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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…

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victoria bc food and lifestyle photographer

Red lipstick on the beach and selfies – mandatory.

victoria bc food and lifestyle photographer
victoria bc food and lifestyle photographer
victoria bc food and lifestyle photographer
victoria bc food and lifestyle photographer
victoria bc food and lifestyle photographer

victoria bc food and lifestyle photographer

victoria bc food and lifestyle photographer

victoria bc food and lifestyle photographer

victoria bc food and lifestyle photographer

victoria bc food and lifestyle photographer

And someone…is learning… how to drive.

victoria bc food and lifestyle photographer

victoria bc food and lifestyle photographer

victoria bc food and lifestyle photographer

victoria bc food and lifestyle photographer

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food and lifestyle photographer

food and lifestyle photographer

To start a new year right, one must plunge themselves (or slowly dip themselves) into icy cold water.

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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.

 

  • The Wellpeeps - January 20, 2015 - 2:36 pm

    Beautiful images and storyline, Rebecca! You have certainly captured the essence and beauty that Quadra offers. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  • Cheryl - January 20, 2015 - 4:06 pm

    Rebecca, your exquisite eye has captured the true beauty of Quadra and time shared with loved ones. Melt my heart….thank you for always seeing through your lens of creativity. You rock!! Love every one of these images! xo

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.

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food and lifestyle photographer victoria bc
food and lifestyle photographer victoria bc
food and lifestyle photographer victoria bc
food and lifestyle photographer victoria bc
food and lifestyle photographer victoria bc
food and lifestyle photographer victoria bc
food and lifestyle photographer victoria bc

 

Some of my favourite shoots are those that tell the whole story. Not just in one photo, but in a series. This one, I shot for Eat Magazine, back when the grasses were green, and the evenings were hot.  This is the kind of story that requires someone to style your table and your stand up bar; having a caterer tucked in the back buildings crafting up delicious and beautiful food, and a photographer kicking about to capture it all. A typical Tuesday night, really.

 

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food and lifestyle photographer victoria bc

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food and lifestyle photographer victoria bc

food and lifestyle photographer victoria bc

food and lifestyle photographer victoria bc

food and lifestyle photographer victoria bc

food and lifestyle photographer victoria bc

food and lifestyle photographer victoria bc

food and lifestyle photographer victoria bc

food and lifestyle photographer victoria bc

food and lifestyle photographer victoria bc

food and lifestyle photographer victoria bc

food and lifestyle photographer victoria bc

Gorgeous food created by my dear friend and exquisite Chef Jena Stewart of Truffles Catering. Styling of the table and ironing board bar by Cynthia Annett and direction by none other than Gary Hynes and Colin Hynes. Oh, and thanks to Canoe Brewpub for the beer and Blue Grouse for the wine!

 

 

And right on the heels of proclaiming my commitment to food and lifestyle photography, I go and photo-shoot a family. Not just any family, of course. But, this one. This gorgeous, special, inviting, open-doored, compassionate, welcoming, giving family.

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I love the photo below, because this is how it is. :)

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