Camping in Oregon with a Toddler

We were warned. My dad told us not to go camping with a toddler. But we didn’t listen. We went camping anyways. And while we had fun, afterwards, we needed a HOLIDAY - so what did we do, we went on a road trip - with a toddler. YEP we are crazy, but honestly, we had the best two weeks, saw some of our very favourite people, played in the sand, drank lots of tea, and took in the sights. Then we went home and slept for days. Or something like that.

So where did we go? What did we do? First stop Oregon Coast…. well the first stop was off the 1-5 after Jason drove over a tire and partially ripped some metal sheet off the bottom of our car. Google told us it would take 6hrs and 45 mins to get to Barview Jetty Park…. google lied. We new some time would be added with a toddler on board but it was 10 plus hours before we arrived in the dark and the pouring rain with a toddler who was scared of the tent. We begrudgingly let him sleep with us and of course when you sleep with a bed hog toddler on an old air mattress with a tall husband there is not a lot of sleeping room or comfort. We woke up to wind and rain, thankful for a tarp overhead our very holey tent. We spent the day at the Bayview Jetty Beach and drove into Rockaway for a delicious coffee break. We napped and drank tea and sat around the fire. It sounds so relaxing doesn’t it? Well except for teaching our toddler to stay away from the fire pit and to stop running out of the campsite. Except for that. :D The following day we had sunshine. Glorious sunshine, so we packed up and drove to Cannon Beach, toured around, went for lunch and explored the big rock formations. It was a great day! Enroute home the next day we stopped at Rockaway Beach and got some great family photos. Just don’t zoom in because Jason is blinking! I loved the photo too much to ditch it. So now we have a blinking family photo. Welcome to parenthood :) oregoncoast-3.jpg oregoncoast-7.jpg oregoncoast-9.jpg oregoncoast-11.jpg oregoncoast-12.jpg oregoncoast-13.jpg oregoncoast-14.jpg oregoncoast-16.jpg oregoncoast-18.jpg oregoncoast-20.jpg oregoncoast-22.jpg oregoncoast-23.jpg oregoncoast-25.jpg oregoncoast-27.jpg oregoncoast-28.jpg

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Motherhood

The other day after a one year old photo shoot, I asked my assistant if she would like a juice box. I grabbed her juice from the back seat of the car, and as she said, "you're such a mom." I was proceeding to remove the wrapper off her straw... Needless to say, I stopped, and let her finish her own straw. We laughed about it and went on our way. But weeks later, I realize how much of a defining moment that was, how fast I became a mother. How seamlessly, Joshua has fit into our lives. yearone_03.jpg

From the moment he was placed into my arms, I couldn't imagine it any other way. I can no longer watch or hear about sad stories involving kids or babies, without wanting to burst into tears. Motherhood. It only takes a moment to become a mother. One. Tiny. Moment.

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Joshua brings so much laughter and joy into our world. He is already an adventurer. He will climb anything he can, and try to climb everything he can't. He never stops trying - or moving! He is always waiting for us with a smile. He could be crying and crying, but we know the tears will dry faster than we can think and out comes his little cheeky grin. The cheekiness is ALL McLeod. (Thanks, Dad) The other day we were hanging out at the Watershed Cafe and he was hamming it up with the lady sitting behind Jason. She turned and said with a bright eyed smile, "you need to make 5 more of him!" Well maybe not 5 more! But first, we need to teach him to share!

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Photo Credit: Jason Preston

Promoted to Big Sister || Langley Maternity Photographer

This little sweetheart has been promoted. She is officially a big sister, and she is excellent at her job. I love maternity sessions, lit in natural light. I love casual photos where the kids get to play & photos that show the love of family. These three. I love these three. Mom-to-be is one of my favourites. She has been in my life for 14 years. Thats a good long friend. She's the real deal. Loyal, funny, & honest. She has the biggest servant heart of anyone I know. She has saved my butt on more occasions than I can count. And thing about it, she NEVER complains. That my friends, is a rare gift. I am so grateful for her and so happy for her as she is officially a mom of two. Congratualtions my friends.vancouver maternity photography, langley maternity photographer, maternity, mom-to-be, big sister, purple, natural light, sherri preston, lifestyle photography, mother-daughter, blue eyes vancouver maternity photography, langley maternity photographer, maternity, mom-to-be, big sister, purple, natural light, sherri preston, lifestyle photography, mother-daughter, blue eyes vancouver maternity photography, langley maternity photographer, maternity, mom-to-be, big sister, purple, natural light, sherri preston, lifestyle photography, mother-daughter, blue eyes vancouver maternity photography, langley maternity photographer, maternity, mom-to-be, big sister, purple, natural light, sherri preston, lifestyle photography, mother-daughter, blue eyes

