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I am a community theatre groupie. I have never been a groupie of any sort, it just isn't my style -...

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8Jan '20

Kara and Terry married amongst the bright lights

I am a community theatre groupie. I have never been a groupie of any sort, it just isn't my style - until recently. My shy teen daughter went to a local musical (SHREK, if you want to know) and when we left she said, "I need to do that." Many productions later she has found her passion as a stage...

I genuinely feel honored to witness, connect with and photograph a wedding.  Knowing fully that...

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11Nov '19

Emma and Dustin, a celebrity wedding - Victoria wedding photographer

I genuinely feel honored to witness, connect with and photograph a wedding.  Knowing fully that this is cliche,, I am going to say it.. ..."it is a gift." It is a chance to be in the moment, fully present, to open my eyes, to see new things and to feel. It is good for my soul. Sometimes, that gift...

While their initial meeting in their undergrad years at UBC might have played a role, we need to...

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4Nov '19

Kim & Rob and their fabulous Parksville Party

While their initial meeting in their undergrad years at UBC might have played a role, we need to say thank you for long boring meetings - or else these two might never have become the awesomeness that is Kim and Rob as a couple (with the recent addition of baby Roz to level them up a notch). It was...

These two met in high school, but their love didn't bloom until afterwards. Jessica fell in love...

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20Oct '19

Jessica and Clayton and their epic friends - Duncan Wedding Photograper

These two met in high school, but their love didn't bloom until afterwards. Jessica fell in love with Clayton's passion for life and optimism and Clayton fell in love for Jessica's caring nature, sense of humour, passionate approach to life. Together these two excel at loving life and appreciating...

They passed each other regularly during their high school years, and should have met, but it just...

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29Sep '19

Tasha and Marcel and that dance floor! - Campbell River Photographer

They passed each other regularly during their high school years, and should have met, but it just never happened. I suppose they were waiting for when the timing was right for something deeply meaningful to unfold. And it did. It started as a friendship 8 years ago, and despite Tasha's lack of any...

Paisley and Matt met at her high school grad campout at Comox Lake. He came right up to her,...

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10Sep '19

Paisley & Matt Shine right back where they met - Courtenay Photographer

Paisley and Matt met at her high school grad campout at Comox Lake. He came right up to her, introduced himself, impressed her with his knowledge about trees and this kicked off a year of incredible friendship. When Paisley left to go travelling, they continued to talk daily and at length. After...

This one time at bandcamp.... At that is how their story starts. These high school sweethearts,...

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5Sep '19

Anita & Jarid - High school sweethearts

This one time at bandcamp.... At that is how their story starts. These high school sweethearts, who first noticed each other on a school band trip, made everyone ridiculously joyous when they exchanged vows in a stunning ceremony at Jarid's parents' home in the Comox Valley. After 7 1/2 years of...

The location, the decor, the hair, the food, the makeup, the dress - it was perfection! Most of all...

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3Sep '19

Sam & Camille at 40 Knotts Winery - Comox Wedding Photographer

The location, the decor, the hair, the food, the makeup, the dress - it was perfection! Most of all though, it was the bride and groom. They were grounded so naturally in the moments of the day - the words being exchanged, the knowing looks, I could feel them absorbing the meaning of the day which...

They kept meeting, bumping into each other, reaching out to connect, but it took a bit of time...

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8Aug '19

Maggie and Jordan among family in Port McNeil - Port McNeil wedding photographer

They kept meeting, bumping into each other, reaching out to connect, but it took a bit of time until Jordan and Maggie found themselves a couple. When they did - it all clicked! While travelling and getting through school, these two continued to deepen their bond. They both have incredible...

It began when they were co-workers. Through email and phone, Jacquie and Paul found they had a...

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5Aug '19

Jacquie and Paul on the top of the mountain - Courtenay Wedding Photographer

It began when they were co-workers. Through email and phone, Jacquie and Paul found they had a comfortable and enjoyable rapport. Eventually, they met in person, and as Paul said, "we shook hands and haven't stopped talking to each other since." Paul told me, it "was as if the room melted away,...

It took Colin a few tries (4 actually) to get Nuch to say yes to a first date, and clearly his...

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23Jul '19

Nuch and Colin (and their dog Scoops) at Gowlland Harbour - Campbell River Wedding Photographer

It took Colin a few tries (4 actually) to get Nuch to say yes to a first date, and clearly his tenacity was the right decision. These two met while pursuing their Master's degrees at UVIC. Nuch, was drawn in by his sense of humor, his brains and his kind heart and when he surprised her with a...

Maybe it is because their first date was a yoga class, and their second date was a running race,...

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28Jun '19

Dolphin Resort Wedding with the brightest smiles, Chris & Amanda

Maybe it is because their first date was a yoga class, and their second date was a running race, because these two have the perfect mix of being really relaxed yet making things happen. During the majority of their 5 year relationship Chris has worked out of town, which has lead them to become a...

Erin and Ryan ushered in my summer wedding season with me, it was an incredible way to start the...

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20Jun '19

Erin & Ryan Family and Joy-Campbell River wedding photographer

Erin and Ryan ushered in my summer wedding season with me, it was an incredible way to start the season. They had  such joy and love that my assistant and I kept looking at each other and mouthing "they are amazing". After becoming engaged during a bike ride through Amsterdam, surrounded by sheep...

Hornby Island weddings are always a favorite for me. The couples who choose to get married there...

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3Jun '19
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Amy & Jeff a wedding on the bluffs - Hornby Island Wedding

Hornby Island weddings are always a favorite for me. The couples who choose to get married there are always very passionate about place and connecting their wedding memories to a place that has deep meaning. Hornby Island, offers some of the most stunning vistas on Vancouver Island for dramatic...

The first one was so successful we are doing it again! Time to freshen up your professional...

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21May '19

Head Shot Day June 25 - Freshen up your professional image with this great deal!

The first one was so successful we are doing it again! Time to freshen up your professional image. June 25 2019 $150.00  BOOK HERE Includes: Up to 20 minute session in friendly studio environment Email with clothing suggestions Direction and posing Your two favourite image files,...

When I first talked on the phone with Craig about his wedding, he had me crushing on photographing...

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5Nov '18

Craig & Caroline, my kind of love - Qualicum Wedding Photographer

When I first talked on the phone with Craig about his wedding, he had me crushing on photographing their wedding within no time. It was the way he talked about Caroline, and how they wanted to celebrate their good fortune of finding each other with close friends and family. When I finally met...

When Mike and Lindsay asked me to be their wedding photographer I was thrilled. See, Mike and...

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17Oct '18

Lindsay & Mike and Their Wild Wet Island Wedding

When Mike and Lindsay asked me to be their wedding photographer I was thrilled. See, Mike and Lindsay are just the type of people that you like; yes, they are just likeable. Of course, they are more than that, but they have that energy that is just easy to be around. Add funny, down-to-earth, wise...

Taking care of his health came with big rewards for Alex because it was while hanging out at the...

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15Oct '18

Stephanie & Alex wandering in the rain - Comox Valley Wedding Photographer

Taking care of his health came with big rewards for Alex because it was while hanging out at the gym with his cousin, a friend of Stephanie's, that he asked his wife on their first date. After that first date, they quickly found themselves building a life together. That was seven years ago. Since...

It's commonplace to hear people talk about high-school math and wonder,  what is the point? Where...

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9Oct '18

Tanner & Kailey - high school sweetheart wedding, Parksville Wedding Photographer

It's commonplace to hear people talk about high-school math and wonder,  what is the point? Where will all the time sitting in those math classes lead you?  Will it impact your future? For Kailey and Tanner, the answer is a definitive yes.  In grade 10 as they shared a math class, rather than...

They took quite the epic journey to find each other, (well that's actually an understatement) but...

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1Oct '18

Jenna & Brendan beyond their wildest dream - Parksville wedding photographer

They took quite the epic journey to find each other, (well that's actually an understatement) but when they did, well it was all there, it was bigger than the love they had always dreamed of. It had attraction, similar values, friendship, respect, acceptance, encouragement, and understanding. With...

