I had the chance this past spring to photograph my dear friend, and fellow photographer, Jennifer Foik's family - they're some of my favourite people, the roses were out at Gwynne Vaughan, and we had perfect shooting weather - we had a blast!
I'm a terrible blogger, but life has been busy! I'm editing all the photos I took over the past month, some client work, some personal work as I figure out what I'm going to do for my thesis. A year ago I felt like I had a really solid plan, and then a year passes, new experiences happen, things shift, and voila - 5 or 6 other ideas come crowding in. What I'm REALLY interested in is communication - the way we tell our stories to others - and so I'll keep walking down that road for awhile, exploring my own story as I go. Maybe one day I'll even share some of the images I took in Thunder Bay, - the ones I took for me - here.
I also had some mild surgery as soon as I got back from my trip, so as I write this I'm still recovering - it's meant a lot of shows (I'm binge-watching Modern Family & Forensic Files), falling in love with Kesha's new album, and even finding time to read - I'm reading a series by Dan Simmons called "A Winter Haunting", and so far it's great. This has also been some good time to just reconnect with my thesis ideas and actually settle into the fact that it's my last year of university (and maybe my thesis is my last paper ever?!?)
I hope all of you have had a wonderful start to July! I delivered three galleries last night and have a few more to edit through, so if you're waiting - they're coming soon! I have a couple of spots left in July, but am otherwise booking into August and September - and I would love to photograph you! Head to the Get In Touch page to drop me a line!
Happy summer everyone!
As I write this, a more responsible, morning-hating, inner version of myself is yelling something about how it's 1 a.m. and definitely time for bed for tomorrow's flight - but I wanted to let you all know I'm heading to Thunder Bay, Ontario tomorrow, and will be back to work in Chilliwack on July 3. Email response times may be a bit slower, but I will be updating when I can on Instagram.
I hope you all have a wonderful end to your June! See you in July!
I'm travelling to my hometown of Thunder Bay this June and taking on sessions while I'm there! To book, or for more information, send me an email via the contact page.
There are two types of sessions available:
Mini sessions are available on Friday evening (23) and Saturday morning/evening (24). They are $275, include 10 digital files of your choice from a downloadable gallery, and are about 20 minutes in length. These happen at one location (location to be announced).
Full sessions are limited, and are $550, including 25 digital files in a downloadable gallery (at your home, or a location of your choice.)
Each session requires a nonrefundable retainer to hold your session spot, due at the time of booking via etransfer.
I would love to photograph you! Shoot me an email with any questions, or to book. You can also book via the Facebook page, or give me a shout at 604 799 5503.
"Body out of Bounds” is a black and white portrait featuring a woman surrounded by the black skeletons of trees that form a cage in the background. Her white clothing fades into the bleached sky, veiling the shape of her figure. She grips her wrist with her hand and drags herself up off of the snow-covered ground. While she has found a way to lift herself up, many of her fellow women are still trapped on their knees, pleading with the universe to help them stand.This image captures the look of amazement and disbelief that the woman feels when she has succeeded in escaping her captivity.
She surveys the world from a new perspective and feels empowered by what she sees: a place in which she can be free.
But as we often feel in life, she is overwhelmed by the possibilities and chooses to remain frozen in place, her wrist caught in her grasp, and her last tie to captivity still present. The journey has exhausted her, and her colour has faded. By freeing herself, she has fundamentally changed from the woman she used to be.
The question is: was the change for the better?
The creation of this image was a collaboration between Sarah Sovereign Photography and model Kate Fairley.
I'm so excited to share this image created with Kate this past winter! Kate came to me last Autumn with a concept, hoping to shoot over Christmas. I, unfortunately, was super sick over Christmas with just about everything going around Chilliwack, so we had to cancel our shoot, and she went back to school out of town.
However, after our February snowstorm shenanigans, Kate got stuck in Chilliwack a couple extra days, and we were able to finally get together and make this shoot happen!
Here are a few extra images from our shoot that we chose not to use for the artist statement. You can check out Kate's photography work here.
If you have a concept or a story you want to tell, I would absolutely love to work with you on it. Give me a shout via the contact form.
This day was cold, and awesome. I pretty much drove into the ditch, but I pulled myself out (through strength of will and only small, well hidden moments of panic) and the sky was blue and perfect and Chilliwack Lake was like a storybook winter wonderland. It was freezing. Like, it was really really cold, which makes model Joelle even more of a champ - she braved that cold in a dress and fur blanket and never complained once.
We shot quick, we shot cold, and I feel really lucky to live in this lovely place surrounded by such awesome creative people.
