Summer visit to Malcolm Island

For the past few summers, we’ve headed north to Malcolm Island in the traditional territories of the Kwakwaka’wakw people. It’s a magical place that I fall deeply in love with every time we visit. This August was no different.

Many of us go there to camp by the ocean, to hopefully see whales, and most importantly to decompress from the city and reconnect with friends. Here are a few photos from our visit:

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Sneak Peek: Rosie and Loren’s Wedding

Rosie and Loren’s Langley wedding ceremony and reception was at the Cascades Casino Hotel on September 1st.

Following the lovely ceremony, we headed to City Park near the Al Anderson Pool for pictures. It was a perfect sunny day for a wedding. Rosie and Loren have beautiful smiles and it was a joy to work with them.

Rosie and Loren met at summer camp as instructors. But this isn’t just any summer camp. Camp Goodtimes in Maple Ridge is a camp for children with cancer.

These two demonstrated their commitment and a deep sense of dedication for sharing their talents, experiences and big hearts with others. This was on full display at their wedding as they both were showered with stories of their need to give back to their communities.

Congrats to Rosie and Loren, and thank you to your family and friends for welcoming us as part of your celebration.

 

 

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This Is East Van 2

This is east van is a community photography project led by Erin and Rob that highlights the work of dozens of different camera carrying artists in the city.

I was lucky enough to be part of the first book and very humbled to be included in the second book. The launch for number 2 is happening this Saturday July 7th and it’s free.

Sneak Peek: Mel and Kevin’s Wedding

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These are some wedding photos from a recent lakeside Muskoka wedding at the Port Cunnington Lodge and Resort in Ontario.

My dear friend Melanie was married on June 16th to her sweetheart Kevin. Mel and I met in Grade 9 in Sudbury, Ontario. I was thrilled to travel east to join them for their big day.

Mel and Kevin met working in the travel industry and their wedding was themed around their passion for world travel. Each table at the reception was seated according to a country where they had travelled.

They provided guests local treats such as blueberry jam, maple syrup and home made caramel sauce.

The weekend kicked off with a campfire and singing, followed by a beautiful day topped off with an outdoor ceremony on a dock.

The day was rounded off with photo booth for guests which was tons of fun!

As you’ll see, the lyrics for this couple’s first dance is perfect for these two:

“I’ll always follow my heart/ Where ever it takes me/ And until death do us part/ I’ll love you all over the world”

– Willie Nelson, I’ve loved you all over the world

I’ll be in Sudbury next summer, and am looking forward to seeing them again soon.

 

 

 

Ladies Rock Camp Vancouver

For the past two years I’ve worked with a small group of ladies to organize Ladies Rock Camp Vancouver. The weekend-long camp held in May is fundraiser for Girls Rock Camp Vancouver.

One of the reasons I got involved in putting on the camp is because I really wish that I’d had access to a camp like this when I was younger. As I experienced last year as a camper, it’s incredibly fun and empowering to work with other women in a creative space.

Sixteen ladies, age 19 and older, of all skill levels, participate in the ladies camp which starts with band formation on Friday and ends in a live performance on Sunday. All of their songs can be heard online here: http://www.youtube.com/user/LadiesRockCamp

This year I took the photos for the four bands.
Let me introduce you to our new stars:

The Babes
Nasty Newbies
Murmur Murders
Broken Cat Dreams

Earnest Ice Cream

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Erica and Ben are the two brains behind the new Earnest Ice Cream. These two live by their values when it comes to their business. They make their ice cream in small batches using seasonal and local ingredients. They also won me over with their packaging- reusable glass jars!

The three of us got together at the Woodland Smokehouse for a session to capture some of their delicious treats. And yes, I sampled everything!

We worked as a team to prepare the ice cream in advance by storing the scoops ahead of time on a cookie sheet in a walk in freezer. When we were ready to put the ice cream under the lights, we all moved quickly to ensure that we captured the right image.

They’ve used the photos for their website and branding.

 

You can try Earnest Ice Cream at the Woodland Smokehouse, Harvest Community Foods and the Vancouver Farmers Markets.