{vancouver portrait photography} patterns of fairytales

This evening was a fairytale, hair threaded with gold and light painted with sunset.    

Christine is a massage therapist, and our portrait session began in her sun-filled home.  She is a collector of beautiful things; every blanket, table, and plant was a reminder of the loveliness she finds in the everyday.  

We wandered down to Tower Beach afterwards, and witnessed magnificent waves crashing upon shimmering pebbles.  I think we both were a little in awe of the incredible beauty; I kept feeling like "Please pinch me, IS THIS REAL?!"  So in love with these photos.

& this was 2014

What happened last year?

Everything blurs together and then suddenly focuses.  Our son was born, and that was the end of life as we knew it and the beginning of something full of blessing.  This is our Matthias, our gift of God, a few hours after he was born.  Every time I look at this picture, I remember the pain and exhaustion of standing up, of holding my camera steady in the low hospital light, but the knowing that I would want to have taken this photo.  And every time I look at this picture, I am so glad that I did.  He's not wrinkly anymore, or red, and his hair is much lighter and he's twice as big, and sometimes this photo makes me want to cry.  So maybe this is my favourite photo of 2014.

But that's not it.  In 2014, I met so many amazing people, so many happy families that laughed together.  I captured so much joy, and that is what I want to share with you below.  

(Disclaimer: I tried to choose just a few favourite photos of 2014.  Truly.)

{vancouver engagement photographer} boy meets girl with big brown eyes

I'm trying to update my blog more frequently.  I really am.  And I really thought I was...until I looked at the date of my last blog post, and it was October.  

October was when I photographed this engagement session.  I love it very much, mostly because I love these two people very much.  (Also because Vancouver is spectacularly beautiful on moody autumn days.)  Ger is my brother & Amanda is the Brazilian girl with big brown eyes that he fell in love with; I am so thankful God brought them together, and I can't wait to photograph their Brazilian wedding at the end of January!