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The 411

I sat here imagining what it is that I wanted to portray to those of you who happen to stop by and ponder who I am.

I sat for a pretty long time.

I considered, maybe, that I should start with a cliche quote, such as 'pictures are worth a thousand words'. But I didn't want to sell out on a simple quote like that.

So I sat and pondered some more.

And really, the one thing that I can say about who I am is a photographer, is this:

"Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name goes all the glory for your unfailing love and faithfulness" Psalm 115:1

I have been blessed with a passion and a gift, and I seek it out everyday for a purpose greater than my own. I find joy in capturing the true personalities of my clients, because I desire to pursue my passion with integrity.

So, I could sit here and tell you a story about pictures being worth a thousand words, a million words, maybe even an infinite amount of words. But not one of those words would speak truth to who I am or what I do.

So, instead, I give you me. What I do and why I do it; to the core. 

Honesty is the best policy, right? (Ok, one cheesy quote is acceptable).


Tina & Family Sneak Peek: Belcarra Family Photographer

Today, I had the pleasure of spending some time with this A-DORABLE family at Belcarra Park. It was a gorgeous sunny day and we had so much fun walking on the beach and lying in the grass. These three children are so much fun to hang around, and I fell in love with their little boy- he even offered me hugs by the end of our session.

Here is a delightful sneak peek of this wonderful family!

Wedding Bliss and Honeymooning!

Hi friends! As you may or may not know, I married my best friend on July 15, 2012. We then took off to Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico, for our honeymoon! The day was absolutely dreamy, wonderful, and way beyond my expectations. I thought I would give you a sneak peek of the day and a look at our honeymoon all in one shot.

Here are some photos from the iphones of some loved ones!

And these are from Uncle Gordon Kwan!

And these are some from the eye of my camera:

And here are a few from the lovely and ever-wonderful Sloan Photographers!

And THESE are some photos of our time in Mexico at the Grand Mayan Hotel!

July 28, 2012 - 6:06 am Sheri Morrow - Rach, I had such a fantastic time at your wedding and can't wait to see all the photos. It was beautiful, amazing and so much attention to little details. Loved it. Love you! I was so blessed by the obvious love you and Neil have for Jesus. That was what stood out to me. Thank for including me and for all the fantastic scrabble tiles. :-D Sheri

Lauren & David: MARRIED! Sneak Peek – Surrey Wedding Photographer

I’ve honestly barely gotten in the door of my home, but I had to share with you some of the photos from today! I’ve barely even glanced at half of my CF cards and I can’t help but squeal with excitement. I cannot WAIT for the full blog post to head your way!

(They did a fake sneak peek prayer before the ceremony! SO CUTE!)

July 2, 2012 - 5:55 am Tanis - AMAZEBALLS!!!!

Creekside Coffee Factory: So much YUM!

I’ve recently become obsessed with Creekside Coffee Factory. They’re the only coffee place in the Tri-Cities that roasts their own beans on site, and it really shows. Prior to this discovery, I would only drink coffee from my beloved Stumptown in Seattle. I thought I would give Creekside a chance one day, and was pleasantly surprised. If you want a blow-your-mind Caramel Macchiatto, this is the place to be! They also have Dew drip coffee, which is made fresh on site every day and has some serious flavor and low acidity. I drink it black. ME! The latte lover drinks Dew drip black. I 100% recommend you go check this place out, you won’t be disappointed!

Anyways, I’ve become a bit of a ‘regular’ at Creekside. Most of the baristas know my ‘usual’ and I often camp out and edit all day (I’m constantly caffeinated- perfect!). We decided to do some fun photos of the latte art and other unique aspects of the roastery today. Enjoy the yumminess ahead!

Disclaimer: I cannot be held responsible for the coffee addiction that might ensue from your visit to Creekside! Check them out at 19-2773 Barnet Hwy, Coquitlam.

June 26, 2012 - 12:36 am Josh - This was something I never thought I'd expect to see on your blog! I absolutely love it! The pictures, the description, everything!!!

