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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A Walk Along False Creek || Vancouver Family Photos

When I first met Johnny and Kelly about 6 years ago they declared themselves, “Just friends.” We all knew better. Meet Johnny and Kelly and their sweet little girl. Kelly and Johnny love the city and hoped for photos that echoed their love for it. Photographing this family was easy, they were so relaxed and ready for anything. Even baby L was on board with our adventure. Johnny and Kelly have entered into parenthood with a calm grace. Baby L is a blessed little one. 281A0296.jpg 281A0299.jpg 281A0307.jpg 281A0321.jpg 281A0362.jpg 281A0381.jpg 281A0385.jpg 281A0405.jpg 281A0426.jpg 281A0432.jpg 281A0458.jpg 281A0464.jpg 281A0494.jpg 281A0528-Edit.jpg 281A0535.jpg 281A0548.jpg 281A0597-Edit.jpg 281A0628.jpg 281A0638.jpg

Much Gratitude to Michelle from The VanElles for her lovely knit pouf to Joey from Joey Armstrong Photography for all her help and to False Creek Ferries for the amazing ride along False Creek. The sites don’t get any better than the view from the water.

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

Waiting for you: Adopting from Haiti || Maple Ridge Maternity Session

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Two years ago, around the time I met Candice, she and Kevin started filling out the daunting piles of paperwork, required for the adoption process. They had decided to adopt from Haiti and Haiti allows you to adopt siblings so they might even be able to bring home TWO little ones. Candice and Kevin, they are ready. They are excited. At the beginning of the process Candice wrote a beautiful letter to her baby(ies) .

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To my Baby,

There are so many things I want to say to you. I cannot express the excitement and anticipation that Daddy and I have for you. We talk about you every day. Although we don’t know your name or if you’re even born yet, we are extremely excited to meet you. We love you already and have never experienced so much love for a person we’ve never met before. Daddy talks about you constantly… it is the sweetest thing in the world. I fall in love with him all over again when he talks about you and our future together as a family. He is so excited for the day that you will be in our arms, as am I. I dream about that day every day. I wonder what you will be like. I dream about the trips we will take together and the experiences we will have as a family. I know that I will never want to let you go when I first hold you in my arms.

I love you so much already.

Love Mommy.

I am so excited for Candice and Kevin. They are on an incredible life changing Journey. Being a parent, is truly one of God’s beautiful miracles and they will get the joy and privilege of raising a baby (or two) who may have otherwise spent their whole life in an orphanage, or worse. They get to give their babies love and to teach and raise their babies to know a life of love and laughter.

Congrats Candice and Kevin!

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The Martins: Fort Langley Family Photos

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Many many days ago, I had the privilege of spending a couple hours in Fort Langley, with this amazing family. As I photographed them, they laughed, they joked, we walked and talked and eventually ended the evening with ice cream from Marina's Gelato. Extended family shoots, are one of my favourites. There is always so much love, and warmth and of course there is always fun. You can see the true love this family has for one another, in how they interact, their expressions. They are beautiful.

This shoot, a gift to Grandma for Mother’s Day. And though, I photographed them this past summer, we kept the shoot under wraps so the photos could be a Christmas surprise for even more extended family, and of course, friends. What better day is there to blog these precious photos, about these precious friends of mine, but on family day. So here you go. Meet the Martins - a family that loves, a contagious welcoming love, that makes everyone around them smile.

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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

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 Photographer Study

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Skating Starts Now || God's Little Acre Farm

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When we get a call to do something great, we sometimes hope no one heard it. We’re too tired, too busy, or we just don’t want to. Thankfully, Jas didn’t make excuses when he realized he had the resources and the heart to make a difference. In 2011 Jas started God’s Little Acre Farm. It’s a local Surrey farm that harvests potatoes (and soon to be more) to supply the local food banks. In December, Jas flooded his field to make an ice rink. Come, pay by donation and we’ll raise funds for another season of potatoes. That’s Jas. A man who’s not afraid of a little (or a lot) of work, to get the job done. Most people would build a skating rink so they can play, but the rink wasn’t for Jas, he doesn’t even skate. The skating was for the community, the hungry and the hopeful - nobody is hopeless. The december skate was a sensation. So much so, that during this current cold snap, he’s done it again. With donations of water, soda and hot dogs, with donations of port-a-potties, with volunteers donating their time - they are ready. Come on out this weekend and have a good time. Maybe while you’re there, you can teach Jas to skate. God’s Little Green Acre ice rink is located at: 16582 40 Ave, Surrey, British Columbia. Skating starts now. Your donation will make a difference. Hungry people matter.

