Monday, November 29, 2010

Insights Magazine Goes Digital! ...a month ago...

I can't believe I havn't shared this yet! Insights Magazine has gone Digital! Each new monthly issue will be available for online viewing on our website. The November issue is probably my favorite so far, and the upcoming December issue warms my heart with Christmas cheer, so stay tuned for its launch!

The topic of this issue was a challenge to portray: sexual abuse and suffering. I needed to find images that conveyed the brokenness of these issues but weren't overly graphic or too depressing.

This cover photo has probably stolen the top spot in the lists of portraits I've taken, and is probably one of my favorite overall. It definitely stands out in my stack of magazines!

While I don't take all of the photos in the magazine (we use some stock, when they fit the article so perfectly, or its an image I just cant possibly capture with my timeline and resources), here are a few others from this issue:
This photo was taken with my good friend Jasmine (you may recognize her from her engagement/wedding shoots) in a back alley in downtown Abbotsford. I brought a bucket of ashes from my fireplace at home and she obligingly rubbed it all over her arms. While I originally intended to create a shot of hands covered in ashes (symbolic of dealing with suffering/carrying burdens), this image ended up stealing the show. It accomplished conveying the feeling and mood of the article much more effectively than other closer-cropped images, even though the ashes are not immediately recognizable.

For this article about bullying in the church, we took a more humourous approach to lighten the seriousness of the issue.

Insights went Digital! a month ago.

I can't believe I forgot to share this! Insights Magazine went digital last month for the first time! From now on, every issue will be available for viewing on our website ( The November issue is my favorite so far (as usual) and the upcoming December issue warms my heart.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Illustration aspiration

Yeah, i just wanted the title to rhyme. Here is an illustration I've been working on for the next issue of the magazine (yes, sneak peak!). I wanted to share the entire illustration, since I had so much fun working on it, and it had to be compromised a bit to include the article.

i LOVE illustration. Its one of my less-used and developed passions, and I think thats why I enjoy it so much. I love how I can put so much time into an illustration and not get sick of it!

So here it is!




Friday, November 12, 2010

Staff Christmas Card!

A few weeks ago I had a whirlwind morning photographing all my wonderful co-workers for this year's christmas card. I have to confess, I didn't have tons of experience with portraits prior to this, and it was a bit of a crash course! Everyone had fun with our christmas decorations and the final result is festive and fun! I plan to feature some of these portraits in a later post, but for now, here is the finished product!

(have I ever mentioned that I LOVE my job? Getting to do photography and design, the whole project from start to finish? And getting paid for it? Doesn't get any better!)

Sunday, November 7, 2010

This one goes out to my Mom

I've been wanting to keep up with my blog somewhat regularly, but after pouring all that energy into a purse blitz I havn't known what to move on to next! So today, I decided to throw one out to someone very, very special to me: my mom. As you'll tell from these pictures, she can take more than a little credit for my creativity and design eye.

One of the things my mom is amazing at is floral design. It also happens to be a passion of hers, and over the past few years I've gotten used to seeing absolutely stunning arrangements just hangin out in the living room, family room, and kitchen. So today I decided to photograph a few of them (with her sweet new "vases" from the dutch floral shop in whistler) and share them with you all. Inspiring and absolutely stunning! ...She may consider taking orders. lol!!