I'm a wedding and portrait photographer living in Vancouver, BC with my husband Randy.  I photographed my first wedding when I was only 17 years old - and I've photographed over 200 weddings since! I am an avid bookworm, lover of green tea, pretty nail polish & my Labradoodle Harley. Thanks for visiting!

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I’m having great luck lately with fiction. I mean, we could call it luck. Or we could be straight-up and say my used-book-store-shopping-skills are growing every month. Picked this novel up because of the prize winner sticker on the front, read the synposis in ten seconds, saw the author was Canadian. Sold. Started to read on Friday morning, and like most good books, was finished within 36 hours.

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Last week I read Greg Mortenson’s “Stones into Schools,” the follow-up novel to the #1 best-seller “Three Cups of Tea.” I devoured this book. I love being able to experience different cultures through written words. I might not have the opportunity to travel to the Middle East, but reading about the region “takes” me there. Honestly speaking, I feel pretty ignorant when it comes to world events and “big global issues.” I want to learn things about everything. A desire that’s caused me to inhale books every year since kindergarten… but sometimes I don’t know how to approach an interest. Stones into Schools was an awesome introduction to Afghan/Pakistan culture. The book begins where Three Cups of Tea ended in 2003, continuing efforts to establish elementary schools for Afghan girls. Mortenson also details the devastation and relief efforts after the Pakistan earthquake in 2005 and provides colourful narrative about his energetic, dedicated staff throughout the book. I was inspired by the work of Central Asia Institute and the passion behind his team.

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Maritza and Steven were married this past Sunday at the beautiful Mayfair Lakes Golf Course in Richmond. The day started with Maritza in the middle of her parent’s living room, having her hair and makeup done (by the girls at All Dolled Up) and surrounded by about 30 family members. The house was abuzz with activity but I loved Maritza’s “calm” in the midst of the crowd. Her family was so sweet, insisting my two assistants and I eat food and drink green tea all morning. (I was happy to comply.) Shortly after Maritza slipped into her traditional Chinese dress, Steven and his groomsmen arrived at the house.

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I love being a part of a creative church. The Revolution team is consistent in their pursuit of excellence. I love listening to new music flow out of my friends, these musicians, year after year. They inspire me in my writing. Although it may not be set to music, I want to be excellent in what I write. To be excellent in something, you always have to say “no” to another thing. No to sleeping in. No to distractions. No to a night of television. Yes to staring at the page. Yes to working until creativity comes. On Tuesday night, almost 500 people gathered for a live CD/DVD recording in the sanctuary of CLA Langley. Happy Thursday!

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