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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...

I am someone who resides in a place of gratitude, my rose colour glasses are never far  and often...

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1Jan '15

2014 you packed a punch, but I still laughed

I am someone who resides in a place of gratitude, my rose colour glasses are never far  and often stay stubbornly on, even when the sun is gone. But 2014, I wasn't a fan. As I sit here with my morning coffee, (for which I am very grateful,) scrolling through my Facebook feed looking at comments of...

It was seven years ago, when I first went to Puntledge Park with my camera to meet Melanie, Trevor...

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27Dec '14

The Perkins Family

It was seven years ago, when I first went to Puntledge Park with my camera to meet Melanie, Trevor and their three children, Cole, Caden and Ava. I remember it was a beautiful day, all was well, and it even got better. Melanie, fairly new to town, asked me if I wanted to be in a book club , little...

It isn't often that I get to share such variety from a boudoir session. Many of you will recognize...

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9Dec '14

Jen - her boudoir revealed

It isn't often that I get to share such variety from a boudoir session. Many of you will recognize my good friend and associate Jen, who has been  shooting some wedding and my boudoir marathon with me for years.  I met Jen 10 years ago when she hired me to photograph her wedding, and since then,...

I love surprises. So when Jessica called to book a session with her family and her brother and...

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27Nov '14

The Arnott crew

I love surprises. So when Jessica called to book a session with her family and her brother and girlfriend as a surprise for her dad I was completely onboard. What an incredible loving gift! Dad, however, found out. After suggesting that they all have a family photo, Jessica had to cave. But, I...

Pineterest, Facebook, heck, even now the bookstore can make you feel like you aren't enough. Do you...

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20Nov '14

Where love lives - A day with the Carlsons

Pineterest, Facebook, heck, even now the bookstore can make you feel like you aren't enough. Do you make pizza in muffin tins? Have you journaled today? Please tell me you are making a home-made advent calendar for the holidays and you google "life-hacks" to keep your closet organized. So let's...

I don't know how I have become so fortunate to have such incredible friends in my life (shaking my...

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15Nov '14

Some friends make you fist pump

I don't know how I have become so fortunate to have such incredible friends in my life (shaking my head), and from such a wide variety of walks of life. It is no secret that our family has been hit with some big challenges over the last 10 years and I credit these people for inspiring me to keep...

“Courage is grace under pressure.” ― Ernest Hemingway Thank you Cheri for stepping in front...

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13Nov '14

Cheri

“Courage is grace under pressure.” ― Ernest Hemingway Thank you Cheri for stepping in front of the camera and adding to the many lessons and gifts being a photographer brings me. You shine incredibly beautifully - xoxox...

Heather and Jason were married early this fall in a classic Comox Valley Wedding. The forecast...

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2Nov '14

Jason + Heather Comox Valley Wedding

Heather and Jason were married early this fall in a classic Comox Valley Wedding. The forecast called for rain, but somehow, it held back and beautiful light and warmth shone down on them as we photographed amongst trees and in fields and as they exchanged vows with the ocean below them. Heather...

John and Teresa met when they didn't expect it. There was no elaborate set-up, no internet search,...

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29Oct '14

Teresa + John, Merridale Cidery Wedding

John and Teresa met when they didn't expect it. There was no elaborate set-up, no internet search, no music in the background. There they were at work, in the cafeteria having chicken fingers and cold fries. Over a year, a friendship grew into more - he was drawn in by her beauty, brains and sense...

I adore this session created at my September Itty-Bitty's. The warm light came in and shone on...

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26Oct '14

Keltie + Phil + 2, Courtenay Portrait Photographer

I adore this session created at my September Itty-Bitty's. The warm light came in and shone on Keltie, Phil and the next step in their life. These two have been part of mine for many years and this is the fourth time they have been in front of my camera, that, right there, makes me smile. I am...

  I am off today to China and Tibet, to teach a photography workshop. Yes, you are correct....

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6Oct '14

Off to the yaks - Tibet photo workshop

  I am off today to China and Tibet, to teach a photography workshop. Yes, you are correct. It is going to be incredible. The workshop is facilitated artfully and beautifully through Extravagant Yak, incredible people with buckets of knowledge and heart. When I am back we will be...

It isn't uncommon for me to photograph a Filberg Park & Crown Isle Wedding as they are both...

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3Oct '14

Lee and Elisa - Filberg Park & Crown Isle Wedding

It isn't uncommon for me to photograph a Filberg Park & Crown Isle Wedding as they are both such ideal locations for a celebration, but typically we don't throw a hospital visit en route from the park to Crown Isle. The day stated out beautifully, the warmth beaming from Elisa's connection to...

This sessions came to be during the teacher appreciation day. Sophie and her mama, really melted...

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29Sep '14

Sophie and her mom

This sessions came to be during the teacher appreciation day. Sophie and her mama, really melted into each other, both radiating pride at having each other. Beautiful! Thank you - I loved having that time with you and getting to know you both better. xoxo...

Great things about being a Comox Valley Photographer? The David Family. I have been photographed...

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27Sep '14

The David Family - Comox Valley Photographer

Great things about being a Comox Valley Photographer? The David Family. I have been photographed them for many years and I  remember the first time Zoe was in front of my lens - and how she lit it up, she clearly still does. Flanked by two outstanding parents, this girl has some serious spark. I...

These gals. Wendy, Jolie and Maya - you have so many beautiful gifts. Your collective talents are...

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25Sep '14

These smiles

These gals. Wendy, Jolie and Maya - you have so many beautiful gifts. Your collective talents are quite outstanding, but truly, it is your warmth that makes me want to gush.  I have known these beauties since they were little beings, and watching the girls grow, makes me, smile, and shake my head...

Timing can be everything  but for Stacey and Sam it eventually tipped in their  favour,...

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20Sep '14

Stacey and Sam

Timing can be everything  but for Stacey and Sam it eventually tipped in their  favour, culminating in a beautiful April Point Wedding.  Sam was smitten from the start, meeting at friends birthday party, they sensed a connection, but she was in a relationship with someone else. Exactly one...

I have included tons of portraits of Rianna and Cory's Hornby Island wedding because I just...

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14Sep '14

Rianna + Cory Hornby Island wedding

I have included tons of portraits of Rianna and Cory's Hornby Island wedding because I just couldn't decide. The photos take me back to this beautiful day, the ocean, the trees and Rianna and Cory's unique and very sweet story. Their time together dates back to when they were children and their...

It wasn't about the napkins, the flowers, the invitations. Nor was it about where she was going to...

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9Sep '14

Chris and Kendra, Comox Valley Wedding

It wasn't about the napkins, the flowers, the invitations. Nor was it about where she was going to get ready or if he was going to wear a boutonniere.   It honestly was one of the most stress-free Comox Valley Weddings that I have photographed, not because it was so finely planned and scheduled -...

Here is another snippet of my Filberg Park Wedding photo shoot that I posted a few weeks...

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8Sep '14

Filberg Park Wedding Creative

Here is another snippet of my Filberg Park Wedding photo shoot that I posted a few weeks ago .This was a coming together of many passionate  Comox Valley creatives. You can see more of their work on the other blog post as well. o. This was all put together by the amazing Maria of Sublime...

I never envisioned that I would be a "dance mom." Yes, even with a house of four girls, it wasn't...

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5Sep '14

Pantuso Dance - A reluctant dance mom

I never envisioned that I would be a "dance mom." Yes, even with a house of four girls, it wasn't on my radar. Roller-derby, mountain biking, maybe some climbing thrown in with musical instruments, painting, photography on the side.  That made sense. My experiences with dance as a child were,...

It's her smile. It brings you in. When I first met Carmen, I felt it. When Randy and her had their...

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27Aug '14

Carmen + Randy Campbell River Wedding

It's her smile. It brings you in. When I first met Carmen, I felt it. When Randy and her had their first walk together, four years ago, he couldn't deny her warmth. On August 2nd, with friends and family (and a bushel of adorable grandchildren) this meeting was celebrated with a heartfelt Campbell...

A comox valley love story whose seeds were planted in elementary school led to a comox valley...

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16Aug '14

Ian + Laura - Comox Valley Wedding

A comox valley love story whose seeds were planted in elementary school led to a comox valley wedding. Simple. Beautiful. Laura remembers meeting Ian at their church Catechism class when they were kids. He winked at her, and she,"thought it was strange." Little did she know then, that in  in...

This Filberg Park Wedding photo shoot was a coming together of so many Comox Valley creatives. I...

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14Aug '14

Sublime Filberg Park Wedding

This Filberg Park Wedding photo shoot was a coming together of so many Comox Valley creatives. I feel so blessed to have the honor of documenting the work of peers who share my same level of passion for what they do. Look at the list of talent. Beautiful work. But what you can't see is the heart....

My kid. I miss her. She is at camp. This photos is helping me...

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8Aug '14

This Kid

My kid. I miss her. She is at camp. This photos is helping me...

When Megan first called me and told me that her and her long-time beau Josh were planning a...

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7Aug '14

Megan and Josh Cathedral Grove Wedding

When Megan first called me and told me that her and her long-time beau Josh were planning a Cathedral Grove wedding I swooned. Cathedral Grove is a place like no other; magical, grounding and beyond beautiful. As our conversation flowed, I learned about their children, their recent choice to move...

Delanie and Jason came from Victoria, BC to the always stunning Kingfisher Resort for their wedding...

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7Aug '14

Delaine + Jason Kingfisher Elopement

Delanie and Jason came from Victoria, BC to the always stunning Kingfisher Resort for their wedding day. I feel a bit like it I should keep it as a dirty little secret, but here it is - I love elopements. I admire those that chose to just make it about the two of them, no pressure, no stressing...

Dolphins Resort Weddings - always amazing! She approached their first date with trepidation. A...

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7Aug '14

Camille + Andrew Dolphins Resort Wedding

Dolphins Resort Weddings - always amazing! She approached their first date with trepidation. A little unsure and nervous. But, after making it through what turned out to be a lovely dinner date, these two knew there was something between them of substance. She was drawn to his energy, he is funny...

Many of you will recognize Jen as one of my wedding assistants and  my super hero side-kick for...

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6Aug '14

The Dodds in Dodge

Many of you will recognize Jen as one of my wedding assistants and  my super hero side-kick for the annual Boudoir Marathon at the Kingfisher Resort each November. Jen and I first met when I photographed her wedding, almost 8 years ago, and since then I have captured maternity, baby, many family...

When people welcome me into their home to photograph their boudoir session I get a little extra...

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1Aug '14

Shellie - In-home Boudoir Session

When people welcome me into their home to photograph their boudoir session I get a little extra excited. No, you don't have to tidy up for me, re-arrange or ensure your home looks like it is off the pages of  a magazine. Now, it just so happens that Shellie's house  is inspired - fresh and...

This story goes back to grade 10. She remembers the very first time she saw him, in his football...

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28Jul '14

Candice and Michael Comox Valley Wedding

This story goes back to grade 10. She remembers the very first time she saw him, in his football jersey walking the school halls. He was new to the school. She was interested. They ended up dating, but she eventually called it off because "he was too interested." However, she continued to have a...

  Their love story has the sweetest start. She was working as a cashier in Safeway , and this...

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19Jul '14

Tiffany & Dean - Mount Washington Wedding

  Their love story has the sweetest start. She was working as a cashier in Safeway , and this handsome fellow, who had chosen her till with the hope of saying hello, caught her eye. Over groceries and with the hum of the store in the background something, a connection, happened. They both...

Sometimes when a potential bride contacts me, I feel like I am holding my breath as I open up my...

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2Jul '14

Cindy and Kevin say I do at Tigh-na-mara Resort

Sometimes when a potential bride contacts me, I feel like I am holding my breath as I open up my calendar to check my availability. Not every time, but it happens that someone sends me the sweetest inquiry, they know my work, and seem to already "get" me, which means, I will "get" them and that...

Candice and Michael are getting married this coming Saturday and they just swooped into town to...

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1Jul '14

Candice and Michael Engaged

Candice and Michael are getting married this coming Saturday and they just swooped into town to enjoy family and do the final planning. Lucky for me, they decided to squeeze in an engagement session back where it all began. Candice first laid on eyes on Michael in the halls of Isfeld Secondary and...

This was one of those evenings where we were on the fence as to if those rich story-telling clouds...

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27Jun '14

Ian and Laura - Engaged

This was one of those evenings where we were on the fence as to if those rich story-telling clouds were going to open up and release copious amounts of rain. I am always so happy when we decide that we will take whatever mother nature gives us and work with it. We met Ian and Laura at Comox Lake,...

I have had the chance to photograph Caleb twice now, once with the family and then, this time, to...

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26Jun '14

Congratulations Caleb

I have had the chance to photograph Caleb twice now, once with the family and then, this time, to celebrate his high school graduation. I am always so thrilled for grad sessions. It is such a meaningful time to mark. Often this is the last time children are photographed.. until.. gulp… their...

When I am invited over to someone's house to play, it feels pretty special. I get to see the...

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23Jun '14

The chicken stays in the picture

When I am invited over to someone's house to play, it feels pretty special. I get to see the littles; favourite spots and even meet their very special friends - such as Ivy. I love that when this family looks backs on these images, it will take them to a very magical memory of the outdoor life they...

Choosing what to share for this wedding was no easy task . I have so many favourite images, and...

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21Jun '14

A deep breath with Sarai and Glenn at their Long Beach Lodge wedding

Choosing what to share for this wedding was no easy task . I have so many favourite images, and moments. Pulling into Tofino always feels familiar, there is a comforting deep breath I take as we enter that last stretch of wavy road, and heading there to do what I love, and join the celebration of...

It was set in motion with a meeting in Holland, a friendship grew during a chance connection in...

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10Jun '14

Sheena + Stephen married on Forbidden Plateau

It was set in motion with a meeting in Holland, a friendship grew during a chance connection in Fort McMurray, and their love was celebrated at their beautiful new home on Forbidden Plateau on May 17. Sheena and Stephen invited their friends and family to join them in their sweet  oasis, as they...

Like many these days, Laura and Scott met online. She was living in Tofino, him in Courtenay, but...

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21May '14

Laura and Scott - Kingfisher Wedding

Like many these days, Laura and Scott met online. She was living in Tofino, him in Courtenay, but knowing she would would move back eventually, she took a chance on connecting with him. After their first date - she knew.. like Scott says, "it just took off." Laura is one of those people that are...

I had a feeling the  day would run smooth as can be, and  I would cry - both came true. The ...

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6May '14

Erin and Ian - Crown Isle Wedding

I had a feeling the  day would run smooth as can be, and  I would cry - both came true. The  boys started the day digging into a vivacious game of poker - with high fives, and shared laughs that come when you have been friends for years. The girls, paced, laughed and cried as they enjoyed the...

My blog has been sitting open on my computer for 48 hours waiting for me to post these photos. I am...

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25Apr '14

Brave + Vulnerable has sweet rewards - McPhail Family

My blog has been sitting open on my computer for 48 hours waiting for me to post these photos. I am not much of a procrastinator, but this one had me. What do I say about my friend Trish and her journey to do her story justice?  Trish has been searching out her birth mom, and sharing, through...

There are buckets of reasons I love photographing weddings , high on that list though is engagement...

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17Apr '14

Sarai and Glenn Engaged

There are buckets of reasons I love photographing weddings , high on that list though is engagement sessions.  I tell my clients these sessions are like a date night, with me as their third wheel. It is a time for us to get to know each other, for them to get comfortable in front of the camera,...

A best friend from grade 5. Despite her moving away during our teen years, regardless of her living...

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16Apr '14

One of my fave's - couples session Ashland, OR

A best friend from grade 5. Despite her moving away during our teen years, regardless of her living in different continents, and now a neighbouring country, she is still one of my faves.  During spring break, myself and my youngest daughter hit the road for at two week road trip, with the goal of...

  A meeting in Church,  led to a favor, which led to a thank you dinner, bringing us to...

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13Mar '14

Ruth and Carl's winter wedding

  A meeting in Church,  led to a favor, which led to a thank you dinner, bringing us to this glorious day at Shelter Point Distillery. He was drawn in by he, loyalty and fun demeanor, she loved his deep heart and how genuine he is. They said they wanted a wedding that was classy,...

It started as a meeting through mutual friends. It needed the right timing which eventually came...

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10Mar '14

Heather and Jason

It started as a meeting through mutual friends. It needed the right timing which eventually came and led to nights of watching Games of Thrones, and Jason romancing Heather with his cheesecake. Now   these two are looking forward to their fall 2014 Comox Valley wedding. From riding on their...

I believe this to be my seventh year of creating and sharing day in the life stories at the...

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6Mar '14

Ruby, A day in the life fighting Leukemia and the power of sharing

I believe this to be my seventh year of creating and sharing day in the life stories at the annual Y.A.N.A (You Are Not Alone) auction. These stories of the warriors that our community has supported are tales  of monotony, emotions, fear, victory love and somwtimes loss. In all that time, this...

In a house full of close friends and multi-generations of women Rachael buzzed about, relaxed,...

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23Feb '14

Rachael and Nick say I Do

In a house full of close friends and multi-generations of women Rachael buzzed about, relaxed, and excited, yes, about the wedding but really about the marriage. A while later, as he graciously welcomed guest to his marriage ceremony I overheard a guest telling Nick how exciting it was that it...

One would think when you get asked to go to Mexico to photograph a wedding you obviously say yes!...

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7Feb '14

Leanne and Mike - Cabo San Lucas Wedding

One would think when you get asked to go to Mexico to photograph a wedding you obviously say yes! However, shooting destination weddings comes with its own set of challenges and hoops to jump through. So anytime I have been asked to travel outside of BC  I have to weigh it out and give it some...

  It really was a grand affair. There is no other way to describe it. From the stunning...

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22Jan '14

Crystal and Gloria say I do at The Empress

  It really was a grand affair. There is no other way to describe it. From the stunning embossed invitation promising "merriment and mischief" to the decor - the Fairmont Empress ballroom was full of personal items, antiques, photos and other vinatage curiosities complimenting the stunning...

  Erika and Emili met while doing their undergrad in Pennsylvania and after years in school...

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5Jan '14

A love story finally sealed, Emili and Erika say I do

  Erika and Emili met while doing their undergrad in Pennsylvania and after years in school together, it was a close friendship, and nothing more until, as Erika says " I went to the nearby Renaissance Faire, and saw Emili striding across the park in her pirate garb full of corsety goodness...

They were (torrentially)  rained out twice, had a flat tire on the way to the session.. but it...

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31Dec '13

Erin and Ian Engaged

They were (torrentially)  rained out twice, had a flat tire on the way to the session.. but it happened! Erin and Ian and were at the same place at the same time, with dry skies and a good sense of humour. She caught his eye right away, being gorgeous, super friendly and really approachable...

A significant part of what I photograph is images for businesses. I adore working for other...

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10Dec '13

Electric - Jay Waters

A significant part of what I photograph is images for businesses. I adore working for other entrepreneurs who are passionate about what they do. From artists, to chefs to electricians.. yes.. electricians, it isn't just those in the creative field that can be crazy about what they do. I have heard...

I have been photographing many, many wonderful portraits this season and mostly I have been sharing...

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6Dec '13

Expecting

I have been photographing many, many wonderful portraits this season and mostly I have been sharing on FACEBOOK, but I still like to pop in here now and then. I adored working with Teresa. From the get-go she was really invested in her images. She was full of enthusiasm and ideas, and glowing with...

It was 5 p.m. on a tuesday. I was frustrated due to a series of small challenges. Typically - I...

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6Nov '13

I led my own intervention

It was 5 p.m. on a tuesday. I was frustrated due to a series of small challenges. Typically - I pick myself up, do the cup half full thing, put on my rose colored glasses and find a solution. Instead  though, I didn't. It wasn't within my grasp. I took a moment to take stock and then I ran...

  PIGLET: How do you spell love? POOH: You don't spell it, you feel it. Ember, I know...

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30Oct '13

Ember loved

  PIGLET: How do you spell love? POOH: You don't spell it, you feel it. Ember, I know your mom, dad and your other legion of fans will never hold back in showing you, telling you and capturing all the buckets of love they have for you. In your family.. it is easy to feel. So thankful we...

  I have known Derek for a few years and always really liked him,  he was just a fabulous...

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30Oct '13

Della and Derek say I do in Stanley Park

  I have known Derek for a few years and always really liked him,  he was just a fabulous genuine, passionate guy who is funny and loves good food - what isn't to adore? . When I saw on social media that he proposed to his girlfriend (in front of a HUGE audience at an annual work...

Fall colors, thanksgiving day, a sweet girls I have photographed for many years + her siblings,...

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28Oct '13

Lucky Me

Fall colors, thanksgiving day, a sweet girls I have photographed for many years + her siblings, cousins, and very special grandmother. Tons of laughter and love swirling...

A last minute photo session, on Thanksgiving monday, blessed with a beautiful night and a...

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20Oct '13

Audra, Stephan and their sweet family

A last minute photo session, on Thanksgiving monday, blessed with a beautiful night and a connected, loving family. ...

Eric and Ryan wanted to keep the day simple, they didn't want to worry about napkin colors or...

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17Oct '13

Eric and Ryan, say I do at Dolphins Resort, Campbell River

Eric and Ryan wanted to keep the day simple, they didn't want to worry about napkin colors or matching bridesmaid outfit, it was all about the two of them becoming husband and wife  surrounded by those they love most. The day, though was far from simple. There were emotions flying - quiet tears...

She was drawn in by his easygoing manner and openness, it comes across in his mannerism and his...

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9Oct '13

Lisa and Rick say I do

She was drawn in by his easygoing manner and openness, it comes across in his mannerism and his kind eyes. He loves her smile, laugh and clever ways. Together they are creating a life full of learning, music and laughter. Surrounded by family and close friends, as the late afternoon approached,...

  A true canadian love story. It started over a coffee at Tim Hortons. She was drawn in by...

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6Oct '13

Lindsay and Steve a wedding with joy

  A true canadian love story. It started over a coffee at Tim Hortons. She was drawn in by the smile of this warm man who worked at the train yard, he,  by her obvious way of being so caring and her  love of hockey Many coffees later, and a mutual love for all things family and  friends...

I want to send a huge congratulatory hug to my friend Leanne Zdebiak-Eni on celebrating 10 years of...

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6Oct '13

Inner Pursuit Fitness

I want to send a huge congratulatory hug to my friend Leanne Zdebiak-Eni on celebrating 10 years of business in the Comox Valley with a new look for her business. Known to most as Island Pilates, Leanne started her business at around the same time as me. We have circled around each other with...

Although they knew each other casually their story starts with ... "a guy walked into a bar."...

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27Sep '13

Kata and Scott say I do with family

Although they knew each other casually their story starts with ... "a guy walked into a bar." That guy was Scott, and after Kata gave him a run for his money at a game of pool, it has been happily ever after.  Together they have already built a full life. With two kids, one with demanding...

Smart, athletic and adventurous are three words easily used to described these two. Their first...

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23Sep '13

Kirsten and Mike say I do with class

Smart, athletic and adventurous are three words easily used to described these two. Their first date was on the ski hill, which was a great place to start and then other then the obvious shared interest they found a strength in common values which were evident to me as I captured  their wedding...

She didn't hold back when she met him. That, isn't Christian's style. Upon first meeting Simon...

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13Sep '13

Christian and Simon say I do their way

She didn't hold back when she met him. That, isn't Christian's style. Upon first meeting Simon through a friend, she let her flirty self catch his eye, which drew him in and well, led to this very special day. Whether rock-climbing, cooking together, hanging with their pooch or going through the...

Some damp weather and nerves couldn't mask the high spirits flowing from Martina and Heath as they...

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8Sep '13

Martina and Heath say I do with effervescence

Some damp weather and nerves couldn't mask the high spirits flowing from Martina and Heath as they exchanged their vows against the beautiful oceanfront backdrop of the Kingfisher Resort and Spa. Martina and Heath met in their hometown of Inuvik through mutual friends. When he found out she had...

  Bubbling, laughing, floating, present. Those are the words I would  use to describe...

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6Sep '13

Sabrina and Kyle say I do with laughter

  Bubbling, laughing, floating, present. Those are the words I would  use to describe Sabrina and Kyle's beautiful wedding day. When I first saw Kyle he was grinning ear to ear. Then Sabrina drove up and bounced out of the car, looking stunning in her ivory gown, then she giggled her way...

