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I love the ocean. I love the mountains. I love coffee. I love chocolate. I love Ayran. I love vegetables. I love Greek food. I love Nutella…and peanut butter…together. I love scarves, skinny jeans and boots. I love shorts, flipflops and sarongs. I am a bohemian I would like to think…eclectic in so many different ways.

I love to travel. I love Italy, Turkey, Morocco, Canada, of course, and so many more places I have visited and have yet to visit. 

I am passionate. I am sensitive. I am deep. I am thoughful. I am intuitive. I am confident. I am pensive. I am funny. I am beautiful. I am strong. I am determined.

I love airports. I love coffee shops. I love mountain villages. I love the beach. I love Fiats 500s and Vespas. I love postcards. I love silver jewelry. I love short hair. I love my iPhone.

I am a fighter. I am compassionate. I am an advocate. I am all of these and more.

Simply put, I love life. And with this same love, I choose to photograph people, places and situations around me.

Love. Travel. Life. This is me. In a nutshell.

Have a look around my site. I have some travel galleries and blog posts in the links at the top.  

I hope you enjoy what you see and are inspired to see more of our beautiful world. xx

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FOR MORE INFO ON MY TRAVEL EXPERIENCES, VISIT FOLLOW YOUR HEART TRAVEL

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ABOUT MY NGO ADVOCACY AND GIVING BACK THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY, VISIT PHOTOGSFORACAUSE.ORG

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#FF - Jamie Delaine || manila destination wedding photographer

i love my FOLLOW-A-FABULOUS-PERSON friday posts.. i love that every person i’ve asked to be a part has glady excepted! (except for those who are in the middle of having babies, moving, etc - that is definitely understandable, but we will get them on here NEXT YEAR!!) it’s so awesome to be able to show the readers of my blog people i think are awesome, who are friends, who i WANT to be friends with, who i think YOU should be friends with..hehehe.. ya.. it’s one of my favorite parts of the week!

and this week’s fave person is no different!

when i was living in vancouver i was quite extensively involved in the wedding industry. not only second shooting but organizing networking events and such. i had a list of all the van photogs blogs that i loved to follow. jamie was one of them. her unwaving faith, her youthful tenacity, her love for travel, her passion for her craft. she was definitely someone i loved “following”.

shooting her first wedding when she was still a teenager, jamie, no doubt, has made her mark as a wedding creative. i had the priviledge of second shooting with her last september - that wedding HERE - it was fun. i must say i was really impressed at her bang-on exposures every single time… you’re my hero, jamie. ;) hehe.. but seriously. the way you choose to live your life…that is such a testimony of your character. go big…go high…the world is your canvas, jamie!

i’m so thrilled to present to my follow-a-favorite-person-blogpost, miss jamie. thanks for taking time out of your busy summer craziness to be featured!

xotracey

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TLH: what is the favorite part of what you do (business wise)?
Jamie: my favourite part of my job is meeting new people and hearing their life stories. i love hearing about the trials and triumphs in the lives of individuals and then seeing their stories come together in a dating relationship, an engagement and a marriage. — but you said business wise? that’s a part of my business. but on the more behind-the-scenes side of things, i really enjoy blogging and sharing my heart.

TLH: how did you get started? everyone asks, i know, but peeps wanna know!
Jamie: i started photography when i was sixteen years old: that was the first time i got paid for taking someone’s picture. i second-shot two weddings as a seventeen year old with a photographer i connected with online. i put those wedding images on my portrait website and simply put “weddings start at $1000”—i booked a wedding a few months later through word-of-mouth. at this time, i already had a blog and a facebook fan page and the word spread pretty fast about this “young girl” starting a business. my first full season of weddings was in 2008 and i just wrapped up my fourth summer.
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TLH: if you could live anywhere in the world for a year, money not an issue, where would it be and why?
Jamie: ah! too big of a question! i love traveling, i love seeing the world. okay off the top of my head, the almalfi coast comes to mind—one of my favourite places i’ve ever visited. but i think the summer heat would kill me & so would the slow cultural pace. it’d be good for me: but it might kill me. i struggle with learning how to relax. some other places i love include montreal, boston, santa barbara, san diego, seattle, edinburgh… though in reality, i don’t think i’d want to live anywhere else than british columbia.

