[confession] North Vancouver Engagement. Ambleside Park. Christy & Darren.

September 14, 2010

I haven’t blogged for a while… And the reasons not to were all too forgiving – too much time on the road, too much on my mind, then 20K of precious equipment stolen out of my car, including a laptop that I treated like my firstborn. I sit here, thinking of all the beautiful people and things I want to tell you about, and also of the times I’ve nearly pulled out my hair in these past few weeks… So where do I start? Perhaps from a point of near-exhaustion and simultaneous revival. Christy & Darren’s wicked engagement shoot on the shores of Ambleside Park in North Vancouver – which would also be the last shoot I had done with my faithful Canon 5D Mark II and my three favourite lenses, 50 1.2, 24-70 2.8, and 70-200 2.8. I promise to tell you the full story when it has a happy ending… or an ending of some sort. But for now, here are the images that made me feel alive that day.

Christy and Darren have been together for eight years… And looking back at the vibe I felt during the shoot, it was more of a celebration of who they are to each other always… and how they love each other always. I must confess, having shot a wedding the day before, Rob and I were pretty drained, especially knowing that right after the shoot we had to pack up our suitcases and drive straight to Seattle, Washington for the WPPI Conference. But the moment we got to the beach, turned on the music and kicked off our shoes, I got my second wind.

Are you kidding me? Christy is my superstar. She grew up in North Vancouver, so anything was game – she walked straight into the ocean with such grace, while the rest of us were hesitantly rolling up our jeans. And then I saw a baby seal. I immediately got told it wasn’t a baby, but it was just so cute. It made my day.

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  1. Jolie

    September 14th, 2010 at 19:57

    Nice! Sorry about your equipment. I couldn’t even imagine that. I know how attached I am to my Canon, I can’t fathom your feelings! Recovery will come soon. And you are right to take inspiration from a pretty shoot like this. 🙂

  2. Lyndsay London

    September 15th, 2010 at 11:51

    These are outstanding Katya! A seriously beautiful couple :). I am so sorry to hear that someone looted your car. Not cool. I am sending some positive energy for that happy ending that you deserve.

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