  Under a beautiful canopy, created by family, at the Comox Valley home of her in-laws,...

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25Aug '13

Jada and Blair - say I do with style

  Under a beautiful canopy, created by family, at the Comox Valley home of her in-laws, Jada beamed and laughed as she exchanged her heartfelt vows to the smitten Blair. Together these two shared a ceremony that captivated their friends of family. The environment was warm, vintage inspired,...

  When Asia and Josh first contacted me to document their wedding to say I was thrilled was...

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10Aug '13

Asia and Josh say I do with beauty and style

  When Asia and Josh first contacted me to document their wedding to say I was thrilled was an understatement. I first got to know them in Hawaii where I photographed Josh's sisters wedding and I loved the energy they had between each other. Their wedding, at the stately Hatley Castle at...

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1Aug '13

Melissa and Will say I do with tenderness

[vimeo video_id="71467009" width="853" height="480" title="Yes" byline="Yes" portrait="Yes" autoplay="No" loop="No" color="ff9933"]   When you mention Melissa and Will, their friends and family, tilt their heads and say "awwww" with their expression. If you know them, you are probably doing...

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8Jul '13

Jessie and Oliver say I do with grace

  [vimeo video_id="69447559" width="853" height="480" title="Yes" byline="Yes" portrait="Yes" autoplay="No" loop="No" color="ff9933"]   It started on a regular day that turned unforgettable. Jessie was looking out the window from her work, and noticed some very handsome firefighters...

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3Jul '13

Sara and Scott say "I Do" with Casual Elegance

[vimeo video_id="69448993" width="853" height="480" title="No" byline="No" portrait="No" autoplay="No" loop="No" color="ff9933"]   It was  long overdue sunny day as Sara and Scott fluttered around the grounds of Hastings House on Saltspring Island, anticipating declaring their commitment to...

I met Mike and Kirsten on a quiet Sunday morning to capture the first part of their wedding story....

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29Jun '13

Kirsten and Mike Engaged

I met Mike and Kirsten on a quiet Sunday morning to capture the first part of their wedding story. I often feel like the engagement session is one of the key moments in the journey towards I do. My time with them got me super excited for their wedding. We shared stories of travel, education, dating...

I spent a ludicrous amount of time trying to decide which images to share for this blog post....

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28Jun '13

Reed and his crew - Comox Valley Grad

I spent a ludicrous amount of time trying to decide which images to share for this blog post. Twyla, Booker, Reed and Sam, you are a ridiculously cool family. Yes, you have weekly game night, yes, you have style, and yes, you are are the King and Queen of Roller Derby, and now have a son following...

After being introduced by a common friend , in the mountain town of Banff, Carlie and Phil, began...

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26Jun '13

Carlie and Phil, say I do with the love of friends

After being introduced by a common friend , in the mountain town of Banff, Carlie and Phil, began a journey that brought them to saying I do surrounded by the  love and enthusiasm of friends and family on June 15,2013.   Carlie, looking stunning and a bit nervous walked down the aisle towards...

Oh Ms. Kayla Moyes. You make me smile and inspire me. To be graduating and to be all that you are...

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10Jun '13

Kayla - Comox Valley Grad, moving onwards

Oh Ms. Kayla Moyes. You make me smile and inspire me. To be graduating and to be all that you are already. Poised. Intelligent. Engaged. Creative through to your bones. Interested. Loyal. Hard-working. Kind. Honest. This is what I know about you, just in the time we have crossed paths and I am...

I'll say it. "I LOVE these photos." Because I love these two.   I don't know Will that well,...

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6Jun '13

Melissa and Will Tying-The-Knot

I'll say it. "I LOVE these photos." Because I love these two.   I don't know Will that well, yet, but Melissa and I have intertwined since we met at her brother wedding many years ago. Since then, we have had some great laughs, and shed some tears together, we also have the pleasure of sharing...

This session went as sweet as could be. Big brother Jacoby was happy to play along with photographs...

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5Jun '13

The Moose family welcomes baby Sam

This session went as sweet as could be. Big brother Jacoby was happy to play along with photographs and then Sam was so relaxed through her whole session. Usually newborns love to wiggle their arms, and photographing them awake can be like trying to capture a high speed sporting event - not Sam...

  On my last night of China with Extravagant Yak Travel Company we went to the Sichuan...

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3Jun '13

A night in China

  On my last night of China with Extravagant Yak Travel Company we went to the Sichuan Opera. When I teach at the tour next year this will be the activity for the second night. It is in this sweet little area, quant, next to a stunning park. On my trip we headed to the park first to...

It was such a pleasure to arrive at the Huisamen's to meet sweet Ellse. It just felt so righto have...

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3Jun '13

The Huisamen's welcome Ellse

It was such a pleasure to arrive at the Huisamen's to meet sweet Ellse. It just felt so righto have a little girl in this house. How sweet is she? Such a beauty and so similar to her handsome brothers. I love sessions like this, taken in the home, with those that love her. It will always be a...

Yala Mountain next to the town of Tagong.    I have always been a goal orientated person,...

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28May '13

Personal perspective, an affirmation, my trip to China/Tibet

Yala Mountain next to the town of Tagong.    I have always been a goal orientated person, I have weekly goals, monthly goals and five year goals. I revise them, I look at them objectively, I interrogate myself to ensure they are genuine. The big goals, the dreams, well, I tend to keep...

First comes an engagement session, then comes marriage, then comes maternity and now baby! I really...

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8May '13

Welcome 8 day old Sydney

First comes an engagement session, then comes marriage, then comes maternity and now baby! I really value when I get to travel this journey with such special people as Mitchell and Teresa.  Sydney is one very blessed girl - she really hit the jackpot when it came to family. Her mom and dad are...

These two just make me smile. They have such an easy going way about them that I was first able to...

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6May '13

Ryan and Eric Engaged

These two just make me smile. They have such an easy going way about them that I was first able to pick up on when Ryan initially called me about her wedding.  During that first conversation, when I asked her about her wedding, she talked about family - that's just the kind of people they are. We...

Ohhh.. it is such sweetness that it is engagement season, it is like a tasty appetizer before...

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5May '13

Jada and Blair Engaged

Ohhh.. it is such sweetness that it is engagement season, it is like a tasty appetizer before wedding season. Jada and Blair helped me kick it off with a romantic feeling session in the Cumberland area.  Between their obvious chemistry, ease with each other, and radiating warmth (although it was a...

I first photographed Keltie and Phil five years ago and it was a session full of spirit, joy and...

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28Apr '13

Keltie and Phil, after five years

I first photographed Keltie and Phil five years ago and it was a session full of spirit, joy and connection. Since then I feel blessed to have become friends with them. Keltie (pretty sure we are shopping soul mates) and she even makes the occasional guest appearance helping us out a McKinnon...

The results of the photo session is so important, of course. It is about having meaningful...

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17Apr '13

Thank you, Theresa, Jamie, Graham & Natalie

The results of the photo session is so important, of course. It is about having meaningful photographs - right? The day after this session I sent the kids a note and silly photograph taken at then end of our session and this is what I received back: "Thank you for sending us the message. Thank you...

One of my favourite times to photograph a little one is when they are first sitting up. It is like...

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11Apr '13

So good to see little Ember

One of my favourite times to photograph a little one is when they are first sitting up. It is like they are exploring the world again for the first time. They can reach out into their environment, they can interact on a different level and I am pretty sure they know they are on the cusp of being...

Ana first booked her session two years ago, yes two years, but with a husband that works away and a...

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6Apr '13

The Fleck Family

Ana first booked her session two years ago, yes two years, but with a husband that works away and a busy family, it  had to be reschedule. Then, well, we all know how it goes. Life happens. I was so thrilled to have them in front of my camera on this day, at this time. I think it was just the...

When I was growing up my dad and I would go to Granville Island Market every Saturday. My mom would...

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14Mar '13

Christian & Simon Granville Island Engagement Session

When I was growing up my dad and I would go to Granville Island Market every Saturday. My mom would take me to school late in high school so I we could go to the market and have oatmeal and fancy coffee. It now, remains a place very dear to my heart. It feels like home. Now, when my daughter...

For the fifth year running it was an honor to stand amongst such a show of community and love to...

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11Mar '13

Linden's fight - Y.A.N.A. 2013 Slideshow

For the fifth year running it was an honor to stand amongst such a show of community and love to share the story of one of the Comox Valley's  brave little souls fighting hard to be healthy during the annual You Are Not Alone (Y.A.N.A) Fundraising Auction.  Here is the slideshow I shared (note:...

When I say their name "The Cunninghams" it comes with a smitten sigh right after. Funny, ever since...

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7Mar '13

The Cunninghams

When I say their name "The Cunninghams" it comes with a smitten sigh right after. Funny, ever since I photographed them about ten days days ago, their name keeps popping up  - at the gym, amongst some friends, and it is always with a big spoonful of "wow." Megan, Colin, Phebe, Hariette and little...

Late last year when we did a call-out for those that wanted to pose for some sample "Before and...

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5Mar '13

Kim - Before and After

Late last year when we did a call-out for those that wanted to pose for some sample "Before and After" shots, I was thrilled to see that Kim threw her name in the hat. She is one of those people that I have crossed paths with for years, and despite her living around the corner from me, we really...

This past Saturday two very connected souls said I do. They met in Guatemala, and re-connected...

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28Feb '13

Shannon and Dan say "I Do" with radiance

This past Saturday two very connected souls said I do. They met in Guatemala, and re-connected during Dan's travels, now they make their life in Australia. When they were looking at the right place to get married, they came across Crown Isle Resort and fell in love.  Being huge lovers of the...

  Cancer is hard for children to make sense of. Truly, I can't get my head around it without...

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22Feb '13

Bald for a friend

  Cancer is hard for children to make sense of. Truly, I can't get my head around it without feeling sad, mad and confused. So, when a ten year old has a friend who is diagnosed with Leukaemia for the second time, what does she do? She helps. Kaiya's friend Ruby was re-diagnosed with...

It was so wonderful to see Saija and her parents Chris and Tara back again after their newborn...

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31Jan '13

Saija graces the studio

It was so wonderful to see Saija and her parents Chris and Tara back again after their newborn session. This is such an amazing time to photograph babies, when they are sitting up and interacting with their world it seems that their range of expressions just gets broader. I just adore it and tend...

Jen was one of the three chosen to help show all of you the power of a good photo. We took this...

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29Jan '13

Jen - before the shoot and after

Jen was one of the three chosen to help show all of you the power of a good photo. We took this before photo of Jen, straight on during an overcast day. We then left her in the hands of make-up artist Kayla-Rea at Roots the Salon followed by some hair styling (no cutting or dying) with the lovely...

  My first session of 2013 was filled with great tenderness and peace - such a beautiful...

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20Jan '13

Violet's sweet smirk at six days old

  My first session of 2013 was filled with great tenderness and peace - such a beautiful way to start. Violet is such a sweet gift to her parents and three siblings and she in turn is so blessed to join this incredible family .I first met  this family when they were a family of four, and...

  I became a photographer out of a love for people. My camera is just a tool to connect and...

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10Jan '13

YAY - Customer Service Nomination for Christine!

  I became a photographer out of a love for people. My camera is just a tool to connect and care.  Through hard work I have been able to put food on the table through my passion. It is something I am really proud of. Photography has never been an easy way to make a living and these days...

This was the second family I photographed on Christmas, and my last session of the year. As I sit...

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30Dec '12

Ryan, Brendan, Alex, Ken & Janice Close the year

This was the second family I photographed on Christmas, and my last session of the year. As I sit here on a patio in Mexico,updating my blog, I am feeling pretty lucky.  I guess the first reason why is obvious, (I am wearing shots in December,   looking at the ocean, am surrounded by family...

Yes.. I do work on Christmas. It is so worth it. It is a highly requested time, and I happily take...

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26Dec '12

The Bardonner Clan gathers for Christmas Portraits

Yes.. I do work on Christmas. It is so worth it. It is a highly requested time, and I happily take on a few commissions in order to be part of documenting families who don't have the opportunity to gather regularly. It works well, I get to go photograph and my hubby John can go do his last minute...

This year I have met my share of beautiful women. The building of my boudoir photography has been...

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23Dec '12

What a beautiful year! Before and After

This year I have met my share of beautiful women. The building of my boudoir photography has been an incredibly fulfilling part of what I do. For so many reasons I felt the timing was right. I have been photographing boudoir for years, and each time I capture a woman I would receive unsolicited...

She has it! The warm smile, the welcoming laugh, oh and she is stunning, oh and she has the...

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17Dec '12

The Urban Nest .. love

She has it! The warm smile, the welcoming laugh, oh and she is stunning, oh and she has the personality to match. Working with Melanie to create photos for her new endeavor was a real honor. Melanie is the owner of the Urban Nest in Campbell River. Have you been there? I can't believe I didn't...

One of my favorite parts of my job is when I have the opportunity to collaborate. Over the years I...

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8Dec '12

The Roots November Creative - Taylor Swift?

One of my favorite parts of my job is when I have the opportunity to collaborate. Over the years I have developed some meaningful partnerships to do so. One of those is with the crew at Roots the Salon. I first started creating images for them three years ago, and since then I like to think I have...

I have been a bit scared of my blog lately. It looms..... telling me that it needs attention, but...

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29Nov '12

Something really special to me,an amazing gift & a chance to give

I have been a bit scared of my blog lately. It looms..... telling me that it needs attention, but then I have facebook sitting so close by, saying, "I am way easier to work with,  I offer the opportunity for interaction and I think people like me better." I value how facebook offers the...

  Oh Tina and Ty - you are so good at getting married! My day started with Tina getting...

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22Nov '12

Tina & Ty say "I Do" in a winter west coast wedding

  Oh Tina and Ty - you are so good at getting married! My day started with Tina getting ready in a room overlooking some big dramatic waves. Their energy matched the emotion in the room where Tina was getting ready, waves of joy and sentiment came rolling in. I knew it was going to be a...

I know we are all lamenting the darker days, but they also give us such amazing beauty. I met the...

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14Nov '12

The Kostiuk Family

I know we are all lamenting the darker days, but they also give us such amazing beauty. I met the Kostiuk family down by the water and we were gifted this incredibly beautiful backdrop.  As for the foreground, the Kostiuk, family is stunning, Suzie, Geoff, Cole, Jaiden and Cole are such a fabulous...

Mid-october I had the pleasure of creating yet another photo shoot with Roots the Salon - so much...

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13Nov '12

Another Roots beauty

Mid-october I had the pleasure of creating yet another photo shoot with Roots the Salon - so much fun! Hair: Ashleigh W. Make-up:Kayla-Rea Model:...

I have had the pleasure of creating images for Bodynetix's client of the month. You can read HERE...

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16Oct '12

Introducing Stephanie -Bodynetix client of the month

I have had the pleasure of creating images for Bodynetix's client of the month. You can read HERE all about why I love this opportunity. Why was Stephanie picked? Read trainer and Bodynetix owner Chris's reasons: "Stephanie is an all-star client. She comes to every class class with a deep down...

What a beautiful gift! Jade's grandmother booked her a photo session and then stood aside and let...

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16Oct '12

Jade, much more than a teen beauty

What a beautiful gift! Jade's grandmother booked her a photo session and then stood aside and let her shine in her own individual way. That she did. I think Jade may be one of the more interesting people I have met.  Polite and bold, warm and confident, smart and quirky, creative, honest and...

Some of you locals may know of a beautiful piece of property called Selah. The land is typically...

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13Oct '12

Selah and the camp, meet the Taylor Family

Some of you locals may know of a beautiful piece of property called Selah. The land is typically used by local church groups for camp-outs and other events. You may also know that my daughter is named Selah. It's a beautiful word from the Book of Psalms, and although there can be different...

I met with Deidre at her home to talk about her session, and get a feel for what we were going to...

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12Oct '12

The Knudson's shine!

I met with Deidre at her home to talk about her session, and get a feel for what we were going to create. Deidre talked about her family, well actually she gushed out pride. It was really obvious that she didn't just love them, but that she really liked them and found them incredibly interesting....

  They make you smile, all for such different reasons - they are truly lovely. Jamie with...

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11Oct '12

The McPhail Crew

  They make you smile, all for such different reasons - they are truly lovely. Jamie with his quick wit and bold humor; baby Serena with her easy disposition, sweet cheeks  and beautiful skin; Ollie with his toddler curiousity and gorgeous charm; AJ, who I could take to lunch and talk...

Cheryl, Dan and their daughter Brooke joined me for a perfect fall day and I was so thankful for...

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9Oct '12

Before he leaves - the Lamoureux Family

Cheryl, Dan and their daughter Brooke joined me for a perfect fall day and I was so thankful for it. Dan headed to Afghanistan on Monday and before he left they met with me among some vivid fall colors. Dan, as you touch down I hope these photos remind you of your wondering family, gorgeous, fun...

I love these long weekends, not just because I get to have my children around a bit more, and life...

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8Oct '12

The Hargreaves gather

I love these long weekends, not just because I get to have my children around a bit more, and life just doesn't seem as rushed - time for a big deep breath. Typically though I also sneak away for some family sessions, as it is a time when people come together. I so enjoyed meeting with the...

Casey and Lisa have a beautiful family, three stunning girls, all different, all shining brightly....

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7Oct '12

Just one of my fave families - The Blacks

Casey and Lisa have a beautiful family, three stunning girls, all different, all shining brightly. Lisa has one of my favorite traits, her voice laughs when she talks, it is something my daughter does as well,  it feels wonderful to be around. Casey, always seems sincere, he gives you his full...

  Here are a few unsolicited words from last year's participants - " I couldn't have asked...

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3Oct '12

Announcing the Fall Boudoir Marathon-is it your time?

  Here are a few unsolicited words from last year's participants - " I couldn't have asked for a better experience, you made me feel so comfortable and at ease. The perfect amount of sass, glam and laughs on a Saturday morning. Every woman should do this at least once in their life!" -...

  I have had the sincere pleasure of documenting the Harris family since Dennyse and Brad...

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2Oct '12

Hanging with the Harris Family

  I have had the sincere pleasure of documenting the Harris family since Dennyse and Brad were expecting their first. A perk, has been growing to know them well enough to call them friends. For this session we wanted to capture moment and memories in their newly renovated home. The house is...

Meeting Pria was  wonderful. For those of you who have been to the studio, you have seen a photo...

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27Sep '12

Introducing Pria

Meeting Pria was  wonderful. For those of you who have been to the studio, you have seen a photo of her big sister  Garnett,- in it she is wearing a princess outfit and sitting regally in a chair on a big pile of dirt. It is a favourite of mine. It reminds me to let kids, my kids, be themselves....

Who would have thought that the sun would still be gifting us with its presence so strongly into...

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25Sep '12

September sunshine with the Gillis Family

Who would have thought that the sun would still be gifting us with its presence so strongly into September? It was such  a beautiful morning when I met the Gillis family for their photo session. The warmth set the stage for a lovely morning of shooting. What an amazing family! The kids are so...

One aspect of my life that is non-negotiable is exercise. My big challenge though, is, honestly, I...

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19Sep '12

Introducing Bodynetix Client of the Month

One aspect of my life that is non-negotiable is exercise. My big challenge though, is, honestly, I don't really like it. I would rather be reading, photo-shopping or (eeek) baking. As well as having many other things I would rather do with my time I also find going to the gym boring - well, I used...

This was a very special session. I first became her family's photographer when I photographed...

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18Sep '12

Welcome Ember

This was a very special session. I first became her family's photographer when I photographed Mikhaila's high school graduation, but  we really got to know each other during the planning sessions for her wedding to Greg. Their wedding was celebrated on a beautiful beach in Maui, I came home...

This was the type of session that had me driving home thinking.. wow.. do I ever have the BEST...

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17Sep '12

Carlie + Phil = Engaged

This was the type of session that had me driving home thinking.. wow.. do I ever have the BEST clients. I met Carlie and Phil at the family cabin that Carlie grew up and as the warm light bathed down on us and thenn dropped behind the mountains we captured their engagement session. These two lack...

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13Sep '12

Shannon + Kevin say I do = Fun

[vimeo video_id="49310945" width="850" height="478" title="No" byline="No" portrait="No" autoplay="No" loop="No" color="00adef"]   You walk into calculus class and you know what to expect. Right? You typically don't get excited about it and definitely don't think that is where you will find...

The sun shone as guests travelled on the water taxi to the romantic, vintage style location of...

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11Sep '12

Crystal + Daniel Married = Beauty

The sun shone as guests travelled on the water taxi to the romantic, vintage style location of Newcastle Island Provincial Park near Nanaimo, BC. The bride beamed, even before she modelled her first wedding dress, (yes, she had a ceremony and reception gown,) and once she put it on, jaws...

As a mom myself I know how valuable these annual photos or your children are. Especially once...

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5Sep '12

Too Cool for School Photos Mini Sessions Booking Now

As a mom myself I know how valuable these annual photos or your children are. Especially once they hit school age, we tend to not take as many snapshots of them and the school photos can be one of the only records of their changes throughout the years. I also know that the photos you receive...

Four years ago this lovely family hired me for photography coverage of a dad Shawn's birthday. I...

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4Sep '12

The Doll Family Returns

Four years ago this lovely family hired me for photography coverage of a dad Shawn's birthday. I love it. I loved them. So when they were back visiting again from their California home I was thrilled that they contacted me for family photographs. Shawn, Carrie, Annabella and Cassandra - you are a...

They have known each other forever. He was her brother's best friend. Dave. He kept popping up and...

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1Sep '12

Jennie + Dave say I do = Forever

They have known each other forever. He was her brother's best friend. Dave. He kept popping up and became like family. Now he is. Under a blanket of beautiful summer storytelling clouds, holding back tears, expressing laughter, with their stunning and caring wedding party next to them Jennie and...

  Once a month I do a self-assisgment. These are a chance to just play, and work towards...

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27Aug '12

Erin + Dave = steamy photographers

  Once a month I do a self-assisgment. These are a chance to just play, and work towards something in my vision. My photographer friends can often be the worst for not having photos of themselves, so thought I would rope two in. I have been wanting to photograph Erin for years, and I...

There were nerves. You could see it. Haley was maybe  shaking a bit. Helen was running around...

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20Aug '12

Haley and Helen say I do = blended

There were nerves. You could see it. Haley was maybe  shaking a bit. Helen was running around  ensuring everything was just right. How couldn't it be? When these two met, and realized they had soul-mate status, it all changed. Inside. That feeling you have when you know you are home filled...

Note: I have had numerous requests from others  to share this post - please feel free On Tuesday...

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16Aug '12

And just like that the camera bag was gone..

Note: I have had numerous requests from others  to share this post - please feel free On Tuesday of this week I was photographing a wonderful wedding - just going about my business as I usually do. Enthusiastic, in the moment, joyful. We were photographing at the Courtenay fair grounds, my...

Something I learned many years ago is the importance of surrounding yourselves with positive,...

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16Aug '12

The gal answering the phone... exposed - Christine Boudoir

Something I learned many years ago is the importance of surrounding yourselves with positive, honest, guinuine people - when you have the choice. One aspect of being self-employed that I don't take for granted is that I get to chose who I work beside o and set the tone for the environment we spend...

I have crossed paths with this lovely family for years, and been wowed by them. When I met them...

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13Aug '12

Yes as fabulous as they seem.. Tinmouth Family

I have crossed paths with this lovely family for years, and been wowed by them. When I met them around the community I had to wonder if they were as fabulous as they seem - I mean really...A good looking couple, fit, full of smiles, with great professionals mmmmm... suspicious. I now know the...

I feel like I have been missing out never having met the Hutton's - until now. What a beautiful,...

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9Aug '12

The Huttons in the sun

I feel like I have been missing out never having met the Hutton's - until now. What a beautiful, interesting, funny and fun family. Not to mention incredibly photogenic. Thank you so much for the lovely morning and sharing one of your favorite places with us and of course..bringing along that...

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6Aug '12

Tasha + John say I do = strong hearts

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Jae Yon, today as you celebrate your birthday I wanted to show you a little love. It's the love...

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4Aug '12

Happy Birthday Jae Yon!

Jae Yon, today as you celebrate your birthday I wanted to show you a little love. It's the love that is in your life. With a beautiful, intelligent, and fun family. I am so glad we had such a perfect evening to create this memory, and to celebrate the relationship you all have. I know birthday's...

