Tag: McKinnon Photography

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

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7Aug '17

Julie and Darrel - stunning Mount Doug wedding

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

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...

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

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23Mar '16

and she now is a cancer SURVIVOR

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

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...

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...

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

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5Jan '14

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

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

  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...

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 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...

  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...

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13Sep '12

Shannon + Kevin say I do = Fun

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

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1Sep '12

Jennie + Dave say I do = Forever

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

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...

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

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17Jul '12

Megan and Joel say I do = pure happiness

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

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,...

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 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...

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

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18Mar '12

Josie and Mike - Crown Isle Wedding

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

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

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14Mar '12

So what if it rains on your wedding day?

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

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

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8Mar '12

Professional Image- Karin U

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

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

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1Feb '12

I'm getting a makeover

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

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

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23Jan '12

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

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

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

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21Dec '11

Ruining the Surprise: Boudoir

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

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

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20Dec '11

Locks for love

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

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

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13Dec '11

9 th Day of Christmas is a teen dream

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

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

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12Dec '11

Welcome Finley

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

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

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10Dec '11

6th Day of Christmas gave you the chance to share

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

This 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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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

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31Oct '11

Rae Family - fall portrait session

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

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

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31Oct '11

Beauty and Color - Misty and Family

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

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...

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

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28Sep '11

My cup is empty

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

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

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28Sep '11

Dean & Louise - Steamy

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

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

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23Sep '11

Mini-session share: Danielle and Brendan

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

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

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20Sep '11

And it keeps going - The Jeff's

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

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

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20Sep '11

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

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

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

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19Sep '11

Slater Family - xoxox

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

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

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16Sep '11

The Walkers and their clan made me cry

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

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

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15Sep '11

Sizing up the Stewart Family

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

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

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15Sep '11

Wren, Vance, Alix and Chris

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

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

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15Sep '11

Jesse, Garrett and Colette

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

I 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...

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...

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

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6Aug '11

Out of here - ticking off the bucket list

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

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 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...

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

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27Jul '11

A mood changer - Katrina and Rob maternity

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

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

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26Jul '11

The Tancon's - scratch and sniff?

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

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...

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...

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

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3Jul '11

The Leith clan

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

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

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24Jun '11

Guest Post by Christine: Kristen + Mikhail-Tender Session

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

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

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22Jun '11

Melanie, Lisa, Shay and Kian

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

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

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21Jun '11

My Romance

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

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

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21Jun '11

On Enthusiasm

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

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...

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

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15Jun '11

Tammy + James - Tender Session

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

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

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14Jun '11

Glenice + Donna Say I Do

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

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

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8Jun '11

Elsa + Katie - Vancouver Island Children's Portraiture

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

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

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6Jun '11

Dreams too big?

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

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...

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....

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

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24May '11

I felt old, and fortunate - Outdoor Family Portrait

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

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

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20May '11

Weber - kicking off beautiful family portrait week

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

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

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20May '11

Angela + Tim = sweet love

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

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

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19May '11

Casey made-over

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

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

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18May '11

some mornings are meant to be gentle - meet Meirah

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

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

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17May '11

Besties

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

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

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16May '11

Do they come any nicer - Stevenson Family

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

I 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...

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

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6May '11

More Pantuso goodness

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

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

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4May '11

Pantuso Groove 2011

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

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

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4May '11

Williams Family - Comox Valley Photographer

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

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

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28Apr '11

Cleanse to keep it interesting

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

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...

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 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 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 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...

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

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14Mar '11

10 Month of Celebration-client appreciation event

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

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

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10Mar '11

Juggling

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

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

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9Mar '11

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

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

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...

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

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1Mar '11

Amy's Bump - Courtenay Maternity

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

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

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1Mar '11

Bella Lindy - Vancouver Island Boudoir

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

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

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28Feb '11

Don't underestimate the value of cuteness

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

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

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25Feb '11

Details - little Quinn

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

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... ...

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)...

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

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18Feb '11

Where is my mojito and inner tube?

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

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

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6Jan '11

Voices Three, not four :(

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

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

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5Jan '11

You are a 10 - Our first Celebration, Bella Sessions

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

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...

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! ...

The last shot from my 2010 summer wedding season......More to come in the next while of Tara and...

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22Sep '10

A wee bit of magic

The last shot from my 2010 summer wedding season......More to come in the next while of Tara and Craig's fabulous wedding! ...

The day started out with so much promise, I had five sessions I was going to blog or at least prep...

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11Jun '10

It's gone

The day started out with so much promise, I had five sessions I was going to blog or at least prep to blog - I was going to be fuelled by my grounding morning yoga class and a healthy lunch. I grounded at yoga, followed by a Starbucks meeting, (does the caffeeing cancel out the yoga?). Both me and...

 How many weddings are you photographing this year?When I was first starting, the amount of...

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25May '10

How many weddings to photograph?

 How many weddings are you photographing this year?When I was first starting, the amount of weddings you had booked was thrown around like a badge, the idea being the more you photographed the more successful you were. This idea never sat right with me. I realized early on that only I...

Well, another dance recital year done. Bittersweet. I adore the whole experience, so I am kind of...

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7May '10

Niamh + Saumya - Seriously?

Well, another dance recital year done. Bittersweet. I adore the whole experience, so I am kind of sad it is over. On the other hand, I am exhausted and I wasn't even a performer. Not sure how those kids who are in 8 dances do it. Last week, before the crazy week started I had the pleasure, sincere...

I almost chose the name "Storm" for my daughter's middle name. Storms are powerful, humbling,...

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31Mar '10

The beauty of a storm

I almost chose the name "Storm" for my daughter's middle name. Storms are powerful, humbling, beautiful and bring change - much like bringing a child into this world. It was an honor to create photos with Lisa - a beautiful woman so full of life and many talents. This photo tells a story, there is...

I 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...

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...

Tomorrow is the annual Y.A.N.A. auction, a night I look forward to for so many reasons, in no...

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18Feb '10

Will you have me for a day?

Tomorrow is the annual Y.A.N.A. auction, a night I look forward to for so many reasons, in no particular order:- the obvious, it is an amazing charity, that has made a difference in so many of my client's lives- the evening leaves you with a big warm fuzzy, lots of love, lots of pride for our kick...

"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...

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...

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...

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...

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...