Goodbye, So Long Old Blog!

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This little blog has been good to us over the last two years but now it is time to say goodbye to the old and hello to the NEW BLOG and NEW WEBSITE !!!!!!  All of the old website is gone and it is time for new logo, new images, new everything! This old blog will still be here if you want to come and visit the old posts but all new posts are now on TheArchivists.Ca. Please come see all of our new image galleries and recent blog posts on the new sites.  We would love to know what you think of the new site and blog so please be sure to leave a comment on the blog!

xo

Emmy & Aaron

Power To Play 2011 {Victoria BC Event Photography}

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Yes we love shooting weddings and cute little toddlers… but sometimes it is fun to throw on the rain gear and get really dirty photographing an amazing adventure race called Power To Play for our favourite charity Power To Be Adventure Therapy Society.  Last sunday we did just that: 28 teams, a huge outdoor race course, two massive mud pits, and some memories that these racers will not soon forget.  This whole day resulted in raising $110K for this amazing non-profit.  Aaron tore around the course on a gator catching the action while I shot people getting dirty in mud-pitt number one.  The final challenge for all racers was the huge Landeca mud pit (and bless them for it as not only did they build the pits but hey sent 8 of their own to race through it!) where Aaron and I shot together catching racers with their eyes, ears, noses, and oh yes mouths full of mud.  It poured on us all day so we were really grateful for the rain protection we just purchased for our cameras.  This is like our pre-wedding season bootcamp – non-stop super fast action and you never know what will happen in front of you.  Here are some of our favourite moments from the day and good job to all of the racers especially PTB’s own Wilderness School team! This organization is really close to our hearts.  Emmy spends every tuesday with a group of amazing kids with Autism and we shoot different events year round.  All of these funds raised got towards making the outdoors not only accessible but also a challenge that will build life skills and confidence for the future.  Visit the link above to show your support and donate.  And if this kind of race isn’t your thing register for the yearly golf tournament and auction this september.

Power to Play 2011

Leeks

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Yesterday, after one long year, the last of the leeks were pulled from the garden to make room for some newcomers.  Many a good meal came from them and for that I am grateful. Fairwell tasty Leeks! I look forward to eating your siblings in the not so distant future once again. Aaron.

Hornby Island Part 1

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Oh such a sad little blog – I should put a bird on it 🙂 No really I have been neglecting it – we will have a new one soon so my attentions have been elsewhere.  Recently my friend Jennifer Armstrong opened up her Island and home for a group of 9 women who all share photography as a life passion to gather together and just be. It was really a very wonderful weekend.  The sun shone and we were all inspired by what was around us and who we were with.  I find even when in beautiful surroundings I am always attracted to the beauty of the people who are present.  In the first of many posts on this weekend I am focusing on Jen’s sweet little darlin’ Tess and my new good friend Jesse who just seemes to be kindred spirits from their first meet.  So here is a little of Jess and Tess.

Jessy & Lucky {Victoria BC Maternity Photography}

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You may remember that we recently participated in the silent auction for Baby Molly (who is doing great!).  Jessy and Lucky came out for the good cause and they were the winning bidders of our photo session!  So last week, before the city was covered in snow, we met up with them in a gorgeous Garry Oak grove to record some memories of Jessy’s beautiful baby belly before their wee one joins us. I recognized Lucky right away but couldn’t place where I knew him until we got talking and realized we were at UVic together as history undergrads, oh so long ago.  I spent many a school night at Steamers Pub listening to his band Lift.  That feels like forever ago – when we were all so young, Lucky had long hair, and Steamers was still here.  How life changes for us all – now it is a home based business with book publications, radio shows on CBC, dogs, houses, and the soon to arrive baby.  We could just see how excited these two are about this next change in their life. They are calm, happy, and ready to be three.  Thanks so much to Jessy and Lucky for spending such a great winter morning with us as we preserved the memory of this time. We are excited to meet your little one… whenever they decide to arrive.


Valentines Bliss!

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Happy Valentines Day to all of you!!  This morning I (emmy) was at my wonderful monday morning yoga class with my beautiful photographer friends and our amazing teacher Maria asked us at the end of the session to bring to mind those people and places who bring us our bliss.  I love the word bliss, just the sound of it. My bliss comes from my incredible husband, who not only shares our greatest passion in making photographs but who is also my best friend in every way, my morning walks with our pup Honey and how we always stop at the end of the route to watch the ducks together, those are just a couple that I thought of today.  Another is the bliss I get from making things with my hands and gifting them to others.  I love making things, even though I am often messy and I always take longer than I think I will.  It means so much more to me to have made it… just for you.  Soon I am heading out to deliver some little Valentines treats to our lovely wedding clients. I thought today on Valentines I would share some of the bliss I have found creating this for them. The paper hearts and cookies were made by me and those delicious litle chocolates are from our neighbourhood pub and sweet shop at Spinnakers xxoo have a love-filled day!