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3Aug '12

Ashley + Aaron say I do = pure sweetness

[vimeo video_id="46887405" width="850" height="478" title="Yes" byline="No" portrait="No" autoplay="No" loop="No" color="00adef"]   The definition of sweet is "pleasing to the senses, agreeable, pleasing to the mind or feeling, gratifying, lovable." Pure sweetness. There is no clearer way...

I haven't really been one to enter contests, for me, the accolades and postive feedback I receive...

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3Aug '12

A win with the Professional Wedding Photographers of Canada

I haven't really been one to enter contests, for me, the accolades and postive feedback I receive from my clients is enough.. but.. for a variety of reasons I have challenged myself to throw my hat in the ring now and then.  My family, my work, getting off the computer is still a priority, so it...

How life changes. When Barb and I first met over 5 years ago we were both raising one child, now I...

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2Aug '12

Barb - expecting

How life changes. When Barb and I first met over 5 years ago we were both raising one child, now I have a full house with four and Barb is expecting her third. As usual, she looks stunning (she always has this smirk like she knows the big secret of life!)  and carries herself with grace and humor!...

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31Jul '12

Jeany + Wayne say I do = sunshine

[vimeo video_id="46693562" width="850" height="478" title="No" byline="No" portrait="No" autoplay="No" loop="No" color="00adef"]     When the clouds cleared mid ceremony and the sun came out  I don't think anyone was surprised. That is just how Jeany and Wayne do things. They work...

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26Jul '12

Lauren + Brandan say I do = a teen dream

[vimeo video_id="46406705" width="850" height="478" title="No" byline="No" portrait="No" autoplay="No" loop="No" color="00adef"]   When I asked them to tell me their vision for their wedding day they used the words, "fun, special,full of laughter and love." What they neglected to tell me was...

I  was supposed to be on holiday, but when a couple like Helen and Haley call to ask you to...

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25Jul '12

Helen and Haley Engaged

I  was supposed to be on holiday, but when a couple like Helen and Haley call to ask you to capture their mid-week, on the ice rink wedding, you realize how easy it is to re-arrange a few plans so you can be available. Mid- week?  love it - on the ice rink? Love it. What really makes them...

A few days ago I posted the photos of Luke Guthrie, who I photographed after his girlfriend...

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20Jul '12

Luke Guthrie and his main squeeze

A few days ago I posted the photos of Luke Guthrie, who I photographed after his girlfriend modelled for me (you can see those photos here) - well when all our "must-do) work was over, I managed to create a few images of the two of them. Seriously one of the most charming, talented duo's around.....

    Recently I have given myself the task of doing a minimum of one self-assigment a...

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19Jul '12

For the love of creating

    Recently I have given myself the task of doing a minimum of one self-assigment a month, around the office we call these "creatives." They generally fit one of two agendas. The first is just to push myself, I recently shot one where whenever something seemed "easy" I wasn't allowed...

I recently had the most sincere pleasure of photographing Luke, a very talented local musical,...

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18Jul '12

Luke Guthrie impresses

I recently had the most sincere pleasure of photographing Luke, a very talented local musical, and an incredibly nice guy. His girlfriend Brittany was modelling for me for a creative, and Luke came along, helped out, and then had his own little session.The act of song-writing has always left me...

Twelve years ago Joel looked across a room and noticed a gal in the cutest pigtails and toque,...

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17Jul '12

Megan and Joel say I do = pure happiness

Twelve years ago Joel looked across a room and noticed a gal in the cutest pigtails and toque, numbers were exchanged, a date happened the next day. It has been happily ever after since that day and on July 7th, Megan and Joel gathered at Crown Isle Resort to mark the next chapter in their...

I was on holiday in Strathcona Park, I was photographing a wedding, sitting on a patio with...

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16Jul '12

Where am I?

I was on holiday in Strathcona Park, I was photographing a wedding, sitting on a patio with friends, or on my way to Hornby to visit family. That's how summer goes! Tons of photographing and playing with family. So there will be a little less blogging over the next few months -but just as much...

I have been blogging my heart out for 8 years, when I started, I had to explain to people what...

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6Jul '12

To Blog or not to Blog?

I have been blogging my heart out for 8 years, when I started, I had to explain to people what blogging was.   Blogging transformed my business, as it let you into who I am, just like you let me into your hearts and lives. When I started blogging I took a "no holding back" approach, despite...

He had  a little subtle swagger, he came out of the car all casual in his suit, but I could...

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6Jul '12

Jacob Graduates

He had  a little subtle swagger, he came out of the car all casual in his suit, but I could quickly see there was a quite confidence in him. Jacob, was a joy to photograph. He has a grace, a smirk, and a personality that is so easy to be around and rare in depth. We had a beautiful evening,...

The engagement session, for me gives  the chance to get to know you as a couple. Where as the...

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30Jun '12

Crystal & Daniel Engaged

The engagement session, for me gives  the chance to get to know you as a couple. Where as the wedding day photos can blur by, the engagement session is a slow pace of photographing and chatting. It helps me see how you interact and helps me see the best way to photograph you. It helps my clients...

To say there has been a lot going on around here is an understatement. New websites, yes that is...

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27Jun '12

Keeping it Sexy - share away!

To say there has been a lot going on around here is an understatement. New websites, yes that is plural, I just launched a new website dedicated exclusively to boudoir and am so excited about it! It really means so much to me, as it truly can be a celebratory and transformative experience. The...

It's a classic Vancouver Island love story. It starts at the Victoria pub, the Sticky Wicket, a...

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23Jun '12

Teresa and Mitchell say I do with class and style

It's a classic Vancouver Island love story. It starts at the Victoria pub, the Sticky Wicket, a regular night out with friends becomes a defining evening when it is the night you meet your future spouse.  After setting their eyes on each other Teresa and Mitchell began building a beautiful life...

Some people make a difference just when they walk in the room, - they are a deep breath, they make...

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21Jun '12

Celebrating Grad with Charlotte

Some people make a difference just when they walk in the room, - they are a deep breath, they make you look up, you take notice. Charlotte is that girl. Funny things she doesn't really know it - rarely do these true hearts know how others see them. I have watched her four years perform on stage as...

I  get emotional at weddings, the thought of someone celebrating their future  - declaring their...

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15Jun '12

Gail & Albert 27 years

I  get emotional at weddings, the thought of someone celebrating their future  - declaring their love, of course I get teary eyed. Well when the couple in question has been married 27 years, when they still giggle and blush together, flirt and tease - when the portrait was a gift from their...

...... beautiful grads, when Soleil contacted me to capture the graduates of École au...

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13Jun '12

École au Coeur-de-l'ile Grads Soleil, Chloe and Mariam

...... beautiful grads, when Soleil contacted me to capture the graduates of École au Coeur-de-l'ile I was thrilled. First off it gave me the chance to get to know Soleil, who I am  familiar with through our Dance community at Pantuso. At Pantuso she is very well regarded, as a kind beautiful...

I was so thrilled to create a session for Emily. She definitely is one of those "old souls" just...

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9Jun '12

Congratulations Emily - Grad Session

I was so thrilled to create a session for Emily. She definitely is one of those "old souls" just look at her storytelling beautiful eyes. I have to say, my fave photos of her tended to be the more serious ones, where you are drawn right into those eyes. She has the poise and sense of self, and...

I photographed Alex's first pregnancy in the studio and it was lovely to go outside and play this...

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7Jun '12

Alex expecting and glowing

I photographed Alex's first pregnancy in the studio and it was lovely to go outside and play this time around. This mama fascinates me - she has stories, experiences, brains and beauty. She is strong, she will wow you with how articulate she is, but she is also adventurous and sentimental - she...

I was a little shocked when Nate's family called me to book his grad session, last time I saw him I...

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5Jun '12

Nate celebrating Grad

I was a little shocked when Nate's family called me to book his grad session, last time I saw him I think he was in grade 8! He was kind of a legend. My daughter went to day-care with Nate's little brother so I would hear third hand about his super-hero powers. What I found when I went to...

  Jay and Steph have something I have always romanticized, they have history. Trust...

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3Jun '12

Jay and Steph - best friends engaged

  Jay and Steph have something I have always romanticized, they have history. Trust me...... I am happy that I didn't chose to settle down with any of my high school sweethearts, but when I meet a couple that has, I do feel some envy for the way that they know each other, their shared...

When I moved the Comox Valley I literally knew three people, so whenever I re-connect with...

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2Jun '12

Mike, Lucinda, Elska and Emiko

When I moved the Comox Valley I literally knew three people, so whenever I re-connect with someone from my past, here in the Comox Valley, I feel a special kinship with them. I think of them as "my roots." Mike and I worked together in another life-time. We were in the service industry in...

I had a family portrait taken when I was 8, I was flaunting some aggressive short ponytails, and...

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2Jun '12

The McNeil Session reminded me...

I had a family portrait taken when I was 8, I was flaunting some aggressive short ponytails, and some then awesome, now nasty, large glasses, and my favourite knitted sweater with strange 3-D bobble flowers. It is one of my prized possessions (the photo, not the sweater.) I look at the photo and...

I am thinking they probably hear it all the time... adorable - but it is right there in your...

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30May '12

Ashley and Aaron engaged (and adorable!)

I am thinking they probably hear it all the time... adorable - but it is right there in your face. Sweet, sweet smiles - both of them. When they cuddle and beam at each other, you can feel it - the love, the trust, the friendship. If I felt this much at their engagement session, I can hardly...

It was about them, of course, it was there wedding, but you wouldn't know it. They thought so much...

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25May '12

Kim and Thom April Point Wedding - small in size and big in heart

It was about them, of course, it was there wedding, but you wouldn't know it. They thought so much about their family, from making sure they were comftorable, to ensuring their was time to enjoy them to scheduling time for family photos before the wedding. That's just who Kim and Thom are. Their...

I feel so fortunate to be the photographer for Josh and Asia's 2013 Victoria, BC Wedding. Last...

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24May '12

Josh and Asia - Engaged

I feel so fortunate to be the photographer for Josh and Asia's 2013 Victoria, BC Wedding. Last year I captured Josh's sister's  Maui Wedding and during that time was able to get a peak into how fabulously fun these two are. Josh and Asia.... just thinking about them makes me smile... ok, and...

What an amazing week of sessions it has been, including this super fun engagement session with...

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21May '12

Teresa and Mitchell - Engaged!

What an amazing week of sessions it has been, including this super fun engagement session with Teresa and Mitchell. Their wedding story began when Mitchell proposed  outside the Sidney Opera House in Australia. In every relationship I have found that there is one half that has the more romantic...

We had talked about a session for some time, Anita, Greg, Maya and Hannah were in deep need. They...

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19May '12

Time for a do-over for a very special family

We had talked about a session for some time, Anita, Greg, Maya and Hannah were in deep need. They had three family photos before,and while they were pretty fabulous (see below) but it was time for something more! Anita and her family made me laugh the whole session. The photos are full of all...

It was such a thrill to capture portraits of Carrie and Rob. I was crushed that I was not available...

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18May '12

Carrie and Rob Engaged

It was such a thrill to capture portraits of Carrie and Rob. I was crushed that I was not available to photograph their upcoming wedding, and this was a wonderful consolation (although now I might be a little more crushed) - because they truly are fabulous. Not only are they both stunning, but you...

The smile. It said so much about her. That was my first impression. I was first struck by Jenna...

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17May '12

Celebrating Grads-Jenna

The smile. It said so much about her. That was my first impression. I was first struck by Jenna about six years ago. I went to watch a Pantuso Dance Recital and my then four year old and I enjoyed the whole show, but at one point this strong tapper came on stage and even though she was part of a...

And there is well deserved buzz.. You know Jenn? For sure you do. "No, I dont' think...

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16May '12

Miss Forsland definitely has buzz

And there is well deserved buzz.. You know Jenn? For sure you do. "No, I dont' think so." "Come..on" of course you do. I kept hearing about this woman Jenn.. "She is amazing," - "She is inspiring" -  "Man, does she have talent" So when we met backstage at Music Fest last summer I was a wee-bit...

With her fine features and head full of hair she is just Siaja is just a sweet little beauty. She...

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11May '12

Celebrating one week with Siaja

With her fine features and head full of hair she is just Siaja is just a sweet little beauty. She nestled right into her session, snoozing through a good part of it. This little one is set, with proud parents, who are smart, fun and dotting life is going to be very good to her. She really was...

A 13 th birthday is nothing to let pass without something special and Darion's mom knows how to...

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6May '12

Celebrating Darion at the Fair

A 13 th birthday is nothing to let pass without something special and Darion's mom knows how to make some magic. As well as organizing a fabulous party for her she took her daughter out for some hair and make-up treatment and then we connected for a photo shoot. What an amazing gift! Of course we...

Grad photos? They really don't need to be what you are used to. Yes, a cap and gown image has its...

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6May '12

It's grad time - Brody

Grad photos? They really don't need to be what you are used to. Yes, a cap and gown image has its place, but looking back years from now a character session, celebrating who that grad is, has more than a place - it has heart and sentiment. I am always thrilled when a family chooses to have Grad...

When I was a photography student I remember the energy that would whirl around us as we concocted...

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2May '12

We all came together just for the love of it

When I was a photography student I remember the energy that would whirl around us as we concocted photo sessions just because.. of course we had piles of assignments to produce, but still a Friday night usually meant it was time to goof off - with our cameras. There was a freedom about these...

    Does anyone else feel so full of  emotion, thought and questions when they come...

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24Apr '12

The bittersweet feeling of a holiday ending

    Does anyone else feel so full of  emotion, thought and questions when they come home from a holiday? I was just away for the most relaxing week of my parenting life (nine years,) and the quietest week I have had since my teen years when I was passionate about backcountry hiking....

  What a beautiful week I have had. I love Birthday Week. For me it truly is a time of...

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8Apr '12

That was some Birthday week... but wait, I still have a plane to catch

  What a beautiful week I have had. I love Birthday Week. For me it truly is a time of celebration and reflection. This is when I make my resolutions. Reflecting back on the one I set two years ago (it was a biggie - it needed to years,) I am contemplating what intention I will set for the...

  He was smitten when he first met her, but it involved a bit of work to get her attention....

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8Apr '12

Jesse and Rebecca deep love and commitment

  He was smitten when he first met her, but it involved a bit of work to get her attention. Jesse didn't give up though, because that is the kind of guy he is - commited, loyal and in love with Rebecca, a woman known to be a great friend, an honest and giving person, who is strong and kind....

If you follow me on facebook you know I am a huge lover of birthdays. Give me a reason to celebrate...

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6Apr '12

Birthday Week Creative

If you follow me on facebook you know I am a huge lover of birthdays. Give me a reason to celebrate and I will run with it. I have always celebrated Birthday Week. It is a grande tradition. Birthday week is all about being a little extra good to yourself for seven days. Each day in Birthday Week I...

There is spontaneous movement, spontaneous giggling, random silliness, lots of hugs and love and an...

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6Apr '12

The Beautiful Pauloski Family

There is spontaneous movement, spontaneous giggling, random silliness, lots of hugs and love and an abundance of cuteness.. serious cuteness. A gorgeous mom, a handsome dad, both kind and interesting. A little girl who smiles sweetly and watches what is happening around her. A little boy who...

It is always a little flattering, but more so, nerve wracking, when you are asked to do photography...

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4Apr '12

Welcoming Sasha

It is always a little flattering, but more so, nerve wracking, when you are asked to do photography for a photographer! However I was thrilled to have the privilage of photographing Sasha for my fellow photographer and friend Jesse Bone from Nanaimo. Jesse and I have had the chance to work on...

There is buckets of fabulousness is the valley of ours. Sure we are small town (and proud of it, )...

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4Apr '12

From accounting to acting

There is buckets of fabulousness is the valley of ours. Sure we are small town (and proud of it, ) but there is an abundance of talent. We read about our local culture contributors, the  artists, musicians, actors - in our local media.  However there is a whole section of our community that live...

It was such a treat to photograph little Lily. I photographed her parents engagement session, their...

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3Apr '12

Welcome little Lily

It was such a treat to photograph little Lily. I photographed her parents engagement session, their wedding, their first child and now Lily. I think being fabulous in front of the camera is in their genes - she came in and she was a champ - super sweet, and cuddly and rockin' some adorable hair. I...

The sun was shining and out of the truck hoped a handsome red head with a big smile watching the...

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1Apr '12

Nadine and Jesse - a 20 something power couple?

The sun was shining and out of the truck hoped a handsome red head with a big smile watching the love of his life, dressed in an adorable summer dress, bounce out of the truck, doing more than smiling - giggling. What a way to start a session! Can you be in your early 20's and be a power couple I...

As it's the last day of March I thought it a good morning to share some sunshine, which I  know we...

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31Mar '12

Sandra and Al - a warm reminder

As it's the last day of March I thought it a good morning to share some sunshine, which I  know we are going to see much more of this April. Last Friday I met with Sandra and Al, it was chilly, but we all appreciated the feeling of the sun hitting our backs, plus Sandra and Bill kept each other...

I have been wanting to write a post about backing up your personal photos for some time. I can't...

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30Mar '12

How to back up personal photos - a timely post in honor of a good friend

I have been wanting to write a post about backing up your personal photos for some time. I can't hold it off any longer. One of my best friends lost everything in a fire yesterday, yes everything. Thankfully her family and pets were not in the houes. Shortly after I heard I ran to my files pulled...

  This is the second Milestone I have had the pleasure of documenting for the Adams Family....

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29Mar '12

The Adams Family celebrate a milestone

  This is the second Milestone I have had the pleasure of documenting for the Adams Family. We first came into each others lives when I had the honor of capturing Justine and Ian's wedding two summers. I fell in love with them. Ian is a talented designer and Justine has great style - plus...

This was one session I was so excited about. Leslie is an amazing woman, smart, compassionate, fun...

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29Mar '12

Celebrating Leslie - McKinnon Boudoir

This was one session I was so excited about. Leslie is an amazing woman, smart, compassionate, fun and  pretty funky (I was once behind her in a Zumba Class, and boy can she move, as for me, well that was my first and last Zumba.) She is stunning, a classic beauty who has worked hard to be fit...

Just a quick share this morning. What a weekend! Friday the sun actually shone - for more than five...

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20Mar '12

Engaged! Megan and Joel

Just a quick share this morning. What a weekend! Friday the sun actually shone - for more than five minutes. For the whole time I was photographing Megan and Joel's engagement session. I know all of us were excited and not meaning to one up everyone, but could you have been as thrilled as a...

In grade three Mike asked if he could sit next to Josie - she looked over at him, with a dirty...

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18Mar '12

Josie and Mike - Crown Isle Wedding

In grade three Mike asked if he could sit next to Josie - she looked over at him, with a dirty look. Apparently it wasn't his time. They grew up, and teenage life hit, he was there when he was needed, and she started noticing him... a bit. Although the path was set in the early elementary years it...

This week I have been meeting with many of my 2012 bride and groom's to talk through the plan...

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14Mar '12

So what if it rains on your wedding day?

This week I have been meeting with many of my 2012 bride and groom's to talk through the plan and feeling for the day. Of course, with the wind and rain that we are experiencing right now the weather is on the top of most couples mind. Here are few tips and thoughts to consider, from someone who...

I was thrilled to photograph the new professional images for Re/Max realtor Karin Usipuik's new...

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8Mar '12

Professional Image- Karin U

I was thrilled to photograph the new professional images for Re/Max realtor Karin Usipuik's new website. I have had the chance to work with Karin before when I captured some portraits to mark her daughter's birthday and I knew she would be fabulous to work with. If you are looking for a warm, down...

When I grew up I want to be a musician. I think it started when I would stand on the mantle of our...

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1Mar '12

To be Olivia Newton John or Trent Freeman?

When I grew up I want to be a musician. I think it started when I would stand on the mantle of our house in Montreal. I was 7 and my sisters, then 15 and 16, along with their friends, would cheer on my rendition of "Look at Me I'm Sandra-Dee," from Grease. I think I heard it at the neighbours...

I was recently recognized with another accreditation from the Professional Photographers of...

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25Feb '12

Recognized with another National Accreditation

I was recently recognized with another accreditation from the Professional Photographers of Canada. Accreditation is the first elevation above general membership in the organization, achieved by submitting samples of the applicant's photography to a board of review. When assessing submissions, the...

I always say giving a photo, or having a photo commissioned is an act of love. The photo was a...

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18Feb '12

Jennifer and Bob - for love

I always say giving a photo, or having a photo commissioned is an act of love. The photo was a request from Bob's mom. She wanted something simple that just shows them -  and who they are. We are in a time of photography where creativity reighns. We love details of people, tidbits,...

I am SO EXCITED to announce my new logo. My old one, for ten years has served me well. However,...

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1Feb '12

I'm getting a makeover

I am SO EXCITED to announce my new logo. My old one, for ten years has served me well. However, with my studio being such a great expression of my style, I realized my logo didn't express ME. I decided that it was time to have a logo that conveyed the excitement and sense of celebration that...

I feel emotional, it is what happens when you have a weekend that you knew would be fabulous, but...

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23Jan '12

How to sum up a weekend like that... the Boudoir Marathon

I feel emotional, it is what happens when you have a weekend that you knew would be fabulous, but then totally exceeds your expectations.  It happens when you are surrounded by inspirational women. Leading up to the Boudoir Marathon I felt a great sense of calm, until Friday, when the vibe...

The session has been planned on and off for months, for those of you who have ever lived in...

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23Jan '12

Meant to be.. the Robertson's

The session has been planned on and off for months, for those of you who have ever lived in renovations or built a house, you understand, time and completion schedules are not what you expect them to be. It was worth the wait though, because despite the weeks before, the week after, and the weather...

It could have been the beautiful art on the wall, the warm, welcoming and cleanly designed house,...

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21Jan '12

A family full of magic - the Clarks

It could have been the beautiful art on the wall, the warm, welcoming and cleanly designed house, but chances are it was what happened when they opened the door. When I went to check out their home in preparation for shooting I was greeted by the warmest smile. Mom Lauren radiates warmth and...

Seriously! At three weeks old this adorable bundle was just a joy to work with. Yes, I said work -...

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19Jan '12

Talia at 3 weeks gets the job done!

Seriously! At three weeks old this adorable bundle was just a joy to work with. Yes, I said work - because it was like she knew she was coming in to "Get-er done!" She came in and charmed me with her fine pretty features and beautiful skin, then she happily played along throughout the session....

At some point last year it was suggested to me that I share a photo of the week. I didn't go for it...

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9Jan '12

Photo of the week

At some point last year it was suggested to me that I share a photo of the week. I didn't go for it because I don't like to be tied down in that way. However I realized a photo of the week doesn't have to be every week, I can set the rules here! This morning. Kids running outside of the...

I always want to buck the trend and not give into the reset that the date of January 1st gives us,...

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1Jan '12

"These people are our sisters & our brothers" Charity Choice Announcment

I always want to buck the trend and not give into the reset that the date of January 1st gives us, I am a bit cynical about it. Perhaps it was years of bartnending on New Years Eve. I tend to set my resolutions on my birthday - but really why is setting it on my birthday so much better than joining...

2012 is coming, But first, let's kiss 2011 goodbye. 2011 took all that I had to offer, and put...

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31Dec '11

2011, I am not ready to say goodbye

2012 is coming, But first, let's kiss 2011 goodbye. 2011 took all that I had to offer, and put it to good use. You tested my strength, pushed my creativity, challenged my assumptions and reminded me about the importance of intuition.  It feels hard to see this year go, it meant so much to...

Rita planned a boudoir photo session to surprise her husband for Christmas but just couldn't wait...

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21Dec '11

Ruining the Surprise: Boudoir

Rita planned a boudoir photo session to surprise her husband for Christmas but just couldn't wait and gifted him the images last week. His response was exactly what she was looking for saying that "He had his own super model." Although he thought the session was all for him, us women know...

I have had the sweetest sessions lately. A 50th Wedding Anniversary (more on that later) and then...

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20Dec '11

Locks for love

I have had the sweetest sessions lately. A 50th Wedding Anniversary (more on that later) and then Abby's before and after photos. Abby's mom contacted me about having photos created to document Abby's decision to donate her hair to Locks of Love, in honour of family members that were lost to...

Last week my mom, myself and my daughter hit the road for a few days. There was so much to do at...

