Happy Mother’s Day!

Even though it’s Mother’s Day, I feel blessed every day that I have two amazing sons who are such characters, and who make me laugh on a daily basis.  They are helping to mold me into a better person, and I can’t imagine my life without them.
Here’s a shout out to all the great moms out there. To the ones that are just starting out, learning the nuances of what each little sound means; and who maybe sometimes feel like they have no idea what they are doing. To the ones who have loved and lost a child… the heartbreak is unimaginable to me, but I wish you all the strength in the world to not give up.  To each and every mom, I say to you “Do your best, and you will be great.”  That’s all that these little people who look up to us ask for… our best we can be on each given day.  Sometimes your best might just be that you got them dressed and fed… there shouldn’t be any judging as long as you do your best.

Here’s to each and every one of you that is a mom, or love a mom….  enjoy your day!

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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Teen Birthday Sessions Coquitlam

When O’s mom contacted me to shoot her daughter’s birthday session, I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but I thought it would be a lot of fun.  Sure enough, O brought her great friend P, and the two of them had a blast posing, laughing and making memories.  It brought me back to my childhood days, having fun with my girlfriends.  So, not only was I able to capture these moments for this duo, but I got to relive some of the charm of being 13.

Enjoy your teasers…

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It’s a Boy! – Maple Ridge Newborn Photographer

When Lisa emailed to see if I could find a time to shoot her brand new baby boy I knew I had to rearrange some things to make sure I could find time.  I just knew that her little boy would be precious and adorable… and I was right! Mr. E took a while to settle down (but in the meantime I got some great eye contact from him!) but once he was sleeping peacefully we managed to get some great shots with him.  So, welcome to the world, little Mr. E…

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Gorgeous Family with a gorgeous backyard in gorgeous light – North Vancouver Family Photography

Do you think I enjoyed this shoot?  Do you think I think it was gorgeous?!?  Well, it was.  When Melody contacted me to shoot her extended family in her North Vancouver backyard I was a little nervous about shooting such a large group in a location I’d never seen.  One look at her backyard and my nerves were calmed.  A huge sectional couch was an amazing backdrop, plus cedar hedges along the edge, and the coolest rustic fence ever. (I’ve been told that I can have the fence when they renovate, and I just might take them up on the offer! It had so much great texture!)

Here are some of my favourites from the session:

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Wedded Bliss- My brother’s Kelowna Wedding

This is going to be a long post! When my brother and his fiance Michelle announced that they were getting married outside in July, in Kelowna, I was stoked — I love shooting outdoor ceremonies.  I won’t lie, though… when I saw the forecast for 40 degree temperatures I was not quite as excited.  A big thank you to Lisa from Redfern Photography for helping me out during the ceremony and start of reception… you were a champ in the heat!

The day started at Michelle’s sister’s house in Carrs Landing… a gorgeous log home with AC. Make up was applied and hair was swept up, getting ready for the day.

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Aren’t her dress, shoes and accessories just gorgeous?  I love these detail shots!

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They got married at the Ellison Wedding Garden, which was a fabulous venue. The owner even invited us in to her home to get Michelle into her dress, as the day was so hot.   (So hot, check out how these amazing bridesmaids helped keep the bride cool while getting her dress on!)

getting ready7And getting ready wouldn’t be complete without the shotgun of some Red Bull before heading out into the sun…

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There was ample bench seating for the guests, and a lovely walkway for the wedding party to walk down and into the ceremony.  Here are the ladies, making their way down to the walkway.

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The guys were melting in their suits, but they look good doing it!

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The wedding garden overlooks the Kelowna airport but we were lucky that no large airplanes took off or landed while the ceremony was happening.  Short, sweet, with amazing hand-written vows the ceremony was perfect.  You could just see the love between them.

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I’ll show off a few of my favourite formal pictures to end this post…. and to say that I am so glad that Michelle has joined our family, and I wish you both many many years of happiness.

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Nicholas, a Tiny Light

I met Nicholas, a cute, content 22 month old, last week for our session at his house with his parents and his sister.  The backyard was gorgeous with large trees and lush grass and a perfect setting for our shoot.  I love volunteering with the Tiny Light Foundation because I get to meet such special, amazing families, and Nicholas didn’t disappoint.

Nicholas has Spinal Muscular Atrophy, which you can read more about on his page… https://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Boy-Named-Nicolas/606296976126778  (and if you happen to be in Maple Ridge buying liquor, please go to the Maple Ridge Liquor Store on 207th and Lougheed and just mention Nicholas’ name at the cashier and the store will donate 5% of your sale to Nicholas’ cause.)

He is a fighter, a trooper, and shows us that although the forecast might look dark, you can always shine on.

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