Our Vancouver Home

My wife and I moved to North Vancouver 4 years ago when my daughter Maddy was just turning one. Last week we moved to Alberta, and I’ve realized that although I photographed bits and pieces off our home, I realized that I regrettably never did an actual Housestories shoot of our own home. This home wasn’t large, and it was never going to be our forever home, and so I suppose I thought that I neglected the fact that it will always be a incredibly special home for us, a place where some of the best memories we’ll ever have were created - where we brought our son Jasper home for the very first time; where Maddy would sit on the countertop and help me make pancakes; where she would make up songs and sing them all day long, where Jasper would learn to sit up, learn to crawl, and take his first steps; where the perfect day would be when it was just the four of us playing on living room floor.

Of course we will still have these memories, but many of them will turn into hazy fragments. I created Housestories so that families can someday open an album and have all these beautiful memories light up as they revisit the long forgotten details of the past. I am so excited about the many new memories that we will make in our new home in Edmonton, Alberta, and of course I will be sure to give myself, and my family, the gift of keeping these years vivid and alive.

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Alberta Bound

It’s official, later this month I will be leaving the coastal beauty of Vancouver for the open spender of the prairies. It has been such a pleasure starting Housestories Canada in this beautiful city, and I look forward to returning as often as I can. Alberta, here I come.

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Wildeye Brewing

I’m a sucker for craft beer and local breweries. When I saw the the sign, ‘Wildeye Brewing: Opening this Winter’ while driving in North Vancouver, I just had to get in touch and see if I could take some photos of the space in progress. When I met the owner, Sam, she was at the top of a step ladder painting the ceiling; a real hands on approach. Wildeye Brewing will no doubt be a popular hub for cyclists and beer lovers alike, with the main bar modelled after the famous wooden mountain bike tracks snacking through the North Shore’s wilderness. look forward to photographing the finished space when it’s complete, and of course, enjoying a pint or two.

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Portraits of Brushes

During a recent collaboration with North Van Arts, I photographed a series of artist studios. As a little side project, I thought it would be interesting to take a mini portrait of each artist’s favourite paint brush. I’ve always been fascinated by the subtle details that make an object unique, like how each brush is as unique as the artist who uses it.

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North Shore Art Crawl

This weekend is the 9th annual North Shore Art Crawl, an event that celebrates the creative energies of local artists, by allowing visitors the rare opportunity to visit the private studios of artists all across Vancouver’s north shore. In the largest art crawl to date, this year people can visit more 280 artists in over 80 locations (for more information visit www.northvanarts.ca). As a lead up to the event, this week I collaborated with North Van Arts to document the studios of a selection of artists in North Vancouver. Below is a preview of just a few of spaces that will be open to the public this weekend:

3 Brushes Studio

My first stop was 3 Brushes Studio, started by artists Maureen Coles, Shae Salmon, and Danyne Johnston. Having recently moved into this new studio, they say it’s still a work in progress, but it looked great to me.

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Red Boat Studio

I could photograph Karole Doucette’s Red Boat Studio everyday and still find something new to shoot. Visit her studio and see her paint and pottery work this weekend during the North Shore Art Crawl.

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Rosin+Harding

Third stop on my North Shore studio tour - the home studio of Kim Rosin and Mandy Harding in Eagle Harbour. This studio along with 91 others will be open to the public during this weekend’s North Shore Art Crawl.

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Browning Studio

My final stop took me to the home of husband and wife artist duo Stuart and Jean, where Stuart creates stained glass and sandblasted pieces and Jean creates a range of jewelry.

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