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You ask what I've been up to ........

Well ..... I'm busy balancing work and life.  I can tell you for sure that work has been busy but I also want to mention that I've finally learned how to make the time for family, friends and fun.   Often in my career, I've had to work on weekends and most times, I've spent an entire weekend shooting and or editing.  Recently, I've learned how to "let go" of work on weekends and put it aside until Monday.  (THIS IS BIG FOR ME)  Nothing bugs me more than having work on my mind and work to get done.  Very recently, I have been able to conquer this challenge and it is so liberating!

So in the mean time, people ask, "What have you been working on?"  ..... Certainly not my blog as it's been one of those aspects of my work that I've had to let go because I made time to be somewhere else besides sitting in front of the computer.  Today however, it felt right to make time for an entry between editing shoots.  Perhaps my blog will be a little more sporadic but just know that I'm not going anywhere.  Most times you can see what I've been up to on a daily basis through a wonderful thing called Instagram.  I post at least once a day and find it gives me a quick and easy way to show my followers what I'm doing.  You can follow me HERE  As a creative person, I've learned how to accept that sometimes creativity doesn't always come right away and realizing this is so important ...... and then when you least expect it, it comes rushing back.   The fact that I've taken time to have fun and welcomed some relaxation ........ the creativity and energy has been tremendous...... and I am thankful.

In the last week, I've had really cool and exciting projects with some of the best clients I could ever ask for.  I've included some frames from each shoot I've done within the last week or so to give you a peek into ..... what I've been up to.

Lori Steeves from Simply Home Decorating has an impeccable eye for detail and the devotion she shares for design is truly her passion.

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Having the opportunity of working with the very talented artist Dana Mooney was amazing!  I want to own several of her paintings ..... hopefully one day soon I will.

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Jamie Deck  is truly one of a kind ...... not only is she the sweetest person but super talented!

 

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Working with Ellen Walde from le fil rouge is as pretty as it gets when working with linen and alpaca.  (My favourite textile :-)

 

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Shooting incredible vignettes with Deborah and Nour from Flock Interiors ..... well let's just say that shooting vignettes is one of my favourite things I do and these ladies have the goods to do it!

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When Michelle Gemmill the very talented stylist of Kits Construction had asked me to shoot her home, I swooned the minute I walked through the door ...

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Lastly, working with Karla Amadatsu of Karla Amadatsu Design is a true honour ....

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Sydney Carlaw Purity Designs featured in Style At Home

I hope you all had a lovely weekend.  Here in Vancouver we had a ton of rain so it gave me a chance to stay in and get those pesky tasks I had to do on the computer, done. As mentioned in my last week's post, I had the pleasure of getting to know Sydney Carlaw of Purity Designs by shooting her beautiful home, which is featured in the June issue of Style At Home Magazine.  Darci Ilich from The Cross Decor & Design put her magic to work and helped style this beautiful space.  Here are a few snaps.  Thanks for the fun ladies!!!

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Laurie & Randy Kelder Home featured in Style At Home Magazine

Not sure about you, but once in awhile you see a house that stops you in your tracks.  The moment I set eyes on this home, I fell in love.  It was a case of "nothing is going to stop me from taking pictures of this house"  I HAD to get to know the owner of this spectacular structure.... Turns out that there was a connection and it also turns out that Laurie (homeowner) is the sweetest person EVER !  She has an excellent eye for design and lucky for me, Laurie also shares the same devotion to black and white decor as I do!  Thank you Laurie and Randy for allowing me to come into your home to photograph it.  You can see the feature in the latest Style At Home   I hope you enjoy this home as much as I did shooting it ~ .......p.s. Laurie is now a great friend :-) Exterior-Tracey-Ayton-Photography

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I absolutely love that when building the home ~ YES! it's a new build, Laurie and Randy reclaimed architectural details from older homes to keep the consistency of what a Craftsman bungalow would boast from the early 1900's.  That my friends, is a beautiful thing.  The amount of labour that went into even just fitting all of the doors was a miracle.  If you know anything about building, this would probably not be taken on by many builders.

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