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20 Years…

In May 1996, I graduated from a small photography school in Vancouver. I had a base of knowledge and set up my business and for the last 20 years I’ve photographed a wide range of special life events… everything from births to babies to beautiful children to weddings and lots of corporate head shots mixed in for good measure. My photography style has grown and changed, as I’ve learned new techniques and found my groove. It’s been something I simply love to do.

One of my very first images taken after I graduated!

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An image from my latest engagement session…

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As I look back on the last 20 years, I’m so very grateful. Grateful for every single session and the trust of each and every one of my clients. Grateful to have lived this dream. Grateful to have been able to share my passion with all of you.

Some of you may have noticed that for the last year or so, the blog has been very quiet, and I wanted to take a moment and explain why.

Some of what I’ve been sharing has been my challenges of parenting while working on my business. As my girls have gotten older, it’s been harder and harder for me to share those experiences, as they no longer feel like they just belong to me. I need to allow my girls the opportunity to have their privacy and to choose how much they want to share with the world. So I’ve stopped sharing about that side of life here as often as I once did. It just felt like the right thing to do.

The other reason is my passion and focus have been elsewhere. Two years ago, when I learned how to spin, a whole different world opened up for me. A lot of my creative energy has been focused on designing knitwear patterns, spinning, knitting and crocheting. I’ve started business with my mom and we recently launched a new website and blog. You can find us here: Crafty JAK’s. It’s still a work in progress but I’m excited about where it’s going.

So I guess that leaves the question… what’s happening here? I’m still here. I’m still going to be photographing families, babies, weddings and other special life events. I’m just going to be blogging less and less. I’ve noticed that a lot of my sessions lately have been ones where people prefer to keep their images private, which I will always respect 100%. So I’m letting the blog “go”. I no longer want to be feeling guilty for not blogging regularly, like I’m “letting people down”. The posts will still come…just not as frequently as they once did.

This post has been very hard for me to write. I feel like I’m saying goodbye… when I’m really not. I’m just freeing myself from one part of my business that I no longer have the creative energy to maintain. I plan to continue to photograph all the special moments in your lives for a long time to come!

As always, thank you for reading and thank you for sharing this journey with me.

With Gratitude,
Katrina

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Chris & Shannon – Vancouver Engagement

Every day, I wake up feeling so lucky to be able to do something I love. This is especially true when I get to capture moments for people who are dear to me. Chris and I first met at Camp Goodtimes almost 20 years ago (yikes, does that make us old??). We’ve stayed in touch over the years and I was so delighted when he approached me earlier this year to photograph his wedding this summer. A couple of weeks ago, Chris and Shannon were in town from Vernon, so we took the opportunity to do some engagement photos. It was so much fun to meet Shannon and hear about their plans for the future. Here’s a little bit of what I captured that evening.

We started off in Gastown. I love the old lamp posts and brick sidewalks. There’s just something about it…

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From there, we headed over the Stanley Park. We were hoping for a beautiful sunset, but it wasn’t looking like mother nature was going to cooperate with us, so we went with what we had, and just hoped the rain would hold off.

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how much fun they are having here.

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A beautiful view, even if the clouds meant no sunset!

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Isn’t the ring gorgeous??

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After we finished up at the lighthouse, we decided to head for home… but as we rounded the corner at the Tea House… there was a break in the clouds and a beautiful sunset starting. So we stopped and I’m so glad we did.

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These last two images are my absolute favourite from our session. The silhouettes, the sky, the rocks out into the water. All were just perfect.

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Chris and Shannon, thank you so much for spending the evening with me. I had a blast and I hope you did as well. I’m so looking forward to the wedding in a couple of months. It’ll be here before we know it! With gratitude, Katrina

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Christine & Gary – Langley Family Portraits

On a beautiful Sunday evening at the beginning of the month, I had the pleasure of photographing Christine and Gary, along with their two adorable girls, Ainsley and Georgina. The portraits were taken on their amazing property in Langley. I felt so lucky to have such a wonderful family to work with, in such a fantastic setting!

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Love the way the girls played together. Ainsley was so patient with Georgina… even though all Georgina wanted to do was say “beep!”

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Can you see the mischievousness hiding just below the surface in this? Love it!!

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Ainsley was telling me all about her pony. It certainly made her eyes sparkle!

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Christine and Gary also took the opportunity to get updated business portraits while they were all dressed up!

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Christine and Gary, thank you for trusting me with your updated family portraits. It was a pleasure to meet you and spend some time with your wonderful girls! I hope you enjoy the portraits for a long time to come. With gratitude, Katrina.

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Happy Birthday Eric

Eric will likely be a little mortified that I’m writing this post, but it’s his birthday today and I wanted to take a moment to write about how much I appreciate him.

I took this photo last summer on our family camping trip. To me it optimizes everything that I love about him. We’re outdoors, making the most of our day. The girls are happy to be cuddling with him… well maybe it helps a little that he’s tickling them.

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I’m grateful that we tackle this crazy world of parenting together. I’m grateful for his support in all my crazy adventures. I’m grateful that even when we get upset and fed up with each other, we always manage to find a way back. Happiest of days to you, Eric. I love you. xo me.

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Tehya’s Four and a Half

This is Tehya, my sweet, crazy, funny, loving, awesome youngest child. Last month she turned four and a half… and while I did the portraits on time, I’m only getting around to posting them now. There are many, many balls that I’m juggling right now and sometimes one or two of them get dropped…the blog being one of them!

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This time, we did Tehya’s portraits outside in the playhouse Eric is building for the girls. Tehya was feeling particularly cheeky that day!

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She was thrilled to get to sit in the window… as that’s not usually allowed!

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This image just makes my heart happy. In fact, it’s printed as a black and white, sitting on my desk as I write this. These two are such wonderful friends. Every. Single. Day. I’m in awe of just how much love my heart holds for them, especially when they are being silly together!

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A couple of days after I did the above portraits, Tehya had her hair cut. Rianne is amazing and she did an awesome job, just as she did two years ago when Tehya went short. This time she had 8 inches of hair to donate!

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This cut went WAY SMOOTHER than last time and I actually managed to get some images while her hair was being cut! She’s still a wiggler, but she did way better 🙂

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Checking herself out in the mirror…

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She was “done” with being photographed when we got home that afternoon, so I don’t have any more photos from that day… but I have to say, Tehya is THRILLED to no longer have to sit still for me while I brush out tangles and I love her with short hair!

Tehya… every day, you tell me that you’re going to be five soon and you simply can’t wait to start kindergarten. I look forward to that day with mixed emotions. I’m looking forward to having uninterrupted time to work during the day, but I’m going to miss my daytime cuddles. You are such an amazing kid. You truly live life to its fullest. Always laughing or crying with every single ounce of your being. You wake up in the morning ready to go and you don’t stop for a moment… unless it’s for the occasional cuddle or story. I love listening to the stories you invent when you’re playing with lego or your stuffed animals. You have such a wonderful imagination. Thank you for being you. I can’t believe you’re almost 5! It’ll be here before I know it! Love mom.

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