Maple Ridge Wedding Photographer | Brandon & Rebecka Wedding Sneak Peak | Whonnock Lake, BC

Love and wild hearts in the Pacific North West. I couldn’t adore this couple more! From the very first time we met for coffee to discuss their wedding to our rain soaked hugs as I said goodbye after their wedding reception at Whonnock Lake- they were hands down amazing. The love and care they have for each other and everyone around them, was overflowing. Rebecka and Brandon- you are my people. I am still laughing at your families rendition of your love story and I am so honoured you chose me out of a sea of photographers to capture your memories.

Here is a sneak peak of your day…

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Joanie Loves Chachi Band | Chilliwack, BC | Mainstreet Night Club

Last year I had the pleasure of capturing Joanie Loves Chachi at Party in the Park. They promised there was big things to come and sure enough this summer they hit the recording studio and are working on an album! The new music coming out of this close knit trio is amazing and I am so excited for the upcoming release of a full album.

Last night they opened up for The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets and DOA (those pictures are still to follow) at Mainstreet Night Club in Chilliwack, BC. Here are a few pictures from their set.

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Vancouver Documentary Photographer| Day in the Life Session| Katherine, Shane & Tig

Chilliwack Day In the Life

Documentary Photographer

When Katherine approached me about photographing her family on one of their last Saturday’s in their home before relocating out of Vancouver, BC my heart just about burst. THIS is the type of session that makes my heart soar. Day In The Life Sessions tell the story of you and your everyday life by capturing your day in pictures.

It’s the little things that make a house a home and Katherine gets it. She described wanting the first home they had with their daughter captured, the day to day things they do- preserved- and the memory of their time here saved for her daughter to look back on when she is older.  I arrived at their East Vancouver home mid morning just in time to capture a quick play date that had been arranged with some dear friends prior to a routine walk in their neighborhood and brunch at one of their favourite local eateries, The Red Wagon. The day was filled with exploration, play time, a quick nap and pasta making and then after Shane left for work Katherine and Tig closed out the evening with a sweet ceremony honouring their home and their time in it.

So much love and little moments that allowed time to be frozen, if just for a minute, before everything changes. Life in East Vancouver filled with cool shops, amazing eateries and a steady stream of close friends dropping by has been left behind for new adventures in the mountains for this family, and I cannot wait to go and visit them again, once they are all settled in their new digs.

Want to book a Day in the Life session in your home?  This is the perfect type of session especially if you have older kids!  Let's chat!  Contact me here.

If you would like to preserve this time in your family's life with a Day in the Life Photography Session, please contact me for more information. I would love to document your family's story. Let’s chat.

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Aldergrove Wedding Photographer | Robert & Katelyn | Campbell Valley Park & Family Backyard Wedding

When I first met Katelyn and Robert for coffee, almost a year ago now, to discuss their wedding photography vision, I was a ball of nerves but honestly I had zero reason to be! These two are the kindest most laid back couple ever and their main goal was for the guests to feel comfortable and have fun! We had such an amazing time at their engagement session earlier this Spring in the gorgeous Cherry Blossoms at Queen Elizabeth Park, just like Robert’s parents did many years ago, that I knew their wedding day would be nothing short of perfect and exactly as they had described.

When I met up with Katelyn the morning of her wedding she was so relaxed and confident- there was zero nerves- just confidence about marrying the love of her life. We quickly whisked off to Campbell Valley Park for her and Robert’s first look and it took everything in my power to not start crying at Robert’s reaction to seeing Katelyn for the first time on their wedding day. These two are so in love.

Robert’s parents home was both the ceremony and reception location and the amount of work they put into their property to make it absolutely perfect for this love filled day, did not go unnoticed. Can you believe that their parents did all the decor themselves?! Robert’s mom grew all the flowers in their backyard and Katelyn’s mom put together all the Bouquets for the day! Robert and Katelyn had Growlers designed as wedding favours and brewed all the beer for the day. The whole day was filled with love and laughter surrounded by family and friends- exactly as Robert and Katelyn wanted.

Congratulations Robert and Katelyn!

Here is a sneak peak of their wedding day.

