Well, I’ve received 70+ responses to the survey and now it’s time to start interviewing people. My plan is to visit the farther communities first so that I have less travelling to do in the snowy months.
I’m still excited to do this project but I’m also very nervous. I’m not only nervous to interview people or about the fact that I have to introduce myself to a ton of people and explain what I’m doing. I’m also nervous about representing people, taking good photos and putting it all together well. I’m not good with unknowns and right now, right now there are hundreds.
First step? Make one phone call and get the ball rolling.
Wish me luck!
For the past two years I have joined my mother in volunteering at the Vancouver Island MusicFest (VIMF). She is the backstage coordinator for all six stages and I mainly help at the Instrument Lockup and Schleppers tent. Together (I mainly just ask her a bunch of questions and then do what she tells me to) our team makes sure every musician is where they need to be, all instruments are safe or given to the right people, and all stages have the gear they need. It’s a very long weekend of camping in a tent city, very long days, short nights, and never ending music.
One thing I definitely take advantage of while I’m there is my backstage access. I am able to take photos backstage of a majority of the acts. Serena Ryder, The Trews, Enter the Haggis, Darlingside, 54-40 and so many more. While I don’t do anything with the photos really, they are great to have for myself. Stage photos are one of my favourite types to take and it’s really nice to take a break from taking photos for others.
Even though MusicFest was a couple months ago I wanted to share some photos I took.
Hope you’re all having a great week!
I would like to introduce you to four incredible boys. Each one stole my heart and I have no problem being called a pushover when it comes to them. I’ll tell anyone I’m busy, I have so much to do, I can’t! But if one of the boys asks me to go for a walk or for a sleepover, chances are, it’s a yes.
I was pretty lucky to be able to stand next to my sister during 3 of 4 of her boys’ births. I lived in Newfoundland during Sawyer’s birth but came home within a week or so of him being born. I remember holding each one of them in my arms. So tiny and shrivelled up like old men. I had no idea that I would later worry about them as if they were my own.
I was watching Grey’s Anatomy one day and a girl started talking about her niece and nephew, “I love them like, if something happened to them, I would die. My heart is so wide open, and they’re so fragile,” She went on to ask how their mom deals with it. I’ve been there so many times. As they cry in pain, frustration, anger, etc. I want to just hug them and make everything go away! How do parents deal with this?
Each of them have sleep overs but we always do different things. Gene wants to make things, Lukas wants to talk and ask questions, William is all about food and video games and Sawyer, well, currently he just runs around playing with and touching everything.
These little men are the loves of my life. Together they are a hand full that I am not always prepared for but in smaller numbers I’m ready! I honestly wouldn’t know what to do if something happened to one of them. But I’ll just continue to pray that nothing does.
The Crozier family was all together for a morning of laughs, photos, and a ton of bugs before Zac went back to school.
We did the shoot on Dee-Anne’s parents’ property because it holds a very special place in her heart. She has many memories of the machine filled yard and green field. While it made for a great background for the shoot it came with many flies and wasps. The family did great ignoring the bugs but the little white dots floating between them and I were just a little annoying in post processing.
This family is incredible. Jeff and Dee-Anne are the type of people who would do anything for you. Last year I ended up in the hospital and Jeff came to see me while I was in the ER. We had no idea what was going on yet but he was there if I needed anything. After my surgery Dee-Anne came up to pretty much just sit in my room until I was calm and comfortable being alone. They work so incredibly hard to not necessarily please everyone but to be there for as many people as possible.
Each Crozier kid has a different but similar personality. They each have a million faces and unique personalities but all a little goofy – okay, maybe a lot goofy! Although their lives are in different places they are all working towards their future: Madi is entering Grade 11, Zac is headed to Bethal School of Supernatural Ministry to do a third year internship, and Andrew is currently entering his second year of business at the College of the Rockies.
It was a lot of fun taking these photos. If you’d like to see some more they will be on Facebook shortly. If you’d like to book your own family photos you can reach me through my website or at 250-421-4363
I had the pleasure of photographing the Hebert/Wagner wedding back in May of this year. It was a small wedding at the St. Eugene Catholic Church. The flowers were beautifully done by MJ’s Floral Boutique, the stained glass gave a beautiful haze of light through the church, and the small crowd of close friends and family kept things personal and intimate.
I didn’t get to know the couple very well before the wedding but enjoyed seeing their special day none the less. I saw two families come together to celebrate love, friends share jokes and try not to cry as they stand witness to the ceremony and a little girl happily watch her father marry her new step mom.
I’m not busy with many weddings this season but will hopefully get to do more in the future. There is something special about weddings.
While I was on the coast I had the pleasure of photographing a wonderful family. They are three strong and beautiful women. The shoot was focused around the two daughters who seemed more than excited to take photos with me. We went to a lovely beach on Salt Spring Island and started with one at a time. They chose where they wanted to go on the beach for their solo photos and were absolutely adorable!
Haylee, the youngest, chose some rocks heading from the water to a cliff. We didn’t go climbing but she gingerly walked across small crevasses and then stood there smiling at me. She started playing with her hair and giggling – and wouldn’t stop! Haylee is so gentle and sweet.
Haylee’s older sister, Aby, chose to go climbing. We went off across some logs and into the trees. She climbed a hill and grabbed a stick in a fighting stance. She moved so fast while telling these amazing stories about school, her family, her summer, and her dad that I had to be precise about when I took the photos or I had her eyes closed or mouth wide open. She is such an incredibly animated and intriguing soul.
There was absolutely no arguing when it came to the photos of them together. “The fence!” followed by “Can we climb the tree?!” As I took their photos I couldn’t believe how much they look like their parents. At one point when I asked them to tell me an embarrassing story about their mom they looked at each other with these mischievous smiles just like I’ve seen their parents do in the past. Sitting in front of me was Sandy and Travis.Being able to take these photos meant so much to me. I’m not sure if I can explain why, except, because I love them. Ashlée
I was checking my email and Facebook messages the other day when I noticed I had been contacted by Alya Ramadan from Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Kelowna. I called her back and was told that the day’s planning was super busy with the BC wildfires but that she’d like to talk to me the next morning. She said it was about my photography project. I had no idea how she heard about it but I was immensely excited!
Alya called me back the following morning. We talked about the project for a little bit and I guess she decided it was worth mentioning on the radio because she asked if she could call me back that evening to do a live interview! I would be at work but okay-ed it with my boss to step aside for a few minutes to take the call. I thought I’d be so nervous but I was just so excited to talk about this project!
I think it went really well. If you’d like to hear it you can follow this link to the CBC Radio West Page. It should play automatically for you but if things change it was the 4-5pm show on August 2nd. I’m not on until 40 minutes in so feel free to skip forward 😉
There is still time to take the survey if you’d like as well. Simply click HERE