What a gorgeous destination wedding for Cathie & Tom at the Tin Poppy Retreat just north of Enderby, BC! A beautiful day with a beautiful couple. Enjoy these images from their special day. 🙂
Happy holidays everyone! As I do every year in December, I bring you this collection of personal favourites from the past year. I wish you all a healthy and prosperous 2017!
“Centre of Attention” – Kin Beach, Vernon, BC
“The Break-up” – Kalamalka Lake, Vernon, BC
“Ice Falls” – Sicamous, BC
“Winter Remnants” – Enderby, BC
“Shape and Colour” – Enderby, BC
“Ol’ Reliable” – Kalamalka Lake, Vernon, BC
“Aglow II” – Enderby, BC
“Mountain Clarity” – Three Valley Gap, BC
“Field of Dreams” – Salmon Arm, BC
“Invasive Beauty” – Sunnybrae, BC
“The Day Ahead” – Echo Lake, BC
“The Phoenix” – Enderby, BC
“Shuswap Symmetry” – Grindrod, BC
“Wading into Paradise” – Mabel Lake, BC
“Saddle Lake” – Grand Forks, BC
“Matching Colours” Bridesville, BC
“Love and Lavender” – Summerland, BC
“Moses Falls” – Revelstoke, BC
“The Light of Spring” – Mara, BC
“Vanessa Vineyards” – Cawston, BC
“Two Sides” – Enderby, BC
“Curious Local” – Bridesville, BC
“Love on a Rock” – Ashton Creek, BC
“Wedding Day” – Enderby, BC
“Endless Flame” – Enderby, BC
“Similkameen Green” – Princeton, BC
“Inversion” – North Okanagan Valley, BC
“Jewel of Summer” – Kentucky Alleyne, BC
“A Midnight Walk” – E.C. Manning Provincial Park, BC
“Lightning Lake” – E.C. Manning Provincial Park, BC
“Welcome to Summerland” – Summerland, BC
“Rivers Day” – Enderby, BC
“Northern Okanagan Lights” – Enderby, BC
“Last Glow of 2017” – Enderby, BC
I had the privilege and honour of photographing the wedding of Chelsea and Ryan in one of my favourite areas of British Columbia – Summerland. The venue was La Punta Norte and it was my first time shooting a wedding at this beautiful Okanagan destination.
The smoke from more than a hundred surrounding forest fires in BC and Washington State had been hovering in the Okanagan for a couple of weeks before the wedding, and it didn’t let up for the big day. Although this smokey reality proved a bit challenging for me (and anyone with breathing sensitivities), the wedding was an extraordinarily beautiful occasion and I wish Chelsea and Ryan all the best on their journey together, as one.
Here is my collection of favourites from the past year. I wish you all a very wonderful holiday season and a healthy and prosperous 2017!
1) “Aglow” – The iconic Enderby Cliffs light up as a winter’s day comes to a close
2) “Sovereign” – Enjoying some incredible conditions at Sovereign Lake, Vernon, BC
3) “Day Break” – Ringing in the new year atop Silver Star Mountain, overlooking Vernon, BC
4) “Inversion” – Otherworldly scene featuring inversion clouds blanketing Vernon, BC
5) “Swansea Point” – Lovely creek pours into Mara Lake near Sicamous, BC
6) “The Rock” – Mara Lake near Sicamous, BC
7) “Sweeping” – Early spring hits the Shuswap, Enderby, BC
8) “Fire Hills Pt.1” – Evening sky lights up over Enderby, BC
9) “Idyllic” – a perfect afternoon fly fishing Mabel Lake near Lumby, BC
10) “Two Suns, One Oasis” – Spring at McGuire Lake in Salmon Arm, BC
11) “202” – Long exposure at dusk over the Shuswap river in Enderby, BC
12) “Sunnybrae Selfie” – Shuswap Lake in the spring near Salmon Arm, BC
13) “Fire Hills Pt. 2” – Another amazing sky unfolds over Enderby, BC
14) “Stand Tall” – One of my favourite trees overlooking the Shuswap River, Enderby, BC
15)”Moments Like These” – Surreal evening on the Shuswap River, Enderby, BC
16) “Bitten” – Battling mosquitos along a swollen Shuswap River in Enderby, BC
17) “Swallowtail” – Zooming in on a smaller world, Enderby, BC
18) “Rock Blossoms” – Ellison Provincial Park near Vernon, BC
19) “Motherhood” – Okanagan Lake near Vernon, BC
20) “Tenacity” – Surviving the odds on Shuswap Lake near Blind Bay, BC
21) “Bursting” – Spring in full bloom at Swan Lake, Vernon, BC
22) “River Art” – Sand patterns along the Shuswap River, Enderby, BC
23) “Belvidere Sky” – Enderby, BC
24) “A Seat in the Shuswap” – Near Salmon Arm, BC
25) “The Ramp” – View of Sicamous, BC from the gliding ramp
