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Arvi and Doris’ engagement session marked the end of a busy month wrapping up shoots before baby comes. I couldn’t think of a better way to do this, than on a beautiful, sunny morning, walking through the blossoms at VanDusen Garden, documenting an engagement. And I might have swooned just a little upon meeting these two, when I laid eyes on Doris’ pretty tulle skirt and heels.

They’ll be saying I do this Fall at the Stanley Park Tea House in an intimate wedding, and I couldn’t be more excited or grateful to be their photographer. Thank you so much, Arvi and Doris, for a wonderful time taking these photos…here are a few of my favorites…


If I’m being honest, I’m a lot more excited to meet this baby than I was when pregnant with Isaiah. Now I know how it feels to cuddle your baby close, skin to skin, breathing in their sweet, soft scent, and hear their tiny noises. I know what it’s like to fall in love with your child, and be amazed at every little thing they do.

Of course, the not-so-sweet reality comes along with it…the reality of a drug-free labor and delivery, the reality of round the clock feedings and diaper changes, and the reality of little sleep. For those reasons (and more), along with the addition of a toddler this time around, I entered this pregnancy with a little less excitement than the first…if I’m still being honest. But completely grateful and happy, yes. Now we’re coming ever nearer to the due date, and I just want to meet this little one. I can’t wait to know if Isaiah have a little brother or little sister. And this time around, we’ll be settled in our house, and not selling/showing our condo and building/packing/moving with a newborn!

Life is still busy, of course, and at 37 weeks along, I’m feeling the pressure to be ready. One more shoot and I’ll be wrapping up work until June, and then it’s time to nest! Nest! Nest! And get in all the one-on-one snuggles with my first born…who will still always be my baby.


37 weeks at Easter…and butterfly kisses from my sweet boy…


  • Jamie Delaine - March 31, 2016 - 10:35 am

    You look so beautiful and I loved reading this post!! Love that you got to wear that dress again so soon! ;)ReplyCancel

  • Sharon - March 31, 2016 - 6:51 pm

    This is beautiful!ReplyCancel

Tyler and Danielle grew up going to the same schools, two years apart. He was friends with her brother, they had plenty of mutual friends, but it wasn’t until a little magic happened on Tinder that they connected. They spent hours at a coffee shop catching up on old friends, which provided just the right ice breaker, and from there, sparks flew.

A couple years later, Tyler got down on bended knee in a snowy forest twinkling under strings of white lights, days before Christmas. Danielle was completely surprised, having been “ditched” by her now maid of honor just before their movie date. Tyler swooped in with a romantic date in the city, before capping the evening off with ice skating at Grouse Mountain, and a proposal in winter wonderland. Pretty perfect, don’t you think?

I’m so excited to be photographing their wedding this August at Performance Works on Granville Island! Danielle and Tyler, thank you so much for joining me at Lighthouse Park last weekend…here’s a sneak peek of our time together…