hornby island sunset maternity session

hornby island sunset maternity session

it was the height of summer. Hot beach days spilling into warm beach evenings, sand castles & conversations, swims & spontaneous suppers shared with friends. Long, lazy, restful days… when you’re on holiday, on hornby island. And all the more beautiful & precious when you’re wrapped up with your sweetheart, celebrating the growing little still tucked happily away inside. The last summer of life as a duo. I met up with charo & craig at little trib, wandered through the tall grass fields at our neighbours’ & headed to the beach, following the sunset light. Our short session stretched out like those summer days tend to… hard to leave when we’re wrapped up in the warmth of the setting sun & the vibrant glow of the golden hour. That sweet little is still growing. And we’re all waiting to see who’s going to come to share charo & craig’s days. And nights. Who will come to create their trio. Big gifts. And so much love.

xo

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lifestyle-family session hornby island

lifestyle family session hornby island

joss grew up on hornby. And each summer – & many times throughout the year – she comes with her own little tribe to settle back into the home that grew her from child-into-adult-hood. I think to call it their 2nd home is an understatement… it’s their hornby home, as much a part of their family as the one they live in when not here. And for those summer weeks, they shed their active city lives & fall easily into the rhythms of island living – long afternoons spent sunning & swimming, mountain biking, music making, gardening, days & evenings spent hanging with great friends & extended family, nights spent sleeping under the stars. We booked one of their last summer evenings & i met them at their beautiful home & just hung back & followed the fun. Then a drive down to little trib to meet up with dear friends, well family really, to wrap up all the love. I hope a little of their silly fun-loving-ness, deep love & connection shines through in these captures. Because there’s sure a whole lot of it swirling within & around them all.

xo

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  • Juniper Le Baron

    Exquisite photos of such joy and love!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea Kaback

    These are so fantastic! I love them all. Such wonderful captures of this fabulous family. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

 

vancouver island beach side lifestyle family session

vancouver island beach side lifestyle family session

bobby & i met online. We’re both part of a blog – our littles collected – a group of working photographers who once a week post a photo of our littles. So we’ve seen more of each others’ kids than each other. The roots of an online friendship. Bobby was coming to victoria for a wedding & emailed to see if there was a chance i’d be down that end of the island the weekend they were there. And, as it sometimes happens, the timing was perfect for a little weekend working holiday. So i packed up my camera gear, my westy & my own sweet little & headed to victoria. We all met up at mount doug park, played in the trees & the leaves & then headed to the beach. It was gorgeous. Lots of space to play, lots of silliness to be had & heaps of fun along the way. These are just a few sneak peeks from our time together… some moments of their family’s love & connection.

bobby is the wonderful creative force behind wild rose photography. You can see her beautiful work here. And if you’re in alberta, & wanting some sweet captures of your own little tribe, look her up. You’ll be in great hands.

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intimate vancouver island wedding

lisa & braden’s intimate vancouver island wedding

sometimes, even in the height of summer – when the sun usually shines hot & we seek the shade or the beach to cool ourselves – sometimes it rains. And sometimes it pours. And the earth gets a good long drink, the slugs come out & the world looks fresh again, colours drenched & vibrant in a mid-summer soaking. It was one of those days when i traveled over to royston on vancouver island to photograph lisa & braden’s walk into marriage. It was an intimate gathering, held in braden’s mom’s beautiful backyard. Oh-so-beautiful backyard. All the flowers were either grown there or foraged & picked along the roadsides & ditches that morning. When you know where to look & what to look for, there’s a whole lot of lovely awaiting. The three of us wandered the property, the ground squishy beneath our feet, the rain falling steadily from a heavy sky. No back-up plan for their outdoor wedding. Just hope. A little faith. And a lot of acceptance. Their ceremony was perfectly crafted with heartfelt skill by the wonderfully talented barbara densmore. The ceremony captured the spirit of these two… braden’s shyness & quiet groundedness, lisa’s love of life & people & her beautiful caring spirit, how much their family & friends mean to them. So they walked into marriage surrounded by all of that. All that love & connection. And the sky lifted & the rain stopped, dinner was served, kids played, stories were shared, there was cake & macarons, & before it was too late, lisa & braden danced, quietly together, under the twinkling lights, for the first time as husband & wife. And it all felt very right. And sweet. And quite perfect.

lisa & braden, thank you. Thank you for sharing your wedding day so openly with me. For your trust & tenderness. For all the kindness & fun. May it all carry on & deepen in the years to come.

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vancouver island lifestyle family session

i met up with michelle & patrick & their oh-so-delightful girls for a vancouver island lifestyle family session at cattle point in victoria. The day started out stormy, the forecast was for rain & we had some back & forths about rescheduling. But they decided to pack changes of clothes, their rubber boots & brave the storm all together. And, as the weather often does, things changed… the winds settled, the clouds lifted & even the sun made an appearance now & then. And i had so much fun following this little tribe around by the ocean & into the garry oak grove in uplands park across the road. There were a lot of laughs, some cuddles & a good dose of adventuring. What a clan!

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