When we were planning Brittany and Spencer's engagement session, Brittany mentioned several times how she wanted snow, and she wanted a location with a view. I didn't blame her! The Kootenays are beautiful all year round, especially when blanketed in snow.
Castlegar's 'Dove Hill' viewpoint was my immediate thought. I knew that it would be a bit of a trek up (20 minutes of a rather steep, switch-back trail) but the views from the top on a clear day would be unparalleled. So! Dove Hill it was. And we all crossed our fingers for clear skies.
I'm happy to report that the weather Gods heard our prayers, and the day of their hiking engagement session was sunny and clear. The view from the top of Dove Hill, as usual, did not disapoint! It was so much fun making the trek up with these two, as it gave us plenty of time to chat and get to know each other (I found out that Spencer and I have a mutual love for Ireland!) and make some memories.
As with every engagement session I do, I am left feeling more excited than ever for these two lovely human being's big day this summer! Thanks for being up for a bit of adventure with this session, you guys!
My name is Tamara. I'm from Vancouver, BC originally, but my husband and I moved to the Kootenays in the summer of 2013. I am the Mom to a to a very busy, inquisitive 2 year old boy, and I stay home with him during the day while I do my work for you fabulous folks. Working from home with a kiddo can be a difficult balancing act, but I wouldn’t have it any other way and consider myself very fortunate to be able to do it.
I have been working as a photographer in a professional capacity for about 9 years. I have relocated my business several times— San Francisco, Vancouver, The Kootenays— and each time I had to start from scratch in a new place. Now that I am established in the Kootenays I have no desire to move again!
I have found 'Home' in the Kootenays & I truly believe that it is British Columbia’s hidden gem. The mountains, the valleys, the lakes, the epic views.... The colourful springs and falls, the scorching hot summers, and the snowy winters— we have it all! I try to incorporate our stunning landscapes into my images whenever possible, and feel like this natural element has become one of Wanderlust’s signature looks.
I shoot weddings and families primarily, and my aim is always to capture authentic emotion. I try to keep my posing natural and fluid, and rarely use props of any sort. The main focus is always on capturing genuine connection, and I feel like too much posing or prop use takes away from this. I would describe my work as documentary, emotive, and romantic, with a touch of grit.
Baby Maximus was born early on a chilly February morning to first time parents Mariah and Mark. When I arrived, their private hospital room was quiet and peaceful. Only the sounds of our footsteps on the linoleum floor, and the soft chatter of nurses that wafted down the hall from the nursing station.
Mark suggested putting on some music. He put on 'Father and Son' by Kat Stevens, and it took everything I had not to shed tears onto their perfect, warm, gorgeous, squishy baby boy as I worked.
It's not time to make a change,
Just relax, take it easy
You're still young, that's your fault,
There's so much you have to know
Find a girl, settle down,
If you want you can marry
Look at me, I am old, but I'm happy
I was once like you are now, and I know that it's not easy,
To be calm when you've found something going on
But take your time, think a lot,
Why, think of everything you've got
For you will still be here tomorrow, but your dreams may not
Wondering what a 'Fresh 48' session is? Typically done at a Hospital, Birthing Centre, or wherever baby was born, these very special sessions are meant to document your baby's very first hours of life, in all of their brand-new glory. They are shot documentary style, with little posing or props. If you are located in the Trail, BC area and are interested in more Kootenay Fresh 48 information, send me an email at email@example.com.
The best thing about being a photographer is encountering clients that you really connect with. Clients who are more than just clients, and quickly become friends. This family is one of those types of clients. Each one of their 3 gorgeous girls is absolutely lovely, and I felt an immediate ease and camaraderie with Mom & Dad.
Such an ease, in fact, that I invited the whole group of them to my son's 2nd birthday.... and they came!
Slightly unprofessional on my part? Perhaps. But it's so rare these days to meet people and feel an instant jive. It's rare to meet people and feel in your bones "these are my people". So sometime you just have to stick your neck out a little bit. Even if you run the risk of being known as the "too friendly photographer who invites clients to her son's birthday parties".
I have a confession. I don't love 'normal' maternity photography. I find it too wholesome and just a wee bit boring... But every year I try to challenge myself to branch out creatively and try something new, and this year I decided to take on Maternity.
When I conceptualized this series, I wasn't sure how I would get pregnant women on board with it. I wanted to shoot materntiy boudoir-style, but with a touch of mood and grit. This flies in the face of traditional maternity, and I wasn't entirely sure that a single person would 'get it', let alone want to pose for it.
I wanted to capture how strong and beautiful the pregnant body is, without over sexualizing it. I wanted other pregnant women to see themselves in these images, and to feel a tugging at their hearts and bellies.
