Category Archives: Engagements
We’re heading into engagement photo season once again here in Victoria, and I am soooo ready to welcome some warm sunshine back! This lovely little session is from last year (yes, I am that behind with blogging. I blame it on the tiny humans who constantly demand my time) – back when the evenings were brighter & everything was lush & alive. Is it Spring yet?! 😫
When deciding what to do for their engagement session and where to go, my couples & I usually end up in places that hold special meaning to their story. (For a few other examples, check out this post & this post). In this case, Julia & Garth chose a beautiful location that they frequent with their adorable dog, Otter, for her walks. It’s a popular dog friendly park here in Victoria, so inevitably we came across a few happy doggies during our adventures. This made for some great candid moments – maybe the most notable was the large white dog who photobombed our session with a random pee! lol… See if you can spot her in my favourite highlights below 😂
Next up, I’ll be posting Julia & Garth’s modern minimalist wedding, so be sure to check back soon for that. Xo
Since moving back to Victoria, I have to say there are very few things I miss about living in Vancouver. Don’t get me wrong, Vancouver is a gorgeous city full of inspiring people doing amazing things… but my heart has always been back on the Island :)
That being said, I am missing some of my very favourite lower mainland photo locations! Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver is right up there as one of the absolute best. Lush forest, open ocean vistas, and jaw dropping sunsets… what else could you ask for?! It definitely didn’t disappoint for Patricia & Andy’s engagement portraits. We had such a beautiful evening playing in the woods, scrambling around on the rocks, and soaking in the late evening sun. And all of that in a pair of super sexy heels! Not me – Patricia ;)
So looking forward to documenting their wedding later this summer! I know it’s going to be amazing. Until then, here are a few faves from their Lighthouse Park engagement session. xo
2015, you were completely amazing.
2015 marked a huge time for me on a personal level… in addition to moving back to my hometown of Victoria this past summer, we also welcomed our sweet little man almost exactly a year ago. That beautiful experience, as well as every day that has passed with him since then, continues to colour the way I see the world. The simplest way I can explain this new motherhood outlook is that there’s more love now… it seeps into tiny daily interactions; it connects and unites. It’s empathy & understanding.
Time has also taken on a different feel… moments are simultaneously fleeting and yet carry so much weight. I am even more grateful for the ability to preserve these moments in photographs, to freeze them and hold them close. I’ve always wanted to do that for my clients, to show them how beautiful their own fleeting moments are and help to hold on to them. I feel I accomplished this in 2015 and I am so happy to have had that chance.
So thank you. Thank you for getting in front of my camera and allowing me to preserve your moments. Be they pivotal life moments- like your wedding, a pregnancy, a new baby; or quieter moments- a morning with your kids at the park, a swim with your love in the ocean; they are all beautiful and precious. It has been my pleasure to capture them for you.
Below is a little collection of highlights from the year… some have appeared here before, some have not. The process of going through a year’s worth of work is slow and sweet… I love revisiting these faces and feelings. I hope you will too. xo
When we were in Vancouver for Jem & Todd’s intimate garden wedding, I had the chance to create a few engagement portraits for these two – my brother-in-law and now sister-in-law! Although they currently live in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Clint & Melissa spent a couple of years living in Van together, soaking up the west coast life. Their first apartment was in Kitsilano, and they would spend warm nights down at Kits Beach or English Bay, burying their toes in the sand and hopping in & out of the ocean. So as a tribute to that chapter of their relationship, Clint & Melissa chose to have their engagement session at the gorgeous Third Beach in Stanley Park, and we managed to make it there just in time for sunset :)
Going somewhere that has special meaning to your story or documenting something that you love to do together are my very favourite ways to capture your love during an engagement sesh. The idea is to keep your portraits authentic to you. But it doesn’t always have to involve a polar swim like Clint & Melissa did! For more ideas on engagement session locations, check out these awesome couples here and here. Or scroll down to see how these two chose to document their story. Much love & congrats, C&M! xo
When deciding where to do their portrait sessions, I often suggest to my clients to think of a place that has meaning to them. Somewhere they have an attachment to, that is home to warm and fuzzy memories.
For Alanna & Josh, this was easy. We’d head to the place where Josh proposed… on one of these 1001 steps :)
I am so excited for their wedding this summer at Whonnock Lake! Here are a few of my favourites from their engagement session.