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19Dec '11

How I did Victoria

Last week my mom, myself and my daughter hit the road for a few days. There was so much to do at home and work, and I had some decisions to make, so we took off. Yes, just like that, sometimes when the world is whirling around you, you just need to step outside of it it. So we headed to Victoria...

I am thankful. Everyday. I live a life of abundance, something many of us are aware of this time of...

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16Dec '11

Day 12, With gratitude and passion

I am thankful. Everyday. I live a life of abundance, something many of us are aware of this time of year. This year though, I am thinking about you. You all play with me. You choose me to photograph what you love. You comment on my facebook page, you smile and say hello , your emails lift me up on...

I am currently enjoying a little get-away with my mom and daughter in Victoria. I am so thankful to...

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15Dec '11

Day 11, the last day, sort-of

I am currently enjoying a little get-away with my mom and daughter in Victoria. I am so thankful to have a job, a laptop, I-phone, and my lovely office manager Christine - all these things make it possible for me to travel and stay on top of work and life! It seemed slightly insane to leave...

Love the 10th day... this should make three special families very happy. I think this would be so...

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14Dec '11

10th Day of Christmas celebrates your new arrival

Love the 10th day... this should make three special families very happy. I think this would be so sweet to put under the tree for an expecting mom or a family celebrating their new arrival!...

Today we celebrated the Teen. Yes, that's right, that pesky teenager! I am perplexed as to why we...

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13Dec '11

9 th Day of Christmas is a teen dream

Today we celebrated the Teen. Yes, that's right, that pesky teenager! I am perplexed as to why we photograph our children regularly until they become a teenager. I think the teen years is an important time to document and celebrate their beuty and uniqueness. As a mom of daughters on the cusp...

This is a special family. I first met them when we had their maternity session for their first...

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12Dec '11

Welcome Finley

This is a special family. I first met them when we had their maternity session for their first child. It was different session then planned, instead of being in Comox we created the session in Vancouver, near the Women's and Children's hospital, where they had to be due to complications with their...

Wow, 8 days.. already - this has been so much fun! Please email info@mckinnonphotography.com...

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12Dec '11

On the 8th Day of Christmas, once again, it got a flirty

Wow, 8 days.. already - this has been so much fun! Please email info@mckinnonphotography.com if you would like to be one of the two who receive this...

If you would like the 7th Day to be your gift just send me an email info@mckinnonphotography.com...

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11Dec '11

On the 7th Day of Christmas ....

If you would like the 7th Day to be your gift just send me an email info@mckinnonphotography.com and we will guide you through the...

We are have way there and we are having so much fun.There are another six days of goodness coming...

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10Dec '11

6th Day of Christmas gave you the chance to share

We are have way there and we are having so much fun.There are another six days of goodness coming and remember, to start thinking about our 12th day, which will open the gates for nominating a charity that would benefit from professional photography. Please email...

This is a good one! If you are interested shoot us email with your children's names and ages...

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9Dec '11

5th Day of Christmas brought me the chance to play dress-up

This is a good one! If you are interested shoot us email with your children's names and ages and why they would be a great fit for this session. Remember you must be a on our Facebook Page to qualify. ...

This year I had the pleasure of shooting many couples and no, not just new couples, many, if not...

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8Dec '11

On the 4th Day of Christmas - A reason to cuddle your sweetie

This year I had the pleasure of shooting many couples and no, not just new couples, many, if not most were celebrating years together. The sessions ended up being one of the highlights of the year, they were romantic, creative and fun and funny - there was definitely an abundance of...

Despite all that is going on around here - The 12 Days of Christmas, The Boudoir Marathon, prepping...

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7Dec '11

Expecting....Sarah and Derek

Despite all that is going on around here - The 12 Days of Christmas, The Boudoir Marathon, prepping holiday prints - I am still shooting. I have come to know Sarah and Derek through photographing their daughter and as a groupie of their hand-made pasta at Prontissima Pasta. If you stop by...

As the culmination of my 10th year in business celebrations, I am having a 12 Days of Christmas...

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7Dec '11

On the Third Day of Christmas things got a little spicy

As the culmination of my 10th year in business celebrations, I am having a 12 Days of Christmas promotions! This is your chance to get in on some photographic joy and celebrate with us. Keep checking back each day as we will offer something unique for a limited time!Welcome to day...

One the second day of Christmas McKinnon Photography  gave to me ...Wallet prints! Add a...

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6Dec '11

On the Second day of Christmas: Day 2

One the second day of Christmas McKinnon Photography  gave to me ...Wallet prints! Add a little love to your holidays with wallet prints from your 2011 McKinnon Photography portrait session. Pick your favorite images that you ordered and we will create 24 wallets for $50. They are the perfect...

Welcome to day one of 12 days of Christmas. The culmination of my celebration of my 10th...

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5Dec '11

On the First Day of Christmas: Day 1

Welcome to day one of 12 days of Christmas. The culmination of my celebration of my 10th anniversary of photographing in the Comox Valley. For the next 12 days, each day, there will something a little special listed on the blog and on my facebook page.  Here's how it works:- Each day I will...

You are going to want to mark your Calendar for Monday as that is the day my 12 Days of Christmas...

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30Nov '11

12 Days of Christmas: Nominate a Charity and Give Aways

You are going to want to mark your Calendar for Monday as that is the day my 12 Days of Christmas kicks off. As my way of celebrating 10 years of photographing in the Comox Valley, all year, each month I have had a little special promo that has been offered through my blog. Dec 5th will see...

I am was a big city gal. Living in a small town never was on my agenda, but a variety of romantic...

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26Nov '11

Big or Small? I'll take small

I am was a big city gal. Living in a small town never was on my agenda, but a variety of romantic and well thought out decisions brought me to the Comox Valley ten years ago. I list it as one of the proudest choices, for many reasons... including this one.....I had built a rapport with Melissa over...

A part of my business that I have kept quiet is the Boudoir Portraits that I create. What is...

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25Nov '11

Introducing the first Boudoir Marathon

A part of my business that I have kept quiet is the Boudoir Portraits that I create. What is Boudoir? It is stylish, sexy, beautiful, empowering, tasteful photographs of women. Over the last year I have become extremely moved by these sessions. Women, typically come in nervous, walk out the...

There is something really special about  a treehouse. What kid doesn't want one? Even now as...

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24Nov '11

How romantic is a treehouse?

There is something really special about  a treehouse. What kid doesn't want one? Even now as an adult when I see one it makes me smile. When I photograph a family that has one, it leads me to a bucket of assumptions about them. Including, that it is a family that believes in play and...

I was travelling through the images I recently created of singer-songwriter Helen Austin and this...

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20Nov '11

The lovely Helen Austin

I was travelling through the images I recently created of singer-songwriter Helen Austin and this one really jumped at me. As I looked at it large on my screen I felt something. I think it really shows the things I have come to adore about Helen. She has this expression, one of interest and...

It seems like just yesterday that I photographed twins Quinn and MacKenzie as babies and they still...

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20Nov '11

Quinn, MacKenzie, Jen and Glen

It seems like just yesterday that I photographed twins Quinn and MacKenzie as babies and they still are just as adorable. I headed out to their home for a variety of portraits of them and their parents. Despite the rain we strolled down to the beach and then, even a we bit of sun popped...

I first photographed Karla, Brian and Zander two years ago, it was chilly, and damp and they, along...

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18Nov '11

Karla, Brian & Zander

I first photographed Karla, Brian and Zander two years ago, it was chilly, and damp and they, along with their extended family were rockstars. This year, it poured!!! POURED! Their was talk of photographing them in the studio, however as the owners of Cona Hostel in downtown Courtenay and Cona...

My McKinnon Photography logo was created 11 years ago - it was perfect! Eleven years ago when I...

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16Nov '11

Making me look better

My McKinnon Photography logo was created 11 years ago - it was perfect! Eleven years ago when I moved here, when I was still shooting film, when I barely spent time on the computer, when many of my clients didn't have email and blogging and facebook wasn't even an idea. I loved my logo and it...

Seriously! This fall I have had the most gloriously friendly, fun and easy families to photograph....

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15Nov '11

Kari, Matthew and Nicholas

Seriously! This fall I have had the most gloriously friendly, fun and easy families to photograph. I keep joking that I should make it look like I am working harder. I knew photographing Kari and Matt would be a breeze. Six years ago I captured their wedding, with less than perfect weather,...

This session was FUN!! Right from the get-go when I pulled up at their home there was a jovial,...

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13Nov '11

The Laderoutes Understand Family

This session was FUN!! Right from the get-go when I pulled up at their home there was a jovial, good humored mood. As we photographed, I realized that's how this crew rolls. Tara and husband Andre, and kids Brody, Nolan and Cabe, I am seriously a huge fan of your family. Thank you, for as we...

My lovely friend Trish radiated through her maternity session, which you can see HERE, and now she...

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13Nov '11

Welcoming Serina Joy

My lovely friend Trish radiated through her maternity session, which you can see HERE, and now she has a complete different glow - that of a new mama who is deeply in love. Trish and Jamie have been busy raising two adorable boys, and now, they have a girl to round out their beautiful...

I loved this session. Loved, loved, loved.... I have the radest clients! This family is so relaxed...

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9Nov '11

Angela, Gary and Alayna

I loved this session. Loved, loved, loved.... I have the radest clients! This family is so relaxed together and in love with each other, it was so easy to capture this. It didn't hurt that they are all stunning! The bond between Angela and Alayna is so strong, it truly moved me as  I thought...

It's been awhile since I checked in and shared what is happening in our world. October was a...

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8Nov '11

It's been awhile - my life

It's been awhile since I checked in and shared what is happening in our world. October was a fabulous month. Typically, it is a busy one for our family, we have two birthdays, thanksgiving, Halloween and it can be one of the busiest work months of the year for me. This year, we also threw in a trip...

Sasha's parents have been intending to organize a photo session for her for sometime. So, while I...

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4Nov '11

Sasha in Hawaii

Sasha's parents have been intending to organize a photo session for her for sometime. So, while I was in Hawaii to photograph her sister's wedding, I was doing some location scouting for the wedding and found this place that left me totally inspired. The spot wouldn't work for the wedding, so I...

Pauline, Peter, Owen and Sam have been in our circle for years. Pauline, a local lawyerm and I...

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31Oct '11

Rae Family - fall portrait session

Pauline, Peter, Owen and Sam have been in our circle for years. Pauline, a local lawyerm and I first met when I moved here and joined the Comox Valley Women's Business Network - her brains and humour always intrigued me. We connected again, as seems to happen in this town, when we became...

This time of year is always a busy one and exciting one. I am out photographing whenever the...

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31Oct '11

Beauty and Color - Misty and Family

This time of year is always a busy one and exciting one. I am out photographing whenever the weather hits the right mark and I am busy booking next years weddings and the final portrait dates for the year. So, getting to blogging, although it is such a love of mine, has been a little harder...

We always love our annual Boo Sessions. It is one of the handful of events we offer to say thank...

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31Oct '11

BOO - Annual Customer Appreciation Event

We always love our annual Boo Sessions. It is one of the handful of events we offer to say thank you to existing and past clients - a little perk! This is the fourth year of the event and it is something both Christine and I look forward too. Thank you to everyone who made it out and for...

In our family we donate tons of our used items. However this year, we will be taking some our...

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28Oct '11

Kicking off a season of giving...

In our family we donate tons of our used items. However this year, we will be taking some our holiday budget and using it to buy some new toys for children that otherwise would not receive any!  I will be taking the kids down so they can each pick a toy to give, and reinforcing the importance...

These two have the energy of a couple newly in love - they listen when the other speaks, they watch...

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26Oct '11

Pieter and Caila Expecting

These two have the energy of a couple newly in love - they listen when the other speaks, they watch each other, they touch, they share knowing smiles and the beam when they snuggle. However, their history is rich and varied, including travel, homemaking, moving and learning. Their little one...

So, you might or might know that I recently headed to the heat of Hawaii. I probably don't need to...

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25Oct '11

Mikhaila and Greg's Maui wedding

So, you might or might know that I recently headed to the heat of Hawaii. I probably don't need to tell you the obvious ...... it was heavenly. I was blessed to be there for the wedding of Mikhaila and Greg, two people who I adore. When Mikhaila and Greg first decided to get married in Hawaii,...

Rebecca, Jesse and I had been going back and forth about what date to book for their engagement...

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22Oct '11

Jesse & Rebecca Engaged

Rebecca, Jesse and I had been going back and forth about what date to book for their engagement session. They were coming from out of town, and somehow our schedules seemed to be completely opposite - plus we were hitting some bad weather. When we talked about postponing this session, as the...

I truly appreciate my clients and love the opportunity to remind you of that! For the third year I...

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6Oct '11

Client Appreciation Event - 3rd annual BOO sessions

I truly appreciate my clients and love the opportunity to remind you of that! For the third year I are offering complimentary BOO sessions! Saturday October 29 we invite you to bring your costumed little one down to the studio for a COMPLIMENTARY super mini-shoot. Just a quick pop in at the...

It is such a small town somedays. Earlier in the day this beauty rolls into my studio all dolled up...

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5Oct '11

Smith Siblings make it way too easy

It is such a small town somedays. Earlier in the day this beauty rolls into my studio all dolled up as a model for my Roots the Salon Commercial shoot. Well, it turns out that her family was also booked in for an evening portrait session. So, Courtenay rocked her Roots shoot and then I had the...

A true beauty, full of grace  -  Sometimes the words pour out of me. Typically I am...

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4Oct '11

Trish - Maternity beauty

A true beauty, full of grace  -  Sometimes the words pour out of me. Typically I am pretty articulate. But sometimes I am stumped. I have been composing this blog post in my mind since Trish booked her maternity session. Yet, basically I keep coming up blank. I have realized why. You...

A little storm didn't scare Doug and Lisa away from a morning portrait session. We received the...

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4Oct '11

Lisa & Doug - a little storm

A little storm didn't scare Doug and Lisa away from a morning portrait session. We received the gift of some character skies, active waves and vibrant colors for this fall session.  Although rain was looming the whole time the skies didn't open up until the minute I put my camera bag in the...

Ohhh... I am in love - I am in love with wedding photography, and the best part of wedding...

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1Oct '11

Tasha + John - Victoria Engagement Session

Ohhh... I am in love - I am in love with wedding photography, and the best part of wedding photography, my wedding clients. I am so excited for the 2012 season - and in my top ten of reasons why is Tasha and John. My first meeting with them had me super excited for their wedding, they are...

I had  an affinity for the Nesling clan before I photographed them - now it is even...

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1Oct '11

The Nesling Clan - Courtenay Family Photography

I had  an affinity for the Nesling clan before I photographed them - now it is even stronger. The Neslings are half of the foursome that run Zen Zero Juice Fountain and Vegan Restaurant on 5th Street. Their smoothies are a regular go-to item for those busy days where I know I am needing a...

I just returned from a lovely gathering of photographers. It was held at the Sidney Pier Hotel and...

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28Sep '11

My cup is empty

I just returned from a lovely gathering of photographers. It was held at the Sidney Pier Hotel and I HIGHLY recommend it there. The service was fab, the food delish and the rooms just right - it didn't hurt that I got up-grated to a premier suite. I often forget how important it is for me to...

It was one of those mornings where it was raining one block, then sunny the next,then dark clouds...

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28Sep '11

Dean & Louise - Steamy

It was one of those mornings where it was raining one block, then sunny the next,then dark clouds the following - a typical Comox Valley fall day! Despite the weather's uncertainty we headed out and were sweetly rewarded with beautiful light. I was rewarded with a couple who totally adore each...

I was just working on my editing of last weekend's mini-sessions and had to share this one....

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23Sep '11

Mini-session share: Danielle and Brendan

I was just working on my editing of last weekend's mini-sessions and had to share this one. Everything about it makes me love my job! The texture, the puddle, but most of all the love and emotion. Brendan, I adored meeting you, you know you are a super lucky guy right? Well, seems that...

I know I have waxed on lately on my Facebook page about the fabulous families I have photographed...

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20Sep '11

And it keeps going - The Jeff's

I know I have waxed on lately on my Facebook page about the fabulous families I have photographed - but really, these last few months have just brought the most amazing relaxed and warm people in front of my camera. The Jeff's travelled from Duncan for their session and greeted me when we met...

Sam had been planning for a year for a session with her lovely side-kicks Liam and Alexis, and her...

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20Sep '11

Sam, Liam and Alexis - a colourful night in black and white

Sam had been planning for a year for a session with her lovely side-kicks Liam and Alexis, and her patience paid off as we were given a stunning late summer warm light evening. This top shot looks amazing in color, really it does, there are warm tones streaming in through the trees, but then,...

I have this fabulous friend, really one of my favorite people, when we met our connection was...

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19Sep '11

Slater Family - xoxox

I have this fabulous friend, really one of my favorite people, when we met our connection was instant, we have tons in common, interests, values and personality -  traits including our impatience! Having her in my week and in my corner, makes my life better. This was photographed...

I don't know what was with me the week I photographed the Walker Family, but I was super emotional....

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16Sep '11

The Walkers and their clan made me cry

I don't know what was with me the week I photographed the Walker Family, but I was super emotional. Maybe it was the kids heading back to school, or well hormones (can I write about that on the blog, or is that a classic over-share?) However I think have good reason to feel a little deeper when...

Christine came along with me on this session, just because .... and our commentary on the...

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15Sep '11

Sizing up the Stewart Family

Christine came along with me on this session, just because .... and our commentary on the Stewart's went like this:K: It's pretty rare to have the man organize the sessionC: Yah, and awesome. He is so nice to deal withK: Yah, he seems great - I am really looking forward to it  - they have...

Oh little boys!! Being in a house off girls I really enjoy my session with boys. They keep me on...

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15Sep '11

Wren, Vance, Alix and Chris

Oh little boys!! Being in a house off girls I really enjoy my session with boys. They keep me on my toes, and keep me laughing - Wren and Vance were no exception. After a few minutes of goofing around they settled right into being photographed. As well as having super cool names to suit their...

It was a beautiful evening, with touches of fall but the warmth of summer as we headed out to...

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15Sep '11

Jesse, Garrett and Colette

It was a beautiful evening, with touches of fall but the warmth of summer as we headed out to create some images. Jesse and Garrett, your mom loves you in such a huge and kind way. You might not have noticed the way she looked at you, the way she smiled sweetly and sincerely when you weren't...

I am driving up a beautiful rural road, enjoying deep breaths, and stunning landscape. I turn into...

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13Sep '11

Carrots and Photos

I am driving up a beautiful rural road, enjoying deep breaths, and stunning landscape. I turn into a gorgeous welcoming home where under backlit light I see dad pulling the children in a little wagon and right away I know it is going to be a fabulous time. Alana, Dustin and their children...

I first met Gina and Brock when I photographed their wedding  and now Gina and her family now...

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10Sep '11

Gina and Clan

I first met Gina and Brock when I photographed their wedding  and now Gina and her family now make their home in Calgary where Gina coincidentally works with a friend of mine from photo school, Dana Bowes Photography - such a small world. Each summer when she is back visiting I am...

So for august I did something a little radical, for me that is. I just stopped. Other than...

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9Sep '11

I was even a little bored

So for august I did something a little radical, for me that is. I just stopped. Other than photographing weddings and processing them, I did no work - really - none. Selah and I packed up and moved to Hornby Island for the month. My step-children were away with other family and John was working, so...

Years ago, Britt and Darryl met one fateful late evening - truly, their connection was fate. They...

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7Sep '11

Britt & Darryl - A Merville Wedding

Years ago, Britt and Darryl met one fateful late evening - truly, their connection was fate. They crossed paths, he was in need of a friend and she was there. The impression was set. However, it wasn't until years later, and another chance meeting, that they realized they were meant for something...

Danielle had always dreamed of having wedding photos taken at the beach, yet seeing how their...

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26Aug '11

Danielle + Justin, part two on the beach

Danielle had always dreamed of having wedding photos taken at the beach, yet seeing how their wedding was on Mount Washington it wasn't able to happen... until last week that is! A few weeks after their wedding we picked an evening to head to the beach. What a fabulous idea!!!We weren't bound...

Yes, they were surrounded by loving friends and family, many who dropped a tear during their...

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26Aug '11

Lauren and Juan Carlos say I do under blue skies

Yes, they were surrounded by loving friends and family, many who dropped a tear during their ceremony, which was in front of a clear blue ocean view. However, he looked at her and she looked at him, and it was easily as if they were the only ones there. When holding hands, hugging or just standing...

I know many of you are reading this right now -  Thankfully, for some giving up isn't an...

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21Aug '11

Purpose + Persistance

I know many of you are reading this right now -  Thankfully, for some giving up isn't an option -...

She wasn't sure when she first met him, he actually bothered her, but just two weeks later, she was...

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19Aug '11

Lindsey & Tony's Vancouver Wedding

She wasn't sure when she first met him, he actually bothered her, but just two weeks later, she was telling a friend that Tony was the one she would marry. Tony has some mad charm, but it is more than that, he is honest and funny, and the kind of person you can be yourself around and laugh at...

When I first met Adam and Jen - she sat forward eager, grinning ear to ear, he leaned back on the...

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15Aug '11

Adam and Jen say "I do" at a Vancouver Isl. Backyard Wedding

When I first met Adam and Jen - she sat forward eager, grinning ear to ear, he leaned back on the couch, calm, content and attentive to her - I fell for them right away. She loves how kind he is and accepting of her, he loves her compassion and attitude. They balance each other, and make a...

My friend and client Rhonda popped into the studio a few weeks ago for some updated images. I have...

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15Aug '11

Rhonda - Well Balanced Body

My friend and client Rhonda popped into the studio a few weeks ago for some updated images. I have had the opportunity to photograph her children, her family and it was lovely to just have her in front of my lens. Rhonda, is known to many for her business Well Balanced Body - she is a personal...

 It truly was the first sunny saturday Vancouver Island had seen this summer, fitting, as...

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11Aug '11

Katie and Nathan say "I do" on Saltspring

 It truly was the first sunny saturday Vancouver Island had seen this summer, fitting, as "sunny" is exactly how I would describe Katie's dispostion while she, surrounded by her best friends, prepared for her the day. Katie and the girls got ready at the stunning Saltspring Island Winery and...

 I am living the dream, it is exactly what I always wanted. To enjoy the beauty of my life,...

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6Aug '11

Out of here - ticking off the bucket list

 I am living the dream, it is exactly what I always wanted. To enjoy the beauty of my life, the people in it and to document it with my camera. I am a goal setter, so getting here wasn't  by accident, I have had one year, five year and ten year plans - yes I am an A type personality, yes,...

Appreciating You: Mini SessionsSunday, September 18 th   When: September...

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5Aug '11

Mini-Session Registration is ON! A few spaces left

Appreciating You: Mini SessionsSunday, September 18 th   When: September 18  Where: At the McKinnon Photography studio or outdoors at a nearby park if weather allows Why: As this is my tenth year in the Comox Valley, each month I have been offering something...

Life changes. Quickly. I re-connected with Jen ten years ago, when I walked into a room and our...

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5Aug '11

Jen, Ron and Crew

Life changes. Quickly. I re-connected with Jen ten years ago, when I walked into a room and our radars went up, remembering each other from our elementary years. I was new here, so was she, and having someone that was from our past, gave us an instant connection and comfort. I remember...

My mom is my role-model and my best friend, hands down - so I am always sentimental about a mother...

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5Aug '11

Cathy and Erica-Mom and Daughter

My mom is my role-model and my best friend, hands down - so I am always sentimental about a mother daughter portrait. When Cathy and I planned her session she asked that it be casual, a little funky and with a bit of beach beauty thrown in. We headed off to a favorite tucked away spot of...

Cheryl and Barry are well known by many in the valley as the proprietors of Comox Valley Clothing...

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4Aug '11

The Fosters - Comox Valley Couples

Cheryl and Barry are well known by many in the valley as the proprietors of Comox Valley Clothing and as being incredibly nice. When I mentioned to some people that I was photographing them, everyone said, awwww.. .they are so nice. They recently retired (good for them, not for me and my wardrobe)...

A few years ago I began limiting the amount of wedding commissions I take, it was a tough decision,...

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4Aug '11

Brendan+Lauren's harbour engagement session

A few years ago I began limiting the amount of wedding commissions I take, it was a tough decision, business wise and personally, as I love photographing weddins. However, my vision has always been to truly be able to form a connection with wedding clients - like I always tell them, "I will be at...

