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Market Garden Flowers

If you follow my blog, you’ll know that I love flowers. In fact, I think they’re so amazing, I did a series this past year on individual blooms called Romantic Blooms. I haven’t been carrying on with the series because I don’t have a good selection of interesting flowers year-round in northern BC. But I will say that the short summers here yield some distinguished garden grown lovlies. It’s a short summer, but the plants that live up here, bloom their little hearts out.

This morning while at the Bulkley Valley Farmer’s Market, I noticed that my favourite local flower grower, Bob Chapman, had some great blooms available so I bought a few bouquets, carted them home and photographed them. I wish I was a flower arranger that could make lovely bouquets and handhelds but I’m not, so I simply trim off the extra vegetation on the bottom of the stems and place them one by one into the vase so they seem somewhat presentable. But my lack of flower arranging skills is not what I wanted to talk about.

I wanted to talk about market flower gardens as an alternative option for wedding flowers. Bob’s acreage, North County Farms, produces in-season flowers from June-September and brides in the local area flock to his property for fresh-cut, locally-grown blooms. Every Friday afternoon he begins the process of cutting hand-selected flowers for the Saturday market and wedding sales for the weekend. And he’s a busy guy.

I cannot stress enough how much I love this concept. Not only does this support a local farmer, it also reduces the carbon footprint from transporting flowers and you know exactly how the farm is run. Add someone who is talented in making beautiful arrangements and you’ve got yourself a win-win for everyone.

There are a few flower farms that I know of in southern BC but the one I *heart* the most is based out of the Skagit Valley, Washington called Floret. I adore the work they create, the farm looks incredible and quaint and if you have ever been to the Skagit Valley, you will know what a lovely setting it is for a flower farm. I hope to visit it next summer.

Here are a few options that I am familiar with that either use sustainably grown flowers or flower farms. If you know of any others, please let me know!
Olla Urban Flower Project (Vancouver)
Amoda Flowers (Vancouver)
Kenmar Flower Farm (Victoria)

Epiphanie Camera Bag

I am always on the hunt for a good bag. Especially when it comes to photography. And the biggest problem with photography is that one bag just doesn’t cover it all. There’s bags for transporting, traveling, shooting…it’s hard to own just one.  I have several carrying cases including the 1510 Carry On Case model by Pelican for storage and travel, an older model of the Boda Bag and now a stylish little number called Ginger from Epiphanie.

I found Ginger while searching Vancouver Craigslist for random photography equipment pieces and when I came across this, immediately replied to the seller. I have been eyeing these for a long time. Like a year long time.

I saw it. I touched it. I bought it.

Since April, the bag has come on all my shoots and I couldn’t be more pleased with it. It’s sturdy, has a really nice quality feel on the outside, holds its shape really well and fits absolutely everything that I need for a session. And don’t forget lots of pockets to put your cards, keys and other random small things. I am generally not a handbag sort of girl, but the straps on these are long enough I can swing them over my shoulder easily plus there is always the longer chest strap that I use if carrying a full load. And the little camera tag? Cute, right? I don’t have any shots of these in action yet, but you might see some this summer….

If you are in the market for a new bag with a stylish feel, great interior spacing and is super strong, I would highly recommend looking at Epiphanie. Now all I need is a Shootsac and I will be set (for a little while, anyways!).

And this also completes #39 on the 101 in 1001 list, to invest in a new camera bag!

Weddings in BC Magazine

I am so excited about this! And I have been wanting to write about it for some time now but just haven’t had the opportunity to.

WeddingsInBC.com is a new blog and magazine in BC for all kinds of brides looking for ideas and inspiration for planning their weddings. So any girls out there getting married and looking for some internet reading or magazines to peruse with great content, head on over to the site, you will definitely not be disappointed. And while you’re there, sign up for a free subscription to get the monthly magazine, trust me, you’ll really love this one!

Lauren asked if they could publish my Welcome Spring shoot (parts one and two here) that I did back in April as an ideas bit and I was thrilled to be approached and of course said yes! June however proved to be a tricky month with the nation-wide postal strike and I am not currently in an urban distribution area for the magazine, so I didn’t actually get my copy until this week which I owe Vanessa Voth a huge thank-you for!

I’d love to see a wedding in print, maybe something from this summer in Real Weddings Magazine? We’ll see!

And this also happens to fulfill #25 on my 101 in 1001 list, to get published in a magazine!

Vanessa Voth - You’re very welcome!!! Enjoy it! I carry a copy of the magazine around with me sometimes, just in case! haha. You never know when you might need to show it off to someone! ;)

Kristie - Congratulations Rose! What an amazing accomplishment!!

Averi Turns One! // Preview

Today, I had the immense pleasure of photographing Baby Averi’s first year milestone! This session was the second in a series of four spread over one calendar year called the Four Season Family Sessions. To see the first session, you can visit here and here.

I’m excited to share more details of this party, especially since Amy put so much time, effort and love into this celebration!

More to come…..