Beautiful floral creations by the talented Haley Marks for Inhale Floral Designs
Hair (I am in love with that braid) by Montana Bullied (Montana's Bridal Hair)
Model: Joelle Marks from Family Management
Assisted by super champ Audra Coton, and Utah Jack
I was sick through most of this December, which really didn't stop me from running to the mountains to shoot in freezing conditions, driving into snow-covered ditches (no tiny Versa Notes were hurt in the process), or eating no less than 4 Christmas dinners. However, it did mean that I crashed pretty hard after Christmas and came down with the flu through New Year's. Jamie and I changed our plans to spend the night in Vancouver, and instead we stayed home and watched terrible/awesome sci-fi movies like Space Hunter. (It was awesome, even if I was sick.)
My New Year's resolution is to find more time for what I love, and to make my space a happier one. At the end of November I wrote 6 papers (everyone I know has heard this fact many times and are super sick of it, but I keep repeating it because I WROTE SIX PAPERS.) and ended up spending a lot of time in my tiny office between writing and editing. Let me tell you: my office is a mess. I did that semester-end thing that people do where I basically let everything go, let things stay where they've dropped, and as a result this office is now a cluttered, dysfunctional mess. Fast forward to today, where I went and bought an amazing mid-century dresser, which I plan to use to dress up this space, along with some Cathy Terepocki / Kilnhouse planters and new wall prints (pictures to come, it's now officially my Sunday plan).
Back to those six papers I wrote though, one of them was on the use of visual language in dementia patients and it was SO interesting. Thinking about communication in terms of visual language is fascinating anyways, because I think art can convey the inexpressible, help us create visual aids to convey meaning and emotion without confining us to words. This is also something I've been trying to bring into my own work as well: moments over poses. I want to capture those candid, beautiful silences that exist in between our words.
So 2016. It was a year, hey? I did a lot of travelling this year, which is surprising considering I didn't plan on going anywhere. Instead, I ended up road tripping to Fort St. John with Brittany, then through the prairies with my Mama, and down to Iowa with Jamie to see my BFF Crystal get married in a tiny, darling American town.
I spent time with my cousins, I saw an elk chilling on the side of the road, I sang Eagles' songs at the top of my lungs down lonely BC highways, drove through my second set of funnel clouds in Alberta, ate a hot dog wrapped in a donut (nope.), and visited the lonely empty school I attended as an awkward preteen.
My brother got engaged! I did another year of my Masters. I started my internship. I made the cover of Louden Singletree. And I shot almost every single day.
Thank you to everyone who chose me to capture your memories this year. I photographed my last few weddings, and I couldn't have asked for more fabulous couples. My friend Jen and I got to shoot together (which is always awesome), I photographed proud mamas, babies, families, couples, artists, and beautiful, fabulous women.
Thank you everyone for trusting me with your stories.
Here's to a fabulous 2017.
These were taken just a couple days ago, because FALL IS HERE.
Models: Elizabeth Mary Seaman, and Dylaina Gollub
Who is your favourite princess? I've always been really partial to Ariel. I was that kid who would push myself out of the water at the side of the pool, and flip back my gorgeous blonde mullet, likely spraying everyone around me with water, thinking that I looked exactly like Ariel. AND THEN I WOULD SING. I saw the movie when I was 7, after getting my ears pierced for the first time, with my cousins, and despite her evilness, have always held a soft spot in my heart for the fabulousness of Ursula. This is partly why I was SO excited when Emily and Pauline added The Little Mermaid to their list of available princesses - my 7 year old heart was feeling pretty happy.
If you want to feel a little verklempt, I would fully suggest watching a kid's face when they meet a princess. I've been lucky enough to work with Ever After Princess Party Events a few times now, and seeing the excitement and occasionally overwhelming joy on a child's face when they meet Cinderella doesn't get old.
This past spring I was able to do some promotional photography of all of the Princesses, and here are a few of my favourite images from that session.
If you'd like to book a princess for your child's birthday party, or for an event, Ever After Princess Party Events is run out of Chilliwack by two truly fabulous people. Get in touch with them for rates, questions, or to book.
Um, hello rain! This weekend has been so cozy for me, holed away in my little office, editing, working on projects, and realizing I haven't watered my windowsill cacti for like a month. I hope you all have been staying dry, and safe, with piles of books and tea (maybe some of New Moon Tea Co's?)
Here's an image from a recent shoot I did for Kilnhouse Studio, featuring some of my new mugs from her. The Swan one is my new all time fav.
