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The Welch Family

I met this family of four at Stanley Park on one of Vancouver’s hottest days for a little photo shoot. They were friends of very good friends of mine and on their annual visit to BC from Arizona. When I spoke with Carley, she said that she wanted family photos that would showcase a bit of their time in Vancouver, especially since they travel here on an annual basis - something that showed that they were in Vancouver. I don’t think anything gets more clear than that when you go to Stanely Park!

We covered a few areas of the park before ending up at Third Beach where the whole family got into jumping off of the seawall with a little bit of coaxing from their son. The light started getting a little magical and we spent a bit of time in the shaded area while the setting sun poked through the leaves.

Thanks to the Welch family for having me out to commemorate your time spent in Vancouver and future times to come. Safe travels home!


Wilma - Rose - you captured this family so well….lovely family shoot. The light was beautiful and it made them look like they were in fairy land. One of my favorites is where they’re looking at each other….but they all have something special to see. The city in the background, esp the first one, are also really neat. Great job - do a family shoot now and then - love seeing what you do with it.

Tim and Amy :: Squamish Wedding

Tim and Amy wanted to have a really special day in a very special place and they chose Squamish for their destination wedding. Currently living in Saskatoon and with family and friends from all over the world, they gathered in the place known as “Mother of the Wind” on a lovely day in July to celebrate their union.

The day started off with the bride and groom getting ready at the Howe Sound Inn and Brewing Company and then the first look at the O’Siyam Pavilion in the heart of downtown Squamish. Tim and Amy opted to have all their photographs done before the ceremony, which is a great option for couples interested in getting to the party to hang out with their guests a lot faster. We visited a number of spots in the area, including Nexen Beach (which was insanely windy and insanely busy with windsurfers and kitesurfers but we made the best of it!) and the artisan building in town. The day rounded out with the reception at the Inn again where guests munched on a delicious meal and hand-crafted beer brewed at the restaurant.

It was such a wonderful day and it’s always very special when so many people travel from far away places to meet in one place to see their friends get married.

A big thank you to my second shooter, Emily Hoskins of Liberty Tree Photography for helping me out that day and also to Tim and Amy who had us at their wedding. Congrats you two! And for everyone else, enjoy the images!


Wedding dress: Pure Magnolia

Hair: Emily’s Hair Designs

Makeup: Denise Elliott

Flowers: Billies Flower House

Ceremony: O’Siyam Pavillion

Reception and Catering: Howe Sound Inn and Brewing Company

Cake: Erica Sharp

DJ: Presto Entertainment




Meeting Guidebooks for 2013 Couples

In addition to my weddings this summer that I am chugging away at, I am also planning for 2013 bookings. Wedding photographers are always working one year ahead but it’s a tricky balance…..saving the time needed to work on weddings and setting aside a bit of time to work on business processes. I do most of my major planning and any business rehauls during the winter, but sometimes there is some overlap in the summer and it really keeps me on my toes.

One of my projects that is nearing completion is my client meeting guidebook. I’ve been thinking about how I want to approach my in-person client meetings and also have the couple come away with something tangible, without creating too much waste. I’ve created this nifty 8-page booklet that covers all the important things I talk about during our meeting and it’s something the couple can take away and refer back to if they forget something. Or recycled or passed along to friends. I’m still sourcing out printers and I may have one, I’m currently looking at the Rolling Press ~ I’m looking forward to getting a set printed to use for my fall meetings!

Enjoy your weekend and stay cool! It’s a hot one out there!


Tim and Amy :: Day After Whytecliff Park West Vancouver

All I can really say is wow, how privileged am I? Looking back on these I can’t help but feel so grateful of where I live and the wonderful couples I get to hang out with in such beautiful places. I’m quite spoiled, really.

I am posting this Day After session out of sequence because I really, really wanted to and the wedding pictures are going to be a while longer. Plus, I’m not very good with holding back images when I’m done…..I just want to share them as soon as possible!

I met Tim and Amy halfway (they were in Squamish) at Whytecliff Park in West Vancouver, which is one of my favourite haunts simply because, well, it’s quite obvious! It’s so lovely there - nothing gets better than the combination of forest, ocean and mountains. It’s so quintessentially West Coast.

We spent the evening rambling around on the rocks, on the beach and snacking on picnic goodies. It was time to go when the sun went down and it was getting a little too hard to shoot with whatever existing light there was left, but I knew that what I had captured of Tim and Amy at Whytecliff was all kinds of magic.



Jarusha - Beautiful! 8th one down is my fav as well as the 4th from the bottom! Gorgeous light.

Daryl and Sheri :: Smithers Wedding Photographer

It threatened to rain but that didn’t matter. There were a few drops but as soon as it was time for Sheri to walk down the aisle, the sun came out and stayed for the rest of the day. There was just enough breeze to keep everyone comfortable and to rustle the leaves in the aspens on the lakeshore - one of my most favourite sounds in the whole world. And Mt. Hudson was the backdrop, presiding over the union. Perfection.

It was quite the spectacular day with adventures on the lake - Daryl, Sheri, myself and my canoeing partner headed out onto the lake for a few environmental portraits. I’m not quite sure what gets better than a couple on their wedding day in a canoe on a lake in a beautiful place.

Daryl, Sheri, the wedding party and I headed over to our next location for some portraits. Everyone rocked it out and I captured some of my most favourite bridal portraits ever of the couple and of Sheri in her beautiful gown with all her details. Just stunning, truly.

The party was a great one, full of good food, laughter, toasts, games of all sorts, reminiscing and telling stories. Everyone was enjoying themselves thoroughly, sharing in the joy and celebration of a couple committing their lives to each other in marriage.

Thanks so much Daryl and Sheri, your wedding day was so wonderful! And enjoy the pictures, all!


Wedding Dress: Ethos Bridal (boutique)

Wedding Shoes: Sterling Shoes

Hair: Salon 1180

Makeup: Bride

Jewelry: Le Chateau

Ceremony Venue: Private residence

Reception Venue: Smithers Golf and Country Club

Flowers: Bride’s Aunt

Cake: Paul’s Bakery

Catering: Smithers Golf and Country Club

Officiant: Dan Hoogland