Forty years together...a truly amazing couple. My twin sister Becky (I call her Nell) and her husband Ken took me for a walk through Goldstream Park on a recent visit to Vancouver Island. Such a beautiful fall day with big orange maple leaves strewn about the ground, the sun shining through the branches of trees.
Soon there will be more salmon spawning in this river. We were early and so we saw only a few making their way upstream.
"Are ya coming?" Webby (his real name is Webster) seems to say to me as he races back to where I was photographing them. He's a little impatient because it's so much fun to play in the leaves and he doesn't want to stop to pose for me. He's eleven now but sometimes I think he's still a two-year-old. He even smiles at me when I show up.
Twelve days spent visiting on the island weren't enough but it will have to do for now. I think I have convinced them both to have me house sit when they travel. And I'd stay a few days before they left and a few days after they returned, just so we can have more fun times together.
Terrill Bodner, MPA is an Accredited Professional Photographer living in Prince George, BC, specializing in Real Estate, Contemporary, and Fine Art photography. Terrill is a member of Professional Photographers of Canada, accredited in Fine Art/Photo Decor, Animals, Wildlife, Nature, Ornithology/Bird, Botanical, Pictorial/Scenic, and Travel Illustration photography and holds the designation of Master of Photographic Arts from Professional Photographers of Canada. She shoots in studio and on location. Come on in and snoop around!
There's no hesitation when I text my niece, Kendall, to see if she is up for a walk with me to scout out a location for an upcoming family session. She's always game to model for me, and her beautiful smile makes my day.
She turned 30 this year, although I have a hard time believing she is more than 18. Her youthful exuberance for life, and her love of the outdoors keeps her going. She's been through four treatments for cancer so far and there's a few more left. But it's not stopping her for long. This year she's completed 48 hikes. She says today doesn't count because we weren't really hiking.
Without any prompting, she removes her toque for me to create an image without it. Beautiful! But she puts it back on because it's a little chilly without hair!
Cottonwood Island Park is another favourite spot for both of us, so when we stopped to watch the chickadees flitting around in the bushes, I asked her to put some of the birdseed we found in the palm of her hand and just wait. It didn't take long for them to approach her. Such a thrill! And before we finished our stroll, Kendall spotted something small and white in the marshy area off the path. It was a weasel of some kind. It wasn't until we got home and did some research did we find out it was a stoat, which is a short-tailed weasel. Neither of us had ever seen one before. So cool!
Sunday July 30th! Finally we had a time that worked for us to have a family photo session in Rainbow Park. Yvette, Jake and I had been in touch since January, working towards a session with their three busy little ones. Our persistence paid off and the day was gorgeous with green grass, tall trees and fun all around. The energy in all five of them shone through as I chased them through the park, grouping them together, photographing them separately. All within an hour or so before sunset.
What I love about these outdoor sessions is what the families bring out in their photographs ... love, connection, enjoying the little things while raising a growing family. And grow they do! I've had the pleasure of photographing Oliver, the oldest, since he started playing minor football a few years ago. So when I finally met Elijah and Tatiana at the photo session, it was a blur of pink, beige and blues. So coordinated looking! I loved it!
The final images were colour-toned to suit Yvette and Jake's decor. Not my usual style, but change is good and I was able to create a few sepia-toned prints and a lovely 12x12 book of keepsake images for them to enjoy from time to time as the years go by. I believe today's children deserve to see themselves in print just as we experienced it ourselves when we were growing up. Nothing says "I love you" more than a photograph of someone hanging on a wall, or even the fridge!
I am booking sessions into mid December. Yes, December! We have four wonderful seasons here in the north, and I love to take advantage of every one of them. If you're in Prince George and looking to book family portraits before Christmas, reach out anytime. I might have a spot or two left just for you!
Here's a few more candid shots from the session. Enjoy!
Fall, my favourite time of year, is here again! And it's time for some football. For the past seven years I have photographed minor and high school players and watched so many of them grow up and graduate! There's always a fresh crop of little guys eager to learn the game. Here's a few shots of one minor team, aptly named "Outlaws". It's always a challenge to race along the sidelines with them as the ball carrier heads to the goal line. Sometimes I manage to capture them crossing the line, but it's the journey that is most important in life, and football teaches that along with teamwork and cooperation.
Sometimes we have to struggle alone to reach our goals too. That's what makes us stronger and more confident that we can do whatever we set our hearts and minds to do.
Breaking away from the pack, being protected by your teammates, it's a rush to the end zone! I love to see the determination in their eyes. Focusing on the goal line gets this player there.
Sometimes we stumble, get caught up and thrown to the ground. Even stomped on, but that doesn't stop these players from picking themselves up and carrying on in the next play. Second chances in life are worth taking.
There are times we all need a little help pushing through.
And sometimes it's just a chance to enjoy life, celebrate the victories, and learn from the defeats.
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