The Tree

Okay. This is … This is big.

This is something that I’ve been working on for a while, and I’m very excited to share it.

A few months back, I went and put a bunch of Christmas lights on a tree in the middle of nowhere, and then waited for it to snow.

And waited, and waited.

But the last week, it’s been snowing pretty much constantly so yesterday Brandon and I went up there to check it out and to do a proof of concept shoot.

We nearly didn’t make it, because there was so much snow on the road, but we managed to power our way up to where the tree was.

We hiked in after dark, and found the tree nearly buried in snow. It was everything I could have asked for and more.

There was even a fine ice fog in the air, creating a great effect for the lights. At least, some lights. Because the reason Brandon was there was to light the scene with his drone.

The ice fog, however, grounded the drone, so we had to improvise, removing the light from the drone and sending him out hiking around to light the trees from the ground.

Because I couldn’t line up a model, Brandon stood in as a test subject.

And it was beyond magical. It was not what I was planning on shooting, and it came out even better.

Here’s what the first image looked like:

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Awesome, right?

Here’s the deal. You can be a part of the magic, too.

We will be offering portrait sessions at the tree all winter long. Individuals, families, engagements, kids, grads … whomever would like to participate.

We’ll be offering the sessions for a flat fee of $100. That includes travel time to and from the tree, and up to an hour’s worth of shooting, though it is outside and it is winter, and it might get a little chilly.

The tree is located about half an hour from Tumbler Ridge along a occasionally plowed backroad. To get there, you may need either a 4wd vehicle or a lift.

To book your session, email me or call 250-219-8215.

Northern Lights

So, everybody and their dog noticed that there were some awesome Northern Lights on August 15, but I missed them, because it was cloudy out at Moberly Lake, where I was camping. But the next night was lovely. So I went out to get some pictures and, instead of the pretty streaky northern lights you’ve all seen everyone with a camera post already, I got the green wash across the sky type northern lights. But I took a few pictures anyway.

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Del and Nina’s Kinuseo Falls Wedding

One week ago, a dream came true.

I got to shoot a wedding at Kinuseo Falls.

And it was as awesome as I hoped it would be. Oh, sure, I wasn’t able to keep them there for 24 hours so my night time portrait at the base of Kinuseo will have to wait, but seriously, that place is awesome, and the photos? Wow.

But before I show you those, I’m going to show you these, of the girls getting ready. Why? To build expectation, of course. That last picture? It’s a teaser for things to come.

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Mountain Monday: Holzworth Meadows

Okay, this is another one of those “is it a Mountain Monday or Flower Friday” type issues. This one is not, however, a picture. It is in fact a time lapse video I shot when up on Holzworth the other day. I wanted to see how long the movie was if I left the camera there for about an hour (actually, just about an hour and a half). So it’s like a photo, but it changes over time.

Apologies to Tumbler Residents; Telus is still not here, so you’ll have to click play, then walk away for ten or twenty minutes while it loads. I know, I know, but it’s the best we can do for now. But Telus high speed is on it’s way in the next few weeks. Yay!

Waterfall Wednesday: Monkman Falls

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It was a few years ago when I went into Monkman Park for a few days, and while I was there, I took a bunch of shots of Monkman Falls, one of ten waterfalls that make up the cascades, hoping for a portfolio shot.

I then forgot about them.

Nearly a year later, I was poking back through my folders and remembered that I still had these kicking around. Here’s the first photo from the series and one of our favourites of all time.

Waterfall Wednesday: Quality Canyon

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A few kilometres below the better known Quality Falls, Quality Creek enters a narrow canyon that has a precipitous overhang and a couple of waterfalls, including this one. Sometime in the last few months, a large amount of rocks has fallen down, covering part of the creek, which now flows underground for about 40 feet. I took the picture from where the creek flows out from this little pool at the base of the waterfall. The creek is accessed from the pullout about 4 km outside of Tumbler Ridge.

Waterfall Climbing

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I’ve been wanting to, meaning to, get out with John for the last couple of years, but the timing never worked out. He was busy, I wasn’t. I was busy, he was climbing.

Knowing this, he asked me if I was free on a Tuesday. In late September. After the snow had already started to fall at higher elevations, to go out and take some photos. I said yes. Trouble is, he said, I can only line up one other person.

I was cool with that, and so we headed out to Babcock Falls, where John likes to climb. I had a vision for the shots, but not knowing how things would actually look, I didn’t get everything set up properly, so I just took some pictures of John and Katrina climbing down the falls (I guess technically, that’d be rappelling) once.

So this is a teaser for next year, when I get the lights set up in the right place.

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