TLH: favorite story/memory of past client/work/project
Jamie: i definitely have weddings that stand out in my mind as super-fun experiences. i don’t know if i could pick just one, but some of my absolute favourite weddings were: heidi & bryce’s backyard wedding in kitchener, alison & ryan’s wedding on the sunshine coast and veronica & henry’s wedding in agassiz.

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TLH: what is your favorite foods to eat? to make? to buy?
Jamie: i have a lot of food intolerances: dairy, wheat, soy. so it makes cooking really interesting. unfortunately i’m not a cook… at all. BUT I WANT TO LEARN. so badly. that’s one of my goals for this next year. i love eating really simple food: i eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, grilled chicken, fish, ground turkey, eggs, any kind of rice product and lots of salad.
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TLH: where do you see yourself in your biz and life in 5 years?
Jamie: my business in five years… wow, i’ll be finishing up my ninth summer of weddings which seems amazing. i’ll also be 26—and as a newly-turned 21 year old that seems so far off. ;) i hope to still be shooting weddings of couples that i love, but turning down work in the off-season or little extra things that fill my schedule but don’t give me joy. in life? i’d like to be married. more importantly, single or not, i’d like to have traveled some more cool places: back to europe again, to australia, through the united states a bit more, back to the east coast of canada. i want to have grown leaps and BOUNDS in my relationship with Jesus. i want to know Him as my sole provider, my sole source of life and joy and strength and peace. whatever it takes for me to know that, i’m down!

TLH: how do you want to be remembered?
Jamie: as someone sold out for the gospel of Jesus Christ. i don’t care about anybody remembering me for anything else.
check out jamie’s sweet bio video!
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to see Jamie’s portfolio and check out her super blog check it at:

and then my heart was full || manila photographer

70 women. 70 headshots.

last february i went to the corrections institute for women (CIW) otherwise knows as the women’s prison. my motherinlaw was speaking at an event there. i went along to take photographs…that i wouldnt be able to show to the public, being as they are inside the prison.

but the experience was eye-opening. and my heart also opened as well that day; how AMAZING would it be to photograph these women? each so precious to HIM and to us. women, who you can see in some of their eyes, that dont feel beauitful or worth anything anymore. that could never be able to give back but would cherish such a thing as a beautiful photograph of themselves and see truly how beautiful they are.

i shared this dream with ana, one of the pastors from our church which is involved extensively at the prison. she thought it was a great idea…didn’t know when that would ever be. but said she’d keep it in mind.

this past sunday, ana came to me smiling. they were doing a retreat at the prison this mon, tues and wed. and i was going to be allowed to bring in my camera to photograph the women!!!!

and thats what i did yesterday.

i arrived at the visitors gate and a minimum security inmate, we will call zoe, with big smiles and open arms. she began to tell me about some of the ladies attending…how there were two very well-off inmates that hated each other. one was a major car-napper, the other a major drug dealer. and after the first day of the retreat, without anyone’s prompting, they looked for each other and made amends, with tears and hugs. WOW. and then the very old inmate who is has stage 4 breast cancer, with open cancer wounds who is attending.

suddenly my heart didn’t feel as heavy as it had been the last few days with my own burdens.

i was asked to share briefly why i was going to take the photographs. in my broken tagalog, i told them how i visited in feb. how god showed me how beautiful and precious you all were to him. and that as a wedding photographer i photograph beautiful women and they were no different. when i finished they all cheered. my heart was overwhelmed.

as i watched the women sing and laugh and listen intently to the speakers, my eyes filled up with tears. the speakers were all talking about their identity and who they are. wow. so crazy how it all was tying together.

there were 7 tables of women. we photographed them by tables. i found a couch by a door so i could prop it open ever so slightly to get some nice side lighting. and away we went! some smiled so freely. others needed some prodding and encouraging. while others’ pain was so evident in their eyes, i was lucky enough to get them to look at me. with a tender touch to their shoulders, i thanked them and smiled. some smiled back. others quickly walked away. and some hugged me tightly.

i seriously was on the verge of tears throughout it all.

when we were done ana came to me and said, oh there is just one that doesn’t want her photograph taken. i said, really? we will see. and i quickly sought out for her.

