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.