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Local Love Pop Up Wedding Show Edmonton

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.

You will definitely find me here again next year!

– TJ

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Cannon Beach, Portland

Driving out to British Columbia last May, my heart has fallen in love with the west coast ever since in every way possible. Getting to visit California a few months prior for the Jasmine Star wedding workshop, I then added Portland to my list of dream destinations.

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.

– TJ

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Christmas Is Too Stressful

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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.

– TJ

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A Creative Rut

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Here’s the truth. I’ve been in a rut lately.

It happens from time to time as a creative but this time it felt deeper and longer than any I’ve ever been in. I couldn’t seem to find my way out but then, I met someone.

This someone has no idea the impact they’ve had on me and perhaps they never will.

They never knew about this funk I was in.
They never gave me business advice.
And, they aren’t the creative type.

But yet, I’ve walked away from getting to know them more inspired and passionate than I have been in a long time. They’ve made me want to strive for more and push myself harder as a photographer. And now, I sit here wondering how on earth it happened but I’ve decided that I’m quite happy not knowing.

They opened my eyes, helped me out of my creative rut and were the perfect reminder that anything is possible. How could I ever ask for anything more?

To all of those people in life we meet and figure out exactly why they are a part of our lives.

– TJ

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Missing The Mountains

It’s been 16 days since I left British Columbia and I have to admit, I’m missing the mountains. Sure, Ottawa has its points of beauty but there’s no comparison to waking up to a mountain view every day.

Of course, even my favourite part of the drive was through the mountains on Highway 99 from a small town called Lillooet to my first stop in Whistler. Driving on the edge of a mountain doing switchbacks (or hairpin turns as some may call them) at 40-60km/h while heading down a steep incline was an adrenaline rush I’ll never forget and if you know me well, you know I’m a big fan of those.

Spending a month of my life in BC was an experience I’m not sure I’ll ever get to have again, along with actually being able to make the 45 hour drive, so I did my best to cram as much as I could into my trip. I did the classic touristy things like the Capilano Suspension Bridge, hiking the Grouse Grind and spending time on Granville St. in Vancouver and spent as much time in nature as I could exploring trails near Lost Lake, Brandywine Falls and Daisy Lake in Whistler, Knox Mountain in Kelowna and Kalamalka Lake in the Okanagan to name a few.

I also met an incredible number of people, now friends, that have proved to be some incredible connections leading me to booking a wedding in Kelowna next year, with another two in the works. Kelowna being my absolute favourite place of them all, I’m happy to say that moving there may not be as crazy of an idea as I had originally thought!

Reflecting on a trip of a lifetime is tough; there were so many incredible moments and stories I could spend days telling but for now, I’ll leave it at this.

To the place that stole a piece of my heart, BC, I will be back very soon.

– TJ

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