Funk Family | This is our Life Family Photo + Film Session | Chilliwack and Fraser Valley Family Photographer

I loved my time spent with the Funk Family during their This is Our Life Family Photo + Film Session.  I met up with them for after school pick up and spent the evening with them.  This family of 3 boys stole my heart, especially the youngest lil' munchkin cause whose favourite thing isn't eating candy and watching TV!   Kelsey is an extremely creative and talented sewer and you can see her amazing creations throughout the film,  I was so excited to be able include her love for sewing as part of their session.  

If you would like to preserve this time in your family's life with a This is Our Life Photo + Video Session, please contact me for more information. I would love to document your family's story.

 

Chilliwack Prom Photographer| Oakley & Charlie

My baby boy and his girl. Graduated!  I can hardly believe it.  It seems like it was just yesterday that I was walking you into your first day of kindergarten and here you are now, all grown up and ready to take on the world.  My mama heart is so full of love and I am so proud of you both.  Watching your relationship and more importantly your friendship develop and grow has been an honour.   

On the eve of their graduation we drove out to my childhood stomping grounds and waited out the rain storm that came out of nowhere, as a result we were thanked with epic and moody skies!  It totally suited the emotions of this time in their lives....

I am so excited to see what the future holds for you both. 

Behind you, all your memories
Before you, all your dreams
Around you, all who love you
Within you, all you need.
— unknown

Abbotsford Prom Photographer | Sydney

PROM SEASON... one of my favourite times of the year.  There is just something about Prom that makes me all giddy inside and I wish I could photograph all the seniors graduating but that is just not feasible!  Sydney's mom booked me at the beginning of her grade twelve year to make sure that this moment was captured not only for Sydney, but for them as a family.  We spent some time together in Abbotsford, BC before she was off to prom.  Congratulations Sydney, I wish you nothing but the best for your future.  

 

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Camping with Friends | Cultus Lake, BC

Our first camping trip of the season was met with unexpectedly warm weather and some more typical rain showers. This was our first time ever camping in a trailer and I may just be hooked.  

I cannot wait for summer to come this year.  With our abnormally cold winter it cannot come soon enough.  Feel free to invite me to join you on your camping trips this summer so I can capture your family making memories.   

A Birthday trip to Disneyland~ Day One

Disneyland… what can I say.  It has always been Adison’s dream and I finally made it happen for her as a surprise for her 9th birthday.  That being said I can’t remember a time in my life where I have ever felt so overwhelmed and unprepared for all that our Disney trip presented itself with.  We started off with a 5 hour flight delay as there was a bomb scare at the Bellingham airport; which had us arriving in Disneyland at midnight, instead of at dinner time.  Adison took it all in stride and her only concern was that we would indeed make it to Disneyland.  

Here is our day one film and a few pictures from our day one in Disneyland.

First day at Disneyland

Our first day at Disneyland had me beyond frustrated with the crowds and the 100 minute ride and character lines.  I had never dreamed it would be that busy and was totally unprepared for the chaos that Disneyland is.  Adison on the other hand was able to ensure I kept it all in perspective.  She loved the rides, fully and completely, the joy just exuded out of her. Who knew she would be a roller coaster kid?! All in all it was a great day and we left feeling optimistic that we would be better prepared for day two. 

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The Hunt for Martin...

Last September I was the lucky photographer to spend an afternoon photographing Martin at Video Tonight in Chilliwack, BC as part of The Bookman’s Cat Charity Calendar that they do every year to fund Ena's Community Cats, a non profit organization devoted to the welfare and health of underprivileged cats and dogs in the Community of Chilliwack.

Martin and I had an instant bond especially after I snuck him some whip cream from the coffee bar, Starlight Café.    This past weekend I saw that Video Tonight had closed down and I immediately contacted my dear friend Amber, owner of The Bookman to see if she knew what had happened to my dear cat friend Martin.  After numerous messages back and forth with nothing turning up any leads we took to Facebook and our calls to Where do I find… Martin… were heard by local journalist Jess Peters at The Progress- http://www.theprogress.com/community/393145131.html .  

Please help us find Martin as Amber would love to have him come and live at The Bookman with fellow cat calendar model Nietzsche if he is in need of a home.  Leads are trickling in with one being that possibly a customer may have adopted him and another that he was relinquished to the local SPCA.    We all just want to know that Martin is in a good place so if you know anything about Martin and where he may have ended up please contact Amber at the Bookman at 604-792-4595.

