gulf- sland wedding photographer

gulf island wedding | richelle & yasha

richelle & yasha were married on one of the gulf islands’ quiet gems, denman island, & their rustic farm wedding celebrated their beautiful union & also the union of 2 communities, 2 neighbouring islands – denman & hornby. They met in high school, taking the bus to & from courtenay, shared friendships, a love of the natural world, the beach, the mountains, a few parties. A few years after becoming sweethearts, they walked into marriage on yasha’sView full post »

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hornby island lifestyle family celebration

an early evening on hornby island, a sweet lifestyle family celebration session. i call my family/couple/newborn/solo sessions – really anything other than weddings – Celebration Sessions. Because that’s what they are to me. An opportunity to celebrate this time in your life. To document the beauty of your every day, the fleeting, telling moments that make up so much of our lives & relationships. These are lifestyle sessions in that way… they’re lessView full post »

hornby island bc wedding

hornby island bc wedding | claire & agustin

a hornby island, bc wedding… a hot summer day, a gary oak grove overlooking the sea, friends & family from all corners of the globe, gathering together on hornby island bc to witness & celebrate the wedding of claire & agustin. And what a celebration it was… heartfelt & tender, filled with joy & wonder, breathtaking beauty, heaps of happiness & deep abiding love. All those miles traveled, all those days & hours, airports, rental cars & ferries, allView full post »

hornby island maternity

lisa & justin took some time away from their full busy lives to sink into some serious r&r here on hornby island & we met up for a maternity session. Beautiful evening light, warm ocean air, 2 fabulous people, 1 wonder dog, & a whole lot of love makes for some sweet times shared. Some wise little is growing up in lisa, getting ready for a life with these 2 fun seeking, world traveling, family loving individuals. I anticipate a whole lot of wonder & delight in theView full post »

telegraph cove wedding | melissa & mike

I had a blast 2nd shooting melissa & mike’s gorgeous telegraph cove wedding last year with the wonderfully talented shane deringer. (Check out his gorgeous work & his blog post from their day here). And if you’re getting married on the north island, consider telegraph cove as a venue. It is amazing. A photograph everywhere we looked. Heartfelt gratitude to melissa & mike & their tribe of fabulous for having me along, lurking quietly around the edges of theView full post »

vancouver island family photographer

Spring break. Dear friends. Beach walks & dips in the water. view full post hereView full post »

victoria newborn photographer | len valentine

heading to victoria + spending time with baby lenny & his happy mama & papa + snapping a few newborn photos = a whole lot of happy for this photographer/grandma. How’d i get so lucky? wee lenny is as sweet as they come… all cooing & gurgling, sweet lip pursing, open eyed wonder & still sleepy, sleepy newborn loveliness. Such a whole lot of yum. And fun. His parents are settling happily into their newfound roles & routine, hearts full & much delight &View full post »

victoria birth photographer | brand new

it’s an incredible gift to get to be a part of watching someone grow up. To have been given the opportunity to love & care for little people who weren’t born of my body but were certainly born in my heart & mind. Whose lives have helped shape mine & whose love has shone light in my darkest corners & made my bright spots a little brighter. And then to get to see them all grown up, in love with someone amazing, married & one day, one very special day, toView full post »

victoria maternity

The night before baby len’s arrival, ryan, midori & i walked around their fernwood neighbourhood in victoria for their maternity session. Late day, early evening, fading light, so much fun & laughter, anticipation & deep, sweet love. These two warm my heart right through. They are parents now, days later. Finding the groove of getting life done in few hour increments. All while falling deeper & deeper in love with their sweet love bug, lenny valentine. Photos ofView full post »

us… in paris.

We went home to belgium over the holidays, to spend time with Marc’s family & reconnect to the land & people there. But we took a detour to paris on the way. And spent 5 jet-lagged, sleep deprived days walking, walking, walking around & through that amazing city. Tess was a blast to travel with. So easy. We walked through museums, along the sienne, through old cobblestone streets that have held people for centuries. The old country, indeed. Before we left, i put theView full post »

tess…

The other day tess & i took a walk around helliwell. And she was happy to have me bring my camera (which doesn’t happen a lot these days). She likes us to have our time to ourselves & not have me behind the lens. I get it. So i’m grateful to capture some of these moments when all is well in our world & she’s shining, as she does… view full post hereView full post »

