Internet friends, family, strangers, nature lovers, hikers, photographers, conservationists, and anyone else who knows someone who I may know!!!

STORYHIVE is giving away $10,000 to 30 female directors to make their short films into a reality. I’ve been working behind the scenes with my good friend Dwight on a pitch and the preliminary research to put together a short documentary on The History of Trail Building on Vancouver Island and I couldn’t be more excited to share it today.

We’ve gotten through the first round, of submissions and now we need all the votes we can get in the next four days. (You can vote once a day, and though I hate to be the one to ask for votes but, I really believe in what we are creating, and we are cautiously optimistic that we may actually have a chance!)

Please have a look at the pitch video (which I must thank Thanushi and Aaron for being an extra set of hands while we filmed it.) and get behind the project with a vote or two. –> http://www.storyhive.com/project/show/id/1718

 

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Two blog posts in one week?! I can’t believe it either. It has been far too long internet friends, I’ve missed you and we have a lot to catch up on.

So much to catch up on actually that they are giving my a microphone at ARC 

What even is ARC you ask? A photo conference held in my base of Vancouver, that I truly can’t wait for.

I’m stoked, slightly nervous, and thinking it is all too surreal to share the stage with the likes of Dallas and Sabrina Kolotyo, Brittany Esther Staddon, João Guedes, Blake Loates ,Reggie Campbell, James Moes, Ross Harvey, Nessa K, Kelly Tunney, The Manchicks, Gabe McClinktock, Ryan Muirhead, David Guenther, Brian Morrow, Dan Cristea and Jon Duenas. Mega talented photographers. And I can’t wait until we are all in Vancouver.

Tickets are on sale and going fast – I’ve marked Xs all over my calendar, and I’m pretty excited to talk about the travel/wedding photo combo that is my life.

See you in Vancouver! >> http://bit.ly/BIGideasARC

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They say everything is bigger in Texas, and so Catherine and Patricio; Texas locals, escaped a large wedding in favour of a little celebration on an island in the Pacific.

The library room in the Empress Hotel set the scene, and a stellar jazz trio set the mood while Catherine and Patricio slow danced into the evening with their families.

The sun was shining, and the southern charm was working. We joked they were in the Canadian Tropics; the perfect place to elope.

And of course the biggest thank you to the most wonderful team of Victoria vendors for making the day so special.

Planning: French Kiss Events  | Flowers: Verbena Floral Design | Video: Paper Heart Films | Stationary: Tuktu Paper Goods

. | Hair and Makeup: Erin Bradley | Venue: Empress Hotel Wedding

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I haven’t been to space but I did read Chris Hadfield ‘s book on my flight yesterday; as close to space as I’ll probably ever get. It made me proud to be Canadian, and reminded me how lucky I was to photograph him in concert in February. Afterward the show I asked him about the recent proof of gravitational waves, and my nerding for the day was complete. His book is just as approachable as him, a glimpse into life above our planet, and completely inspiring. I fully recommend it.

Villarrica Volcano Trek, Pucón Chile. | Elevation: 2860 meters | Coordinates: 39°25′15″S 71°56′21″W | Last Eruption: March 3rd 2015

We were up long before dawn, it was too early to see the plums of ash we’d witnessed the night before hovering above the edifice of Villarrica 2860 meters above. The sun slowly lit the sky and the remnants of a lava burnt chairlift emerged in the direction we were walking, and though I tried it was impossible to forget we were beneath Chile’s most active volcano.

Villarrica’s last eruption was almost a year ago to the day we packed our apples, and granola bars next to our ice picks, and crampons. I was disappointed we’d missed the eruption anniversary parties back in Pucón, the Escudo (my favourite Chilean beer) would have been flowing; but thinking about the first belated birthday of the rock I was stomping on was enough of a reminder to be happy we didn’t get here geologically speaking much sooner.

It took eight full hours to get to the top and back down; a casual day trip. From above the clouds we could see how the flow of lava had carved the earth, and from the rim of the caldera we watched small spurts of magma pop for the few minutes we were there, happy we had sulphur masks on.

No word of exaggeration, it may have been the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.

 

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Steph and Sinan had a Quintessential Vancouver wedding.

I’m going to tell you all about it, because now that I am also living in Vancouver I know they did everything right.

The day started down at Waterfront with Steph and all her girls. The sun is shining, Steph is looking like a babe, and there are almost the same number of champagne bottles as ladies.

The party has officially started.

We pack up and take a summer drive through Stanley Park to meet the boys; trees taller than most buildings, fresh air, Vancouver nature at its finest. A few photos later and a Defender ride from West to East Van, we arrive at Bon Accord; a woodshop by day and a party station by night.

The ceremony isn’t too long, a sweet occasion in the sun, and to top it all off: some delicious Tacofino eats.

The afternoon turns to evening, and Sinan’s best men bust out some karaoke. Surprise! The words are projected onto the wall, everyone is singing along, and Steph and Sinan join in with an impromptu first dance. You can take a listen if you press play on tunes I’ve supplied via youtube, and truly all is well with in the world in this minute.

One of my favourite days of the year. Steph and Sinan’s wedding photos below. <3

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Venue: Bon Accord Vancouver
Dress: Reformation