Tags archives: Cowichan valley

  • The Bates Family | Lifestyle Family

  • I met the completely adorable Bates Family at one of my favourite local spots.
    As Felina said, the walkway would be perfect for containing
    ‘active’ toddlers and the bird sighting are always a great distraction.
    The beautiful, rich fall colours and textures surrounding us
    were the perfect backdrop against this beautiful, fun family.
    Oscar and Leila were perfect,
    tolerating me, my camera and my antics during nap and snack times
    which is asking a lot from such sweet little people.
    (and big people too! lol)

    It was hard to narrow down some favourites,
    I loved them all,
    But here are some that pulled at my heart.

  • Stephanie | Lifestyle Maternity

  • I met Stephanie, Ryan and little Hannah at the Ocean side.
    The family had just settled in after a cross country move from Saskatchewan.
    Even just the thought of having her maternity photos near the ocean
    was so exciting for all of them.
    Hannah spent most of her time throwing rocks into water,
    as toddler do.
    In just a short while, she will become a big sister,
    and I get to go visit the family in their new home once they get settled in.

    I have loved getting to know them,
    and look forward to many more of our sessions together
    as they navigate parenthood with two beautiful girls and
    the wonderful ‘island life’.

  • The Tromp Family | Ashley Marston Photography

  • Over 4 years I have watched this beautiful family grow.
    I started photographing Yui and Mike the day they got married,
    and now, here we are, two beautiful children later.
    Every time I photograph them I enjoy our visit.
    I love getting to see the kids grow and I ‘think’ Rebecca may be warming up to me 😉
    How lucky am I to be the one to capture them year after year.

    I know these photographs will make their way to Japan,
    and so I hope that her family enjoys seeing the beautiful love filled life
    that she has here in Canada.

    Here are some of my favourite of the Tromp Family!

  • The Worrall Family

  • Ive been close to Aylas’ Story from the day she was born.
    Not only have I been friends with her mom for 15 years,
    But each year I have documented her life with the people she loves.
    A wonderful circle of people that love, care for and nurture her
    as she navigates life with cerebral palsy.

    What I love most about Ayla is her tenacity. That, she gets from her mom.
    Her cheekiness comes from her dad
    and her wonderful heart comes from the outpouring of love and patience
    that comes her way both in her home and every where she goes,
    and from everyone she meets.
    Because her smile and personality is infectious, and as my son Tate says
    “Everybody Loves Ayla”

    ….and he’s right.

  • Matt & Arianna | A Wedding Story

  • I remember when they started dating.
    I actually remember when I decided that he was the one for her.
    You see…you had to be really great.
    I mean…really great to be good enough for ‘our Arianna’
    She was not only our niece, but a big part of our lives as a nanny to our children.

    I guess you might say I became a bit protective over her…
    He won me over quickly.
    Maybe it was the way he just fit in,
    how he ‘wanted’ to come over to be with my kids…
    Or maybe, it was that I could see that he really loved her.
    He was completely hers.

    The day was perfect.
    I spent time behind the lens wiping tears away,
    as my sweet niece put on her dress,
    walked down the isle and married the man who adored her.

    I cried just as much editing these as I did on the day of the wedding.
    A day filled with love, laughter and music.
    There is nothing better.

    Thank you Arianna and Matt for allowing me to capture such an amazing day…

    Here are just a few moments that I thought you would love.

    Aunty Ash
    xxoo


  • Siena | Lifestyle Newborn

  • Sweet Darling Siena is here.
    Perfectly Planned and loved,
    her beautiful story started in Southern France.
    When Ken and Megan arrived home
    from their vacation to find out they were indeed pregnant,
    they were thrilled.
    I had the pleasure of photographing them while Megan was expecting,
    and so I was looking forward to meeting this sweet little girl once she had settled in at home.

  • Breastfeeding and Baby Wearing | Mini Sessions

  • Every year I look forward to the Breastfeeding and Baby Wearing Mini Sessions
    Its a wonderful time for me to connect with Mothers in the community
    and capture this fleeting moment in their life.

    I love that they come to me at different parts in their journey.
    Some still navigating the world of Breastfeeding,
    and some hanging on to those last few nursing moments…
    knowing they are about to wean any day.
    All of these things connect us as woman,
    and as mothers.
    Its an honour that they ask me to capture this time for them.

    Here are just a few favourites from some of my Mamas and Babes ….

  • Patrick and Krystal | A Wedding Story

  • Ive known for a couple of years that Krystal and Pat were going to get married.
    It was really a matter of how and when.

    She told me in the very beginning that she wanted me there,
    and well…that just brings tears to my eyes.
    I loved that I got a message the day they got engaged,
    I loved that I was part of the planning,
    I love when I am in on all the secrets 😉

    One this was for certain from the very beginning,
    She wanted to make sure she honoured her father who is no longer with us.
    and she carried him in her heart all day.

