September 1st, 2015 by sharaleep | 4 Comments »
let’s be real. in my busiest seasons, my family suffers a bit. i’m not as available, i’m gone when other families are out doing things, i’m not cooking (or cleaning). and most days, the last thing i want to do is pull out my camera to take pictures of them. one of the things i realized, though, is that neglecting to document them as much as i do my clients leaves a hole…a space where my heart isn’t being stretched in new ways and where my eyes aren’t being challenged to see beyond the surface. so when i do finally pick up my camera and choose them…my heart and mind explode with creativity and i don’t ever want to stop. these images may not be technically (or in any other way) perfect, but they are what matter because they show me my kids as they are. right now. i see their unique personalities and the way they approach the world, i see the tangled hair and the layer of dirt and sweat that is ever present in these summer months, i see the laughter and the (inevitable) tears which will (inevitably) once again turn to laughs, i see their little hearts beating through their chests, full of life and struggle and joy. this is the stuff for me. right here, right now.
August 14th, 2015 by sharaleep | 1 Comment »
it takes a village.
it all started with a little girl named amaya. she and her dad, morgan, needed a village to support them as he worked full-time to provide for their family. this is where the small town childcare centre stepped in, where morgan’s sister worked with a lovely young lady, jessica. morgan’s sister watched love start to grow in jessica’s heart for this little girl and she couldn’t help but take matters into her own hands to try to connect jessica with morgan.
and the rest is history. the village that walked with them as individuals and brought them together as a couple threw them an incredible party to celebrate their union and set the foundation for their family.
August 3rd, 2015 by sharaleep | 3 Comments »
it’s difficult to even know where to begin when describing the wonder that we experienced on our trip to yellowstone and back. every place was so uniquely beautiful. and the people were even better. when we were looking at our summer trying to plan a getaway, a strategically placed weekend off meant we could make our first trek to visit my sister and her family who live in mammoth on the northern edge of yellowstone park. our route was dictated by the desire to connect with dear friends in high river, so though we took the long way, it was well worth it.
one of the best things about this trip for me was how well our kids handled the inconsistency and the amount of time we spent in the car. we did our best to make fun stops for them and to give them lots of activity (and food) while we drove. books on tape, wildlife spotting, roadside rock skipping and the license plate game were our saviours.
so here it is, the journey from western british columbia to the shuswap to southern alberta to the united states border to northern montana and finally the edge of wyoming. some planned stops, some not, pictures taken from mountain tops and through car windows.
this doesn’t even include our trip back which brought us through idaho and eastern washington…but that will have to wait for now! check out all the other summer adventures of my childhood unplugged cohorts.
July 17th, 2015 by sharaleep | 2 Comments »
dave & jennah. their story is movie-like…one where timing never seemed to line up until one day it just did. jennah was the kid sister and dave was the brothers’ friend and that was where it ended. but jennah grew up and dave got wise and saw the gem that had been sitting right under his nose. it took them a false start or two to get things going, but once they knew, they knew. and now here we are, dancing under the light of the stars as two families that have always been joined watch their children choose each other.
July 7th, 2015 by sharaleep | 2 Comments »
daryl & retty. it was only fitting that they were married on a mountaintop…this day was the culmination of a long journey that lead the two of them together. they wanted to remember the past and celebrate the future with their friends and family, in the presence of their creator, surrounded by the most stunning natural backdrop you can imagine. this day was full of much laughter and a few joyful tears – just how it should be.
the staff at the sea to sky gondola were amazing and so accommodating, i would highly recommend this venue! special thanks as well to my second shooter, justine boulin.
July 1st, 2015 by sharaleep | 1 Comment »
let’s just say that you have friends over to camp out in your backyard and you start talking about science around the campfire. and let’s just say talk turns to dissection and i start recounting my teenage fascination with the subject. and let’s just say i take it a little too far and suggest to one of the kids that we go hunting for a frog in the backyard (never having any intention of cutting it open, let alone actually catching one!). and let’s just say frogs are easier to catch than i thought and within a few minutes of searching, we had already bagged a huge one.
don’t worry, y’all…we released him back into the wild (only after he scared the crap out of us several times). it was a fun adventure, to say the least! check out the other family adventures at childhood unplugged this month!
June 18th, 2015 by sharaleep | No Comments »
josh & meggie make sense. have you ever spent time around a couple that just seem to “fit”? not that they are exactly alike (far from it, for that matter), but that they are at ease around one another. i just think it’s pretty incredible that two people from across the country, coming from different backgrounds with different families and different history can be so comfortable together. it’s pretty magical, actually.
June 15th, 2015 by sharaleep | 1 Comment »
cam & britney. this union has been in the works for a long time…high school sweethearts who have had their eye on each other for years. i’m so excited to document their celebration in kelowna this summer!
June 1st, 2015 by sharaleep | 1 Comment »
on days off, it’s tempting to stay at home and do nothing, but i know it serves us all well to get out for some fresh air and a little adventure.
June 1st, 2015 by sharaleep | 5 Comments »
i know i say this all the time, but i learn a lot from a couple through the speeches made at the reception. i could tell you what i knew about them before: super warm indian dude who works at a cedar mill meets calm and kind art director at lululemon, they fall in love, get engaged in thailand and marry, beautifully celebrating each other, their individual families and cultures and their love for the city they call home.
but truth is, i’ve only known them for less than a year. and while i pride myself in connecting with my clients in a way that is authentic, those making the toasts…they are the ones who have invested in gavy and marie for their whole lives. they are the ones who have raised, cried over, prayed for, made trouble with, listened to and loved this couple. so when they speak, i listen and what i hear is a father not only celebrating what a kind hearted daughter he has, but in the same breath praising her mother for how she raised their children. what i hear are three women who trust and love their friend, knowing that she will always be there for them. what i hear is an honorary brother, grieving over a time when his dear friend made some poor choices and revelling in the fact that they were standing together today as he made one of the best choices of his life. what i hear are stories of a father who loved his little boy so immensely and would be so proud of the man he’s become. so i feel like i can say i know you two now and my suspicions have been confirmed: you’re pretty amazing.
the brilliant vendors:
wedding planner: always and forever weddings | bride & groom’s wedding clothes: frontier cloth house | bride’s ceremony hair & make-up: sim kailey | reception gown: bhldn | groom’s reception suit: black & lee | bridal party outfits: indian wedding spree | reception jewelry: the borrowed co | reception venue: villa amato | reception hair: aisle hair | reception make-up: katie elwood | second shooter: jayme anne photography