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Lululemon Holiday PARTY!

February 7, 2014

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I feel so lucky to have been invited BACK with my photobooth to the Lululemon holiday party!! A second year in a row and the lemons BROUGHT IT!! Featuring an assortment of topical fruit and a wind machine this year this group knocked it out of the park!

There were sooo many delicious photos I could not possibly blog them all! For a complete re-cap of the shenanigans and some behind the scenes shots too please head over to the Print Shop to view the FULL GALLERY! Here you are able to fill up  your photo cart and order prints as well!

NOTE – if logging into the GALLERY from a mobile device the PROOFING GALLERY ID is 676c

Walter family – photo time!

December 25, 2013

Filed under family, just for fun

Do you know how hard it is to get 5 walter’s to meet up in one place? HARD. It bring’s the term ‘herding cats’ to a whole new level. Walter boys climb trees and well…you can just imagine.

One night after work we planned this mini family session with but a sliver of last light to spare. Note – this shoot started at 4pm in November with thick west coast overcast!!  Lighting is a bit “cooler” and ummm darker than I usually aim for but I think we got some great results regardless!  Everyone showed up looking their best and even the families fur baby “Dude” gave us a smile or too (pepperoni sticks may have helped!). ALSO big thank you to Megan for jumping in and snapping a couple of the mister and myself!

Happy Holidays from all of us on the west coast : ) xo

  

 

What a great night we had with Harbour Air in Victoria! These guys really know how to celebrate a great year with their staff. Hosted at the Flying Otter Grill with our element photobooth, prizes galore, “name that tune” and a a guest appearance by Turbo the mascot in FULL ON Santa gear (also he’s got some of the BEST moves on the dance floor – hiliarious!). Obviously you guys rocked the photobooth – I hope you enjoy some of the hightlights posted here : )

NOTE  - The FULL gallery of images can be viewed by clicking on the “print shop” tab at the top of this screen. Follow the directions and when you enter the gallery look for the photo of TURBO (as above) click on it and viola!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I whipped up a batch of these about a month ago and was sooooo happy with the results I instagram-ed a photo of the finish product and promised to share the recipe. I just didn’t think it would take me this long to post about it!! whoops! As we cozy up our indoors to get ready for the rainy season this yummy treat is something to look forward too! It makes your home smell amazing – bonus! : )

I had tried another recipe last year and failed. In this one the writer stresses the importance of using COLD butter and that I agree is certainly the key! I didn’t have all the spices I think I was short on cloves and cinnamon but I just added a bit more nutmeg and ginger!

Here is the link to the recipe that worked the best for me! Make sure you add this one to your pinboard – you won’t want to forget it! ENJOY

http://www.inspiredtaste.net/16810/spiced-pumpkin-scones-recipe/

Oh and those cedar stump side tables? My hubby made them!

Vienna – 11 months

May 26, 2013

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While in Osoyoos I bunked with some of our best friends Michelle + family! I love getting any opportunity I can to see Michelle and play with Vienna. She’s is a year old tomorrow!!  11 months in these photos and its been so much fun watching her grow up! At 11 months she was – waving, pointing, craaaawling, clapping, snorting, shrieking and laughing. And she LOVES it when aunty get’s her camera out.

 

 

 

that’s me one step away from cheek pinching…embracing the role of “aunty”. One day she will thank me

funny faces : )

springtime fun with mommy

Lululemon Holiday BASH!

January 18, 2013

Filed under just for fun

Last weekend the lemons let loose at their annual holiday party! Surrounded by so much a t h l e t i c  p r o w e s s I felt juuuust a little inadequate. (wooo first 10k achieved on boxing day!). Probably the most upbeat, stoked-on-life, goal oriented, and over achieving crowd I have had the pleasure to hang with – I loved it.  NO STRETCH PANTS to be seen, every one looked smokin’ hot in their holiday best ; ) And of course they rocked the socks off of the photobooth!

Thank you so much for everything guys!

** Check out the new element PRINT SHOP to view the complete gallery – find the tab at the top of this blog  **

Robyn my ‘home girl’ from MANITOBA!! holllllaaaa!

 

who love lululemon?? tell them – comment below!!

 

 

 

 

Roadless Peninsula

December 14, 2012

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A property located on the Peninsula of Maple Bay that is very special to all of us at element photography is at risk of being compromised due to development of a road that will make the area accessible bringing in hydro, developers, off roaders, etc into this piece of forest reserve.  There has been very minimal public consultation and the municipal government is in a hurry to have the road laid.  To stop this from happening 2150 voters in the North Cowichan Area must sign the documents below. The cut off time is DECEMEBER 14 2012 2pm. Read on for more information + share with as many people as possible. Thank you.

 

 

(blog post below from  http://roadlesspeninsula.wordpress.com/)

Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money.  ~Cree Indian Proverb  

The Peninsula of Maple Bay is considered to be some of the most extraordinary land anywhere, so sacred and rare that last year private donations and funding from The Land Conservancy and CVRD made possible the creation of Sansum Point Park. Suddenly this largely public-owned land is at risk. A road has been approved that will bring hydro and developers into this wildnerness.

The voters of North Cowichan have less than 2 weeks to decide the outcome of a complicated issue. Put simply, there is a choice between two types of roads, one that will allow development, or a smaller road to serve as public access to what we believe should be mostly park land.

