Often times in my photo-line-of-work, I require models. And lucky for me, I have a lot of good looking friends and family who are (mostly) more than willing. And it occurred to me recently that I have a LOT of images with friends and / or family that have ended up on magazine covers, in ads, on websites and social media campaigns. They may be just a hand of a friend who has accompanied me on a shoot, or they may be full-fledged face-front models, holding a product or eating food, or they may be famous already, and I’m just there to photograph them. (I’m talking to you, Heidi).
I am often told by friends and family that they will be out running errands, or at a shop, or picking up the kids, when someone will approach them saying they recognize them, but they’re not sure where from! Often it’s from here…on my blog. And sometimes, it’s from the publications they end up in. (this is bound to happen in this fantastic small town).
Occasionally, I will get the urge to leaf through my own photos, sometimes finding ones I’ve never shared, sometimes just to see where I’ve been, and where I’ve gotten to. Here, are a few of my beloved beauties.
Joel at Shine Cafe, shoot for EAT magazine.
Jen, Mel, Jen, Renate, shoot for Tofino Food and Wine Festival 2012
Mel, shoot for Tofino Food and Wine Festival 2012 / My brother on Quadra Island, as seen in Victoria Vacation Guide 2014
Mel and Dawn, shoot for The Guild, Victoria BC
Kathy’s hand, shoot for Swan’s Brewery and Pub, Victoria BC
Heather, shoot for Blue Crab Seafood House, Victoria BC / Chris and Mark, shoot at Lure, Victoria BC, for EAT magazine
Chris and Mark, shoot at Lure for EAT Magazine
Jesse, shoot for my own publication (working on it) / Jen, shoot for Tofino Food and Wine Fest 2013
Ruby and Rylan, on Quadra Island, as seen on the cover of Island Parent Magazine
Sarah and Mel, shoot for City of Victoria
Sarah and Mel, shoot for City of Victoria
Joel at I Kyu, Victoria BC, shoot for EAT Magazine
Jaime, Sophie and Paige, shoot for Tree Island Yogurt
Dawn and Mel, shoot for The Guild
Chef Heidi Fink at the London Chef, shoot for EAT magazine / Sophie, shoot for Tree Island Yogurt
Tess and Jennifer, Hornby Island, as seen in the Victoria Vacation Guide 2014
Dale and Ryan, shoot for Devour Restaurant, Victoria BC
Renate and Jen, as seen in Homes and Living Magazine 2012
At the end of the year, I most happily trade in the idea of glitter and glamour for sparks and songs and neighbourly celebration. Warm hearts and cold hands, glorious sun and frost filled days on Quadra Island. Out of my typical daily frazzle that comes alive on to-do lists and emails, I instead wallow in the luxury of fresh air, reading in the afternoon and enjoying champagne around the camp fire. Dogs and cats wind themselves around our legs and nudge our mittens for a scratch on the head. Friends navigate various dark driveways with treats and bottles in hand, following the sound of laughing kids and crackling embers that leads to the collective camp fire. Silent, dark nights. Restful sleeps. Beach walks. Dancing to old CDs full of memory and emotion. Shucking fresh oysters and capturing new memories…
Red lipstick on the beach and selfies – mandatory.
And someone…is learning… how to drive.
To start a new year right, one must plunge themselves (or slowly dip themselves) into icy cold water.
When I need more days like this, I come back here, and look at these photos over and over again. And I look here, too. And here. And here. And if I want to get really nostalgic, and see how things have grown, and how we’ve changed, I will go all the way back to here. Until next time, Quadra. I look forward to it.
Have you been to Part and Parcel? You must go. Really. With a charming space, lovely people, and fantastic food, Part and Parcel offers a combo of regular menu items (for those inevitable favourite cravings) and fresh features. Meeting Anna and Grant, 2/3 of the restaurant’s team (Sterling wasn’t present for the shoot-darn) was a super pleasure. They are light and bright and fun, and all of that is reflected in the space and the offerings. Remember Devour? That’s what this place reminds me of. Small, quaint, quality and care put into each dish. So, go! You will be sad if you don’t.
In tribute to one of my favourite bands – who I saw this week. These shots are from a concert a couple of years ago, but all the players remain, and I am still their biggest fan.