Dave & Claire's Oak Bay Beach Hotel Wedding Slideshow // Victoria Wedding Photography

I’m not too good at captioning these days so I’m just going to let this slideshow speak for itself.  Best couple, funnest day.  And don’t correct my grammar.  A slew of photos will follow soon from this gorgeous Oak Bay Beach Hotel wedding.

18 months going on 18 // Life with a Baby

18 months ago she came into the world with quite the dramatic entrance. Thirty something hours of labor, an ambulance ride and a near C section and she was (finally) here.  All 9lbs of her. Little did I know that this dramatic entrance into the world was foreshadowing what was about to come. 

At a year and a half, Zaiya is spirited, hilarious, very opinionated, strong and quite demanding (she directs the family on where to sit, how to fluff her pillow up for her, etc) along with being the most loving and affectionate little person.  She will often say “momma”, wrap her arms around me and give me a big slobbery kiss.  Strangers stop us to say how cute she is and although we are biased, not everyone in the world can be wrong about that.  From about a year to now, things have been getting better and better. She mostly sleeps through the night, has learned to walk/run,  is talking a LOT (bubbles! Is her favorite right now) and likes to copy everything we do.   She tries to say “I love you” but its sounds more like “duh beh” which melts hearts.  We recently figured out that “DIE” does not in fact mean we are raising the devil but that she wants to go “OUTSIDE”. She loves riding up and down escalators about a million times, pushing all the buttons on elevators,  wearing gumboots with every outfit, screaming “HI” to whomever we are talking to on Skype very obnoxiously over and over again, and being tucked in with a fluffy blanket –the girl likes to be comfortable, what can I say?!   She eats like a champ,  loves throwing rocks, going down slides and swimming.  I can’t even fathom that she’s only been earth side for 18 months because I have no idea what we used to do before her, but at the same time I wonder how the heck my little baby is not a baby anymore. She's turning into a little girl. Stop growing up because I can’t take it anymore.  That being said, you couldn't pay me enough to go back and do that baby thing again. I need my sleep and that shit is insane. 

Today was a bit of a rough day for her because she scraped up her knees pretty badly (yet again) and got scratched on her face by a kitty at daycare.  Like the tough chick she is, she didn't shed one tear.   I had big plans to do an 18 month birthday shoot but frankly I'm exhausted. It's wedding season and life is just crazy. Instead we hung out in our backyard and BBQ'd, and I took a few shots of our everyday life.  Yes we hang out by the trash because Zaiya likes to throw rocks, no I haven't washed her face all day and our yard/house is kind of a disaster most days. But boy are we happy and enjoying our time together. 

Happy 18 months sweet pea.   

Teaghan & Alyssa's Intimate Wedding Slideshow

I had the privilege of shooting this beautiful wedding last weekend. Teaghan and Alyssa are two kind hearted souls that exchanged rings in an intimate ceremony on the beach at Finlayson Point just last weekend. These types of weddings have my heart - small, meaningful and full of soul.  I'm still working on their gallery but here is a little preview of the day. 

Vanessa & Tim's Mt. Doug Sunset Engagement Session // Victoria Engagement Photography

The first time I met Vanessa & Tim I felt like a frazzled hot mess. Maybe on the outside I looked ok…maybe?!  But truthfully I had a baby who was a few months old, we had just finished moving and I was getting no sleep and running on fumes.   We met over coffee (obviously –moms need caffeine) and we clicked right away.   About a year later we reconnected for their engagement session at Mt. Doug.  I’m now a better, more rested version of my new mom self and was definitely excited to work with them.  Their engagement photos went so much better than I ever expected. It was one of those shoots were everything seemed to align perfectly – the light, the location, the weather, the COUPLE.  These two, gah.  Just so easy to photograph.  I’m so insanely excited for their wedding at the Beach House in August.  Here are a few of my favorites from their session.