My first niece! Baby Ada! Coquitlam Newborn Photographer

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen the few thousand photos I’ve posted of my little niece since she arrived to Canada last night! Ada was born in Thailand on April 17, 2012, and I have been waiting to meet her ever since. Her fabulous parents live and work in Cambodia, so seeing her is going to be a rare treat. I couldn’t help but take super adorable photos of her- check out how CUTE she is.

June 25, 2012 - 9:19 pm Jes - man alive! look at those eyes so beautiful!

The Pearson Family: Port Moody Family Photographer

My dear friend Rosa is a brilliant home design blogger and graphic design guru. In fact, she is designing my new business cards! I admire her work greatly- you won’t meet someone more talented and with more vision than Rosa! So, when we decided to do some family portraits for her, I knew I was in for a treat! Together we worked on some creative and fun ideas, and I am SO pleased with the outcome. I adore her two boys, they are filled with adventure and enthusiasm. I had a really lovely time with them last night at Old Orchard Park in Port Moody!

June 22, 2012 - 2:12 pm Sheri Morrow - love these shots Rachel. You rock. Perfect !!!!

June 21, 2012 - 10:38 pm Rosa @ FlutterFlutter - Rachel, these are fabulous!!! You are beyond talented! Thank you, thank you, thank you! :)

Christina & Renan: Married! Richmond Wedding Photographer

Christina and Renan are two very incredible people. Renan has the ability to make anyone smile, anytime. He is full of life and laughter yet has a sweet and sensitive side (especially when it comes to his wife and his madre). Christina is a woman who is beautiful inside and out and loves people fully, completely, and passionately. I also learned that these two have some SERIOUS dance moves. They boogied down the aisle after their ceremony, broke it down during the reception entrance, and busted out some serious mambo skills during their first dance. Their day was SUCH a fun time. I loved the Mexican and Korean elements that were represented throughout the day! I was even lucky enough to witness my very first Korean ceremony.  I also was privileged to work with Life Studios on this wedding! They are an incredible videography/photography company based out of Vancouver with a huge sense of humor. I am so excited to see the video they produce of this fantastic event. Working this wedding was a serious blast!

(We had some fun with the moving pedway!)

Debbie & Theran: Expecting! Vancouver Maternity Photographer

Last week I ventured into Vancouver for a maternity session with this lovely South African couple! I was smitten by their accents and vibrant personalities right away! Debbie and Theran are fun people to be around, even if Theran does like to hog the spotlight (he was a little ‘grumpy’ until we gave him some photos by himself) Haha. I am so excited to take photos of their beautiful baby boy when he arrives!

June 21, 2012 - 3:28 am beth - I LOVE these! Rach, you are amazing! My fave is the tummy one at the end... captured personalities beautifully!!

June 20, 2012 - 11:30 pm Robyn - Rachel, these are gorgeous! I love bright clothes against the (classic) greys of Vancouver. Very pretty! :)

Noelani and Andrew: Married! Oahu Wedding Photographer

Words cannot express the wonderful time I spent with Noelani and Andrew in Hawaii a few months ago. These two are some seriously beautiful love birds who have worked so hard at their never-ceasing long distance relationship. Their passion for each other, family, and God is contagious, and I was so blessed to become close to them during my time in Hawaii. This coming Sunday, Andrew is being deployed to Afghanistan. My thoughts and prayers are with them as they undergo this new adventure of married life and all the trials they will face in this first year. Noelani will be living in Italy, where Andrew is posted, while she awaits his return from deployment. Please pray for this couple- they seriously deserve it!

Noelani and Andrew, I adore you both! Here is an overview of your fabulous day in Oahu.

PS: If you haven’t seen their engagement session, check it out here!

June 20, 2012 - 1:10 pm Wendy Beyda - These photos are amazing! What a wonderful job the photographer did and having Hawaii as your background can't hurt!!

Christina & Renan: Sneak Peek! Richmond Wedding Photographer

I spent the day photographing Christina and Renan on their big day! I couldn’t wait to share a sneak peek of their day :) Full post coming soon!

June 18, 2012 - 3:15 pm Bridesmaid Andrea - Rachel, even a rainy day couldn't dampen your talent! these are spectacular!! I can't WAIT to see more!

June 18, 2012 - 7:07 am Tanis - Oh gosh, how beautiful are these?!? Love her dress!!!!