Nothing took away the focus these two had on each other throughout the day. Not the looming and...

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26Sep '18

Ellen & Wyatt tenderness & then triumph on the dance floor - courtenay wedding photographer

Nothing took away the focus these two had on each other throughout the day. Not the looming and then torrential rain, not the foghorn that sounded on the top of the chairlift telling us we had to go down the mountain right away due to lighting. It didn't matter. They were married and everything...

Friends, I am so excited to let you know we are running another one of our workshops. Thank you to...

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18Sep '18

Hornby Island Seascapes Workshop with Boomer and Karen March 22-25

Friends, I am so excited to let you know we are running another one of our workshops. Thank you to everyone who put some loving pressure on Boomer Jerritt and me to make it happen. If you have any questions, please buzz me 250-890-9222 or email info@mckinnonphotography.com. Register HERE These...

I first met Danielle to talk about her wedding at one of my favorite coffee shops. I remember the...

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18Sep '18

Danielle and Curtis married on the mountain - Courtenay wedding photographer

I first met Danielle to talk about her wedding at one of my favorite coffee shops. I remember the day well, it was a relaxed calm type of day - until we started talking that is. Danielle exudes enthusiasm, and her excitement about marrying Curtis was exhilarating.  Where Danielle is full of...

As summer comes to an end like most parents I am emotionally trying to make sense of time and how...

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3Sep '18

The first of many milestones - Courtenay Family Photographer

As summer comes to an end like most parents I am emotionally trying to make sense of time and how my child going into yet, another grade. My facebook "look back today" was me writing about how my daughter was starting Kindergarten. Are you kidding me? How does this happen? I think Sherina and...

It is a funny thing being a wedding photographer. Wonderfully in love people come into my life, and...

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29Aug '18

Romantic joyfull Beach House wedding - Victoria Wedding photographer

It is a funny thing being a wedding photographer. Wonderfully in love people come into my life, and invite me into their world. I get to witness their nerves, their connection, their hopes and what is in their heart. I feel their excitement and some of their vulnerability. They let me meet their...

In their first year as science students at the University of British Columbia, these two became...

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1Aug '18

Jacob & Ksenia Quadra Island wedding with epic scenery

In their first year as science students at the University of British Columbia, these two became study buddies and good friends and through that friendship, it is clear they developed a strong acceptance of each other, that allows them to work together as such a balanced team and to cheer each...

Stephanie and Ryan met at a pub, both there with friends, the night quickly became about getting to...

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1Aug '18

Stephanie and Ryan - Filberg Park wedding and a dance floor that celebrates

Stephanie and Ryan met at a pub, both there with friends, the night quickly became about getting to know each other. He asked her on a date and the rest is history. She loves the way he takes care of him, his social grace, and silliness. He loves her positivity, unconditional love and oh that...

We notice that people have family photos taken when their kids are young, and then it tapers off....

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18Jul '18

Throwback Portraits

We notice that people have family photos taken when their kids are young, and then it tapers off. As a mom of a teen, that kind of breaks my heart. My teen loves that we still have photos of her, she cherishes them actually. It is like she knows her time as a "child" is tapering off. When I...

We needed this guy. As someone who photographs many events, I am so thrilled to have Rob Bowker...

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18Jun '18

Integrity? Yes. Quality? Yes. Much needed in the Comox Valley.

We needed this guy. As someone who photographs many events, I am so thrilled to have Rob Bowker join our community of vendors. He recently launched his business Vancouver Island Audio which provides  PA systems that sound amazing while being easy to carry, set up, and look good. I was super...

I have been meaning to share these photos for the last week, but I was in decision paralysis as I...

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5Jun '18

Brea shines on the beach (grad session)

I have been meaning to share these photos for the last week, but I was in decision paralysis as I just have so many favourites. This happens often. Choosing what images to share is an interesting process to pull apart, there is a rollercoaster of creative self-analysis, both high and low, ...

  It seems like just the other day when we gathered for grad and family photos when big...

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30May '18

no longer such a little brother, grad session (and a little throwback)

  It seems like just the other day when we gathered for grad and family photos when big brother Reid was graduating,  but it was five years ago and a few weeks ago we captured Sam's grad milestone! Five years ago when I photographed this family, Sam was already an old soul, now,...

13 years ago, she walked into the room, said hello, sat on my lap and handed me a book to read...

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30May '18

13 years together, and she is still mine, and I am still hers - and today we celebrate her high school grad

13 years ago, she walked into the room, said hello, sat on my lap and handed me a book to read her. It's a moment that I will never forget. That is when I met Gabbie. I had been dating her dad and this was my first meet with his children. I remember it perfectly, she had a curiosity, a...

This year I found myself falling deeper in love with family portraiture. As those in front of my...

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29May '18

family portrait (throwback) beach session

This year I found myself falling deeper in love with family portraiture. As those in front of my camera share their memories of their first session with me and express what it meant to them. My favorite thing is hearing the kids laugh as they talk about the photos from the past and experiencing how...

  We are very excited to announce a fundraiser for the Ladies who Fight Relay for Life...

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1May '18

Standing behind the Ladies Who Fight - Portrait Event Booking now

  We are very excited to announce a fundraiser for the Ladies who Fight Relay for Life team. I think it is fair to say almost everyone has been impacted by cancer. My beautiful mom is a survivor, I lost a close inspiring friend in her 30s, and four years ago my studio manager...

The first one was so successful we are doing it again! Time to freshen up your professional...

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25Apr '18

Head shot event take 2 - booking now, May 16th

The first one was so successful we are doing it again! Time to freshen up your professional image. May  16 2018 $150.00  BOOK HERE Fees include: Up to 20 minute session in friendly studio environment Email with clothing suggestions Direction and posing Your two favorite images...

It's the end of the day and I have so much I "should do" as I wrap up my office work week. We are...

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12Apr '18
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Jenna & Brendan Vancouver Island Engagement

It's the end of the day and I have so much I "should do" as I wrap up my office work week. We are just getting set to deliver these images and I was moved to share them. I don't blog as much as I used to, (thanks and no-thanks social media.) I miss blogging. It is fulfilling, and also...

We want to celebrate youth. Typically this is the time of year where we promote grad...

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12Mar '18

Teen Power takes over

We want to celebrate youth. Typically this is the time of year where we promote grad photos, and yes, we are doing that. However, we are opening it up to all teens as we just want to celebrate youth. With everything that is going on in the world, we think it is a good time to remind...

Ten years ago, I had called YANA to tell them I thought I could help them with their branding via...

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7Mar '18

So many pieces of heart - YANA Family 2018

Ten years ago, I had called YANA to tell them I thought I could help them with their branding via fresh photos, and we had a plan to meet. However, before we could sit down together, I had to cancel that meeting because our family, within that time, found ourselves in a situation where we needed...

Wow - this wedding was phenomenal. Imagine a wedding where there was no stress, only laughter, some...

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29Jan '18

Fog, snow + whisky - the first wedding of the year

Wow - this wedding was phenomenal. Imagine a wedding where there was no stress, only laughter, some happy tears and dancing feet. Erin and Gil-Philippe dropped into the island from their home in Montreal to celebrate their wedding in her home town of Courtenay. Gil-Phillipe's family came along from...

  Business Head Shot Studio quick-shots January  25 and 26, 2018 $150.00  BOOK...

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21Dec '17

Professional Head Shot day, you asked so here it is!

  Business Head Shot Studio quick-shots January  25 and 26, 2018 $150.00  BOOK HERE Fees include: Up to 20 minute session in friendly studio environment Email with clothing suggestions Direction and posing Your two favorite images files, with unlimited usage licence in...

Earlier this spring I returned a call from someone that was interested in having me join her as...

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17Oct '17

Kathy, Gillian and making it body positive - Goddess session

Earlier this spring I returned a call from someone that was interested in having me join her as part of her work addressing the multitude of issues women face in loving their bodies. What was intended as a quick phone chat turned into an hour of gushing, agreeing and both getting goosebumps - and...

