Category: portraits

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...

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 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...

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
vancouver island engagement session

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...

  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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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,...

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 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...

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...

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...

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 -...

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 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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

  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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

  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...

  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...

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 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...

  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...

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...

  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...

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...

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...

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!...

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.....

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...

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...

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...

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...

  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...

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...

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 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,...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 - ...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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 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...

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....

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! ...

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...

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...

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...

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!...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

"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...

I'm going to lay it on the line here. I have had these photos ready to blog for more than a few...

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14Feb '10

Welcome baby Taeia

I'm going to lay it on the line here. I have had these photos ready to blog for more than a few days, and I know that mom and dad have been waiting and checking. I kept going to blog them, and then I would move onto something else, even when I knew they were waiting. My intention was actually to...

Tuesday morning, settling into the email mountain and the phone rings. Before I even look at call...

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12Feb '10

Helen Austin + a prize for you?

Tuesday morning, settling into the email mountain and the phone rings. Before I even look at call display I know it is Helen excited because we have dry sky's - which are not to be taken for granted. We move our session which was schedule for a different day to asap and it all falls in to place....

I had the most delicous weekend. Saturday we celebrated Gabrielle's 10th birthday at Reel Films at...

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9Feb '10

Welcome baby Brody - Comox Valley Portait Photographer

I had the most delicous weekend. Saturday we celebrated Gabrielle's 10th birthday at Reel Films at Freelones - but that deserves its own post. Then Sunday I had the joy of four fantastic sessions - two newborns, a maternity and a business portrait. The day just rolled along at a lovely pace with...

I fell asleep in the last ten minutes of Lost - three days ago. I have it taped and tonight is the...

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4Feb '10

Editing 4 Day old Elliotte or getting Lost?

I fell asleep in the last ten minutes of Lost - three days ago. I have it taped and tonight is the night I should get on it (because these things are such high priority) and spend some time with Kate and Jack, but I had a much better idea. This week has been full of sweetness and today is just got...

Yes, another Bella sessions coming at you and more to come. I can only show you a portrait image...

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1Feb '10

D's Bella Session Vancouver Island Photographer

Yes, another Bella sessions coming at you and more to come. I can only show you a portrait image from this session as the rest is so hot it will melt your monitor (well, really we just have to keep it under wraps, but the first reason sounded way better.) and yes, you guessed it my clients are...

A baby in their first week makes my heart melt. This sweetie is just stunning, so calm and even at...

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30Jan '10

Welcome Jordan Comox Valley Baby Photographer

A baby in their first week makes my heart melt. This sweetie is just stunning, so calm and even at this young age so full of expression. Welcome Jordan, it was an honor to capture your beauty....

In my make believe life I blogged each morning this week. In my real life I dealt with crazy...

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29Jan '10

R's Bella Session - Comox Valley Photographer

In my make believe life I blogged each morning this week. In my real life I dealt with crazy computer issues this week and it seems like my brain is connected to the computer, when it is out of sorts, so am I.  The root of the problem has been solved and we are on the up and up. So let the...

The Bella Sessions are ON FIRE   - I am giddy about how fun they are, Chrystal is blowing...

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25Jan '10

D`s Bella Session Comox Valley Photographer

The Bella Sessions are ON FIRE   - I am giddy about how fun they are, Chrystal is blowing us away with her makeup skill and the woman are moved by how stunning they look and how empowering the experience is - it`s all good. This beautiful woman has been in front of my camera many times,...

What a weekend. Saturday brought a little farmer's market time followed by beautiful Bella Sessions...

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25Jan '10

Nova-Comox Valley Photographer

What a weekend. Saturday brought a little farmer's market time followed by beautiful Bella Sessions - stunning women! Sunday was a go-go-go day, as Christine and I were at the Comox Valley Wedding Show. The show was fantastic, we met so many warm enthusiastic people, and it is interesting talking...

One:There's a lot of people I want to be when I grow-up and the writer of the Simple Mom is one of...

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20Jan '10

Three completely unrelated things I like

One:There's a lot of people I want to be when I grow-up and the writer of the Simple Mom is one of them - check her out, she has good things to say about living green, living love and family life - and does it all in a down to earth non-preachy way. Two:I was floored by how many people read the...

No, we aren`t hiring but one of our wonderful clients and friends are and I thought we would jump...

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19Jan '10

Are you looking for work

No, we aren`t hiring but one of our wonderful clients and friends are and I thought we would jump in and spread the news. Podlings on Cliffe Ave is looking for a part-time employee (2-3 days a week, vacation relief and to cover sick days. The person should have retail experience, be reliable and...

Last night I had six amazing women in the studio for a Bella Party. The first. They showed up...

