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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!

http://pacificweddings.com/lovenotes/outdoor-lakeside-wedding-in-whistler-/

 

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.)

 

 

© erica chan

© 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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all images © erica chan

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

 

 

 

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

© 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

© erica chan

© 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

© erica chan

© erica chan