It was a day as smooth as one could dream of. Amid a week of wet weather, the skies dried up and...

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5Oct '17

Sarah and Steven

It was a day as smooth as one could dream of. Amid a week of wet weather, the skies dried up and the sun provided warmth. The mood was just as you would want it - calm, peaceful -  just beautiful really. In a stunning dress Sarah walked down the aisle to a beaming Steven and at the moment, the...

I fell in love immediately. Over a coffee at Starbucks, Caitlin brought me into her warm...

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28Sep '17

Caitlin and Cody in their backyard - Nanaimo Wedding Photgrapher

I fell in love immediately. Over a coffee at Starbucks, Caitlin brought me into her warm personality with stories of her and Cody's full life. Cody runs an excavation and trucking company and Caitlin is commuting 2 hours some days to school where she is completing her nursing education. Meanwhile...

Carmen is a force to be reckoned with. Now, you all probably know that I mean that as a significant...

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20Sep '17

Carmen and Colin hit the floor- Parksville Wedding

Carmen is a force to be reckoned with. Now, you all probably know that I mean that as a significant compliment. Another way to put it is, Carmen, well, when she does something she is all in! In kindness, in energy, and in love. I got to know Carmen through her work at Pantuso Dance, where I took...

I  I have been thinking even more than I usually do about beauty, our bodies, the sexualization of...

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14Sep '17

Goddess Jennifer

I  I have been thinking even more than I usually do about beauty, our bodies, the sexualization of women's bodies without their permission, self worth and  shaming.  I have  worked hard to come to a place of peace with my body and thought I was really there.  Last spring I gained some weight,...

Anita and Aaron are the dream team. Anita described Aaron as "the sweetest, nicest guy you'll ever...

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12Sep '17

Anita and Aaron - Parksville Wedding Photographer

Anita and Aaron are the dream team. Anita described Aaron as "the sweetest, nicest guy you'll ever meet" and Aaron gushed that Anita was "Beautiful, in so many ways, and kind,"  I would agree with both these sentiments for both of them. These two have a softness and a sweetness that makes them so...

Imagine a day that starts with a kitchen full of all your friends and family pulling together...

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5Sep '17

Megan and Steven Married at the Lake

Imagine a day that starts with a kitchen full of all your friends and family pulling together making bouquets, laughing and helping you pull off the perfect celebration. As their friends put the final touches on the day, Steven and Megan and I headed out around their neighbourhood for some...

So, here's the thing. Chelsea and Kris are adorable. While I had enjoyed Chelsea in her role as a...

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27Aug '17

Chelsea and Kris homegrown romantic and hilarious wedding

So, here's the thing. Chelsea and Kris are adorable. While I had enjoyed Chelsea in her role as a bridesmaid in a past wedding I had photographed, I had no idea about her relationship.However, that changed quickly after her and Kris booked me for their wedding. My clients' all fill out a small...

When Chelsea first called me about photography she instantly won the award for most excited bride!...

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26Aug '17

Chelsea and Andrew oceanfront wedding

When Chelsea first called me about photography she instantly won the award for most excited bride! Her energy, ideas and enthusiasm were flowing and I was so thrilled to be part of the creation of this day. Even when these two made a big life move mid-planning it didn't slow them down. When I...

There was a calmness. At first I thought it was the weather that was creating the mood, but...

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11Aug '17

Erin and Brandon wedding - among the flowers and peaks

There was a calmness. At first I thought it was the weather that was creating the mood, but reflecting back I realize it was  Erin and Brandon themselves. Now the calmness didn't negate a mood of celebration, that was definitely strong, but there was also this harmonious stress free atmosphere...

It is always a joy to pull up to one of my favourite island wedding locations, Dolphins Resort,...

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8Aug '17

Amy and Graeme - Ferns & Ocean Wedding

It is always a joy to pull up to one of my favourite island wedding locations, Dolphins Resort, especially when I am there to capture the day of a couple I have grown to care about as if we have been friends for years. Such was the case with Amy and Graeme. From a convenient first meeting, to our...

Every now and then I hit one of those wedding days where I worry a little - where we don't have too...

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7Aug '17

Julie and Darrel - stunning Mount Doug wedding

Every now and then I hit one of those wedding days where I worry a little - where we don't have too much time for photos, where the sun is hot and the light is harsh.  Generally I work with my clients beforehand to make sure the schedule is one that isn't going to put us in a challenging spot, but...

Who doesn't love a story about a second chance? Karla and Russ were each other's first serious...

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29Jul '17

Karla and Russ get Married - a second chance

Who doesn't love a story about a second chance? Karla and Russ were each other's first serious boyfriend and girlfriend and 30 years later they found each other again. Two dates later, a little dinner and dancing and they were in love all over again. After two years of a long distance relationship...

I planned on blogging this session right after we photographed. The photos were ready but the words...

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21Jul '17

If you know this family - Courtenay Portrait Photographer

I planned on blogging this session right after we photographed. The photos were ready but the words weren't. They still aren't, because,  I am having trouble writing about the special feelings I have for them. So apologies in advance for not being able to get it all into the words that express how...

When I get the chance to capture a momentous anniversary I get the same butterflies as I do about a...

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10Jul '17

50 years strong - Comox Valley Family Portraits

When I get the chance to capture a momentous anniversary I get the same butterflies as I do about a wedding - maybe more. It is not just a celebration of love, it is one of resilience, commitment and strength. Hertha and Harry brought their family together from the island and Alberta to mark their...

 I first met Sasha when she was an elementary school student. She had a unique quality about her...

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4Jul '17

Comox Valley Grad Sasha - Kind of like Italy - right?

 I first met Sasha when she was an elementary school student. She had a unique quality about her that intrigued me. It still does. It's simple really, well it is simple to explain, but not simple to achieve. This girl is herself and she doesn't try to be anyone else. THIS IS HUGE. It's just part...

When I started back to school for my masters program I rubbed my hands together in greedy...

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4Jul '17

I am happier at times, but let's be real, also a bit grumpier

When I started back to school for my masters program I rubbed my hands together in greedy anticipation of all the material it would garner for blog entries. My identity as a single mother, self-employed photographer and now grad student came with an overflowing basket of instagram material....

So this is my first week of school post. Appropriately two weeks late.  I start week one all...

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18May '17

Week 3 of school. Crazy making? Surviving and maybe thriving?

So this is my first week of school post. Appropriately two weeks late.  I start week one all set.  - fridge and freezer are stocked - house is clean - dog is groomed - work is caught up - very rested Three days into week one:  The house is a total mess. I am functioning at 30% because...

The weather is a hot topic of conversation these days-  well, hot is likely not the right word. It...

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16May '17

Victoria Wedding Photographer- It actually was spring

The weather is a hot topic of conversation these days-  well, hot is likely not the right word. It is the the worst season I can remember for the yo-yo of weather indecision. On my way to this session in Victoria I went through hail, rain that brought me to a 30 km highway driving speed and...

Today it starts. Pantuso dance week. A ritual in our life for nine years. It's one of the most...

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2May '17

Vancouver Island Dance - look back..oh those cheeks!

Today it starts. Pantuso dance week. A ritual in our life for nine years. It's one of the most beautiful weeks of the year. Pardon me, when I tell you, it has very little to do with dance and,bear with me, as I try to find voice to what it means to our family.  Words that come to mind when...

I am not going to say much here. I am just going to let her energy and radiance speak for itself....

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1May '17

Vancouver Island Boudoir - Jenna

I am not going to say much here. I am just going to let her energy and radiance speak for itself. Well, it is me after all, so I am going to say something... of course. Jenna and I have history. We knew each other years ago, we were both at a different place, literally and emotionally. Spending...

This woman is a mystery. Actually, how we met is a mystery. Well, likely Beth knows, she is smart...

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11Apr '17

Beth - she isn't what you think

This woman is a mystery. Actually, how we met is a mystery. Well, likely Beth knows, she is smart that way, and many other ways.  I have memories of talking at craft fairs, of her leaving an impression. I guess the how and why doesn't matter, I have her in my life now, that is the meaningful...

