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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.

Wedding Photography Best of 2014

Thank-you to all my clients for making this the best year yet! It was an honour to capture the joy, tears, humour and beauty of so many weddings this year and I love every one of you so much! It’s incredible to witness a wedding day because it embodies so much of the bride and groom’s lives. Their families, friends, hopes and dreams are all a part of it and I am so happy to be able to tell the stories through artful images. Enjoy this slideshow of images and be inspired by love and life!

Tofino Family Photography | Adventure Time!

Summer is in full swing! Looking forward to capturing some amazing wedding pictures and going on nature adventures with lots of visiting families. Jen and Layton were in town earlier this month for her families’ annual visit to the coast. Our first photo session together was last year for their one year wedding anniversary and some maternity photos. (Check out those photos HERE!) So great to meet little Hobbes and spend some fun time with Seville, exploring the beach and creating some images of their time. Enjoy the sneak peek!

Jen McLeod - July 28, 2014 - 3:10 pm

They are absolutely incredible, as expected Marnie. Thank you so much.

West Coast Portrait Photography | Fun & Creative Family Sessions

Here’s some images from one of the last family sessions I did at Middle Beach Lodge this month. I’ve been having a great time meeting new families and capturing fun memories on the beach and in the forests. One of my favourite things is to experience the beach with kids that don’t live next to it on a regular basis. There is this amazing thing that happens when they run out onto the sand and are taken back by the wide open space, the salty breeze and the powerful charge of the ocean. I can almost hear their little hearts yell out “I’m free!” And then get right to work, digging in the sand, eating the sand, splashing in the water, collecting sea shells, making sand castles, and whipping around kelp. It makes me smile to think about all the kids that come to the coast every year to do this and I am thrilled to be able to capture these experiences in artful images.

If you’d like to learn more about my family session, check out my site West Coast Portrait. I am currently taking bookings for summer sessions.

Tofino Maternity Photography

When Mark contacted me about a surprise session for Brooke, I was really excited to see them again. I first met Brooke and Mark last year when I photographed their wedding at Cox Bay. It’s the best when past clients get in touch with me a year or more later for another session. I feel so honoured to capture all these incredible moments in people’s lives, be it an anniversary shoot, a trash the dress session, a maternity or newborn session or a family reunion. Brooke and Mark are two very sweet, loving and fun people and I know they are going to be fantastic parents. Here a few of my favourites from our session, from the ocean blues to the gentle forest fairy light. I hope you love the images and cherish them always.

2013 Favourites

2013 was a huge year for me. It was a challenging, yet incredibly rewarding year. Thank-you to my family, friends, and community for supporting me and witnessing my journey as a professional photographer.

“Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.” ~Ansel Adams

Here are 12 of my favourite photos from 2013.

1. Skye Dancer at Pettinger Point. Inspiring Roy Henry Vickers to create “Balance”, a limited edition serigraph print.

2. Sophie rocking the Trash the Dress session during a storm at Pettinger Point. More photos on my blog HERE.

3. My favourite photojournalistic image. Charne pinning a corsage on her proud grandmother. It’s the simple moments that are often the most powerful.

4. Mariah on an Alice in Wonderland adventure at the Tofino Botanical Gardens. Check out Mariah and Sam’s photos on my Facebook page!

5. Ben and Leslie IN LOVE. IN the RAIN. A lot of my favourite 2013 photos are in the rain. This is my favourite of favourites.

6. Hanging out of a float plane with no door in gale force winds to photograph the Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior. Yup, that definitely was one shoot I’m not going to forget.

7. Early in the year, Studio One and myself had a boudoir photography contest. Ashley wrote to us and shared her story about her struggle and triumph over cancer. And with great celebration we honoured her story with a fun and sexy boudoir session that lifted her spirits and made me really appreciate how powerful photography can be.

8. My favourite image of Kim and Jamie’s wedding. I just love light. And genuine laughter. Together, they make magic. Check out more of their Rare Earth Wedding on my blog HERE.

9. My dog, Karma. I call him my canine photo assistant, but I haven’t quite trained him to carry my bags and hold my lights yet. It’s going to take some time, but for now he’s pretty reliable as a location scouting model. I take so many photos of this dog, that I created his own instagram account. @karmathecosmicwolfdog

10. I photographed a lot of families this year with West Coast Portrait. This is one of my favourites with Nova and the Burt family. They won a photo session through a Tourism Tofino contest and I had the pleasure of photographing them at Cox Bay.

11. Another favourite photojournalistic shot. This one won an award in the Professional Photographers of Canada Fall contest.

12. Paul and Alicia’s engagement portrait at Tonquin Beach. Looking forward to their August 2014 wedding!

“Which of my photographs is my favourite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.” ~Imogen Cunningham

I am switching gears for 2014 and have some really awesome projects on the go which I will be revealing in the next few months. I’ve also decided that I will be booking a limited number of weddings and elopements this year. I want every shoot that I do to be a little better than the last, continually striving to perfect my craft and try new things. This is going to be a really great year and I’m excited to share it with all of you!

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