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17Jan '10

Bella Session - all sizzle and giggles

Last night I had six amazing women in the studio for a Bella Party. The first. They showed up buzzing, we handed them a glass of wine, directed them towards some appetizers and then one by one they had their turn with our professional makeup artist. Meanwhile, they pulled out clothes, tried on each...

Lily and Simon cruised into my studio with their huge smiles, warm personalities and equaly...

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13Jan '10

No grey skies here Courtenay Photographer

Lily and Simon cruised into my studio with their huge smiles, warm personalities and equaly captivating parents. Maybe it was the smiley sticker I had on my tummy the whole time, (which I didn't notice till after the shoot, because that is just how cool I am,) that made this session extra fun. Or...

My computer was activing out - like a four year old who has been to four birthday parties where...

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13Jan '10

Some beauty and photo course news

My computer was activing out - like a four year old who has been to four birthday parties where they only served cake - so we are have come through computer reinstall joyfullness (add sarcasm here) which has overtaken our office life for the last few days. The good news: Our computer tech Matt from...

On her sixth day Brooke graced me with her presence at the studio. This little angle slept through...

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6Jan '10

Introducing Brooke Comox Valley Photographer

On her sixth day Brooke graced me with her presence at the studio. This little angle slept through most of the day, which is the way we like it for newborn sessions. She is an absolute beauty. Her parents Jason and Kelly are big mountain bikers, and so apparently is...

This was one of my last shoots for 2009 and a classic one to end the year off. If you are a regular...

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29Dec '09

Last of 2009

This was one of my last shoots for 2009 and a classic one to end the year off. If you are a regular blog reader you might recognize the always stunning Linden Now I love this shot because when I first saw it I thought of a drawing in Where the Wild Things Are, (that was even before I made the Max...

What a stunning evening, I love the quiet that a fresh snow brings and it goes well with the image...

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14Dec '09

Ryder

What a stunning evening, I love the quiet that a fresh snow brings and it goes well with the image I want to share today. Ryder started off the session a little fussy, but only because he was needing a power nap, which was worth the wait  - because......there is nothing much more beautiful...

CANS FOR COMMENTS CONTINUE - Each comment left = a can for the foodbankWhen I photographed a day in...

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8Dec '09

Sam & Timothy Courtenay Children's Photographer

CANS FOR COMMENTS CONTINUE - Each comment left = a can for the foodbankWhen I photographed a day in the life session for Sam and Timothy, Timothy was just a little bean in a blanket, so it was really all about Sam. But now that Timothy is on the scene, Sam has a little competition in the charisma...

I felt like a bit of a goof. I was all pumped for Kelly and Jason's session, fresh, creative and...

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5Dec '09

Kelly + Jason

I felt like a bit of a goof. I was all pumped for Kelly and Jason's session, fresh, creative and good to go. Until I got to the studio and the door wouldn't open. Seriously.Lame. Thank you cell phone for existing so I could call them and tell them (gulp) I was locked out of my studio. Thank you...

Remember cans for comments continue Each comment left =a can for the foodbank. What a treat this...

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4Dec '09

Birthday Shoot with Tianna

Remember cans for comments continue Each comment left =a can for the foodbank. What a treat this session was. Oh to be turning 13! Tianna came  to the studio after school last Friday for her session, a session all about her. She has siblings and we squeezed in a few shots of them, but this was...

Jess and Josh brought their style, warmth, love for each other and their four legged buddies into...

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4Dec '09

Jess + Josh + Jet + Weston

Jess and Josh brought their style, warmth, love for each other and their four legged buddies into the studio last week and together we created what might be one of my favorite sessions this year. They were set up with their session through a fundraiser we are doing with the St. Josephs Hospital...

There is so much going on around here and someone just pointed out to me that we have 30 days until...

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24Nov '09

GO

There is so much going on around here and someone just pointed out to me that we have 30 days until Christmas Eve - at which point I went and put a pot of coffee on (actually I asked Christine very sweetly to do it,) and took stock of my to-do list.  We actually are in great shape around here,...

The sun cast itself on us for just enough time  for some relaxed fall portraits with one of my...

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20Nov '09

Janine, Terry & Bryn Vancouver Island Portrait Photographer

The sun cast itself on us for just enough time  for some relaxed fall portraits with one of my favorite families. Bryn and her parents split their time between Alberta and Comox, and just like the last time we did portraits, the storms paused just for them! Bryn has this sweet quality that I...

It was a beautiful morning, not warm, but dry. Then the afternoon arrived and with it looming storm...

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16Nov '09

The Scott's tough it out

It was a beautiful morning, not warm, but dry. Then the afternoon arrived and with it looming storm clouds and a building wind. It also brought the Scott's all the way from Victoria for a portrait session. The Scott's had with them their gung-ho bulletproof attitude, so we embraced the wet-coast...

Ella is a total doll. She melted me with her giggle, sweet smile and stylish get-up. She came in...