It is always around this time of year that I begin to consider homeschooling. I am a much better...

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3Aug '11

I'm better in the summer

It is always around this time of year that I begin to consider homeschooling. I am a much better mom in the summer,  when I don't say "hurry up" six times before 8:30, when I can let the child work on their own rhythm of late nights and long sleep-ins. I feel like I am more loving, more...

It typically goes down like this - Once you book a session, you and I chat and talk about...

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2Aug '11

Erin, James, Olivia and Nolan-strong family love

It typically goes down like this - Once you book a session, you and I chat and talk about feel, environment, and vision for the session. Well, when I talked with the super stylish Erin, she just kept telling me "I just want a nice family photo," - she was so open to the feel and vibe, that it...

I was so excited to have the chance to photograph Owen again! His mom wanted to create a session...

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2Aug '11

Celebrating Loving Owen

I was so excited to have the chance to photograph Owen again! His mom wanted to create a session that showcased this little man and their bond. I love it when parents think forward, realizing how valued a photo with them in it will be to their children in the years to come. This first...

It was as real as a wedding can be, it was't about how the napkins were folded, or a strict...

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2Aug '11

Tara and Gary Say I Do - Courtenay, BC

It was as real as a wedding can be, it was't about how the napkins were folded, or a strict itinerary, it wasn't fussy - it was just warm. It was about friendship and partnership. Tara and Gary new exactly how their wedding would be. When Gary, a dedicated bachelor, met Tara, he immediately knew...

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...

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

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28Jun '11

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

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

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

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24Jun '11

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

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

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

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24Jun '11

Guest Post by Christine: Kristen + Mikhail-Tender Session

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

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

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22Jun '11

Melanie, Lisa, Shay and Kian

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

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

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21Jun '11

My Romance

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

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

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21Jun '11

On Enthusiasm

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

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

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20Jun '11

Kelly and Dean - engaged and adorable

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

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

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20Jun '11

Chelsey, Peter, Ava and Zoe

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

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

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19Jun '11

The dad in our house

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

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

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17Jun '11

Hanna and Ania - serious cuteness

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

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

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17Jun '11

Christel and Avery - mother daughter love

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

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

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15Jun '11

Tammy + James - Tender Session

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

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

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14Jun '11

Glenice + Donna Say I Do

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

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

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14Jun '11

The Riggins Clan - Multi-Generational Portrait

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

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

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9Jun '11

Walsh Family - Courtenay Portrait Photographer

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

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

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8Jun '11

Elsa + Katie - Vancouver Island Children's Portraiture

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

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

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6Jun '11

Dreams too big?

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

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

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3Jun '11

Sarah + Jesse TENder session

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

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

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2Jun '11

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

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

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

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1Jun '11

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

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

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

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1Jun '11

Yes, another beautiful family

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

I truly love a couple who are willing to start their day with a photoshoot, and luckily it seems to...

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31May '11

Debbie & Brian - morning celebration

I truly love a couple who are willing to start their day with a photoshoot, and luckily it seems to be a bit of a trend for me....(yay!) Debbie and Brian met me early in the morning down at the marina for their photo-session, they arrived coffee in hand (thank you) and enthusiastic about their...

Sweet Cash. First I will gush about him. This little fella came earlier than expected, but he is a...

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30May '11

Introducing Cash - Comox Valley Newborn Photography

Sweet Cash. First I will gush about him. This little fella came earlier than expected, but he is a trouper and despite a little stressful start, is growing and developing like a champ. He was a little sweet-pea during our session, barely made a peep and kept me me - oohing and ahhing throughout the...

Come visit us tomorrow! Christine and I will be at the Babie's Bellies and Birth Fair held at the...

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27May '11

Launching an exciting new product tomorrow at Babies, Bellies and Birth Fair

Come visit us tomorrow! Christine and I will be at the Babie's Bellies and Birth Fair held at the Native Sons Hall from 10 to 4 tomorrow. We are thrilled to once again be a sponsor of this top-notch super friendly event. Last year was the first year and people were raving about it. I will...

I am coming out of the closet,  Frank + Chantel (Frantel) are my couple crush. I first met...

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27May '11

FRANTEL - Tender Session

I am coming out of the closet,  Frank + Chantel (Frantel) are my couple crush. I first met Chantel when she was dating and we did an instant and open dish about the joy (sigh) of dating. John and I hadn't met long before, so the memory of my bad dates with men in cover bands was still fresh....

Typically I work Saturday's but am typically firm about Sunday being time with family. And yes,...

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26May '11

My long weekend Part 1 - Hughes Family Session

Typically I work Saturday's but am typically firm about Sunday being time with family. And yes, sometimes I take a whole weekend off. This long weekend I photographed Thursday night, Friday and Monday, but Saturday and Sunday were chill time - that count's as a weekend off doesn't it? I...

A sweet Friday night, one that finally feels like summer, I pull up to a favorite place, and...

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24May '11

I felt old, and fortunate - Outdoor Family Portrait

A sweet Friday night, one that finally feels like summer, I pull up to a favorite place, and suddenly I age. The lovely family that rolls out of the car did so once before with me, ten years ago - mom Tammy looks the same, gorgeous and natural, but Brittany and Jordan, now 16 and 18 were much...

The Weber's have kicked off a string of beautiful family portrait bookings I have had this week. I...

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20May '11

Weber - kicking off beautiful family portrait week

The Weber's have kicked off a string of beautiful family portrait bookings I have had this week. I am really enjoying that people are taking the time and making the investment in photographing them with their little people. These photos will only grow in value, and I can promise you will...

Young Loveit's the sweetest. Angela and Tim, have it all together, they are both doing jobs they...

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20May '11

Angela + Tim = sweet love

Young Loveit's the sweetest. Angela and Tim, have it all together, they are both doing jobs they love and they are in-love. I don't think they quite realize how it radiates from them. She smirked  as she told me about how she sits through "his" movies, they  gazed at each other when they...

Casey was the lucky recipient of a recent Roots the Salon make-over which included a photo session....

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19May '11

Casey made-over

Casey was the lucky recipient of a recent Roots the Salon make-over which included a photo session. You can see her submission here. She was tons of fun to shoot, we played around in the studio and capture a few different looks - this one jumped out to me, she looks gorgeous and you know I love me...

If you follow me on facebook you know it has been a funny week. It is amazing how putting in a new...

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18May '11

some mornings are meant to be gentle - meet Meirah

If you follow me on facebook you know it has been a funny week. It is amazing how putting in a new computer system can mess with things. At one point yesterday I looked over at Christine and her head was laying on her desk. Of course, we are managing to add much laughter to our week - so the...

What a very special session. Vanessa organized her and her two best friends for a photo session -...

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17May '11

Besties

What a very special session. Vanessa organized her and her two best friends for a photo session - it is such a sweet and loving act and so appropriate. They are at a point when life is changing, they live in different towns, one is engaged and they are heading in different directions - but they...

I don't think they come any nicer than the Stevenson family. When we were planning their session...

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16May '11

Do they come any nicer - Stevenson Family

I don't think they come any nicer than the Stevenson family. When we were planning their session mom Jennifer, kept saying I just want a nice photo of my family. Easily done. With their picturesque property and warm demeanour with me and each other, it was easy to get in the mode to photograph...

I am a tad behind on blogging and such as we are switching things up. We are finally doing the pc...

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16May '11

this blog post brought to you by a mac

I am a tad behind on blogging and such as we are switching things up. We are finally doing the pc to mac move. Why haven't we done it before? Well, I have been PC since the beginning of time and I am damn fast at it, if I don't say so myself, plus the thought of switching over all my software ......

We are mid computer switch over. Finally making a PC to Mac move. Yes, finally. So, I really have...

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12May '11

Not crossing things off

We are mid computer switch over. Finally making a PC to Mac move. Yes, finally. So, I really have nothing to do at this moment. Which is odd, because I always have lots to do. Emails, processing, burning.. busy.. busy. But right now I can't access any of my information. So, I figure I...

I truly wish all women could look at themselves and let the things they love about themselves roll...

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11May '11

Beautiful Women - Deborah

I truly wish all women could look at themselves and let the things they love about themselves roll of their tongue. I wish they could see their reflection in the mirror and say, hell ya! "This gal has something going on". I wish they could look forward to their own photoshoot thinking "wow, it is...

As our ten months of celebration continue I am excited to unveil or May Grad Special. I can't...

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10May '11

A special for high school grads - time for photos with personality

As our ten months of celebration continue I am excited to unveil or May Grad Special. I can't stress enough how special these sessions are and am so excited to be photographing them... Don't hesitate to contact us (250-890-9222) with any questions....

This family is one of my favorite to photograph. There I said it. I have favorites. I first started...

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10May '11

Meave and Frida - in my top ten

This family is one of my favorite to photograph. There I said it. I have favorites. I first started photographing them with the birth of their eldest daughter Meave and it was a click. Me and Meave got each other, and her photos have since be used on my website and magazine covers. Then little...

I couldn't resist another blog post, everyone works so hard to make this show happen, and the kids...

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6May '11

More Pantuso goodness

I couldn't resist another blog post, everyone works so hard to make this show happen, and the kids and their excitement always gives me goosebumps. Thank you everyone, especially the dancers, for a great week - The famous Dad's Dance, and some musical theatre talent: I adore how they are all...

It's recital week, which means we are in lock-down around here. Nothing else other than dance,...

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4May '11

Pantuso Groove 2011

It's recital week, which means we are in lock-down around here. Nothing else other than dance, sleep and chilling and we love it! Once a year my children celebrate their hard work throughout the year with a week of performance nights at The Sid Williams Theatre. The week is all about them. Well not...

This was the first weekend this year that if felt like summer, well, as long as you weren't...

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4May '11

Williams Family - Comox Valley Photographer

This was the first weekend this year that if felt like summer, well, as long as you weren't standing in the shade that is. The Williams family and I have been planning this session for way to long - they had two, not one, but two freak eye injuries delaying their session. But, this time they were...

I love  a long weekend, for me, and many other photographers it is about family - but not...

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3May '11

Long weekends are for family

I love  a long weekend, for me, and many other photographers it is about family - but not ours. It's a time when we are being the camera photographing families who have come together. The Brodie's were actually one of my first clients in the valley, I photographed them when son Chris was still...

Inspired. They probably don't realize it but Dianne and David left me inspired. John and I, blended...

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1May '11

Dianne and David- Comox Valley Couple

Inspired. They probably don't realize it but Dianne and David left me inspired. John and I, blended our family five years ago. We are newbies to each other really and when I spend time around couples like Diane and David, who despite meeting many years ago and having raised two now grown children,...

Because I am adverse to routine, I tend to throw myself curve balls. I know, weird right? Well...

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28Apr '11

Cleanse to keep it interesting

Because I am adverse to routine, I tend to throw myself curve balls. I know, weird right? Well that's just me. After a roller coaster diverse few months, things were settling back into routine, so then it became time to mix it up. So I dove into a nine day cleanse - just to ensure I didn't get...

I photographed Amy's belly on her first pregnancy as a surprise for her hubby, then I photographed...

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27Apr '11

Lola - Comox Valley Newborn Photographer

I photographed Amy's belly on her first pregnancy as a surprise for her hubby, then I photographed sister Maya, then another maternity with dad along and now... Lola. Lola was a little dream for us. She is six days old in these photos and already has expressions that remind me of her gorgeous big...

I love photographing twins and a big part of that is to put me in my place. I had it easy. Parents...

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26Apr '11

A couple of babies, oh my

I love photographing twins and a big part of that is to put me in my place. I had it easy. Parents of twins, I bow to you - twice. Meet Anthony Roger and Micah Gabriel. They were just lovely for their shoot. They took turns giving me adorable expressions and are bursting with adorable beauty. Thank...

Ah... holiday Monday, you are a cherry on top of my already three days of weekend. I had some...

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25Apr '11

Say hello to Cadence

Ah... holiday Monday, you are a cherry on top of my already three days of weekend. I had some lovely family shoot this weekend, lunch with friends and some down time. Today I started the day by bringing the kids breakfast in bed, it has been a sweet day.. that is until easter turned ugly, when one...

Every few weeks I was writing a love list and it seems to have fallen by the wayside, but I am...

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23Apr '11

Karen's Love List

Every few weeks I was writing a love list and it seems to have fallen by the wayside, but I am bringin' back the love baby (sorry, couldn't resist.) Technically a list only needs to have two items and because it's a holiday weekend, I think I can get away with one. For the last few days I have...

Do you think it would be too off wall to bring back arranged marriages. Here's the thing. We have...

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20Apr '11

The Penney Family

Do you think it would be too off wall to bring back arranged marriages. Here's the thing. We have four daughters, who of course we would like to one day be in loving relationships. If I was to pick a handful of fella's for each of them to choose from that wouldn't be throwing us to far back into...

She had me at hello. Ok, well not really, she had me at "I picture something colorful." I love it...

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20Apr '11

Nicholas and Taya - Courtenay Children's Photographer

She had me at hello. Ok, well not really, she had me at "I picture something colorful." I love it when clients come with ideas. Nicholas and Taya also came full of giggles, personality and so much cuteness. These twins were so easy to work with - they kept us well entertained and were wearing my...

When I asked Danielle to tell me about her wedding, she didn't miss a beat.  But she didn't...

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20Apr '11

Danielle + Justin = Engaged

When I asked Danielle to tell me about her wedding, she didn't miss a beat.  But she didn't tell me about the guest list, the flowers, the dress - she told me about her wedding, and why it mattered - she told me about her fincee Justin and why he mattered and why she loved him. Honestly,...

Glenice and Donna brought the word tenderness to their session. They probably don't know it, and...

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18Apr '11

Glenice + Donna = Engaged

Glenice and Donna brought the word tenderness to their session. They probably don't know it, and didn't even expect it - they ride motorbikes, say what is on their mind, play roller-derby laugh often, so tender might not be what one would be expecting. We started our session on the beach and they...

I know a few of you have been waiting to see Michelle and Greg's maternity session and speaking of...

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15Apr '11

Worth waiting for? Michelle and Greg Maternity

I know a few of you have been waiting to see Michelle and Greg's maternity session and speaking of waiting...Ever since I photographed their wedding years ago I have been waiting for the call to photograph this maternity session. Greg and Michelle have so much to give, and it is easy to picture...

I just couldn't resist another Toad in a Tree post. It was such a fun and spirited shoot - looking...

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13Apr '11

The talent of playing-Toad in a Tree

I just couldn't resist another Toad in a Tree post. It was such a fun and spirited shoot - looking at the photos makes me want to go hug my children. I am hearing so much buzz about their creations lately - remember you can check them out at Podlings in Comox and Kidlets in Campbell River. This...

I create many sessions that depend on a family member coming from out of town, and as you can...

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13Apr '11

The Haas Family

I create many sessions that depend on a family member coming from out of town, and as you can imagine, I have a little extra anxiety when I look at the weather report. For the Haas family the report was tickety-boo. We photographed this session at their beautiful property in Royston though and the...

I can't stop sharing from this photo session with Toad in the Tree - I also can't stop smiling when...

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12Apr '11

Little Boys and Toad in the Tree

I can't stop sharing from this photo session with Toad in the Tree - I also can't stop smiling when I look at these adorable little boys. Handsome, cute, funny and full of personality, they made our hearts melt and added some good laughs to the day. ...

I love the street that we live on. There are big trees and mostly great neighbours. However, there...

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11Apr '11

My new neighbours? The Tinga family

I love the street that we live on. There are big trees and mostly great neighbours. However, there is a whole contingent on our street who never seem to leave their house, unless it is to get in their car and drive away - so I am thinking they could use replacing. In my mind, (and apparently...

"Never lose sight of even the smallest things that bring you joy."There is so much I want to write....

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7Apr '11

Cancer connections

"Never lose sight of even the smallest things that bring you joy."There is so much I want to write. I feel overcome with swirling thoughts and emotion. Today is the end of another birthday week. It has been a lovely week. I was definitely intending to blog about it - it was a peaceful week, as...

I have been holding out on you. I have wanted to share this for weeks and now here it is.This shoot...

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7Apr '11

Little Toads in a Tree Part. 1

I have been holding out on you. I have wanted to share this for weeks and now here it is.This shoot was created for Toad in A Tree designs out of Campbell River. Entrepreneurial creative cats Amanda and Kim, design and make hats, clothing, diaper bags and carriers that are stylish,  functional...

As part of the Helping Hearts collective I met with Krystal, Andrew and their little boy Conner to...

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5Apr '11

Helping Hearts - Connor's Story

As part of the Helping Hearts collective I met with Krystal, Andrew and their little boy Conner to provide them with some very special photos.  Helping Hearts is an organization that pairs photographers with families of critically ill children to provide them with complimentary photos. I was...

I appreciate you. I appreciate that you allow me to live this life with my camera. As this year is...

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30Mar '11

32 Women - Beautiful you

I appreciate you. I appreciate that you allow me to live this life with my camera. As this year is my tenth anniversary, each month, until October, (the first ten months of the year,) there is a little celebration which is listed on the blog and our facebook page. First we had something for Bella...

Toad in the tree started making a children's hat, which has affectionately become known as the Jenn...

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30Mar '11

Toad in a Tree for big people

Toad in the tree started making a children's hat, which has affectionately become known as the Jenn hat, as it benefits the Love from Jenn Foundation. The hats, which you can pick up at Podlings or by contacting Kim or Amanda directly at kim@toadinatree.com or amanda@toadinatree.com are now...

I have been jet setting, well really, I have been in Vancouver and Victoria. Now I am settled at...

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28Mar '11

crossing back over

I have been jet setting, well really, I have been in Vancouver and Victoria. Now I am settled at home and today is my first day back in the office in what seems like eons. I am crossing back into routine and I am feeling warm and fuzzy about it - it won't be long until I crave spontaneity and...

Three years ago Vanessa and I started mailing each other birthday boxes, they contained seven...

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28Mar '11

About the birthday box

Three years ago Vanessa and I started mailing each other birthday boxes, they contained seven gifts, one for each day of birthday week. We look forward to our boxes, they keep us connected, and well, who am I kidding, we like the gifts. There are a few guidelines to our box.  You must not...

Ever since I was a teenager I remember my mom telling me I have the nicest friends. She was, and is...

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26Mar '11

Friends with No Strings Attached

Ever since I was a teenager I remember my mom telling me I have the nicest friends. She was, and is right. My friends mean the world to me. The amount of time I spend with them can ebb and flow, depending on where we are at, but I still always feel their presence. When I moved to the Comox Valley...

I got home last night from being away with my lovely photo assistant, Powell River photographer...

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23Mar '11

Not a fluffy title about a rainbow

I got home last night from being away with my lovely photo assistant, Powell River photographer Jennifer Dodd at a conference in Vancouver. Although I enjoyed the conference, particularly connecting with new and old photographer friends, what I relished most was the reset and reflection. (Insert...

Janine organized to have her grandchildren photographed, along with her children, herself and her...

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18Mar '11

Requesting a photograph, or to be in one, is an act of love

Janine organized to have her grandchildren photographed, along with her children, herself and her mom. It was an act of love. So of course I was going to write about the photographs my grandparents organized to have with me, my siblings and cousins, and the poofy (goofy?) dress that made me feel so...

A few weeks ago, I did a shoot with the Toad in aTree crew. They will be launching a new website...

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17Mar '11

Love From Jenn

A few weeks ago, I did a shoot with the Toad in aTree crew. They will be launching a new website soon and we had a super sweet shoot, full of cute children, lollipop trees, and of course the Toad in the Tree adorable goods.  The brains and creativity behind Toad in aTree, Amanda and Kim, were...

Carson. I am pretty sure is one of those people who will always be hard to describe, at twee (3,...

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14Mar '11

and then there is Carson

Carson. I am pretty sure is one of those people who will always be hard to describe, at twee (3, for those of you that don't speak toddler,) he is already so multi-layered. Kind of coy, but really outgoing, funny, but serious. He is a heart-breaker, seriously, at the end of the session, he said "I...

Women, I  know how it goes in your family, you take the photos, you are not represented, and...

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14Mar '11

10 Month of Celebration-client appreciation event

Women, I  know how it goes in your family, you take the photos, you are not represented, and if you are, does your hubby or kids really rock out the photos of you? So, around here, we are obviously pretty passionate about people having photos of themselves, I am reminded often why they are so...

Back at it. That's how I am going to feel this morning. I intend to have a coffee with my sweetie,...

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10Mar '11

Juggling

Back at it. That's how I am going to feel this morning. I intend to have a coffee with my sweetie, and then get back at it for the next few hours. Then it is a meeting at a child's school then hopping in the car for a jaunt to Victoria to teach and then an interview for Helping Hearts (more about...

This morning I am off to Jet FM to talk about my involvement with Y.A.N.A. and the families who it...

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9Mar '11

Y.A.N.A Slideshow - Gabe's Story

This morning I am off to Jet FM to talk about my involvement with Y.A.N.A. and the families who it helps. In perticular I will be sharing the introduction I did at the annual auction to Gabe's Day in the Life slideshow. My new buddy Gabe, was diagnosed with Leukemia in February of this year, and at...

I am up early this morning, enjoying the quiet. It used to be my way, to get up at 5 a.m. and by...

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9Mar '11

Feelings this morning

I am up early this morning, enjoying the quiet. It used to be my way, to get up at 5 a.m. and by the time the family was up I was done two hours of my work and the "must-get-done," edge was off. Many of you don't realize, most of the time I finish work at 2:30 in order to be with the kids, so in...

I didn't think I was going to write anything on my blog. However, this morning it is all over...

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7Mar '11

Love for Jenn

I didn't think I was going to write anything on my blog. However, this morning it is all over facebook, and I realized, that  blogging, was her medium. She would want and expect me to. Last night, the dear to so many, Jenn, passed away. For all of you that sent her love, helped money be raised...

Honestly, I had the intention of blogging this session right away. But. Then I thought about what I...

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4Mar '11

A certain red-head

Honestly, I had the intention of blogging this session right away. But. Then I thought about what I would write and I got blocked. This certain red-head, Meg and her partner, Bobby are not a couple you can sum up in a sentence. What i can tell you is that they are part of the heart of this...

This is how we do a snow/wind/rain (or whatever it was that forced them to cancel school,) day. I...

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2Mar '11

Our Sweet Day

This is how we do a snow/wind/rain (or whatever it was that forced them to cancel school,) day. I tried to stay home, just chill, but that beautiful light outside was to much for me to ignore. Plus, I have been feeling really sentimental about photographs lately. I tried to put all four kids in the...

About four years ago I met Hunter's family. I pulled up to their photo shoot and there stood...

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2Mar '11

A week of sentiment, why stop now? Welcome Hunter

About four years ago I met Hunter's family. I pulled up to their photo shoot and there stood Chrystal, glowing, with her stunning family, with a huge bouquet of flowers for me - just because. That is just the kind of family Hunter has been given. The waited for  this little man to come along...

Beautiful.  Glowing. At peace. That is how I would describe Amy. I photographed her first...

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1Mar '11

Amy's Bump - Courtenay Maternity

Beautiful.  Glowing. At peace. That is how I would describe Amy. I photographed her first pregnancy and was more than happy to have her in front of the camera again. I don't know how she did it, but I was sure she looked even younger this second time around. Pregnancy suits here well, perhaps,...

Good morning Lovelies, Here is a little tidbit from Lindy's Bella Session. Bella Sessions are...

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1Mar '11

Bella Lindy - Vancouver Island Boudoir

Good morning Lovelies, Here is a little tidbit from Lindy's Bella Session. Bella Sessions are taking off and I am loving what these Boudoir sessions are giving women. I received the most beautiful note from Lindy after her session letting me know how wonderful she felt afterwards, and she hadn't...

Did you now being cute can actually be a gift to others. It has been an emotional few weeks for me,...

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28Feb '11

Don't underestimate the value of cuteness

Did you now being cute can actually be a gift to others. It has been an emotional few weeks for me, as friend and family, fight illness. This helped, because it seriously made me smile and laugh and a good laugh can make a world of difference to a day.  Meet Rabbit Let us take it up a...

The beauty of life is often in the details. They are what weaves things together to make a whole. ...

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25Feb '11

Details - little Quinn

The beauty of life is often in the details. They are what weaves things together to make a whole. Welcome little, beautiful and perfect Quinn. I know you are entering the bravest family, full of dotting siblings, parents and grandparents. Lucky boy...

