What a wonderful thought it is; that some of the best days of our life haven’t happened yet. – Unknown.

Today after hours of prepping this blog post I’ll hit publish on my fifth year end review, and that is completely surreal to me. [2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012. ] It has been five years of being able to look back on those posts not just a relic of where I’ve been for the past five years, but also a reminder that as each year passes, the mystery of the year to come is always somewhat solved come December (or in this year’s case the end of November).

This year I settled into city life, Vancouver is home for now, and I’m consciously trying to do as many “city” things as I can. Come February on a partially planned whim I convinced my best friend to go to Chilean Patagonia. We spent six weeks together hoping back and forth across the Argentinian border, we saw magma at the top of the Villarrica Volcano, we contemplated the eco-tourism industry in Puerto Natales and drank all the Pisco sours we could in Santiago. I came home to the most insane wedding season I’ve ever had.  I hiked Vancouver Island’s West Coast Trail in early May and spent the rest of the summer bopping back and forth across the country shooting. In June I met all my grandmother’s living sisters, in July I learned from my German visitors, my new favourite German saying: Schiess die Wand an! (Which literally translates to shit on the wall, which apparently translates to this is amazing!) and come August I was able to show my own little sister the west coast.

I entered the printing world this year, and printed my work for all of my clients by hand; learning the intricacies and frustrations of that technology intimately. The sound of my paper cutter is strangely satisfying, and seeing my work on display has never been more rewarding. I spoke at two conferences – ARC and Vancouver’s Travel Expo and I couldn’t have been more grateful for a platform to share my thoughts as a women in the photography industry. I spoke on both how our memories work in conjunction with photography and how that translates for me into living a full, and memorable life.

On top of all of this, I photographed more work and weddings than almost humanly possible. I’m so thankful to be able to fill my time so fully with jobs that have taken me across the world, photos that I am proud of, and ultimately the most fantastic people. Every photograph taken for a photographer is a double image: the scene itself and the reverse angle, the picture of the photographer in action. I stood behind every scene you see below, and it isn’t lost on me how amazing it is that I get to take photographs for a job. I can’t say thank you enough to everyone I’ve worked for this year, and to everyone I’ve worked with. I couldn’t have shared my year with anyone better.

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We have a “Benjamin Button relationship” Eric said to Megan with their feet in the sand on the rocky beaches of Tofino British Columbia.

“First two beautiful girls, and now a wedding.” he smiled looking up at Megan in front of Freya, Quinby, and their friends, “maybe next week, I’ll ask you out on date.” and through tears in the eyes of everyone watching, we all grinned.

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Venue: Wedding Reception and Wandering Cocktails: Tofino Botanical Gardens

Venue: Ceremony: Pacific Sand’s Beach Resort

Florals: Crab Apple Florals

A chance of rain and rainbows at North Arm Farms today folks.

Slightly overcast, with Rosa and Davin’s Korean and Canadian wedding scheduled to start just after two.

There are vows in store, tears, Sigur Ros ambience, Korean soju, and a downpour worthy of a hollywood romance film. Except this won’t be hollywood, this will be Pemberton Canada and real life, and therefore so much better than any movie you could dream of.

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  • Sachin Khona - What a 180 in weather. Wow.
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EDIT////  Well, the grant was released and we weren’t in the lucky bunch of winners. Still planning on moving forward in the new year.

 

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

 

will to roam - short film

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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