family standing in front of tall trees on hornby island

hornby island documentary photographer | macdonald family

perhaps the biggest joy about being a documentary family photographer on hornby island is getting to meet up with the same families year after year. Families who travel to hornby to holiday & get away from their busy city lives. I’ve been photographing this fabulous family since their girls were wee. And now, they’re teenagers, finding their way in the world, discovering who they are & what they love. Which includes a lot of music making & soccer playing. These two haveView full post »

bride & groom kissing on the beach at sunset - hornby island wedding

fossil beach farm hornby island wedding | morgan & callum

it’s hard to find words to express the love & wonder of morgan & callum’s most fabulous walk into marriage at the fantastic fossil beach farm on hornby island. Truly, their day was like magic. Like being swept along on a river of wonder, surrounded by so much love, tenderness, joy, wide open hearts & welcomeness. I’m still swirling from it all. & so, for now, here is a little dip into the beauty of morgan & callum. And their wedding day. There areView full post »

bride & groom at the edge of a cliffe overlooking the ocean

sea breeze lodge spring wedding | alex & andy

here’s a sneak peek into alex & andy’s oh-so-lovely spring wedding at sea breeze lodge, hornby island. These two created a most fabulous day, wrapped in the warmth of the spring sunshine & the love of their family & friends. Sea breeze lodge was a perfect home base for this outdoor-sports-loving crew – a parking lot full of bike racks & friends hitting the sweet single track hornby has to offer. Plus, sometimes when you plan on a rainy day wedding, the weatherView full post »

vintage inspired hornby island wedding | kiera & alex

kiera & alex’s vintage inspired wedding on hornby island was a sweet slice of all things fabulous. To start, kiera & alex are a dream team… funny, kind & wonderfully open hearted. They welcomed me along on their walk into marriage as though we were old friends. Collaborating with them was joy – sweet & easy. And these 2 have style to spare. This is just a little peek into the beginning of their day… all their gorgeous diy reception details are stillView full post »

strathcona park lodge spring wedding | aysia & ben

a few moments from aysia & ben’s fabulous spring wedding at strathcona park lodge. aysia & ben are the definition of chill – easy going, fun & full of love. And on their wedding day they were just so happy to have a day to spend together, hanging out with all their best people, in a beautiful place surrounded by nature & celebrating the beginning of their days as mr & mrs. These photos hold for me the spirit of their day… all the laughs with theirView full post »

intimate moment of bride & groom kissing

black & white documentary wedding photography | kirsten & trent

this is a blog post celebrating black & white documentary wedding photography at kirsten & trent’s amazing celebration at sea breeze lodge on hornby island. don’t get me wrong… i love colour. I live surrounded by nature & all she offers across the colour spectrum. And the sun shone bright on kirsten & trent’s gorgeous wedding day bringing with it rich sky blue, deep forest greens, gorgeous sandstone rocks, bright wedding atire, florals & more.View full post »

lgbtq jewish pagan queer hornby island wedding | kelzi & rebecca

lgbtq jew pagan queer hornby island meets new york wedding | kelzi & rebecca when kelzi & rebecca contacted me to talk about working together to photograph their lgbtq jewish pagan queer hornby island wedding, i was beyond excited. For a lot of reasons. The first being that kelzi grew up here & was the best of friends with my daughter (who has been an intricate part of their family since she was little). The heart & familial connections are strong, for sure. And then, kelzi’s aView full post »

couple on a rocky beach with trees & sunlight behind them

vancouver island documentary engagement neck point nanaimo | kelsey & jesse

kelsey & jesse’s documentary engagement session at neck point park, nanaimo on stunning vancouver island i had such a blast collaborating with kelsey & jesse on their engagement photos. They walked on the ferry from vancouver, i picked them up in westy & we headed to neck point park. It’s truly gorgeous there. A photo everywhere you look. They said they were nervous about being photographed at their upcoming wedding & wanted to do an engagement session to getView full post »

bride & groom gently kissing in stanley park

intimate downtown vancouver wedding

an intimate downtown vancouver wedding at the gorgeous shangri-la hotel, with a wander through the cherry blossoms & forest in stanley park for portraits. this is just a sneak peek in at the love & wonder of these two fabulous people’s most lovely walk into marriage. I’ll be sharing more of their beautiful story in the weeks to come. For now, enjoy these few moments that caught my eye & hold some of the deep love & connection they share, with one anotherView full post »

bride & groom kissing on a rainy day beach

rainy day elopement cathedral grove vancouver island | ashley & tyson

ashley & tyson’s most amazing rainy day elopement in cathedral grove on vancouver island… where to begin? ashley & tyson traveled down to the coast from north eastern bc with their sweet little man timber to elope amongst the tall trees & near the ocean. They are two of the kindness, sweetest, most grounded & down to earth people i’ve had the pleasure of spending time with. And they love one another so deeply. A love that has seen a lot, been through a lot.View full post »

young couple holding their newborn baby & smiling in their living room

vancouver island lifestyle documentary newborn photography | caitlin & drew

it is such an incredible joy being a lifestyle documentary newborn photographer on vancouver island. And especially so when the moments i’m asked to document are the first days of baby theo’s arrival home with his dear mom & dad, caitlin & drew. It seems like only yesterday that caitlin & drew made the journey up to hornby to have their maternity session on little trib (you can see that session here), 5 years after they celebrated their wedding weekend on hornbyView full post »

young couple embracing on a winter beach holding her pregnant belly-hornby island lifestyle documentary maternity session

hornby island lifestyle documentary maternity session | caitlin & drew

just after the holidays, i got together with caitlin & drew to celebrate these weeks before the arrival of their babe, the beautiful fullness & wonder of caitlin’s body busy creating a brand new human. And what better way to collaborate than with a hornby island lifestyle documentary maternity session? I love winter sessions… they’re a break from the hope that the sun will shine, & they so often include grey skies, soft lighting, shawls & favourite sweaters, easyView full post »