It started as a trip to Mexico, then morphed into a Rocky Mountain road tip, and evolved into an...

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25Mar '17
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In the green - Gabriola Island Getaway

It started as a trip to Mexico, then morphed into a Rocky Mountain road tip, and evolved into an easily attainable and meaningful Gabriola Island getaway. I go hard in life. That's my style. I am not one for balance (and I really wish everyone would stop saying it was necessary,) however, I am...

I was looking through my archives to pull photos to promote grad photos and I am stuck in a mush of...

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16Mar '17
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Grad photos - last session as a child, a look back

I was looking through my archives to pull photos to promote grad photos and I am stuck in a mush of sentiment. I remember each of these photo sessions like it was yesterday - I can tell you what we talked about and how the air felt. This is some feat, because I was  trying to remember what I made...

When a Vancouver Island musician commissions me to take their photo I get a little fan-girl-ish -...

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15Mar '17
Vancouver Island Musician photography

Vancouver Island musician hits the barn = I turn into a fan-girl

When a Vancouver Island musician commissions me to take their photo I get a little fan-girl-ish - (okay, a lot but I hide it enough to make it a "little") Reason 1: I can't sing, I can't play an instrument. I love music like I adore photography. If I wrote poetry (which is something I also can't...

My blog was broken for the last few weeks and it still is a bit moody. So, I have 6.5 blog posts...

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11Mar '17

Strength and beauty in a snowy maternity session

My blog was broken for the last few weeks and it still is a bit moody. So, I have 6.5 blog posts that are swirling around my head that I am itching to write. I need to start with my session from yesterday because it couldn't have been more fun and meaningful, plus this mama to be is in her final...

After days on the couch with the flu I arose today with relief – the force randomly and intensly...

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28Jan '17

Sad and in love, about awards and Trump- writing like no one is reading

After days on the couch with the flu I arose today with relief – the force randomly and intensly squeezing my gut and punching my head seems ready to exit. Truthfully though, it hasn’t been that bad. I don’t hit the couch often and used the time wisely with a dreamy companion. My daughter,...

I won!! I really did.. I think? maybe? OK...I am not so sure? Deadline is only 5 days away....

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15Jan '17
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Pretty sure I won

I won!! I really did.. I think? maybe? OK...I am not so sure? Deadline is only 5 days away. Friday night I sat down and started going through which images to enter in a national wedding photographer's competition. For this competition, each season you have the chance to compete, racking up...

Dear Lucy and Geoff It's hard to believe you are married. We have all been looking forward to...

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2Jan '17

Lucy & Geoff - Comox Valley Photographer

Dear Lucy and Geoff It's hard to believe you are married. We have all been looking forward to this night for so long. Dates, timing, decor, signature drink (you nailed it!)  - there was a lot to put in rows, and other factors to  push aside to get here. It was worth it though, because it was...

    Despite my usual steadfast dedication to an early start to a productive...

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1Jan '17

A surprising way to start the year, a secret, and a book

    Despite my usual steadfast dedication to an early start to a productive first day of the year,  I started 2017 by sleeping until noon. And no, I did not tie one on the night before. I don't have any grandiose plans for doing things differently in 2017, but maybe this is...

It's year end post time - be witty, be deep, list all the highlights and do it all...

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31Dec '16

Year end post - writing like no one will read it

It's year end post time - be witty, be deep, list all the highlights and do it all genuinely. Sigh. That's too much for me. I started blogging in 2002. It was a fresh approach to marketing yourself and I committed, well, truthfully I kind of kicked-ass.  It was how we shared photos in the...

I haven't been blogging as much as usual - a combo of work busy and life leisure - both of which...

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18Dec '16

McKinnon Photography - winter family portrait

I haven't been blogging as much as usual - a combo of work busy and life leisure - both of which have been working well for me. But I went to share one of these on social media and just couldn't decide on my favorite. I adore these three funny beauties with contagious smiles. The cold weather...

This girl kills it. She is on my list of go-to's for:  keeping inspired to stay fit ...

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23Nov '16

McKinnon Photography hangs with Studio IPF

This girl kills it. She is on my list of go-to's for:  keeping inspired to stay fit inspiration to keep growing as an entrepreneur a good laugh, at life, at each other bringing up the fun quotient at a party a great hug a keeping it real parenting pow-wow finding ways to...

I am not from here. Although I have lived here 16 years now (gasp) I don't have  connections...

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3Nov '16

Comox Valley Fall Maternity Photos

I am not from here. Although I have lived here 16 years now (gasp) I don't have  connections locally to those from my school years and I sometimes yearn for those. . So when someone comes along from my past, and moves to the valley, I get a little awkwardly excited. Jen and I went to photo school...

I am so excited to share this wedding with you. It was the last wedding of my season and can't...

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29Oct '16

Comox Beach wedding - McKinnon Photography

I am so excited to share this wedding with you. It was the last wedding of my season and can't think of a better way to bookmark summer 2016. It was a dream wedding, my favourite kind. A wedding that had it's focus on the things that matter the most to the bride and groom - family, friends, making...

I am always honored to photograph women, but when it is someone who I know has been thinking about...

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27Oct '16

Comox Fitness Portrait - Tanya

I am always honored to photograph women, but when it is someone who I know has been thinking about it for a long time I get a little extra excited the day of the shoot.   Tanya and I have known each other, since I started going to her coffee shop 15 years ago. In the last few years, we have had...

Sometimes it is hard to find the words for what I want to convey and I fear that I can't justly...

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23Oct '16

Cumberland Forest Elopement - McKinnon Photography

Sometimes it is hard to find the words for what I want to convey and I fear that I can't justly express what I am feeling about this wedding, and these two.  I will tell you though, as I write, backspace, erase and write again, that my eyes are wet with joy. I am grateful for these two friends...

The Body Shift program which I  co-facilitated earlier this year at Studio IPF was full of an...

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16Oct '16

Roberta by the river - Goddess session

The Body Shift program which I  co-facilitated earlier this year at Studio IPF was full of an incredible diverse group of woman, most of who were new to me. A perk though, was getting to reconnect with some woman who I call my "Comox Valley Roots." When I first moved to the valley  I didn't know...

Confession time.  Despite a month filled with travel, nature, family time, good food, and killer...

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16Oct '16

Day off excitement: The way a circle kisses a line

Confession time.  Despite a month filled with travel, nature, family time, good food, and killer photoshoots with dynamic folks, these photos showcase one of the finest hours of my last 30 days. It started as a day off, with no big plans (my favorite kind these days,) that took me adventuring...

 Jon and Alyse, along with a phenomenal group of friends and family,  travelled mostly from...

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15Oct '16

Tofino Wedding Photographer - Jon and Alyse

 Jon and Alyse, along with a phenomenal group of friends and family,  travelled mostly from Alberta to celebrate at the always stunning and impeccable Long Beach Lodge. After a sunny ceremony,they kept the mood casual and festive as they enjoyed an incredible meal and finished the evening...

Working with a fitness professional always gets my blood going.  I adore co-creating with other...

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11Oct '16

Comox Valley Fitness Photographer - Marc St. Jules

Working with a fitness professional always gets my blood going.  I adore co-creating with other creatives and to me a fitness professional falls under that category. They are always being inventive and they are typically full of passion. Marc St. Jules is just that and more. As well as being a...

There was no engagement ring, and instead the groom proposed with cowboy boots. Their horse had a...

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4Oct '16

Nanaimo Wedding Photographer - Tammy & Keir

There was no engagement ring, and instead the groom proposed with cowboy boots. Their horse had a starring role. The bridesmaids all met through horse culture. They said "I do" on a ranch and it was all a beautiful reflection of who they are. I first met Tammy when she was in front of my camera...

I felt something at this wedding that I haven't exactly felt before - it was like being at a...

