Ever Red Fresh Designs

As if I don't rave enough about Workshop Wednesdays, here we go again! Nicole hosted one of the first WW's and impressed me with her incredible skill, organized workshop, and easy going attitude. Immediately, I started following her on instagram and loved watching her ig stories and seeing the incredible projects she has cooking up!

In my heart, she is the flower crown queen of Vancouver, and when we decided to do a branding session, I knew it just had to be about her beautiful crowns and surrounded by greenery. Stanley Park was calling us, so we went out on a tricky day - it was cloudy and rain was possible, but pushed through! Before the shoot started, we had our own adventure as Nicole's keys tried to run away through a grate, but luckily humanity proved to be wonderful and some tourists helped us get it out! It also gave me some precious bonding time with Nicole's adorable son, Harrison! 

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Once all of that was taken care of, we settled in on this beautiful patch of grass and Nicole made one of her ethereal creations right in front of my eyes! It was amazing to see the process behind a flower crown - the love and care, and design eye it takes to make it look luscious and full, but not overbearing! 

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Harrison was with us the whole time, and gave some sweet kisses to mama and let me snap him running around the park! He is mega sweet and will be a heart throb when he grows up! 

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The day started off pretty hectic, but we pulled it all together and it was magic to capture Nicole in her element doing her thing! 

I can't say it enough! Nicole is absolute magic with flowers - from bouquets, flower crowns, boutonnieres, and your wildest wearable flower dreams - she's the lady to go to!

You can find her work on facebook and instagram @everredfreshdesigns

Carolyn Fung

There are certain shoots that are just magic. 
All the stars align, the vibe feels right, and everything turns out exactly as I had in my mind's eye. That's how I felt about this shoot with Carolyn. 

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We met at Workshop Wednesday, where she hosted an incredible journaling workshop, and I instantly was drawn to her spirit. We kept in touch and decided to do a branding shoot! Carolyn described that near the water was where she felt most like home, so we braved the Wreck beach stairs early in the morning to have the beach to ourselves. 

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Armed with her beach wear, books, journals and pens, the images came together seamlessly. Carolyn was down for anything and even jumped into the ocean for me!

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There are times where I struggle with the so what? of photography. When teaching, the reason behind what I did was so obvious, but days like this remind me of the power of photography. I walked away from this shoot feeling like I truly captured Carolyn's essence - a woman who sees the intricacies of life, who lives a life of creativity and art, and who is truly kind. I feel lucky to be trusted with her vision and I can't wait for y'all to see what she does with all the magic within her. 

I say it every darn time, but for real... Follow Carolyn's journey to spread the value and magic of journaling at @_pen_to_paper