Campfire smoke being illuminated by sunlight through the trees in a forest

Camping in Golden Ears – Pt 2

After our walk to the waterfall we headed back to the campsite to snack, drink beer, and make some dinner.

Like I said in the previous post, Steve and Cari are camping pros and had everything we needed to make a delicious dinner of spag bol (spaghetti bolognese) complete with cheesy garlic bread.

I again managed to disgrace myself by squealing really loudly, complete with flailing arms when our snacks were raided by a gang of raccoons. Luckily only one bag of pita chips were sullied and the cheeky raccoons were encouraged to raid someone else’s campsite. The raccoons there must have themselves totally set up, just moving from camp to camp.

We had a little shower of rain on Sunday morning, but then the sun came back and lit up all the smoke from the campfires through the trees.

Here are a few images from hanging out at the campground – hope you enjoy!

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Image of a couple overlooking a waterfall

Camping in Golden Ears – Pt 1

So in a very spur of the moment decision, our friends Steve and Cari convinced us to go camping last weekend. We had no idea where we were going, just that we needed to rent a tent and a car.

Me and Geoff are not really campers as such, although Geoff has many, many stories to tell about Radford Year 9 camp to the Blue Mountains in Australia. I only camped out in a tent a couple of times, once in Intermediate School which was at a lake about 15 minutes out of Whanganui, and where we were disciplined for talking too much overnight. And again, at the turn of the millennium at a campground in Taupo where I pretty much gave up and slept in the car for a few hours after stumbling home from the pub.

Strangely though, we both own quite decent sleeping bags (a hang up from our backpacker days around Europe, in which we stayed in cabins or hostels the entire time).
Luckily Steve and Cari are hardcore, back-country campers so they had pretty everything anyone would ever need to camp, and really this was camping-lite.

We drove up on Saturday morning, after getting our coffee and donut fix, and borrowing some pillows from Cari because of course we had forgotten ours!
Thanks to the GPS we also managed to take a brief detour to a Canadian Tire carpark, I confused a bunch of horses for cows and everyone had a good laugh at me confusing left and right constantly.

After lunch we took a walk to the waterfall, with a spot of fishing on the way. It was a really lovely day, nice and warm, but not too hot and the scenery was spectacular as per usual in BC.

Here are a few images from our trip to the waterfall at Golden Ears Provincial Park – hope you enjoy!

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Carl Zeiss Jena 500mm

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Photo of a white coffee cup with red lipstick stain on a jewellery designers desk

Studio Head Shots – Salome from Burfurtart

Late in 2015 myself and Hollie from Creative Solutions were brainstorming about an idea to feature entrepreneurs in a series about the ups and downs of entrepreneurship.
Contrary to what a lot of people might believe, it’s really not easy. There are a lot of lows that go along with running or setting up a small business and sometimes, there isn’t a lot of support to get through the lows.

The project that was born from this was The Infinite Arc, and my role was to photograph the entrepreneurs involved. This is one of the photoshoot sessions.

Salomé is a jewellery designer working under the studio name Burfurtart

Salomé initially studied watercolours, then crocheting knitwear, before incorporating her crocheting into a jewellery line. Now she creates both custom pieces for her clients and ready to wear sterling silver pieces. Salomé has just released her Autumn/Winter 2016 collection on Instagram

Salomé was a lot of fun to shoot, her creative space is a real reflection of her personality, lots of colour and energy, and her sense of fun and adventure during the shoot was infectious. She wasn’t afraid to try new things or just let go and have a great time.

Here are a few images from the shoot in her studio and in my studio…hope you enjoy!

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Black and white photo of a woman holding her elderly mothers hand between her own

Mother and Daughter Shoot – Ruth and Rachel

Just before I left Toronto, I met a beautiful new client Ruth. She had come in for a shoot to update her head shots for her coaching business, and mentioned afterwards that she would love to have a shoot with her mum.

It was such a special shoot, Rachel is in her late 80’s and is so vibrant and sassy. There was a lot of laughter, stories and fun during the shoot, and we sat and chatted for a while afterwards. Watching the connection between Ruth and Rachel was such a joy and I felt really honoured to be part of it.
This is one of the parts of my job that I absolutely love, where you become really bonded through the process of the shoot and really share the time and space together.

Ruth had asked that this be a black and white shoot, and specifically to have an image that showed their hands.

I am so glad I had the opportunity to capture these images for Ruth and Rachel, and that these will be something that they will both treasure for many years to come.

Here are a couple of images from the shoot… hope you enjoy🙂

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Canon L 24-70mm f2.8
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1/160

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Image of a personal trainer helping a client during a session in their studio

Lindsay from Build a Fit Physique

I met Lindsay at a networking event just as she launched her personal trainer business after she left the corporate world.

It was so interesting to hear her thoughts on starting a new business and then at subsequent meeting on how her business was starting to flourish. We arranged this shoot in early spring (although you wouldn’t know it with the dump of snow the night before!).

It was great to see Lindsay’s brand new studio in Etobicoke, ON and it’s such a great space – bright natural light, colourful and spacious.

You can follow Lindsay on Build a Fit Physique Facebook page or Instagram – where she shows some really great short videos on tips and exercises that you can do at home.

Here are a few images from the shoot….hope you enjoy


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Canon L 24-70mm

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Natural light portrait of a young woman wearing a flower crown framed by leaves in a wooded area

Outdoor Portraits with Jennifer

I feel like Jericho is going to be a “go to” spot for me. This is the second shoot I have done here and the feel is so different from this shoot of portraits with Catherine and then couples portraits with her partner Liam.

I could not have been more excited when I got to Jericho to see this little meadow full of wild flowers. When I had gone earlier in June, it was just grassy looking and there was no hint that this would have popped up.

Jennifer is so tiny that she embodied this  ethereal, woodland nymph-esque shoot perfectly. I had a vintage bias nightgown in my studio wardrobe, and had recently made a flower crown which matched the colours perfectly.

Also the bokeh on the Carl Zeiss Jena lens was beautiful. I am almost predominantly using legacy lenses at this point and although sometimes they can be a little quirky, the bokeh and creamy feel is definitely worth it for me.

Here are a few images from the afternoon…hope you enjoy them

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Carl Zeiss Jena 50mm f2.8

Model – Jennifer
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Tabby cat with green eyes lying on a blue and white rug

VOKRA kitties – Hank & Dezi

I have been volunteering with VOKRA for a few weeks now as an adoptions counsellor, where I interview potential adopters and then match them to some prospective furry family members.

I have also been photographing a few events here and there when I am helping out at their stalls – check out the Scotiabank Half Marathon photos here.

But I also really love taking photos of the kitties up for adoption. Hank and Dezi were my first kitty models that I got to take photos of here in Vancouver.

They are both long, lean kitties and although they are not brothers, super bonded to each other. We took some time for them to get used to me being in their space, and then after they had eaten some dinner and got some special treats, they were ready for their close up!

I was also really excited since this was the first shoot on my new Jupiter-9 85mm f2.0 lens. A Soviet era lens which I had seen recommended by a number of other photographers using legacy lenses. I am pretty happy with how it performs!

To find out more about Hank and Dezi and how to adopt them, visit their biographies here

Hank

Dezi

Here are some of the images from their shoot…hope you enjoy!

 

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Jupiter-9 85mm f2.0

Models – Hank & Dezi | VOKRA