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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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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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The Dorothies

This is a pretty long post but worth a read, perhaps if you don't have time to read it now, read it when you have a moment, it's a great story! I have been chomping at the bit to finally write about this. I am absolutely ecstatic! If you're a regular follower of mine and read my blog, you'll know that I'm completely devoted to old homes and sadly watch them get torn down on a regular basis. Caroline Adderson, the founder of Vancouver Vanishes Facebook Page and I teamed up about a year ago to document all of the homes that have been and are getting torn down. The library is quite large and unfortunately keeps growing every week. We're the ones that go into these homes, no matter how scary they look, we trudge through the sad remains of the once beautiful home. Sometimes people have gone in to take some of the character, some of the hardwood is gone or most times, its all left to go into the landfill. Sometimes we'll go into a home and nothing has been touched. The home is in perfect condition, boasting all of its glorious character.... and all of it's furniture in some cases, left for the wrecking ball.

This post isn't going to be a "fluffy and pretty" post this week but it certainly is a happy one. Caroline and I had been watching two homes that were slated for demolition, and were disgusted so much that a petition was created to prevent them from a demise. With the help of several neighbours, friends and family, some that grew up having the Dorothies in their neighbourhood, we succeeded in saving them!!!!! The developer had purchased the land and had planned on tearing them down to build a home for his family. After seeing how distraught people were to know of his plan, he changed his mind. The Dorothies had been named after the first two wives that lived in each home at the same time, Dorothy Smith & Dorothy MacMillan. Caroline participated in each and every step of the way in order to help save these and proudly, I was there to document every step of the way. I even had my moment of stardom on the news the day they were moved :-) Here is my documentation of the Dorothy's journey into a happy ending.....

Several weeks after we learned that the Dorothies were getting torn down, we were allowed to go into one (the one on the left) to do our routine documentation that we do so many times a month in homes slated for demo.

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Preparing the Dorothies for their short journey to their new home two blocks away:

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The home that sadly had to be demolished in order to replace with the Dorothies ...... a sad reality that this home couldn't be saved somehow.

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Clearing the lot for the arrival of the Dorothies after the existing home was torn down.

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MOVING DAY!!!

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Sadly as the Dorothies are on their successful journey, they pass a home that has the dreaded red fencing, ready to be torn down. I took a moment to take a picture through the window only to want a barf bag to see the beautiful woodwork in it.

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Continuing onto the move:

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Their final touch down.

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Here are some recent press on the Dorothies:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/home-and-garden/real-estate/kerrisdale-tudors-face-the-wrecking-ball/article15077126/

http://globalnews.ca/video/1213397/the-dorothies-change-location

http://www.vancouversun.com/fight+vanishing+Vancouver/9647882/story.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/10/28/the-dorothies-vancouver_n_4171261.html

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/heritage-houses-vancouvers-dorothies-move-down-the-road/article17537293/