No More Waiting: Introducing Joshua

One week ago our beautiful baby boy made his grand entrance. We named him Joshua, after Joshua in the Bible. Years ago in Bible study, my Pastor gave me a verse. It reads, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 - This is our prayer for Joshua.emily dickinson, joshua 1:9, Bible names, no more waiting, baby, family, friends, c-section, labour, delivery This little boy is perfect to us. We are joined with him in joy and happiness. He is our miracle baby, our gift from God. There were many odds against him during labour but he pulled through, strong and healthy. It was a very long labour that ended in c-section. We prayed for a normal delivery but God new better than we did. A c-section it was, and all of it now, is a blur. People have been telling me for about 9 months that all the trials of pregnancy and labour would become a blur, once I met my little man. I am sort of stunned that this has been true. I can’t believe how fast I fell in love with him. I love love love being a mom. The joy in my heart just wants to burst out and tell the whole world that mommy-hood is the best. We are so happy the waiting is over and that parenthood is here. emily dickinson, joshua 1:9, Bible names, no more waiting, baby, family, friends, c-section, labour, delivery Joshua in all his cuteness, has all sorts of faces that tell us what he wants. The hungry faces are the best! Oh he is so precious. Joshua is a daddy’s boy already. As soon as Jason holds him, he snuggles right in - crying ceases. I love their bond, it is so beautiful. emily dickinson, joshua 1:9, Bible names, no more waiting, baby, family, friends, c-section, labour, delivery emily dickinson, joshua 1:9, Bible names, no more waiting, baby, family, friends, c-section, labour, delivery emily dickinson, joshua 1:9, Bible names, no more waiting, baby, family, friends, c-section, labour, delivery emily dickinson, joshua 1:9, Bible names, no more waiting, baby, family, friends, c-section, labour, delivery Last April my step mom gave us a card with a beautiful handwritten quote “Hope is the things with feathers that perches on the soul, and sings the song without the words, and never stops - at all. “ - Emily Dickinson. Such a fitting quote, as we hoped for Joshua for so long and now here he is.

Warmly,

Sherri, Jason + Joshua

PERSONAL: Waiting for Baby

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I feel so creative right now, as I sit here in my final week - hopefully not three - of pregnancy. I can’t shoot and it’s driving me insane. My camera is so neglected. I tweaked my back a few weeks ago which translates into a lot of I hobbling and waddling - it’s quite the hilarious sight! While sitting here, pondering my need to shoot, I plan. I don’t know what life will look like with a baby, but I sure hope it looks like a baby strapped to me with my camera in hand. I hope I get that luxury of little energy bursts and inspiration. I hope i hope i hope. I NEED to shoot. Really, really, really. That said, I hope to post more on future adventures. Adventures with baby!

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It’s been a quiet 9 months around here; pregnancy, though an amazing blessing, really knocked me off my game. I can’t remember ever being so tired and sleepless - for such a long period of time! We are down to the wire now. Five days until baby Preston is due. FIVE. How did we get here!? It’s amazing how time sometimes felt at standstill and now, we are here. I can’t wait to meet our little one. There is already so much joy in anticipation. The kicks, the movements are so beautiful. They make it so real. How can this be real. It’s hard to believe in a matter of days we’ll go from me and Jason - to a family of three.

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Photos from our trip to California last spring.

For Photographers: How to Plan a Styled Shoot

How to Plan a Styled Shoot My first styled shoot was planned using the post by Jessica M Wood Photography in LA. While her post was invaluable to me. I have been able to learn a few things on my own, things that are maybe more relevant depending on the market you are in. My styled shoots exist out of Vancouver. Some of this post will be regurgitated from hers, but what I learned from actually doing a styled shoot will be highlighted. She has some great visual aids so make sure you check her blog out too.

