Merry Ukrainian Orthdox Christmas, friends. I’m in bed with bronchitis and hot chocolate, watching snow falling on the fir trees outside my window and thinking about how amazing 2010 was. It’s as good time as any to sum it all up and remind myself of all the moments I laughed and cried. I’m endlessly grateful to be able to share, maybe this slice of my life will strike a chord … or inspire you to remember your own special moments.
Wedding. Robyn & Graeme get married in Vancouver’s Gastown. Wedding reception at Le Gavroche, I felt like family. Rainy and warm. I catch Robyn’s cold and spend a cozy week in bed.Vancouver Wedding Fair at Westin Bayshore. So intense. I make new friends in the industry and smile at a LOT of brides. Some will become Nova brides. I swear not to ever wear heels to a Bridal Show. Ever.FEBRUARY
Wedding. Jessica & Ryan get married in Mexico, Mayan Riviera. Breathtaking Caribbean wedding at Maya Riviera Barcelo Palace. I eat a lot of papaya that week. A lot.Wedding. Alicia & Scott get married at Edmonton’s Fort Edmonton Park. Crisp white snow everywhere. I have a tan. Alicia pets horses. Bridal party has lots of Captain Morgan spiced rum.Intimate Portraits. D & O have a beachfront home in San Pancho, near Sayulita, Puerto Vallarta. It’s magical. We hike for 2 hours to get to a stunning secluded beach for the shoot.Move into my gorgeous English Bay Vancouver apartment. 15th floor. I’m in awe from every sunset. And some sunrises.WPPI in Las Vegas. An annual convention for Wedding and Portrait Photographers International. Make new friends. Get empowered. Wear a latex dress to a cocktail party. Yervant workshop. Meet a quiet genius who will become a friend, Lawrence of Tofurious. Get introduced to & noticed by Grace Ormonde.
Intimate Portraits Tulum Mexico. Michelle & Brett bring me to Playa del Carmen and Tulum, Mexico to document their love. I fall in deeper love with Tulum beaches, especially Azulik, the perfect intimate honeymoon destination.Wedding. Michelle & Brett get married in a gorgeous private Cozumel villa, Mexico. My future husband is among the guests… We live in different cities and wonder if we can make this resort romance work. I accidentally drive a dune buggy into the ocean. I make new friendships I want to cherish for a lifetime.Wedding. Felisa & Vincent get married on Granville Island, Vancouver. Delicious reception at Dockside Restaurant. I’m full of life and new love. It’s spring. I feel anything is possible.APRIL
First nude portraits. I’m in front of Becker’s lens in Los Angeles, California. Regis, techno rocks! A great friendship grows roots. Visit David Jay and the Freedom House in Santa Barbara.New tattoo. Left forearm. Sanskrit symbol Ajna, ‘third eye chakra’ and the center of intuition. I celebrate my yoga practice deepening.
Rob & I spend a weekend in Tofino. Our sweet friend Ana hooks us up with the extraordinary cabin at Middle Beach Lodge, a perfect place for weddings! It’s a memory we will come back to often. So beautiful, intimate. Ocean and a fireplace.Wedding. Sherry & Matt get married on the Langley Golf Course. Everything blooms.Intimate Portraits. L & L meet at an abandoned Spa in Edmonton. I document their love.MAY
Wedding. Yuliya & Justin get married in Kelowna, at Summerhill Pyramid Winery. I drive 15 hours to get there. It pours all day, but we triumph with beautiful photos. I’m happy.Wedding. Caitlyn & Cameron. Miami, Florida luxury wedding at The Breakers. With New York photographer Anthony Vazquez & his team. Breakers wedding blog.Wedding. Cristina & Isaac. Bahamas, Nassau – The One & Only Ocean Club. With Anthony Vazquez & team. Being a wedding photographer at this luxury unique destination wedding in the Bahamas was incredible! Working hard and playing hard.SASQUATCH Music Festival!! My musical highlight – Massive Attack and MGMT. A cozy tent. New friends. Yuckaflux. Another point & shoot camera is stolen with all my pictures 🙁JUNE
Wedding. Romana & Jon get married in the Ukrainian Parish. I’m not there because I’m hospitalized for what doctors think is appendicitis. Brutal.Wedding. Liz & A.M. get married at the golf course in Vancouver.Wedding. Jamie & Jon get married at Vancouver’s Renaissance Harbourside Hotel downtown Vancouver.Wedding. Kim & Wes. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Gorgeous… Rob was like a little kid, Jasper is his favourite place. Ahem, for now! PART II