ocean swim

It's been 2 years since I took photos of our last family swim.  You can never see how your kids will grow older, you can barely fathom the thought of them ever being older than they are at any given moment.  2 years later, they've grown into their teeth or their teeth have grown in, their hair is 5 inches longer or 5 inches shorter, their bodies have trimmed off more baby fat, and one of them is half a head shorter than you while the other grew 2 heads taller...

life has been busy... seemingly in 5th gear since the end of April.
it's been great, workwise.  we were able to pay our monthly bills and managed to save enough to cover the dreaded PROPERTY TAX.  of course that means, everything else is frantic as we try to juggle the rest of our life.

summer is here.  in fact, it is half-over now.  tomorrow is August 1st, BC Day weekend is around the corner once again.  with so many projects on the go (including our own home projects...), we haven't had any time for any quality family time outside of having dinner together.  i've soaked up the sun at Centennial a  bunch of times this summer already, but only in the morning/early afternoon when the tide was way way out.  aching for that warm ocean water, i shooed us out of the house after dinner for the first ocean swim of the year.  it was 7:30pm, but it's also summer, and i knew it would be worth it.

it was.

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winter was so very very long, i am hanging onto every ray of sunshine and every bead of sweat just so i know i made every bit of summer count when the cold rolls in again.

summer forever

 


Kea's Floral Birthday Party at Celsia Florist

What can I say other than what a beautiful way to celebrate a birthday with close friends.  Kea, evidently has the best ideas for things to do for birthdays as last year's Lawn Bowling party was a total hit with everyone dressed in white and a fantastic spread of goodies.  This year's celebration started out with a smaller group attending a Bouqet Workshop at Celsia Floral before joining a larger group for dinner at Botanist. Champagne was poured and cheers were shared as guests arrived. We slowly shifted over to the demonstration area, ooh-ing and aah-ing over the tips and tricks throughout the instruction, and then back over to the Workshop area to create.  As with all things creative, everyone's bouquet was unique piece of self-expression!

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Feeling very much inspired to give it a go with the knowledge I picked up, especially as floral arrangements have always been a mystery to me.

Happy Birthday Kea!
 


Flaxsleep Launch Party

This could not have been a more fun and more successful event!  After shooting product with Flaxsleep last month, I was super stoked to be called back to capture their Launch Party.  So many people, friends and families of the Flaxsleep Trio, came out to show their support and many more passersby also joined to see what all the fuss was about.  We all crammed into Little Mountain's tiny shop to mingle, enjoy drinks and snacks, and of course to jump into Flaxsleep's Photobooth Bed!  It was such a joy to be witness to this exciting milestone for these hardworking women and an honour to have played a small part in commemorating the wonderful hot summer evening of their launch. 

Enjoy.

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Well done, girls.
z z z


chappalschappals

A few favourite images from shooting with my cousin Nik of chappalschappals.  Working together, we created a collection of images for her newly launched website for her leather sandals or "chappals" imported from India.  As a an avid traveller, Nik is constantly mapping out her next destination.  Always on her feet, always seeking adventure, but never compromising style, these chappals have been her best friend when exploring new territory.  Check out the goods at chappalschappals.com

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Maxwell's New Showroom

Certainly the greatest perk of this job is meeting so many new people, so many people in industries you know nothing about where you get the opportunity to widen that horizon and learn new things.  The family here at Maxwell Fabrics is a very tight-knit group of really lovely and warm human beings.  They recently moved into a new Showroom and I was called in through a friend to mingle and capture the celebration of their new space.

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Three Generations and going strong