Well That Was Unexpected!

Well That Was Unexpected!

Image from Tourism Vancouver

Living the Vancouver Life; October 2017 to January 2019

 

Ever since the bearded bloke started working for a certain organisation known for getting all up in the faces of whalers, fossil fuel extractors and rainforest wreckers, the option of doing their deeds in another country was often mentioned, talked about and then passed by as life did its usual thing. Until a few months ago. An opportunity arose to go to Canada for 14 months, and after almost saying no (I know right? What where we thinking?), we grabbed the grizzly by it’s ears and said YES to Vancouver.

This was not without it’s stresses. We had to sell the boat (tick and SOB), I had to re-arrange photographers for the clients that had booked me for 2018 which was something that pained me very much but thank all the sky fairies & deities for my most brilliant network of highly talented wedding photographer mates who happily stepped in and took over with a minimum of disruption. I am also so grateful and relieved for the good grace of my clients. It isn’t something I undertook lightly, balancing the needs and opportunities of all the family members, against the cost in time, finance and carbon footprint of multiple flight back and forth, and the peace of mind of my lovely clients.. ugh adulting is so hard sometimes.

Our Vancouver adventure starts on the 30th of October (my daughter Juno is beyond excited about her first proper Halloween, she has a unicorn princess costume ready to go and is telling everyone that “We are moving to Canada and we will get a pumpkin and PEOPLE WILL FILL IT WITH SWEETS!”) and will return sometime in December 2018 or January 2019. So no bookings in the UK for 2018 I’m afraid! But I’m always up for shooting the beautiful life adventure in Vancouver, and for making photographer buddies, especially the nerdy types that like board games, beer and kicking around with our kids.

Second shooting or collaborating on fun, creative, stereotype-smashing editorial shoots is also something I’m also very interested in doing, so hit me up if you have something in mind. Looking forward to meeting new friends in Canada and catching up with old ones on our return to the UK.

x Amy

Rain don’t stop play at Cleo & Ed’s South London Celebration.

Rain don’t stop play at Cleo & Ed’s South London Celebration.

I was really moved to be asked to photograph Cleo & Ed’s wedding. I photographed Cleo’s brother’s wedding a couple of years back and was great friends with their late father, the wonderful Mike aka Minimouse, co-conspirator, mentor and ESB drinking buddy. He was well remembered that day and everyone loudly agreed he would have most definitely approved of proceedings.

As we drove down the hill towards Peckham’s Asylum Chapel  we could see those disturbingly yellowish storm clouds that gather right before an intense summer storm, and the heavens truly opened just as we arrived. But despite the wall of water and the dripping tin roof, everyone’s spirits were high and a beautiful ceremony commenced. After drinks under the portico we all decamped to Brixton East to drink, swap stories and share platters of food. I loved the two personalised home brews prepared especially for toasting the couple.. though someone may have been a bit liberal with the brewers yeast!

Couple leaving

 

Nick & Leilee’s Hackney Pub Safari

Nick & Leilee’s Hackney Pub Safari

On a cold, February day with sleet on the wind, there is no where better to be than a cosy east London pub with your favourite people.

Nick & Leilee have a love for Hackney and a love for pubs, as do I! Their table setting’s were sweet little handmade signs of favourite pubs, totally an idea I will steal whenever the bearded one and I ever get round to doing the official thing. Everyone met in Stoke Newington’s Rose & Crown before heading over to the Town Hall for the ceremony, then a quick hustle over to the other side of Hackney to Clapton’s The Crooked Billet to warm up by the fire, drink, dance and be merry. The bunting, bouquet and boutonniere’s were all handmade by Leilee’s talented friends, and the gorgeous cake by Little Bear Cakery, another local Hackney supplier.

A super fun moment that made me laugh was the ‘First Shot’, a communal bottoming of hard liquor instead of the more traditional first dance shuffle. It was a good one to end on!

Ernestina & Mark

Ernestina & Mark

Lo-fi back yard fun times for a very family-friendly celebration. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more sequinned dress, it was so awesome! The pop-up nail salon for added extra evening glamour was also a real treat for everyone too. Thanks for having me along Ernestina & Mark, was so much fun!