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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.

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Joel at Shine Cafe, shoot for EAT magazine.

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Jen, Mel, Jen, Renate, shoot for Tofino Food and Wine Festival 2012

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Mel, shoot for Tofino Food and Wine Festival 2012 / My brother on Quadra Island, as seen in Victoria Vacation Guide 2014

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Mel and Dawn, shoot for The Guild, Victoria BC

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Kathy’s hand, shoot for Swan’s Brewery and Pub, Victoria BC

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Heather, shoot for Blue Crab Seafood House, Victoria BC / Chris and Mark, shoot at Lure, Victoria BC, for EAT magazine

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Chris and Mark, shoot at Lure for EAT Magazine

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Jesse, shoot for my own publication (working on it) / Jen, shoot for Tofino Food and Wine Fest 2013

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Ruby and Rylan, on Quadra Island, as seen on the cover of Island Parent Magazine

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Sarah and Mel, shoot for City of Victoria

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Sarah and Mel, shoot for City of Victoria

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Joel at I Kyu, Victoria BC, shoot for EAT Magazine

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Jaime, Sophie and Paige, shoot for Tree Island Yogurt

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Dawn and Mel, shoot for The Guild

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Chef Heidi Fink at the London Chef, shoot for EAT magazine / Sophie, shoot for Tree Island Yogurt

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Tess and Jennifer, Hornby Island, as seen in the Victoria Vacation Guide 2014

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Dale and Ryan, shoot for Devour Restaurant, Victoria BC

 

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Renate and Jen, as seen in Homes and Living Magazine 2012

  • jennifer armstrong - February 4, 2015 - 12:17 am

    Wow, what a lovely splattering of friends & food & all things yummy. I didn’t know our moments on little trib had found there way to publication. That’s great. Fabulous work, my friend. Over & over again. Such talent!

  • Lara - February 5, 2015 - 10:01 pm

    These are great. I love that shot of Jesse. Can’t wait to see what you’re working on!

  • ruth - February 13, 2015 - 9:33 am

    Great shots, as usual. I didn’t realise that you were published in so many different magazines. I’m SO proud of you!!!

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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Red lipstick on the beach and selfies – mandatory.

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And someone…is learning… how to drive.

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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

  • ruth - February 13, 2015 - 9:38 am

    Aaaaah! My beautiful family…have a truly happy New Year! Love you all!!!

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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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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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!

 

 

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