Making friends as an adult is hard. I knew this, always, to some degree, I guess, but it’s one of those things that didn’t matter much until we moved to Ucluelet. And suddenly I was not surrounded by people I had known since childhood.
I don’t like to label myself, but you might say extroverted introvert. Both things are true, and I’m capable of fully leading an entire situation (it’s a completely necessary skill for a photographer) but on the other hand, I’m not the type of person who would ever introduce myself to a stranger.
Star is though, and thank god for that.
These are six of the best people I know. Star was my first friend in Ukee. She reached out to me months before we moved – before the ink was even dry on the purchase offer for our house – and made me her friend. For this, I am forever grateful because those could have been some lonely months, that first winter. I owe her a lot. I hope she knows.
I believe that true friends inspire you to be better than you already are. Star is a fantastic listener, and it has caught me off guard more than once. I feel like most of the time, I don’t necessarily expect people to remember everything that I say (setting the bar real low – I frequently forget the things people have said to me until they are repeating them). Star seems to have this uncanny ability to always remember everything. She’s listening, and I feel like that’s rare. So I try harder. Thank you, friend.
It took this kid months to stop calling me by my full name. I’m very proud to have earned his familiarity, and we are now on a first-name basis.
In my last blog post I talked a bit about locations that are doable outside of the golden hour and this is one of my favourites. This are presents some sunset challenges, as clear days are usually way too bright, but they are also rare. This was a clear, clear day. I’d already planned on heading to my favourite spot – not a moment’s regret. The north side of the beach features some bluffs and convenient filtering trees, and create optical magic for all to see.
I guess that’s why Twilight was shot there.
Best. Babysitter. Ever. Seriously.
I asked Z if they wanted to lay down in the flora and they said yes. This is one of my all-time favourite photos.
This woman is on top of the world. You probably don’t recognize her when she’s not in a wet suit. This child is smart, thoughtful, and has huge hair.
Sometimes at the end of a family session, when the kids are just over the whole photoshoot ordeal, I get a little carried away with the couples photos. If I’m honest, I could spend another hour shooting just mom and dad (or mom and mom, or dad and dad) and it’d be dark and we’d encounter a bear on the way back to the car but it would be worth it.
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