There are approximately 75 privately owned properties on the Peninsula. Of these, less than 15 are full-time residents. The residents use the forestry road as transportation. They believe, and we believe, that whatever happens to the road it must provide safe passage.

It will take time for the electorate to inform itself of all the details. It took a few billion years to create The Peninsula, we are asking for a few months to debate its’ demise. The Municipal Government is trying to race this “developer’s” road through with no public consultation. The voters need time. On November 27th Councilor Hartman proposed a motion that the deadline of December 14th be extended a month to allow the voters to be informed of all the issues. The motion was defeated. We want to know why the government is trying to race this road through with no public process?

If the voters of North Cowichan demand more time, it will then be possible to demand a public task force be created to conceive a long-term community plan for The Peninsula, including public access and thoughtful consideration for the preservation of this extraordinay land.

Presently the existing road is on forestry land. To build this “developer’s” road, North Cowichan will have to remove a significant portion from the forest reserve. To stop this from happening, 10% of North Cowichan electors, 2,150 voters, must sign an Elector Response Form. It must be submitted to the Municipality by 2 p.m. on December 14th, 2012. Forms can be downloaded off the Municipal websitewww.northcowichan.ca  and in this blog under Petition. Also they are available at the Municipal Hall north of town, (7030 TransCanada Highway) and The Community Farm Store in the yellow Garage in Duncan where they can be signed and dropped off.

The Electoral Response  Form process is cumbersome and flawed. It’s difficult for people to pick up forms. At this point there is no way around it, forms must be signed but a petition should also be valid.

IF ENOUGH NORTH COWICHAN VOTERS SIGN THE PETITION BELOW, WE HOPE THAT COUNCILOR HARTMANN WILL BE ABLE TO USE THIS PUBLIC SUPPORT  TO PROPOSE AN AMENDED MOTION THAT THE DEADLINE  for Electoral Forms be EXTENDED 2 MONTHS OR LONGER. 

PLEASE SIGN THE FORM AND THE PETITION BELOW. The petition will take a few minutes and is sent directly to the Mayor and Council.

FOR ELECTORAL RESPONSE FORMS, CLICK HERE (electoral response form)  -  Open and print the petition form. Please read carefully. Must be signed and handed in to the Municipal Hall or to the Community Farm Store across from the train station in Duncan.

FOR PETITION: CLICK HERE (https://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/north-cowichan-mayor-and-council-save-the-maple-bay-peninsula-from-development)

PETITION DOES NOT TAKE THE PLACE OF ELECTORAL RESPONSE FORM

It’s that time of year again!

I’m really excited to kick off our annual Wedding Print contest for our happy newly weds! Below you will see my favorite portrait from each of our 5 weddings this summer.

All you need to do is:

1. Scroll down, take a good look at the beautiful photos, pick your favorite and then cast your vote at the very bottom.

2. Head back to the element photography facebook page and let me know that you voted!

The couples who achieve 150 votes or more will win a 11 x 14′ wedding standout portrait of their choice. Contest closes Nov 30 2012!

 

 

caitlin + sean

 corrine + edwin

sarah + jonathan

 

breeann + josh

 sarah + nigel

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Leeza + me – that’s a wrap!

September 17, 2012

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Leeeeeza! One of my greatest friends and best second shooter I could ever ask for. Supportive in so many ways and always the first to tell me “e your crazy…. but, IM IN!”. I count my lucky stars I met you so long ago at camera club for seniors (yes really). Thank you for another smokin’ wedding season!

 

This is what Leeza looks like doing what she does best : )

And this is the happy girl when I announce ”that’s a wrap!!” and turn the lens on her…. : )

 

And for ONCE (thanks to a comfortably warm Victoria day) we were not hot sweaty messes at the end of a wedding day – so I let her turn the camera on me too!

 

 

 

Mikone Farm sale

August 27, 2012

Filed under inspiration, just for fun

FARM SALE ya’ll!! This weekend element collaborated forces with one of my most favorite stylists/designers and junking partners Tacy at Highberry Dew. One of my very best gal pals who just happens to be a very talented interior and graphics design artist! And if she can’t find you the perfect piece she will make it herself. Really guys you should see her console + harvest tables. to-die-for!  Her sense of vintage style with touches of mixed media makes my heart go pitter-pater! Together we have worked on projects such as our styled wedding shoot at Bird’s Eye Cove Farm earlier this spring, her custom made packaging for my wedding clients and a few other styled weddings on the go for next season (fingers crossed!). When Kiona at Maven Creations invited us to participate in her annual farm sale – we looked at each other and JUMPED at it. This was our very first farm sale as vendors! We pulled out all kinds of bits-and-bobs for sale including such things as reclaimed wood caddies + trays, harvest tables, Roosevelt elk antlers naturally shed (Vancouvers own + largest in North America), old chairs, frames, chalkboards, antique dishes, linens, palette tables, bags + pillows. oh MY!  The tolix chairs were a big time hit – pick yours up at Bird’s Eye Cove farm.

We really enjoyed our day + had so much fun chatting with shoppers and making friends with the other vendors. Can’t wait for next year!

Have a look at the goods – and contact us if your interested in any items we have a few larger items left!