Photo Gallery- Stone Temple Pilots, Seether, Default, Age of Days at SOEC

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Stone Temple Pilots
South Okanagan Events Centre
Penticton, BC, October 23rd, 2018

Stone Temple Pilots along with Seether and Default kicked off their tour this week in Penticton BC. Where all the bands gave it their all and performed with a lineup that was memorable.

South Okanagan Events Center once again brought an amazing line up of bands to the valley. I came for all three bands Default, music as the bands were part of my life in my teens and 20’s and onward such as Seether.
Full Review HERE

Photo Gallery: Bif Naked In Kelowna – Beautiful Inside and Out

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BIF NAKED – I BIFICUS SONGS AND STORIES TOUR
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Mary Irwin Theatre, Rotary Centre For The Arts
Kelowna, BC
Photo Credit: Crystal Lee
Presented by Rock.It Boy Entertainment

Not only is Bif beautiful outside she has a very special soul that no camera can truly catch the essence of how much beauty it has! Her book is amazing, sad, joyous, laughter, and overall extremely interesting. It was a pleasure to be able to have an up close acoustic song night along with her reading from her book. Seeing her husband on stage playing acoustic guitar was also a pleasure as you can see all love they have for each other and reminds those of us who are married its the little things; the good, the bad and “those things”. Bif Naked fully puts her self out there for the world to see and at the same times brings a comedic show as a bonus (she could have been a successful “comedian”). Not only is she brave to do so Bif seems to care more about her fans experience than anything else. Thank you for a very unique and special night!

Even in Thick Smoke in the Sky the Airshow Must Go On – Peachfest Airshow 2017

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Firstly sorry to for not posting very often. Between the magazine, festivals, freelancing and shoots it’s been insane this summer!

Yesterday I headed out in the thick blanket of smoke for some air show action in Penticton but knowing that photos would be a lost cause. Still took my camera with because you never know what can happen and it’s all about having experiences with my 5-year-old daughter and my husband. From the airshow to meeting the pilot. {Please forgive some of the grainy photos but with the intense smoke it is nearly impossible to get those shots for very technical reasons even with top of the line gear}

On the drive there it seemed the smoke had gotten thicker as we drove in from Kelowna. In my bad luck of passing by the perfect shot, we drove by a crane in a small pond just off the highway in the perfect setting though there was no way to stop on the highway or pull over. But this is why I bring my camera no matter what because I might get lucky!

We arrived at the packed Okanagan Lake Park for The Canadian Armed Forces Parachute Team, The SkyHawks. This is Canada’s only military parachute demonstration team. For over 40 years, they have represented Canada and the Canadian Armed Forces to over 75 million spectators worldwide under their signature Canadian flag parachutes. With daredevil stunts in the smoke, flag flying, and smoke trails they put on a spectacular show.

After that, The Canadian Forces (CF) Snowbirds, 431 Air Demonstration Squadron started to fly high. They are a Canadian icon comprised of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members and National Defence Public Service employees. The skillful pilots perform their precision maneuvers across Canada.

In their tight formations, they flew over the lake through the smoke and at times would just disappear and reappear with lights barely cutting through. Thankfully my husband can spot a needle in a haystack and my daughter and I could see them coming back in. He seemed to be a guide for a few people we were standing with on the beach. Needless to say when the next plane came by he was a blessing for many.

To end the airshow portion a single The CF-18 came in with the low flying jet and loud. We were also able to hear the pilot over the speakers for a few moments then he said to turn on the music. Of course ZZ top comes on. From top gun moves, and elevation and demonstrating elevation capabilities’ he had the crowds’ full attention. Some of the moves included upside down, spins and extreme incline and drops with a rectangular loop, even a wave to the crowd.

This Demonstration personifies the excellence required to keep the Canadian Air Force among the best aviation organizations on the planet. The expertise and dedication required by the team, from the pilot to the maintenance crews to the coordinators, reflects the professionalism of all of Canada’s airmen and airwomen.

After the show, we headed over to the airport to see the planes. Though locked up I was able to get a few shots. BUT the 20 -30 of us at the fence got a nice surprise. Captain Matthew “Glib” Kutryk came out with posters and stickers; mostly for the kids but I think the adults were more excited. He loved talking with the crowd and answering questions. He was signing posters also but couldn’t help notice how uncomfortable he was as he stated: “I’m no big deal”. Though in a kind fashion he took a photo with my daughter and many other kids and adults. This is another reason to be proud of our military as they are special people (especially jet pilots as few make the cut) who take the time because they joined the military because they care. Kindly he explained why I could not go into the airfield as much as he would love to take me in which is very understandable. Though even the airport was smoky and it was already dark so I was just glad to get the shot of my daughter.

Overall even with the smoke it was a nice evening for our family. My daughter now wants to be a Jet fighter pilot as that is faster than a race car, yet she wants to be a K9 officer still along with being a rock star. Who knows what she will be but it’s about dreaming and the experience.

On that note I had a few photographers say why did you even bring your camera you’re not going to get amazing shots in this smoke. I knew that! Life is about the experience and always having your camera. I have a portrait of my daughter with a pilot, which if she ends up being a pilot could be so priceless in the future to her. But we have photos of memories and experience and that’s what life is about thus that’s why cell phone photos are part of our lives; not quality but the moment. In the end, I have full whip lash currently and in the past few weeks have been worried on how fast and how much I could do; the lesson learned was I am stronger than I will ever know cause I never felt a thing while shooting jets………

Blue Heron in The City

After a photo shoot, driving home just off a major busy road there he was! Just walking and hunting in an empty lot. My husband pulled over and there I went with my Tamron 150-600mm lens (aka Batman). Step by step I got closer……… until he stopped head down and started walking towards me {no photos as I was more concerned about his actions}. At that moment noticed how intense this bird’s eyes are and he was making it clear I was close enough. With that being said a friendly reminder that everyone should give nature their space! I have a large lens for a reason thus can get closer but at times not that close as you can see the size of my lens and also add in a crop sensor base.  More photos coming but clients always first! 

 

Kelowna Fan Xpo 2017

Kelowna Fan Xpo 2017
For Vandala Magazine

I decided with a special interview coming in Aprils Vandala Magazine, I would explore the Kelowna Fan Xpo 2017 with my family. My daughter and family had an amazing time, and even found the only game console on site along with lego! Live and street photography like this is always a pleasure! I think the more unique the more I enjoy any shoot in studio or on location and this was definitely one of a kind plus the cosplayers are so easy to photograph.

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PERSONAL TIME – A Day with the Horses

My family and I went out to Stride Away Thoroughbreds (http://www.strideawayacres.com/) where I only got a few candid shots because we were busy having a great time with the owners Cathy and Steen, seeing what they do and all the animals.

Firstly it’s beautiful out there and and all the horses are amazing and Cathy and Steen do a spectacular job with the horses. These are not any ordinary horses either they are race horses, and some in the making.

Personally I fell in love with Cowboy. He is loving and just a character. One moment serious model and the next a card laughing. He was so loving to both my daughter and I, though sadly we can not buy him since a horse as part of the family is not happening at the moment (soon though).

 

 

The Wild at Keloha Music & Arts Festival

The Wild at Keloha Music & Arts Festival

One of my favorite bands to shoot at Keloha 2014.

Read Full Media Coverage in August 2014 Vandala Magazine