I had another session at Stanley Park a couple of weeks ago with the Watsons. They are such a cute family and were a lot of fun to photograph, especially their daughter Beatrix. She is just full of life, super expressive, and I love her blonde hair with those gorgeous brown eyes. We got along so well, that she totally surprised me and gave me a kiss at the end of our session! Their son Toby was a little cranky as he was napping at the beginning of our session, but even he warmed up to me and gave me a hug at the end, which the parents said was very unusual for him. The children were so different from one another; it doesn’t cease to amaze me the personalities that children are born with. I loved seeing Beatrix’s eyes light up when her and her father were playing in the leaves.
I was trying to find a different location underneath Cambie Bridge where they have some cool art, but it was cold (about 6 C so somewhere in the 40s F), dark, and rainy, so we set up shop by the water at Coopers Park. It’s a kind of neat area as there are a playground and a set of hoops underneath the bridge. The most mind blowing part of the night though (well it wasn’t even 6PM at this point) was that there were people training for dragon boating on the water in the cold, dark, rain. And there were at least two boats full of people, not just one. Vancouverites, I am in awe of you. But the best part of our date was on our way home, we drove by a gelato store which jogged Stuart’s memory to a nightmare he had. His nightmare was that a scoop of ice cream was $11 in Vancouver, and he paid it because they had already scooped it and he felt bad. Funny that’s what he considers a nightmare. Oh Stu.
I photographed one of my contest winners, Addam, Carrie, Ethan, and Olivia Bryant, last weekend at Stanley Park. They are an adorable young family of four. We had some fun around Beaver Lake and then we found a nice big area of leaves to play in. The children were incredibly sweet. Hanging out with their five-year old Ethan made my miss my nephews, and I loved Olivia’s little pierced ears. I love little people around Olivia’s age, around 18 months or so, where they’re still new at walking, still have loads of baby fat, and learning how to talk. And I found it so fun that Ethan resembles his dad so much, right down to the hair! Congrats to the Bryants for winning the session and I hope “Pink Gramma” is please with the results as well!
No, we didn’t actually go into the science center today. Hopefully we’ll get the chance soon, maybe when our nephews come to visit. They did have some fun statues and a junkyard xylophone on the grounds that we did play with however. Of course, Stuart had to have a photo with the T-Rex.
I don’t know if this is geeky, but I’ve created a Google Map pinning our locations for our portraits. You know, just in case you wanted a visual representation of where in Vancouver we’re taking our portraits.