The Allard Family

The greatest thing about being a photographer is when people from your past get in touch and want you to photograph their families. Honestly, there is no great honour than being able to do that.  When I got the email from Jen, I could hardly believe what I was reading- they wanted family photos with their kids AND grandkids!  Time is so interesting... I realize that I have obviously grown up, matured, gotten married, and have become a mother; but when I think back to the people from my childhood, it almost feels so distant that you encapsulate them as never aging, never changing... just a random thought ha ha.  When I was a kid, we all went to the same church, and Kelly & Kate graduated from the same school I did a few years ahead of me.  As time goes on, you lose touch, but it was so good seeing them and seeing how well time a treated them!  Kelly has two gorgeous little girls who are so fun, and interested in the world around them. 

This family really knows how to laugh, and how to love well. I feel like I say that all the time, but when I was with them I could just feel the authenticity of their love.  You can tell that Jen & Tom have really cultivated purposeful passion for one another, and it has spilled over into all who know them... but their kids especially.  I'm so grateful that I got to hang out with you all for the night, and catch up after all these years.  Thank you for trusting me in capturing your family! 

The Mitchell's

Man, where do I even begin with this amazing family..I have had the absolute privilege of knowing this family for the past 5 and a half years... I spent many afternoons and Saturday mornings in their home, hanging out with their kids (mainly Caleb), getting to know them on such a deep level.. and there is no other family that really exemplifies what strength can come from continuing to carry on and to find joy.  They laugh hard, build one another up, and have more strength than any one else I know.  

Some of you may not be aware, but before I went on mat leave I worked as an Autism Support Worker/ Education Assistant/ Behavior Interventionist. My main role is to support students who are diagnosed with Autism, and help see them succeed in achieving their goals, academically, socially, and personally.  I supported Caleb in the classroom from Grade Two until half way through Grade Five at a school in Port Coquitlam and was on his home team.

How do I describe the coolest kid in the entire world?  First off, he can tell you everything you could ever know about super heroes, directors, actors, what years certain films came out, and he can draw for literally hours a day!  Caleb and I would play Lego for hours together, we would draw, go for walks, learn to tie shoes, do math, write hilarious stories, talk about everything, and play hide & seek!  Caleb has his own Facebook page with his best friend- Gilmore, the autism assistance dog.  Gilmore goes to school with Caleb, and their bond is amazing!

I love this family, and photographing them was like photographing my own family.  I worked with Caleb on his home team until the end of last summer, when I was 13 weeks pregnant.  So Caleb got to see Harper's first picture, and he was so interested in reading all about how she was developing in my tummy.

This family has taught me how to persevere, how to keep trying even when it's hard, how to love unconditionally, and how to find strength from within.  Nikki & Todd are incredible parents and love their kids so well.  Thanks so much for hanging out with me for the evening and chasing the sunset.  Caleb, you were such an excellent assistant that evening :)  Love you guys <3

Jaime & Dustin | Engaged

There is so much I could say about this couple.. but Jaime is one of my closest friends, and I absolutely love her to pieces.  She and I met while working at the same private school in Port Coquitlam as Autism Support Workers/Education Assistants.  We instantly clicked, and spent our entire lunch breaks together, and would go shopping after work, and drink way too much Starbucks together.  Jamie is one of the sweetest- she genuinely cares ALOT, and will do pretty much anything for her friends and family.  She is one of those life long friends that will always be around and will always have your back. 

I'm so excited that these two are getting married- Jaime and Dustin have known each other since high school, and now they have two beautiful children together!  You have probably seen these two all around my website with their kids... I have pretty much captured their life for the past three years (thanks for being my professional models guys!). They are tying the knot on Thanksgiving weekend, and it's going to be such an incredible day with their friends and family.  What I love most about these two is that they know how to laugh hard and have fun together! Dustin was sporting a mustache for our shoot... Jaime's favourite look.  Ha ha.

I just love these two, and we chased some gorgeous sunset light up at Golden Ears Park in Maple Ridge, and I was ecstatic for how it translated into my lens.

Congratulations again you two- I can't wait to stand by your sides and see you two make it official. Love you! xx

Chiara & Gord Tie the Knot

Sometimes there are weddings that really just make you wish you could do it all over again and do it the same way... well this was one of those!  This was such an awesome wedding...

I remember getting the message from Chiara & Gord, and they said they were secretly engaged- only their families knew, and they were going to have a secret wedding.  They wanted to elope, but this was the happy medium- having their families there mattered too much!  Did I want to photograph it- absolutely I did!

This was by far the most relaxing and laid back wedding ever.  What made it really fun was that Andy was there too- but not as my assistant, he officiated their ceremony.  It was so fun watching these two, who have so much passion for one another, commit their lives to one another in front of their families.  We then got to go for a walk around Rocky Point and Port Moody, see their friends and family go swimming while we took some photos, and then enjoy Pajos Fish & Chips.  Their wedding cake topped the charts too- ICE CREAM CAKE. 

At the end of September they are having their big reception with all their friends and family and co-workers... but there was something so special and intimate about this wedding. 

Thank you so much Chiara & Gord for having me be apart of your wedding day!  I had such an incredible time, and I'm so glad you guys found each other.  You two have such an incredible future ahead of you, and I really feel like the type of marriage you guys are investing in is one full of partnership, and it will be such an example to so many other couples!  You guys know how to love well- and it is evident by the people in your lives!

Blessings on your marriage!  Continue to pursue relentlessly after one another, and love hard even when it's hard <3 Congratulations again!

The Craig Family

Where do I even begin with this amazing family...

Jenae and I have been best friends since we met in high school.  She arrived in my Grade 9 (I think... don't quote me on that.. mummy brain) year, and we instantly clicked.  She and I used to do insane things- like write a notebook full of lists, and pass it back and forth to one another just so we could make sure we got everything done that each other had written down.  We even got married two weeks apart- she got married in June and we followed two weeks later in July. 

Jenae and Jordan were high school sweet hearts, and now they have THREE amazing kids!  I have been so lucky to photograph each of their kids as babies, and this time instead of doing the usual newborn shoot, we decided to go for a walk and do some family photos instead.  I couldn't love these kids more, and their girls are just so sweet.  Poor Addie, who is their oldest, fell just as we were walking over to the park... she was so excited to have her photo taken, and it took a little while for her to calm down after- but what a trooper she was!  We picked some berries, looked for mermaids, laid on the grass, raced around the path, and talked about Disney Princesses.  It was a wonderful evening!  I can't wait for Harper to follow Addie & Aubree around.

Congratulations Craig Family on the birth of your amazing little boy, Everett! He is such an awesome addition to your family :) Love you guys!