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Fort St John 2018 | September 21, 22, & 23

I'll be back in Fort St John, BC this year on September 21, 22, & 23! 

Between moving, graduation, and life in general I wasn't sure if I'd be able to make it out this year - but I realized I'd miss it far too much. I've been going to Fort St John every year since 2013, minus one year, and it's just one of my most favourite things.

I'll be heading out on Thursday the 20th, and arriving on the 21st, so I have just a couple Friday evening spots set up in a beautiful field. Saturday's locations are more field & forest goodness, and Sunday evening's sessions will be in Hudson's Hope. 

Sessions are $295, include 15 digital files of your choice in a downloadable online gallery, and are about 20 minutes in length. I also have 2 full sessions available at $550 each, or space for a custom quoted project (An artist/business profile? Promotional images? A full beauty or family session at your favourite location/home?) 

If you'd like to book, fill out the contact form over here. See you end of September, Fort St. John!

 

This Summer

Hi friends! 

This summer has been a whirlwind, and I feel like I'm just getting a break for a second to say hi, how's it going, here's a blog post, I need a nap. 

I graduated with my Masters in Counselling, Jamie and I moved into a tiny 70 year old house with a beautiful apple tree (and a cantankerous giant raccoon we've named Marge), and last weekend my brother got married to one of my most favourite people in the universe, Brittany. 

I also said goodbye to my dear cat Jax, a little orange floofball who travelled to B.C. with me way back in 2006. I miss him. 

Things are settling down a bit post-wedding, so Jamie and I are able to start unpacking, and I'm taking a little bit of downtime for me, too. I have a session tomorrow, and sessions this weekend, but after that I'll be taking a bit more time to just move into this house before the weather turns too cold (it's coming, it really is). 

Here are a few photos from the last few months, I hope they've been lovely for you all, too! 

(And a quick reminder: we're still taking sign ups for the 24 hour portrait project!) 

 

 

 Photo shoots with Audra and Jennifer Marie, a Mary Rose, my mom and brother, Mary being fed by her cousin, my mom modelling the veil we made from crepe paper at Brittany's shower, a beautiful bird at the Kangaroo Farm. 

Photo shoots with Audra and Jennifer Marie, a Mary Rose, my mom and brother, Mary being fed by her cousin, my mom modelling the veil we made from crepe paper at Brittany's shower, a beautiful bird at the Kangaroo Farm. 

 Connor chilling in our back stairwell, me and my bestie hanging with Tim McGraw in Merritt, a capybara done with visiting, and Mellers at Gray Monk Winery, Kelowna. 

Connor chilling in our back stairwell, me and my bestie hanging with Tim McGraw in Merritt, a capybara done with visiting, and Mellers at Gray Monk Winery, Kelowna. 

 My mom's school retirement party, Miss Mary, my dad and Mary, Chillin' with Kali, Jennifer Marie and baby Kash, Connor in our backyard, me and my Jax who passed in June <3 I miss him so much. 

My mom's school retirement party, Miss Mary, my dad and Mary, Chillin' with Kali, Jennifer Marie and baby Kash, Connor in our backyard, me and my Jax who passed in June <3 I miss him so much. 

 Kiddos playing at the rehearsal dinner, Connor, Beans glaring outside, my little cousin Lilia, Gwynne Vaughan orchard ground apples, my beautiful cousin Melissa, all of us hanging out before they head to the island.&nbsp;

Kiddos playing at the rehearsal dinner, Connor, Beans glaring outside, my little cousin Lilia, Gwynne Vaughan orchard ground apples, my beautiful cousin Melissa, all of us hanging out before they head to the island. 

 My little Mary Muffin, my mom and Connor at Brad's wedding, my love looking sharp, and Brad and Brittany's first dance.&nbsp;

My little Mary Muffin, my mom and Connor at Brad's wedding, my love looking sharp, and Brad and Brittany's first dance. 

MARCH | The 24 Hour Portrait Project | Chilliwack, B.C.

With the June project coming up at the end of this month, I thought it was a fitting time to unveil all the images from our March project! 

I thought about this project while I was working on my thesis - I wanted to get out from behind my computer and my piles of papers and research, and connect with our amazing community. There's something magical about making art with other people - and the project was exhausting, challenging, fun, amazing, - I don't think I can properly explain how much fun it was, but meeting everyone along the way kept us going. 

I tried to include a varied amount of locations, but for this first go, I tried to plan the shoots in clumps of similar locations, before moving around town too much. BUT we also realized that some of the gaps that I included in our schedule to give us breaks, grab something to eat, or potentially nap, were the WORST. We've remedied that in our June shoot - we'll be moving across town more between shoots, and including more live updates behind the scenes - so interviews, tours, check ins, - things to keep us engaged and awake. You can follow along with us all day on Instagram and Facebook

We're still figuring out the final format for presenting all the images together. I would love to present it all in a gallery space, or a book (or both!) Originally, I planned on sending out all the final images straight after, edited via mobile - but I wasn't happy with the mobile images looked outside of Instagram, and I found myself loving different images when I finally pulled them off my camera - so I took my sweet time with culling, and a re-edit. SO, thank you to everyone who has patiently been waiting for me to edit and unveil this final set! 

You may notice one image missing from this series. We had one image taken in front of something that couldn't be shared - so we had to take that down. Working on the background in Photoshop, it just didn't look right and lost it's authenticity. SO, we'll be attempting to reshoot that image during this next round, too - it only feels right to shoot in during the same project!

Without further ado, here are the portraits from last March's project! THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH, for following along, supporting, and participating in this project. I can't wait to shoot the next one with all of you! 