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Vancouver Event Photographer| Punk in Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival | PNE AMPHITHEATER| Vancouver, BC |

Much like my life that has always been split in a million different ways, so is my photography. Everyone always talks about branding and sticking to one genre- the mantra of you haven’t made it till you find your one genre and stick to it, but I just can’t be boxed in like that. My love for concert photography is just as great as my love for capturing the love and connection of a couple committing their lives to each other, as is, the raw and real moments of a family welcoming their first baby or capturing their day to day lives and the important moments that matter. I guess my work, all of it, encompasses one thing, my passion for authenticity.

I have always loved to photograph live music. I grew up with all my close friends playing in bands and it wasn’t a house party unless the living room furniture was pushed up against the wall to make room for the drums or like at my house right outside into the driveway, much to my older brother’s dismay upon returning from University a day early while my parents were out of town!

A couple of years ago I was introduced into the world of ‘real’ concert photography- shows that weren’t just my old high school friends playing at venues- as cool as the age old saying ‘I’m with the Band' is- there is a rush that comes with photographing for a publication that promotes your images from the show and to see a band share your images, with credit of course, to their fan base.

I have photographed a lot of concerts in the past two years but have never shared my work on my website as it doesn’t seem to fit with what I do regularly but alas that whole being boxed in again. So here I am sharing this other side to me- one that I do share all over my Instagram for those of you that follow me it is a common occurrence for me to post images of newborns, weddings, kids at the beach and a concert image all in one day! That’s me. That is who I am. Sharing moments that matter from my eyes. My full review of the show and all my images from the day can be found here:

http://www.behindthescenepress.com/live/2019/7/23/punk-in-drublic-at-pne-amphitheater-in-vancouver

Here are some of my favourites of the day.

THE LAST GANG

This amazing female-led Punk band out of Los Angeles has a ton of catchy songs that many in the crowd were singing along to. My favourites and ones to definitely check out if you haven’t heard this band before are ‘Identity,’ ‘Secret Sounds’ and ‘Believe in the Poet.’ Despite having only discovered this band a few weeks back when looking to see who the opening acts were for Punk in Drublic, The Last Gang has solidified a place in my punk rock heart.

CHIXDIGGIT

I did end up missing the beginning Chixdiggit’s performance due to beer chaos but managed to capture the last part of their set. I had never heard of this Calgary based band, and I was pleasantly surprised. They seem to have a large local following as the crowds doubled from what they were for the opening act.

ANTI-FLAG

Anti-Flag shows are always high energy and full speed from start to finish. The mosh pit is not always the safest place to be, especially loaded with camera gear, but a girl’s gotta do what she’s gotta do to get the shot- especially when Chris #2 closes out the show by singing from within the middle of the Mosh Pit!

THE REAL MCKENZIES

The Real McKenzies are a Vancouver based Celtic punk band that belts out traditional Scottish songs with a punk-influenced sound. The crowd was intense, the circle pit even more intense, yet everyone always had a smile on their face.

BAD RELIGION

As the sun began to set, the gorgeous mountain backdrop lit up behind the stage as Bad Religion prepared to get the beer-fueled crowd into a frenzy. Forty years and this band is still a powerhouse on stage with front-man Greg’s vocals not missing a single beat.

NOFX

It’s been 16 years since I’ve seen NOFX live and nothing has changed. Ongoing pranks, witty alcohol-fueled banter and some confusion as the night progressed as to what song they were actually playing, none of it mattered, it’s a NOFX show and precisely what all their fans have come to love and expect from their shows.

This was a Craft Beer Festival but I do not believe the organizers expected the turn out they got. I stood in line for 40 minutes before giving up, and I ended up not using any of my tickets to sample some of the amazing Craft Beer’s our area has to offer.

As the sun continued to beat down on the crowds, I noticed a few things, one being the vibe. It’s not often Vancouver sees a festival dedicated to Punk and everyone there was so happy to be there with their ‘tribes.’ Large friend groups could be seen throughout the day enjoying music, beer, and friendships- new and old. Conversations were had in the long beer lines with total strangers, and the sense of comradery amongst everyone was seen all day long. It was hot. There were no water fountains, and the lines to get drinks were ridiculous the whole day, but no one seemed frustrated or really seemed to care. It was a day filled with strangers throwing out compliments, high fives, and hugs when needed. It was an all-hands-on-deck day with no one going down if a Punk Rocker could help it. The mantra of Punk never dies was loud and true.

