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a beautiful flower girl

pretty much exactly as the title says…. i don’t feel the need to add more, the photo speaks volumes.

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© erica chan

Life through the eyes of a child

“Curousity has its own reason for existing.” ~ Enstien

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© erica chan

In a loft, in bed, in Tofino

April 26

Right now, at this precise moment, i am staring at the closed curtain on my overnight slumber party lofty bed.  It’s been a beautiful 24 hours with an old, very wise, and dear friend.  There is a sliver of the outside world creeping through the crack between the curtain and the wall… I can see that the branches of the tree outside my window are shaking – like a dog shaking water off it’s coat.  It looks like chaos.  Beautiful chaos.

I wonder to myself if I will be able to fly home today.  The thought doesn’t concern me much, as much as I am missing my son this morning.

Old, familiar tunes seep into my head through earphones that caress my ears.  I force myself to take a deep breath, as I recognize what I am feeling is a comfortable reality I once knew.  An exhaled sigh speaks volumes about my relief knowing her light has just been hidden, and hasn’t gone out.

A momentary furrowed brow squeezes out moisture from my eye.  I can’t tell what sort of tear it is.  The emotion surprises me.  Some sort of happiness.  Some sort of mourning.

Raindrops tap the window like a hurrying finger as they paint the pane, summoning me out to play.  I get the sudden urge to suit up in rain boots and coats and sing and dance on the wet, west coast beach.

Yes, I think that’s how this morning will begin.

Love in Bali – Feature on Pacific Weddings Love Notes

Very grateful for our Bali styled shoot to be featured on Pacific Weddings Love Notes Blog this week! 

We were all very excited to have the opportunity to pool our creative resources and produce this shoot.  My very talented cousin, Beverly from Life at Studio B, my good friend Seewah from Uluwatu Surf Villas, and several vendors from Bali came together in full force.  Thanks to everyone who helped out with this.  Here are a few more photos to share that may or may not be in the feature.

Bali…. what a slice of paradise…

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© erica chan

Colors of citrus

Some of the Citrus we picked the other day – I got inspired by the colors.  Bright, bold, cheerful!  Just wanted to share.

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Family!

Finally put a family portrait gallery back up on my site.  When I took it off my website two years ago, I had people asking me to put it back up, or questioning why I took it out.  Having a family of my own, now, I understand first hand the importance and joy the images bring – capturing moments from every step of the ever changing and adventurous journey that is parenthood… they mean so much… and not just to me, but to my friends, family and colleagues… complete strangers, even.  And seeing the glimpses of moments in other peoples lives somehow reminds you about the joys of your own.  It’s a crazy thing.  Check out the new gallery and let me know your thoughts!

Family Portraits Gallery by Erica Chan

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all images © erica chan

site updated for 2015!

It’s been a while since I’ve updated my site – kind of a daunting task with the plethora of beautiful wedding images that stacked up for me to cull through.  Picking a few images from a few weddings – a tough job, indeed.  But I finally got around to it while the baby slept the past few nights (yay!).  I can’t believe how lucky I’ve been to travel the world and share in so many people’s amazing celebrations of love and commitment!  It’s been unreal.  I truly have the best job in the world, and I’m so so SO very grateful for the opportunities to capture memories.  The story of my life has been so enhanced by the work I’ve been blessed to find.

Please head over to my site and check out the new stuff (and the old stuff) and let me know what you think!  www.ericachan.com.

Here are a few of the ones I love… although I honestly love them all… I really can’t pick favourites.

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2015!

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my baby is one!

which means i’ve been a mom for a year… which is crazy to me.  time flies faster than i can explain these days.

but it’s all worth it, for the joy that this little life brings surmounts any other.

my brother makes fun of me… because all i post is pictures of beau these days.  haha… he has a point.  :)

 

 

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© erica chan

Love by the Lake

What a fantastic treat to see Dave and Johanna’s gorgeous Whistler wedding on the Pacific Weddings Love Notes Blog this past week.  I just spent a few days with the lovely couple and friends in the warmth of Hawaii, reminiscing about life in university and the wonders of good friendships.  We laughed about a lot of things over a bottle of wine… our own little kitchen party in maui.  I’m so happy to share their gorgeous affair with the world – these two love birds are just the most down to earth people who deserved the most amazing day.  And they got it.  Filled with laughter, music, love, surprises, memories, gelato, games, sunshine, sunsets and skinny dips, this wedding had it all.   I’m honored to be featured on Pacific Weddings once again, and with one of my absolute favourite weddings of all time.   Enjoy!

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something beautiful to hold on to

the best presents have arrived, just in time for the holidays.  always so happy to share the joy my clients experience when they get their goodies!  i can’t wait to hand deliver these and spread some sunshine to a few lucky people on these dreary, rainy vancouver days.  cold, hard, beautiful memories that you can hold.  the best.

 

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© erica chan and jana vackova

© erica chan and jana vackova

paradise found

“The love of wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth, the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only paradise we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need, if only we had the eyes to see.” ~Edward Abbey

Secret Beach through the lifting morning fog.  2013.

© erica chan

© erica chan

little people – sessions by erica & jana

it appears the world is experiencing a bit of a little people boom.  everywhere i turn there are the cutest little versions of people i know (or don’t know) stomping their little mini feet on the pavement or being carried in their rolling thrones like kings and sultans.  their little eyes bright up the world and their smiles are contagious.  somehow, little people bring out the best in every situation in life.  that’s a big feat for a little person.

my colleague jana vackova and I are joining forces in the coming year to consolidate our passions for photography into a single force of beautiful, regal, rebellious, classic, fresh, fun, digital AND analog expressions of life.  more to come on this exciting endeavour in 2015.  until then….

here is a glimpse of a few of the little human monkeys that we have been fortunate enough to have grace our lenses.   photos by erica and jana – both digital and good old fashioned film – check out jana’s incredible holga in camera stories.  they are so fun and dreamy.  yes… yes they are…

 

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© erica chan

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© erica chan

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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© erica chan

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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© erica chan

© erica chan