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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.

West Coast Portrait | Family Time in Tofino and Ucluelet

It’s summer in Tofino and it’s a busy time for West Coast Portrait. I’ve been having a blast photographing lots of families and reunions. I had the pleasure of meeting Edmonton photographer, Jen Mcleod from Edmonton a few weeks ago. Her business is called Snow Pea Portraits and it was a real treat to photograph her family on their visit to Ucluelet. It was only last year that she was getting married in Tofino and now with another little one on the way, she wanted to capture some maternity and family shots on her favourite beach. Florencia Beach is Jen’s favourite beach, as it is mine, so we met there for a morning session. I hope to see you on the coast again one day soon Jen!

Mary - July 23, 2013 - 3:23 pm

Beautiful pictures of my daughter and her family!

Lindsay & Doug | Middle Beach Lodge | Tofino Wedding | Rare Earth

Congratulations Lindsay and Doug! I loved photographing your wedding at Middle Beach Lodge! It was a perfect summer day coordinated by Sheila of Rare Earth Weddings and Events. Lindsay and Doug are fun, free-spirited and beautiful together. I captured images of the day for just a couple hours. It was short, but sweet and we have these images to take everyone back to the great memories. Enjoy the sneak peek!

Marnie Meyers - July 23, 2013 - 7:17 pm

the photos of Devin and Sarah’s wedding are beautiful. You captured not only beautiful smiles but also the emotion of the day. This is what touches peoples hearts for years to come. Thank you for your presence. The video is amazing too. It did bring tears to my eyes, as this story did the first time. Very beautifully put together. Thank you to everyone involved. from Devin’s mother

Long Beach Lodge Wedding | Devin & Sarah | Tofino Photography

Congratulations Devin and Sarah! Not only did you win an amazingly awesome wedding package with Long Beach Lodge Resort, but you are now officially married! You couldn’t have asked for a better day or a better location to get married in Tofino. The lodge provided everything: flowers from Crab Apple Floral, hair and make-up with Jess from Salty Dolls, dinner, cake, and everything in between. Everything was perfect and it was wonderful to photograph your happiness. Right before I left, Sarah to said to me that it was the best day of her life. It’s an honour to have been a part of that happiness and capturing all the moments so you they can relive them for years to come. Tofino will always be your special place and I look forward to seeing you again one day!

Mark McKeough from On the Beach Tofino Wedding Videos has made a gorgeous video of their special day. I recommend having a box of tissues close by for this one!;)

Sarah & Devin’s Wedding at Long Beach Lodge from On the Beach on Vimeo.

Tofino Yoga Retreat | Juna Yoga

Juna Yoga was here last month to host their Surf and Yoga retreat in Tofino. Nadia Bonenfant and Dede Monette were fantastic hosts to a small group of woman, sharing yoga, surfing, SUP, art and fun times! You might remember I photographed their retreat last year as well. Some of those photos can be seen HERE. This year I captured their surf session with Lindsay and Nicole of Surf Sister, a stand up paddle boarding yoga class, a few yoga sessions at the Tofino Botanical Garden and a sunset session with Nadia. It’s such a treat to have yoga retreats like this offered on the west coast. They are already planning their next one, September 2nd-4th. For more information about this amazing retreat, see the Juna Yoga website.

Tofino Portrait Photography | Family Reunion | Middle Beach Lodge

Summer is in full swing here in Tofino and I’m keeping busy with lots of weddings and portrait sessions. A lot of people have contacted me this year for family reunion photo sessions and I’m really enjoying these shoots. I met up with the Miesner clan last week for a photo session at Middle Beach Lodge and here are some photos that were captured.

I got some really nice feedback from this recent shoot. Thanks Laurie for your kind words! I had a great time meeting you and spending the morning with your family.

Wow! What a special morning on the beach with you and your camera! Our family reunion on Vancouver Island was captured by you! It’s difficult to get 30 people to look at the camera at the same time….but 8 children under 5? You worked wonders with them. All week we tried our best to get the kids to all look up for a picture and couldn’t ever get them all at the same time. You were sweet and gentle with them, yet playful so they thought it was fun. Each individual family came to tell me how good you were and the asked where I found you, etc. You popped through our list of desired pictures with time to spare. You listened to what we wanted as some photographers have unique methods. AND how exciting to have the CDs the very next day so each family could take them home with them. I would love to recommend you to anyone and you can feel free to give my email address to those wanting to ask questions. Thank you again for a job very well done! ~Laurie

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