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Mission Wedding Photographer | Emilia & Andy | Bakerview Mennonite Brethren Church & Eighteen Pastures Golf Course

When I first met Emilia and Andy for their engagement session earlier this year they came across as this quite and sweet couple. Never in a million years did I expect to laugh as loud and as hard as I did while photographing their wedding this past Friday afternoon. I met up with them shortly before they said their wedding vows at the gorgeous Bakerview Mennonite Brethren Church. After the ceremony we headed off to Eighteen Pastures in Mission, BC where we spent the afternoon exploring the grounds by Golf Cart. Had I not been holding on for dear life during our Golf Cart adventures I likely would have taken some video footage, but alas keeping myself and my camera safely in the almost sideways Golf Cart was the priority, trust me though, it was hilarious! Here is a sneak peak of their wedding day.

Emilia was absolutely stunning and Andy couldn’t stop staring at her all day. Their day was filled with so much love AND laughter and I couldn’t have imagined a better day for them to celebrate their love and devotion for each other. Congratulations Emilia and Andy!

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Abbotsford Wedding Photographer | Rebekah & Levi | Aldergrove Regional Park & Aldergrove Canadian Reformed Church

Oh my word friends… wedding season is off with a BANG. Here is a sneak peak into Rebekah and Levi’s gorgeous wedding day last Friday. We started off with the gorgeous couple getting ready in Abbotsford, BC and then off to Aldergrove Regional Park for a first look and Bridal Portraits. Rebekah was stunning and I could truly feel the deep love and connection they have for each other throughout the day. They said their wedding vows at Aldergrove Reformed Church where we stayed for a fun filled night filled with moving speeches and hilarious games planned out by family and friends. Wishing you both a lifetime of happiness.

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Chilliwack Newborn Photographer| In Home Documentary Session| The Togeretz Family

Chilliwack Newborn Documentary Photographer

At an In-Home Newborn Session

Can we just talk about how much I adore In Home Newborn sessions? Having a baby is exhausting and honestly the thought of leaving my house to do newborn photos was the last thing on my mind when I had my babies. I so wish I had known that I could have had a photographer come to my home and capture this new phase in our lives and be totally stress free. That’s the amazing thing about newborn sessions in your home- it is, how it is. The newborn phase is a blur- no matter how you look at it- it truly passes so quickly; as do the memories. Let’s take those raw moments of this time in your life and preserve them into something tangible, that can be held onto for a lifetime. A documentary newborn photo session is always extra special for me as I love capturing siblings and their reactions to the newest family member in the house. I adore all children and always go out of my way to ensure that even the older siblings feel a part of your in home newborn session as its just as much their story as it is babies. And while baby sleeps I always make sure to capture the love and connection between the couple, as your love deserves to be captured and preserved as well.

I spent a beautiful Saturday morning photographing this adorable family of four in their Chilliwack home, a few days after sweet Iris’ birth, and it was nothing short of wonderful. Tanya forewarned me that Big Sister Everly could sometimes be shy and apprehensive with new people but within a few minutes we were fast friends and giggled through much of our time together.  She even tried to take over the with Daddy’s go pro!

I am so honoured that Tanya and Josh put their trust in me to capture these fleeting moments with their young girls as they transition from a family of 3 to a family of 4.

Make sure to watch the slideshow as it shows many images not shown in this post.

Click on the PLAY head to watch the slideshow.

Want to book a storytelling Newborn session in your home?   Let's chat!  Contact me here.

Want to book an In Home Documentary Newborn Session?   Let's chat!  Contact me here.

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Abbotsford Family Photographer | Family Mini Session | The Voorhorst's

Abbotsford Family Photographer

Family Mini Session

Back in September I spent a warm Fall evening with The Voorhorst’s documenting their life in their family home before they move back to Alberta this summer. As Winter approached Christina mentioned needing updated family pictures for their Christmas Cards and I of course jumped at the chance of hanging out with her adorable family once again.

We decided to do a mini session in Abbotsford after a family trip to Castle Fun Park, it all sounded perfect but what poor Christina didn’t think of was that her sweet little Peanut would jump into the creek and get soaked during a game of mini golf! Christina did a quick run to the store to grab Peanut some new pants and we managed to grab a handful of family images in the bitter cold. The kids didn’t last long and wanted to run and play because what they knew of Miss Claudia was that she DIDN’T want them to pose for her as per her rules from our last session lol- way for me to confuse these little munchkins! I knew I had what I needed so with some pleading to Tyson I managed to capture this sweet couples love for each other as we wrapped up their mini Family photo session.

