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little brayden

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sweet little ceci

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my favourite boy in my bed

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dave & rachelle

Having Baby Beau this year allowed me to take a step back from an overload of weddings by only accepting a limited number of weddings this summer.  I had the pleasure of attending several weddings of friends and family, thanks to this, as normally I would be booked most weekends in the summer.

Our good friends, Dave and Rachelle, got married on Saltspring Island in July, and I’ve just gotten the few rolls of film back that I shot for fun.  I also snapped a few digital shots, since I knew this wedding was going to be a gorgeous and casual affair – and I can never refrain from capturing beautiful, gorgeous affairs… even if I’m not working.  ;)

Dave is in the band Current Swell, and he played a beautiful song for Rachelle with all the boys supporting him with backup acoustic vocals and instruments.  It was just wonderful.  We felt very privileged to be a part of such an intimate and special celebration.  I love my friends.

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The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step” ~ Lao Tzu

The moment of anticipation, nervousness, excitement and pure giddy joy – Elisa walking up the grand entrance, in her father’s arms, to be given away to her love and partner to be James on the first day of the rest of their lives.  One of my favourite moments from the most beautiful wedding at the Vancouver Art Gallery this weekend.

(Side note – if you haven’t seen the Copeland exhibit on at the VAG right now – GO SEE IT.)

 

 

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kayla & matt – teasers

Just a few teasers from Matt and Kayla’s gorgeous day.   Special thanks to Katie for fantastic second shooting.

With their wedding ceremony and celebration in Cambridge on the Friday, the couple flew to Vancouver on the same weekend to celebrate with their friends and family that couldn’t make the celebration in the UK on the Sunday.  Kayla asked us to get elegant portraits as well as fun city shots, so we got to drive around the city and play with heart shaped sunglasses before we headed to Hycroft.   Now knowing her as a fun girl with impeccable taste and class, I feel as though all the shots we got are perfectly suited to match the breadth of her personality.

Dressed in her stunning CLAIRE PETTIBONE gown, Kayla graced the landscape of HYCROFT MANOR with equally as much beauty and grace as the fantastic venue.

Seeing as this day was epically beautiful and perfect, I can’t imagine what their day in Cambridge looked like.  sigh.

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summer. solstice. and love.

“If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance.” ~ Bern Williams

I used to write a lot more than I do now.  I don’t know why that is exactly.  I’ve found less time to sit and contemplate how to wrap my head around how my body experiences life, perhaps?  I can say with certainty that having a baby consumes all the free time I once had (as I sit in the pitch black on my kitchen counter at 1 am trying to punch out a few thoughts).  They say sleep when the baby sleeps… but that would leave time for nothing else in life but baby.  Not that that’s a bad thing, really.

But really, I just wanted to write a bit about this wedding – this beautiful, perfect summer solstice wedding of friends and colleagues of mine. But I started writing, then erased.  Then restated. Then erased. I couldn’t quite find the right words to perfectly illustrate the feeling of pure joy I had on this beautiful summer day.  Thank goodness it was the longest day of the year… I truly never wanted it to end.   The gorgeous summer solstice evening sang a loud love song that carried into the late night and early morning hours, harmonized by the soft combing of the water on the rock beach and the crackling of the smore roasting fire.   Maybe these days I find pictures speaking volumes louder than words.  It would explain my waning finger flutters and my increased fingered shutters.  I hope these teasers help phrase the hundreds of adjectives whizzing through my mind that I want to use to explain this day.  But with three words – summer.  solstice. and love. – I find myself content.  I hope the images fill in the rest of the story for now… and yes… that’s the bride doing a shotgun.  she destroyed the boys (just fyi).

 

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love on a beach, in style

who says you have to give up fashion to have a beautiful beach wedding…

this bride made her vows to her love – on a rock beach – by the side of the ocean – on an island… and skipped into her new life…  in style.

 

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canada day and a bunch of kiddies

this year, a first for us, we celebrated canada day a little differently.  i found myself chugging water and crawling at a baby’s pace – to keep up with the speed of the many kids that we partied with.  life changes in so many ways with these wee ones, it’s such a stark difference than my old life.  still so much fun, though, just different.

here are a few of the cutie’s we were hanging with this year.