26) “Sky Melt” – Unusual cloud formations over the Shuswap River in Enderby, BC
27) “Rainbow Pasta” – Ashton Creek, BC
28) “A Vibrant Shuswap” – Enderby, BC
29) “Phoenix” – Vertical panning last year’s devastating fire at Kettle River Provincial Park near Westbridge, BC
30) “Similkameen Sizzle” – near Cawston, BC
31) “Farm Life” – Keremeos, BC
32) “Summer’s End” – Skimikin Lake near Salmon Arm, BC
33) “The Tune of Autumn” – Fall scene along the Shuswap River, Enderby, BC
34) “New Horizons” – A first visit for me to Wallenteen Lake near Salmon Arm, BC
35) “Fall on Fortune” – Spallumcheen, BC
36) “On the Edge of Paradise” – Kalamalka Lake, Vernon, BC
37) “Autumn Road” – Spallumcheen, BC
38) “Cotton Candy Shuswap” – Enderby, BC
39) “November Tree” – Kalamalka Lake, Vernon, BC
40) “Christmas Magic” – Wonderful winter scene to end the year
Aside from summer, spring and fall, winter just happens to be my favourite of all the seasons. 🙂
Kidding aside, once winter arrives, I do start to “warm up” to its special attributes. Oddly enough, I love shoveling snow. I also adore being out exploring frozen creeks and waterfalls after a fresh snowfall. Most of all, I enjoy it because this is the time of year I get to reflect on the past twelve months and relive some of my favourite photos and photo moments. I hope you enjoy these 40 Favourites from 2015 and I wish you and yours a wonderful Christmas season and a happy and healthy 2016!
1. Beginnings (my first image of 2015! Enderby, BC)
2. Among the Kin Giants (Vernon, BC)
3. From Light to Dark (Stitched Pano – Enderby, BC)
4. The Good Life (Gardom Lake, near Salmon Arm, BC)
5. Fields of Love (Enderby, BC)
6. Blood Moon Rising (Enderby, BC)
7. Awake (Lightning Lake, E.C. Manning Provincial Park, BC)
8. A Vivid Shuswap Dream (Canoe, BC)
9. A Tale of Good Fortune (Fortune Creek, Armstrong, BC)
10. The Fire Burns On (Enderby, BC)
11. Blurton It Out (Blurton Creek, Mara, BC)
12. Atop the Similkameen (Keremeos, BC)
13. Voltage (Enderby, BC)
14. The Cave (Moul Falls, Wells Grey Provincial Park, BC)
15. A Riverwalk Icon (Enderby, BC)
16. Sweeping Winter Glow (Enderby, BC)
17. Moments Like This (Gardom Lake, near Salmon Arm, BC)
18. At Peace with the Way of the World (Vernon, BC)
19. Head in the Clouds (Enderby, BC)
20. Space Bullet (Echo Lake, BC)
21. The Thunder Rolls (Moul Falls, Wells Grey Provincial Park, BC)
22. Moonstruck (Enderby, BC)
23. Clarity (Kalmalka Lake, Vernon, BC)
24. Sands of Time (Enderby, BC)
25. First in Colour (Enderby, BC)
26. Time. Long Gone (Enderby, BC)
27. Summer Dreaming (E.C. Manning Provincial Park, BC)
28. End of the Double Rainbow (Enderby, BC)
29. Rust to Dust (Mara, BC)
30. Ol’ Reliable (Helmcken Falls, Wells Grey Provincial Park, BC)
31. Dance in the Shuswap (Canoe, BC)
32. Happy Hikers (Summerland, BC)
33. A Winter Tale of Good Fortune (Fortune Creek, Armstrong, BC)
34. Crayons to Crescent Moons (Enderby, BC)
35. A Summer Lost (Vernon, BC)
36. Slow and Steady Wins (Derek Falls, E.C. Manning Provincial Park, BC)
37. Full Glow (Enderby, BC)
38. Echoes (Echo Lake, BC)
39. The Hoarder (E.C. Manning Provincial Park, BC)
40. We’re on the Family Plan (My family, Vancouver, BC)
As I’ve done in years gone by, here are my favourite images from 2014. I’ve had some truly amazing experiences this year and I’m so thankful to God for every blessing He provides. I hope you enjoy this collection!
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful new year!
Home is a beautiful thing. In my case, that would be Enderby, British Columbia. Yes, I was born and raised in the big city (Vancouver), and my family still resides there to this day. My precious Canucks are there. The place will always bring back nostalgic memories for me. However, this is home now. And Enderby is a fantastic place to be for many reasons. One of the obvious reasons takes the form of gorgeous volcanic cliffs that tower over the town. The Enderby Cliffs are spectacular any time of year and they are very often the subject of many of my landscape shots.
Here are some of my favourite Cliffs shots from 2013. Merry Christmas and enjoy!
