Hornby Photography Retreat 2012

Posted on May 1, 2013

Well with less than 48hrs until I head out for the 3rd Annual Hornby Photographers retreat… I realized I still haven’t blogged about last years retreat.. I really am behind on my blogging…. time to start catching up…

Back in 2011 a group of friends from a photography forum I belonged to at the time decided to get together and bring along other photographer friends for a west coast retreat. All of us lived fairly close, either on the Island, in Vancouver or based out of the Fraser Valley, but, we all went to stay for three days on Hornby near our friend and fellow photographer friend Jennifer Armstrong. It was a time of relaxation and connection, good food and of course – photography. I blogged about the group of ladies I went with Here, and then Day One, Day Two and Day Three. Then last year we all went back … this time we invited Rose of Simply Rose Photography to join us – and she did. She blogged about it right after – here is Part One and Part Two of her memories. I am adding them as I feel last year was a bit of a blur really for me. At the time I was preparing for an annual event I coordinate each year in April and editing pictures from a wedding – so I had even packed along my iMac and edited while I was there. Needless to say I did not get the full relaxation and enjoyment I had the year previously… it felt like my time there went by so fast. So… I am especially looking forward to this year – no iMac in tow. :) Sadly, only 4 of us from the original group are able to attend this year – and I will miss the ladies who cannot make it – but we do have an amazing bunch of photographers coming – some of whom who are coming to join us from Calgary and Williams Lake.

Here are a few images from my memories of Hornby Photographers Retreat 2012.

We visited a beautiful neighboring beach – just to explore on day one… I found my ocean front dream home…with a living roof.

We then went to see a local potter’s work … with a stunning outdoor display.

The next day we visited  Helliwell Provincal Park for Rose to put a note in a bottle and throw it into the ocean – one of the 101 in 1001 challenges she plans on crossing off her list. You can read more about it Here on Roses blog, or Here on Emily’s blog post Liberty Tree Photography.

… walking back through the forest I found an Emily Tree.

We later visited Middle Mountain Mead for a ‘Mead’ tasting – it was divine.

Can’t wait to see what we will do this year and what memories will be made.

Merry Christmas 2011

Posted on December 25, 2011

… and best wishes for a very happy, healthy and fruitful new year.
From our family to yours. xoxo

Our Homegrown Fruit is Ripening :)

Posted on July 27, 2011

One of the things I love to do is spend time in the garden. We have been working on our gardens for years and specifically with our fruit trees and berries we are finally starting to see the “fruits of our labor”. Here are some of the beautiful fruit we have grown at home this season. I will post again soon on our recent project of converting our front yard into another veggie garden. :)

Sneak Peek for Madi

Posted on June 30, 2011

Today my job was easy – I got to follow around this beautiful lady all afternoon. :)

Congratulations to all the Grads of 2011! Wishing you a brilliant future.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did.  So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore.  Dream.  Discover.

~  Mark Twain

Hornby – Day three – Home James…

Posted on May 16, 2011

I managed to remember to give Tess her special book I picked out for her at the “free store”. Of course one of Sandra Boynton’s books… one of the first ones we received when Avianna was born – MOO BAA La La La – if you haven’t read your toddler one of her books yet – check her out – our family LOVES her stories and can recite them word for word 10 years later.

So fun… and not nearly long enough… but I was happy to come home all the same. Here are the lovely ladies I traveled with!

Young and Beautiful.

Posted on May 16, 2011

So for our second fun shoot – we had three lovely young beautiful volunteers.

It was a blast just hanging out being creative and having room to explore that. Thank you ladies!

Here are a sampling of my images that evening.

Hornby – sisterhood of the travelling lenses…

Posted on May 13, 2011

So who where these lovely ladies I had the honor of “retreating” with…

Rebecca Wellman

Jennifer Dodd

Deb Gale

Jesse Holland

Emmy-Lou of EA Photography

Emily of Liberty Tree Photography

Vicki Gannon

and our fabulous host…  Jennifer Armstrong – thank you from the bottom of my heart for a wonder weekend!

A Retreat to Hornby – Day Two

Posted on May 13, 2011

Started with a walk to the beach…

…then home through the forest.

A cup of tea with Tess.

A trip to the Free Store

A walk around the coolest community arts center building… then coffee and crafts at the local market – what more could a girl ask for. ;)

Treasures washed and hung out on the line for the evening shoot.

Then off to our first shoot… the love one.

Then home for dinner and a fabulous night!

Tess and Jennifer

Posted on May 12, 2011

These make me smile!

At the beach… with Emily.

Posted on May 12, 2011

“I have always loved the beach. The smell of the salty water, the wind in my face, the gentle roar of the waves all combine to create a sense of peace and calm.”


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