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10Nov '09

Ella Shines Comox Valley Photographer

Ella is a total doll. She melted me with her giggle, sweet smile and stylish get-up. She came in last week for a session  although we did take some super cute photos of her lovely big brother Jack, this session was mainly all about her. I was so glad the weather co-operated so we could spend...

Cowboy boots, pig-tails, stunning eyes, a beautiful day, super nice clients - what else could I ask...

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5Nov '09

Lexus Comox Valley Children's Photographer

Cowboy boots, pig-tails, stunning eyes, a beautiful day, super nice clients - what else could I ask for. Kids sessions, where I just get to play and photograph are my favorite these days. I love being given the time to capture all the child's expressions and gestures. Lexus, is so terribly cute...

The Smith family is just a joy. I first met them when Derek was just tiny and seeing these boys...

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4Nov '09

Doug, Derek and family

The Smith family is just a joy. I first met them when Derek was just tiny and seeing these boys grow into little people with so much personality is so wonderful. Derek is full of mischief and energy, he is hilariousAnd Doug, is a grown-up, self assured little man full of creativity  And with...

Cody's mom and dad need to see this Sneak Peek - I mean how flippin' cute is a little elephant with...

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3Nov '09

A little more BOO! Comox Valley Photographer

Cody's mom and dad need to see this Sneak Peek - I mean how flippin' cute is a little elephant with a flower. The one on the left cracks me up each time I look at it. ...

They wanted a fall look, and although the weather forecast wasn't optimistic, in came the sun. We...

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1Nov '09

Brittany + Daryl Vancouver Island Wedding Photographer

They wanted a fall look, and although the weather forecast wasn't optimistic, in came the sun. We played in the fall beauty, although Britt admits to being the one who usually trips as me, I was the one who slid in mud, we talked about deep things like parenthood and not so deep things like Wii -...

I am usually a warm fuzzy when it comes to any reason to celebrate, birthdays, thanksgiving - bring...

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31Oct '09

BOO Sessions - Complimantary to Thank our clients

I am usually a warm fuzzy when it comes to any reason to celebrate, birthdays, thanksgiving - bring it on! But Halloween and I, we just don't click. My creativity has it's limits - I don't sew, and I would love to bond more often with a glue gun but it just doesn't happen. So my kids  fend or...

It was seriously cold, but with that came this seriously sweet light and very special fog.  I...

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31Oct '09

Eleni, Alex and Ayla

It was seriously cold, but with that came this seriously sweet light and very special fog.  I love this shot of Alex and Ayla making faces at each other and can only imagine how it will mean even more when Ayla is older. This second photo of Ayla just makes me say awww.... look how sweet her...

These stunning kids are really just as sweet and fun as they look. I joked through the session that...

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28Oct '09

Kayden, Gracelyn and Callie Courtenay Photographer

These stunning kids are really just as sweet and fun as they look. I joked through the session that I wasn't sure if I really did any work, with dad bringing out the laughs, beautiful light and these three beauties I definitely had it easy. It was so lovely to have them in front of the camera, as I...

Let me break it down for you. My studio has fabulously painted walls, I, in my let's make things as...

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23Oct '09

doskoch-a-licious

Let me break it down for you. My studio has fabulously painted walls, I, in my let's make things as complicated as possible wisdom picked the hardest colors to paint - yah, I rock at that. Setting up the studio was a crazy time, we jumped in to the new place quickly, it basically had to be rebuilt...

There is an abundance of inspiration out there in web world - and some of it is homegrown Comox...

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20Oct '09

Joel Lamaroux Comox Valley Photographer

There is an abundance of inspiration out there in web world - and some of it is homegrown Comox Valley talent. Many of you are familiar with Joel Lamaroux as the morning show host on Jet FM, but he, like all of us, wears a few different hats and has a story. Joel, on his blog and through speaking...

Usually when I work I am in a bubble that keeps me so much in the moment and focused on the...

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18Oct '09

Dream Thanksgiving Session

Usually when I work I am in a bubble that keeps me so much in the moment and focused on the relationships and beauty of the people I am photographing. Last week, as I went though the gates to a gorgeous home to photograph three very special families, the Janzen's, Beausoleil's and Mangles'.  I...

Blogging this session actually pained me. Why?1. Too many favorites2. Too many favorites3. Too many...

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15Oct '09

Kim, Scott & Hannah Courtenay Family Photographer

Blogging this session actually pained me. Why?1. Too many favorites2. Too many favorites3. Too many favorites4. Too many favorites5. Too many favorites6. Couldn't decide what to blog. Why you ask?7. Too many favorites8. Too many favorites9. Too many favorites10. Too many favoritesScott and Kim were...

As part of a series for Benino Gelato I headed out with this handsome. Nicola is one of the amazing...