 

 7 a.m. - at a beautiful farm with Brenna, her husband, some friendly cows, and a very, very good dog, Greendale.&nbsp;

7 a.m. - at a beautiful farm with Brenna, her husband, some friendly cows, and a very, very good dog, Greendale. 

 8 a.m.: Visiting Nina at  Luna Float , and hanging out with the massive collection of salt lamps, Garrison Crossing.&nbsp;

8 a.m.: Visiting Nina at Luna Float, and hanging out with the massive collection of salt lamps, Garrison Crossing. 

 9 a.m.: Bringing some coffee to my landscaper husband, Jamie, at  Valley Outdoors , Downtown Chilliwack.  10 a.m. : Missing Portrait, Mari's Reiki Room

9 a.m.: Bringing some coffee to my landscaper husband, Jamie, at Valley Outdoors, Downtown Chilliwack.

10 a.m. : Missing Portrait, Mari's Reiki Room

 11 a.m.: Meeting up with Vanessa from  Wild Empress . We were originally planning to shoot her at a thrift store, but this giant hedge of forsythia needed to be photographed, Luckakuck Way.&nbsp;

11 a.m.: Meeting up with Vanessa from Wild Empress. We were originally planning to shoot her at a thrift store, but this giant hedge of forsythia needed to be photographed, Luckakuck Way. 

 12 noon: Hanging out in  Veggie Mandy 's rad apartment, with her vegan donuts. You guys can find her at the Eco Market and online - we got to take those donuts with us and they were amazing!, Sardis.&nbsp;

12 noon: Hanging out in Veggie Mandy's rad apartment, with her vegan donuts. You guys can find her at the Eco Market and online - we got to take those donuts with us and they were amazing!, Sardis. 

 1 p.m.: Kelsey hanging out at Harvest Cafe. It was a day full of donuts you guys, Mill Street.&nbsp;

1 p.m.: Kelsey hanging out at Harvest Cafe. It was a day full of donuts you guys, Mill Street. 

 2 p.m.: Callie hanging out with some plants at Minter Country Gardens, Fairfield Island.&nbsp;

2 p.m.: Callie hanging out with some plants at Minter Country Gardens, Fairfield Island. 

 3 p.m.: Shelley and Madeline at the park, Downtown Chilliwack.&nbsp;

3 p.m.: Shelley and Madeline at the park, Downtown Chilliwack. 

 4 p.m.:  Matthew A. Hawkins , creative behind  Around Town in Chilliwack , hanging with the Millennium Falcon and Han, Downtown Chilliwack.&nbsp;

4 p.m.: Matthew A. Hawkins, creative behind Around Town in Chilliwack, hanging with the Millennium Falcon and Han, Downtown Chilliwack. 

 5 p.m.: Deanne and this amazing pink wall, Downtown Chilliwack.&nbsp;

5 p.m.: Deanne and this amazing pink wall, Downtown Chilliwack. 

 6 p.m.: Callum, with Gus and Bogey, and his dad photographing us in the background, Downtown Chilliwack.

6 p.m.: Callum, with Gus and Bogey, and his dad photographing us in the background, Downtown Chilliwack.

 7 p.m.: Hanging out with Hannah, from  Hannah Wyles Photography , and a little bit of Prince's Purple Rain, Downtown Chilliwack.

7 p.m.: Hanging out with Hannah, from Hannah Wyles Photography, and a little bit of Prince's Purple Rain, Downtown Chilliwack.

 8 p.m.: Nicole from  Details by Nicole Danielle , and a really prickly holly bush in Education Park, UFV.&nbsp;

8 p.m.: Nicole from Details by Nicole Danielle, and a really prickly holly bush in Education Park, UFV. 

 9 p.m.: Nicole and Justine from  Locally Obsessed , a local subscription box company, Garrison Area.

9 p.m.: Nicole and Justine from Locally Obsessed, a local subscription box company, Garrison Area.

 10 p.m.: Sheena from  Work It Out Fitness , running at the base of Promontory. This shot was SO COLD to get, and we took it a bunch of times to get it right. I'd love to try more of this in June! Promontory, at Prest.&nbsp;

10 p.m.: Sheena from Work It Out Fitness, running at the base of Promontory. This shot was SO COLD to get, and we took it a bunch of times to get it right. I'd love to try more of this in June! Promontory, at Prest. 

 11 p.m.: Georgia, at the hospital. Downtown Chilliwack.

11 p.m.: Georgia, at the hospital. Downtown Chilliwack.

 12 midnight: Joanne from  Umbrella Tree , in Rosedale.&nbsp;

12 midnight: Joanne from Umbrella Tree, in Rosedale. 

 1 a.m.: Christie from  Christie Lucia Yoga , on the dirt road out to Island 22.&nbsp;

1 a.m.: Christie from Christie Lucia Yoga, on the dirt road out to Island 22. 

 2 a.m.: Amber Wilber, The Woods in Garrison Crossing.&nbsp;

2 a.m.: Amber Wilber, The Woods in Garrison Crossing. 

 3 a.m.: April,  Miss Georgia Peach , by a hedge in Sardis.&nbsp;

3 a.m.: April, Miss Georgia Peach, by a hedge in Sardis. 

 4 a.m.: Kate, with a stack of pancakes. Sardis.&nbsp;

4 a.m.: Kate, with a stack of pancakes. Sardis. 

 5 a.m.: Jenn, Liam, and Derek, Sardis Park.&nbsp;

5 a.m.: Jenn, Liam, and Derek, Sardis Park. 

 6 a.m.: Krystal and her pup, Sardis.&nbsp;

6 a.m.: Krystal and her pup, Sardis. 

 7 a.m.: Coralee, feelin' those morning feels, in Cultus Lake.&nbsp;

7 a.m.: Coralee, feelin' those morning feels, in Cultus Lake.