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Heather and Justin :: Coal Harbor Engagement Session

The weather was a little dicey that weekend, but Heather and Justin’s Coal Harbor Engagement session went off without a hitch. I’ve known these two for a little while now – ever since they won the annual Valentine’s Day Giveaway back in 2013 and now I am so very honored to shoot their Westwood Plateau wedding in July this coming summer.

We met in Coal Harbor, which is such a fun, urban place to hang out. Heather and Justin both love the city and all the great things it has to offer so a downtown location fit the bill. And to top it all off, a little cherry blossom love.

Enjoy!

 

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Cherry Blossoms and Spring Flowers

It’s no joke that I really like my flowers. I like them yellow, I like them blue, I like them pink – I especially like them pink. And as it turns out, spring is one of my favourites for that reason alone. The colours, the textures, the shapes, the warmer weather too – all of these things just make my heart happy. I can get really bogged down in the details sometimes and flowers let me indulge in that. It doesn’t help that I have a macro lens either.

I went out into my hood this morning to take my brand new Canon Mark III for a try after spending an entire afternoon pouring over the manual and the controls on it. I have to admit, it’s a bit scary to go through all of that for this technophobe but I think I managed to get all the settings right the way I like them. At least, judging from things below, I think it did rather marvelously.

The camelia and muscari are taken from our neighbors property. Yes, I trespassed today but it’s OK because they are tearing the place down which makes me rather sad. I want to somehow save this rather large camelia tree – it’s in perfect form and just on the verge of exploding into blooms. I’m sad to think this will be the last year I get to enjoy it. And the large swath of muscari in their backyard is just so lovely. I want to go back there and dig it all up and put it in our garden. And of course, there is always the obligatory cherry blossom photographic opportunity and it’s too easy for me, just down the block. Once you start with these, it’s hard to stop.

I thought these might cheer your Monday, wherever you are, so enjoy!

Taken with Canon Mark III with Canon EF Macro 100mm f/2.8

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Bethany and Tim :: Lighthouse Park Engagement :: Vancouver Photographer

Bethany and Tim currently live in Edmonton, but they have a love affair with Vancouver that will bring their wedding back here in late May. They flew in for the weekend for a family visit and we managed to work around the weather and head out to Lighthouse Park last Sunday after the oddly cold Saturday that we had (apparently it was even snowing in Abbotsford). It was well worth extra day’s wait. The sun was beautiful and Lighthouse Park is always a treat to explore – it was Bethany and Tim’s first time there as well, so all around it was a great evening. I am very much looking forward to seeing them again in a few months – these two are fun-loving and easy-going and I’m sure their wedding day is going to be full of much the same.

Happy Monday!

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Fin Turns 4

It all started here, 4 years ago when Fin came into the world. No wasting time with this one. Just like his birth being efficient and to the point, so is he – he has good German genes in him. No messing around here. But he is also one of the calmest, kindest, gentlest and most thoughtful kids I know. It takes a while to get close to him, but once you do, he is loyal to a T. I have no idea how we got the most amazing little boy – he’s been so gracious to us and it’s been cool seeing his journey into his own little self. It truly is a strange thing to think about the passage of time when you have kids – it just seems that much more poignant for some reason. Probably because their growth is a visual indicator of it.

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We are celebrating with friends today and I made this. It just wouldn’t be a birthday in our house without a Frakencake. Truly, I was aiming for the left but what I got was the right. To get the sprinkles to go onto the side of the cake, you have to pick up the cake and roll it along in a tray of the stuff. Needless to say, I managed to keep the cake intact but in the process knocked a whole bottle of sprinkles on the floor and now I’ll be vacuuming those up for months to come. Also, I have to clue how to get a flat topped cake – cut it, I suppose, but with the skills I have with my dull knives, I was better off leaving it alone. It was also my first attempt at buttercream and the cake/icing is a lemon flavour. All I have to say is props to all your professional bakers out there – I like to foray into your world twice a year (one more coming up for the hubby) just to keep it real.

Happy Birthday Fin!

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Birth photo: Emily Sayward

Simple and Pretty with Peonies and Ranuculas :: Vancouver Portrait Photographer

I had a particular thought in my head for a very long time before it ever became anything after I saw the space at Wild Rice in New Westminster. I’m like that with personal projects. I have so many ideas all the time and not all of them make it into my notebook or onto some scrap piece of paper lying about. Sometimes I’ll have something in my head and keep revisiting it over a year or two, refining the concept of it. But this one just kept coming back to me and was simple enough to do with my hectic schedule.

I guess it was a few years back now I noticed the light at the Wild Rice Restaurant while on a family outing and thought to myself What a great space – I must shoot something there. At the time, I didn’t know what, I just knew that I liked the space. And so, over time, the ideas evolved into this. I wanted to do something simple, soft, and pretty and incorporate a few personal items to give it a bit more of a theme. I wanted it to feel light and spring-y, casual yet well put together.

So, I schlepped all the stuff from the furthest parking lot ever (that typewriter of mine is about 20 lbs alone – at least it felt like it!), had Gems Hair and Makeup do a wonderful job with Thea, redecorated the place with Thea and then we got to work. She made it too easy – she was perfect for the shoot, easy-going and so lovely to work with. Everything turned out exactly how I had imaged it in my head.

This shoot also was featured on Lemonade and Lenses – you can see the blog posting and links to that here.

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Model: Thea Reynolds    //   Hair and Makeup: Gems Hair and Makeup    //   Flowers: Flower Factory    //   Location: Wild Rice, New Westminster, BC