• Wednesday’s Style – Stylish Ways to Celebrate Earth Day
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    Earth Day is today – April 22. So with that in mind, why not think of ways to incorporate the day into different facets of your life – including your fashion. Here are some great Spring fashion choices that are not only stylish, but are also eco-friendly.

    One way to always promote eco-friendly fashion is by shopping in vintage stores. There are so many amazing one-of-a-kind pieces out there suited to every taste and style. You can really get some fantastic items and everyone will surely want to know where you got them. But if vintage isn’t your thing, here are some companies that are creating on-trend, sustainable fashions.

    The creation of Nepali by TDM Design was inspired by founder Michelle Baldwin’s trip to Nepal. It was there that she got the ideas for her natural, eco-friendly scarves. The brand works with a team of female weavers in Nepal using all-natural materials and azo-free dyes on all of its products. They have so many beautiful and colorful scarves perfect for Spring.

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    Botany Co. Eyewear is a Caledon, Ontario-based company that creates modern, on-trend eyewear. Their commitment to the environment can be seen in the way they create their glasses. Each style in their collection, including the classic Wayfarer, has been re-imagined using sustainable bamboo wood. Even the bags that the glasses come in are made from organic cottons and recycled fabrics.
    raybandsThe company Killigrew makes a line of trendy t-shirts for men. They’re made using 100% organic Peruvian pima cotton and come in a variety of colorful,  irreverent styles. Perfect for a dressed-down weekend, Killigrew’s shirts can add some “hip” to your man’s style.

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    Images via tdmdesigninc.com, botanycoeyewear.com, killigrew.com
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  • Wednesday’s Style – Outdoor Locations for Your Spring Family Photos | Vancouver Child Photographer
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    If you’re getting ready to schedule an upcoming family photo session, chances are you’ll want to take advantage of the warmer weather and do it outside. There are so many wonderful locations from which to choose, so here are just a few to help get you inspired.

    Van Dusen Botanical Gardens

    An absolutely gorgeous location, the gardens are the perfect place to take some family photos, especially when so many colourful flowers are in full bloom. There’s a small entrance fee – but so worth sometimes.

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     Spanish Banks

    A true gem of a beach location, Spanish Banks is a calm and serene oasis to escape to and get some amazing photos. If you want to incorporate a stunning sunset, head there later in the evening to do so.

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    Gastown

    If you’re looking for something a little more quirky and industrial, definitely check out Gastown. It’s been having a major transformation in the last few years and taking some photos in this vibrant area will definitely make for some very interesting and different shots.

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    Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden

    Right in the middle of the bustle of Chinatown lies the peaceful Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden. It features a beautiful selection of trees and plants, waterfalls, ponds and intriguing architecture that make for fantastic backdrops for your photo session.

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    Images via vancouversun.com, wikipedia.org, gastown.org, vancouverchinesegarden.com

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  • Candid Family Portraits, S Family | Vancouver Child & Family Portraits
  • Time flies. Especially when you have young children growing and changing. I’m so lucky to have met this family in Jaco, Costa Rica. They are amazing. We only get to see them once a year, but it’s always a blast and my daughter has the best time playing with their two little sweeties. Can’t believe how much they’ve changed since I photographed them last March. This is the 3rd time I’ve captured their family – lucky me. You can see some past sessions here, and here.

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  • Sunday’s Showcase – How to Style Your Coffee Table | Vancouver Family Photographer
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    We all have one somewhere in our living space – the coffee table. To some, it’s just another piece of furniture while to others, it’s like an ever-changing art installation. Here are some tips on how to style your own coffee table to suit your tastes and decor. And remember, all of these items are easy to change up as often as you like.

    Make it personal – display some of your favorite items. Perhaps you have a much-loved vase, paperweight or decorative object. Use these items to create a unique display in your home.

    Books are an easy way to add color and interest to your table. Plus, an intriguing book may catch the eyes of your visitors and spark up a conversation. A signature album from your child or family photo session would make a perfect addition to a coffee table. I know that’s where I keep mine for folks to flip through whenever.

    Fresh flowers are always welcome. So as not to overwhelm the space with a large, tall arrangement, use a small bud vase or even float a few petals in a shallow vessel.  Flowers not only bring in color, but also add a fresh scent.

    Another way to add scent and warmth is with candles. There are so many varieties of beautiful candles on the market that it’s easy to create a mood just by switching up your scents. As the weather gets warmer, fresh, clean scents are the way to go.

    A beautiful tray is a fantastic way to pull all of these items together. You can use it create a vignette of books, flowers, candles, etc. Play around with your displays, placements and objects and use your imagination to create a space that’s special to you!

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  • Sunday’s Showcase – Easter Basket Ideas | Vancouver Child Photographer
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    When we think of Easter baskets, we usually think of lots of candy. Chocolate bunnies, jelly beans, marshmallow chicks and more. But if you’d rather your kids not go into a sugar coma, why not pad the basket with other fun items they can use instead of eat? Here are a few ideas to help make this year’s baskets the best yet.

    Of course, give the kids what they want – which is candy! But use it sparingly and aim to stimulate their minds. Books are always a great idea. Little kids love board books and many older kids have favorite series or characters that they love. Get a few of their favorites, tie them together with a ribbon and you’ve got a great gift.

    Since the weather is getting warmer, another fun idea is items they can use outside such as sidewalk chalk, bubbles, sand pails and the like. You can use the pail as the basket base and fill it up with outdoor items including sunglasses, hats and more.

    Things that kids can create is always another great ideas. Small Lego sets, art kits, sticker books and crayons will foster creativity in your kids. Add in some colorful paper so they can make Easter crafts after receiving the basket – maybe they can even create place cards for the dinner table.

    There are so many non-candy options out there for all ages. Adding these into the basket will help promote your child’s creative side as well as keep the cavities away!

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