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I have once again found myself back in Vancouver from up North, but this time it’s to wait for my baby boy to arrive!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Northern Health Care system, pregnant women in Fort Nelson are “not allowed” to give birth up there. Yes, it’s a thing – I was just as shocked to find that piece of information when we first moved there. The facilities and equipment are all available, but there are not enough qualified doctors to make the appropriate team to deliver babies. It’s an ongoing issue for the community and it’s an unfortunate struggle for everyone. Luckily, I have family in BC that I can stay with for the month leading up to my due date. Others are not as fortunate, and they spend a month living in a hotel in the closest town away, at a 4 hour drive – or farther! And yes, all expenses are out of pocket while you (and your partner) take time off work. However, it is rumoured that Fort Nelson will soon be getting more doctors and I hope that it’s true!

While impatiently waiting for my due date to come around (10 days away!), I volun-told my good friends Ainsley and Blair that they were overdue for some photos together. They have been dating for a few years now and, in my biased opinion, they needed some nice prints for their walls! They kindly agreed to my last minute recommendation because a) I will soon be fully occupied with a baby and b) we could get together on the last night before Ainsley went back to camp for work.

Ainsley is a geologist who has been spending her summers in the middle of BC, in the bush, with a few short breaks to come back home. We have known of each other since about Grade 6 when we were both invited to a mutual friend’s birthday party but we really became close throughout high school. Ainsley is my traveller; she has come to visit me in every town I have lived. First, in Wolfville, N.S. while I was attending Acadia University; then in Halifax, N.S. when James and I got married and I was attending photography school; then again to Halifax when we decided to stay there for a while; to Squamish, B.C. when we lived there for a short 6 weeks; and finally all the way up to Fort Nelson, B.C. She is down to earth, kind-hearted, and always game for whatever life throws at her.

Blair is a perfect match to Ainsley and they share the same sense of humour. He is caring, warm, and generous – and a firefighter;) They met at a party of mutual friends and were pretty much inseparable ever since. Their first date was a hike up the Stawamus Chief in Squamish, which says a lot about their shared interests and personalities. If you haven’t heard of the Stawamus Chief, it is a highlight for any avid hikers to complete the 3 peaks and be rewarded with a scenic view of Howe Sound. (I have yet to climb it, but walking basically straight uphill for 5 hours makes me think that I probably wouldn’t make it…) With their shared interest of the outdoors, it was only appropriate for Ainsley and Blair to take photos by the beach and our wonderful ocean.

I hope you enjoy these adorable images.

 

Parker Lake in Fort Nelson, BC is one of my favourite spots to photograph clients. When you first see it, you think – what is so special about this place? But if you stand in one spot and do a 360 degree look around, you’ll notice several different backgrounds and scenes. The actual “beach” at the lake is about 20 feet wide with a dock about 100 feet away. It’s not a lake that you would swim in, but there is the occasional boat or paddle boarder. In the summer I mostly see locals bring their dogs so they can cool off in the water.

Megan booked her session well in advance because she wanted to make sure we caught a summer feel to the images. I think they make an adorable couple and all I can think about with this session is that beautiful dusk light.

 

As I sit here and write this, it is -3°C outside. Over the last few weeks it hit almost 30°C and was feeling like the middle of summer, but now wet snow and rain have been falling for 2 days. Fort Nelson has the most unpredictable weather, and it adds another layer of complication to photography sessions. Unfortunately, that beautiful summer’s day you might have been planning for a few weeks can be completely ruined by weather you hoped to be done with a month ago. The point I’m making is that reschedules of sessions are the norm, especially in the North. So when Ashley realized that the sun would be non-existent for the rest of the week, we decided that day to schedule her engagement shoot for the same evening, and the weather was perfect.

Ashley and I share a passion for photography and similar situations have allowed us to become good friends. Both of us came to Fort Nelson following our significant others for work. My husband and I came indirectly from Nova Scotia. Ashley and Tom came from Australia. Proof that the North brings together people from all walks of life.

Ashley and Tom are an amazing couple. They are getting married in a few months back in Australia and I know it will be such a beautiful wedding – I can’t wait to see the pictures!

We shot this session just outside of town and I love the results.

Congratulations Ashley and Tom!

(And we can’t forget a star of the show – Berta the Shepherd!)

Almost a year after photographing their engagement session, I headed back down to the lower mainland to photograph their Thanksgiving weekend wedding – complete with a turkey dinner and lots of good stories. (My favourite story consisted of the groom taking the microphone from the best man and stating “sorry dad, I have a tattoo”).

The intimate ceremony and reception space was at The Loft at Earls in Yaletown, downtown Vancouver. Both the bride’s and groom’s personal styles were beautifully reflected in all of the details, with the help of Allessia Imbrogno at Piccolo Design Co.

In the morning, Don and his brothers put on their suits at their grandpa’s house; mostly laughing and attempting to create impeccable knots in their ties – while also fixing belts with hammers… Gillian prepared for the day at the Opus hotel downtown with girlfriends and her mom, who very expertly hooked the buttons on her dress. Gillian’s flawless hair and makeup was done by the talented Danielle at All Dolled Up Makeup & Hair Studio.

Don had surprised Gillian with a bride’s care package which was filled with all of her favourite snacks and items the night before. How wonderfully thoughtful and adorable is that?

As they exchanged their vows they were surrounded by wonderful families (now *family) and friends and there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. After their formal photos and before the reception, they stopped for a pint of beer at the bar next door – an action which was stated as “so them” by friends.

We took photos at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown and a passer by told us the brick wall just around the corner was THE wedding photo wall, so naturally we tried it out. Turns out, it’s one of my favourite photos from the day.

Congratulations Gillian and Don! Thank you for letting me be a part of your day and giving me the opportunity to expand my passion to Vancouver.

 

 

  • Sue Peters

    Wonderful pictures of a wonderful day! Thanks again for letting me be part of it!ReplyCancel

  • Beverley Schneider

    beautiful picturesReplyCancel

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