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There are so many things I love about Vancouver. The mountains, the air, the ocean, and the rain. You’re probably thinking, rain?? Yes, the rain.

I am aware that Vancouver has a reputation for ALWAYS raining; but guess what, it doesn’t get crazy snow storms or -9384759 degrees celcius weather. Yes, it can rain quite a bit especially in November, but I promise, it doesn’t rain ALL THE TIME.

There is something very refreshing and peaceful about Vancouver rain. It isn’t paired with blistering cold winds, nor four feet of snow. It doesn’t pierce your skin like tiny needles falling from the sky. It still smells like you’re in the great outdoors up in the mountains, when you are standing down on West Broadway/Cambie with people rushing by to the Canada Line and cars zooming past to get downtown. The people in Vancouver aren’t afraid of rain.

 

Earlier this year, my very close friends got engaged and I am beyond excited that a) they are getting married!!! and b) my husband and I are standing in their wedding. We always knew they would tie the knot because they are absolutely perfect together, and we are so incredibly happy that it’s happening! Their wedding is going to take place in Vancouver in 2014 and because I live so far away, I wanted to get an engagement photo in the brief time I had in BC last week. And as you may have guessed, it rained on the one day that we could get together. Thankfully, being both Vancouverites (Mike, you count as one now), the rain didn’t completely stop them from going down to Granville Island. However, the walk to the site kind of drenched him and he was soaked and shivering by the time we took these shots. Thanks for being troopers, but Mike, where was your raincoat? You should really know better, you’ve lived there for how long now? :p (No camera gear was damaged in the making of these shots).

Even though I am 6,153km away, (according to Google after finding our respective homes), I am wishing them a wonderful engagement and I will see them at the wedding!!!!!

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BOU·DOIR [boo-dwahr, -dwawr]
noun
a woman’s bedroom or private sitting room.
[dictionary.com]

Sessions can be taken in hotel rooms or in the comfort of your own home. The first step is a free consultation to discuss the process and how you would like your images to feel and look. Picking your boudoir photographer is an important task as each photographer has their own style, so make sure their portfolio suits the image you are going for. I aim to create a comfortable atmosphere with minimal lighting equipment, or other distractions, to let the subject feel relaxed so that we can bring out their natural beauty. I am a firm believer that doing a boudoir session either for a significant other, or just for yourself, will boost self confidence. You will walk away with a sense of pride for believing and trusting that you are beautiful inside and out.

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Description taken from their FB pageThe Esmé Original Jacket, matched with leggings, jeans or a cute little black dress will quickly become your signature piece… your “go-to” outfit when you want to look spectacular. This jacket is available in size 6 – 8 – 10 – 12 – 14. And every esmé ORIGINAL JACKET is produced in limited numbers right here in Nova Scotia. Only a few made in each fabric, so don’t wait too long to treat yourself. After all, you deserve it! Original jackets from Nova Scotia designer Pamela Matheson. Call us at 1-855-711-5556 or email info@esmejacket.com to purchase your jacket.

Here are a few preview shots of models Brittany and Catherine that will be featured on the ESME Original website coming soon!

 

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One of the best things about being a photographer is going out and shooting creative personal projects. This allows free range in the outcome of images and sometimes the best ones happen unexpectedly.

I would say that most of my personal creative shoots are impulsive. I’ll be sitting down reading a book, or in the middle of a conversation, when an idea will pop into my head and suddenly my mind is reeling, trying to figure out the logistics of my idea: the subject, location, props, lighting and the feel of the image. I’ll always be going for the one specific shot that popped into my head, but most of the time my favourite final images are those that came about while shooting.

This shoot in Antigonish took more planning than usual as Kaitlin was very kind to let us use her farm and her lovely horse, Ghost. I knew I wanted a long flowy dress and a flower headpiece, so I went out to buy materials and set myself up for a day of crafting. The headpieces were surprisingly easy to make, but I was not an expert at using the hot glue gun. I definitely burned myself a few times; hot glue on fingernails is not fun. I made two headpieces; one that had summer coloured flowers with a small styrofoam bird perched on top, and one that had fall coloured leaves and flowers. I originally planned to use the summer coloured one, but the overall verdict from my brilliant assistants was that the fall coloured headpiece suited the scene best with the already changing leaves in the background.

The shot I was going for was to have Kaitlin standing beside Ghost, facing camera, with a very peaceful expression and mood. However, after a few moments of meeting Ghost, I knew she didn’t want to stay still for too long, especially with all of these strange people around. So, I photographed Kaitlin walking her through the field and it turned out that I still got that shot, plus some.

This past Thanksgiving I headed down to Cape John for a family session and brought along my husband as my handy-dandy assistant! The Giles’ live on an adorable farm filled with goats, chickens and ducks! The animals weren’t as willing to have their photograph taken though… Their family dog, Raven, is amazingly 15 years old and I waited for the perfect shot to capture that cute face.

We arrived early to the house as I wanted to check out the farm beforehand and while they organized themselves, I shot a few frames of their perfect country home with their wood stove keeping us all warm. Even though I have always been a city girl, when I’m invited into houses like these, I want to run off with my husband, buy a house in the middle of a field, forget technology and grow my own food. But then I remember, I have an addiction to social media, so perhaps not the part about forgetting technology. I am truly amazed by the fact that the Giles’ can just head out to their backyard and get some fresh eggs and vegetables. Amazed, and jealous.

As our shoot progressed, the sun decided to come in and out of the clouds which helped keep us from getting too cold in the fall weather. And to no surprise, once the tractor came out as a prop, my husband just had to take it for a ride. So while I lost my assistant for a few minutes, I took a few shots of the little one as she examined the changing leaves. I was impressed at how cooperative she was with a giant lens being pointed at her constantly.

After we wrapped up, my husband and I took a nice Sunday drive through the country fields back to Truro where we had Thanksgiving dinner with his family. I will be posting some photos of the niece and nephews from Thanksgiving shortly:)

 

  • Terry

    LOVE THEM! Thank you so much for thisReplyCancel

  • Linda and Trevor Hayes

    Hi Stephanie,

    Terry just shared your link with us…and what a pleasure it was!! We’re Terry’s second cousins from California who just visited their home for the first time last month. You certainly captured some VERY SWEET parts of their interior and exterior environment not to mention the family grouping!! Everyone looks SO relaxed and genuinely happy! Fantastic!! This peek was especially nice for us because we didn’t get to see Amber and Hayley with their respective mates and Meegwam when we were there. What a bonus! Loved your little introduction to the photo session too.

    Many Thanks,
    Linda and Trevor HayesReplyCancel

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