Want to book a session with me?   Let's chat!  Contact me here.

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Chilliwack Family Photographer | Day in the Life Documentary Session | This is Us | The Denham's

Day in the Life Family Documentary Session

Chilliwack Family Photographer

I spent the morning with The Denham's capturing them as they are. I know so many people with kids in that late child early tween stage that continually tell me that family pictures are so boring or not needed at this stage as So much fun! I adore just hanging out with families and capturing them as they are. From pjs and breakfast to video games and a trip to the Skate park- we did it all. Are our day to day lives always pretty? Nope, but they are our lives and they are beautiful and messy and chaotic and that's okay. There is beauty in us, just as we are.

With all of the changes that occur during those middle years of being a kid to being a teen, this really is the prime time to capture your kids. These Day in the Life sessions capture those unique facial expressions and interests that highlight that fine line between being a kid and growing into a teenager.

Day In the Life Documentary sessions document who your kids are TODAY… in all its glory because my word it’s changing SO fast!  They also boost your children’s confidence- your kids will feel like a Rockstar having me follow them around doing the things THEY life to do! Kids are often think they are too cool for their picture to be taken but I promise your kids will think its a novelty and super cool and will be yelling at me to photograph them doing all sorts of things. Trust me! It is all about Self-Expression… they get to wear what they want, bring what they want and go where they want during our entire session. They want to meet up with friends, or have some friends drop in during our time- awesome! The more the merrier, lets document the days where friendships really begin and BFF is every other word in their vocabulary.

Want to book a Day in the Life Session?   Let's chat!  Contact me here.

Click on the PLAY head to watch the Slideshow!

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Want to book a Day in the Life session?   Let's chat!  Contact me here.

Pitt Meadows Engagement Photographer| Pitt Lake Engagement | Gagan & Nick

GAGAN & NICK

PITT MEADOWS ENGAGEMENT SESSION

It’s been five years since I first met Gagan when was my practicum student at my day job. I loved her personality immediately and I was beyond thrilled when she graduated and was hired on full time. Over the past five years I have watched not only her confidence grow but her love for Nick. Her whole face lights up when she talks about him and they are absolutely perfect together. Long before Nick even proposed to her, Gagan would always comment on my wedding photography and excitedly tell me that when the time comes she would want me to take her engagement pictures. So I was beyond thrilled when Nick finally proposed to her in NEW YORK on top of the Rock in June- he even asked a stranger to make sure to get a picture! The cutest thing ever!

As soon as Gagan came back to work she started talking with me about doing their engagement pictures- she had only one request- MOUNTAIN views! Not a problem I told her as we brainstormed different locations knowing that Pitt Lake was the perfect location to capture her vision. We planned it all out, just to come to the date and have to cancel because of all the smoke from the wild fires this summer- you could not see a few feet in front of you, let alone our gorgeous mountains! We decided to reschedule again for September.

September came and so did the Fall rains- torrential rains. Gagan and I messaged over and over all morning hoping that the rains would let up but the rains didn’t let up- in fact it rained harder and harder so in the end we decided to reschedule again. Finally we decided to plan for a weekday instead of waiting for the weather to cooperate for us on the weekend and boy did it pay off! We had so much fun exploring the gorgeousness that is Pitt Lake and the surrounding area for their engagement pictures.

Congratulations Gagan and Nick~ I am so excited for your upcoming wedding this Spring where I get to attend as a friend and celebrate your love for each other.

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Chilliwack Family Photographer| Day In the Life Family Documentary Session | This is Us | The Unruh's

Chilliwack Family Photographer- This Is Us- Family Documentary Photographer- I photographed this amazing family in their home in early November in Chilliwack, BC. I love shooting in home documentary photography family sessions as it allows me to capture families as they are. I get to follow you around with my camera and capture the laughter, the tears, the in between moments, the goof ball moments and the utter chaos that surrounds our lives as we go about our everyday lives.s So what do we do in these type of documentary family sessions? Anything you want!

