Jennifer, Gord, and their six-month old son Jasper were in East Sooke a couple weeks ago visiting family. They had me along for a documentary family photography session at the beach at East Sooke Park and then some time at their family’s home nearby. I don’t typically do family portraits, so I was thrilled that they wanted to do a session documenting an actual day in their lives. Jasper is a very lively and expressive baby – it was actually tough to get him to stop looking at the camera (babies just don’t understand photojournalism). The weather was perfect and I had a lot of fun. I’d love to do some more sessions like these.
Back in September, I joined Wendy and Garry for a day at the Saanich Fair. They’ve been married for nineteen years and wanted to document something they love to do together. They spend a lot of weekends checking out different events in town and experiencing new things. The fair is an old favourite of theirs, especially the horses.
When asked to say something interesting about their relationship, Garry wrote, “We don’t have all the same likes and dislikes, we don’t watch the same media, or have the same politics (we don’t vote the same but we believe in the same things. We just think there are different ways to get there), in part because of the difference of age but we are very different.” Wendy explained “But on the important things, the age difference has really never mattered. We are just very different people in many, many ways. But at the end of the day, we are on the same side; looking out for each other.”
It was a lot of fun spending some time with these two, seeing how they enjoy each others’ company.
Julia and Andrew are originally from California, now living in Victoria, and had a small wedding ceremony with their closest friends and family at the Amethyst Inn. They had their dog, Noodle, as their ring bearer, except he got a little too excited and had to wander around smelling everything when he was put on the ground during the ceremony. Solution: drape the ring bags over his back and attract his attention. He turned out to be the perfect addition to a ceremony that included family heckling the bride when asked if anyone objected to their marriage and lots of laughter combined with tears.
We started the day at their nearby adorable character house and later snuck in some portraits at Government House down the street, even though it rained and got super cold all of a sudden. We ended off the day with some bride and groom portraits at their house, where photographer Julia had the most beautiful couch in front of a light-filled window. Perfect. Julia and Andrew are such a sweet, and silly, couple. I especially love the portraits of them cuddling on the couch, and of course, Noodle had to get in on the action.