Joffre Lakes

To say that Joffre Lakes is stunning would be an understatement! Rob and I decided to take some well earned vacation this week and thought Whistler would be the perfect overnight getaway! We visited the Scandinavian Spa (which was unreal – and a must do) and spent the night at our friends condo in Whistler. The next morning we were up early and headed toward Pemberton and Joffre Lakes Provincial Park to experience first hand the awesomeness of this hike we have heard all too much about!

It took us about 2.5 hours to get to the third (upper) lake (mostly because I stopped every few minutes to get photos… I was clearly excited), and we took an extra hour to venture around the lake to the campground where there were less people, and many more spots to have our picnic! Surprisingly the hike back down was very fast; taking us only an hour (but we didn’t stop at all for pictures or breaks). Needless to say, I will be back!

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California Dreamin’

Take me back… JUST TAKE ME BACK!! Per usual I’ve taken far too long to get these photos uploaded, but I simply just need to go back to Cali and leave all of my troubles here in Vancouver!! Not to suggest that I have troubles (per say), but being able to unplug from the stresses of work is a rare treat, and this was one of the only times I’ve truly “unplugged!” Nonetheless, here are a few photos from my adventures… and I’m confident in saying “STAY TUNED” for another round of Cali photos sometime in the near future!

The Chief!

It only took me a little over 3 YEARS to finally hike the chief; and it was worth the wait! I will admit that I was huffing and puffing a little throughout the journey to the summit, but who wasn’t?! Right?! The view from the top (Peak 1) is simply breathtaking; and was the perfect spot to enjoy our lunch before heading back down! Nonetheless, below are a few pics from today’s adventure!

Florida Fun

When I found out I would be attending a conference for work in Kissimmee, Florida, it only took me a couple of seconds to decide I would turn my work-trip into a little vacation! After many twists and turns (including Rob being unable to attend – but thank you WestJet for providing a full credit!) we ended up deciding to take my niece and nephew to the Magic Kingdom at Disney World; but I’m unsure who enjoyed the experience more – the adults, or the kids?! While I could probably write for days about how much it meant for me to take the kids to Disney, I will let the photographs do the talking (because a picture is worth a thousand words, right?)!

Amanda and Alex’s Valentines Day Wedding

I consider myself VERY lucky to know Amanda and Alex, or as I now reference them, Lily and Marshal (from How I Met Your Mother) – more on that later! For the longest time it seemed that everyone knew that these two were destined for each other, except for them. Well, maybe that isn’t entirely true, but we all wanted it to happen at a faster rate than they were willing to move. After what seemed like an eternity Alex finally mustered up the courage to ask Amanda out, and the rest (as they say), is history! When I reflect back on the days when we all lived in residence together at UNB I have a hard time thinking about a time when these two weren’t together; which for me is a representation of just how strong their bond was, and still is. Similarly, it’s also why I told Amanda during the reception (after a few drinks I’m sure) that she and Alex reminded me of Lily and Marshal from “How I Met Your Mother” – to which she obviously replied “really… what do you mean?” Now, I’m sure that my response wasn’t particularly well-worded, but the gist of what I said is this: “During the entire nine seasons of ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Lily and Marshal face many difficulties and cross-roads, but as an audience member you ALWAYS knew that everything would be okay. That regardless of the situation, as outrageous as they sometimes were, that Lily and Marshal would work it out in the end. Not because they were great problem-solvers, but because they were honest, faithful, and loved one another too much to ever let anything come between them. And for our circle of friends, during our time at UNB, that is what Amanda and Alex meant to us.” Perhaps this isn’t the best analogy for a Valentine’s Day wedding, but hopefully the sentiment of what I was trying to get at was appreciated!

Wishing you both all the best, and I look forward to watching your multi-year sitcom play out in real life!! 🙂

PS – thanks Alex for asking me to take a few shots while we all got ready to head to the ceremony. I don’t currently have a flash so it was challenged to get some decent shots given the low lighting of the hotel room, but these few shots are fairly good (and not too grainy!).

Patty and Selma Visit Vancouver

Okay, so obviously Patty and Selma from “The Simpsons” didn’t visit Vancouver, but the next “best” thing did; the Simpson Sisters!! While they aren’t twins, they certainly look like it! And given that they were both recovering from a nasty cold and both had a deep raspy voice I decided to call them Patty and Selma for the weekend! I also decided to make them my models so I could practice some portrait photography and play around with my camera settings. If you have any feedback please share it with me; it’s the only way to learn!

Oh, and as always, my regular model joined in on our adventures too! 😉

February Freddy Beach

Back in NB for another visit, which isn’t the ideal time to be in the maritimes, but am making the most of my visit (as always). Spent Saturday afternoon at the Clay Cafe creating some art for friends and “family,” and the evening capturing a few shots of St. Thomas University. With the evening being capped off with a visit from the worlds cutest puppy!

Baby Super Model!

Taking photos is so much more fun when your model is the cutest little 11-month old imaginable; especially when she knows how to smile for the camera! Baby Hayden was a little shy of her “Uncle Mikey” when I first arrived on Friday, but after a weekend of Xbox games, lounging on the couch, and Super Bowl excitement, it was time to get the camera out! And as you can tell, this 11-month old isn’t afraid of the camera!

Back In The Habit

It’s been wayyyy too long since I last captured some cityscape pictures, so it felt great when I managed to get back into the habit last night! It was so mild outside and the skies were the clearest they had been in a while, so I had no excuses! I also realized just how therapeutic photography can be for me. My work life has been absolutely insane lately, and I can’t seem to keep up with it all, but when I get behind my camera and find the perfectly framed shot I somehow forget about the endless to-do lists and countless emails. Speaking of which, I should probably get back to answering a few! Hope you enjoy!

Lynn Canyon

It still amazes me, even after living in Vancouver for three years, just how beautiful this city is. The ability to hop in your car and be in the mountain, or lounging on the beach (when it isn’t freezing cold in the middle of January), or exploring a nearby park; the options are limitless. Having said that, my current favourite place to take friends and family who are visiting is Lynn Canyon. It is free to visit, there is an amazing suspicion bridge, and a small hike that is suitable for nearly everyone. Rob and I were bored last weekend and looking for something to do, and after driving around for a few minutes in North Van (we may or may not have gotten a little lost) we somehow ended up at Lynn Canyon. It was a beautiful day so we decided to hop out and go for a stroll. Below is a few shots from our short hike! Enjoy!