she was a 33 year old. been on hard drugs since she was 10. she shared her story. i dont think she has been in long. i found her and touched her arm, please i would love to photograph you. your face, your hair, they are so beautiful. she sheepishly looked at me and as our eyes met and she saw that i was not scary, she agreed.

wow. wow. wow.

she was the last inmate i photographed yesterday. and her eyes still leave imprints in my mind.

i photographed 70 beautiful women yesterday. each one tells a story. a hard story. but it’s their story.

thank you for letting me love you through my lens.

xotracey

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a view from inside CIW, the only women’s correctional facility in the philippines housing 1800 women. photo credit.

whether i am going to be able to post any to the public i’m not sure. i may know at a later date.

neil & michelle - shooting with pilar || manila destination wedding photographer

when i first came to manila i saw a billboard on my way to gentle hands every day i passed by a certain section on EDSA, a main thoroughfare in metro manila. it actually had this on it:

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do you notice anything in it? ya. there is ONE chick in it. and as soon as i saw this, i was like, “what the!?!? how come only one chick!?!?” i was then on a mission: to meet this “one”.

through a donor at Gentle Hands, i ended up meeting this “one”. we laughed, we chatted, we talked shop. now i have the priviledge of working with her regularly.

this one’s name is pilar tuason. an exercept about pilar:

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Pilar Tuason is one of the country’s most respected and sought after Wedding and Portrait and Fashion photographers. She photographed her first Wedding eleven years ago. Desiring to improve her craft, Pilar studied Classical Portraiture and lighting from the legendary photographer, Monte Zucker. Pilar’s style has been described as elegant and modern. While she likes to capture those spontaneous moments that happen in a Wedding, she also makes sure that her Brides are photographed in their absolute best.

Pilar has done campaigns/advertising shoots for the following brands, Penshoppe, Wacoal, Jun Escario, Kristel Yulo, Tru Bags, Beverly Hills 6750, and many other brands.

Pilar acts as Creative Director /Lead Photographer for Wedding Belle Magazine, Junior Magazine, I Create, Lonely Planet , Olive Magazine and Editor in Chief to Digital Photographer Philippines Magazine.

Pilar is also the first and only female Canon Brand Ambassador.

in other words, pilar is awesome! not only is she a remarkable photographer but she is so much fun and really has a beautiful heart. i’m so very blessed to have met her and am really thrilled to know her! someone referred to us as “the two white chicks taking on wedding photography here” because of her spanish decent, her complexion is lighter. i giggled..and then thought to myself..”yes..watch out, we’re dangerous together!”  joking!! hahahaha!

in july was the first wedding i shot with her…a lovely chinese filipino couple, neil and michelle. today’s post will showcase michelle getting ready… i decided to break it up on the blog..more juicy loveliness to blog about that way!!

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more from neil and michelle’s wedding next week!

and to pilar - i still can’t wait to feature you on #FF follow-a-fabulous-person friday! i’m glad our paths have crossed…here’s to fun and more adventures as we shoot & play together!

xotracey

the philippines in b&w || manila destination photographer

i have been on my computer ALL day processing images. so today’s TRAVEL TUESDAY post is gonna be less wordy and more photoy. :)

i decided to take some photos i’d taken in the philippnies over the years and put a funky b&w finish to them. not sure what i think of them…but hey. i thought it was cool.

can you imagine taking ALL your photos in b&w? some days i think that i should do just that. it sure would make editing a whole lot easier. ;)

enjoy!

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i think i need some serious chocolate..and i ain't buntis! || manila photographer

holy cow. i’m sooooo behind with editing. that sore eyes dealio in august that was almost a month of not being able to see really put me back. this week is dedicated to getting ALL my editing complete… wish me luck. and feel free to send copious amounts of chocolate! :)

and…..onto things PHOTO… :)

i have been waffling whether or not to do some maternity & newborn photography again - with my midwifery and doula background, i really did love it…and i think that pregnant women are so very beautiful.

here’s a sampling of my past maternity work:

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so what do you think? i wonder if filipinos would love to have one of their most precious moments as this remembered… and if you like studio work, my fellow friend and photog here in the metro, pilar, has a studio that she’d totally love you to come visit! :)

know of someone who is “buntis”? (buntis is PREGNANT in filipino for all my readers outside the Phils!) want to give them an amazing gift? give them the gift of photography! a maternity/newborn session! contact me for more details! :)

happy monday!

xotracey