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  • Welcome to my blog! I am an artist, visual story-teller, and adventurous photographer, based in Tofino and Ucluelet, on the west coast of Vancouver Island. I am passionate about traveling, exploring new places, learning new things and inspiring those around me to live their dreams. This blog is a window into my work, my travels, my inspiration, and my love for all things creative.

Bird’s Eye Cove Farm | Brenna & Kevin | Vancouver Island Photographer

I first met Brenna and Kevin last summer in Tofino. Brenna hired me to do a family session with the whole Miller crew for her mom and dad’s wedding anniversary. When they mentioned they were getting married at Bird’s Eye Cove Farm next summer, I was super excited for them because I had seen really fun award winning photos taken there. I was even more excited when Brenna asked if I could photograph their wedding. I loved so many things about this wedding. The location in the Cowichan Valley is incredibly beautiful and unique. For the couple that is looking for a farm wedding, Bird’s Eye Cove Farm is the place to be. The farm has been a working farm for the Skoretz family for over 30 years. They raise chickens, pigs, Scottish Highland cattle and grow produce. They also have a beautiful barn that was built in 2012 that can accommodate a wedding reception of 140 guests. The day of Brenna and Kevin’s wedding saw a little bit of rain but a whole lot of love that these photos are a testament to. Enjoy the sneak peek!

Flowers: Kenmar Farms, Marian Fortner
Dress: Saks Fifth Avenue, Designer -Alice and Olivia
Hair: Headstart Salon
Makeup: Artistry by Alexa
Kevin’s Suit: Outlooks
Catering and Venue: Bird’s Eye Cove Farm
Day of Coordination: Blue Lily Event Planning
Rentals: Party Mood, Pedersen’s, Special Occasions
Wedding bands: de Goutière Jewellers

Ucluelet Elopement Wedding | Black Rock Resort | Melissa & Jake

A simply beautiful elopement at Black Rock Resort in Ucluelet. Clean air, gentle breezes, long green grass, black lava rocks, the texture of ancient cedars, the sound of crashing waves and buzzing bees. This is what love looks like. Enjoy a sneak peek at Melissa and Jake’s photos!

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“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” ~Roald Dahl

Venue: Black Rock Oceanfront Resort

Flowers: Wild Valley Flowers

Hair and make-up: Jess at Salty Dolls

Jen McLeod - August 10, 2015 - 1:51 am

Totally breathtaking, Marnie. Amazing as always.

Victoria Christophe - January 15, 2016 - 9:22 pm

Really great wedding photos! wow! I love this amazing photos.

Tofino Beach Wedding | Pacific Sands | Carling & Josh

The perfect combination of romantic wedding elegance and the windswept west coast made for some beautiful photographs on Carling and Josh’s wedding day in Tofino. It was a pleasure to witness so many beautiful moments, from the way Josh throws his head back when he laughs so genuinely to the way Carling looks at him with so much love and sensitivity. These two are perfect for one another and I wish them many life times of beautiful and heart-felt moments together.

 

Catering: Red Can Gourmet

Rentals: Smashing Glasses

Hair and make-up: Katie Elwood

Venue: Pacific Sands

Co-ordinating and decor: Rare Earth Wedding Event Production

Soul Portraits in Hawaii

I was lucky enough to visit Hawaii at the beginning of the year for Autumn Skye Morrison‘s annual Soul Portrait painting retreat. I really love this time to be able to put down my camera and explore creativity with a different medium. I’ve always loved painting and I went to school to study painting a long time ago, but quickly started on a journey in the dark room that ultimately led me to my passion for photography. I intend on sharing my paintings within the next few years and have been studying with a few different artists, slowly finding my style and expression in paints. Autumn’s painting workshops are organized by Una from Bella Retreats and this one was extrodinary, with delicious meals by Laura Dawn of Happy and Raw, daily yoga and trips out to the beaches, markets and dances in the area. Hawaii is truly a magical place. After the retreat, I brought my camera out again and had an amazing time with beautiful friends. These are some of my favourite soul portraits in Hawaii. I cherish the memories they hold and the inspiration they give me for the year ahead.

Darshan Stevens - February 13, 2015 - 8:45 pm

Wow, these portraits are incredible! SO inspired! I love the feet on the roots, and the woman by the window with her hand on her heart, so powerful and evocative!

Jorge Villalba - June 29, 2015 - 7:04 pm

I like your style, light and composition ;-)

Balls Out with Two Mann Studios

I first met Lanny and Erika at the annual Canadian Photo Convention in 2011. It was their love of adventure, their sincerity and their devotion to epic photography that made a lasting impression on me. I knew that it was the beginning of a great photography friendship and that I would visit them in Canmore one day. The opportunity to take part in their Balls Out workshop with my friend Karen McKinnon from Courtney was too good an opportunity to pass up.

The workshop was set at the Grande Rockies Resort in Canmore. A small group of 9 participants guaranteed lots of one-on-one mentorship and the ability to really connect with the other photographers that had come from many parts of the world, from Belgium to Washington, D.C and Montreal.

The first day, I knew I was in the right place when the title of their presentation was “Psyche, Magic and the Art of getting Lucky”. To me, mindset is everything. When photographing, you need to fully present, in the moment and able to intuitively feel what is going to happen before it happens. This is the greatest development of a good photojournalist. And in order to develop the ability to anticipate moments, a person needs awareness, mental clarity and magic.

‘Balls Out’ was the name of the workshop. I like this approach. Lanny and Erika’s philosophy is that in order to maximize visual impact, you need to be ALL IN, BALLS OUT. To maximize total available creative energy, you need to have your techniques simplified and dialed. You need a certain degree of mental fitness and you need to work your ass off. You stack your cards for luck and you open yourself to the magic and mystery of art.

You have to have a lot of balls to shoot like Erika and Lanny. They work hard to create unique and powerful image. Their tool box is full of unconventional ways to create images. They not only capture images to help their clients remember their wedding day, but they enhance those memories through their work.

I learned a lot this week and I’m excited to put what I learned into action. My journey as a photographer is an ever-evolving journey to understand light and to communicate emotion. Thank-you Erika and Lanny for shining your lights and inspiring me on this journey!

“Beauty is so much more than what it looks like. It’s how it feels to be there in that moment.” –Two Mann

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