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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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

12 midnight: Joanne from Umbrella Tree, in Rosedale. 

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

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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6 a.m.: Krystal and her pup, Sardis. 

6 a.m.: Krystal and her pup, Sardis. 

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

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

You're Awesome Session Giveaway! | Chilliwack Photographer

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YOU'RE AWESOME SESSION GIVEAWAY!!!!!

Sarah Sovereign Photography and Jennifer Foik Photography are running a giveaway from February 5 to May 1, 2018!

We're trying something a little different!

Here’s how it works:

When you book a session with us any time between February 5-May 1, 2018 you get to nominate one person or family who deserves a free session from us. Tell us why you chose this person/family, and what makes them awesome!

An image from YOUR shoot plus your write up will be entered into our You’re Awesome Giveaway Facebook album and we want others to share encouragement via comments to anyone nominated! Every positive, uplifting comment on the picture/about the person you nominated will count as an extra entry in the contest (Only 1 comment counts per person, but feel free to share the love as many times as you want!)

The drawing will be on May 2, 2018! There are two sessions up for grabs, one with Jennifer Foik Photography, and one with Sarah Sovereign Photography (but hey! We’re going to shoot each winner’s session together!)

Here are the fine details:

- To nominate someone, you must book and complete your session prior to May 1, 2018 (Bookings with Sarah Sovereign Photography or Jennifer Foik Photography will count).

- Winner's session must take place in Chilliwack.

- Final prize is one session, 25 digital files of their choice from a downloadable gallery. Limit of 5 people.

"Body Out of Bounds" | Collaboration with artist Kate Fairley

"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.

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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.

 

Wild Mountain | Chilliwack | with Inhale Floral Designs, Montana's Bridal Hair, and Joelle Marks (Family Management)

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