UPDATE:  Apparently Martin was adopted by a customer but was then relinquished to the SPCA in Chilliwack who then shipped him out to the Surrey SPCA... and this is where the trail runs cold...

2 x 52 WEEK SIX: COLOUR

52 words | 2 perspectives | 2 continents | opposite sides of the world | every week.

My friend, Sam Mothersole, from New Zealand and I interpreting one word each week, on our own, through our lens.... and posting them together.... two different seasons .... two different sides completely.... and no idea what the other is posting.     

Week SIX!  Yup a week lake... good thing Sam and I are on the same page despite me being in Chilliwack, BC and her all the way in Auckland, New Zealand!  We are both behind and I am so thankful that she gets that life is busy.   With day jobs, raising kids, and our own photography businesses our projects and personal creativity gets put on the back burner.  So thankful I lucked out in getting her as my partner and that I have such a huge backlog of pictures that I am finally getting to sort through when I don't have time to shoot for our project.  We really are connected in so many ways and it shows in things as simple as a single portrait with only a word to guide us.   I love that our photographs are both so full of colour but totally show that we are in two complete different seasons! 

Week Six: Colour

Chilliwack Prom Photographer | Chris & Alexa

Chris' mom and I grew up together in Chilliwack, BC, in fact we attended kindergarten together!  We were silly little kids and rowdy teenagers together.  We've grown apart and close together numerous times over the last 35 years but no matter what she is the one friend that I know I can always count on.   I have watched her and her husband raise Chris to be the upstanding young man that he is; an outstanding athlete, a hard worker, and a good role model.  He is just an all around awesome young man to be around.  To say I was totally honoured when she asked me to do his formal portraits with his girlfriend Alexa on his prom day is an understatement!.   Chris and Alexa were total and complete rock stars during their session and didn't complain once despite the heat, the sun and the mosquitoes!  I had so much fun with you both and am so proud of all your accomplishments Chris.  So excited to see where you go from here.  

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have always imagined.
— Henry David Thoreau
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2 X 52 WEEK FIVE: BLUR

52 words | 2 perspectives | 2 continents | opposite sides of the world | every week.

My friend, Sam Mothersole, from New Zealand and I interpreting one word each week, on our own, through our lens.... and posting them together.... two different seasons .... two different sides completely.... and no idea what the other is posting.     

Week FIVE!   It is busy season.  The busiest I have ever had.  Between newborns and weddings every weekend and prom season for all of our local Chilliwack and Abbotsford graduates in full swing the past few weeks have been a blur and this project has been as well.  I haven't had the time to focus on it like I would love to and find myself scrambling at the end of the weekend each week for a picture.  This week was no different... as you can see by the date I am posting this blog... a week late with Week Six's picture due tomorrow!   Anyways I love being busy and meeting and working with so many new lovely clients I just need more hours in my day.  This week's picture features my crazy daughter but depicts what my last month has been like.   I wanted to try a new technique that when I read about it didn't seem to be that hard... I was soooo wrong.  Panning you are hard... so very hard!   Something to keep practicing that is for sure.  

Week Five: BLUR

2x52: BLOG CIRCLE ONE

52 words | 2 perspectives | 2 continents | opposite sides of the world | every week.

My friend, Sam Mothersole, from New Zealand and I interpreting one word each week, on our own, through our lens.... and posting them together.... two different seasons .... two different sides completely.... and no idea what the other is posting.     

One whole month of this amazing project with Sam and it went by so fast.  I can honestly say I have never made it this far into a personal photography project.  Time. I never seem to have enough of it and my personal time is always the first thing to go.   This project has pushed me to really be intentional on the feelings that I am trying to portray and when time does escape me I have my vault of unedited, unlooked at family pictures to sort through.  But enough about me this blog post is about my amazing partner Sam Mothersole.  She is so amazing and even though we've never met I feel a connection to her.  When we talk its like we are old friends and our pictures though different always seem to have a similar feel to them.   

