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.
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)
walking in my neighbourhood more,
bringing my camera when i feel like it,
and trying to stop and take more photos.
if you’ve ever been walking with me, you’ll often find me not paying attention,
because i am distracted by the ‘beautiful light’ over there,
thinking to myself, ‘damn that would make a gorgeous spot for portraits!’
(subnote: i never thought i’d ever post so many photos of flowers.
not usually my thing.
but seriously vancouver, you have outdone yourself this year with gorgeous florals!)
here is a bit of what i’ve been seeing these last couple weeks out and about:
i’ve known aaron & caitlin for quite some time.
we knew each other back when we all lived in manitoba,
but really got to know them well these last few years in vancouver.
aaron is a cinematic animator and narrative designer,
and caitlin is a talented communication designer with a background in photography,
(she recently graduated from emily carr, with awards,
the same year she gave birth to baby maeve)
- she is a powerhouse.
together, they made a cute baby.
our session was a lot of fun.
we took a lot of natural photos in their home,
(taking breaks for feeding & diaper-changing)
and had tea & snacks before we headed out to english bay to take a few family portraits.
here is what our day looked like:
back in february,
i attended a weekend workshop in seattle.
food photography with ashley & gabe, from not without salt.
i’ve loved ashley’s blog for years,
her chocolate chip cookie recipe is my go-to,
and i adore her food photos, her work-life balance, and her approach to life.
so when i was gifted this workshop from my parents for christmas,
i was ecstatic!
the workshop itself was held in aran goyoaga (better known as cannelle et vanille)’s studio in seattle
- an amazing light-filled space where we took lots & lots of photos & ate delicious food!
while a lot of the camera basics we learned were old news for me,
i discovered a few new tricks,
and learned to be more confident in my own skills.
i also now know how to make editing presets in lightroom,
which is an amazing time-saver in my workflow!
but the best part of the workshop (or any workshop, really) was the people i met!
some from the vancouver area, even, like sandra over at raincoast creative salon,
and erin, who manages a cookery over on quadra island.
here are some shots i took at the workshop:
day one: testing skills, experimenting with light, positioning, angle, props, textures, lunch & dessert
baby maeve is one cute little girl.
even though she cried and spit up for a substantial portion of our session (she is a baby after all),
she managed to make the cutest photos,
even cracking a semi-smile for me once or twice.
i can’t wait to finish editing them & share more of her little face & adorable blue eyes!
a study in citrus:
styling by alison ramage.
photography by me.
some of my favourites:
photographed a very lovely east vancouver wedding yesterday.
have a million photos to go through,
but in the meantime…
i couldn’t not share this photo from yesterday:
the bride & groom’s ‘first look’
in the beautiful strathcona neighbourhood.
it’s always exciting to see a project come to fruition.
last year i was contacted by someone from the national WWI museum in kansas city to reproduce and photograph a few recipes from a recipe book dated 1918 from the world war one efforts to ‘win the war in the kitchen.’
i enlisted the help of stylist/recipe developer alison ramage for a few of the recipes, too.
check out the online war fare exhibition for the recipes and more photos!
i’ve been photographing food so much lately (which has been fantastic, you all know how much i love food),
that i forgot how much i really do enjoy portraits.
things i loved about my portrait session last weekend with andrew and lisa:
- we stayed in my/their neighbourhood (yay for new neighbours!)
- i got to fulfill my long-time desire to shoot with a giant balloon (and thankfully it
actually barely fit in my car!)
- andrew and lisa are just so, so lovely, and i am (nervously) excited to photograph their wedding at trout lake in may.
- i created my own black + white filter while editing, and am currently in love with it. (what do you think of it?)
take me back to the top!