hycroft manor vintage wedding

June 5th, 2012 by sharaleep | 4 Comments »

sadia had a hand in every little part of this lovely day.  from all the sweet treats in the candy buffet to the “cootie catcher” wedding programs…she even kicked off her shoes and in her wedding dress insisted on helping finalize the reception tables right before the ceremony!

i’ve thoroughly enjoyed getting to know these two over the last number of months leading up to their wedding day and was so excited to see it finally arrive:

Venue: Hycroft Manor / Buffet: Memphis Blues / Dress: Ivy & Aster / Flowers: Buckets Fresh Flower Market / Suits: Banana Republic / Cake: Some Kind of Wonderful / Flower Girl & Bridesmaid dresses: Sohomode / Dishes & Typewriter: Trove Vintage Rentals

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our family getaway

May 30th, 2012 by sharaleep | 3 Comments »

a family vacation looked like a near impossibility this year.  that is, until a delightful turn of events lead us to the last place we expected to be in may: hawaii.  and there we were.  for two. whole. weeks.  absolutely brilliant.

i was determined to ACTUALLY take time off.  which is difficult as the nature of my work lends itself to being done anywhere and everywhere.  but aside from a little correspondence and some midnight brainstorming sessions, i think i did pretty well.  i brought my old camera and one lens, but don’t think for one second that i didn’t feel like offering every family i saw on the beach a photo session.  i have become aware of the fact that i am officially addicted to taking other people’s pictures.  i was watching moments unfold all over the place and all i wanted to do was document them.  but then i reminded myself why i was there and who i was there with and set about living life with my family.  and taking pictures of them for once!

this little dude is becoming increasingly elusive when the camera comes out.  we had some chats about why i like taking pictures so much and how it was okay if he made funny faces sometimes and reminded him that though he may not like having his picture taken, he sure likes looking at himself in pictures after they are over.  so he started to humor me every once in awhile.

this girl blows me away.  she’s the best out of the three at ignoring me when i have the camera, which is just fine with me.  closer to the end of the trip she started to pose and it was freaking me out a little bit.  her “princess pose” has her sweeping her hair across her forehead with her shoulders scrunched up and her head tilted to one side.  um, yeah.  this could be problematic.

some of my favorite shots from the trip are of this one.  i am falling more and more in love with him every day.  and have probably gained more and more grey hairs in the same number of days.  you think you know what you’re doing after two kids.  and then the third comes along and is like “oh yeah?  in your dreams, lady.  in your dreams.”  but his face…would you look at that face?

and then there’s this one.  nearly every picture i took of him has the water in the background.  this man loves the water.  so my goal this year is to get him to it more often.  because if he’s happy, i’m happy.

what an amazing trip.  if you’re heading to maui and want to hear about our favorite places to visit, drop me a line!  they include the town of paia and the most amazing pizza you may ever ingest, leoda’s (best apple crumble pie), the maui swap meet on saturdays (so much good produce and a great place to get a feel for the kinds of treats you can take home with you)…the list goes on.

and if you’re heading to maui and want to bring me along to take pictures like this of your family, call me!

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derek & melissa: engaged

May 28th, 2012 by sharaleep | 3 Comments »

melissa & derek: from dead serious to hysterical giggles in mere moments.  when these two go to fort langley, they skip the shopping and head straight for the woods.  with melissa leading the way.  no shortage of adventure!

as i’m sure you guessed, they will be having an outdoor wedding up the mountainside this summer.  looking forward to it!

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stephen & andrea: married

May 23rd, 2012 by sharaleep | 1 Comment »

so much laughter.  so. much. laughter.  the whole day was infused with joy.  they even responded to the bloopers with joy, including the ring bearer running into a post right before the ceremony and the bride dripping hot wax on her arm during the candle lighting.  what a crazy, fun day!

stephen was so ready to get his bride.

…and she was so ready to be gotten.

i loved how involved the whole family was, from both the dads officiating to the moms lighting the candles and sisters reading scripture.  the value they place on their family was so evident.

apparently the first kiss also had the approval of the ring bearer.

seeing as it was a dessert only reception, a little snack break was in order at you know where…

and seeing as andrea LOVES christmas, what better way to celebrate their love than to throw a christmas party in the middle of may!

cheers to you for having the wedding you wanted – it suited you both to a tee!

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music monday: eleventh edition

May 22nd, 2012 by sharaleep | 2 Comments »

sorry i missed you all last monday!  i was busy. playing.

we’re keeping it close to home again, friends.  our dear dear friend joshua hyslop has just released his album!  we’ve been waiting awhile for this one and he’s been teasing us releasing songs over the past few months.  i had the absolute privilege of photographing josh and his beautiful woman, julia, before they were wed last summer.  my jaw still drops thinking of that evening.

without further ado, here’s josh (p.s. you know you’re famous when youtube adds a commercial to the beginning of your music video):

go buy his album “where the mountain meets the valley”.  do it now!

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jeevan: new life

May 14th, 2012 by sharaleep | 1 Comment »

what a little gentleman.  he slept sweetly and soundly, then woke up for a brief “eyes open” appearance before drifting back asleep in the arms of his mama.

happy first mothers day, suman!

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theo: new life

May 11th, 2012 by sharaleep | 3 Comments »

here he is.  the child of the most documented family (by me) outside of my very own.  what a special gift.

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music monday: tenth edition

May 7th, 2012 by sharaleep | 1 Comment »

staying in the hawaiian spirit…(which is where i am right now…don’t be jealous, it’s not that awesome…fingers crossed), i figured i’d share a little ukelele goodness from my friend jordan klassen.  not only is he an amazing musician, he’s an all around nice guy.  enjoy…and don’t think about me drinking mai tais on the beach watching the sun set.  because i don’t drink.

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sebastian: first birthday

May 6th, 2012 by sharaleep | No Comments »

it’s so hard to believe a year has already gone by since i first met him.  and this little blue eyed charmer has just gotten cuter.  we got to celebrate his first birthday at this great kids’ cafe:

his first taste of cake ever!

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mark & beth: engaged part two

May 3rd, 2012 by sharaleep | 10 Comments »

so here we are again with mark and beth.  weather/schedules prevented us from doing a full shoot the first time around, but we were stressed that the giant peach was going to deflate, so we crammed in a quick session with him, even though it was raining.  oh ye of little faith!  peachy survived a whole other week and from what i’m told, is still hovering until this day.

let me just tell you that these people are amazing.  i started to get to know beth a couple years ago and my life has been blessed by her ever since.  you know those super awesome drawings my website is littered with?  you know that person who took my dream brand and made it a reality?  the one who pretty much crawled into my brain, dragged out my ideas and put them on paper more beautifully than i could have imagined?  oh yeah. that’s her.  plus she’s so fun to hang out with and my kids love her.  if you ever come over to my house, you’ll know why simon refers to her as “beff.  elephant”.

and mark…talk about one of the sweetest most genuine guys. ever.  i was suspicious of him at first, when beth told me about this mysterious fellow who lived across the country who would just fly in and out on a whim to see her. what if he has a whole other family in another city that you don’t know about?  and why does he just disappear every time i think i’m going to meet him?  ok, so he works for westjet.  and he doesn’t have a whole other family.  and he ended up moving to abbotsford and i got to know him and he’s actually really nice.

i’m glad you found one another.  you two are so. so. good together.  i am over the moon, as your friend AND your photographer, to walk this walk with you.

i love you guys!!

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