    They had decided to have a simple ceremony at Pats parents GORGEOUS property.
    I met them before all their guests for a First Look
    and then we drove up to Pats Grammas home and property,
    a place that has special meaning for him.

    Our last stop before we headed to the ceremony was a little country road,
    a place Krystal strongly connected with after moving here.
    Then we made our way to the beautiful ceremony where their closets friends and family gathered.

    Pat and Krystal, thank you.
    What an amazing day with you two and
    I am honoured you have entrusted your memories with me.

    Pat & Krystal Rutti
    July 15th 2017
    Saltair, BC

  • Little John | Lifestyle Newborn

  • It was probably in my first few emails with Lee that I knew she was my ‘people’
    I met her and John face to face at our meeting for Birth Photography.

    As I was chatting with them about their experience so far
    and if they had any concerns and questions for me..
    A tiny little blue eye’d girl came up and curled up into my lap.

    It didn’t phase me.

    I often joke that children and animals love me because I smell like cookies and ‘fishy crackers’
    Apparently though, this was completely out of character for their sweet 4 year old daughter, Max.

    The entire meeting she sat on my lap.
    Held my hands, hugged me, played with my hair…

    So I think in that moment I was ‘in’
    They were not getting rid of me anytime soon,
    and I had officially had my heart stolen.

    The coming weeks would bring the arrival of Little John.
    He was born at home, in his living room,
    as the stunning early summer sunshine shone through their windows.
    I was there, and fell in love with little Max, Lee and her family all over again.

    Upon the homecoming of musician dad, John, I was invited back again.
    This time to capture them all together as a family of 5,
    including big sister Acacia
    who happen to come home juuuuuust in time for a few family shots 😉

    The end of my time with them was spent with their dog Jake.
    Knowing that he is on ‘borrowed time’,
    Lee asked me to take a few portraits of him while she nursed little John off to sleep.
    And I was happy to do it.

    Thank you Webster/Kelly Family,
    for inviting me into your lives.

    The best part is that Ive made a few new friends, big and small 🙂

  • Judah | Lifestyle Newborn

  • Some of my most favourite photographs Ive ever taken have been with this wonderful family.
    Lauras maternity photo and Evas newborn photo
    graced the cover of my website for years.
    So I am fond of them to say the least.

    Time passes much to quickly
    and that beautiful newborn girl I photographed on her parents bed
    is now a Big Sister!
    Judah was welcomed into this world 6 weeks ago.
    The perfect and sweetest edition to this wonderful family.
    My time with them was easy, carefree and effortless,
    I love spending time with them and capturing them as they are.

    Welcome Sweet Judah!
    What a wonderful family you’ve got there 😉

    Here are some of my favourites!

  • Mr & Mrs Ward

  • I remember, very clearly, the day she emailed me to tell me that she was pregnant.
    I had to pick up my jaw off the floor.
    Newly in this relationship and what felt like the world stacked against them, my first thought was,
    “Everything happens for a reason”
    That reason became clear to me the night I was with them in the delivery room.
    Their connection and love was undeniable.
    It was beautiful to watch and a wonderful way to bring a blessing into this world.
    I came away from it knowing that they were brought together for all the right reasons.
    The day they got engaged she connected me, on his recommendation.
    How incredibly happy does that make me that I have been there to celebrate all these incredible moments with them.

    I cried almost as many times on this day as I did the day that Brody was born.
    At one point I looked at her mom and said
    “Why is it every time I see you we’re crying!”

    Because, these happy tears come from the most wonderful of places.
    When you know in your heart of hearts that something is so right,
    so incredibly right, it brings you to tears.

    These two, bring me to tears.

    Lastly, after my very last frame of the night,
    A photo of them coming up off the dock,
    the sound of the wedding party going off in the distance, the lights of the lodge glowing on the water,
    Sarah said to Dave quietly behind me …
    “We’re making our dreams come true”
    I smiled. How perfect.

    Sarah and Dave, thank you.
    From the bottom of my heart.
    What an honour to photograph your journey.

    Dave & Sarah Ward
    Painters Lodge
    Campbell River, BC

  • Axel | Lifestyle Newborn

  • There are some families I hold close to my heart.
    The Emersons are one of those families.
    And its not for the number of times Ive photographed them, or why I was there,
    But more for that I feel at home with them,
    that its more like visiting friends than ‘going to work’

    Luckily for me, they also happen to have some of the most adorable children,
    and they themselves….also adorable.

    So photographing them also comes easy…
    (Even though Cruz has me using all the tricks in my ‘photographers box of tricks’ 😉 )

    In this particular visit, we were welcoming and celebrating the arrival of Baby Axel.
    Another perfect and sweet boy for Tiff and Sonny.
    I enjoyed snuggling him as much as I enjoyed photographing him with his family,
    and in his perfectly decorated nursery.

    …Already looking forward till the next time I see them…

    Here are a few of my favourites!