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27Sep '16

Comox Valley Wedding

I felt something at this wedding that I haven't exactly felt before - it was like being at a private party where everyone knew each other Yes, weddings are private parties, yes, people often know each other at a wedding - but this was different, it had the energy of being invited to an event in...

About a month ago, a post celebrating self-love was circulated on Facebook by New Jersey...

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26Sep '16

Comox Valley women are -

About a month ago, a post celebrating self-love was circulated on Facebook by New Jersey photographer Jess Fielder. She included this quote by author Erin McKean: "You Don't Have to Be Pretty. You don't owe prettiness to anyone. Not to your boyfriend/spouse/partner, not to your co-workers,...

I get asked often how I balance the aspects of my life. Spoiler alert:  Occasionally I don't -...

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21Sep '16

When you turn to country music as punishment

I get asked often how I balance the aspects of my life. Spoiler alert:  Occasionally I don't - but, I keep perspective. Maintaining perspective is one of the most significant lessons as a business owner I have put into practice in the last two years. Fact 1: I want to provide great service to...

Originally Ming and Chau had just hired me to pop into their wedding for an hour of photographs,...

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14Sep '16

Crown Isle Wedding - Ming and Chau

Originally Ming and Chau had just hired me to pop into their wedding for an hour of photographs, so, I didn't get to know them beforehand during the planning stages the way I usually do with my couples. Last minute though, they decided to have me stay longer and I am so glad they did. From the...

When I first talk with my wedding clients on the phone I make messy notes. Of course I record...

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9Sep '16

Crown Isle Wedding - Juho and Sam

When I first talk with my wedding clients on the phone I make messy notes. Of course I record details like wedding time and location, but I know these elements will be flushed out and we will come back to them later when I write my itinerary for the day. I am interested in these details, but at...

Truth: they were drawn together by their mutual love for Wayne's World. It's a pretty fabulous way...

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1Sep '16

Crown Isle Wedding - Rachael and Jason

Truth: they were drawn together by their mutual love for Wayne's World. It's a pretty fabulous way to start. Next, they shared the extravagant meals that Jason would cook, and attacked each other in Settlers in Catan, until the realization that they were meant for other was sealed with their move...

I shot this session of Christine a few weeks ago. The images feel so truthful to who she is. So I...

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29Aug '16

Christine - Goddess session

I shot this session of Christine a few weeks ago. The images feel so truthful to who she is. So I asked her to share her thoughts around what she sees and feels when she looks at these images. Chrissy, I appreciate you every day of the week, as we work together and as you pour your heart into what...

When I first spoke with Diane she started, not with information about her wedding day, but with...

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28Aug '16

Arbutus Ridge Wedding - Diane & David

When I first spoke with Diane she started, not with information about her wedding day, but with exuberance about how she had to wait longer than expected but that she had found the "one" and he was more than worth the wait.  Quickly after meeting, these two knew that they had a future. Diane fell...

This woman is so much. She is a leader, a connector,  a honesty injector, a cut through the BS...

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22Aug '16

Goddess Session - Paula

This woman is so much. She is a leader, a connector,  a honesty injector, a cut through the BS kind-of gal, a giver of sympathetic head tilts,  a teacher, a question asker, a calming presence, a laugh inducer, the keeper of the best banana bread recipe ever, a solution giver and a  I don't...

Gone are the days of a wedding following a formula. They are about creating a memory, a marker in...

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14Aug '16

Gowlland Harbour wedding - Justin and Jamie

Gone are the days of a wedding following a formula. They are about creating a memory, a marker in time, with your chosen, in a way that reflects who you are, surrounded by the people that matter. I feel so fortunate that my clients embrace this attitude. I relish that I am photographing them being...

I spent a glorious afternoon on Denman Island with parents Julie and Brian, and their...

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14Aug '16

A day with the Gorman Family

I spent a glorious afternoon on Denman Island with parents Julie and Brian, and their treasures, Kialan, Finley and Skyla, capturing the little moments that make up their beautiful life. There were cuddles to be captured, joyful minutes of sibling love that could quickly turn to annoyance and...

Like many great love stories, theirs began in a bar, but then it took a route that isn't quite as...

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14Aug '16

Painters Lodge Wedding - Emily and Cole

Like many great love stories, theirs began in a bar, but then it took a route that isn't quite as common. From the very beginning of catching each other's eye, they built a successful long distance relationship, making the five-hour trek from their respective homes, to be together and invest in...

To me, and the dictionary, a goddess is described as a woman of great beauty or grace. Angela is...

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10Aug '16

Vancouver Island Photographer - Goddess photograph

To me, and the dictionary, a goddess is described as a woman of great beauty or grace. Angela is just that. Her beauty shines in her relationship with the ocean and nature, and in her role of a herbalist and expert on seaweed. Her grace is in her honestly and  genuine caring for others. These...

Typically I connect with the bride before the groom, and it always interests to me to see how the...

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2Aug '16

Courtenay Wedding Photographer - Nicole & Craig

Typically I connect with the bride before the groom, and it always interests to me to see how the bride "sells" her groom. Nicole was bang-on, when the first words she used to describe her hubby-to-be Craig, included, "he is hilarious."  What she didn't mention though, is how adorable she is when...

I just had a melt-down. I am working on a school assignment, the first one I am not enjoying. I...

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28Jul '16

I just had a total meltdown, but this helped

I just had a melt-down. I am working on a school assignment, the first one I am not enjoying. I read the words, and then I read them again. I moved from my school desk to the patio.  I tried again.  Still there is a piece I can't make sense of.  I can't walk away and come back to it tomorrow,...

It took 3 years of passing each other in the university halls to properly say hello. I suppose they...

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27Jul '16

Zack & Dex - Filberg Park wedding

It took 3 years of passing each other in the university halls to properly say hello. I suppose they just had to wait until they were ready. Because within two weeks of that first greeting they were on an inseparable journey, leading to this day, five years later. I first met Zack when he...

Earlier this year I co-facilitated a program at Studio Inner Pursuit Fitness, with owner Leanne Z....

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18Jul '16

Comox Valley beach beauty photos - Tina

Earlier this year I co-facilitated a program at Studio Inner Pursuit Fitness, with owner Leanne Z.  The program, called Body Shift, focussed on shifting self-perception and mind-set towards  exercising from a place of self-respect, rather then from a place of " not being enough." The Body Shift...

I walked into  the cooperative art space Art Alchemy,  during the Christmas holiday season. I was...

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15Jul '16

Comox Valley Artist - Marianne Enhorning

I walked into  the cooperative art space Art Alchemy,  during the Christmas holiday season. I was anticipating a pleasurable evening ,enjoying an art show. What I didn't expect, was to be moved, almost instantaneously to tears. After climbing the stairs, I made a right, and then a left, into the...

I was heading down Forbidden Plateau, after a great date night snowshoeing for my first time, when...

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11Jul '16

Victoria Engagement Portrait - Vancouver Island Photographer

I was heading down Forbidden Plateau, after a great date night snowshoeing for my first time, when I stopped to chat with these two lovely women, one of who I casually knew. With her, was Amy, who mentioned she was recently engaged. Honestly, I never know, in this situation if I should whip out my...

There is a lot that I gain from photographing grad sessions for incredible youth like Deirdre....

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6Jul '16

Deirdra- Comox Valley Grad

There is a lot that I gain from photographing grad sessions for incredible youth like Deirdre.  Grad sessions offer a certain amount of freedom - there is always permission and time to play behind the camera.  They also offer a personal satisfaction beyond the creative. Firstly, the sessions are...

I know what you are thinking. This is pretty much the most adorable family freshly on the internet...

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24Jun '16

Comox Valley Portrait Photographer

I know what you are thinking. This is pretty much the most adorable family freshly on the internet today. They have the warmest contagious smiles, and oh, those hats - are these people really as sweet as they look? Truthfully? Yes. Deanne organized this sessions as a surprise for her husband...

My first experience in the Comox Valley was, wonderfully, eating at the Atlas Cafe. I  can recall...

