Thursday, September 11, 2014

Photography 365 Project: (Days 247 - 252: Summer Adventure Recaps)

Friday, my husband took me on The Most Amazing surprise date!  I won't elaborate more here as I wrote an entire blog post just about the awesome experience, and if you're interested, you can check it out HERE.

Saturday I was hired to shoot my very first Romanian baptism.  I read a little about it beforehand to be prepared and heard that it was "like shooting a wedding".  I was skeptical, but it really was!  It was an almost two-hour ceremony full of intricacies and emotional moments.  You can see more pictures if you like on my business page HERE.

Sunday was my brother-in-law's birthday, and he happens to be going to school this year about an hour from us.  After Nick finished some work at the church in the morning, we headed out to the Valley.  On our way we stopped to try and do one last blueberry picking trip, but unfortunately they were all rotten and on the ground.  We did enjoy exploring a different farm than usual and picked up some delicious treats at the little store for our anniversary later next month.  After that we headed out for a swim and some dinner with his brother.  I chose the wagon shot as my "officially daily" for Sunday.

Monday was a very busy day.  I worked at the office, and came home to two regular piano students and one new one.  He is a work friend of ours in the film industry so he stayed and chatted for a bit after and I used that time to actually make a big pot of chili which is not something we usually take time for!  After he left I got back to work editing the baptism photos from Saturday.  (I had already been editing on the train and during my lunch break, as well, as they ordered over 100 photos, and the colour casts were horrible in the brightly painted church.  They specifically requested no black and white photos, so I had to spend a lot of time getting skin tones to look half decent).

Tuesday, I continued to power through editing photos on my lunch break, during my train commute, and after piano students.  I finally finished them all and sent the gallery off for approval to the family.  The good news?  They loved them and had no revisions!  

Wednesday, after work I headed out to an adjacent city to teach two piano students and had Nick pick me up to cut my commute home in half.  On the way back we used Mobile Bandit to search for coupons and found a two-for-one deal at Quiznos.  We grabbed some stools by the front window and munched away at our subs in the sunshine before heading home to get ready to almost immediately head out again to Life Group (bible study) that is now back on it's regular Fall schedule.  That night was the kick off, so we reconnected with everyone, had some snacks, and then headed home to sleep.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

End of Summer Date

Sometime in the Spring of this year, Nick and I were sitting in a restaurant lobby waiting for seating for Wing Wednesday.  We were talking about how last year we didn't get to do anything fun really because of the work hours we kept.  We were talking about how we wanted this year to be different.  

Since we're never without electronic devices close at hand, I asked Nick to pull out his calendar and we were going to "schedule dates".  We thought up fun things to do and put them all throughout the Summer every few weeks or so.  (It takes a very long time to get seats on Wing Wednesday).  And while we changed around what some of them were, we did them all!  

We watched movies.  We went berry picking and even baked pies.  We bought cheap bikes and explored new areas we've never seen before.  We tried out a gaming coffee shop and played other board games with friends.  We went to the beach multiple times.  We drove out into the middle of the night to shoot stars and watch a movie in the back of our car.  We went on an impromptu trip to the Island.  We stayed up too late on weeknights to watch fireworks (twice!).  We even went to the Vancouver Aquarium for the very first time.  

And then we were sad.  Sad it was over and the Fall was back full swing.  In the midst of the more hectic schedule come September, Nick planned a surprise date last Friday night after teaching.  What I didn't know was that it was the "Last Summer Adventure" date for 2014 and he planned to go out with a bang!

I didn't know what we were doing, but I was told to bring my wide-angle lens and dress up fancier than I normally do for the office.  I figured out it was fancy dinner reservations but was slightly confused when we stopped for McDonald's on the way.  Apparently when we had to give up the earlier reservation (when I reminded Nick I still had to teach one student after work), the only other option was for 9pm.  Fancy shoes and black dress on, we headed off into the sunset (literally).

We were about 5 minutes away from the location before I finally guessed it.  We were going up in the gondola!  I have heard about this gondola, but had never seen it.

We reached the top of the mountain with a couple hours to spare before our reservations, but sadly we JUST missed the sunset.  Regardless, we explored and followed paths in search of where the best view could be found.

As it grew dark, we headed off to the restaurant, where we ate really fancy, tiny dishes and were thankful for the McDonald's we grabbed on the way, haha.  However, with the fresh warm bread and slow pace, we were both stuffed by the end.  We didn't get a table right by the best view, but it was still pretty close.  The steak was hands down the best I'd ever had, and the little "cubes" of deep friend mashed potatoes with cheese were amazing.

