Every now and then an interesting opportunity comes along that you just can’t say no to, and this was one of them. Last month I took a course on family photojournalism, and the final assignment was to shoot a ‘day in the life” session. I thought these guys would be perfect subjects… basically because they’re awesome in general. When I approached them, it turned out they were going to be away at their new place on Gabriola Island, BUT they were interested in the concept and asked it I’d like to join them! Obviously the answer was yes… I was so excited to to spend a day with them, get to know the girls better, see their new place, and (wait for it…) take a float plane back home!
I met them while it was still dark, and the trek to Gabriola began. The car contained two parents, two twin girls in two rear-facing car seats, one cat, one photographer, and a partridge in a pear tree. It took a couple of ferries and most of the morning to get to their place, but it was a beautiful trip and well worth the commute. It’s right on the water, with a mossy, rocky outcropping that is quintessential west-coast. These pictures tell the story of this time in their lives… when their girls are on the move but still keep their little elbows out for balance, lots of pointing and eye contact and reaching arms to communicate, one of them teething and just wanting her mommy. Also of their new place… blueprints on the countertop, a dining room table in place but without legs, a linoleum floor with it’s days numbered, and appliance boxes in the kitchen, which functioned as a very effective baby gate! Everything will change so soon. I really hope they can look back on these as a very special memory of a time in their lives when they were so busy that it was probably hard to take it all in.
One last pic from my very first time on a float plane. It took over 3 hours to get to Gabriola, but only 20min to get back! The plane wasn’t busy, so I got to sit in the front seat next to the pilot, and just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, I saw an orca. It was too fast for my camera so I’ll leave you with this instead. What an experience!