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22Jun '16

Lucy Schappy is going to make me cry

My first experience in the Comox Valley was, wonderfully, eating at the Atlas Cafe. I  can recall it like it was last week. I was with my little brother and we had nachos. Next to us was this incredible burst of expression and color that was inviting and simultaneously perplexing. That afternoon,...

The world of medical care is a place where I feel cushioned by gratitude. Since having critically...

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16Jun '16

St Joseph's Hospital Storytelling Photos

The world of medical care is a place where I feel cushioned by gratitude. Since having critically ill sick children, and then going on to tell their story in photos, as well as those of other children, the hospital for me is a place of safety and community. For the second time,  I joined St....

Kory and Anna exchanged vows at a family condo in Crown Isle surrounded by their closest family and...

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31May '16

Crown Isle Wedding - Kory and Anna

Kory and Anna exchanged vows at a family condo in Crown Isle surrounded by their closest family and friends. The sun was shining, the feeling of love was strong and the food was delicious (to be expected considering Kory runs a fabulous restaurant,) - what else could you ask for? After years...

I don't even know when I first Claire, but I do know I have adored her, first as a kid, and now as...

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30May '16

Grad Photography - Courtenay, BC

I don't even know when I first Claire, but I do know I have adored her, first as a kid, and now as youth. She is the type of person I would want my kids to have has a friend, ok let's be real, I want to be her friend. She is kind, wise and engaging. Oh and her style.. she (and her mama) have...

There are some people that I just love to watch, to witness how they interact and move in their...

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27May '16

Courtenay Family Beach Photos

There are some people that I just love to watch, to witness how they interact and move in their day. Erin came to one of my photo workshops, and  she interacted with others and and her camera with a thoughtful and warm intention. When she emailed me about  photos, I was excited for the...

Meet my new Comox Valley artist crush, Nicolette Valikoski. I first saw her work when I was hanging...

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25May '16

Nicolette - my new Comox Valley artist crush

Meet my new Comox Valley artist crush, Nicolette Valikoski. I first saw her work when I was hanging around Art Alchemy photographing for CV Collective and was instantly drawn in by her crisp original colors and unusual use of texture. I was full of anticipation for our session and when I walked...

Certainly not. I try to keep portrait blog posts to just a few images, but I just couldn't...

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19May '16

Too much Amy?

Certainly not. I try to keep portrait blog posts to just a few images, but I just couldn't decide on which to share, I just loved photographing Amy so much  - so here you are.... meet the beautiful Amy. Amy Englemark is a coach who, among other areas, works with all types of people seeking...

I have sat by, watching her journey. Can you call it that? Really a heartache, mixed with head...

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28Apr '16

This mother's day - helping Alison Azer and receiving a rock star gift!

I have sat by, watching her journey. Can you call it that? Really a heartache, mixed with head banging, is more what I would expect for it to feel like See, there is no pretty way to wrap up having your children kidnapped to a war zone. You hear of these stories and you give thanks, that they are...

  Are you looking for a bit more than the traditional cap-and-gown photo to capture your...

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27Apr '16

It's time for Grad Bookings

  Are you looking for a bit more than the traditional cap-and-gown photo to capture your child's graduation? This time of year we are getting inquiries for grad sessions, so here is a bit about why they are so awesome.  Having your child photographed at graduation is often the last...

Like many women Leanne was wanting to have a boudoir session for many years. We started talking...

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19Apr '16

Leanne - Comox Valley Boudoir

Like many women Leanne was wanting to have a boudoir session for many years. We started talking about it back in 2014, when I first met her to photograph her 2015 wedding. She wanted to create these photos for herself. While her husband certainly appreciated them, like many women this is something...

  Remember Mr. Rogers neighbourhood? He would put on his cardigan and he would head out on...

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12Apr '16

Behind the Curtain - The Tempest

  Remember Mr. Rogers neighbourhood? He would put on his cardigan and he would head out on a field trip to visit a neighbour and learn about what they do. At six years old, I was jealous. I wanted to be him. As it so happens, I do wear quite a few cardigans, and I have found a career...

This is just my first blog post about The Tempest, there is definitely more to come. Oh...

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11Apr '16

Courtenay Little Theatre - The Tempest

This is just my first blog post about The Tempest, there is definitely more to come. Oh heavenly! Seriously - photographing costumes, talent, drama and getting to indulge my passion of working with light! This photo session to promote Courtenay Little Theatre's production of The Tempest was so...

A huge part of of what I do is photographs for local professionals. Sometimes in the studio, but...

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4Apr '16

Jill - Professional Photographs

A huge part of of what I do is photographs for local professionals. Sometimes in the studio, but often outside. This session with Jill is a great example of a session that is just meant to capture a piece of who that person is, while giving them some good variety for all their marketing...

My family is of the variety that needs a flow-chart and there are sprigs of goodness in all...

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25Mar '16

Papa - spinning on his 85'th Birthday

My family is of the variety that needs a flow-chart and there are sprigs of goodness in all direction. When Papa joined our family, after winning my mom's heart, he was a welcome addition. An avid reader, a great conversationalist, a lover of family and an ability to put up with our ridiculousness...

Sarah and I grew up together. Okay, well not really, but we grew our businesses, our passions...

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25Mar '16

Sarah Seads - Comox Valley Fitness

Sarah and I grew up together. Okay, well not really, but we grew our businesses, our passions together. We moved to the Comox Valley around the same time and started reaching out to other women in business. Since then, 15 years ago, we have stayed in touch -  as our business identity and lives...

For more then eight years I have been photographing children who are fighting serious...

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23Mar '16

and she now is a cancer SURVIVOR

For more then eight years I have been photographing children who are fighting serious illnesses. It is a passion project, one that makes me a better person, and a better photographer. One that sometimes, leaves me confused or in the case of when there is loss, one that shakes my foundation...

FIRST - THIS IS WHAT I SAID IN MY NEWSLETTER  A few years ago I began a really deep journey of...

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20Mar '16

I sent a newsletter about the Body Shift Project & wow this came back

FIRST - THIS IS WHAT I SAID IN MY NEWSLETTER  A few years ago I began a really deep journey of shifting the way I saw my body. Honestly, it is thanks to my clients. As someone who photographs women regularly, both for their professional work images, for family photos and more relevantly,...

  Creating a new website is a haul. The first step - What do I want?  This can...

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10Mar '16

Most likely, I was a nightmare

  Creating a new website is a haul. The first step - What do I want?  This can actually be a hard question to answer. However, it was pretty clear this time around for me. I wasn't too bothered with trends, other than the importance of usability. I wanted people who came to my site...

The stunning Julia came in for a boudoir session as a gift for her (very lucky) boyfriend, to have...

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1Mar '16

Julia - Comox Valley Boudoir

The stunning Julia came in for a boudoir session as a gift for her (very lucky) boyfriend, to have a super fun experience, and to celebrate herself. I am so glad she did as she was such a joy to photograph. She was funny, smart and I got a snippet into her passion for life - this woman has such a...

A photo session on your birthday? It was so lovely to have the captivating Laura in on her...

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29Jan '16

Comox Valley Boudoir Session - Laura

A photo session on your birthday? It was so lovely to have the captivating Laura in on her birthday. She is  fierce, dynamic, active, and outgoing - a woman with many lives already lived. She  has been photographed numerous times by different photographers (slightly nerve wracking) so I really...

Social media is a funny thing, (well, I guess that is a sweeping, broad comment) for wedding...

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19Jan '16

New Year's Eve Wedding - Courtenay Photographer

Social media is a funny thing, (well, I guess that is a sweeping, broad comment) for wedding photographers in small towns. I occasionally see that someone I know and admire is getting married, and I want to jump up and down and say "pick-me, pick-me," but I sit quietly and hope they will reach out...

Caleb and Michaela knew what they were looking for in a photography style and I am so thankful that...

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17Jan '16

Winter Black Creek Wedding - Courtenay, BC Photographer

Caleb and Michaela knew what they were looking for in a photography style and I am so thankful that I was the right fit for them. I have known some of their family and always thought so highly of them, so I was naturally curious and excited to meet with them. At our first meeting, well, and our...

