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Chelsea

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this is THE SHOES

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Last night I had the pleasure of seeing this is THE SHOES perform at Copper Owl in Victoria. I worked with Sabrina in Vancouver and the last time I saw her and Jereme perform was probably two years ago. It was fantastic hearing how their sound has grown and developed into a fierce, howling, train-chugging-down-the-tracks unstoppable blues force. After a night of drinking beer and talking music, we took some time this grey morning to snap photos in front of Big Blue, their trusty touring van. That beast has been to PEI and back!

Check out their music and upcoming tour dates here– they’re off on another tour in February!

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Alex in Seoul

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Alex is a model/writer/photographer/fashion icon from Seattle who was working in Seoul while I was there. I met her through Anja, who took some pretty amazing portraits of Alex in Portland. Anja insisted that Alex and I would get along and she was absolutely correct. After we had established that I liked taking photos of people and that she liked to pose, our day was pretty much set. We visited some tourist sites, green and red and cream wooden palaces, ate BBQ sitting on the floor around a charcoal grill, and Alex demonstrated her love for K-Pop during a visit to a neighbourhood idol shop. Girl is legit– back in Seattle she hosted JK POP, a Japanese and Korean pop music dance night.

We ended the day at dusk in the presence of a monument dedicated to the man who created hangul, the Korean alphabet. The air was still and heavy and hinted at snow. I believe it actually did snow, a few days later, and that strange tense feeling of the impending weather revisited me while reading Alex’s blog entries about the frigid Seoul temperatures.

Alex writes about her life in Japan and posts her lovely photography on her blog. I’m crossing my fingers that Alex and I will cross paths on the streets of Tokyo sometime in the near future– the dream!

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Finch

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This kitten is living with me now. Her name is Finch. She is a ferocious cuddler and never stops purring. She also seems to be into posing, at least for now. I’m hoping to start balancing cute objects on her head soon.

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The Cottage Garden

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If you ever have the pleasure of visiting Kevin and Ian at their delightful home, known as “The Cottage”, then chances are you will get a tour of Kevin’s incredible garden. Having witnessed Kevin’s green thumb over the years– I remember when he lived in a small one bedroom apartment and grew a jungle’s worth of tomatoes in his sunny living room– I was excited to see what he could do with an actual plot of land.

With summer’s end drawing nearer, much of the garden has been harvested, but an abundance of cherry tomatoes are still choking the greenhouse. (Did I mention the greenhouse that they built out of old window frames? Seriously.) Kevin filled a bag with tomatoes for me, but I finished it before I even left.

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Jeremy and Kaleigh

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Kate and Bunny

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Masako in the Nook

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I moved into a new home in May and my favourite feature, aside from its view over the treetops of my favourite neighbourhood all the way down to the Olympic Mountains, is the beautiful nook and its nearly floor to ceiling stained glass. The house is more than 100 years old and the windows in the nook used to light the stairwell, before it was filled in to divide the building into apartment units. I can’t wait to host some lovely ladies (and handsome gentlemen!) for elegant cocktails and filtered light photo sessions as soon as possible. My pal Kevin graciously gave me with an armful of plants as housewarming gifts and I’ve lined the sills with little trinkets from friends. Come over anytime!

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Kathryn in the Spring

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Kathryn Calder in Beacon Hill Park, around this time last year I think? The camas are blooming now.

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Leanne and Léo

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I was really thrilled back in September when I asked Leanne, on a visit to Victoria from Montreal, if I could photograph her and her new baby Léonard and she enthusiastically agreed. Léo was only a month or so old and photographing such a little guy was a bit challenging! However, a mother and child are always beautiful together, so when Leanne scooped her son into her arms for a cuddle, I loved the results. Next time they are back in town for a visit, I hope we can have a follow up session!

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