intimate hornby island wedding | ryan & midori

one of the greatest gifts there can be is the opportunity to stand back & watch our kids marry someone wonderful. This post is a sweet celebration of just that. eight years ago, midori & ryan crossed paths, for a few sweet weeks, before she headed back home to japan. And their dance began. And it’s been a joy watching them find their way through the years, through different countries, different homes, changing careers paths, directions, hopes & dreams. To watch themView full post »

victoria wedding | meredith & justin

meredith & justin were married at the gorgeous fairholme manor in victoria, bc. Their wedding day was a sweet intimate gathering & they walked into marriage surrounded & supported by their closest family & friends. It was a true delight & honour to be carried through their day, through the joy & laughter, the tender intimacies, the shared love & gentle celebration of the vows they shared with one another. Their love of one another, of beautiful spaces, theirView full post »

campbell river wedding | danielle & rod

danielle & rod were married just outside campbell river at the stunning shelter point distillery. Their day was filled with late summer sunshine, clear skies, a gathering of very fun & supportive family & friends, loads of laughter & a whole lot of beautiful everywhere, inside this sweet couple & all around them. The speeches were heartfelt & hilarious, there were his & hers cakes (complete with miniature stanley cup), beautiful details, great food, fabulousView full post »

quadra island wedding | megan & spencer

Call me bias, but i do love a gulf island wedding… & megan & spencer’s quadra island wedding was the epitome of why. Their laid back, seemingly effortless grace & open-heartedness, wrapped in a stunning coastal environment, at a lodge set at the edge of the sea, a fantastic gathering of family & friends, all the love & warmth & caring, made it a pure pleasure to witness & document. Lucky me. It was a summer of sunshine. And the sun shone hot &View full post »

ucluelet wedding | heather & luke

Back in late august, i headed out to ucluelet to photograph heather & luke’s wedding celebration. I took my little family along, packed up in our westy, & made it a working holiday. Such gifts! We woke up that saturday morning, in the heart of the west coast rainforest, with the rain pouring down, quite literally in buckets. “Mama, i can’t sleep any longer, it’s too loud”. And so lying there listening to the pounding rhythm of waves falling from theView full post »

hornby island photographer | mccartys

Now & then i get the opportunity to be a photographer right here at home, on hornby island. Better yet with a sweet family who are also good friends. And then when everything unfolds rather perfectly… helliwell park in the early evening, beautiful light, the lingering warmth of summer, fabulous people, good connections, a whole lot of lovely & it all leads to some sweet captures, i’m left wondering, how’d i get to be so lucky? view full post hereView full post »

pemberton wedding | julia & steve

it was the height of summer when my family & i made the journey to the oh-so-beautiful pemberton valley to photograph julia & steve’s fabulous wedding celebration. And what a celebration it was! Hot summer sun, heaps of fantastic friends & family, the most amazing venue at van loon farms, mountain views, giant jenga, bocche, great food, wonderful hosts, & loads of love & laughter & such heartfelt beauty swirling around everywhere. It was all ratherView full post »

vancouver island wedding | kat & michel

it was a hot summer day when i drove down vancouver island to the oh-so-gorgeous milner garden’s in qualicum beach for kat & michel’s wedding ceremony. Their wedding was centered around the gathering of family & friends. And they all came, filled with love & support for these two fabulous people, & their day was a joy to be swept up in. The grounds & gardens were a blast to wander through with kat & michel & their fabulous wedding party. Lots toView full post »

vancouver island wedding | carla & warren

in early august, i made my way over to vancouver island to photograph carla & warren’s amazing wedding at the shelter point distillery. It was that mid-summer wonder, just days before the barley was cut, so the fields around the distillery were golden, the skies were blue, the sun shone hot & everything was about as perfect as can be.  Their story is one of both small town neighbourhoods & world wide travel. And for their walk into marriage, carla & warren cameView full post »

galiano wedding | cheryl & tyler

late july found me on galiano island, at the fabulous bodega ridge, to photograph cheryl & tyler’s oh-so-beautiful walk into marriage, their spectacular wedding day. And what a day it was… surrounded by an amazing gathering of family & friends, nestled in the incredible beauty of the gulf islands, celebrating their life shared together & all that lies ahead. Their joy was infectious. And tender. And wonderfully true. And simply a joy to witness & be around.View full post »

gabriola wedding | jason & michelle

in july i made the journey over to gabriola island to photograph jason & michelle’s incredible wedding celebration. The day started with silent meditation, yoga & guru puja. All sprinkled with the laughter, curiosity & inclusiveness of small children. This was a gathering that honoured family, young & old, & the beauty of connectedness with the kinship of friends. There was good food, amazing locations, beautiful flowers, some rain, bright sunshine, heartfeltView full post »