Theme

Brainstorm. Pin ideas on Pinterest so you can share with vendors when they ask. Finalize your ideas. You need a theme, a colour palette. You need all cohesive ideas. Whilst remembering at the end of everything, your idea could evolve into something entirely different. The outcome can depend on how your vendors see your vision, the weather, your designer, what the vendors can actually offer and the space you find.

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Research + Vision

Research vendors, find the ones that you think will not only say yes, but the ones who have a style similar to your vision. If they don’t, you may end up with an entirely different look. This happened to me with one of my vendors in another shoot. It was very difficult to incorporate their product into the shoot, and I had to find a way to compensate for what I was now missing since it was a main ingredient and even though it didn’t fit, I still had to shoot their product, to give them photos and credit I had promised.

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Contact

My first point of contact to vendors is always email, but I don’t see why, in person or phone wouldn’t work. I found email the easiest and least time consuming and met with vendors in person or on the phone once they came on board. Jessica posted her initial email on her blog. You can check that out. Some vendors don’t need that much information first off, but some might, especially if they don’t know of you. I also found being complimentary of a vendors product or service was very helpful. So when I adore a product, I make sure they know it - in my first email.

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Spreadsheets

Create shareable spreadsheets with the vendors name, business, contact info and what they are offering. You can also include links to to your inspirational Pinboards. Giving a vendor something visual helps to keep things cohesive.

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Date, Venue + Delivery

Try and and find your venue first. You can’t plan much without your venue. Once you find your venue you can nail down your date. Always have a few dates in mind. Monday’s seem the be the easiest date to get since most wedding vendors take Mondays off. Do keep in mind this may also increase your travel costs. You need to pick up and return items and if vendors are closed on Monday you may have to go a day or two early to pick it up, and then drop it off the day after. Some vendors will bring the item to you. You ALWAYS say yes to this. The less non photography things you have to do, the easier the day will be.

Cost

I’ve had potential vendors try and charge me, but you can always find a vendor with your vision who is willing to put in the same effort as you. This is team building, networking and marketing. You don’t need to pay for your styled shoot. Ever.

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Models

Find a bride and groom. This can be the most challenging part since styled shoots are often on a weekday. For most couples at least one of them works weekdays. You can go through a modelling agency, but I find that using real couples is more authentic and beautiful. I like to capture their authentic love. Married couples are the best. They really know each other. During a cold wintery styled shoot I had a groom keep touching his wives arm whenever she got goosebumps because he knew they would go away if he touched her. It’s that kind of tenderness you want to convey. Real love gets published.

Meeting Up

Always, always try and meet up with your vendors. Your vision will be more cohesive, you will build a stronger relationship with the vendors. The day of will be less stressful because you’re not meeting 10 new people.

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Day off Social Media

Post vendor links + handles and on social media before the shoot, during the shoot and when you get home. Be grateful to the vendors on social media. They worked hard for you.

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Shot List

Know before your shoot, what you need to capture. Have a shot list and check it off at you go. So much is happening and before you know it the light changes. In my opinion details are best shot in natural light get those right off the bat, while the designer is setting up, unless you are also the designer then shoot as you are setting up.

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Returns

Return everything you borrowed the day of or next day. Be punctual to appointments.

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Submissions

Research the blogs you’d like to be posted on. The ones that fit your style and theme. Every photo blog has a different criteria so you need to size your photos and pick your photos according to the rules of each blog. Some blogs are exclusive and some are not. Make sure you read the fine print. In case of rejection, some blogs will give you feedback if you ask nicely. Always ask for feedback, that’s how we get better and always be nice to the Bloggers. Don’t burn bridges. If you treat them nicely, you still have the chance to be published with them one day. Remember they get hundreds if not thousands of submissions. It’s not that your shoot is bad, it’s usually just not what they are looking for at the time.

Social Media When Published

Get it out there! Once the blog is published, publish it on your blog. Put it on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, even YouTube! Get it out there, and give a should out to all the vendors including handles and or links to their websites AND compliments of course!

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Thank you

Always say thank you to your vendors and to wherever you get featured. These people are part of your business. They are valuable to you and you to them. Treat them as your team.

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Delivery

Deliver the photos as promised to each vendor. I always deliver upon publication. I don’t release anything until they are published so the publishing blog can do the first reveal. You don’t have to do it this way, but it’s nice to leave it as a surprise.

