July 31, 2013

Camping: Boss Lake

This last weekend we had another chance to go camping!  This camping trip we spent the weekend with a bunch of our friends at Boss Lake.  Boss Lake is located in the Thompson-Nicola area near Merritt and it's another great lake for swimming, fishing, hiking and more!

We had a fantastic weekend enjoying the sunshine, swimming, going for walks, visiting with friends and hanging around the campfire in the evenings.  Here's some photos that I took throughout our weekend, including a couple HDR photographs!   

Hope everyone has a fabulous Long Weekend this weekend... especially for those that get to go out camping! :)  I'm excited to shoot my first August wedding this Sunday... look out for the preview post on Monday! 

July 28, 2013

Bates Motel Set Visit // Aldergrove BC

This afternoon, Steve and I had the chance to visit the Bates Motel set in Aldergrove, BC.  If you're not familiar with the TV show, Bates Motel is a modernized prequel to the Alfred Hitchcock movie, Psycho.  The show focuses on the story of a teenaged Norman Bates (played by Freddie Highmore) and his mom Norma (played by Vera Farmiga) who move to an old house overlooking the motel.  The show follows the back story of Norman Bates through his teenage years. 

The Bates Motel set is out in Aldergrove near the US border.  (The show is also filmed in Steveston, Richmond and Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver).  When we first pulled up to the set my eye was instantly drawn to the house... it looked creepy and had a semi-Victorian feel about it.  

Looks like they have fixed up and repainted the motel... perhaps it gets re-vamped in the second season (Norma fixed it up?) :)  Looking forward to seeing what Season 2 has in store!

 Bates Motel is produced by Universal Television for A&E Network.  

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July 22, 2013

Baby Isla: Newborn Preview!

Yesterday I had a newborn session for a very special baby girl... our new niece, Isla!  Here's a few preview photos from her photo session, more will come soon along with some family photos of the Flaming's!  
Congratulations Luke and Lindsey and big brother Emitt on your newest addition to the family!  Isla is adorable and Steve and I are excited to be Aunt & Uncle to another kid! :)  

July 15, 2013

Mocha Monday: Personal

Happy Monday morning to everyone!  We had a fantastic (and busy!) weekend visiting with friends and getting some much needed cleaning and organizing done around our house.  
July has been quiet for weddings, but I'm busy behind the scenes with prep, meetings and last minute details to sort out for all of my August weddings! 
Here's a current favourite photo of Mocha, our cat for your Monday enjoyment. :)

July 8, 2013

Camping: Thalia Lake

The week before Canada Day Long Weekend, Steve and I went camping!  Our camping has suffered a bit the past couple of summers due to the busy wedding seasons, but this time around it worked out for us so that we could joing my parents for a few days at Thalia Lake.  Thalia Lake is located in the Thompson-Nicola area of BC and there's a lot of lakes in the area with many interconnecting roads... great for exploring! 

I've been to this area many times before over the years, with family, friends and Steve... and Thalia is one of my favourite lakes of the area.  It's perfect for swimming and the campsites usually get a lot of sun!  (so you're not too cold!).  It was definitely a well needed break from home, work and a time to relax, enjoy the outdoors and get away from computers, the TV, and iPhones.  

Our first day it rained.  ALL day.... and ALL night.  We managed to stay dry, thanks to my dad's huge tarp and then, the weather improved for the rest of the week!  

Most of our time was spent hanging around the campfire, visiting, taking photos, relaxing and setting out for daily walks.  The area is very scenic and there's a lot of great camping sites around at the lakes in the area.  (BCFS sites).  Thalia Lake is nestled inside a Pine and Aspen filled forest.  we managed to take some great shots of the lake as well as break out the macro lens for details other than ring shots! :)  I became quite fond of my macro lens on this trip! 

There was quite a bit of wildlife around as well... deer, loons, ducks, eagles, cows (farm life), eagles, chipmunks, hummingbirds and more!  I managed to get photos of some of these as well.

Here's some favourites that Steve and I took throughout the week.  

[above] HDR Shot of Thalia Lake and our campsite
[above] A couple more HDR photographs
[above] all of these taken with my 60mm Macro lens!
[above] HDR photo of Thalia Lake at sunset

I wanted to share some personal photos since we have a bit of a break from weddings till August.  In August this blog will be going crazy!  (I'm so excited about all the couples I get to work with this summer!).