Taylor & Brayden // Victoria Couples Session

A few times a year I do a giveaway session for couples. I always have people asking why I would work for free.  I do this for a few reasons

1)      Sometimes I’m in a good mood and I want to share the cheer and give something to my awesome clients/followers for free

2)      I love meeting new couples and this has been a great way for me to connect with people I otherwise may never have

3)      Let’s face it – life is expensive.  Photography isn’t always in the budget but that doesn’t mean you don’t deserve great photos and when I have some extra time I can offer that gift to someone

Taylor & Brayden won one of my sessions earlier this year and I was so happy to connect with them.  We decided on Cattle Point as a great sunset location for their session and man, it’s so gorgeous there!   Taylor looked stunning in her dress from Myrtle and Moss Props and even though Brayden swore he wasn’t into getting photos taken I think he ended up having a good time after all….I mean I don’t think I’m too terrible of a person to hang out with!

I hope you enjoy some of my favorites from this sunset couple’s session.

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Lindsay & James - Married // Victoria Wedding Photography

When I emailed Lindsay and James their finished gallery of wedding photos I got a Facebook message from Lindsay half an hour later saying “James isn’t home yet so I’m definitely just sitting here by myself looking at them and crying. You did such an amazing job, thank you so so so much”.  Our conversation continued on with me telling her she was almost making me cry from her nice words and her replying that it was only fair considering how much I had made her cry by producing such wonderful photos.  These are the moments that I live for – making my clients cry.  Kidding! 

James and Lindsay’s wedding day was filled with so much joy and genuine emotion.   Lindsay wasn’t nervous – she was EXCITED. When I showed up to hang out with the girls for their getting ready shots she was bouncing off the walls with excitement.  She just couldn’t wait to marry James. And he, her.  From the tear filled ceremony, to the kabuki cab rides to take portraits at Beacon Hill Park to the heartfelt speeches and emotional first dances these two really did have the perfect day. 

Lindsay and James - you two are awesomely suited for each other.  I hope your lives are filled with as much happiness as your wedding day was and that you never lose that spark.  I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you two.

Thank you to all the amazing vendors for your hard work and making this day come together so well.

Vendors:

Second shooter: Nunn Other Photography

Ceremony & Reception Location: Hotel Grand Pacific

Hair & Makeup: Melanie Baird

Wedding Dress: Shades of White

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: David’s Bridal

Men’s Tuxes: Moores

Florals: mother of the groom

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20 Months!! // Life with a baby.

Last week my little girl turned 20 months.   In 4 months she was be 2. TWO!  I have to keep on telling myself this day after day to mentally prepare myself for it. I had a hard time when she turned one because I felt like she was no longer my baby anymore. But two…well two is just a different ballgame. Yes I’m terrified of the “terrible 2’s” but we are already seeing some of that rear its ugly head.  Two also means she will be starting preschool soon and two definitely means my baby is gone.  Ahhhhhh! I hate this growing up thing.  I do have to say it’s been pretty fun watching her personality come out over these last few months.  She’s a spicy one!  A few of her newly developed quirks include:

- putting her clothes on and taking them off all by herself over and over and over again.  She gets so frustrated when she can’t quite do it and starts yelling and throwing things.  But then she gets right back to it and is absolutely determined to get it.  She has perfected putting her shoes on by herself and she’s pretty darn proud.

-she calls every other kid a “baby” even if they are older than her which has ruffled feathers at the playground.

-she has recently started calling milk “schloe”……don’t ask me hahaha

-she's obsessed with moles. I’m not sure if it’s because my husband has a lot of moles on his body or what!  She will always point and say “mole” and she loves when I do the Austin Powers “moley, moley moley” hahahah.  We went to Tim Hortons pretty early in the morning the other day and her and I were in line behind someone who had a big mole on their neck. It was totally quiet in there until she pointed and shouted “MOLE!”.  I couldn’t help but laugh….I mean this poor guy was probably self-conscious about his mole but she doesn’t know any better.  What can you do?

-she will do something cute or funny and then say "oh boy" - it's adorable! 

-we have recently started the dreaded “mine” phase. Everything is “MINE”.  Poor Ethann can’t touch a thing in the house without her freaking out and yelling MINE!  Sometimes she cries in the morning when I’m putting on a certain pair of underwear because she thinks they are hers.  We go for a playdate at someone’s house and she rips toys out of their hand and yells “mine”. Deep breaths.  And lots of wine.   This isn't even to mention the battles about clothes or shoes she is going to wear out of the house.  Where the heck did this attitude come from??!! 

Sleep has been pretty good lately minus some teething nights here and there.  She has almost all of her teeth except for her 2 year molars so I’m hoping we can get a few months of reprieve before those start coming in.  She has even started going to bed earlier and  sleeping in (sometimes until 7:30!).  For the first time in almost two years I have started setting my alarm clock for the days I have to work. I never thought I would be so happy to hear that shrill beeping noise. Sure beats getting woken up by a cry at 5am.

All in all life is pretty great with this little munchkin. She’s been testing us a bit but she’s still my sweet, cuddly little girl who loves her dog videos.

Also we are going to start potty training in a few weeks!  I would love any insight, tips, tricks, or barrels of wine shipped to my house please and thank you.  Here are a few from a recent mom + me session we had with the amazingly sweet and talented Shantal Marie Creative.

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Shannon & Travis - Married // Victoria Wedding Photography

I could think of no better way to get back into the swing of things than shooting a wedding with these two!  This was not only my first wedding of the year (back in May!) but it was my first after being off for quite a while since having my daughter.  The first time I actually met Travis and Shannon was on their wedding day, both when they were walking down the aisle as they live in Calgary and were only in Victoria for a few short days for the wedding.  They were both very easygoing, sweet and made me comfortable at once.  The ceremony at St. Anne’s Academy was filled with many sweet moments such as when their two boys came up to witness their vows and there were hugs (and tears) all around. Afterwards we popped across the street to Beacon Hill park to take some photos with the wedding party.  I just loved Shannon’s unique wedding dress that she made in part by herself. Seriously, I can barely sew a button onto a sweater!   These two are as unique as their love for each other is – I can really tell they have something special together.

Shannon & Travis I thank you for having me be a part of your wedding day and I wish you all the happiness in the world

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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.