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Sources of Light

"SOURCES OF LIGHT IS MORE THAN JUST A PORTRAIT SERIES. IT IS A CELEBRATION OF OUR PERSONAL SOURCES OF LIGHT, POSITIVITY AND ENERGY. A CELEBRATION OF OUR UNIQUE SELVES AND A CELEBRATION OF OUR LOVED ONES, LIGHTING THE WAY AND PULLING US OUT OF THE DARKNESS ALWAYS."

The end of 2016 was much more than just sub-zero temperatures and unusually heavy snow days. On hot cider evenings filled with parkade adventures, back-alley discoveries, warm smiles and full hearts, we had the immense pleasure of photographing some amazing people in our community and their personal interpretations of light through a collection of 30+ portraits.

Launching "Sources of Light", we set out on a week-long journey of reflection - reflecting on the trials and tribulations of our past year with not only our close friends, but also with kind strangers on Christmas Day. There's something so incredibly powerful about staring into a light or a flame - something that invokes so much emotion that we tend to brush aside. With every face that lit up at the light of every sparkler, we felt an ever-growing sense of gratitude - gratitude for the beautiful and unconditionally supportive human beings that surround us, and gratitude for the fact that, despite the ups and downs we've individually faced this year, we've all made it here and we are still able to bring smiles to each other's faces. 

Our main goal for this project was to help people connect with elements or memories of people, things, encounters or experiences over the past year that have helped them get to where they are today. The lights were only a simple representation of that. 

And while our initial hope was to create a special experience for the participants, we soon realized the project was an equally transformative one for us as photographers. "Sources of Light" stretched our creative capacities, and with 15,000 digital files, the "ooh's and ah's" following brilliant bursts of light,  a jam-packed week of exciting, yet focused late-night photoshoots under the night sky, and days of editing later, we're so delighted to be sharing this experience with you. We should mention that this project really wouldn't have been possible without the enthusiasm and support of friends, participants and collaborators throughout the process. A special mention goes out to our friend and talented baker, Connie of Chocolate & Connie, who jumped in to add her special sweetness to our campaign by supplying us with her signature Matcha White Chocolate Cookies to share with our participants and tickle our tastebuds. 

If you do find a moment to look through "Sources of Light", we hope it makes you smile. If you do, we simply ask that you pass that light on to someone else in your life whether that may be a stranger, a lover or a friend.

 
 
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In the middle of nowhere we found our solace

Windmills never looked as majestic as the ones standing gloriously in the middle of the desert just past the Gorge. So much so that we passed it once. Twice. Three times before finally turning around 12km down the road just to get another look. And a shot. 

They say it's all in the journey and those words don't speak louder than when you're in the car yourself. You've got the windows rolled down like they do in the movies but it's actually so damn loud and windy it's hurting your ears. So you roll them up maybe half way till it's comfortable as you're cruising on a hazy drive through towering pines. You're in a heart to heart conversation with the Pacific Northwest. Only it's small talk because three quarters of the way through your Spotify playlist your landscape transforms from grass to sand. And that's it. That's the moment that made us realize how fortunate we were to be living here. It was an observance of diversity - of change in one state alone, change in landscape, change in climate, change in the way people lived.

More than anything it was a reminder of the gifts we're given as human beings alive in this world at this time. We lose ourselves in our cities - in our work and in our technology. It was an awakening for the both of us on just one highway alone that mother nature has much in store for us, that life is about the seeking, the discovery, and the ongoing conversations with what is naturally already in front of us. 

Go on that journey. Take that ten hour road trip. Because those ten hours could be more rewarding than every little indulgence at your destination altogether. 

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P

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SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND

TARA AND KEVIN

This past weekend we had the greatest pleasure of shooting our very first wedding at the Diamond in Gastown, Vancouver. Being a place we frequent for their decadent cocktails - and may I just mention, the best rendition of a Moscow Mule and my personal favorite, the Buck Buck Mule - the Diamond certainly felt like home turf. And home was definitely a prevailing theme that day - with a tight knit group of friends and family coming in from all directions to celebrate the union of these two wonderful individuals. Hand made bouquets, an abundance of homemade pies and beautifully crafted wedding cakes, were merely the cherries on top to the warm, loving camaraderie that made the party.

This was a simple but in every way, a tasteful and enriched wedding. Guests were advised against using their cell phones - documentation of the wedding was solely in our hands (pressure was on...) so that everyone could simply enjoy being in the moment with each other. I think that concept alone ties into what made this whole day so wonderful - it was organic. For the most part, no one was busy posing or finding ways to emphasize how good of a time they were having. They simply lived. 

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P.

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Sunny days ahead

Summer is a time for inspiration, for reflection and for exploration. And it's just around the corner. We're thinking patio beers, spinning ideas, rolling around in the grass, pens to paper, and lenses out. Hard at play.

Indulgences aside, we're also hard at work. With our first day out on the water this 2016 taking place nearly two weeks ago at False Creek with the Dragon Hearts dragon boat team, we're near wetting our pants in anticipation of more outdoor shoots and projects to come. 

Check out our gallery for more photos from this day!

A public project is in the talks and we'll be needing YOUR help. So keep your eyes peeled and stay tuned! 

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Phoebe & Isabel

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