What to do when it gets too wet outside for beach adventures? Visit the Centre for the Salish Sea and learn about identifying orcas, which anemones are the stickiest, and that whales have phalanges just like people! I love photographing families like this, and these sessions are extra special when they are for dear friends (Stasia and I have been friends since we were 15!).
When one of your first clients asks if you think photographing their 2 year old's birthday pool party at Panorama Rec Centre would work you say heck yeah we will make it work! It was so much fun!
It's so neat to see how babies and families grow over the years. I hadn't seen A since his newborn session! He's turned into quite the busy little bee.
My brother and his fiancé are getting married in 3 months so, in honour of #flashbackfriday, here are some photos I took of them 3 years ago at Fort Rodd Hill in Colwood. I especially love the last one - aren't they cute?
As soon as I found out my friend Anastasia was pregnant, I knew I wanted to throw her a baby shower. I was unsure as to the etiquette showers for second+ pregnancies, but a quick Google search taught me that showers for second+ pregnancies are often called sprinkles (a light shower). I love themes and I love ice cream, so I decided this terminology was a sign!
I really wanted the shower to be a family affair so that Eric and Alex could be included, so I commissioned custom illustrated invitations from Karen at Teacups and Spectacles. They were perfect and the illustration she drew was also used on the belly band for the activity sheet set I made up. Prior to the invitations being sent, a mini photo session at Mattick's Farm (with lots of ice cream and sprinkles of course) provided photographs for the sprinkle website where Karen's illustration was also featured.
Since baby's sex was being kept secret, a sprinkle theme worked well for gender neutral decor. Colourful tissue paper fans brightened up the walls and tissue paper poms paired with construction paper raindrops lent some classic baby shower decor. Balloons were strewn over the kids' room and not only looked like big sprinkles but proved to be entertaining for the kids and the adults. Goody bags for the kids followed the multicolour theme with packs of crayons, bubbles, and brightly coloured sunglasses. More detailed colouring sheets from Amy J. Delightful were set out for the adults while easier pages from Mak & Ruby were a hit with the kids. A cute printable watercolour ice cream cone from Spring Break Designs fit perfectly into a frame I had and carried the ice cream motif into the living room.
Healthy snacks including fruit, veggies, crackers, spreads, and dips were put out at the beginning of the sprinkle so that the littles wouldn't fill up on sugary treats. Later in the afternoon, desserts from Thrifty's and a beautiful melting cone cake from Ooh La La Cupcakes were brought out along with an ice cream sundae decorating bar.
It was such a fun afternoon and really felt like we were celebrating the whole family growing from 3 to 4. I think it's time for kid-friendly and co-ed showers to start trending!
After 12 years together, Ira and Rob were married in an intimate ceremony in their home surrounded by family and friends. It was a happy celebration of their love, and the evening was full of laughter. I've known Ira for half of my life and I was honoured to be able to witness her and Rob's wedding.
I've always wanted to blog a wedding entirely in black and white and this wedding was perfectly suited to it. You can see more photos from their wedding here.