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Let’s go on vacation! | Tofino Family Photographer

Let’s go on vacation! | Tofino Family Photographer

Last night my husband and I bundled our two kids into head-to-toe rain gear and headed down to the dock to watch the boats all decked out in Christmas lights for the annual Sail Past. It’s a beautiful sight, although this year was a little […]

Moments of perfection and joy | Tofino Vow Renewal

Moments of perfection and joy | Tofino Vow Renewal

I like people. I’m interested in stories and connections, and the fact that being a photographer allows me the privilege to get a glimpse inside peoples’ lives is something I greatly appreciate. It’s an honour to be invited into someone’s most important day, or to […]

Summer Lovin’ | Ucluelet Engagement Photographer

Summer Lovin’ | Ucluelet Engagement Photographer

It’s -2°C in Ukee this morning. Everything is covered in frost, you can see your breath, and slipping on the sidewalks is a very real danger. I have something to confess: I’ve had a cold all week, and despite the proximity, I’ve been driving my kids to school. It feels pretty wimpy, but they certainly aren’t complaining.

This morning while making toast, I was mentally running through the list of shoots I’ve been meaning to add to the blog (the list is large, but I’m getting through it) and the feature for today’s post became immediately obvious. Corey & Jessica’s August engagement occurred on a day as unlike today as ever happens on the west coast. The sun was shining and the air was warm and still.

If you’re feeling chilly like me, these warm summer photos will warm you up.

Can’t you feel the warmth? I can, as I’m sipping tea and wearing two sweaters.

Planning a wedding can be a significant process. Or it can be fairly simple. I asked Corey and Jessica how far along they were in their planning, and they told me that this photo shoot was pretty much the first thing they did. That’s my kind of planning.

Beach location over, we got into our vehicles and drove to the marina, where their boot is moored. Don’t let the Stanfields fool you – it was still hot.

And with that we disappeared into the hot August night.

 

Sunshine Maternity | Tofino Photographer

Sunshine Maternity | Tofino Photographer

Tofino has a reputation for inclement weather, and while it’s true that it rains like nobody’s business sometimes, we also get a lot of glorious sunny days, and basically no snow. Basically, I can assume that it’s going to be somewhat overcast on the day of […]

The other side of summer | Tofino Elopement Photographer

The other side of summer | Tofino Elopement Photographer

Four sunny days in a row, but the rain will start again. Don’t get me wrong; I love the rain. It would have been foolish to move here to Ucluelet if I didn’t, and it’s true that many, many people warned me that I’d just hate […]

Wilxcox Family Photos | Tofino Photographer

Wilxcox Family Photos | Tofino Photographer

If someone knows a way to convince my kids that winter is upon us, please, enlighten me, because they certainly don’t believe me. We’ve had a few chilly mornings, but despite the fact that we are embarking on our second coastal winter, my children both still seem acclimatized to Alberta, where November means snow and sub-zero temperatures and snow pants and arguments about whether or not we really need to leave the house and snow and the furnace has long-ago burnt off all its summer dust and is really just warming up for running full-bore in January.

This morning I woke up to the pitter-patter of rain, and both my kids wanted to wear hoodie-and-a-tshirt, so there were arguments about “yes, 7 degrees really is cold” and “I realize that your fall coat doesn’t fit any more but that just means you need layers.

Let’s go back to summer.

In June, my sister in law tagged me in an Instagram post, and that’s how I met the lovely Joanna from KetoInCanada. This woman is amazing. She’s candid and honest about her journey, and her results. You can see from a single glance at her Insta feed that she works HARD. And it pays off.

10 years ago, Joanna and her lovely husband Steve said their vows on Chesterman Beach, and this summer they returned, for the first time, with their children. And we met for a photo shoot.

They were staying at a nice little vacation rental nearby, so we met at north Chesterman. It was one of those gorgeous sunny days that Tofino is not known for at all, and everyone was out enjoying it. I love shooting here, climbing the rocks, catching the sunset.

It’s always interesting for me, doing sessions with kids who are similar ages to my own. We haven’t had family photos taken in almost three years which seems like kind of an oversight. My 9-year-old is at stage where…she’s not super-agreeable all the time, which is fair, and I’m not entirely sure how thrilled she’ll be, one of these days, when I force her in front of the camera for an hour or more.

