

What a wonderful session, what a wonderful woman, a true beauty, who I enjoyed every minute photographing. Petra quite simply you are...

It seems appropriate timing to do a music post - I have had two people ask me in the last week to...

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7Jul '11

Summer Playlist

It seems appropriate timing to do a music post - I have had two people ask me in the last week to share my current musical obsessions and Vancouver Island Music Fest weekend seems like the right time to do it. So in no specific order here is a tad of what we are playing in the office these...

Life is busy - I work full-time, John does camp work and is gone half the time, we have four...

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6Jul '11

Juicy Summer Days

Life is busy - I work full-time, John does camp work and is gone half the time, we have four kids. I do most of my work when the girls are at school and pull some long days when John is here. We have a groove and it works for our family. But then summer comes, and I feel like I have to...

Gavin is one of three brothers that I have photographed for their high school grad - he's the last...

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5Jul '11

The last one - Courtenay High School Grad

Gavin is one of three brothers that I have photographed for their high school grad - he's the last one to graduate and I felt a little nostalgic while I was with him - not just because I have had the opportunity to watch him grow up, but because heading out to his families business every two years...

Oh, engagement sessions - how I love you.  Let me count the ways.- it's romantic- you get to...

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4Jul '11

Lindsey and Tony Engaged

Oh, engagement sessions - how I love you.  Let me count the ways.- it's romantic- you get to put on adorable outfits and cuddle- you find your mojo in front of the camera, I know you have it, together, we make it shine Engagement session with Lindsey and Tony? Let me count the ways I...

Introducing Guest Blogger, Selah McKinnon. Selah is an 8 year-old who enjoys reading, baking,...

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3Jul '11

An 8 year-old's view of the 30 day food challenge

Introducing Guest Blogger, Selah McKinnon. Selah is an 8 year-old who enjoys reading, baking, biking, sports and photography. It was a joy taking these photographs at the 30 day local food challenge at the shelter point distillery,  many people took the time to make it fantastic for...

Sometimes you just luck out, and you get an awesome mom, who comes with a loving auntie who gives...

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3Jul '11

The Leith clan

Sometimes you just luck out, and you get an awesome mom, who comes with a loving auntie who gives you cousins to play with and love and on top of of it.. you are adorable!  ...

When friends book portrait session I get a bit nervous - excited, yes, but also nervous. So, when...

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1Jul '11

Twyla and Booker - TENder

When friends book portrait session I get a bit nervous - excited, yes, but also nervous. So, when Booker and Twyla, who are new friends of mine booked their session I had a million ideas swirling through my head. We needed to capture their edgy side, their natural side, their love of each other,...

Carrie and Denny celebrated their relationship with a TENder Session. We met in a field and then...

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1Jul '11

Carrie and Denny - Tender

Carrie and Denny celebrated their relationship with a TENder Session. We met in a field and then headed out to enjoy the evening.  Within the first three frames it was easy to capture their nature as a couple - it is obviously one of trust, adoration and friendship. There were so many...