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The Raphael Family

I’ve been wanting to share this session with all of you for such a long time, and I haven’t quite known the words to use to tell the story of it. I think the best way I know how to share all of this with you is to let the photos tell the story of this wonderful family.

I feel honoured to have done this shoot with Rochelle and her family. I’m so grateful that Gabriella, her daughter, reached out to me way back last spring - and the careful consideration and love Gabriella poured in to coordinating and choosing every outfit is so evident in every frame. Steve, Rochelle’s husband, supported behind the scenes (I snuck a few frames though), and what struck me shooting this with all of them was how much love, care, and support they had for one another - and especially, how very strong Rochelle was. My dear friend Siobhan from Shiverz Designs created and designed all of the floral crowns, using flowers from her own garden.

I am finally making this post knowing that Rochelle very recently passed away and I know how very deeply she’ll be missed. I want to let you all know about a gofundme campaign started to help with funeral costs and any other needs. Donate to the GoFundMe here.

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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. 

An 80th Birthday Full of Love! | Chilliwack Birthday Photographer

Loved this bright and colourful backyard birthday party so much! It's loveliness is no surprise when a decor dream team is part of the family - {Simple Soiree}! 

These are absolutely my favourite kinds of events to photograph - just little light filled gatherings, casual portraits, and documentary style capturing, -- and best of all, you could tell that the whole evening was bursting full of love for an amazing woman. 

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