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  • lili | lifestyle portraits in east van

    04.17.15

    back during my short stint of having my own office/studio,
    i was across the street from a jjbean,
    (both a blessing and a curse)
    and i really miss the friendly staff there,
    not to mention the coffee & butter tarts…

    lili is one of the baristas there,
    and she is the friendliest and loveliest of persons.

    we had a portrait shoot a little while ago, as she needed some headshots,
    and we snuck in a few lifestyle photos while we visited platform 7 coffee and drank coffee and ate treats.
    (i should be keeping this a secret, but their garden patio at the back is gorgeous, and worth the visit alone)

    here are a few of my favourites from our session:

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    The Nostalgia of Food – Opening Exhibition

    02.11.15

    we were pretty stoked that we had 200 people come in the door on our opening night of our group art exhibition ‘the nostalgia of food’

    if you missed it, the exhibition is showing until march 1st at studio 126:
    126 east pender
    wed – sat: 12-6 ”
    sun: 12-5

    be sure to check out the upcoming 3 events you can be a part of during the exhibition this month:
    doburoku workshop – feb 15
    play with your food – feb 18
    pickle carrots to your preference – feb 23

    in between chatting with guests and trying to snatch design to dine‘s beautiful appetizers before they disappeared, i managed to grab a few photos of the opening reception. here’s a small glimpse of the evening & the art:

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    exhibition space: studio 126
    food entertainment: design to dine
    artists involved:
    andrea armstrong
    joey armstrong
    jordan cooper
    michelle fattore
    andrea fernandez
    natalie ferrari-morton
    sue griese
    peter gutmanis
    jenny hawkinson
    christina luo
    issha marie
    helena mcmurdo
    alison page
    marshall to
    anna villaruz

    mushrooms – sneak peek of a collaboration

    02.05.15

    sneak peek from a project collaboration with my kitchen love.
    i implore you to follow her blog for easy & amazing recipes!

    discovered that i really LOVE photographing mushrooms.
    (and eating them, too!)

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    the nostalgia of food – a group art exhibition february 5 – march 1 2015

    02.01.15

    nostalgia is a topic most people can relate to.

    when it comes to food and nostalgia,
    most of us have experienced times when a certain taste or smell has brought us ‘back in time’ or made us yearn for a time in the past.

    i’m excited to announce an art exhibition exploring this theme of The Nostalgia of Food.
    opening reception is thursday february 5,
    and the exhibit runs until march 1 at studio 126, a furniture store and art exhibition space in chinatown.

    i’ve been teaming up with studio 126 to plan this exhibition, as well as a few workshops in conjunction with the show, and am showing some of my photography as well.

    the workshops:

    Doburoku Workshop - Farmer’s style Sake demonstration & lecture
    presented by Mogu Mogu Goute
    February 15, 2015 | 5:30pm-7pm
    cost: $45
    limited tickets are available via Studio 126 – register in store, email studio126yvr@gmail.com, or call 778.839.0975
    Play With Your Food - Using food to make art through pattern
    presented by Studio 126 & Joey Armstrong
    February 18, 2015 | 7pm-10pm
    cost: $30
    includes: 100% cotton tea towel to take home, art supplies, food, drinks, snacks
    limited tickets available via: eventbrite.

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    18th annual east side culture crawl!

    11.18.14

    for the first time ever,
    i am participating in vancouver’s annual east side culture crawl!

    come visit me, november 20-23:
    1895 powell st, suite 3a
    thurs & fri: 5 – 10pm
    sat & sun: 11am – 6pm

    i will be showing & selling some of my food photography on canvas, fine art prints, and postcards.

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    i am also hosting a fun little contest/activity in the studio,

    details below:

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    here are some other east side culture crawl stops that i recommend:
    my sister Andrea Armstrong http://culturecrawl.ca/artists/andreaarmstrong (her studio is next door to mine!)
    Robbie Vergara – Screenprinter - http://culturecrawl.ca/artists/robbievergara
    Nathalie – Painter - http://culturecrawl.ca/artists/nathalie-denise
    Robyn Williams – Pottery maker- http://culturecrawl.ca/artists/willowcraft
    Union Gospel Mission - http://culturecrawl.ca/artists/uniongospelmission

     

    turning 4 at maplewood farm | vancouver birthday party photography

    09.11.14

    i love birthday parties.
    my birthday is in the winter, so i never get to have a fun (& warm) outdoor party for my birthday.
    this summer i got to attend (& photograph) a cute outdoor party.
    little averi’s 4th birthday party took place at maplewood farm in north vancouver,
    and was an animal-themed, packed-full-of-fun party.
    her mom put so much attention into the beautiful details,
    and even hand-made all the animal masks for the kids!

    to start off the party, each attendee got an ice-cube tray of compartmentalized healthy snacks,
    followed by pizza, and fresh lemonade.
    the little ones then got to go feed the bunnies & pet the baby goats, as well as go on pony rides.
    and to top the day off – cake, of course!
    the gorgeous (and super delicious) cake was made by tracy thorn of cake conspiracy.

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    family photo fun at lion’s park in port coquitlam

    08.06.14

    what a beautiful thing,
    to watch a family grow.

    i’ve had the privilege of photographing this family since they were just expecting their first,
    and now they have two gorgeous (and rambunctious) kids that make the sessions more interesting as time goes on.
    not to mention, i love the hugs i get from little arms at the end, making me the happiest person alive.

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    maternity photo from 2010

    we had a fun day playing at the park, running through the woods, throwing rocks in the river, and fishing.
    (i fully recommend family activities like this during a photo session!)

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    earnest ice cream | behind the scenes

    08.04.14

    i’ve loved earnest ice cream ever since i discovered them when they just started out a couple  years ago.
    back in the day, they were doing production at a kitchen just around the corner from my house
    (which is now burned down, so sad!)
    so it was ever-so-convenient to get my ice cream fix.
    now they are a little ways off over at fraser & 24th,
    where they have constant line ups during the weekend when they are open.

    back in march, i took photos of earnest ice cream’s staff meeting & a bit of their production process
    for an edible vancouver article with writer charlene dy.
    the article, also featuring vancouver’s rain or shine, was in the june/july summer issue.

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    below are a few photos that didn’t make it in the magazine,
    but give a little glimpse into the taste-testing & development of new ice cream recipes at earnest.
    (you can see older photos i took of them for an article i wrote for the dirty apron blog back in 2012: here)

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    bamboo laser-cut commissioned piece by local artist rachael ashe.

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    co-founders ben ernst & erica bernardi

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    a birthday at the beach

    07.14.14

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    feels like just a few days ago,
    but back in may my sister had a birthday,
    and we spent the day celebrating in the best way.

    first, a stop at beaucoup bakery for a coffee & pain au chocolat
    then, the beach for a picnic & some relaxation times.
    it wasn’t exactly a beach day; it was overcast and kind of cool.
    but that also meant the beach wasn’t crowded.

    we ate sandwiches, mangosteen, chocolate, homemade iced tea.
    we picked flowers.
    we drew drawings.

    after our beach day,
    we went to chambar (not pictured below, i didn’t bring my camera)
    with the brother & my husband for some mussels & all-around indulgence.
    it was grand.

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    sneak peek | birthday party photography

    07.07.14

    did you know i love to photograph birthday parties?
    especially really cute & fun ones,
    like this 4 year old birthday party at maplewood farm last weekend.
    it involved balloons, cake, homemade masks, pony rides, and cute little goats to pet – how much cuter can a birthday party get?

    more to come from this party, i assure!

    (also: the cute & delicious cake was from cake conspiracy)

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