2012 is only a week from evolving into 2013, Christmas is around the corner and I’m battling a festive cold unlike any other. I may be feeling a tad sorry for myself here as I sneeze into my Sleepytime herbal tea instead of raising a glass of cheer for the holidays, but I also realize this seemingly Bubonic Plague will eventually pass. What will not pass are the many memories I have now thanks to several unforgettable photographic experiences over the past twelve months. From moving to the Shuswap of British Columbia while saying goodbye to Powell River, to returning to my old stomping grounds of Jasper, Alberta (the place where I fine tuned my photography skills), this year has blessed me with fantastic commercial and pleasure shoots. It is here that I share with you my 12 favourite imagery moments from the past twelve months. Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to you all!
1) Moving to Enderby, in the Shuswap of BC from Powell River. Although tough to move from the very photogenic Sunshine Coast, I was excited to have a whole new palette to work with. I was certain the Cliffs would be a common subject for me and they cease to let me down today. I started the year off anxiously awaiting some magic light to hit those cliffs and when it finally happened, oh boy did it ever happen. On this particular winter evening, the storm clouds dominated the sky, but I stuck it out anyway. Glad I did, because just as I was packing up, a fleeting patch of sunset light moved in from the north, magnificently sweeping up the hillside, finally landing on its intended target. I rattled off a good dozen or so, but this one here remains my personal favourite from that incredible evening.
2) This entire valley is a haven for birds, and I do love birds, particularly birds of prey. Hawks, eagles, and owls (I did get one very poor quality image of a snowy owl with my Blackberry while I was caught without my SLR) can be found everywhere around here and I know the best images are yet to come thanks to the abundance of them. But my favourite bird image since moving here has to be of these trumpeter swans feeding in the snowy fields of Back Enderby Rd. The swan looking directly at me was the loudest, most intimidating of nearly a hundred of them in my view. With every step closer I took to them, he took two towards me. It ended peacefully but every time I look at this image I remember that he meant business.
3) Multiple images, multiple opportunities for fun. This year presented many inspirational moments to advance my multiplicity techniques. Multiplicity is blending multiple images of the same subject, into one. Here are some of this year’s favourites.
4) Another dynamic and beautiful feature of Enderby is the Shuswap River, the life blood of this area. Its waters are captivating. As spring arrived, the river came to life with rising water levels and electric green shorelines. Unfortunately, this was a year of extremely high levels causing flooding, with farm fields turning into virtual lakes and streets turning into new waterways. Scary at times, beautiful at others, it all goes to show you how powerful Mother Nature can be.
5) The first holiday of the season was not only extraordinarily fun, it provided me with some fantastic moments to capture. My family and I headed out to Harmon Lake in the Kane Valley, and although our many days of fishing provided us with hardly even a bite, we had some incredible fun.
6) Jasper, Alberta is where I fell in love hard with photography. How could I not living amongst some of the most spectacular Rocky Mountain scenery anywhere? It’s been many years since then, but I was lucky enough to get to return again this year to shoot my friend’s wedding. It felt so good to return.
7) Summer is my favourite of seasons. It is all too short in duration yet provides the most memories that carry me through the colder seasons. Here are some of my favourite images from this past summer.
8) Nothing provides inspiration quite like new gear. This year’s purchase was a Tamron f2.8 28-75mm. Here are some of my favourite images with the newest addition to the family.
9) I was lucky enough to get some great tourism contracts this year through the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, including a contract to provide Explorer Quotient (EQ) quality tourism images representing the stunningly beautiful Similkameen region. Three separate trips, a couple thousand images and some unforgettable moments all contribute to this being one of my favourite shoots of 2012. So much so, that I decided to award spots 9, 10 and 11 to all three Similkameen trips. My first trip was all about the western side of the region; Princeton, Coalmont, Tulameen and E.C. Manning Park. Here are my favourites from that first trip.
10) My second trip to the Similkameen included stops in Hedley, Bromley Rock, Keremeos and Cawston. Vineyards, orchards, rock columns, mountains, views, this area has it all. Here are my favourites from that second trip.
11) My third and final trip to the Simikameen was all about Cathedral Park. This area is absolutely breathtaking and although I only got to spend the day there, I’ll never forget the landscape or the brief times had there. Can’t wait to go back someday for a multi-day hiking trek.
12) Another project I have currently going with TOTA is for Summerland, BC. The project started in late fall and will continue into the winter, but I thought I would share my favourite images from the one and only day I spent in this beautiful Okanagan city. Till next year friends!
Learn to take better pictures in the beautiful North Okanagan! Join me for another round of Camera Basics and Field Instruction in Enderby, BC this July! You can get all the information here. Camera Basics (theory-based) happens on Thursday, July 19th (6-8pm) and the Field Instruction happens Saturday, July 21st (times to be determined). Sign up for both for only $100 (taxes included)! There’s only space for 10 participants, so contact me to book at (250) 838-6195 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
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