hornby island documentary lifestyle family session

hornby island lifestyle family session | stacie & adam & olivia

I had the joy and pleasure of following stacie and adam through their gorgeous wedding day in 2016. It was a beautiful fall day at sea breeze lodge where these two promised their lives to one another. And since that fabulous day, their dynamic-duo  has become a trio with the addition of sweet olivia. Over the winter holidays, stacie & adam traveled back to sea breeze with their new little. A chance to step away from the city & relive the joy that swept them up on their weddingView full post »

bride & groom on the beach with wind blowing

seabreeze lodge hornby island wedding | julia & josh

it was thanksgiving weekend when julia & josh celebrated their wedding at the oh-so-lovely seabreeze lodge on hornby island. And there was a lot to be thankful for. It was an amazing day from start to finish… the wind blew & love swirled everywhere. A fabulous gathering, a beautiful beginning to a new life promised to one another. Here’s a little peek in at their day… xoView full post »

family photography session hornby island

what i’ve been up to | a glimpse of summer into fall

2017 is coming to a close & on this shortest day of the year (happy solstice!), i thought i would take a few moments to reflect on some of the love & wonder i’ve been working on this fall season. however you celebrate, wishing you & yours a happy holiday season. And a sweet slide back into the light & wonder of a new year. here’s to 2018!View full post »

newborn session | sharalin & her boys

back in the long hot days of late summer, i captured my dear niece sharalin in full bloom, along with her little. Awaiting their new addition. And now…he arrived. And it’s hard to imagine the world without him. This is what a newborn session can look like… sweet, simple, honest moments, at home, a slice of life with a new little in your lives. The love, connection, diaper changes, kisses & snuggles. The way mamas whisper in their baby’s ear to help them settle, theView full post »

vancouver bc styled first look

vancouver bc styled first look – refresh workshop

i’m just back from vancouver. From attending the refresh workshop with the oh-so-talented jennifer moher & hugh whitaker as part of the incredible arc conference. 4 days of inspiration, creativity, heart-opening connections, laughter, new friendships, great food, great music & a dip back into all i love about photography & my place in it. SO good. For the workshop, jen & hugh (who are humans-extraordinaire, no exaggeration) hired 2 of the sweetest people to model for aView full post »

young pregnant woman sitting on a picnic bench with her young son hugging her pregnant belly-hornby island lifestyle maternity session

hornby island lifestyle maternity session | sharalin

sharalin’s hornby island lifestyle maternity session my gentle, powerful, kind, determined, strong, open-hearted, oh-so-beautiful niece sharalin & her sweet little man, in the days before the arrival of their newest little. Wrapped in the warmth of hornby’s late summer sunshine & right here at our little cabin by the sea. so much love to you all, my dear bean. Thank you. For all you are. With all of us. And for the gift of your 2 amazing little guys. And that fabulous big guy,View full post »

bride & groom embracing with a big open sky backdrop-black rock resort west coast wedding

black rock resort west coast wedding | alyson & justin

alyson & justin’s amazing black rock resort west coast wedding. destination weddings are fabulous in many ways – they gather together a couple’s closest family & friends, in a location that means a lot to them & everyone’s there for the weekend or longer, so lots of time to connect, enjoy the views, the local offerings & all the love. It was why alyson & justin chose to get married on the west coast, at the gorgeous black rock oceanfront resort. They both loveView full post »

bride & groom overlooking the ocean at the beach at overbury resort thetis island wedding

overbury resort thetis island wedding | alana & andrew

alana & andrew’s overbury resort thetis island wedding. alana & andrew were married next to the ocean, on beautiful thetis island, surrounded by family & friends, wrapped in so much love, happiness, anticipation & joy. The weather forecasted rain, but the sun shone bright instead. Although, truth be told, these two would have been happy no matter what the weather brought. It was the same with their engagement session (take a look at all that love here) crazy weather dayView full post »

hornby island summer beach photo session

hornby island summer beach photo session | charo & craig & lucien

hornby island summer beach photo session with charo, craig & baby lucien it’s summer! Life’s full & busy – flowing over with work, time off with family, beachy afternoons, friends, sunshine & a whole lot of sweetness. Sometimes i’m super fortunate when a bunch of those wonderful things about summer fall all together into one place & time. Like a short & sweet session with dear friends charo & craig & their new wonder mr. lucien at the beach right inView full post »

intimate bodega ridge wedding - galiano island - couple hugging in front of sparkling ocean

intimate bodega ridge wedding – galiano island | katrina & corey

intimate bodega ridge wedding – galiano island late summer, sun sparkling off clear ocean water, an intimate gathering of family & friends, all-things-fabulous at bodega ridge, katrina & corey starting a new life together, heading off into new sunsets, a new home in a different country, a chance to gather together with their nearest & dearest to celebrate all that has been & all that is yet to come, wrapped in the beauty of the natural world, before heading offView full post »

female singer songwriter - on stage - hornby island

kim june johnson | in concert

kim june johnson – in concert – hornby island there are a lot of perks to living on hornby. A lot. And one of the many is the number of incredibly talented musicians who either live & work here or travel here to give concerts. It’s not unusual (nor an exaggeration) to be in our small, community-built community hall listening to world class musicians. Some come as part of the fantastic hornby festival, some come for the hornby island blues festival, some through theView full post »

family travels - campbell river-father & kid walking along forest trail

family travels | campbell river

family travels – campbell river bc – a celebration of marc, his birthday & our little clan. painters lodge | april point | elk falls  view full post hereView full post »