I really miss when creative projects and weddings end. I don’t like it when they’re over.
I miss the people. I miss the connection. I miss it all.
I’m thankful that most of my clients and creatives, from weddings to web design, that I work with often become friends that I get to chat with regularly and even hangout with.
I live for emails about wedding day details, figuring out the timeline, coffee shop consults, all day coffee dates working away and daydreaming with creatives about all we hope to accomplish.
This is my why.
With that, I’m excited to share a project I’ve been working on but again, sad it’s over. I’m so grateful that along this ride of designing her website and blog Shaylene and I’ve become closer and closer to where I now can’t live without this girl’s sense of humour on a regular basis.
Anyway, back to the point.. Shaylene is a new Edmonton lifestyle blogger and things are taking off for her! So quickly, that we needed to get this website done fast. With Shaylene Marie is the name of her blog and it focuses on her life and all that she experiences from life to travel to her latte addiction! Follow her on Instagram too for little tidbits into her hilarious personality.
Getting to provide mentoring for creatives and help them move forward with their hopes and dreams is inspiring and beyond rewarding. It fulfills the part of me that believes so strongly in community over competition thanks to the Rising Tide Society.
If you’re a creative hop on over to the mentoring for creatives section of my site and perhaps we can work together too! I’d love to meet you :)
Personal photos always seems to get bumped to the bottom of my to do list no matter what. It could be the dead of winter and I promise you I’ll find something better to do! They’re like having to go to the dentist and mopping the floor – two things I would avoid like the plague if I could.
It’s officially been 34 days since my debut as a California wedding photographer and yes, my friends, our personal travel photos are done. Cropped. Straightened (because I swear my head was put on crooked). The whole nine yards.
It could be the fact that these ones are from California as anything west coast related seems to get done faster… see: Portland, Vancouver, Kelowna – you get the idea. I was meant to move here (well closer to the west coast), clearly.
We jam packed our trip with every little thing we could around the wedding I shot. We missed the funky coloured houses in Palm Springs and walking down Hollywood Blvd. but gosh darn, that means we HAVE to go back? Twist my arm ;)
After being rerouted thanks to the fog in Edmonton, getting split up and put on different flights, getting put back on the same flight, having our luggage lost, having no water once we got to our hotel and about a million other things I can still say California was an amazing trip.
We got to be kids for a day at Disneyland, I went to my very first Edmonton Oilers game, we cruised the coast and stuck our toes in the ocean, blah blah blah. Awesome.
PS: If you missed the photos from the wedding I shot, click here. I also did a desert shoot in Joshua Tree you can find here.
The Local Love Pop Up wedding show was my very first wedding show as a vendor in the history of my nine years as a wedding photographer. Being a new Edmonton wedding photographer, I thought it would be another fantastic way to get myself out there in the community and connect with amazing vendors!
The show was held on Friday, February 10th from 3-9pm at the Fairmont MacDonald in downtown Edmonton. Featuring 45+ vendors, swag bags for the first 300 attendees, hands on workshops, a fashion show, hors d’oeuvres, a champagne bar and so much more, the line up of brides to get in was intimidating.
For my design I decided to keep it as simple as possible. I created a space for brides to come sit down, browse through prints and chat with me. I also got my boyfriend help me design a backdrop stand to hold five favourite shots of mine and the rest of the decor was from my home.
Overall, the show was a huge success and I absolutely loved getting to chat with all of the brides about their weddings, get to know some new vendors and connect with those I didn’t get to meet on Instagram.
Hearing about the Anything is Possible workshop in Portland with three wedding photographers I had been following for the past year, I knew it was the moment I would finally get to check it off the list.
I flew into Portland a few days earlier and stayed a few days later to be able to really get the full Portland experience including my favourite part of the entire trip, driving out to the Pacific Coast to see Cannon Beach. The way Haystack Rock jutted out of the middle of the ocean was a sight I’ll certainly never forget.
Getting to spend the day with a handful of the amazing photographers I’d met at the workshop was the best part. We rented a car and drove along the windy roads, seeing all the moss among the trees and spent the next two hours trying to find a radio station that would actually come in.
I will never forget being able to sit on the beach and my friend Aspen asking me, how do you feel? I told her it honestly felt surreal getting to be there. A place I’d been so looking forward to seeing and experiencing was finally in front of me. Add in some new incredible friends, thrift store sweaters and photos that captured it all, it was another trip of a lifetime.
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“Fire and the Flood – Vance Joy”
This year feels different. It’s two days until Christmas, I’m back in my hometown and there’s no place I would rather be than alone.
Christmas is too stressful.
It used to feel fun and exciting. Maybe that’s just what happens when you grow up. Maybe it’s because this year we have no snow and although we’re thankful to not have to shovel, really our hearts feel something’s missing. Maybe it’s because I have seven (SEVEN!) family Christmases to attend. Maybe I have no idea why I feel this way at all.
I love my family don’t get me wrong but the preparation, the travelling, the RSVP-ing, the gifts, the scheduling – I dislike it all. There have been so many moments I’ve wished I could be on a beach instead, sipping some fancy drink getting a tan (or sunburn, more like it).
We’ve gotten so far away from the real point of Christmas that I can’t help but so badly want it back. The simplicity of a Sunday dinner with a touch of magic. Feeling this way makes me feel selfish but why should I? Why can’t the holidays lose all of their materialism and perfection and we remind ourselves that none of that matters.
What matters is being together. That’s it. We don’t need gifts and honestly, I really don’t want them. Each year, the stressful burden of having to think harder and harder about making a Christmas list is something I’d be happy without. Next year, it’s going to list things like, “a hug”, “your time”, “that really awesome pie you always make”. That’s what I really want for Christmas (just pie, really).
Perhaps, next year, I will embrace the wild and crazy season but this year I can’t help but wish it was simpler and less stressful. More heart, less money. More being, less doing.