Welcome to Thursday Jacoby. It is just your third Thursday. Ever. Really. You have so much more to...

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24Feb '11

Welcome Jacoby

Welcome to Thursday Jacoby. It is just your third Thursday. Ever. Really. You have so much more to come and yet you already have so much. Just look at the bright eyes and pride of the two people holding you - You are so adorable, so beautiful, so soft - ...

Of course it was a sunny day when I shot the Watson's. Dana and I first met when she owned a local...

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24Feb '11

Through the clouds

Of course it was a sunny day when I shot the Watson's. Dana and I first met when she owned a local children's consignment store and we were both juggling self-employment and newborns - which for us, created an instant bond. I have watched her and her family, grow, stretch, change, snap back,...

It's time to get your tickets if you haven't yet. Yes, you can get them at the door for $10 each,...

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23Feb '11

Love Affair Time

It's time to get your tickets if you haven't yet. Yes, you can get them at the door for $10 each, but if you pre-purchase it is $8 or 5 for $30. This includes your gourmet Tria Culinary Studio Crepe, a Blue Moon winery cocktail, the chance to win a Dreamy Wedding Package valued at more than $300...

Many of you know of Jenn's fight and, her love for life. She came into the studio yesterday with...

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22Feb '11

For Jenn

Many of you know of Jenn's fight and, her love for life. She came into the studio yesterday with her sibling and  I just couldn't end this day full of sunshine without sending some her way.Until tomorrow Jenn... ...

For the last four years I have had the honor of creating stories for some pretty special brave...

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22Feb '11

Y.A.N.A Auction donation and Kai's Brave Fight

For the last four years I have had the honor of creating stories for some pretty special brave people. Each year I spend some time at Children's Hospital working with local families, for whome the hospital unfortunately becomes part of their life.  These families are heroes, heroes for...

A contest quicky: (noun)  A quick blog post to tell you about a contest !The creative folks at...

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21Feb '11

A contest quicky with a Toad in the Tree

A contest quicky: (noun)  A quick blog post to tell you about a contest !The creative folks at Toad in the Tree, (what? You don't know Toad in the Tree? They are two super groovy talented Island mom's who make stylish adorable children's hats and over the top cute dresses. There, now you know)...

Aaron and his folks took advantage of our winter family special and came into the studio for a...

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18Feb '11

Lock up your daughters

Aaron and his folks took advantage of our winter family special and came into the studio for a photo catch up. I had the chance to photograph this little man as a newborn and it was great to have him in the studio again, he is a so, so, so very handsome and totally adored by his stunning folks. A...

Our trip was heaven. Pure heaven. Thank you Mexico. Thank you Children's Wish Foundation. It was a...

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18Feb '11

Where is my mojito and inner tube?

Our trip was heaven. Pure heaven. Thank you Mexico. Thank you Children's Wish Foundation. It was a wonderful trip that gave me so much. I celebrating creating memories with the love of my life, and we dreamed of future travels together, I watched my oldest relish in independence as she enjoyed some...

Last week I was interviewed by The Daily show about the Comox Valley Love Affair and wedding...

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2Feb '11

tv star style - Me, Mackenzie & Kevin

Last week I was interviewed by The Daily show about the Comox Valley Love Affair and wedding photography in general. It is on Channel 4 rotation right now. I think I "ummmm-ed" a few times and failed to make eye-contact - but, hopefully you will forgive me.  It is so funny to watch yourself. I...

If you are just joining the party let me bring you up to speed. 2011 marks my tenth year being a...

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1Feb '11

The Heart of the Family-children's special

If you are just joining the party let me bring you up to speed. 2011 marks my tenth year being a photographer in the Comox Valley - definitely cause for celebration. So, for the first ten months of 2011, each month I will have something special to share with you. Each months special is very...

Just editing, and well, needed a break, so of course, it made sense to blog oneHair: Michael and...

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31Jan '11

What I did Wednesday

Just editing, and well, needed a break, so of course, it made sense to blog oneHair: Michael and Keith at Roots the SalonMakeup: Crystal-Lee at RootsModel: Brittany Penney...

One of my fave families made my day with my introduction to their second babe, little Griffyn. This...

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26Jan '11

Griffyn - born a superhero

One of my fave families made my day with my introduction to their second babe, little Griffyn. This little rock star, has already fought and won the cancer battle. For real. What a way to start your life. I want to find the words to sum up what this means, but really, what do you say to sum up the...

When the Karaminis family called me and asked about shooting at the rink my answer of course, was...

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24Jan '11

Karamanis Family on the Rink

When the Karaminis family called me and asked about shooting at the rink my answer of course, was heck ya!! Okay, well, I am sure I said something more professional, but you get the idea. I loved that they gave some thought into having a session that captured their boys passion, and that they were...

Not a very creative blog post title is it? But for many of you the message is a good one. I heard...

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21Jan '11

and.. it's friday (with Erroll and Alexis)

Not a very creative blog post title is it? But for many of you the message is a good one. I heard people all day talking about how glad they are that it is friday, it must be because ya'll have fabulous weekend plans. Not because your week was a tough one. I continue to have a fabulous days lately...

I have this list of people in my head, that if I lived a life of leisure, I would have long walks...

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19Jan '11

Another one joins the nest: Comox Valley Maternity

I have this list of people in my head, that if I lived a life of leisure, I would have long walks and coffee dates with, and Chrystal is right up there. We first met when I photographed her and her husband and two children, and the day was perfection. I left with a huge friend crush! So I was...

I'll admit it, it is a bit of frantic time. I have collaborations left, right and center. We...

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18Jan '11

Shooting out of the gate

I'll admit it, it is a bit of frantic time. I have collaborations left, right and center. We are heading off soon on a family holiday, I am organizing a wedding show, and going back to teaching at the photography college in Victoria.  I am on a Roller Derby Team, I want to skate. I have...

I always say that one of the best parts of my job is watching families grow, and Maia's family is a...

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18Jan '11

Maia : Newborn Photographs

I always say that one of the best parts of my job is watching families grow, and Maia's family is a special one.  I have had the chance to photograph her sisters and parents, a beautiful family that lives strong and fearlessly. Maia, you are in very good hands! I look forward to seeing you...

I have been thinking  lately about connections, and how it is connections that give us, and...

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17Jan '11

Connections and insipration

I have been thinking  lately about connections, and how it is connections that give us, and bring things to life. Connections between hearts, between  minds - really, how often is a thought a completely solitary creation, how often is though not influenced by others. Connections between...

I have this fabulous studio - really, the place is my dream. Yet, when I think of shooting a family...

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12Jan '11

Embracing the inside, with the Nygren Family

I have this fabulous studio - really, the place is my dream. Yet, when I think of shooting a family my mind immediately goes outside. That's the way I usually like to play it, as do my clients. However, sometimes that option just isn't a good one - like, in big wind storms, or on a frost January...

I don't tend to blog many Bella Sessions, often they are surprises and usually they are not for...

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11Jan '11

Dhea is oh... so Bella

I don't tend to blog many Bella Sessions, often they are surprises and usually they are not for everyone's eyes. I shot a Bella session for my friend and longtime (so very appreciated) client Dhea and asked her if I could share one of her  'not so private' images. She truly is the definition...

I am selective about weddings that I photograph during the holidays, it's a time set aside...

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9Jan '11

Victoria + Adam, a pirate wedding

I am selective about weddings that I photograph during the holidays, it's a time set aside typically for family. When Victoria and Adam called regarding their New Year's Eve wedding I fell back on the truism that there is an "exception to every rule." Their enthusiasm for photography, creativity...

I am a creat-a-holic. Events, plans, projects and more projects. I like to create (I even have a...

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6Jan '11

Collaboration and Creation- REEL STORIES

I am a creat-a-holic. Events, plans, projects and more projects. I like to create (I even have a baking problem, does that count?) If the opportunity to create and collaborate crosses my path, I'm done for, sign me up. My family teases me, that I can't pass up a good collaboration - and they are...

When I was in grade 4 the music teacher told me I could mouth the words - no sh**! Really! My voice...

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6Jan '11

Voices Three, not four :(

When I was in grade 4 the music teacher told me I could mouth the words - no sh**! Really! My voice was a tenor and it didn't fit in. I would lose my usual friendly demeanour if a music teacher told my child that. My parents are awesome, liberal, outspoken, pro-creativity, educated folks, so you...

If you have been following the blog and facebook you know it's a big year around here. Yes, I am...

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5Jan '11

You are a 10 - Our first Celebration, Bella Sessions

If you have been following the blog and facebook you know it's a big year around here. Yes, I am celebrating 10 years of being able to follow my passion here in the Comox Valley. For the next ten months, each month, we will unroll something special. - professional makeup application- one hour...

I am reflecting and carving out my intentions for the next chapter. I don't know what it will...

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3Jan '11

Intentions

I am reflecting and carving out my intentions for the next chapter. I don't know what it will bring, but I know how I intend to treat myself. I will aim to continue on this path of self-discovery of living with intention and being open to what is placed in front of me.  I will continue to...

Come back at the end of the week for January's Celebration! Stay in the know on the blog or on our...

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2Jan '11

Welcome to a year of celebration! Ten Months, Ten Gifts

Come back at the end of the week for January's Celebration! Stay in the know on the blog or on our Facebook page....

So, as we slow things down, fill our glass with Baileys and look forward to days of cuddling with...

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23Dec '10

One Last Announcement

So, as we slow things down, fill our glass with Baileys and look forward to days of cuddling with the kids, proudly sporty messy hair, and rest - I want to say something deep and meaningful, full of sentiment. It could be a long blog post, but it doesn't need to be because it's simple. I am...

This, right here, was my last session of the year. Fitting, as it is a sign of what 2011 will bring...

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22Dec '10

The last one of the year - Justine and Phillip engaged

This, right here, was my last session of the year. Fitting, as it is a sign of what 2011 will bring - F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S-N-E-S-SJanuary is pretty much booked with fabulous family sessions, newborns and maternity and the summer wedding season is incredible. I mean, really incredible, with great variety...

Earlier this year I volunteered to photograph 12 of the Comox Valley's fabulous realtors for a...

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15Dec '10

Some epic shoots, for a really good cause

Earlier this year I volunteered to photograph 12 of the Comox Valley's fabulous realtors for a project they were doing to raise money for "Y.A.N.A ":http://www.yanacomoxvalley.com/- it was quite the project. We faced snow, harder rain than my camera had ever experienced, we lit fires, we...

I am feeling proud right now of the little people in their house. Although there is the occasional...

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10Dec '10

Down with Bierber, Up with Sue, Helen & Sarah

I am feeling proud right now of the little people in their house. Although there is the occasional threat of Beiber Fever, it self-extinguishes pretty fast around here. There is a wee-bit of Katy Perry love, but it is moody and rare. Mostly - It's about Sue, Helen and Sarah. I can now sing along to...

Oh, la, la .... we are excited about a whole bunch of treats around here, wait and see what we have...

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9Dec '10

New Years Portrait Bonus

Oh, la, la .... we are excited about a whole bunch of treats around here, wait and see what we have in store for you next year - exciting things.... but let's kick it off now shall we. This is an incredible bonus, especially perfect for all of you that were not able to get in at the end of this...

Tonight is the last night of Hanukkah - for those of you not familiar, it is the Jewish Festival of...

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8Dec '10

and the eigths night

Tonight is the last night of Hanukkah - for those of you not familiar, it is the Jewish Festival of Lights, a celebration of, among other things, miracles. I grew up just with Hanukkah, but now as I am part of a blended family I saddle up for the Festival of Lights and Christmas. Not celebrating...

It is crazy to be out of town rather than  in my office or studio during the first week of...

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2Dec '10

Reminding yourself about the light

It is crazy to be out of town rather than  in my office or studio during the first week of December - but tradition and celebrating come first. This week is Hanukkah, the 8 day Jewish celebration of lights, and we always take time to attend my parents big Hanukkah party. I am Jewish, and so,...

A few things have shifted around here. About a month ago  John started working away, a week...

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29Nov '10

Blogging through a shift

A few things have shifted around here. About a month ago  John started working away, a week home, a week gone. Sounded easy enough and I was totally on board.The women in my family, myself, my two sisters, and my mom are notoriously independent -  our ideal hubby would live next...

This is just a very quick edit, I have tons of photos to go through but I thought I better pull one...

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23Nov '10

Roots shoot, a wee sneak peek

This is just a very quick edit, I have tons of photos to go through but I thought I better pull one out and post it before their impatience gets taken out on the hair cut I have schedule this weekend. This was a shot we put together at the end of the shoot.  Six lights, 20 minutes, 9 models....

Thanks Emily and family for being patient for this blog post. Phew - it's been a busy week. While...

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23Nov '10

A little Joy - Emily

Thanks Emily and family for being patient for this blog post. Phew - it's been a busy week. While visiting from Alberta Emily and her parents stopped by for a little session, and boy did she show us how it is done. She came through the doors with some yawns, and we were all a little unsure on how...

We have a little thing that we like to call, random awesomeness, happening over on the facebook...

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18Nov '10

tick.. tick.. giveaway closes tomorow

We have a little thing that we like to call, random awesomeness, happening over on the facebook page. Just a way to say kudos to those of you that show us your support by following us on Facbook. We are giving away a Roots All-Star Package to one of our facebook followers. The draw will happen...

Children of the same family, the same blood, with the same first associations and habits, have some...

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18Nov '10

A sister session

Children of the same family, the same blood, with the same first associations and habits, have some means of enjoyment in their power, which no subsequent connections can supply...  ~Jane Austen, Mansfield Park, 1814I had the joy of meeting the beautiful Booth sisters amount the fall leaves...

If there was a competition for nicest, funniest, warmest down to earth wedding clients I would win....

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17Nov '10

If it was a competition- Kelly & Rob Engaged

If there was a competition for nicest, funniest, warmest down to earth wedding clients I would win. Really. The competition would meet the people I work with and walk away in defeat. I am so pumped on the weddings I get to photograph in 2011, it is going to be a stellar wedding season. After my fun...

This is a special one, an extra special one. By a serious of blessings and good fortune, Owen found...

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15Nov '10

Owen's great blessing

This is a special one, an extra special one. By a serious of blessings and good fortune, Owen found his mom in Louise, who was seeking to adopt. Both Christine and I have had the wonderful opportunity to get to know Louise, and her and Owen's story, and we have been so moved by it, and by Louise....

This beautiful family looks so at home with the texture of the fall leaves. I think it suits them,...

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15Nov '10

Friesen Family fits right in

This beautiful family looks so at home with the texture of the fall leaves. I think it suits them, and they suit it. Despite a chilly morning they were right at home in front of the camera. One day, when these parents are looking at their two grown kids, running out the door to be with their...

Connection. That's what it is all about for me. That's my reward. Yes, I take extreme satisfaction...

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12Nov '10

About the Timms, long post ahead

Connection. That's what it is all about for me. That's my reward. Yes, I take extreme satisfaction in knowing that the photos I create stay with family for years - and grow in value.  That's rewarding. I feel blessed to be able to put food on the table for my family by doing something I love....

Meet Della, adorable, bright eyes, so very soft and already receiving an abundance of love. She is...

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10Nov '10

Della, a little slice of perfection

Meet Della, adorable, bright eyes, so very soft and already receiving an abundance of love. She is such a beauty and I can envision the happy beautiful toddler she is going to be - it is something about her wise eyes.  I have had such a wonderful time photographing newborns this year....

I have buckets, tons actually, of work to do. But because I am proudly kind of immature when I came...

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9Nov '10

How could I resist

I have buckets, tons actually, of work to do. But because I am proudly kind of immature when I came across this in my editing I knew I had to post it right away. I double dog dare you to choose this to hang on your wall!!! Ok, seriously now, we joined the Gartside clan for a multi-generation...

I think it is time to start saying adios to fall, thankful last week I had some lovely, or at least...

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9Nov '10

Little boys and Fall, so full of life

I think it is time to start saying adios to fall, thankful last week I had some lovely, or at least some decent, not like today, days. It was my pleasure to photograph these two very different brothers. My favourite part was observing the difference in these two handsome fellas. Nicolas, who sat...

Here's part one of your sneak peek of your very magical people - I know you are just faking being...

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8Nov '10

Jo, the wait is somewhat over

Here's part one of your sneak peek of your very magical people - I know you are just faking being patient ...  ...

I don't know where I first met her, maybe in one of my Chicks who Click classes, or maybe when she...

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8Nov '10

The girl with the red hair and big smile

I don't know where I first met her, maybe in one of my Chicks who Click classes, or maybe when she was working as a server at one of my favourite restaurants, but I feel like it was before then that we connected. She was the girl with the red hair and beautiful smile. You might know her, and you...

What a week it has been - hard, but good, very, very good - thanks for the facebook messages, blog...

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5Nov '10

Talia, at such a sweet age

What a week it has been - hard, but good, very, very good - thanks for the facebook messages, blog comments, and emails regarding my mean parenting crisis. Ya'll are smart, and your messages and notes helped. Let's all just not our heads in agreement here, parenting is hard sometimes. I think I was...

Thankfullly, 3/4 of the little people in our house are on the ball with their school work, but of...

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3Nov '10

Is meanie the new word to describe me?

Thankfullly, 3/4 of the little people in our house are on the ball with their school work, but of course there is the one, there is always the one - the one that doesn't bring home her school work, the one that the teacher calls about, the one that gets emotional when she actually has to do the...

Probably, according to some labour board somewhere it isn't okay to call someone who works for you...

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2Nov '10

Happy Birthday Wifey

Probably, according to some labour board somewhere it isn't okay to call someone who works for you your wifey, (unless they are, but really, who wants to be called wifey, it so should not be allowed) Well Christine, isn't my wifey, nor do I ever call her wifey, but she kind of is my work wife. When...

ay for families! I am so enjoying the families I am photographing this fall and I have had many...

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2Nov '10

I have award worthy clients!

ay for families! I am so enjoying the families I am photographing this fall and I have had many people in front of my camera that have been planning on it for years. I had the pleasure of first photographing Tina, ummm... I think about five years ago, when she needed a professional head shot. Her...

It's been to long since I posted a little love list - let's dive right in. The Love: 1. There's a...

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29Oct '10

Time for love list? But it's not all about the love.

It's been to long since I posted a little love list - let's dive right in. The Love: 1. There's a new blogger on the scene and I am crushing on her big time. Check out Sadie the Receptionist, she's razor sharp and brimming with sass - she writes like she has nothing to loose. She mans the desk, and...

It's a funny day today, I didn't sleep great, which is rare for me, and I just feel a little...

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28Oct '10

Melancholy - meet newbie Derek

It's a funny day today, I didn't sleep great, which is rare for me, and I just feel a little ungrounded. This is not to be confused with unhappy, I am very content today, but just don't ask me to answer any skill testing questions, or efficiently navigate anything detail orientated. Thats okay,...

Fall leaves, beautiful sunlight, happy faces, the smell of salmon who didn't quiet make it up the...

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26Oct '10

Websters I challenge you!

Fall leaves, beautiful sunlight, happy faces, the smell of salmon who didn't quiet make it up the river (okay, erase that from the picture). Okay, let's be serious. Multi-generations photo sessions, they get me, they make me emotional. They remind me of when my Granny and Zeda (the Jewish word for...

 Mackenzie, MacKenzie, MacKenzie.. that's what I kept hearing. You might be hearing it as...

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26Oct '10

Mackenzie, Kevin and Payton, what's the buzz about?

 Mackenzie, MacKenzie, MacKenzie.. that's what I kept hearing. You might be hearing it as well. Mackenzie Gartside this, Mackenzie Gartside that. Mackenzie's name kept popping across my radar a few years back, and then when Christine came into the office and was all "Mackenzie this, Mackenzie...

I don't eat wheat or sugarok let me be honest, I don't eat wheat unless I am somewhere with a...

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25Oct '10

less sweetness please

I don't eat wheat or sugarok let me be honest, I don't eat wheat unless I am somewhere with a really good dessert and I just take a couple bitesandI shouldn't eat sugar, and I try not to, but sometimes I do, one bite, becomes two, becomes three...I know avoiding eating sugar and wheat is trendy in...

I know I recently wrote that I would be blogging like a mad-woman, I should have said, I will be...

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25Oct '10

and we're off, starting the week with some family love

I know I recently wrote that I would be blogging like a mad-woman, I should have said, I will be blogging like a mad-woman mostly. Unless, I am out photographing like a mad-woman. Last week was fun, like weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.... fun. It was just an interesting combination of different styles of...

It's an interesting time of year for McKinnon Photography - I don't mean interesting with any...

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22Oct '10

My mind is spinning, yet I feel calm

It's an interesting time of year for McKinnon Photography - I don't mean interesting with any sarcasm, I mean interesting as in never boring, intriguing and thought provoking. We have tons of different categories happening. I am currently still working on creating albums for my 2010 wedding...

If you follow us on facebook, you might have noticed that on Saturday I wrote "today is the kind of...

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19Oct '10

This was the day - Dion Family

If you follow us on facebook, you might have noticed that on Saturday I wrote "today is the kind of day I dream of" Well, this is how it started. Spending time with the lovely Holly, Mike, Jim and Pam and their pups. It was a beautiful morning, the kind that makes you so thankful for living here....

Most people don't believe that I get nervous before sessions - of course I do. Now this isn't to be...

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18Oct '10

Couples, the love affair continues - Christine and Jonathan

Most people don't believe that I get nervous before sessions - of course I do. Now this isn't to be confused with  confidence, my experience allows me to always know that I can do my job, which is a huge thing, but the nerves are still there. I figure if they ever leave I am in BIG trouble....

The last few weeks have brought some glorious couple sessions. Of course I am used to photographing...

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18Oct '10

I'm falling in love with couples - like Julie and Steven

The last few weeks have brought some glorious couple sessions. Of course I am used to photographing couples, I am a wedding photographer after all, and most of my clients do engagement sessions. However, the couples of Fall 2010 are not engaged, I suppose they once were, but now they are settled...

There are some serious creative people in this town, people who like to shake up their life -...

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16Oct '10

Kenzie's project

There are some serious creative people in this town, people who like to shake up their life - create their life, and I love it when they call me up and I get to be a little part of what they are doing. Kenzie and I created these photos as part of an upcoming project of hers, I don't think it is my...

Any professional photographer would agree with me, documenting a family through their milestones is...

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15Oct '10

Novah, family milestone

Any professional photographer would agree with me, documenting a family through their milestones is one of the sweetest aspects of what we do, yes, it is about the photos, but for me, it is also about the relationship I get to form with my clients. Gillian and Davin became my client when they...

Three different, beautiful funny women who have grown together stepped in front of my camera one...

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12Oct '10

Wise women and best friends

Three different, beautiful funny women who have grown together stepped in front of my camera one recent evening. Lucky me. I barely managed to choose my favorites of best friends, Courtney, Thea and Bree without cracking out some cocktails, there were way to many that made my heart sing, oh... such...

What an amazing morning we had, you truly are radiant, and I left you feeling that you shared a bit...

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11Oct '10

This one's for Ginger

What an amazing morning we had, you truly are radiant, and I left you feeling that you shared a bit of your glow with me - When you possess light within, you see it externally.  ~Anaïs NinGinger, you are pouring out light........

As we continue on our Thanksgiving weekend, I knew I had to blog this session. Another of my recent...

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11Oct '10

Harvest Anticipation - Comox Valley Maternity Photographer

As we continue on our Thanksgiving weekend, I knew I had to blog this session. Another of my recent sessions, where our reason for creating was a bit more sentimental - where there was an a little extra basket of thankfulness. Robin, creator of Our Big Earth website, has been bravely open and very...

I could easily get swepped away in sentiment if I delve into a Thanksgiving weekend of blog posts,...

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9Oct '10

Hudson, another reason to give thanks

I could easily get swepped away in sentiment if I delve into a Thanksgiving weekend of blog posts, really, can you imagine, if I really told you how I feel and all the reason that I am thankful for the abundance and beauty, this blog could explode with warm fuzzies over the weekend. Instead,...

If you live in the Comox Valley and are on Facebook you have probably heard people buzzing about...

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8Oct '10

Love for Jenn, it's a movement people

If you live in the Comox Valley and are on Facebook you have probably heard people buzzing about the Love for Jenn movement. and you have probably visited Jenn's Blog (if you haven't it's a MUST read - but be prepared for some serious inspiration.) Jen, Dave and Coady popped in to the studio last...