I've done a few updates around the site: added a new gallery, and looked at my submission contact form. It *seems* to be working, and tests are going through - but I've added a little blurb there just in case to let people know that I answer everything in 48 hours. I'm also looking into a contact form like the one I had on my old Wordpress site eventually - it logged all the entries in two places, so if I didn't receive an email I knew right away. Hopefully I can find something similar to SquareSpace!
Stay cozy, friends!
PS: If you're looking for a few cozy books to read during this storm, might I suggest: Watership Down, The October Daye series by Seanan Mcguire, or Stephen King's "It"?
I have been photographing this family since I first met Georgia, a million years ago, at our job in a video store. We spent long shifts talking about movies, making jokes, and eating all the candy available in the store, and I've watched her family grow from a family of four to a family of six (plus two adorable kittens). We got together again this fall to shoot in the beautiful Community Forest (off of Annis Road exit) and the light was absolutely perfect.
You haven't seen pure joy on a child's face until you let them scream "Diarrhea" in the woods several times. Everleigh's cooperation on the shoot is directly related to that. There is also a certain amount of magic that happens when you just let kids squish together and jump up and down and be goofy and ridiculous in the forest - this is something I love doing so much. As a photographer, I'm not much for posing - I love squishing people, making them laugh, and capturing the genuine expressions that result. Sometimes photo shoots are messy, but sometimes the emotion is in the mess.
I'm so thankful to know this great group of people, and looking back through all of my shoots with them, I can't believe so much time has passed so quickly - but I'm grateful for every minute of it.
*Amazing being a totally subjective term.
Every Halloween I break out a few movies / specials to watch, usually while editing, burning gingerspice candles and thinking about how much I loved Halloween as a kid. The movies below are all ones I watched when I was little, but may not be for everyone - I think I had nightmares about Mr. Boogedy for years. But honestly, that's fine because I also thought that Blair Underwood from the Facts of Life was a monster who lived under my bed. Does anyone remember the murder mystery episode of Facts of Life? Because NOPE. (Also, writing this post, and realizing that not everyone may get my Facts of Life reference... makes me feel super old.)
So here's my go-to list for Halloween movies that (might) make you feel super nostalgic!
The Watcher in the Woods. I love this movie! It's classic, unsettling Disney AND it stars Bette Davis. Full movie here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0owgDMDBg4
Bride of Boogedy. Also categorized under movies that terrified me as a child, this movie is a super weird (and not necessarily for super young kids) Disney classic. Wax museums, magic cloaks, movie monsters, it's got it all! You can actually find it (and the original) on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLVBidR-8cU
Ernest Scared Stupid. The trolls are so, so, so gross. Jamie can't watch this movie while eating. Trailer here.
The Monster Squad. Maybe not for little kids (although that's totally when I watched it), this movie is like a movie-monster themed version of The Goonies. My favourite line will forever be: "My name... is Horace." Trailer here.
The House on Haunted Hill. This is the original movie, with Vincent Price. When I was a kid, my parents wouldn't let me rent Nightmare on Elm Street, etc (with good reason) but sometimes I'd be allowed to watch the old classics. I watched a ton of Abbott and Costello + monsters movies. This one still probably isn't great for kids, but it's definitely tame in comparison to the most recent version!
Return to Oz. I think a lot of people thought when this came out that it would be a direct sequel to the Judy Garland Wizard of Oz, but it's really, really not. At all. Nope. The Wheelers are basically handcrafted straight out of nightmares, as is Princess Mombi's gallery of heads. Trailer here.
If you're looking for something really scary, check out Nightmare on Elm Street, It Follows, Insidious, The Conjuring, and the Shining! If you're looking for more specials (that you're likely to find on YouTube), check out Garfield's Halloween Adventure, The Real Ghostbusters: When Halloween was Forever, and the Tower of Terror.
If you have a favourite Halloween special, or something to add about the ones listed above, please leave a comment below!
Check out the event on Facebook here: Welcome to the 60s featuring the Maybelles.
Let The Maybelles take you back to one of the most musically iconic decades of all time, the 1960's. We will be playing many of the girl group hits you love, mixed with some Motown and rock n' roll. This is a concert/dance, so feel free to cut a rug on the dance floor, or sit back and enjoy the tunes.
The details in a nutshell:
*Date: November 26th
*Located in the hall at St Thomas Anglican Church
*Doors open at 6:30, the show starts at 7
*Tables and seating are first come, first served
*Limited capacity. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door
*Dessert and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided complimentary
*19+ admission, no minors
*There will be a loonie/toonie prize table and the opportunity to purchase baked goods to go
*Prize for the best 1960's attire
*There will be an optional complimentary dance lesson before the second set lead by our choreographer, Katrina
*Tickets are $18
To purchase tickets:
*Private message The Maybelles facebook page or your favourite Maybelle.