Can I just say how much I love repeat clients?! Especially the ones that love capturing their lives through a documentary perspective. Gah it gives me all the feels. I have photographed this amazing family a handful of times now, first their oldest daughter’s wedding, then back to school portraits for their youngest two daughters, and now the most amazing in home documentary session as they prepare for a new phase in their lives. This family was planning a move from their family home this Fall to purchase a home in a neighbourhood closer to their children’s school. As a result they knew they needed to have their lives documented in their home prior to moving. Stacy spoke of her love of watching the girls playing outside from her kitchen window and how Mike was usually out there with them and her desire to have all of this captured. We all have that one place in our homes that is special and dear to us. For Stacy it was her families outdoor space looking out onto the protected green belt- they even have their very own COYOTE den in the back field- EEK! Alas, those Coyotes didn’t come out to play while i was there- I guess they are camera shy!

I absolutely adore this family and their love for each other, the girls are funny, witty, smart and love with their whole hearts, and had me in stitches most of the time with their goofiness. These girls are FUN! They have great imaginations, are super sporty and love performing- they routinely put on dance shows and plays for their parents in the living room as part of their nightly routine. Both Stacy and I recall doing this exact same thing when we were kids for our parents. I guess there is something about needing an audience to show off your talents!

Wanting to get your own memories and traditions captured in a family session?  Let's chat! 

Contact me here.

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Langley Family Photographer | Day in the Life Family Film | This is Us~ The Voorhorst's

Chilliwack Family Photographer travels to Langley for a This Is Us- Family Film Documentary Session. This past Spring I attended a workshop and I remember leaving thinking, well that was a waste of time, as I truly didn't feel I got anything out of it. Boy was I ever wrong... what I got out of it was not the topic of the workshop but so much more... I seriously won the jackpot in meeting Christina there. She has become a confidant, a sounding board and one heck of a friend. Thank you for being you Christina, and with her I also get to hang out with this pack of crazy cuteness and Tyson too! Christina and Tyson are planning a big move this summer and are leaving me to move back to Alberta so Christina wanted to make sure they had a tangible memory of their home here in Langley, BC before they left. Something she could hold on to for years to come.

So we did just that. We spent a warm Fall evening at their home playing and then when Tyson got home from work they loaded the kids up and off we went to White Rock, BC for Fish and Chips on the beach, something they love to do with the kids to burn off energy before bedtime. After dinner, the little’s ran around chasing seagulls as I tried to capture them in photographers and on film and then it was back home again for wash up and bedtime routines. Make sure you watch their film to the end as their family prayer tradition is one of the sweetest things I’ve ever heard.

Looking for information on how to get your own memories and traditions in a family film? Read more here.

Make sure to push the PLAY HEAD above to watch their Family Film.

Want to book a storytelling Slice of Life Session?   Let's chat!  Contact me here.

If you would like to preserve this time in your family's life with a Day in the Life- This is Us Photo + Video Photography session , please contact me for more information. I would love to document your family's story. Let’s chat.

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Chilliwack Birth Photographer | Home Water Birth | Meet Baby E

It’s been almost four years since Misty contacted me asking me to photograph her upcoming birth. I remember being shocked that she would trust or want someone who was just starting out in their birth photography journey to capture something so big, so monumental. I had only captured two births in Chilliwack, BC, prior to her enquiry, both for friends, but despite me trying to talk her out of hiring me she insisted. I remember Misty telling me how she had saved through out her pregnancy to afford a birth photographer for this birth as she regretted not doing this for her two previous births with her sons, and nothing was going to stop her from having the birth of her daughter captured in photographs.

Misty was due the first week of January 2015 so throughout the Christmas break I checked my phone non stop, kept my ringer on high with the most annoying ringtone I could find to ensure no matter what- I would be there for the birth of their daughter. And so it was shortly before 10pm I received the text message that her water had broken earlier and the midwives were on their way and that I should come now.

When I arrived it was evident that there was no shortness of love going around. Her husband and her best friend and labor coach were by her side every step of the way. Misty labored long and hard throughout the night and by sunrise on December 29, 2014 sweet baby E was welcomed earth side. Shortly afterwards her two older brothers were brought home by the neighbours and they showered her with love and kisses and fed their tired mama her favourite snack, pineapple chunks.