Thank you to everyone who registered for the BOO sessions, it's going to be hilarious - Christine...

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7Oct '10

Boo Sessions - SOLD OUT

Thank you to everyone who registered for the BOO sessions, it's going to be hilarious - Christine and I are totally looking forward to it. If you don't receive our newsletter you are probably wondering what this is all about. We offered a complimentary day for repeat clients on Halloween and it was...

A group of the stylists and a lovely new esthetician  from Roots the Salon needed some updated...

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5Oct '10

Roots marches in - leave a comment and maybe win a treat

A group of the stylists and a lovely new esthetician  from Roots the Salon needed some updated photos so they all came into the studio to play. Leave a comment below and be entered to win a little bag of Roots The Salon's Hair Product. Meet - Megan and Andrew April, Aimee,and Andrea Mel and...

This is how it went  down when I arrived to photograph Stacey, Randy and their daughter Cleo....

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1Oct '10

Stacey, Randy and Cleo inspire

This is how it went  down when I arrived to photograph Stacey, Randy and their daughter Cleo. 1. I was super excited, and kind of nervous - as I know this family is a creative and brainiac powerhouse2. They welcomed me at their front door and I am sure I was acting sketchy because I couldn't...

I have SO much to blog, so, so much - however, today's beautiful fall weather called for this post....

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30Sep '10

Douglas Family brings in Fall

I have SO much to blog, so, so much - however, today's beautiful fall weather called for this post. The lovely, stunning family is one I have been blessed to have photographed before. They make me happy! Thanks Douglas family for coming out for welcoming fall with me and for bringing you...

One of the many perks of living in a small town is crossing paths with the same people in your...

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29Sep '10

Alonso and Isabel - Vancouver Island Children's Photographer

One of the many perks of living in a small town is crossing paths with the same people in your regular day routine,and just by that you get to watch the children in your community grow up. This session is one I love. Mom had been talking to me about creating photos for a  long time, and it...

The men were chilling in the hot tub, the woman were giddy, and the scene was being set for Tara...

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28Sep '10

Tara and Craig's romantic beach wedding

The men were chilling in the hot tub, the woman were giddy, and the scene was being set for Tara and Craig's beach wedding at Dolphin's Resort in Campbell River. I love photographing the bride getting ready in their quaint and romantic rooms, and Tara's exquisite dress fit the ambiance perfectly....

The flu has hit me. Have you heard of the flu? I think I had it once before, and I hear of people...

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27Sep '10

So this is what it is like - yuck

The flu has hit me. Have you heard of the flu? I think I had it once before, and I hear of people having it. These people, I now feel great sympathy and confusion when I think of them. I hear some of them get it often - how do they cope? What do they do with their day? How much chap-stick...

She could have been wearing her oldest pair of pajamas, or a tattered pair of jeans, it wouldn't...

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24Sep '10

Danielle and Lonny - the next chapter

She could have been wearing her oldest pair of pajamas, or a tattered pair of jeans, it wouldn't have mattered because Danielle would have looked beautiful. Despite the stunning dress, and perfectly done hair and makeup, it was Danielle's smile that gave me goosebumps. I have seen her smile before,...

I have watched these girls grow up, and they just become more poised and more interesting. I love...

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24Sep '10

Yah, the Lawrence Family is cool

I have watched these girls grow up, and they just become more poised and more interesting. I love that they chose a unique location for their photos. We had such a great time creating their images. Thank you beautiful Lawrence family! ...

You wake up, you feel fuelled by a creative urge, the quiet in the house is affirming - time to get...

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23Sep '10

Outside of yourself

You wake up, you feel fuelled by a creative urge, the quiet in the house is affirming - time to get to work. I am off to a rocket start, and then my throat starts to hurt. Lame. Then I get this. Please take a minute to read it: Baby Will You Love Me When I Am BaldPlease. Jenn is a friend of mine...

The last shot from my 2010 summer wedding season......More to come in the next while of Tara and...

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22Sep '10

A wee bit of magic

The last shot from my 2010 summer wedding season......More to come in the next while of Tara and Craig's fabulous wedding! ...

Sometimes, people aren't jazzed for their sessions. Honestly! Well what I should say is sometimes...

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21Sep '10

Sydney, Tamara and Justin- just not sure about photos

Sometimes, people aren't jazzed for their sessions. Honestly! Well what I should say is sometimes the kids in the family aren't jazzed for their session. Really, the situation is that they just don't know what to expect. Sydney, Tamara and Justin, I hope you don't mind me sharing that this was your...

I was so excited to meet little Ronan, number three for this family. Parents Chris and Jessie are...

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21Sep '10

Ronan - Welcome to the Comox Valley

I was so excited to meet little Ronan, number three for this family. Parents Chris and Jessie are great people. I know Chris from the great service he has given me at his store Cockeyed Optical and Jessie from her work as a Comox Valley Doulas and it was such an honor to photograph their little one...

It's been building up. SInce he was born actually. I photographed his sister a few years ago and...

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19Sep '10

Oliver makes his debut

It's been building up. SInce he was born actually. I photographed his sister a few years ago and the photo has won awards, has been on magazine covers and more - so there was  bit of pressure! But Oliver is a different person, and we went into the session just letting him be himself. Which...

If you recall, my post title for Justine and Ian's wedding was "Anatomy of an A+ wedding. Let's add...

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19Sep '10

Goofbooth - Justine + Ian

If you recall, my post title for Justine and Ian's wedding was "Anatomy of an A+ wedding. Let's add another reason to the list. click HERE to see it larger. For the reception we set up a Goofbooth (aka a photobooth). This is no ordinary photobooth. Complete silliness, goofiness and...

I have so much to blog, so many great families and sessions I love. So, in the effort to not have...

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18Sep '10

all together now...with a little rain

I have so much to blog, so many great families and sessions I love. So, in the effort to not have people waiting until next Halloween for their sneak peek, I am doing a group post. The thought of falling behind in any work makes me loose sleep, which ultimately will force me to fall behind. This...

This truly was one of the funnest weddings I have shot. So, let's break it down. Take two amazing,...

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15Sep '10

Anatomy of an A+ Wedding - Justine + Ian

This truly was one of the funnest weddings I have shot. So, let's break it down. Take two amazing, gorgeous people, let them run wild creating a day that reflects their style, love of each other and appreciation of their friends and family. Add incribly supportive parents, (with great senses of...

How's that for a blog title?I love the word super, it's kind of old-school and has an innocence to...

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15Sep '10

super awesome family, yup that's my post title

How's that for a blog title?I love the word super, it's kind of old-school and has an innocence to it and for some reason makes me think of cereal.And awesome, well I try not to use it but I'm weak, and succumb. Melanie and Jamie, are the role models for the super awesome family club. In planning...

Today wasn't the day I expected, but that's okay. Okay, wait a minute - let's keep it real. Today...

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13Sep '10

darn you for ruining my pity party

Today wasn't the day I expected, but that's okay. Okay, wait a minute - let's keep it real. Today wasn't the day I expected, really, today was crappy - (sorry for the lack of linguistic elegance, I gave it some thought and this really is the best word to describe my day.) It was a total bummer and...

When Mikhaila (who is stunning to photograph by the way!)  first told me about Greg, I am sure...

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11Sep '10

Mikhaila & Greg Engaged- everyone say "Awwww"

When Mikhaila (who is stunning to photograph by the way!)  first told me about Greg, I am sure I said "awwwww." he sound so sweet. Then, went she went on about how fabulous he was I am sure I said "awwww"So when I finally met him I had big expectations. He is everything she said he was. Solid,...

Avery and her family came into the studio when Avery was just nine days old. This is the absolute...

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9Sep '10

Avery Nicole at nine days old

Avery and her family came into the studio when Avery was just nine days old. This is the absolute ideal time to have your baby photographed. I know, it sounds crazy! But trust us. First off you are welcome to come in your PJ's, secondly we promise you can power nap on the studio couch while we...

Jessica started her day a little frazzled, but that didn't keep her from lighting up the room with...

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8Sep '10

Jessica and Loren's Island Wedding

Jessica started her day a little frazzled, but that didn't keep her from lighting up the room with her smile and making everyone laugh. Her stress faded away when she saw Loren, standing at the far end of a field overlooking the ocean waiting to say the words they had been preparing for. Under a...

We cross paths online all the time, - isn't that a strange thing to say? However, you know what I...

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7Sep '10

Luke, Robyn and Kylie

We cross paths online all the time, - isn't that a strange thing to say? However, you know what I mean those people you see on facebook, and on forums. We also have tons of friends in common, yet, we have never met. Well Robyn, it was about time. Thank you Robyn, Luke and the very cute Kylie for a...

I have the best crew working with me. Ya'll know about how my office manager Christine brings the...

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6Sep '10

Speaking of Labour Day, should I be concerned?

I have the best crew working with me. Ya'll know about how my office manager Christine brings the fabulousness, but do you know about Jen and Michael?Jen is  my work wife. We came to each other when I photographed her and Kevin's wedding five years ago, then her maternity session, her...

YESTERDAYTODAY  Ok, I am the worst at lying. So, I have to admit the above photos is more of a...

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5Sep '10

Oh YA!

YESTERDAYTODAY  Ok, I am the worst at lying. So, I have to admit the above photos is more of a fantasy than a reality, but maybe, just maybe, it might happen....

How many jobs allow you to laugh at your clients while telling them how cute they are! Can you...

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4Sep '10

Laughing at your clients

How many jobs allow you to laugh at your clients while telling them how cute they are! Can you imagine? Mine does. Gavin's one year session was pretty darn spectacular and bubbling over with personality - just how I like it. such a cutie!...

Echo walked down the aisle at Painter's Lodge to a man who really couldn't be smiling any harder....

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3Sep '10

Echo & Collen say I do

Echo walked down the aisle at Painter's Lodge to a man who really couldn't be smiling any harder. Collen, the look on your face brought goosebumps and tears to those who watched - I can still feel it. After a meaningful ceremony which included a beautiful song  by bridesmaid and...

Julie, Rod, Ellen and Jordyn met me at the beach despite some aggresive, looming rain clouds....

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2Sep '10

Don't let weather scare you away - Family session on the beach

Julie, Rod, Ellen and Jordyn met me at the beach despite some aggresive, looming rain clouds. Unless there is a wind storm or full-on rain we always try to go ahead with our outdoor sessions, and pretty much, if there is some interesting weather, it adds to the beauty of the session. It was a dark...

This, professionally, as my summer:........................... beautiful families, celebrating...

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1Sep '10

Sigurdson - the kids will be making headlines!

This, professionally, as my summer:........................... beautiful families, celebrating their dedication and love for each other and documenting it in a photography, such as the Sigurdson's. So when a child asks me a question about my camera, watch out, because I will go off - and suddenly...

I had reached my maximum bookings for wedding for the year, until Danielle and Lonny called....

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31Aug '10

Danielle & Lonny are getting hitched!

I had reached my maximum bookings for wedding for the year, until Danielle and Lonny called. Danielle and my office manager Christine are friends from high school, and Christine told me that this wedding would be one I would definitely want to photograph. I can see why. Danielle and Lonny and...

First let me set the scene. The ceremony and reception was held in a location dear to the couple's...

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29Aug '10

Jeenet+Mike say I do in a day full of beauty

First let me set the scene. The ceremony and reception was held in a location dear to the couple's heart, the home of Jeenet's godmother and the childhood home of one of her best friends. The gals hair was done by Jeenet's sister Courtenay, a stylist at Scorpio's in Comox, the salon her mother...

Meet Peyton. I first met Peyton when I photographed her at Children's hospital. When most parents...

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27Aug '10

Peyton's family needs your help!

Meet Peyton. I first met Peyton when I photographed her at Children's hospital. When most parents are at home celebrating their new arrival and picturing their hopes for the future Peyton's mom Nicole spent five months visiting her daughter, living day to day, praying her new daughter would make...

Our fall newsletter will be coming out shortly so if you are not receiving it please make sure to...

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26Aug '10

Are you hooked up? The Bolton's Are

Our fall newsletter will be coming out shortly so if you are not receiving it please make sure to sign up HEREandThere is a lot of action on our facebook page, so if you aren't following us, you can check it out HERE   right now there is fierce thread about legwarmers and parachute pants...

Stefanie and David are some of the most down to earth, honest to goodness nice people a gal could...

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24Aug '10

Stefanie and David say I do

Stefanie and David are some of the most down to earth, honest to goodness nice people a gal could ever photograph. It was such a treat to be at their wedding.  People came from all over the world to celebrate with them. It was an intimate affair, in that you felt  that you were at a...

I sat down at 9 a.m., ready to roll. Eeekkk.. The internet was down. I realized two things. One I...

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24Aug '10

The Churchills in the field

I sat down at 9 a.m., ready to roll. Eeekkk.. The internet was down. I realized two things. One I am an internet adict. THe whole thought of my office being off-line threw my work game face off. Two, that once again, as per my previous post, I had to roll with it.. So my day did not include the...

Typically, this blog is all rosy and sunny. Generally, that's who I am. I have actually been told...

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23Aug '10

Rainbows and Ice-Cream

Typically, this blog is all rosy and sunny. Generally, that's who I am. I have actually been told it can be a weakness of mine, seeing the world through rainbow colored glasses. So, someone asked me the other day to blog about a bad day. My bad days tend to go like this - I eat, I call my friend...

When Amy called me to book her wedding she knew two things - she would be marrying the man of her...

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22Aug '10

Amy & Brad say I do among the surf

When Amy called me to book her wedding she knew two things - she would be marrying the man of her dreams, and the ocean would be nearby. She accomplished both perfectly. Surrounded by an intimate group of family and friends, with the sun pouring golden warmth, she said I do on the beach in the...

Each time I run into someone they say, wow, "you sure are having a busy summer" - well yes we are,...

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20Aug '10

talking about life

Each time I run into someone they say, wow, "you sure are having a busy summer" - well yes we are, work has been busy, but this is the best summer I have ever had as far as life/work balance. Work: This summer has brought some amazing connections, I have been photographing the kindest, funnest,...

With a name like Landis we knew right of we would like her, yah, sometimes Christine and I are...

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20Aug '10

With a name like Landis

With a name like Landis we knew right of we would like her, yah, sometimes Christine and I are simple like that. Or maybe it's just that we have great intuition. From the moment the exteneded phone and email tag began with Landis, she was awesome, patiently checking in with us and the rest of her...

There's a few of you out there, you know who you are. Every time we cross paths you tell me you...

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17Aug '10

Kira...finally

There's a few of you out there, you know who you are. Every time we cross paths you tell me you have been wanting to book a session, that you keep meaning to make it happen. The gorgeous Kira, was one of you, but not anymore. A few weeks ago, on a lovely evening that was threatening a bit of rain,...

I have a group of pals, that I value SO strongly, they are the book club gals, every woman should...

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16Aug '10

Myla joins the crowd

I have a group of pals, that I value SO strongly, they are the book club gals, every woman should have a book club crew - I guarantee they will quickly start holding a place of deep honor in your life. We just welcomed a new one into the book club family, little Myla. I have photographed her...

Let me start by telling you that I am a city girl, I even had serious plans to move to New York...

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8Aug '10

Lame leg gets a happy ending

Let me start by telling you that I am a city girl, I even had serious plans to move to New York after college. Now, let me tell you about my day. Last night, for the first time in my career I injured myself, to the point where I wasn't sure how it would impact my work. I gave myself a third degree...

I love my job. I headed out last week, just down the street, to shoot a session with the Everson's....

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8Aug '10

Everson Family knows what matters

I love my job. I headed out last week, just down the street, to shoot a session with the Everson's. Mama Lee and I rollerderby together, so I was looking forward to getting to know her tribe. What a unique, down to earth family who obviously puts their energy towards what matters. I was really...

Jen and John called to book their wedding a while back, but I was scheduled to be on a holiday,...

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7Aug '10

Jen + John = Married

Jen and John called to book their wedding a while back, but I was scheduled to be on a holiday, they seemed so fabulous and I was disappointed . Jen told me to give her a call if my plans changed, as they weren't planning on hiring anyone else (blush;)). So when I realized I wouldn't be away I...

Ryan and Trish, if you know them, that's really all I have to write. Because they are kind of...

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4Aug '10

Trish + Ryan = Married

Ryan and Trish, if you know them, that's really all I have to write. Because they are kind of indescribable. I'll give it a try. They are mellow but ambitious, funny but serious, graceful but bold, fun but serious. They are, and have, so much. These two are so loved and have so much to offer to...

Selah, who has taken a huge interest in my work, noticed how busy we have been in the office ...

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4Aug '10

How we keep it all organized

Selah, who has taken a huge interest in my work, noticed how busy we have been in the office  and overheard us talking about how at this time of year we have both 2010 and 2011 on the brain so she took the initiative to help us out.  So just in case the clipboards, two dedicated computer...

Christine had been talking with me for sometime about having a session and it was worth the wait as...

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3Aug '10

Christine & Andy celebrate with puppy (& me)

Christine had been talking with me for sometime about having a session and it was worth the wait as we got to shoot on her birthday and if you know anything about me you know I love birthdays. I have had the chance to chat with Christine many times before, but as if often the case, the man, is a...

Warmth. That's what most of my sessions this summer have had. Not heat, well, yes, there has been...

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3Aug '10

Lucas Family

Warmth. That's what most of my sessions this summer have had. Not heat, well, yes, there has been that. But warmth, in that the sessions seem to start with big hugs. The Lucas family was no exception. Set against a backdrop of a setting sun, the Lucas's and I had a fantastic time, laughing, sharing...

This year I seem to attract clients who have a joie de vie, a special spark, a zest, a little extra...

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1Aug '10

Echo & Colin Engaged

This year I seem to attract clients who have a joie de vie, a special spark, a zest, a little extra electricity. When I first met Colin and Echo I sensed it immediately. The way she sat at the edge of her seat as she told me about them, their wedding, their photography. Colin, although definitely...

When I walked into the Old House Village Suites where Kelsey was getting ready, my jaw hit the...

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30Jul '10

Kelsey and Mike Say I do

When I walked into the Old House Village Suites where Kelsey was getting ready, my jaw hit the floor. Kelsey looked stunning and was beyond well styled, from hair, to accessories and of course dress and makeup her look came together flawlessly. Add to that her giggly smile and stunning blue eyes...

I adore it when an individual celebrate who they are with a session just for themselves. Linda and...

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30Jul '10

Linda Celebrates

I adore it when an individual celebrate who they are with a session just for themselves. Linda and Casey met me at the Spit along with the beautiful evening light. It was a lovely evening, and an honor to create these images of Linda, who has such a beautiful smile and peaceful way.When I am...

I have been avoiding this post, even though I knew it was coming. Am I really going to blog about...

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28Jul '10

Yes, this is a post about make-up

I have been avoiding this post, even though I knew it was coming. Am I really going to blog about makeup? A post about makeup from the gal that is lucky if she has her lipstick on straight and puts on her makeup while, brushing her teeth, talking to the kids and drinking coffee? You betcha. This is...

The day was perfection for Angela and Allen. They were drawn to a Vancouver Island Wedding and the...

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25Jul '10

Angela & Allen Say I do

The day was perfection for Angela and Allen. They were drawn to a Vancouver Island Wedding and the weather couldn't have been more "Island Style." There were blue skies, then some puffy clouds and of course some West Coast wind, which was a beautiful backdrop for their "I Do's" at Miner Gardens....

I was just downloading from today's wedding and this image jumped out. What a fabulous day!...

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24Jul '10

Impatience - today's bride

I was just downloading from today's wedding and this image jumped out. What a fabulous day! Congratulations Trish and Ryan! (I have tons of weddings to blog.. come back soon!)...

Girl tribes, being a household of gals and growing up very close to my sisters and mom, I was...

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22Jul '10

Girls Tribe - Lily, Autumn, Elizabeth and Renae

Girl tribes, being a household of gals and growing up very close to my sisters and mom, I was pretty pumped for this session. In they came, laughing, talking, telling me stories. The laughter started right away and stayed with us the whole time. Lily, Autumn and Elizabeth - three beautiful names,...

Christine and I just spent what seemed like as long time reviewing scheduling, checking in to see...

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21Jul '10

Going to my happy place - Rideout Family

Christine and I just spent what seemed like as long time reviewing scheduling, checking in to see where we can accommodate a few more sessions and looking at the (gasp) fall schedule. It was kind of gruelling, it felt parallel to "a painfully long bank line up when you are in a hurry and your child...

The light, really was glowing, it truly was this warm. Fitting. I first met Bailey almost two years...

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19Jul '10

Bailey and Reed - Engaged and Glowing

The light, really was glowing, it truly was this warm. Fitting. I first met Bailey almost two years ago when I travelled out to Franny Bay to photograph her and the fam. Bailey told me it was a little place on the water. I pictures a small cabin. I was wrong. Their family has a beautiful sprawling...

Helen had been planning a session for her and Jack for a long time. Apparently, we just needed to...

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17Jul '10

A birthday session for Helen

Helen had been planning a session for her and Jack for a long time. Apparently, we just needed to wait until it coincidentally coincided with her birthday. Happy birthday Helen! This week, I have been photographing all types of talented people. For years, I have been in awe of Helen and her...

I photographed Thea's big brother when he was younger, and Thea kept asking her mom and dad why...

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17Jul '10

Parker Family

I photographed Thea's big brother when he was younger, and Thea kept asking her mom and dad why there were more photos of him in the house. Good question Thea? Well, it is all taken care of now. We headed out with Thea, Hayden and family to create some casual family images and some just of Ms....

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of photographing Chris and her family, and last week I headed...

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16Jul '10

Take Flight

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of photographing Chris and her family, and last week I headed out with Chris to create some professional images for the graphic design business she will be launching  - Take Flight Designs. Chris is one of those people I know for here and there - that's how...

See the little rolls on Alex's wrist, really look at them. Can you help not smiling?Parents Tonia...

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15Jul '10

Alex enters the world

See the little rolls on Alex's wrist, really look at them. Can you help not smiling?Parents Tonia and Peter were made for this. Not only do they make really cute babies, but they seem so at ease for new parents. They were super relaxed during their whole session, and  it seems many parts of...

 Some things are irreplaceable. Such as Togan. We met on the first day of Grade 5. I moved to...

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13Jul '10

Since Grade 5

 Some things are irreplaceable. Such as Togan. We met on the first day of Grade 5. I moved to a new school, I dressed carefully, my plum corduroy capris (okay, I think they were actually knickers,) and my mauve polo sweater, which I proudly received as a gift from grandmother. It was the wrong...

Amy and Brad are beautiful people. They are funny, they are sincere and they are madly in love. As...

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8Jul '10

Amy & Brad = Engaged (Comox Photographer)

Amy and Brad are beautiful people. They are funny, they are sincere and they are madly in love. As seems to be the theme with my clients this month, they are embarking on a new stage in their life as yes, they are getting married, but  ..... afterwards they are selling their house and...

It was the first wedding of the summer season. I had high hopes. Thoughts of a day that focused on...

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1Jul '10

Lindsay & Kyle say I do

It was the first wedding of the summer season. I had high hopes. Thoughts of a day that focused on the the reason we are were there - friends, family, celebration and commitment. It was, perfect. The weather, despite a dismal week, was lovely. The location, Olympic View Golf Course, was beautiful...

Thankfully the summer holiday came just when it was time. It is time for me to walk into the kids...

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1Jul '10

The summer came just in time

Thankfully the summer holiday came just when it was time. It is time for me to walk into the kids room in the morning and tell them to take their time getting ready, it is time for me not to have to say "you need to hurry" three times a day, it is time for me not to get frustrated when the 7 year...

Here are two of the fabulous sessions I had last week. Both of these clients inspired me with their...

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1Jul '10

Bravery

Here are two of the fabulous sessions I had last week. Both of these clients inspired me with their bravery.  Leslie, who I am sooo glad I met. She fascinates me. And Kari, Jean- Francois and crew, are picking up and moving to Dubai. They are just doing it - choosing their own adventure. They...

What a little stunner Oliver is! Bright eyed, so lovable and oh so soft. Just look at these little...

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29Jun '10

Oliver - welcome to the world little man

What a little stunner Oliver is! Bright eyed, so lovable and oh so soft. Just look at these little hands... so sweet...  Oliver, you are a lucky little man. You have the most charming, fun big brother and parents that are smart, intuitive, loving and relaxed. Not to mention that you are...