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And that’s it. I hope this helps you! I love doing styled shoots, so I am happy I can share this information with you! I hope you have a great time planning your own!

Sherri

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Fort Langley in the Snow

I love winter, and snow and even more, I adore adventuring with my Husband and our cameras. Last week, Fort Langley received a light dusting and Jason and I took our cameras just after sunrise to capture Fort Langley’s charm in the snow. It’s such an idyllic little place. Both of us would love to have a home there one day. We love to frequent three lovely cafes: Wendels for the gluten free baking, London Fogs and book browsing, The Republica for amazingly fresh, onsite roasted coffee and Lelam for the excellent live music and culture. We enjoy walking through town dreaming up ideas for the future and browsing through the galleries and stores. It’s the perfect date place, especially at night. Little white lights that hang in the trees along the street twinkle under the stars. It’s that magic Christmas feeling year round.2014-12-06_0001.jpg 2014-12-06_0002.jpg 2014-12-06_0003.jpg 2014-12-06_0004.jpg 2014-12-06_0005.jpg 2014-12-06_0008.jpg 2014-12-06_0007.jpg

The Wishlist Wonderland || Pop Up Shop || Vancouver BC || December 5-7

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A Unique pop up shop experience, designed and curated by the lovely Jaleh of JEvents Planning & Design will be featuring our Christmas and Travel Photo Cards. The shop is open from Dec 5-7 from 6pm-10pm on Friday and 10am-6pm on Saturday and Sunday. Not only will there be a chance to check a few things off your loved ones wish list, but there is also opportunity to give back. Warm Your Soul Vancouver is a non profit organization provides new socks to those in need. For every $2 donation at Wishlist Wonderland a new pair of socks will be donated. 2014-12-04_0004.jpg 2014-12-04_0003.jpg 2014-12-04_0005.jpg

Contributing Artists + Vendors

Sherri Preston Photography J Events Planning and Design Numpfer Maccs Cake for Breakfast Dayanna Platt Design Love Planner Beautulleful Inc. Tulle Skirts MInt + Birch Azade Vakili Shenasi Concept Aida Kardz Kouture Bijou Baby J Creation by Jaleh Les Petits Bonheurs Coral + Cloud Shipway Design Runway Baby Boutique Temper Chocolate Pastry Vancouver Candle Company

 

We Are Celebrating

This post, it’s a little bit personal, but it’s beautiful to me. In February, my husband Jason and I will be parents. I’m about 5 months pregnant. It’s a very exciting time of our lives. We have been waiting for this for awhile now and can’t wait for the little one to arrive. We celebrating, revelling in this amazing gift, God has given. We know parenthood will come with challenges, as does pregnancy. But, we also know that parenthood is a blessing. It is our hope to always remember that, even through the challenges. I never thought I’d start parenting at 35, but I am incredibly thankful for all the things I have done over the last 15 years. Some of my friends, their kids are teenagers now. Soon their kids will be off to college. Now as a mom-to-be, that’s hard to grasp, but I am excited for the different kind of adventures they will have, too. It’s beautiful how the timing doesn’t seem to matter. We were all supposed to be mothers when the time was right. We all have a unique and beautiful path. I am so grateful for the lessons and parenting skills I have learned over the years just being with my mommy friends. I love that we have this plethora of people who are so excited for us, so eager to give us advice. To celebrate with us as we embark on this new way of life. 2014-09-23_0004

A Nanoose Bay Beach Wedding || Andrea and Jay

Andrea and Jay have a beautiful love, an electric chemistry. Their wedding day was perfectly them. Down to earth, relaxed and stress free, ending with a swim in the ocean, drinks with their dearest friends and family, and of course a Harley ride, or two. 2014-09-03_0001.jpg 2014-09-03_0002.jpg

Andrea grew up going to this beach, this cottage. She spent weekends here as a teen and then as an adult. It was her dream to be married in this place, that held so many precious memories. Her grandparents owned it at one time and now it’s a family property shared amongst her mom’s siblings. When Jay proposed they didn’t have to search venues. All they needed was a tent in case of rain. But the weather was on their side. It was a beautiful sunny day that Saturday, with the perfect amount of cloud cover to make the ceremony light perfect.