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13Oct '09

Abbie, Morgan, Mike & Nicola

As part of a series for Benino Gelato I headed out with this handsome. Nicola is one of the amazing women in my book club, and I always feel a little extra pressure when I photograph a friend - but I am happy to report that one of these series is a favorite this year - hands down!We had such a good...

The 9th to the 18th, that is birthday week in our hood, add Thanksgiving, and Halloween and is a...

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12Oct '09

Birthday Week

The 9th to the 18th, that is birthday week in our hood, add Thanksgiving, and Halloween and is a brace yourself and go month. It is also a lovely month. My darling niece Elishka turned 9 this week, which is hard for me to believe, because the first moment I held her is perfectly etched into my...

Generally, I am a pretty nice person, I am also incredibly impatient - brutally so, I am the gal...

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9Oct '09

Sagadore's - Courtenay Family Photographer

Generally, I am a pretty nice person, I am also incredibly impatient - brutally so, I am the gal that can barely contain a birthday surprise for friend. However, today I  am being a bit of a tease, and making the assumption the Sagadore's like a surprise, and am holding back their family...

Adversity comes with gifts. Sometimes you can't see them right away, and other times they are right...

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8Oct '09

Petty Family Courtenay Family Photographer

Adversity comes with gifts. Sometimes you can't see them right away, and other times they are right beside you helping you stand up. One of the greatest things about my life is the amazing people, the list is endless. When Maggie was diagnosed with Leukemia, John had just started working with the...

This is the time of year where I find myself out and about with families. I also find myself and...

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5Oct '09

Family Time

This is the time of year where I find myself out and about with families. I also find myself and new fantastic locations - thanks to families like the Stowe's, who share some of their special places- it's a perk of my job! Thanks Stowe's. You are an amazing, intriguing, beautiful and memorable...

Rio is full of joy, sunshine and personalty, don't you just want to play with...

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1Oct '09

A bit of sunshine

Rio is full of joy, sunshine and personalty, don't you just want to play with...

Some children are just meant to be photographed - and quite often it is the shy, quite type, like...

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25Sep '09

William + Maryn Comox Valley Photographer

Some children are just meant to be photographed - and quite often it is the shy, quite type, like Maryn. These two offer up some serious beauty. ...

This cute shot of little Sophia just had to be blogged. She was photographed as part of our annual...

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25Sep '09

Sofia - Vancouver Island Baby Photographer

This cute shot of little Sophia just had to be blogged. She was photographed as part of our annual mini-session day. It was a special session as I photographed her parent's wedding two years ago and it was great to have their new addition in front of the camera. If you know her mom and dad, you...

"The best birthdays are those that haven't arrived yet." - Robert OrbenTrue or False?Well in...

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15Sep '09

Celebrate

"The best birthdays are those that haven't arrived yet." - Robert OrbenTrue or False?Well in Maggie's case you could argue either way. Today Maggie turns 8. Today the quote is false , today is her best birthday. However, a few  years ago I would have argued true. There was a time when Maggie's...

Just a quick sneak peek as Grayson's mom is coming to the studio in just a few days to view all the...

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14Sep '09

Grayson Comox Valley Children's Photographer

Just a quick sneak peek as Grayson's mom is coming to the studio in just a few days to view all the photos. This is my fave. We have lots of smiley ones, but I often gravitate towards the images with that show just a little peak of a quirky smirk - just like this one. What a handsome fella'. Thanks...

My heart skips a beat when I head off to shoot a grad session, maybe it is because while hanging...

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4Sep '09

Jess Comox Valley Grad

My heart skips a beat when I head off to shoot a grad session, maybe it is because while hanging with the grad I get to pretend I am a teenager again. I know a big part of the thrill for me, is that I find grads always have so much expression and are eager to let loose and play. Jess and I had a...

I popped out of my car covered in dirt from my previous session and I think it set the playful tone...

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4Sep '09

Neesja, Grant and Maya

I popped out of my car covered in dirt from my previous session and I think it set the playful tone for my session with Neesja, Grant and Maya. Grant headed off to Afghanistan the morning after the session so there was a little bit of extra love in the air. This first image is a classic - the...

Early last week I had a facebook thread going and we were all hypothesizing about when fall would...

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2Sep '09

Erryn, Marc, Sydney, and Greer welcome fall

Early last week I had a facebook thread going and we were all hypothesizing about when fall would be here. Here's a news bulletin - it is here and I got to enjoy it while photographing Erryn, Marc, Sydney and Greer. They are a stunningly handsome family and yes, they are just as nice as they look....

I have a lot backed up to blog, as I was holding off until the new blog was up.  If you haven'...

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1Sep '09

Jen and family kick us off

I have a lot backed up to blog, as I was holding off until the new blog was up.  If you haven' t caught on yet, I am a pretty sentimental person. So as I break in the new blog, I had to start with something special.  Jen + Dave + Cody = SpecialFacts about Jen- I photographed Jen and...