Thursday, October 13, 2016

Nelson - a weekend in the forest

this past weekend, a few of my closest girlfriends and i met up in nelson for our 3rd annual women's weekend. each october, we travel from our homes in ontario, alberta and bc to spend a few days catching up, working on our selves, and reconnecting. there is always a flood of emotion and gratitude, long, deep conversations, lots of laughs and a few tears, tarot cards, delicious food, and typically a late night dance party or two. at the end, we each leave feeling refreshed, reenergized, and with a head full of ideas to take home and work on until we meet again.

this year we stayed at a beautiful airbnb a short ways from the heart of nelson - the ivory thistle cottage is an amazing straw-bale structure on the edge of the forest. it was an absolute dream.

last year, i started the tradition of taking a portrait of each of the women over the course of the weekend. this year letting each of them pick a spot that felt beautiful to them. i can't help but smile looking at each of these photos- 4 beautiful women that were somehow blessed into my life- always there to push me further on my path to finding the truest and best version of myself. sigh- words just aren't enough. i'm so grateful we each carve out the time to ensure this weekend is a priority.

(and portraits from our 2015 retreat in dead man's flats, alberta...)


Monday, October 3, 2016

our summer on film

as it always does, summer seemed to be over just a quickly as it begun. we didn't do a lot, but we enjoyed it all- spending time at the beach, visiting family and friends in victoria and calgary, and soaking up as much sunshine as we could before the rain set in.

i shot a few rolls of film over the last few months. film has been a lesson in patience for me. it takes time to thoughtfully use up 36 exposures, and then more time to make it down to the lab to have the roll developed, and then (if you happen to be married to my husband) a really really long time before he is able to bunker down and scan all the negatives in. sometimes the photos have been built up and so highly anticipated that they are a bit of a disappointment when all is said and done. but there is always always a gem or two- a forgotten day that you are surprised to see captured, and that makes all the waiting worth while every single time.