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My kids missed the first week of school | Okanagan Valley Photographer

My kids missed the first week of school | Okanagan Valley Photographer

I generally consider myself a pretty good planner. From vacations to interprovincial moves, photo shoots to camera classes, I’ve planned many things. So when my friend Janine asked me to photograph her September Summerland wedding, I figured I had it all under control. The kids […]

Inaugural Canoe Trip | Tofino & Ucluelet Photographer

Inaugural Canoe Trip | Tofino & Ucluelet Photographer

I get seasick. And carsick. I love amusement park rides, but my tummy does not.¬†Today, I got to find out that this particular tummy trouble extends to canoeing. It’s not like I’ve never been in a canoe before. I did summer camp year after year, […]

Tell me a secret | Tofino Family Photographer

Tell me a secret | Tofino Family Photographer

Once upon a time, there was a little girl and she loved her mamma very, very much.

As you can probably imagine, I’m behind the camera pretty much all the time. When my kids were even younger, I was constantly camera-in-hand. That’s not so much the case any more; my daughter seems to have stumbled into her teen years at the age of 9 and flatly refuses my efforts to photograph her, and my son couldn’t care less; my time is better spent chasing him down the beach than trying to take his picture.

We’re a couple of years overdue for updated family photos. I’ve a bit of a conundrum about it; in years past, when we were still living in Alberta, we came out to the west coast for family photos. Now we are living in Ucluelet- so do we wait til we’re on vacation to hire a photographer? When is that going to happen? Hard to say.

I love doing photos for families vacationing in Ukee and Tofino. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people (hundreds of thousands!!) hear the call of beautiful Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, and make the trek cross-island and from lands afar. I’ve had the honour of meeting a number of these people this summer, and creating some memories.

When Nissa contacted me about photos with her daughter, Mack, I knew I had to take them some place magical.

Did she say yes? I think she said yes! | Ucluelet Proposal Photography

Did she say yes? I think she said yes! | Ucluelet Proposal Photography

I was legitimately impressed when Joe seeked me out for this. He was planning to propose to his girlfriend Jackie on their Tofino vacation, but he wanted to really surprise her. He thought she might suspect that the question was coming, so we schemed to […]

Home is where the fog is | Ucluelet & Tofino Photographer

Home is where the fog is | Ucluelet & Tofino Photographer

Welcome to the west coast, where you can look left and see beautiful clear blue skies, and then turn to the right and see nothing because of the wall of fog. This May, I had the honour of photographing one of Ukee’s raddest families. I […]

Spirit of Ukee | Justin & Robin’s surprise elopement

Spirit of Ukee | Justin & Robin’s surprise elopement

“We should just get married while we’re here.”

How many times have I heard that? A few – more than a few, even, and I’ve only been living here since October. The first time you come to the west coast, glance the power of the Pacific and the raw Canadian beauty, it moves you. Bury your heart in the sand, leave a pieces of yourself behind.

Take home something really special – a marriage certificate.

Robin and Justin had been engaged for 3 years when they visited the Pacific Rim for the first time in March. I found out about the wedding on Facebook, where they invited anyone and everyone to come witness their nuptials at Amphitrite Lighthouse Point, as they had made a very last-minute decision to make things official in this beautiful place. It was a breezy, sunny, beautiful day, and so special to be a part of.

I don’t usually bring my 4-year-old son to weddings, but the spontaneity of the day meant he was coming along. Can you spot him?

xo Jen

Location Scouting to South Beach | Ucluelet & Tofino Elopement Photographer

Location Scouting to South Beach | Ucluelet & Tofino Elopement Photographer

When a particular couple tasked me with locating the ideal trail for their elopement, I found myself almost overwhelmed with options. There are endless beautiful trails from here to Tofino. How to choose? The ceremony will be performed by Barbara Dunsmore and I’m intrigued; it’ll […]

Ucluelet Elopement | Jen McLeod Photography

Ucluelet Elopement | Jen McLeod Photography

There’s something about standing above the waves at the point in front of Black Rock Oceanfront Resort that feels nearly indescribable to begin with. It’s life-altering the first time, and takes your breath away every time after that. So it’s quite natural to want to […]

Fail | Tofino Photographer

Fail | Tofino Photographer

We’ve intended to check out the crashed Canso in PRNPR for quite a while now, but admittedly hadn’t looked much into it beyond finding out how to get there. Retrospectively, I think I heard someone, at some point, say it was “muddy”, but whether or not that happened is debatable, and frankly pointless. We were unprepared this morning when we hopped in the truck with little more than the usual granola-bar-and-a-drink provisions, and two small children.

It was too muddy. Hobbes was the only one among us in gumboots, and we discovered early on that they are full of holes. We came home dirty and hungry and little tired.

It’s a beautiful hike though, as far as we got. I enjoyed the abandoned RCAF bunker – I like creepy abandoned places, and this one was not short on the unsettling factor. The trail from the highway is quite beautiful too. Prior to when the site was decommissioned, it would have been a functional road, and evidence of that still exists.

The worst part: the defeat. There will be victory, one day.

This is love | Ucluelet Wedding Photographer

This is love | Ucluelet Wedding Photographer

Speaking to Sarah in the months before her wedding, I knew it was going to be a romantic and intimate affair. When I arrived at her room at the Black Rock on the afternoon of her wedding to Patrick, the love of her life, I […]