Style Feature: Rook & Rose Floral Design

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I love flowers, love them. All summer I tried my hand at various arrangements from my garden.  I became very very good at the bed-head equivalent of floral design. “Oh I like it looking a bit messy” I would tell myself. Not quite true, I just didn’t know what I was doing. One recent friday afternoon I had the great delight of stepping behind the scenes at Victoria’s newest and I have to say cutest floral design boutique Rook & Rose. The shop is owned and directed by the lovely Erica, who studied floral design in Australia, and she has a team helpers like Cara and Nora to assist. I was so excited for this shoot because I always see the finished product but have no idea how it all comes together. The day of my visit was quite busy with buckets of ranunculus, tulips, anemones, and peonies all being turned into beautiful little teacup centre pieces and bouquets for a wedding. Erica’s inspiration comes from a lot of different sources – little inspiration boards in antique frames highlight vintage, retro, high fashion – all with her own twist. Erica puts so much heart into her work.  Like us, she has an old Smith Corona handed down to her and aptly named Daphne – she hand types the little price tags and notes for around the shop and for clients.  I loved looking at all her little fabric swatches and style articles pinned up on cork boards – if I had a flower shop I would imagine it just like this and with these exact people.  I had such a fantastic afternoon watching them create, listening to The Shins, and laughing.  I am so happy to be sharing these images of this little shop – and for all you brides out there – if you like what you see you better call her quick because word has gotten out about the unique style of The Rook & Rose and wedding bookings fill up fast! Many thanks to my new friends Erica, Cara, and Nora for letting me share the afternoon with you!!




Baby Ben is 1!

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Just before Christmas we had the treat of spending a chilly Sunday morning with adorable Ben and his mum and dad at the beach.  Ben has a very sweet Auntie Lindsay who aside from planning weddings likes to surprise family members with portrait sessions as Christmas presents!  Well, this also seemed like a gift for us as Ben pretty much had us in love with him in the first five minutes! I mean really – those cheeks are too much!  Not only is he a cutie but he’s a little Canadian toughie because it was not a warm day – in fact it was cold – but being from a certain notoriously cold prairie city this climate didn’t bother him a bit.  Ben’s first birthday was just two days after we did this shoot so to warm up we went for cupcakes to celebrate.  For fun I made him a little hat, because you only ever get one first birthday.  Thanks so much for such a fun day with your lovely little family!

BIG Lights Farrrrrrrr Away

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Once in a while something comes into my photographic life that makes me realize how little I actually know about a specific topic.  This time it happened to be lighting.  Emmy was kind to me over Christmas and bought me a workshop in Vancouver taught by a photographer named Martin Prihoda.  As the name of the workshop suggests, it was focused on using big lights.  We are talking 2400 watt seconds of light being pushed out of a $8000 power pack.  If you look at most of our work, its easy to tell we love shallow depth of field.  One thing you learn very quickly while using big lights is that you have to shoot at F11 or above 95% of the time.  The weekend was great overall but frustrating at times as I was sharing the models and lights with 7 other people and would have loved to have gotten more time with both.  I would definitely recommend the workshop to anyone wanting to learn some good basic lighting principals.  Many thanks again Emmy!

Locations:  Ferrari Maserati dealershipGinger 62Century House

Hair/Makeup: (Ferrari/Century House) Felicia Bromba |  (Jenny Galt)  Frida

Stylist:  Amanda Eland

Models:  Kyla Lee  |  Kimberly Churchhill

A Baby Belly For Two!

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There are some friends that you know you will have forever, like you were always meant to know them and be loved by them.  Shawna is one big heart, the people that are lucky to call her their friend all know this, all know how much we are loved.  Yes I am being very sentimental today!  I just came from tea with my dear friend Shawna and I am bursting with hapiness for her. For many years I have witnessed her journey towards mama-hood.  It was not an easy one and it is remarkable to me that even through the hardest times she remained positive and hopeful.  Now she and Chris are waiting patiently for the arrival of not just one but two babies! I did a little session with them at the end of October and today when I went for tea I brought my camera and just wanted some natural Shawna at home with her beautiful twin sized belly images.  We are really so so excited to be Auntie Emmy and Uncle Aaron to you two little ones as we have all waited so long for you to come.  I am even more excited to see how happy you are going to make your mama when she finally gets to hold you. These babies will be making their arrival any day now and you will be seeing a lot of them on here I am sure! xoxo E & A