Question and Answer: Part Three

April 27, 2015 in business, life

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What is one way you connect with God when you’re feeling distant?
Such a good question. For me, it always means eliminating distractions. Picking up my Bible, sitting on the couch, even setting a timer and not getting up until it goes off. I don’t want that to sound legalistic at all… but it’s a helpful tool. Even if it’s 5 minutes. It’s so easy to just read a passage and get up and go. You don’t even “have” to pray. Just sit and be still. I find my mind often drifts to prayer if I “have” to be still.

Cool ranch Doritos or cheddar?
Eek. Neither. I’m anti-processed food. I love tortilla chips – but only one brand that I’m convinced is the best tasting and healthiest. Que Pasa chips.

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Port Moody Anniversary Session

Tin & Bobo: The School Sessions

April 24, 2015 in engagements, portraits

On Sunday, April 12th, The School Sessions initiative started by Randy and I happened! We learned a lot from our efforts this year and we’re excited to share with all of you the progress and our plan from here on out. I photographed three portrait sessions on Sunday, April 12th in support of this project. Tin and Bobo were my first session of the day!

I met Tin when he was the best man in Rebecca & Kenneth’s wedding a few years ago! I loved this wedding day and I remember Tin being so helpful as the best man. His wife, Bobo, was equally as helpful – doing all she could to make Rebecca & Kenneth’s day perfect for them. Tin and Bobo live in Coquitlam, not too far from Port Moody – an area they love. This couple loves the outdoors so the location was a perfect fit!

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The Perfect Engagement Photo for Your Invitation

Tips for Photographers and Brides

April 23, 2015 in weddings

Spring is here! My home is currently filled with tulips from our Sunday adventure and I’m pretty happy about it! Spring, besides tulips, also means engagement session season is upon us! And with all of those engagement photos being delivered to brides and grooms, couples are starting to think about designing invitations in time for summer weddings! Today, I want to walk photographers through some tips for capturing great engagement portraits for their couples and brides, some tips for choosing an engagement photo for your invitation after you’ve received your gallery.

Tips for Photographers

1. Capture a wide variety of poses! Make sure you’re consciously thinking throughout the engagement session about ways your brides would like to use their photos. Aim to get a variety of full-body (both horizontal and vertical crops) as well as head and shoulders and a few quite close up. In a similar fashion, make sure you always have a few key “portrait” shots in a session. It’s nice to have both the bride and the groom looking at the camera as an easily frame-able shot. (Of course the candids are really nice, too! And that’s what I lean more towards, but don’t miss the portraits.)

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Forge: A Love Story [Part Eight]

How We Came to Be Mr. & Mrs. Watson

April 21, 2015 in life

This is a personal project of mine. I want to write our love story, in detail, so many years from now I can remember what drew us to one another.  The introduction of Forge can be found here and Part One can be found here. Part Two can be found herePart Three can be found herePart Four can be found herePart Five can be found here.  Part Six can be found herePart Seven can be found hereThis is Part Eight.


By the first week of April, I needed to know where Randy stood.

I’ve heard patience is a virtue but unfortunately patience was not one of mine.

I had been waiting long enough. I couldn’t take it anymore! I couldn’t take his text messages! His constant weekend invites! His strong arms.. his brown eyes…. his chest hair that I noticed in his scoop-neck tank top across his glass kitchen table as we were playing cards with friends one day… (a defining “I’m attracted to him” moment)… his care, protectiveness, taste in music and books…

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