When I was asked to capture some dance photos of Cleo, I knew I had to go further then dance...

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16Jan '16

Dance Photography - Vancouver Island

When I was asked to capture some dance photos of Cleo, I knew I had to go further then dance photos, I wanted her to be able to look back at this time in her life and see what others see - a true creative spirit, with a beautiful, honest energy. Photographing dance has become another area of...

This blog post has been sitting ready to post for too long, because when someone means something...

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11Jan '16

My beautiful friend - Maya- Courtenay Boudoir

This blog post has been sitting ready to post for too long, because when someone means something really special to you, it can be hard to write, so I can get a bit paralyzed about what to say. I have known Maya for many years, but it is more recently that I have come to call her a trusted...

When the very talented Ali Barber was here over the holidays visiting family, not only was I...

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5Jan '16

Ali - Music promo image

When the very talented Ali Barber was here over the holidays visiting family, not only was I fortunate enough to have this photo session with her, but the sun was shining down on us. I love the opportunity to work with other creatives. It is truly inspiring. ...

It likely isn't surprising to you that when I received a call about meeting to discuss a...

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2Dec '15

Halloween Wedding - Courtenay, BC

It likely isn't surprising to you that when I received a call about meeting to discuss a halloween wedding that I turned into a giddy child. The type of person who chooses this day, it is fair to assume, is going to be super fun and open minded, plus, lets get real, it gets me out of standing...

Exams were done and the Christie headed out with some friends for a night of dancing, somewhere...

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7Nov '15

Mount Washington Wedding - storms and rainbows

Exams were done and the Christie headed out with some friends for a night of dancing, somewhere on the dance floor a boy caught her eye. Little did she know that he was actively looking for a date for upcoming event, it was a bit of a joke amongst him and his friends. Well, I think he kind of...

If I wasn't already in on the secret,  during this session I would have fallen in love - with this...

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5Nov '15

Comox Valley Family Portrait

If I wasn't already in on the secret,  during this session I would have fallen in love - with this gentle part of the island, and with the people who inhabit it. What a stunning Comox Valley morning I shared with Bailey, Nathan and their little Sybil. It was  a walk through the forest, simple -...

Never mind her stunning looks, and super fit body, it is really her personality and positivity that...

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30Oct '15

Boudoir in the city

Never mind her stunning looks, and super fit body, it is really her personality and positivity that captures your attention. She definitely is my kind of woman - one who sets her own rules and lives her life that way, all while not being scared of feeling vulnerable and loving deeply. That is...

It went like this: A very thoughtful TJ called my office and booked me as his wedding photographer...

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15Oct '15

Comox Valley Wedding-Chantal and TJ

It went like this: A very thoughtful TJ called my office and booked me as his wedding photographer and swore me to secrecy that I would not tell his fiancée . He knew that she had always imagined me being her photographer, and planned to surprise her. Here was the problem. I knew his fiancée, and...

  Today is Thanksgiving, and although I live a life plush with daily gratitude, I...

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12Oct '15

Qualicum Wedding Photographer - Chris and Meghan

  Today is Thanksgiving, and although I live a life plush with daily gratitude, I welcome this day to amp it up a bit.  I was planning on creating this blog post tomorow, and just reading my book tdaoy, but as I thought about the list of thing bringing me joy right now, I ran off to my...

Photographing this family grow has been such a joy. I have photographed all of their newborns and...

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10Oct '15

Courtenay Photographer - Welcoming their 3rd joy

Photographing this family grow has been such a joy. I have photographed all of their newborns and what leaves me baffled is how they seem to get more and more relaxed as a family. I have been wanting to switch things up on the blog a bit, and be part of continuing to grow connections and break...

It happens in a small town, you hear that someone you know, someone fabulous, is getting married...

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7Oct '15

Hornby Island Wedding

It happens in a small town, you hear that someone you know, someone fabulous, is getting married and you cross your fingers. Will they call you? Well Sammy and Mike did, but I wasn't available - I was so disappointed, especially when I found out that they were getting married at a spot very close...

    It is always a reason to high five when a family member of a past bride or...

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5Oct '15

Vancouver Island Photographer, Parksville Wedding

    It is always a reason to high five when a family member of a past bride or groom calls you to book their wedding. I had the pleasure of photographing Erin and James' wedding, who I first met and enjoyed on Hornby Island, as we gathered for Erin's brother's wedding on Hornby...

Our local food and drink community is a huge source of inspiration for me. To get up every morning...

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29Sep '15

Hornby Island Tea

Our local food and drink community is a huge source of inspiration for me. To get up every morning and work hard on business, marketing, research never mind the actual physical labor involved in creating their product wows me. Then to be able to hand over a tangible pleasure, such as organic tea,...

When a couple comes from the prairies to celebrate their wedding Tigh-Na-Mara style, you can't help...

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28Sep '15

Tigh-Na-Mara Wedding Kayley and Heather

When a couple comes from the prairies to celebrate their wedding Tigh-Na-Mara style, you can't help but be thrilled when the sun, mixed with a soft breeze, sets the tone for the day. These two have an incredible love story. They connected just days before Kayley was set to move. After a month of...

It is an interesting time in the life of those close to me. It seems transitions are everywhere,...

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14Sep '15

Comox Valley Wedding

It is an interesting time in the life of those close to me. It seems transitions are everywhere, inner shifts and big life steps. Beautiful ones. My friend Pagan brought great joy when she announced that her and Pete were ready to seal their love with marriage. Despite living in different...

It was an instant connection when Ian and Deborah met, after just one date, they knew their...

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5Sep '15

Qualicum Wedding Photographer - Horne Lake

It was an instant connection when Ian and Deborah met, after just one date, they knew their togetherness was something that was to be nurtured. This magic was celebrated, with their friends and family with a heartfelt wedding at their cabin on Horne Lake, near Qualicum. The day kicked off with...

After a meeting in a coffee shop turned into a full day date these two quickly realized their...

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29Aug '15

Wickaninnish Inn Wedding - Tofino, BC

After a meeting in a coffee shop turned into a full day date these two quickly realized their shared values, lifestyle and love for each other, which they celebrated at The Wickaninish Inn in Tofino with some of their closest friends and family. The wedding  festivities kicked off with a stunning...

What can I say about these two and this day?  Honestly, I just want to write.. that.. "they kick...

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26Aug '15

Coastal Black Wedding - Courtenay Photographer

What can I say about these two and this day?  Honestly, I just want to write.. that.. "they kick ass." However, I have been sitting here trying to find a different way to say it, because the word "ass" doesn't seem like proper blog content. I could use the word "awesome", but it so overused and...

It is no secret that I love photographing high school grad session. The marking of time, mixed with...

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24Aug '15

Comox Valley Grad - Cassie

It is no secret that I love photographing high school grad session. The marking of time, mixed with the grad's burgeoning sense of self and wonderment, creates a magical mood for me. When you have known the grad, since she moved in across the street as a quiet grade-schooler, and you have been so...

There seems to be a theme this year of clients who are fellow musical theatre lovers. Matt and...

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13Aug '15

Mount Washington Wedding- Matt and Emma

There seems to be a theme this year of clients who are fellow musical theatre lovers. Matt and Emma, actually met when Matt auditioned for a community production of Grease, and Emma was the choreographer, and as Matt had never danced, Emma took him under her wing. His funny, kind, and handsome...

It really has been an incredible summer of photographing weddings with personal connections. Tamara...

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11Aug '15

Vancouver Island Wedding, A private Island

It really has been an incredible summer of photographing weddings with personal connections. Tamara was one of my students when I taught at photography college, and as I told her, she left an impression as a woman comfortable in her vulnerability, thus brave, and as an interesting, kind and loving...

It had been a beautiful few weeks with the sun shining hard on our little island, and then the...