 

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© erica chan

petzval lens play

playing with the new toy i picked up today.  beautiful petzval lens, super excited to use for some special shots in the upcoming summer weddings.

for now, of course, my bebe in the backyard.

 

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five minutes with janne

friends aad and janne from holland had a brief, but beautiful, stopover before flying home.  with bags packed and five minutes til rushing to the airport we got a quick few snaps in with janne.  oh janne… her gorgeous blue eyes and fierce, fiery yet gentle soul… i only wish i had more time to explore you!

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© erica chan 2014

© erica chan 2014

i love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you ~ paulo coelho

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© erica chan

moments from the past

just a quick little taste of moments from the past several years.

i’m getting all nostalgic.

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i’ve been interviewed…

although i hate the sound of my own voice as much as the next person, i agreed to do an interview with photographer josh rossi – who runs the podcast “full time photographer.”  (although i cringe at hearing myself) if you want to check it out, the link is here!  http://bit.ly/1faZnOW.  we had a good chat and he’s really dialed in a wonderful inspirational tool for photographers pursuing their dreams – with the stories and words of encouragement from other photographers doing the same thing!  there are some really great interviews on there, subscribe to the podcast!

INTERVIEW WITH ERICA CHAN – FULL TIME PHOTOGRAPHER 

enjoy!

isn’t life beau-tiful

 

It doesn’t matter who you are, or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you.  ~ roald dahl

 

so much love, this little guys brings… some of my beau-tiful moments in life as of late.

 

 

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moments of synchronicity…

“I do believe in an everyday sort of magic — the inexplicable connectedness we sometimes experience with places, people, works of art and the like; the eerie appropriateness of moments of synchronicity; the whispered voice, the hidden presence, when we think we’re alone.” ~ Charles de Lint

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my beau.

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janet echelman in vancouver

it’s hard to articulate the effortless vibrancy that bubbled up inside me when i saw janet’s work tonight.  my goodness, it is amazing.

a majestic gesture coloring the sky with its billowing breath, a sky painted with unnumbered sparks showing the world what it’s like to be tickled by hundred of fingers and viewed by thousands of eyes.  dilating the pupils and exciting the senses.

big ups to the Burrard Arts Foundation (BAF) for helping bring such an amazing project to life in Vancouver.  for upcoming exciting art projects in the vancouver area, check out some of the works to be presented by BAF.

grab the sides of your seats and be prepared to drift away into a sky of color and a sea of drift.

 

 

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anticipating the swell…

much like the eager anticipation of a storm bringing surf, i am patiently awaiting the release of the new CURRENT SWELL album!

i just love these boys.  not only because they are friends, or because they are extremely talented, or that they are a whole lotta fun… but because they are just down to earth, normal, fabulously cool people.  it’s just an added bonus that their music is rad.

here are a few shots from the studio session that i was able to sneak into while they were recording their latest album.  the soundbites that i did get a taste of confirmed my suspicions… that their next album is gonna be a rocker.  if you’re not tapping your toes in anticipation… well…. you should be.  i, for one, can hardly wait.

 

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Discounts and Olympic Fever!

It’s that time of the…. decade… where the winter olympics sprouts up and makes nest in some eager and willing city, drawing snowbirds and snow bunnies out to play for the world to see.  the dangled hope of metallic neck ornaments swings like a tantalizing pendulum in front of their motivated, concentrated eyes, as these athletes focus their sights on the short (or sometimes long) moments they have to shine… the moments they have been working on for years… to prove they are among the best of the best in the world.

this year, sochi is the host city.  i’m sure you’ve all been readjusting your sleep schedules to watch as much of the games live as possible… or is that just me?  my nights slip into slumber with white slopes and speedy situations… and the best part is that it’s been incredible to see canada doing so very well thus far!

SO… in the OLYMPIC SPIRIT, i am offering a “go for gold” promotion on my polaroid book!  i hesitate to put anything down in writing, but i’m hoping this year, canada will win 35 medals… that’s my hope.  my high, high hopes.  and to stand behind my hopes I’m offering 35% off purchase of my journal for the duration of the olympics.  

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To take advantage of the deal, click HERE  and use promotional code “goforgold” at checkout.

and let’s keep cheering on our amazing athletes representing  CANADA on the world stage.  we are all so proud!  go canada!

 

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© erica chan 2010