Jim & Giselle // Victoria Engagement Photography

I could shoot at the Hatley Castle all day, every day.  When Jim contacted me about the possibility of having his and Giselle's engagement session there when in town visiting from Vancouver I jumped at the chance.  This place has a little of everything - architecture, greenery, even a freaking bridge!  It's just stunning.

Jim & Giselle are getting married in the Philippines later this year, surrounded by all of their friends and family.  If our session together was any testament to what kind of wedding they are going to have, it's going to be filled with lots of laughs and love.  All the best to this amazing couple!

Random Mom Babblings // Life with a Baby

If anyone has been following along with my 365 project documenting life with my daughter (via facebook: www.facebook.com/jadesphotos or a few scattered photos on Instagram www.instagram.com/jadesphotos) you will see so many different moments. Some funny, some cute, some pretty real.  The photos a day are great and I love how it forces me to document real moments in my life.  But still, these are only a few moments people are seeing. 

You aren’t seeing the tears when I’m holding a sick, lifeless baby in my arms that hasn’t eaten for days. Wondering if she’s going to be ok.  Trying to soothe her when she is screaming because she doesn't want to throw up anymore.  The puke in my hair, all over me.  The sheer exhaustion.  You don’t see the sleepless teething nights where nothing calms her.  Where I just want more than a few hours of sleep in a row.  You don’t see the 4am wake ups, the nap struggles, the giving up on the idea that I’m going to get a moments break.  The crying car rides stuck in traffic. The frustration. When I want to lose my shit and yell at her for not listening but instead take a deep breath and pick her up one more time and give her a hug.

But what you also don’t see is my heart exploding every day.  When she throws her chubby arms around my neck, hugs me and and says “momma”.  You don’t see her eyes shining with excitement when I pick her up from daycare, her excited screams to see me.  Her warm body snuggling into mine in bed every morning.  Curling up on my lap handing me a book to read her.  Or burying her face into mine wanting to get as physically close to me as she possibly can.  Trying every single one of her tricks just to make me laugh.   Her pride when she says a new word or takes a few steps by herself.  The way she looks at me to gauge my reaction to everything before she reacts.  The adorableness when she gives me a big slobbery kiss.  Or holds my hand at the park, gripping onto my fingers with her tiny little ones.  Sometimes it’s too much love to handle and I feel like I’m going to burst at the seams.

This journey certainly hasn’t been easy.   In fact it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do day after day after day.  There is no break, the struggle never ends. There are days when I would give anything just to watch a movie uninterrupted. To go to bed later than 9pm knowing I won’t be woken up in the middle of the night.  To just have one day where my house stays clean for more than an hour and I won’t step on food scattered all over the kitchen floor.  But then more than often there are days when I want to freeze time and not let her grow a single day older.  She couldn’t possibly love me any more than she loves me now, and she sure can't get any cuter than this (ok well maybe she can....).  So I’m trying to enjoy it all and tell myself that these sleepless nights and early mornings won’t last forever.  And I will one day get to go to the bathroom by myself…right?!   

The DeGroot Family // Victoria Family Portraits

I find it so difficult to know what to say in these blogs when I photograph clients year after year.  Yep, these guys are still awesome, kids are even cuter than last year and I’m so thankful that they keep choosing me as their photographer!   I’m not sure but I could have written this same thing last year on their blog post hehe.

This year we hit up Arbutus Cove and had some fun playing in the leaves and throwing rocks on the beach. Camryn wore her best coat (soooo awesome) and definitely had the personality to match. And Leo was his adorable self too.  I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I loved taking them. Happy hump day!

Lindsay & James // Victoria Engagement Photography

I just realized I haven’t even blogged this kick ass couple’s session and they are getting married in about a month!  Yep, it’s confirmed. I suck at blogging. 

Lindsay and James are that couple that you can tell are the best of friends. Two peas in a pod.  When they told me about their plan to do a few shots at one of their favorite hangouts, the Board Game Café, I was stoked. It’s nice to switch up locations once in a while and do something unique.  After the café we wandered down to Bastion Square and around the area finding some funky graffiti walls and some greenery in the middle of the city.   These two were so much fun to hang out with and I’m so, so excited to be a part of their wedding.   It’s going to be one of the first I shoot this year and am hella excited !