Coffee & Conversations ♥

I love coffee shops. If I could live in one, I probably would. (half-kidding) I finally met up with Lianna at Nelson the Seagull over the weekend, and we bonded over some avo on toast, drinks, honest conversations and Instagraming. (ok actual photography too) and might I add.. Their in-house stuff is amazing. 

Another thing I love? Raw talk. Real talk as some of you might call it. Or heart to hearts. I probably don't set enough time aside as I should to catch up with people.. (guilty), but conversations and coffee are always a favourite in my books. 

As I've grown older.. I realize the power and criticality of vulnerability for meaningful connection. Raw, open, bold conversations - stripped of judgement. Intentional and authentic. Conversations that has depth, transparency.. from a heart that genuinely wants to know another person. And I love how coffee shops creates a space for that. Perhaps it might not be the best place to some to hold some very personal conversations.. But it's my safe place. It's a place where I get to experience snippets of other peoples' lives. A place that takes me back to a child-like curiosity as I observe my surroundings. A place that brings me joy from my encounters with strangers. A place where I've had some of my most honest conversations. Thankful for days like these. Thought I'd share some photographs I snapped as well. Kinfolk worthy? Enjoy! :)

P.S For those in Vancouver, where are some of your fave coffee spots in the city?

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Oregon Coast photo diary ♥

Back from the Coast! Misty mornings with the cool ocean breeze. Beautiful blue horizons. Dominant, crashing and determined waves.. I don't know why I didn't tag along all those years of camping in Oregon, but visiting this place definitely needs to be an annual thing. There's just something about listening to the sound of the waves.. and being right there in the middle of it all; where the sandy bottom accomodates the incoming waves before they roll over themselves. Sarah Kay said it best, "There is nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away." 

Grateful for lots of quality time with the fam, as well as some much needed self-reflection. Whenever I'm by the ocean, it makes me put my whole life back in perspective, and reminds me how much bigger God is than I am. His greatness, the beauty of His creation, and His love for us. Perhaps I need to be by an ocean more often. Hope you guys enjoy this visual diary!

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No longer on pause ♥

Part deux with Crowned by V! The one thing I love about photography is the fact that it brings such joy to my life. I get all excited and giddy about my favorite shots. (Okay, maybe a little exaggerated, but definitely quite a bit of excitement! The people I photograph know this.) There were months where my camera was left on the shelf collecting dust, and I questioned when I would pick it up again. Call it a creative black hole if you will. 

For the longest time - it was a comparison game. Whether my work would make "the cut". There's an abundance of photographers out there, and the perfectionist in me struggled to be of a certain calibre. And that was my biggest mistake. But here I am, months later - refreshed, motivated, inspired and more importantly - enjoying what I do. Perhaps distance does make the heart grow fonder. And this case, it held true. Can't wait to see what comes up in the following months. Definitely expect some back dated posts from my Europe trip!

P.S Isn't Vivien such a stunner? She definitely knows how to work the camera! And if you can model your own products, props.

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