I just received this note in my in-box this morning.  Hi Karen, Crystal & Christine,Zeke...

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27Jun '10

Angela & Zeke Say "I do"

I just received this note in my in-box this morning.  Hi Karen, Crystal & Christine,Zeke and I had a wonderful wedding, it was better then we expected!We want to thank you for being so wonderful during our day and helping capture every moment of the wedding. From the moment we contacted...

There are some obvious guidelines to being a Patterson. It seems you must be:extremely...

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27Jun '10

The Patterson's must have rules

There are some obvious guidelines to being a Patterson. It seems you must be:extremely approachablequick witted, with a bit of fast thinking sarcasm as the icing on top naturally stylishgood at communicatingridiculously talentedand really darn niceI personally, was just thrilled to be able to...

I always get a little anxious about photographing friends, you would think I would be more relaxed,...

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27Jun '10

My friend Bevin

I always get a little anxious about photographing friends, you would think I would be more relaxed, but nope - I get a little knot in my tummy. I figure they know my work well, and I really want to bring them my best each time. Bevin had a family photograph schedule awhile back, but had to...

Last week, as part of some of the volunteer work I do, I spent the day at Children's Hospital in...

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24Jun '10

A day at Children's Hospital

Last week, as part of some of the volunteer work I do, I spent the day at Children's Hospital in Vancouver with Gabe and his mom Genie. I created a day in the life documentation, which I have to keep under wraps for now. Gabe is fighting Leukemia, and he is strong, playful and as healthy as one...

Phebe - any one who knows Phebe knows unique would be one of the top words to describe her. She is...

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22Jun '10

The final bella-palooza post

Phebe - any one who knows Phebe knows unique would be one of the top words to describe her. She is a true original,  she is intriguing and full of layers. She simply is just a beautiful person, who knows who she is.  Joanne is one of my oldest Comox Valley friends and for that I am...

Shar, a classic beauty, who smiles so sweetly, shares so easily and manages to be both a calming...

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21Jun '10

More Bella-palooza, 13 woman, one night

Shar, a classic beauty, who smiles so sweetly, shares so easily and manages to be both a calming presence and an energizing one Sherry - a true original, always a straight shooter, always questioning, always honest, and always stealing your intention with those incredible eyesKristina, was a...

Just saw this in the beef and bouquet section of the paper and feel a bit shy about sharing but am...

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20Jun '10

Mom, read this

Just saw this in the beef and bouquet section of the paper and feel a bit shy about sharing but am also kind of beaming at how fortunate I am (and know this will make my mom proud when she trolls the blog.) "NO WORDS TO EXPRESS how absolutely incredible Karen McKinnon and her assistant Christine...

There's some families around town that will always be a little extra special.  When I first...

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18Jun '10

Dear Partrick Family, let's talk

There's some families around town that will always be a little extra special.  When I first moved to the valley these families where my cheerleaders. They were excited about what I was doing, they inspired, they encouraged, they told their friends. I connected easily with them and care deeply...

Here are more images from the epic Bella Party. Mel, our leader, without her we wouldn't ever see...

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15Jun '10

More Bella-palooza

Here are more images from the epic Bella Party. Mel, our leader, without her we wouldn't ever see each other so I had to blog two photos of her. Thanks Mel, for making us happen. Mel's eyes are full of  stories and sincerity, it is like she has lived way longer than her years - she is...

At the 2010 YANA auction I got lucky. Something really awesome happened.  A bunch of my...

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14Jun '10

Bella - palooza, 13 woman one night

At the 2010 YANA auction I got lucky. Something really awesome happened.  A bunch of my friends chipped in and bid on me for a Bella Party. Bella Sessions are our own spin on what is typically known as boudoir. Our sessions can go in any direction depending on what you want - they can be...

sun + dancing + tutu + Linden = pure joy and beauty. I see Linden and I see spunk, glowing blue...

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14Jun '10

Linden is back

sun + dancing + tutu + Linden = pure joy and beauty. I see Linden and I see spunk, glowing blue eyes, a smile that will make you laugh, and a girl so loved and adored. No one is going to hold this one back in life. I have had the joy of photographing Linden three times, not including her mom's...

After a week of rain, I woke to a bright light. It really was a wet run of November like weather...

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14Jun '10

Anika and her folks bring us some sunshine

After a week of rain, I woke to a bright light. It really was a wet run of November like weather and on the morning of Anika, Jolean and David's session it finally turned a corner. I think the whole town was celebrating. We spent our morning enjoying the simple beauty of a little trail and playing...

The day started out with so much promise, I had five sessions I was going to blog or at least prep...

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11Jun '10

It's gone

The day started out with so much promise, I had five sessions I was going to blog or at least prep to blog - I was going to be fuelled by my grounding morning yoga class and a healthy lunch. I grounded at yoga, followed by a Starbucks meeting, (does the caffeeing cancel out the yoga?). Both me and...

It has been too longs since I shared a love list. I think about writing one, but get overwhelmed,...

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10Jun '10

Love List, kind of

It has been too longs since I shared a love list. I think about writing one, but get overwhelmed, there is lots to love. I want to share a few local blogs that I adore, perhaps this will become a regular blog feature. So, let's start just with two. First, there is the blogs of all blogs. I imagine...

I am back from six days of Tofino time with family. It is a trip we have been making annually as a...

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6Jun '10

Bye Tofino, thanks for being so good to me

I am back from six days of Tofino time with family. It is a trip we have been making annually as a group for eight years, and sporadically since I was eight. . My time there is always grounding, rejuvenating and relaxing beyond words. It is filled with so many of my favorite things. It was a...

You know how it is in a small town - there are these families, that you kind of know, you have...

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31May '10

Eileen, Doug and Zoe Comox Valley Photographer

You know how it is in a small town - there are these families, that you kind of know, you have similar friends, you cross paths often, you always see each other at Thrify's, you seem to circle each other. That's my story with this family. We are slowly getting to know each other, each time I see...

Oh what a full life it has been lately - May, you were amazing. These photos were from just a...

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31May '10

Sophie, Olivia and Frank - Comox Valley Portrait Photographer

Oh what a full life it has been lately - May, you were amazing. These photos were from just a week ago but it seems like a month. I had quite the weekend, 13 amazing women came into the studio friday night for a Bella Party, Saturday Christine and I rolled our tired selves to the Bellies,...

I am feeling so excited today that I am not going to let the fact that I just wrote a whole blog...

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28May '10

It's kind of an Awesome Day

I am feeling so excited today that I am not going to let the fact that I just wrote a whole blog post and didn't save it, kill my mojo. There is much goodness happening this weekend. Today13 of the most fabulous women are coming into my studio for a Bella Party tonight. Each year at the YANA...

Tara and Warren said their "i do's" in Jamaica late last year, and followed it up with a May...

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27May '10

Tara & Warren Say "I do"

Tara and Warren said their "i do's" in Jamaica late last year, and followed it up with a May reception in Campbell River. The rain had been coming down for days, that is, until the evening before Tara & Warren's wedding.We met at a beautiful spot, that celebrated so much of what the island...

This just makes me smile. Meeting eight day old Sarah, and watching her parents love her brought me...

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27May '10

Welcome baby Sarah - Comox Valley Photographer

This just makes me smile. Meeting eight day old Sarah, and watching her parents love her brought me to tears. She is an absolutely gorgeous baby, and she is so loved and well cared for already. I often have the awareness, that the newborns I see in my studio, are so fortunate to be born into...

 How many weddings are you photographing this year?When I was first starting, the amount of...

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25May '10

How many weddings to photograph?

 How many weddings are you photographing this year?When I was first starting, the amount of weddings you had booked was thrown around like a badge, the idea being the more you photographed the more successful you were. This idea never sat right with me. I realized early on that only I...

I am having trouble with restraint on this one, I want to blog buckets of this session. Jaimie...

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24May '10

Nate + Jaimie Celebrate their anniversary

I am having trouble with restraint on this one, I want to blog buckets of this session. Jaimie organized a shoot for an anniversary gift for Nate - love that! Our planning beforehand had us totally on the page - loved that! They were totally into each other during the session, chatting, blushing...

She shows up in yellow, the sunshine pouring out of her is just as infections as the yellow glow...

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23May '10

Kelsey and Mike Engagment Session

She shows up in yellow, the sunshine pouring out of her is just as infections as the yellow glow from the sky. She looks at him, and they laugh... and so it went on and on for our engagement session. They beamed, the cuddled, they giggled. Yes, giggled, it's true Mike, when she is in your arms, you...

It was an honor to photograph Livea and Ryan's maternity session. I first connected with Livea when...

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20May '10

Livea and Ryan welcome Ella

It was an honor to photograph Livea and Ryan's maternity session. I first connected with Livea when she worked at a shoe store (a fave of mine, that is no longer there,) on 5th street. I was going through my shoe addiction phase, and she was an enabler. A little bit of Livea and trying on some...

The Comox Valley Doulas are hosting this fabulous event. The list of who is going to be there and...

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18May '10

Bellies, Birth and Babies Fair

The Comox Valley Doulas are hosting this fabulous event. The list of who is going to be there and the events throughout the day are going to be fab! It will be super informative and a fun, very well run event. On top of that it is free! So mark your calendars and pass the info along. Of course...

I knew my Mother's Day mini session would be rewarding, but I didn't realize how much so. It was a...

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17May '10

A sun kissed Mothers Day

I knew my Mother's Day mini session would be rewarding, but I didn't realize how much so. It was a day of warm fuzzies - and you know I can never get enough of those. Thank you all for sharing your stories with me and displaying your bond. Thank you sun for kissing us with your goodness. Here's a...

 We have photographs when we are little, parents diligently mark the milestones and then,...

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14May '10

Courtenay - Comox Valley Grad

 We have photographs when we are little, parents diligently mark the milestones and then, maybe it's because we become teens with attitude, the cameras go away. Sometimes people aren't professionally photographed again until their wedding day. Yet between those toddler years and the moment of...

I was going to to avoid a mother's day post.   Because today I feel like I can't write...

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9May '10

Beautiful

I was going to to avoid a mother's day post.   Because today I feel like I can't write about what it means to me to be a mother without crying, without my heart hurting - because the love and feelings are so intense. I am a mom to one, a step mom to four and the daughter of the most...

Probably somewhere in a book about blogging, it advises against late night blogging, However, there...

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7May '10

Ines + Rene are Married

Probably somewhere in a book about blogging, it advises against late night blogging, However, there is an international audience waiting to see these and I like to please. After discovered the Comox Valley on past trips they were drawn back to mark this significant occasion on a west coast...

Well, another dance recital year done. Bittersweet. I adore the whole experience, so I am kind of...

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7May '10

Niamh + Saumya - Seriously?

Well, another dance recital year done. Bittersweet. I adore the whole experience, so I am kind of sad it is over. On the other hand, I am exhausted and I wasn't even a performer. Not sure how those kids who are in 8 dances do it. Last week, before the crazy week started I had the pleasure, sincere...

I have babies, maternity, children, families and news to blog. But this week is all about...

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6May '10

Another dose of Pantuso Groove

I have babies, maternity, children, families and news to blog. But this week is all about dance....So a quick blog post before I head out and shoot in this stellar photography weather. A bit more from the Groove 2010 Pantuso Show. They opened up the balcony so there are still some tickets for this...

It's an epic week, I actually really can't stand the word epic, so I am open to options you might...

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4May '10

Grooving

It's an epic week, I actually really can't stand the word epic, so I am open to options you might have to replace it with a different one. I have been very busy shooting and planning, shooting and planning. The kids have been fighting off sickness and John is busy working through his last month of...

Garnet is an performer, a star, an athlete, a sweetheart - her quiet side is hard to find, but it's...

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30Apr '10

A different side of Garnet

Garnet is an performer, a star, an athlete, a sweetheart - her quiet side is hard to find, but it's there and is part of what makes her so beautiful and intriguing. I have had the pure joy  of photographing her before (she is the gal in the Cinderella Dress hanging on the studio wall,) and the...

I am not a grumpy person - honestly. Ask my peeps, truly, I rarely get grumpy (maybe don't ask...

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30Apr '10

Reset button

I am not a grumpy person - honestly. Ask my peeps, truly, I rarely get grumpy (maybe don't ask John, okay?) Yesterday I woke up mean. For no reason. I slept 8 hours, I had everything I needed.I checked in with myself and gave myself permission to do anything I wanted - one of the joys of working...

I am looking for a new photographers assistant. The job is primarily one day a week, mostly...

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29Apr '10

Assistant Needed

I am looking for a new photographers assistant. The job is primarily one day a week, mostly Saturday's from June to October.  The ideal person:   -          Loves people, laughs easily and can think on the...

We are thrilled to be one of the sponsors for the Oh Spa mother's day make-over contest and I can't...

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28Apr '10

Mothers Day Make-Over Contest

We are thrilled to be one of the sponsors for the Oh Spa mother's day make-over contest and I can't wait to spoil the winner. Check out their website for all the details and while you are at it join their Facebook Page to be kept in the loop of all their specials and more....

Okay, well it was already a pretty good day, but when Arlene and I connected for her session it got...

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26Apr '10

Arlene makes the day!

Okay, well it was already a pretty good day, but when Arlene and I connected for her session it got a whole lot sweeter. Arlene came in for a BELLA SESSION, which was a gift from a family member. I am so excited about these type of sessions, moms are often the least photographed person in the...

They make me laugh. Trish and Ryan, I love you for that. You make me laugh, not just because you...

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22Apr '10

Trish + Ryan = Engaged

They make me laugh. Trish and Ryan, I love you for that. You make me laugh, not just because you are funny, which you are - but because your love for each other, they way you make each other laugh and blush, spreads joy, joy so grand that it makes the people around you giggle. I can't look at your...

Hello Handsome! Pepin, although very new to this world, is already full of personality - he had us...

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19Apr '10

Welcome Pepin - Comox Valley Photographer

Hello Handsome! Pepin, although very new to this world, is already full of personality - he had us laughing the whole time, look at those lips, those eyes, and those delicious forehead wrinkles. With folks like Lisa and Curtis, this little man already has a leg up in this world, creativity and...

 - I have a post Camera Confidence Glow - I am getting a few hours alone this morning- I...

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18Apr '10

Today is Sunday and

 - I have a post Camera Confidence Glow - I am getting a few hours alone this morning- I am going to put together a bed in a child's room and pretend I like putting IKEA furniture together- I am going to be really hopeful it doesn't rain as I have a top secret super stylish afternoon...

Today: I am going to hit the gym, get the car an oil change and set up for Camera Confidence. My...

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16Apr '10

Play Time

Today: I am going to hit the gym, get the car an oil change and set up for Camera Confidence. My brain still has it`s morning fuzziness, but I feel my excitement bubbling underneath it. After the gym on Wednesday my body is feeling like it needs the oil, so hopefully another workout will iron...

This is a special one. Quinn's folks Mark and Dawn first came into my life when I photographed...

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14Apr '10

Quinn, Comox Valley Newborn

This is a special one. Quinn's folks Mark and Dawn first came into my life when I photographed their wedding four years ago. Shortly afterwards their first child Reese entered into the world, earlier than planned and with complications that nobody expected, it was a hard time, full of worry and...

I remember the first time my website went down. It was terrible, I lost sleep, I ate junk food, my...

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14Apr '10

Man Down

I remember the first time my website went down. It was terrible, I lost sleep, I ate junk food, my business was going to fall apart, probably all the neighbouring ones would as well. Well, it has happened again. And the icing on the cake, and there is always at least a little icing on my cake, is...

A little sun + two birthdays between the three of us +  a funky location + lots of chit-chat...

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13Apr '10

Justine + Ian = Engaged

A little sun + two birthdays between the three of us +  a funky location + lots of chit-chat (sorry Ian, if Justine and I wore you out with our banter,) + some climbing + precarious placement of equipment + a gorgeous stylish couple who couldn't stop laughing + a duo who click so easily...

Oh, where to start with all the love. The love list is a necessary part of the blog, or else I go...

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10Apr '10

Love List

Oh, where to start with all the love. The love list is a necessary part of the blog, or else I go all evangelical to people about all the goodness around. 1. Sweet Kari creates Sweet Clips. Kari, whose wedding I photographed, is a creator, a do-er, she pretty much crafted-up a tsunami when it came...

I have so much to blog, photos, a love list, news, stories - I haven't even blogged Mexico photos...

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8Apr '10

You really should celebrate birthday WEEK

I have so much to blog, photos, a love list, news, stories - I haven't even blogged Mexico photos yet - oy vay! Last week was birthday week and as per my pal and client Monica's request I need to fill you all in on how you can have your own "birthday Week Goodness"My pal Vanessa and I made the move...

UPDATE:The Celebrate Mothers Day is SOLD OUT - thank you for all your interest!I don't know how...

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7Apr '10

Celebrate Mothers Mini Sessions

UPDATE:The Celebrate Mothers Day is SOLD OUT - thank you for all your interest!I don't know how often I hear from Mothers that there are no photos of them! It saddens me actually, because I know how much I appreciate the photos of my mom and my mom and I together and I know how much your children...

What made this shoot so fantastic, (apart from two adorable kids, sweet outfits, nice light, a...

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4Apr '10

Simon and Neah

What made this shoot so fantastic, (apart from two adorable kids, sweet outfits, nice light, a grandma to play peek a boo,) was how chilled mom was. Simon wanted to climb, Neah couldn't keep her mind off jumping in the puddles. So that's what we did, we played, and I could have kept playing all day...

Remember to check back into the blog this week to see about our Celebrating Mother's Mini...

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4Apr '10

Some Easter Weekend Sweetness

Remember to check back into the blog this week to see about our Celebrating Mother's Mini SessionsThanks to playmobile and men's love of naps, I have found myself with a little quiet time in the middle of a family weekend. And after taking in all the cuties at the Therapeutic Riding...

I almost chose the name "Storm" for my daughter's middle name. Storms are powerful, humbling,...

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31Mar '10

The beauty of a storm

I almost chose the name "Storm" for my daughter's middle name. Storms are powerful, humbling, beautiful and bring change - much like bringing a child into this world. It was an honor to create photos with Lisa - a beautiful woman so full of life and many talents. This photo tells a story, there is...

I have a few spots available still in my Camera Confidence Course that runs the evening of April 16...

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30Mar '10

Do you want to take better photos? Ummm.. Yah of course you do!

I have a few spots available still in my Camera Confidence Course that runs the evening of April 16 and the day of April 17. The course is going to be spectacular for many reasons:- We will start on Friday night with some inspiration and lessons on operating your camera in manual mode, one of the...

This little bean is such a beauty and so well loved. After their maternity session, and...

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30Mar '10

Aaron - Comox Valley Photographer

This little bean is such a beauty and so well loved. After their maternity session, and photographing his stunning parents - I was giddy to meet this little man. Aaron, you are in very good hands, you totally scored in the parental department. I can't wait to see you grow and watch that cuteness...

These photos were created to be part of a marketing piece we created. I knew exactly what I wanted...

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29Mar '10

Eva, you can't help smiling

These photos were created to be part of a marketing piece we created. I knew exactly what I wanted to create and was thankful that my dear friend Katie's daughter was up for playing along. A huge thank you to Podlings for keeping an eye out for the perfect coat for me. Sometimes I get tunnel vision...

I just came back from a whirlwind shopping spree, possibly my first one and and definitely not my...

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27Mar '10

A really good weekend, with icing

I just came back from a whirlwind shopping spree, possibly my first one and and definitely not my last - I feel so accomplished. Over the last few months my work wardrobe has become very consistent, meaning, I wear the same thing way to often - it was time. I have deep love for some local shops,...

I am off to Victoria today, my big sis is flying in and I am picking her up and we are hitting Bear...

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25Mar '10

Alone on the island

I am off to Victoria today, my big sis is flying in and I am picking her up and we are hitting Bear Mountain for the night. I think you need a holiday after a holiday, I have been back for about three weeks and need to re-connect with my holiday self.I am someone who likes to be around people,...

Sweet, sweet little Dexter, the littlest brother in his clan, is already all boy. Something about...

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24Mar '10

"Dear Dexter" - Courtenay Photographer

Sweet, sweet little Dexter, the littlest brother in his clan, is already all boy. Something about the way he moves, kind of a swagger, at just one years old, tells me he won't fall in the shadow of his bigger siblings. Dear Dexter,  I owe you one. If it wasn't for you and your arrival shortly...

When I received Haiden's moms email that  was coming to Comox to visit some family and was...

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19Mar '10

Haiden - Comox Valley Photographer

When I received Haiden's moms email that  was coming to Comox to visit some family and was hoping to have Haiden photographed, I was scheduled to be on holiday during her visit, but couldn't resist saying yes and I am so glad I did. Little Haiden has so much personality and stunning eyes. His...

This is how I looked: (photo by my fantastic assistant and pal Jen Dodd)This is how I look...

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18Mar '10

Me: Then and Now

This is how I looked: (photo by my fantastic assistant and pal Jen Dodd)This is how I look now:SERIOUSLY! I haven't had a cold for years, and this is what it is like? How do all of you people who get colds and flus regularly cope. I feel like I look like a walking crumpled up Kleenex with some...

Engagement sessions are awesome! Like, really deliciously awesome! They have this laid back vibe,...

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17Mar '10

Zeke and Angela Getting Married

Engagement sessions are awesome! Like, really deliciously awesome! They have this laid back vibe, quite a bit of sillyness and lots of beauty. I highly encourage my wedding clients to have one done, so much so that they are complimentary in all our Wedding Collections. Why? They are a great...

There are lots of things I good at, for instance, I can usually convince John it is his turn to set...

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14Mar '10

staycation..

There are lots of things I good at, for instance, I can usually convince John it is his turn to set up the morning coffee, I can carry on three conversations at once and I am always the first one to laugh at myself. But.. Staycations, I'm not so good at those.  First off, I don't even like the...

I am back to work next Tuesday, but that doesn't mean I haven't been running around with my camera....

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10Mar '10

Everyone needs a Cassie

I am back to work next Tuesday, but that doesn't mean I haven't been running around with my camera. My shooting finger was feeling restless, add some nice light and I was off and going. Joining my was our lovely friend Cassie. Shortly after we moved into this house we saw a moving truck bringing a...

I am not really back from holidays yet, well I am back in the valley, but trying to take on what is...

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7Mar '10

Casting Call-maternity, child model needed

I am not really back from holidays yet, well I am back in the valley, but trying to take on what is called a "staycation" around here. It's tough though as I am itching with ideas I want to get to work on. My trigger finger was twitching yesterday so I put together a last minute shoot with one of...

I am feasting on blue skies and enchiladas drinking in warm air and the occasional margarita being...

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24Feb '10

ola from Mexico

I am feasting on blue skies and enchiladas drinking in warm air and the occasional margarita being filled up with the laugh my daughter shares when a big wave almost knocks us overIt's all good, this gal is made for hard work followed by holidays. What makes a holiday extra sweet is being excited...

After a wonderful evening at the Y.A.N.A. auction last night I am feeling very blessed (and a...

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20Feb '10

Staying Charged

After a wonderful evening at the Y.A.N.A. auction last night I am feeling very blessed (and a little tired,) but also goose bump excited as in a few hours I will be chilling on the plane heading to Mexico.  I am not one for balance in my life, I like to go hard, so holidays keep me charged up....

Tomorrow is the annual Y.A.N.A. auction, a night I look forward to for so many reasons, in no...

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18Feb '10

Will you have me for a day?

Tomorrow is the annual Y.A.N.A. auction, a night I look forward to for so many reasons, in no particular order:- the obvious, it is an amazing charity, that has made a difference in so many of my client's lives- the evening leaves you with a big warm fuzzy, lots of love, lots of pride for our kick...

I was living on my own raising my two year old daughter, I had recently become a single mom and...

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18Feb '10

Liz + Jamie tie the knot

I was living on my own raising my two year old daughter, I had recently become a single mom and there was many daunting aspects to my new life. Emotionally, I was in the right place, but sometimes the logistics overwhelmed me. Like the time my daughter got the stomach flu in the car, and in the...

"Making the decision to have your child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go...

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16Feb '10

Welcome to day fourteen Olivia

"Making the decision to have your child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body." - Elizabeth StoneOlivia's parents were wedding clients of mine and I have had the chance to keep connecting with them as they grow and evolve. Seeing them go from...