My favourite picture of hers this month is her Week 3 picture with our inspiration word being BARE.  Sam did what I was too afraid to do.  I played it safe that week and she went all out.  The moment I saw her picture I GASPED out loud.  It made me feel so many emotions- the innocence of her daughters bare shoulders overlayed with the bareness of the winter trees tugged at my heart strings.  I too have a daughter this age and with each passing day and the passing of each season she is growing by leaps and bounds... what I see in her one day is gone the next and this picture captured all of that for me.    Love it.  

Sam and I are not alone in this project we have a great group of photographers linked up with partners all across the world and this month we are hosting our first Blog Circle so please check out Smith & Archer Photography to view their perspective on 2 X 52. 

 

 

2 X 52 WEEK FOUR: WIND

52 words | 2 perspectives | 2 continents | opposite sides of the world | every week.

My friend, Sam Mothersole, from New Zealand and I interpreting one word each week, on our own, through our lens.... and posting them together.... two different seasons .... two different sides completely.... and no idea what the other is posting.     

Week 4! Wow that went so fast just like the week does and then at the end of the week realize I haven't taken my picture for the week!  This week was one of those weeks where I was super busy with clients- a teen portrait session, a newborn lifestyle session, Abbotsford Prom session and then second shooting an amazing wedding at Hart House at Deer Lake Park- and in all of that I did end up taking some amazing wind pictures but alas this project was supposed to be about creating for me and ensuring I actually capture myself and my kids in photographs.  So the more I thought about wind the more I kept going back to our time in Maui this Spring.   It was SOOOOO WINDY there- how did I not know that about Maui?! So this weeks picture is from my massive vault of my own family's pictures from our time in Maui.  

Week Four: WIND

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2 X 52 WEEK THREE: BARE

52 words | 2 perspectives | 2 continents | opposite sides of the world | every week.

My friend, Sam Mothersole, from New Zealand and I interpreting one word each week, on our own, through our lens.... and posting them together.... two different seasons .... two different sides completely.... and no idea what the other is posting.     

This week was hard, if I was brave I would show you the outtakes of what I attempted to create this week but in the end I played it safe.  My creative juices were just not flowing in the right direction for me this week but I pushed through, Sam's picture on the other hand is absolutely amazing. 

Week Three: Bare

2 X 52 WEEK TWO: GLASS

52 words | 2 perspectives | 2 continents | opposite sides of the world | every week.

 

My friend, Sam Mothersole, from New Zealand and I are getting our creative juices flowing by doing this project .... as stated last week we have a word each week , and interpret that word on our own through our lens.... and post them together.... two different seasons .... two different sides completely.... and no idea what the other is posting.     

This week was hard.  I was crazy busy all week and of course left it to the last minute as I was struggling and TOTALLY overthinking this word.  In the end it was one of those instant 'caught in time' moments and when I saw it I knew that was the shot.   

Week Two: Glass

2 BY 52 WEEK ONE: COZY

52 words | 2 perspectives | 2 continents | opposite sides of the world | every week.

 

Myself and my friend, Sam Mothersole, from New Zealand (click here for her absolutely stunning photography- she seriously gives me the feels with her photos) get our creative juices flowing by doing this project .... we have a word each week , and interpret that word on our own through our lens.... and post them together.... two different seasons (still trying to wrap my head around this one) .... two different sides completely.... and no idea what the other is posting.... it's going to be a blast to see what we each come up with... and all the while enjoying the personal challenge we have set to photograph our kids more and to get ourselves in the frames.... we hope you come along for the ride... promise it's going to be a good one.   

Week One : Cozy

Week One: Cozy

Chilliwack Family Filmmaker| A Trip to the Bookman

I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center.
— Kurt Vonnegut

My daughter's favourite activity to do on the weekends is a trip to our local used bookstore, The Bookman.   As a young girl and teenager I loved to read and spent many, many hours in this very same bookstore, they had the best selection of Margaret Atwood and Tom Robbins books!   I began reading to my daughter as an infant and passed on my love of reading to her.  She loves to read out loud to me and to our cat!   She is just slightly obsessed with the Warriors series by Erin Hunter right now but only has two books left and she has read them all! As a family filmmaker is just seemed fitting for us to make a family film of her love of reading, cats and our favourite Chilliwack bookstore. 

The Bookman is an amazing bookstore and is the second largest used bookstore in the Province of British Columbia!  We are so blessed to have this locally owned and operated gem of a bookstore within walking distance from our home.