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Waves of the Pacific Northwest

Waves of the Pacific Northwest

I grew up in a semi desert, so for most of my childhood I did not get to experience the beauty of the ocean.

The clean fresh air it brings, and the great intensity of mother nature it has the capability of showing.

On this photoshoot, I will admit, I was hoping for sun. But we got cloudy, stormy weather as we photographed it in the fall. I can’t be too surprised to be honest, this is Vancouver after all.
But in so many ways, the weather made the shoot; had the weather not been a bit cloudy and very windy, we wouldn’t have captured that true pacific northwest feel; the raw-ness of the ocean, the flow of the models hair, and the endless horizon.

This shoot speaks to me in so many ways and I admire it still to this day.

So fortunate to have worked with Felicia Bromba as the MUA, Kasia as our stunning model, and Our Little Flower Company who provided the amazing bouquet.

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Waves at Whitecliff Park Vancouver Wedding Photographer
Waves at Whitecliff Park Vancouver Wedding Photographer
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Waves at Whitecliff Park Vancouver Wedding Photographer
Waves at Whitecliff Park Vancouver Wedding Photographer
Waves at Whitecliff Park Vancouver Wedding Photographer
Waves at Whitecliff Park Vancouver Wedding Photographer
Waves at Whitecliff Park Vancouver Wedding Photographer
Waves at Whitecliff Park Vancouver Wedding Photographer
Waves at Whitecliff Park Vancouver Wedding Photographer
Waves at Whitecliff Park Vancouver Wedding Photographer
Waves at Whitecliff Park Vancouver Wedding Photographer
Waves at Whitecliff Park Vancouver Wedding Photographer
Waves at Whitecliff Park Vancouver Wedding Photographer
Waves at Whitecliff Park Vancouver Wedding Photographer
Waves at Whytecliff Park Vancouver Wedding Photographer
Waves at Whytecliff Park Vancouver Wedding Photographer
Waves at Whytecliff Park Vancouver Wedding Photographer
Waves at Whytecliff Park Vancouver Wedding Photographer
Waves at Whytecliff Park Vancouver Wedding Photographer
Waves at Whytecliff Park Vancouver Wedding Photographer
Waves at Whytecliff Park Vancouver Wedding Photographer
Waves at Whytecliff Park Vancouver Wedding Photographer
Waves at Whytecliff Park Vancouver Wedding Photographer
Waves at Whytecliff Park Vancouver Wedding Photographer
Waves at Whytecliff Park Vancouver Wedding Photographer
Waves at Whytecliff Park Vancouver Wedding Photographer
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Waves at Whytecliff Park Vancouver Wedding Photographer
Waves at Whytecliff Park Vancouver Wedding Photographer
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Waves at Whytecliff Park Vancouver Wedding Photographer

Rocky Mountain Bridal Session at Zopkios

Rocky Mountain Bridal Session at Zopkios

I grew up in the small town of Kamloops, while occasionally we would be taken on a field trip to Vancouver via the Coquihalla Highway.

Escaping our semi-dessert city of yellow fields into the depths of the forests and sky-scrapper mountains. Every corner of the highway immersed in either a scathing mountain cliff or valley, of luscious greens.

There is one rest stop at the Summit of this mountain highway called Zopkios within the Cascade Mountain range. It is a distinctive ridge line that appears as if mother earth sliced through the rock, revealing the granite slab leading up to the top.

I've romanticized about shooting at the peak for years. Upon moving back to the Lower Mainland from the flatlands of Canada, I round up a small to execute the vision. Researching the hike and location from various hiking sources online to determine the trail head entry point.

The gown is designed by my myself, effortlessly completed by my amazing mother who has always supported my creativity and projects. The make-up artist it talented and I've worked with Heidi for years. Lianne agreed excitedly at the opportunity to hike such an amazing peak.

Upon completion of hair & make-up, we we left for the 2hr drive to the summit.

We parked at the rest stop and walked up the highway to the resources indication of the trail head entry point. Gown in bag, bouquet in hand, camera bag around my body.

Standing, over looking the valley, where a wall of tree's appeared impenetrable. Gazing down I noticed something large, light brown, accompanied by a smaller version of it.

Eyes widened and heart pumping, we realized we were staring at a grizzly bear and baby bear; mama bear scratching at some broken wood (we could see the claws) and baby bear jumping around excitedly.

Realizing this was not somewhere we should be, we turned slowly walked back to the rest area; thankful that large semi-trucks were passing by to hopefully mask our motion from the bears.

With some reflection, we knew the hike would not be possible.

We evaluated the greenery and decided to shoot in an area where the peak was still visible.

This experience was impacting in many ways; we witnessed two incredible beasts in their natural environment; calm and content with the mountains that are so adored. We experienced the unfathomable beauty of the mountain from afar and gazed upon its granite markings that have crossed timed. I believe we captured the romanticism of the mountain.


Bouquet: Our Little Flower Company
Model: Lianne Rymer
MUA/Hair: Heidi Cheung

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