Matt and Jamie Andrade are really good friends of mine. They’re the kind of people who are always readily available to their friends and they LOVE hosting gatherings and bringing everyone together – especially now that they are newlyweds and first time home owners. I love these two, they’re just so wonderful, and I had a cool idea that was perfect for a photo-shoot of them in their new home.
I love Vancouver – the incredible views, the sweet smells, the ocean, the mountains – there were so many moments where I would look up from whatever I was doing and think to myself “wow, I get to live here”.
This place has definitely grown on me, but saying goodbye to friends and family over these past few weeks has made me realize that it’s the people I have met and/or gotten to know out here that I will miss the most. It’s tough saying goodbye, and I know that even if I do come back one day, whether to visit or to live, this chapter of my life has come to an end and things will never be the same. That makes me a little sad, but I am so thankful for the time I have spent here – it was an amazing experience!
It’s time for me to go home so that I can get back on my feet and pursue what I came out here to do in the first place.
Goodbye Vancouver, I will miss you!
Here’s one of my favourite photos that I took while I was at Vanarts! We had a black and white long exposure class, and this was my final assignment for it – it’s a little old church located just outside of Fort Langley. I was told it’s photographed a lot by students at Trinity Western University, but I just couldn’t resist getting my own shot of it!
This past weekend I had the opportunity to shoot for Vancouvers Feast of Fields event hosted by Farm Folk City Folk, The event is an annual fundraiser where guests can taste some pretty incredible food from chefs, farmers, fishers, ranchers, food artisans, vintners, brewers, distillers and other beverage producers from all over the province. It was a pretty fun event to photograph… even when it started raining at the very end of the day, everyone still seemed to be having a great time!
Its crazy to think how quickly time flies! A year ago I was in the process of packing up my whole life to move to Vancouver. I was moving away from my family and friends in Ontario to attend a 12 month digital photography program at Vanarts. I had no idea how incredibly challenging and taxing it would be. There were meltdowns, homesick nights, and times when I didn’t know how I was going to get through it all… but there were also these incredible moments when I knew I was exactly where I should be; moments of complete clarity.
Here I am nearly 12 months later; I’m tired, I’m burnt out, and I’m ready. I’m ready to present my final portfolio to a panel of teachers who will essentially tell me if I have passed this year long journey or not. No pressure right? Well, I’m not nervous, I’m just really excited because I’m proud of the work I am going to show them, and I’m excited to know that these 14 images in my portfolio book will soon be replaced with even stronger photographs. I’m excited that while this is the end of my program, it is only the beginning of my journey as a photographer.
“My favorite thing is to go where I’ve never been.”