We turned down the desert menu to go home and watch t.v. instead because as fancy as we pretend to be, we really love simple pleasures.  Back down the mountain and home we went.  Unfortunately, road construction added a considerable amount of time to our trip and I fell asleep in the car, meaning we went straight to bed with no t.v., but it was an amazing night and a wonderful way to wrap up one of the best Summers ever :)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Photography Interview

Just a short post to say I was recently honoured when fellow photographer, Jill Camacho Quash, asked to feature me in her blog!  If you're interested in the read, you should head over and check it out!  Plus, her blog / website is gorgeous, so you should go look just for that alone :)

Check it out HERE. :)

Photography 365 Project: (Days 240 - 246)

Thursday, I came home and iced my feet as they were bugging me after a weekend of shooting and I had another two-day wedding coming up:

Friday, we went over to some friends for dinner, board games, and hot chocolate.  We haven't gone out in the evening together to play games with friends in a while so it was a lovely treat!

Saturday, I slept in because I didn't have to arrive to shoot until the evening.  I headed down to the bride's house to shoot her and her family getting ready as well as the ceremony that followed.  Her sister is practicing her dance in the mirror here.

Sunday, was the main photo shoot and the reception.  We didn't have a lot of time to get all the shots done, but I feel like they still got some really nice ones from the day.  I have a few of my favourite here, though I picked the top left one as my official "daily".  You can see the rest of their wedding on our business page if you're interested :)

Monday, was a holiday and a day to do laundry as we ran out of a lot of things - including matching socks!  My feet were okay thanks to shooting without my shoes for most of the weekend and running around in the ice cold fountain for a lot of the shots, haha.  

We relaxed, we did paperwork, we ran errands, we watched t.v.  We were actually highly productive for a "day off", though with 10 hours of errands, paperwork, piano teaching, etc. I don't know if I would actually call it that.  It was at least a day off from the office!

Tuesday, the rains starting to come.  Welcome to the beginning of our 10-month wet season on the coast.  I used the opportunity to try out a shot I had been waiting for.  Here are the results!

Wednesday, I had apparently used up all my inspiration the day before, so I just grabbed a few light trails from our deck and called it a day.  It could have also had something to do with the amount of energy all my piano students had that evening.  Wow.  They need to bottle and sell that stuff!  Haha.

And now our little group is rejoicing that we're less than four months to the finish line.  Out of the 100 of us that started, 25 of us are still going strong and are on track with our 365 projects.  It's been awesome, but I'm still really looking forward to being all done ;)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Photography 365 Project: (Days 233 - 239)

Thursday, I had a request from an upcoming wedding to do some cool photos using sparklers.  I wanted to make sure I had ballpark camera settings ready, so I borrowed Nick for a quick test drive.  It's hard to remain perfectly still and draw a heart in the air, so it isn't perfect, but it's still fun :)

Friday, I made a big mistake.  I took a 30-min "nap" around 5pm.  And that was it.  I was out for the count until the next morning.  Except for around 1:45 when I woke up, looked at the clock, and thought, "Oh no! my photo!".  This is officially the first "make up" photo I've had to do so far.  Missed it by just under 2 hours!

Saturday was day one of a multi-day wedding I was shooting.  I found out last minute that I wouldn't be second shooting, but actually leading.  I was a little nervous, but it was a TON of fun.  I became good buddies with my second shooter and we've been texting all week about photo stuff.

It also helps that the bride was ridiculously pretty!

Sunday was day two of the wedding.  It started around noon and went until midnight, though I had arranged to leave at 10pm because of work the next morning.  The others weren't so fortunate!  I have a lot of favourites from the day - including one where I had about 3 minutes to get set up for a fireworks shot that I didn't know about.  All that practicing this summer paid off and I JUST made it before they launched them.  I officially chose the sparkler heart as my "daily", but included a few more here for fun.  There's even more on my client page if you're interested.

Monday I broke down (despite my firm affirmations at the beginning of the year that I would not!) and took an iPhone photo as my daily.  I did go home afterwards and pull out my big camera, but the sky had already changed so much on the drive back from my students' that I just kept this one.  I'm only slightly regretting caving.

Tuesday, Nick and I were missing each other as we've been on opposite weddings all weekend (and will be again this weekend) and keeping opposite schedules.  We took a break from work around 8pm and just crashed together catching up internet browsing and watching some Netflix.

Wednesday, Nick got up and made us breakfast to go before we rushed off to work.  It got a bit smokey as we were multitasking, but instead of being concerned it went a little something like this:

Nick:  The house looks cool full of smoke!
Me (coming around the corner to see):  Great, now I'm going to be late for work!  (Goes off to fetch camera).  

Wednesday evening I met up with two friends in New West back-to-back and Nick went out to the valley to do dinner and a movie with his brother.

Tonight I have a bit of teaching (in 5 minutes so I better get off of here), and Nick's stuck in meetings until late.  Later, I shall relax, work on my computer, and ice my poor, poor foot that is thinking about re-fracturing after being on it so much all last weekend.  It must stay in one piece until AFTER this weekend's two-day wedding!  It must!

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