The first thing you see when you walk into Nick and Vanessa’s house is a wall covered in family photos. More importantly, accordingly to Lily (age 9 ) is that the first thing you see is Lily. She certainly is right though, as there is a lot of Lily on that wall and the other 5 walls surrounding it. We recently filled these walls with photographs that we’ve taken of the Watters family over the last 5 years, combined with beautiful old family photos. Over the early winter we’ve been curating, organizing, mounting, framing and reframing 90 pictures. With the direction of our assistant Lily and the watchful eyes of Shelby and Roger (shown below), Nick and Vanessa left us to make a gallery out of their family history thus far. If the next 5 years render as many pictures as the last, they’ll need to be moving soon and opening us up some new walls! Until then, we’re so grateful for the opportunity to put a piece of our hearts in their home, not only within the frames but in the design.
You’d be pretty hard pressed to finding someone that doesn’t love working with Vanessa. We’re certainly not the only photographers that rave about her, and i’ve read blog after blog of raving reviews from clients and colleagues. Not only is Vanessa outgoing, hilarious, and full of energy, she is also full of love and gives like there is no tomorrow. She is one of the smartest women I know and I never leave a day with Vanessa not feeling full of joy. There is something to be said about a woman who is not only funny and lighthearted, but equally intelligent and thoughtful. So when it came to photographing her ten year vow renewal, the pleasure was all mine. Of course the pleasure was ‘ours’ as Tristan and I always photograph together, but in this situation I say it was all mine. As when you photograph any friends wedding, I had the special experience of being close to Vanessa from start to finish. She got ready with just me, and her daughter Lily joined us at the end, so all of the emotions leading up to the ceremony we got to share together. It was such a lovely morning that I got to spend with her, my nerves bouncing around at the same time as she. Vanessa always asks what my favourite part of the day was and I always say the morning, selfishly. I loved it, and I love being her friend and her photographer. We’ve been photographing Vanessa’s family now for 5 years, and it just keeps getting better. The more you photograph the more you love, in my opinion. So we’ll share now some pictures from our day in Vegas, where Vanessa and Nick said I do a second time, in front of their closest friends and family. Lucky for us that we should be there too.
Tristan’s image won first place at the BC Wedding Awards held in Vancouver. We are thrilled! The photograph was in the “details” category and was a candid moment from Tim & Karen’s lovely wedding in Kingston Ontario.
A few favourite images from Craig and Sara’s intimate beach wedding at the historic Moana Surfrider on Waikiki beach.
Last year Jenna and I were hired to photograph the TD Pump It Up concert in Victoria’s Market Square. In true Victoria fashion, people lined up in the pouring rain as ponchos were passed around to excited fans. All the discomfort of the wet evening evaporated with three energy filled performances from Keys n Krates, Ok Go and Metric. Ears still ringing, we ended our night over fresh sushi and warm saki, soaked in happiness and rain from head to toe.
Melt my heart.
Jenna and I are happy to have six winning photos in the latest Fearless Photographers awards. One image is from Tim and Karen’s wedding and five are from weddings we haven’t had the chance to blog yet. Our genuine thanks to the curators of round five, and congratulations to our talented friends and peers who also made the cut!
Not long ago Sam and Winnie flew here from Hong Kong armed with dresses and suits, for an engagement session around Victoria. The four of us spent the late afternoon photographing as the sun set spilling over our city. Here are our favourites from our short and lovely time together.