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September 22, 2010

COMING SOON: In the weeks ahead, this blog will be full of stories, imagery and more. Stay tuned and check often for updates!


I wanted to give you all a taste of what is coming up on our blog. We have a ton of weddings and other sessions to share, so we thought we might pique your interest while we are finalizing our blog posts. I should warn you – it’s not all going to be coming at once, but rather in one or two posts each week, so you’ll have to stay tuned!


September 15, 2010

Change is the one constant in life. Without it, you are simply treading water or even moving backwards. Change is something we have always embraced, but it is rare to see us make a change this big, this all encompassing…


Our blog has been naked this summer – we haven’t been posting much and it’s time to change that!  But first, an explanation and apology of sorts…

Steve and I had no plans to sell our home and studio this year. We were actually really happy with both. I was living about 3 blocks from where I grew up – the boys were going to go to the same high school I did. We had (and have) a rich social life, based around the friends we made through our kids. But there was something inside both of us that wanted change, craved it, in fact. And when we each shared that desire, we started down the road that quickly led us to today.

The first step involved finding an area/home that we loved. We had some pretty strict criteria – it had to be in a family friendly area, close to a great school, on a cul-de-sac, preferably on a greenbelt/park. It also had to have a place where we could meet clients, a place we could have our office, and a place we could shoot if necessary. And finally, it had to have great curb appeal and be relatively new. Our secondary criteria centered around sports for the kids, shopping for us (me) and centrality of location for clients.

After days spent driving all areas of the lower mainland, talking to people in and out of the industry, going through homes, talking to builders, and researching our client database to find out where our clients called home, we focussed in on an area known as many things: West Cloverdale/South Surrey, etc.

Yeah, I said Surrey. Here I was, the die hard North Vancouver girl, seriously thinking about moving to Surrey. Talk about being a long way from home!

Our original list included other cities like Nashville, Atlanta, San Diego, and more, but staying in Canada was also important to us.

So there it was, the decision to make this move and really change things up for our family. And the move was driven by family – business was a secondary consideration. After all, we can work anywhere.

What we finally decided on was a home that was framed and at the stud stage of the build. We came on board in time to finish the house exactly how we wanted, within the confines of the existing layout. And we had 8 weeks in which to finish the new house and sell our current home. By the way, we decided that in order to sell our North Van home we also needed to renovate two bathrooms and finalize some other projects we had been working on – so, yes, we were essentially building on two properties at the same time.

We had to make some tough choices and really focus our attention on the things that mattered most. Obviously we chose to forgo blogging and focus on getting our family into its new home before the kids started school. All that while photographing more destination events than any other year.

Crazy doesn’t even begin to cover it.

But here we are, in our new home/studio. We’re still under construction, but the kids started their new school with their new classmates, enrolled in their sports and started those with their new teams, and we are in the process of organizing, unpacking, and getting back into the flow of our daily business. That means editing, blogging, writing, teaching, and more…it means we’re getting back to normal.

With fourteen weddings yet to be blogged, we’ll be updating frequently. We’re also finally launching that new product we have talked so long about, and finalizing our teaching schedule for the fall. Catching up on email (it really piled up during three weeks with no internet) is a huge priority as we are horridly behind right now. In fact, if you are waiting on an email from us, please re-send your message…apparently we also lost a lot in transition.

Thanks so much for your ongoing support and understanding. The messages you have been sending via facebook and twitter have been like rays of sunshine on a dark day. And as we move back into our normal we are excited about the new place we are in and the changes we have made.

Most importantly, we look forward to seeing clients in our home, starting up the SMUG again, and welcoming photographers & friends into our new home!

Jen & Steve

August 15, 2010

When two people are as in love as these two, it is simply a matter of standing back and letting them interact. Steph and Mike have such natural chemistry that working with them was truly a pleasure. Their wedding images will be coming soon, but these images give you a sense of what is to come!

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While we were in Banff last month, photographing Sandy & Mark’s wedding, we had the chance to meet, and shoot, Stephanie & Michael. With their wedding taking place in Calgary, we didn’t have the chance to meet them before this session, and it was fantastic the way the four of us just clicked! Being able to sit and chat with clients, just like they are friends, is the best part of what we do.

After getting to know each other and chatting a bit about the wedding, we took Steph and Mike to a place we had discovered just that morning. Being able to work in different cities is so wonderful, because it forces us to find new locations, use different kinds of light, and challenge ourselves. And, in listening to Steph and Mike, we knew this location would be perfect for a low-key, down-to-earth style session.

Like many people, these two don’t love being in front of the camera (something I can relate to). So it was our job to help them relax and simply enjoy the moment, forgetting we were even there. I know that Steph and Mike want really natural and relaxed images on their wedding day, so their lifestyle session was all about helping them get comfortable with us, and it was more “directed” than their wedding day will be.

We love their images so much that we wanted to share them all with you. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the show we put together. The music is one of our favorite tracks by Daniel Ho, and you can find it at Triple Scoop Music. Use the code bebbmusic and you will get a discount too!

Stef & Mike – I can’t wait for your wedding day! I know it’s going to be amazing and I am so excited to be able to be there with you both!

April 8, 2010
If you are staring at your screen right now, a confused look on your face, that’s ok.  Things look a little different than they did, just a few days ago. We’ve had a facelift  and the blog is the first...

If you are staring at your screen right now, a confused look on your face, that’s ok.  Things look a little different than they did, just a few days ago. We’ve had a facelift  and the blog is the first part of the more comprehensive change we’re making.

It’s still a blog, a place where we will share all the things we are up to, all the weddings we photograph, and more. You can follow us on twitter and join our facebook page by clicking on the tabs to the left of the screen. Feel free to check all the links out – we’ll be adding more as time goes on.

Our contact page is now fully integrated with our studio management software, which we are really excited about. We’re still building a few things, and finalizing our overall look.  And the old blog, which we loved, is not gone, simply relocated. You can find it here: We moved over a lot of information and posts, but we weren’t able to move them all, or all of your wonderful comments. So we decided to ensure the old blog is still accessible, at least for the next while. Of course, you can always leave new comments on this blog – we do love getting comments!

Now that the blog is almost done, we’re setting our sites on a brand new website. We’ve been working on a new site for a while, and we’re finally getting closer to what we want. As soon as it is live, you’ll be the first to know!

Most importantly, we want you to sit back, relax and enjoy yourself while you’re here! And come back often too!

May 5, 2009
I know I say this every year, but we have the most fantastic, funky, and fun loving clients ever! And Kathlene and RJ are definitely all three of those – especially fantastic! With their wedding coming up at the...
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I know I say this every year, but we have the most fantastic, funky, and fun loving clients ever! And Kathlene and RJ are definitely all three of those – especially fantastic!

With their wedding coming up at the end of this month, we are so excited to share their Lifestyle Session with you all. Or at least, a very small portion of it! Steve took Kathlene and RJ to a couple of very special locations, including the very bench where they got engaged!

Rather than keep you waiting, let’s just show you how fantastic these two are:









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