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The Barretts: Derby Reach Heritage Area || Family Portraits

Meet the Barretts. You know what I adore about this little family? They are not afraid of a little fun, a little spontaneity and a little romance. They love and smile big, A beautiful reflection of the faith they live by, they don't just love Jesus. They live it. You don't see them complain when life throws them curve balls - you see them learn from each experience. They don't just live life, they embrace it. When my husband and I first met them, they told us we seemed like a seasoned couple. But the truth is, that's what we see in them. A true team and now a precious family.2014-01-30_0003.jpg 2014-01-30_0001.jpg 2014-01-30_0002.jpg 2014-01-30_0004.jpg 2014-01-30_0005.jpg 2014-01-30_0006.jpg 2014-01-30_0007.jpg 2014-01-30_0008.jpg

In Loving Memory: Fish Trap Creek Park Family Photos

I was worried about this shoot, I thought it would be hard. I prepared for the unexpected because in just a few short hours, this precious family would go to church, where they would say goodbye to someone they loved. They would celebrate the life he lived and who he meant to all of them. For Marilyn (Mom and Grandma), this person was her husband, Alan. She was one of the first ones to arrive at Fish Trap Creek Park, and she told me that this was the place her and Alan walked often. She looked wistful as she reminisced these times. It was a happy place for her. Hannah (to whom Alan was called Poppy) shared that nature was his place to connect with people, with his family. It was a place he loved to be. As my assistant and I arrived at Fish Trap the rain was out in full force, but as we prepped and scouted the area, the clouds started to part and by the time the whole family arrived, the sun shone. It was like a little gift to a family who needed a little something special to get them through a tough day. As hard as I thought this shoot would be, it wasn't. There was laughter, there was family, and there was sunshine. It was a beautiful time spent to honour a man they all loved and cherished.

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The Brandners: Family Portrait Session || Campbell Valley Regional Park

Meet the Brandners. It was such a privilege to photograph this lovely family for the second time. Last years session, poured rain until about 30 mins after our session when the clouds broke. At the time, I rolled my eyes at the blue sky playing peak-a-boo. Probably because I was sitting my car drenched and my camera soaked (thankfully it faired well). Despite that moment, I am glad it rained. I got to be a part of something special. I got to see an incredible family take circumstances as-is, and run with it. We got some great photos that day. Some great smiles and even greater memories. This time around the rain held off and we met at Campbell Valley Regional Park. It's such a great location for a family session with old heritage farm buildings and lots of wide open space. campbell valley, sherri preston photography, sherriphotos, family photos, lifestyle photography, langley photographer, surrey photographer, kid photography, park, barn, heritage campbell valley, sherri preston photography, sherriphotos, family photos, lifestyle photography, langley photographer, surrey photographer, kid photography, park, barn, heritage campbell valley, sherri preston photography, sherriphotos, family photos, lifestyle photography, langley photographer, surrey photographer, kid photography, park, barn, heritage campbell valley, sherri preston photography, sherriphotos, family photos, lifestyle photography, langley photographer, surrey photographer, kid photography, park, barn, heritage campbell valley, sherri preston photography, sherriphotos, family photos, lifestyle photography, langley photographer, surrey photographer, kid photography, park, barn, heritage campbell valley, sherri preston photography, sherriphotos, family photos, lifestyle photography, langley photographer, surrey photographer, kid photography, park, barn, heritage campbell valley, sherri preston photography, sherriphotos, family photos, lifestyle photography, langley photographer, surrey photographer, kid photography, park, barn, heritage campbell valley, sherri preston photography, sherriphotos, family photos, lifestyle photography, langley photographer, surrey photographer, kid photography, park, barn, heritage campbell valley, sherri preston photography, sherriphotos, family photos, lifestyle photography, langley photographer, surrey photographer, kid photography, park, barn, heritage campbell valley, sherri preston photography, sherriphotos, family photos, lifestyle photography, langley photographer, surrey photographer, kid photography, park, barn, heritage campbell valley, sherri preston photography, sherriphotos, family photos, lifestyle photography, langley photographer, surrey photographer, kid photography, park, barn, heritage campbell valley, sherri preston photography, sherriphotos, family photos, lifestyle photography, langley photographer, surrey photographer, kid photography, park, barn, heritage campbell valley, sherri preston photography, sherriphotos, family photos, lifestyle photography, langley photographer, surrey photographer, kid photography, park, barn, heritage campbell valley, sherri preston photography, sherriphotos, family photos, lifestyle photography, langley photographer, surrey photographer, kid photography, park, barn, heritage

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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