The Dente Princes

Added on by Stephanie Chan.

Better late than never, I invited Maria and her family out to Centennial to fulfill my end of the bargain from last year's head shaving: mini session for anyone who donated $200+ for the Change Your Hair Change Your Life Fundraiser.  Had a riot with these three naughty but very handsome scoundrels.

Marcellus, Alessandro and Little Ilario below.

I can't believe it's been yet another year since last year's end of summer light: so beautiful, milky and full of lively colour.


Thank you once again to the Dentes for their generous donation that helped make last year's fundraiser such a success.





Wren Verona

Added on by Stephanie Chan.

After all the editing and compiling the photos for this post together, I'm at a loss of where to begin with Little Miss Wren.  I've known the Schmidt sisters since Grade 8.  Like many other girls, we were shuffled against our will to attend Little Flower Academy, an all girls Catholic school.  Yes.  I'm one of THOSE girls…  The girls that attended Blessed Sacrament Elementary were a tight crew and I was introduced to Ashley Schmidt via a number of her friends.  I was intimidated by her height and how she loved to play pranks on her friends.  Her sister, Nicole, 2 years older terrified me all through high school.  Ashley and I have continued to be friends after all these years, growing much closer in the last few.  It was only until Nicole gave birth to her first little guy, Rook, 3 years ago, that we began to hang out and I learned she was much less terrifying and a lot more hilarious.

I am so grateful to have such wonderful and loving friends in my life and I'll say it a million more times, I am so honoured to photograph their life milestones and growing families.   It's so special to be able to see such a long time friend welcome their first baby into the world, to share that love and wonder with them, to see the features of a face you've known forever suddenly appear in a brand new miniature version, and to see their heart transform before your very eyes as they fall in love with this tiny little person.

It is insane the things first time mothers do during their last weeks of nesting, Ashley and Ivan handmade this beautiful bird mobile.


Beautiful Wren

I look forward to seeing you grow up
and to count the many ways you will be like your Mama.




2014 Reader's Choice Awards

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Yes, I know.  Damn, that's a big photo of her face  I share it because it is not often these days that I'm feeling anything other than nauseous, exhausted and beat down with headaches with this pregnancy.  Looking nice is very far down the list of priorities so I figured I'd snap a photo of me feeling pretty damn good about myself.  Also, it's a portrait... and I just happened to have won this The Delta Optimist's Reader's Choice Award for best Portrait Photography second year in a row!!!  Not too shabby for a selfie.

My sweetheart Mr. O'Brien escorted me to the reception.  For all the time and muscle he has put in to making things happen behind the scenes, I felt he was reasonably deserving.

We sat outside on the patio where I thoroughly enjoyed my pregnancy plate of goods with the other winners of Ladner & Tsawwassen.  The cherry on top of the lovely evening was that Cait was working in the next room and brought me a personal bowl of hot crispy french fries to munch on while waiting to be called up.  French Fries have been the Number 1 craving this pregnancy, so yeah, I was pretty darn stoked about that.

A million thank you to everyone who took the time to fill out the ballot forms!  A special thanks to all the parents that sometimes don't have enough time to take a shower and took the 15 minutes to fill out 25 of their favourite places and services in our small town.  Thank you for all the love, support and kindness over the past couple of years, I wouldn't be here without you!





Mini Cali Vacay

Added on by Stephanie Chan.

Thought I'd share a few photos from our weekend trip to visit my sister in Cali.  We stayed at in San Diego at a beach house to be closer to Lego Land where we would be taking Moses on his birthday the following day.  It was so beautiful!  Sadly, it was cold and windy on the day we arrived and did not get the opportunity to hit the beach and waves.

The rest of our time was spent relaxing at my sister's home.  The kids got to spend quality time with their fave Auntie, and when they were not, you could find them in the hammock, building legos or mesmerized for hours in front of the television.  It was a rough week of weaning them off when we returned home!  

And next year we will have a 5 month old baby