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Shields Family

There are times, amid the hectic life of running our own business, that we are stopped and reminded that what we do is so much more than taking photographs. So often we are given the privilege of being let in on precious moments that only happen once and we are the ones to hold the memory in place – just as it happened.  This family really reminded us of how precious it is to capture a certain moment in life. We first heard from Lyndsey back in July 2009 she was two years into the process of adopting from Ethiopia. She did not yet have her children but she knew that when she did have them she wanted us to capture images of her new little family. Some families come together easily – others take so so much more time and struggle to create. Lyndsey and Kevin experienced many bumps along their journey but the result is exactly as it was meant to be. They were meant to love Tizita and Bedilu. It took more than two years after her first email to us to have her family all together. How this couple came to be with this little sister and brother is something of a miracle. When we were planning for the shoot Lyndsey told me that this was so important to her because for them this was as small as their kids would ever be to them. They didn’t get to have the baby moments but they wanted to save these moments – how they were when they were all first together. We photographed this family a little over a month after they arrived in Canada. To know how far they had to come to be together and to see how much love they all have for each other already was incredibly special. We know they have such adventures ahead and we are so grateful they chose us to capture just a little of their beginning.  Happy New Year to everyone and all the best in your new beginnings however big or small!


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Jaidean - January 7, 2012 - 8:41 pm

These are gorgeous! What a beautiful family and love all the happiness you captured! Love!

Kirstin - January 6, 2012 - 6:21 pm

OMG! the one with the two kids are the steps beautiful!

Lyndsey - January 5, 2012 - 9:07 pm

Thanks SOOO much Emmy and Aaron! We LOVE LOVE LOVE our photos!!!!!!!!

shawna - January 5, 2012 - 4:02 am

This one made me cry….what a beautiful family, what a treasure!!!!

Deniel - January 4, 2012 - 7:19 am

What beautiful photos to go with such a wonderful story!!

jennifer armstrong - January 3, 2012 - 11:12 pm

sweet story. Sweet photographs. Sweet new year. xoxo

Heather & Burton

Heather and Burton’s highland wedding was the perfect way to end our 2011 wedding season. We love this couple – they were so calm and happy on their day in-spite of some unexpected events, very soggy morning weather, and all the normal stresses that can happen on such a big day. They were just so so happy to be marrying each other that their joy really showed. As we are both from a Scottish background (a Campbell married a McMillan – thank goodness we didn’t hyphenate!) we loved all of the very Scottish details of their day: the kilts, the thistle, the heather boutonnieres, the pins, the silver steins, and of course the piper! Heather and Burton gave each other such special gifts with notes continuing on a family tradition before heading out to the ceremony. The morning started out rainy and then became quite windy – by the time we arrived at the chapel at St. Ann’s Academy we were so thankful for such a gorgeous indoor location as outside shooting was not going to be easy! Their ceremony had some effect though and when the church doors opened and they followed the piper out, they were greeted with clear blue skies and sunshine! Burton and his family have a tradition of firefighting up in his hometown of Hudson’s Hope BC. This love of fire halls led them to ask permission to use the Oak Bay Firehall for some photographs and after the ceremonial badges were exchanged the place was all ours – until a fire call happened and they had to race off! Lucky for us they were back in time for Heather to have a photograph with the firemen! I don’t know what it is about those guys but pretty much all of us were a bit smitten – the girls for obvious reasons and the boys – well how cool is their job! We then headed to one of her favourite beaches and were greeted with a rare warm strong September wind. Some couples would pause at the thought of taking their hair, kilt, dress into such a gale but true to their scottish roots these two loved the time we all spent out on the rocks. When we arrived at their reception we couldn’t believe their cake!! Cake My Day really did such an amazing job at recreating Heather, Burton, and their two pups all on a jar of famous Hudson’s Hope Honey. They didn’t mind the wind, they laughed at the unexpected spray from a wave and so totally enjoyed their day that we were sad when our day with them ended. Even though we loved the colour of the day we were really taken with the timeless beauty of the black and whites from their day so included a few more than usual. Thanks so much to the men of the Oak Bay Fire Hall who shared their house with us and thanks especially to Heather and Burton for the best day to end our season on. We wish you and your families all of the best in your new adventures together!


Dress: Blush Bridal Boutique | Veil: Vintage from her mother | Groom’s Attire: Freedom Kilts | Bride and Maid’s Hair: Sigma2 | Makeup: Carly Fint | Flowers: Foxglove Flowers | Cake: Cake My Day | Jewelry: Heirloon and gifts | Ceremony Venue: St. Ann’s Academy Chapel | Reception Venue: Victoria Golf Club

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Kirstin - December 19, 2011 - 1:04 am

the perspective and the detail of the images is amazing!!

jennifer armstrong - December 17, 2011 - 11:30 pm

LOVE the shot of them walking out of the church into the sunshine. Just gorgeous. You’ve captured the spirit, details & fun of their day with grace & creativity. Beautiful.

Yvonne - December 16, 2011 - 8:36 pm

Wow! What a delightful wedding you got to capture. Beautiful work!