Sister Love.

The power of a photograph.  That’s what I see here.  I could write a whole page on the relationship of these two sisters, but my hope is that these photos speak for themselves. The individual personalities of the girls shine bright.  I will most certainly be printing one of these and hanging it up so that everyday these sisters can be reminded of their special bond.  

Photographs matter. They are the gateways to our memories. Take good care of them.

Everyday magic.

I have been slow to pick up my camera these days and that pains me in so many different ways. I am an infinitely happier person when I am seeing life through my lenses - for work or play. The world seems to make more sense when I can process it through my camera. My perspective shifts and everything seems a little more palatable. Often my days seem rather underwhelming - a barrage of running from one thing to the next, taxiing kids, cooking, laundering and the urge to capture the mundane is not a calling on most days. However, a new lens, some diffused light and a strong appreciation for the smallness and simplicity of a happy life made me pick up my camera one afternoon and take visual stock of a day in my life.

I think writer Paul Coelho says it best “Every day, we try to pretend that we haven’t perceived that moment, that it doesn’t exist–that today is the same as yesterday and will be the same as tomorrow. But if people really pay attention to their everyday lives, they will discover that magic moment. It may arrive in the instant when we are doing something mundane, like putting our front-door key in the lock; it may lie hidden in the quiet that follows the lunch hour or in the thousand and one things that all seem the same to us. But that moment exists–a moment when all the power of the stars becomes a part of us and enables us to perform miracles.”

Commercial Drive Kitchen.

It’s safe to say I “fell in like” with Claire Livia Lassam when she was one of our Sparkfly speakers last year. It wasn’t just her delicious and ever so pretty macaron’s that she baked and shared, or her wonderful story about being a struggling pastry chef in Vancouver, or her delightful personality and smile - it was the whole combination that makes Claire so charismatic. I headed to her cute kitchen on Commercial Drive for a shoot to capture her in her element. We chatted about her childhood, she shared recipe tips (it turns out there is a lot I need to learn!), drank tea and were entertained by her adorable kitten, Kingsley. All in all, it was a lovely afternoon and if you are in Vancouver, you MUST try her pastries. You can thank me later;)

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