Category Archives: Portraits

Hannah Marcotti
A few months ago I got the chance to do a little Portrait Session in the forest with the lovely Hannah Marcotti!

I’ve been admiring Hannah’s amazing work for a while now and it was so lovely to the chance to channel her spark through the camera.

Ever since Be Your Own Beloved became the focus of my work I’ve been doing far less Portrait work but behind the scenes I’ve been working on a new portrait offering that embodies the Be Your Own Beloved message and offers you a portrait session different from anything else out there!

The offering is called the Beloved Sessions and its now available!

I so love getting to have someone else step in front of the camera and capturing the radiance I see in them through the lens…sometimes a big gift of self-compassion we can give to ourselves is seeing our beauty and spark through someone else’s eyes.

As a portrait photographer this is my hope, that they will see themselves perhaps in a way they haven’t before.  What is truly unique about this portrait session is that we explore the tools that make self-portraiture so empowering and use them in our portrait session to create an experience in which you feel embodied and able to let yourself shine!

This is also an opportunity to get a one-on-one Be Your Own Beloved experience with me and ask any questions you have!

So of course, here are some of my favourite photos from our forest photo shoot!

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  • EveAugust 19, 2013 - 10:17 am

    Woah. These pictures are amazing. She has a very unique, intense look that you captured wonderfully.ReplyCancel

  • Anne ThompsonAugust 21, 2013 - 10:41 am

    I found your beautiful blog in the Aug issue of Artful Bloggins and so happy I did. Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

chickadee road

This past June, I was honoured to go to the Your Story Retreat, hosted by the Be Present Retreats.

I have lots to share from that event, but I wanted to begin by sharing some of my favourite photos from the weekend, that being a portrait session I did with Liz Lamoreux and Kelly Barton.

Liz and Kelly have a beautiful new collaboration going on called Chickadee Road.  You’ve likely seen their thoughtful blog post or their very cool tattoos in photos of folks you know.

Kelly and Liz have added a beautiful new offering to the land of Chickadee Road called the Studio Sessions.  Head on over here to check it out and give them some love!

I think these photos also mean a bit more than the usual portrait session to me as over these past few years of creative online adventuring  these lovelies and I have become good friends.

The photo session was so full of giggles.  Packed full of friend love, of kindred connection and of collaboration.   These two really mesh in the way they collaborate and we can expect some really beautiful things now and ahead for Chickadee Road and for the Be Present Retreats (which Kelly helps Liz run).

There is also a Be Present Retreat coming up this fall, called Unearth with both Kelly and Liz teaching, alongside the wonderful Mindy Lacefield.  I’ve been to 6 (yes 6) Be Present Retreats and they truly are something special.  Liz draws together folks from all walks of life into a really incredible weekend of connection.  I don’t want to spill at the details as I want you to experience it for yourself, but let me tell you…its magical.  You find yourself surrounded by strangers one minute and friends the next.  The introvert in me gets super overwhelmed at really big retreats and have found myself feeling so at home at Liz’s retreats.

So, without further ado, I present to you the gorgeous, stunning and vibrant lovelies of Chickadee Road!

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  • STEFANIERENEEAugust 30, 2012 - 2:57 pm

    beautiful photos and beautiful women!
    love love love!

  • L.McG.-E.August 30, 2012 - 2:58 pm

    What joyful shots, I especially the shot of Liz and Kelly leaning back and laughing.ReplyCancel

  • darrah parkerAugust 30, 2012 - 3:33 pm

    Beautiful photos of beautiful ladies! I love how you captured their personalities. I want to hang out in that grassy field with them, too. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Jenna/The Word CellarAugust 30, 2012 - 5:53 pm

    gorgeous photos. gorgeous girls. gorgeous spirits (all three of you).ReplyCancel

  • CeliaAugust 30, 2012 - 6:07 pm

    I will be joining these two in the Chickadee Studio Sessions….can’t wait! I am hoping to meet Kelly at Squam in a couple of weeks too. I would love to join them on one of their retreats one day….on my “to do” list!ReplyCancel

  • lisa gonzalezAugust 31, 2012 - 2:48 pm

    Beautiful photos of these gorgeous women. Adore!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea thompsonSeptember 4, 2012 - 3:40 pm

    I recently found your blog and wanted to let you know how much i have been enjoying it. I have been reading back posts and i love your spinning idea and wanted to show you my latest video, i put a little bit of spinning in it. I haven’t even posted it to my blog yet but here’s the you tube link.

The incredible Jillian

Yesterday rocked as I got to photograph one of my favourite people to have in front of the camera, the wonderful Jillian.

If you’ve been following my photography for a while, she’ll be mighty familiar to you as we’ve done many shoots over the years.  She’s a super talented aerialist (and also just got her Ph.D by the way) and she’s always eager to climb on whatever we could find for her to climb upon.  Some of my favourite photos I’ve ever taken have been of her.

What made this shoot even more fabulous was that we came to do this shoot through a fundraiser.  I was honoured to be able to donate a photo session to the fundraiser for the Catherine White Holman Wellness Centre, a local organization that provides low barrier access to medical care for trans and gender diverse folks.   Jillian was the highest bidder on my offering so we got to do another photo shoot while supporting an important organization in our community.  What could be better!

Here’s a sneak peek of my shoot with the incredible Jillian.
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  • Robin aka Gotham GirlJune 29, 2012 - 3:48 pm

    These are excellent captures!! I want her ARMS!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Lelainia LloydJune 29, 2012 - 5:27 pm

    Jillian is gorgeous and you ALWAYS photograph her in the best possible ways. I love the one taken up against the wall-the colours compliment her pretty hair colour. Fun that I can see you in the rear view mirror. 🙂

    I envy your ability to shoot people so well Viv.ReplyCancel

Another part of my trip was to meet up with the fabulous Kelly Rae Roberts.  I’m working on something pretty fabulous for her website (more on that someday in the future) and as part of this creative goodness I also snapped some still photos.

We had such a blast being completely and totally goofy in public.  So fun just being able to laugh and create at the same time!

Here’s a sneak peek of some of the goodness that occurred!

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Maleea Acker

Last week I had a fabulous photo session with the poet, author and environmentalist Maleea Acker.

I’ve mentioned Maleea before on my blog, when I visited her home last summer. Her Meadow caused controversy in her neighbourhood in Victoria, BC when she turned her own yard into a beautiful Garry Oak Meadow.  Her brand new book  Gardens Aflame shares the story and importance of the Garry Oak.

Here’s a glimpse of our beachside photo session and I hope you take a moment to click on some of the above links and learn more about her work!

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  • Lelainia N. LloydMarch 13, 2012 - 11:07 pm

    These are so beautiful. I think the colour and texture of her scarf and the soft windblown hair speak perfectly to someone who is in tune with the earth. The one with the rocks in the background just sings! It’s quintessentially west coast.(I also like the one with the green background-it pops.)

    I loved the story and photos of her garden, which I read the last time you posted about her.

    You are so good at capturing the beauty of your subjects, in such a soft and subtle way.ReplyCancel