*Phone Brittany at 604-703-4818
Cash and email transfer accepted.
I will be away starting TONIGHT! Tuesday September 20 until Tuesday September 27th, in order to head to Iowa and see my BFF get married! I will respond to all emails once I'm home. Have a great week everyone!
Ok, fast forward back to early summer, when I'm driving around one of my favourite new places and stumble across this random amazing meadow on the side of the road. By August this place was in full on bloom with tiny purple wildflowers, and I knew it would be the perfect place to do maternity photos with Chelsea and Chris. Lemme tell you about Chelsea and Chris: They are two of the loveliest people you could meet. To be honest, this entire paragraph was originally just going to read "CHELSEA AND CHRIS ARE AWESOME" followed by photographic evidence.
...I'm terrible at blogging. But honestly, this session and these people hold a real special place in my heart, and I'm so grateful I got to share a few moments with this wonderful little family.
Brittany and I got to spend the afternoon with Jenelle, Cordelia and Ophelia this past June in Fort St. John, and it was basically heaven on earth. Bunnies with flower crowns, trampolines, that northern light and popsicles: living the dream.
My June and July are basically a blur. I finished school at the beginning of June, after a really intense semester that included my comprehensive exams (basically being interviewed by a panel of instructors, including discussing a staged counselling session I did - just mild hyperventilating). All went well though, and after my exams I wrapped up two courses, and somehow pulled 2 (TWO!) extra semester end papers out of my essay-exhausted self. I needed a huge break, so I packed my bags, hopped in a car with my pal Brittany, and we drove to Fort St. John via Jasper, saw some goats, listened to Sinatra, and dodged bears in northern BC forests. It was wonderful.
I came back here, and 9 days later headed out on another road trip with my Mama, this time to Saskatchewan to see my cousins who live in Regina. I also have this idea for my thesis, so the plan was to go to Saskatoon (where I lived as a kid) to see my old neighbourhood, school, and home and see if there was anything I could use from there. Our trip consisted of going to all the available parks in Regina with a small toddler who LIVES FOR SWINGS, a visit out to my Uncle Steve's farm, and me trying hot pot for the first time and now planning to live off hot pot from now until the end of time.
Our trip from Regina to Saskatoon was great - I haven't gone that route since 2003, and had completely forgotten about this great ice cream place that we used to stop at when driving back as a kid - called Twisted Sister, it's off the highway in a tiny, tiny prairie town. We also stopped at Frank Slide, Ernfold for a rest in a meadow, North Battleford to visit my friend Bonnie from elementary school, and Stony Plain at my friend Melissa (of Appletree Photography!)'s house after driving through funnel clouds and thunderstorms on the highway. (I miss prairie storms so much!)
Here are a few photos from that road trip, including photos of my cousin's adorable daughter Isabel.
This recipe is straight from one of the loveliest ladies I’ve ever known, Mama Pirkko, who would whip up a batch of Finnish pancakes in the morning after sleepovers at my best friend Melissa’s house. Basically we needed sustenance after marathon bouts of Super Mario Bros. 3, Dream Phone and dreaming about our future husband, Jonathan Taylor Thomas. If you’re ever in Thunder Bay, head to the Hoito – it looks like a dimly lit church basement, has barely changed decor since it opened, and is always jam-packed with people requiring pancakes to live, but it’s a Northwestern Ontario Finnish landmark and serves the closest thing available to Mama’s pancakes. The pancakes that you’re about to make, from the recipe below, are best served with all the butter available in the Fraser Valley, with bacon wrapped inside, syrup, and viewings of The Goonies in your pajamas during dismal rainy days.
You will need –
1 cup flour
1 cup milk
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
That’s it! This is a great recipe because it kind of hits in the middle – it’s easy enough for someone like me who once set rice on fire, to make, but delicious enough for people who love good food and cooking to whip up in minutes. Add all the above ingredients into a bowl, heat up a pan with butter, and then begin frying up each individual pancake. They should be thin (like crepes), and each individual pancake shouldn’t take very long. This recipe usually makes about 3-5 pancakes, so just double or triple the recipe for more. My adorable measuring cup is courtesy of Kilnhouse Studio, who makes pretty things that substitute for measuring cups when you forget to do dishes.
This was a dream to shoot, on a perfect day in July: two best friends just going back in time, with some vintage suitcases, a Dualflex camera, and an old, awesome car. Hair and makeup by D'lux Beauty Parlour.