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The moment she started down the isle with her arm linked in her dad’s took my breath away, it was hard to maintain composure as I fought to fight back my tears of joy. Andrea’s dad worked hard to be able walk her down the isle. After over a decade of suffering from Parkinson’s, his ability to do so was difficult, but as the months and weeks led up to Andrea and Jay’s big day, he worked with a trainer so he could have the joy of walking his only daughter down the isle.

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Congratulations, Andrea and Jay. Thank you so much for inviting me to be a part of your day. To celebrate with you. You two, are beautiful.

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A Sunny Day in San Fransisco || Fine Art Prints

My husband and I have spent a lot of time traveling since we married in 2011. It’s our favourite thing to do together. We love to explore with our cameras, eat local foods and sit in cafe’s drinking fine coffee. The experience of a new city is always exhilerating. This was our second trip to San Fransico. It was fast. Just a day enroute to a conference in San Jose, but it was a great day. It was March and here at home March was miserable, but in San Fran it was warm and sunny. Here is a collection of the sights we saw. All images are for sale. Please inquire sherriphotos@gmail.comcalifornia,san fransico,san jose,sherri preston photography,sherripreston.com,travel photography, california,san fransico,san jose,sherri preston photography,sherripreston.com,travel photography, california,san fransico,san jose,sherri preston photography,sherripreston.com,travel photography, california,san fransico,san jose,sherri preston photography,sherripreston.com,travel photography, california,san fransico,san jose,sherri preston photography,sherripreston.com,travel photography, california,san fransico,san jose,sherri preston photography,sherripreston.com,travel photography, california,san fransico,san jose,sherri preston photography,sherripreston.com,travel photography, california,san fransico,san jose,sherri preston photography,sherripreston.com,travel photography, california,san fransico,san jose,sherri preston photography,sherripreston.com,travel photography, california,san fransico,san jose,sherri preston photography,sherripreston.com,travel photography, california,san fransico,san jose,sherri preston photography,sherripreston.com,travel photography, california,san fransico,san jose,sherri preston photography,sherripreston.com,travel photography, california,san fransico,san jose,sherri preston photography,sherripreston.com,travel photography, california,san fransico,san jose,sherri preston photography,sherripreston.com,travel photography,

A Photography Shoot Out || Devan Greenhouses Abbotsford BC

Not so long ago my friend Jen and I sat in my dining room chatting over tea. Both of us are photographers and so photography often comes up on such occasions. She told me of her plan for a shoot out. A gathering of photographers of all different levels coming together to shoot, learn, grow and just have fun. And so we did. On a sunny Thursday evening in June, 5 photographers and two models met at Devan Greenhouses in Abbotsford BC. The flowers were sensational, the company easy to keep, the models, gorgeous and the light, amazing. What more could we ask for? A soy latte at Starbucks afterwards of course!

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The Photographers:

Jenni Marie Photography Urban Fig Photography Sherri Preston Photography Sarah Darbey Delaney Photography

Cake:

Cakes by Madison Venue:

Devan Greenhouses

A Photographer Study

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Travel: Our Rainy Day in Paris

For those who know me well, you know I've spent many years day dreaming of Paris. Last March my husband, Jason and I took a trip to Ukraine (more on that to come in a later post) and decided to extend our layover and organized it so our stopover was Paris. From the moment we stepped off the plane I was exhilarated. We caught a few hours sleep in our airport hotel and then we were off. It was a brisk Paris day as we meandered transit and checked maps. Our first destination to be a gluten free cafe that have rave reviews. It took a little longer to get to this cafe than we hoped with our limited french and confusion about street signs, But every yummy bite and delicious sip made it worth it, not to mention the romance of simply being in Paris with my love. paris, eiffel tower, helmut newcake, cafe le notre dame, rainy day, travel, sherri preston, sherri preston photography, sherri preston blog, blog, umbrella, coffee, bakery, sunset, view, paris france,

After, we took the train to more touristy areas. The sun was slowly going down and the rain was falling and oh the light was magnificent. We basically danced (in excitement and glee at the sights) along the Seine towards the Eiffel Tower. Our cameras clicked and clicked drinking it all in. A quick stop in the Notre Dome - wow. And then off to the Eiffel Tower.

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The Eiffel Tower drenched in pink sky was a pretty spectacular sight.

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Once the sun had set we found an Cafe over looking the Notre Dome, ate dinner and then found our way back to our hotel to prepare for the next adventure. Ukraine.

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