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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Chilliwack Family Photographer| Cultus Lake Camping with Friends| Sunnyside Campground

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.   

Source: http://www.claudiawyler.com/blog/2017/5/6/camping-with-friends-cultus-lake-bc

Chilliwack Family Photographer | A Birthday Trip| Disneyland, CA

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. 

disneyland family photograph
meeting winnie the pooh for the first time at disneyland
walking back to the hotel
Source: http://www.claudiawyler.com/blog/2017/3/12/a-birthday-trip-to-disneyland-day-one

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...

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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Chilliwack Family Photographer| A Trip to the Bookman | A Family Film

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.

 

Source: http://www.claudiawyler.com/blog/2016/4/22/a-trip-to-the-bookman

Chilliwack Family Photographer| 3rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Well once again the sun came out in full force for the Garrison Crossing Annual Easter Egg Hunt.  Ever since our favourite local Easter Egg hunt at the duck pond was replaced with a egg drop in a large field I have  longed for a good ol' fashioned Easter Egg Hunt.  Three years ago a friend of mine pulled it together and we have made it a yearly tradition ever since!  Here are a few of my favourite photographs from this years Easter Egg Hunt...