April 25, 2018
Well, we just celebrated our one year anniversary of living in White Rock/ South Surrey; where did the time go? This was a BIG, SCARY move from my small Vancouver Island hometown of Port Alberni, but it’s actually surprising how quickly we settled into our new community and routines. This was our very first styled photoshoot, and we learned a LOT!
I was determined to launch this blog with all of my own photos; I’m not a great photographer (far from it) but wanted to be all grassroots and authentic. Now that it’s up, I couldn’t resist participating in photographer Erin O’Campo’s recent White Rock Mother’s Day photoshoot… and will be adding some of these photos to the landing page of this blog.
We haven’t been part of anything like this before, but we immediately felt comfortable in Erin’s home studio. Of course it helped to have lots of kids’ toys around, along with some Tom Petty tunes and Kym Davidson from Swank Makeup gave me the much-needed full makeover.
For my son and I, this photoshoot is a celebration of spring, our one year on the mainland, and our special relationship that was strengthened by the fact that our family was just the two of us when I was a single mom. We ended up kind of forgetting the camera was there and just played, sang, and laughed with each other.
When styling this shoot, I am kind of embarrassed to admit that I bought a hat and dress to match my brand and Instagram feed. Other than that, I scrounged what was already in my closet with a focus on local, conscious and handcrafted brands. It was pure coincidence that my dress matched the eucalyptus background that Erin had set up for us!
Erin O’Campo Photography (White Rock): http://erinocampo.com/
Hair and Make Up: Swank Makeup (Vancouver): http://www.swankmakeup.com/
Floral: Flowers and Company (White Rock): http://www.flowersandcompany.com/
Hat: ONLY from Art Knapp (South Surrey): https://www.artknappsurrey.com/
Dress: Somedays Lovin’ from jj whiskey clothing co (South Surrey): http://www.jjwhiskey.com/
Shirt: Uniform Handmade from Justly Market (Fraser Valley): (10% off anything on website with discount code ETHIGAL) https://www.justlymarket.com/
Necklaces: Kind Karma from Justly Market (Fraser Valley) (10% off anything on website with discount code ETHIGAL) https://www.justlymarket.com/ & Mint and Birch (Fraser Valley): https://www.mintandbirch.com/
Watch: JORD: https://www.woodwatches.com/
Ring: Juliet 925 (Fort Langley): https://www.juliet925.ca/
Bracelet: Leah Alexandra (Vancouver): https://leahalexandra.com/
Kid Shirt: Cloud City Apparel Co. (Port Alberni): https://www.facebook.com/cloudcityapparelco/
Mug: Empire of Sass (Pitt Meadows) from the Local Space (Langley). Get 10% off with discount code ETHIGAL: https://thelocalspace.ca/
Water Bottle: Swell from Not For Long (South Surrey): http://www.notforlong.ca/
Microbladed Brows and Teeth Whitening: Avenue 42 (Langley): http://avenue42langley.com/
IPL & Fractional Laser Treatment: Casbah Day Spa (South Surrey): https://casbahdayspa.com/
Hair Cut & Dye: Salon Montage (South Surrey): https://www.facebook.com/Salon-Montage-South-Surrey-369618856487598/
Do you have any favourite local brands that you’d like to see us included in our next styled photoshoot? Let us know in the comments below.