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10Aug '15

Courtenay Photographer - Rainy Day Bliss

It had been a beautiful few weeks with the sun shining hard on our little island, and then the skies opened up. On the morning of July 11th, we all looked out our door to terential rain. However, seeing how we were in the middle of a serious drought, no one could complain, not even the bride and...

Photographing high school graduates never gets old. You have a new level of confidence paired with...

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3Aug '15

Comox Valley Grad Photography - Emma

Photographing high school graduates never gets old. You have a new level of confidence paired with the sense of the unknown and radiance. There is always radiance during their sessions. However, with Emma I have a sense that it is always there. She has a glow. The type of person you could laugh...

Five years ago exactly I had this beautiful family in front of my camera and instantly felt a...

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2Aug '15

Five years later - Comox Beach Portraits

Five years ago exactly I had this beautiful family in front of my camera and instantly felt a strong connection with all four of them. It truly warmed my heart, to have the honor of photographing them, and connecting with them again when they were back visiting the Comox valley. Right away it was...

Earlier this year, in exploration of my creative process, I wondered what it would it be like to...

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7Jul '15

Courtenay Medieval Theme Wedding

Earlier this year, in exploration of my creative process, I wondered what it would it be like to shoot a wedding in which I had total freedom. No input from my couple of what images I needed to take, no set start time, and no set finish time. Just me, no assistant. So against the advice of many...

This is a hard post to write. Because Wow. I mean really. Leah. This woman is ..sigh.. wow. Oh yah,...

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24Jun '15

Courtenay Photographer - wow session!

This is a hard post to write. Because Wow. I mean really. Leah. This woman is ..sigh.. wow. Oh yah, I said that. Leah and I first crossed paths many years ago, she was kicking butt back then as well, chasing and reaching goals, but now, she has taken it up to a entire different level over at her...

I always love engagement sessions, we have romance, time and it seems to take the the wedding...

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22Jun '15

Tofino Photo session

I always love engagement sessions, we have romance, time and it seems to take the the wedding excitement up a notch. Tofino is a very special place to me, and when Amanda and Shane asked me if would meet them there I jumped at the chance. It was their first time on the West Coast, so we headed out...

It was such a pleasure to photograph Alan and Lisa's wedding at Dolphin's Resort in Campbell River....

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9Jun '15

Campbell River Wedding Photographer

It was such a pleasure to photograph Alan and Lisa's wedding at Dolphin's Resort in Campbell River. After first meeting with them last year I was looking forward to watching their day unfold. The day couldn't have gone smoother, with beautiful weather, a helicopter ride to the top of Mt. Adrian...

I have known of Shea for years through the dance community and always enjoyed watching her. She...

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1Jun '15

Comox Valley Grad - Shea

I have known of Shea for years through the dance community and always enjoyed watching her. She was talented, kind and had a wonderful laugh. Then, a few years ago something shifted and when she walked in a room you couldn't not notice her, suddenly, she seemed radiant, and with that she was...

I know I am four years away from seeing my own daughter graduate, but I can't help but look at...

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31May '15

Simone - Comox Valley Grad

I know I am four years away from seeing my own daughter graduate, but I can't help but look at these photos and be filled with wonderment, how does it happen so quickly? Yesterday the Comox Valley grads from Highland Secondary celebrated their years of hard work. This beauty, who I have had the...

    One of the great joys of my work is documenting life journeys and changes, and in...

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7May '15

Double maternity - Comox Valley Photographer

    One of the great joys of my work is documenting life journeys and changes, and in this small town, being able to cross over with clients in different aspects of my life and work keeps thinks very personal. Melissa and I had been emailing about something unrelated, and I was really...

A bit about Lisa. What is the definition of fearless? Well, it isn't a one word, or a one sentence...

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30Apr '15

Lisa - Courtenay Boudoir session

A bit about Lisa. What is the definition of fearless? Well, it isn't a one word, or a one sentence answer, but a significant part of my definition includes choosing to live with vulnerability and allowing people to see that. When you meet Lisa for the first time, when you look into her eyes, see...

I go into most of my boudoir and goddess sessions with a20% vision and 80% open mind, ensuring I...

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21Apr '15

Kim rocks her Goddess session

I go into most of my boudoir and goddess sessions with a20% vision and 80% open mind, ensuring I can stay open to what I feel from the beauty in front of my camera and create images that are honest. Kim is strong woman, and not just literally, but she also  has  quite side to her, and a very...

Tannis and Francois invited me to her childhood home in Oak Bay to photograph their engagement...

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17Mar '15

Tannis and Francois - Victoria Engagement Session

Tannis and Francois invited me to her childhood home in Oak Bay to photograph their engagement session. Postcard perfect vistas, stately architecture - the home is stunning. But what really took my breath away was the sentiment in this choice to photograph here. The home is now for sale, and as we...

Pay what you can week for portraiture and boudoir. Kind of crazy right? This makes the idea even...

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16Mar '15

Pay What you Can - Name Your Price week

Pay what you can week for portraiture and boudoir. Kind of crazy right? This makes the idea even more desirable to me. I just want everyone to be able to experience being photographed professionally, so I am going for it. I'll keep this blog post short. CLICK HERE to read the details and fill out...

I am long overdue for a blog post about a recent shift in my approach to exercise and well-being,...

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12Mar '15

Meg - adding to my well being - comox valley trainer

I am long overdue for a blog post about a recent shift in my approach to exercise and well-being, and I promise it will be forthcoming. But meanwhile, just roll with it as I jump in part way through my story. Recently Meg contacted me for some photographs for her personal training and health coach...

Stefanie intrigued me. We have come to know each other through her work as a make-up artist and...

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10Mar '15

Stef's Goddess Session - Comox Valley Boudoir

Stefanie intrigued me. We have come to know each other through her work as a make-up artist and stylist at Level 10 Eurospa . Her plethora of artistic skills and passions drew me towards her. She is a creative soul. Throughout our session I also realized what a deep loving, loyal and transparent...

A kick-ass hairstylist at Roots the Salon, a singer, a rock-climber -  an artistic soul with an...

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5Mar '15

Ashleigh Boudoir session - Comox Valley Boudoir

A kick-ass hairstylist at Roots the Salon, a singer, a rock-climber -  an artistic soul with an athletic streak. I pretty much adore this woman and her down to earth, playful, kind, honest,  energy. Oh and sexy.. yes. .there is definitely that. xoxo <3   Are you ready for...

For eight years I have been volunteering with YANA Comox Valley. I picked up the phone eight years...

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4Mar '15

You Are Not Alone, - The quiet one

For eight years I have been volunteering with YANA Comox Valley. I picked up the phone eight years ago to call YANA Comox Valley , "I think I can help you," I said. I had a vision of putting a face behind the stories of the many people who benefit from their, and thus this communities, support....

You know this is a year to take those steps towards fear, jumping through some hoops in the...

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18Feb '15

Something that scares you - Boudoir

You know this is a year to take those steps towards fear, jumping through some hoops in the direction of stronger self acceptance, abundance of fun and life experiences. Each month in 2015 you are taking on a challenge of something that scares you. Month two - A boudoir session. In front of the...

Selah and I have been heading to Vancouver almost weekly for an appointment and sometimes, by the...

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17Feb '15

Filling myself back up

Selah and I have been heading to Vancouver almost weekly for an appointment and sometimes, by the time we get to the ferry home, we are a little rough around our sensitive edges. Yesterday, we pulled up early. With her being now 12 years old, I can leave her in the car, (as she is on crutches,) and...

It was with tears of joy that I received news that  Keltie and Phil were expecting, and not just...

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19Jan '15

An afternoon with Arietty and Theo

It was with tears of joy that I received news that  Keltie and Phil were expecting, and not just one, but two. Since we first met,  Keltie and Phil have been in front of my camera four times, and over the years I have blessed to call them not just clients but friends.  They are those type of...

I recently squeezed in a few photographs with my super cute nephew while I was passing through...

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13Jan '15

Toddler love

I recently squeezed in a few photographs with my super cute nephew while I was passing through Calgary. Lego, ball throwing, silly noises .. it was really hard to leave this little man...