The Wilcox kids, on the other hand, were amazing. These kids are sweet, and full of joy and taking the photo was a pleasure.

So here’s a theme in my photo shoots: sticks. If your kids are anything like my kids, you’ve come home with a trunk full of sticks whether you really wanted to or not. Beaches are littered with awesome things like sticks and shells, and there is no deterring kids – sticks have a natural magnetism into the hands of young children. Embrace the stick.

Let’s talk about light. When you book your photo shoot, I’m probably going to tell you that the best time to start is about an hour before sunset. I’ll probably send you tide charts, and quote my handy-dandy Sunrise Times app with the moment of sunset and last light. If you are my friend Joleen Sohier, you might be able to convince me to take part in a sunrise shoot, but don’t hold your breath for that.

That golden summer glow before the sun dipped below The Wickaninnish Inn is something to see. The thing about the west coast and fog and rain is that we don’t always get to see that, but when we do, it’s incredible.

 

So when are you coming to visit?

Summer love, winter warmth | Ucluelet Couples Photographer

Summer love, winter warmth | Ucluelet Couples Photographer

Getting to Ucluelet, for most people, involves a plane or a ferry ride to Nanaimo or Comox or Victoria, and then a long-ish drive through Cathedral Grove, a stop in Port Alberni for fuel, and a long, winding trip across Sutton Pass. We get visitors, […]

Ten years to bring us here | Tofino Elopement Photographer

Ten years to bring us here | Tofino Elopement Photographer

Robyn and I totally clicked. When I arrived at her room at the Best Western Tin Wis Tofino on a gorgeous sunny September afternoon, it was like walking into the room of an old friend on her wedding day. In fact, the mood of the […]

The Chair Project – Inaugural Post

The Chair Project – Inaugural Post

We’re coming up on a year in BC. It was a Friday – September 29th – last year when I packed the kids into the car after a long night at the hospital (that’s a story for another day) and we made the slow, long trek to eventually end up here, in Ucluelet on October 1st.

Moving out here was a long-time goal, and if you get me on a day where I don’t have a hundred other things to think about, I can tell you about the journey that brought us here, and all the prep and planning that was involved.

One very small part of that prep and planning: benches for the kitchen table.

You see, when we started getting our house in Sherwood Park ready for sale, we knew we would be selling in a buyers market, that we had a lot of competition, and that we’d have to commit to going the full distance if we wanted to sell in a reasonable time for a reasonable price. That meant: cleaning, fixing, presenting.

Our old, ratty chairs HAD to go. We didn’t really want to buy a whole new set of chairs under pressure, then have to move them to another province, so we found a cheap and easy alternative: benches. Benches that my husband and father-in-law made out of 2x4s, and which I did a poor job of painting. But they did the job, and they look simple and clean.

Kind of.

There are some problems with the benches. If an adult sits on one end or the other, the legs on that end will act as a lever, and the other end will fly up in the air. I often forget to warn people about this, and have probably alienated a few people from ever returning to my house. Also, the gaps between the boards are utterly uncleanable, and my kids are crumby. So, we’re done with the benches.

But then there’s replacing them. Prior to these benches, we had a set of fabric-covered dining room chairs from Homesense, which we loved at first but soon became stained (the pleasures of small children) and broken (the pleasures of things from Homesense) and we became tired of the pattern, as you do, and I am not exactly keen on spending a great deal of money on something that I’m not going to like after six months.

It was actually my husband who came up with the idea (you may as well know, he’s the creative one in our relationship). We’ve decided to do something a bit different. I am, from now on, on the look out for wooden chairs. A variety of wooden chairs. Just wooden chairs that we like – non-matching, probably used or from a thrift store, and likely chairs that need a little TLC.

We’re going eclectic, which has really kind of always been our style, hasn’t it?

Anyway, wish me luck! And if you see a good deal on a solid chair in my area – send it my way!!

The following photos are for my friend Star, who always complains that whenever she comes to my house, it’s clean. Well, it’s not.

Take me back to summer | Ucluelet Family Photographer

Take me back to summer | Ucluelet Family Photographer

And just like that, summer is over, has been for a few days now if you want to be technical about it. In September, I can’t help but observe how quickly the days grow shorter: The sun will set at 7:13pm tonight (while I shoot […]