No flower crowns. No long flowing gowns. Just raw, simple, beautiful beautiful bodies in all their glory. Powerful, emotive, gritty.
A big thank you to Columbia Garden's Winery Guesthouse for being the perfect setting to bring my vision to life. And, of course, an even bigger thank you to the incredible women who lent their time and their gorgeous bellies to this project. Thanks for believing in my artistry.
After shooting Maternity this way, I am not sure that I ever want to shoot it any other way again.
There is something so special about maternity sessions for couple's expecting their first child. The excitement and nerves are palpable when I ask the couples about how "ready" they feel, their what their plans are for the newborn stage. It's an honor and a privledge to be able to capture couples on the precipice of this incredible, life-changing event. All of pregnancy is so magical, but those last couple of weeks are especially lovely.
I feel like Kelly and Ryan's engagement session was like 4 sessions in one!
1. The mountain top.
2. The bus sematary and ghost town.
3.. The smoke bomb.
4. The lake shore.
This 2.5 hour session was epic beyond measure. Each backdrop brought it's own atmosphere, with Kelly and Ryan absolutely slaying it every time.
We had hoped to start the session at the top of Idaho Peak, but unfortunately were met with snow and ice mid-way up the mountain. I suppose we shouldn't have been suprised, considering it was late October. Instead we 'settled' on some gorgeous mountain vistas from a view point lower down the mountain, and then spent the rest of the session in the abandoned silver mining town of Sandon, BC.
Sandon was derilict & creepy in a 'tetanus-shot-waiting-to-happen' sort of way... and it was absolutely perfect. I've always said that I like a bit of edge and grit in my sessions, and Sandon gave us all that and then some.
We finished off the session on the shores of Slocan Lake, in beautiful New Denver, BC. The lake was stiller-than-still, with the water looking like glass. The surrounding mountains, in their various shades of blue-grey, made it feel like we were shooting in a painting.
I can't imagine a more perfect enagement session.
Emily and Brad.
These freaking hustlers.
When Emily and I initially started emailing regarding booking their Wedding and Engagement Session, she told me that Brad "hated having his photo taken" and mentioned that a short session would probably be best. Ok, no problem! I am no stranger to clients who aren't super comfortable in front of the camera and I always aim to make things as short and painless as possible.
What she didn't tell me was that she and Brad were really, really ridiculously good looking. Also that they're SUPER in love and very snuggly. Also that she'd have along props like the perfect woolen, picnic blanket, and a robin's egg blue truck, and their outfits would be brilliantly styled... And, oh yeah, did she mention that the shoot would be on their wooded acreage with the dreamiest rustic backdrop options?
Needless to say, this 'short-session-because-brad-hates-having-his-photo-taken' session turned into a 1.5 hr long session that I had to PEEL MYSELF AWAY FROM because it was solid-freaking-gold from start to finish.
These two are getting married next summer, and I am basically counting down the days until it happens. If their wedding is anything like their enagement session, it's going to be cataclysmically incredible.
I first met Kylie and David very early this past summer when they were a bridesmaid and groomsman in one of the first weddings of my 2018 season. I remember distinctly taking a couple photographs of them together (it's not unusual for me to find out if any members of the wedding party are a couple, and making sure to get a couple nice shots of them together) and someone taking the piss out of poor David about how he hadn't yet proposed, despite them dating for 8+ years.
So imagine my surprise when just a couple months later, Kylie reached out to me to say that she was newly engaged (YAAAAYYY!) and wanted to chat about working with me. I was so excited for them!
It was great to see these two lovely human beings again, and this time to get to get to know them a bit and hear about their love story. Starting in Saskatchewan, then heading west to the Kootenays, and evening spending a year in South America, these two are no strangers to adventure! I'm super stoked for their Rossland I Do's next summer.
How beautiful is this growing family? Oh, I just love them!
I first crossed paths sort of coincidently on Instagram, and then again later in another capacity also on Instagram (what can I say-- I'm allllllllllll the hell over instagram!) It was really fun when she reached out to officially book a shoot and we got to actually meet in person!
We met up at Nancy Greene Lake for a snuggly, fall-ispired maternity session. Of course it was a no-brainer to bring along the furry-big-sister-to-be and include her in a few shots. This little family is new to to the area, so we spent a good chunk of their time talking about the pros and cons of small-town-living (of which there are many!) and bonding over a mutual interest in cloth diapering.
This sweet babe is due any day now, and I could not be more thrilled!
35-years-young, Tamara Boden is a Family Portrait & Wedding Photographer out of the 'Kootenay' region of south-eastern British Columbia. She loves being right, going on adventures, snuggling her dogs, husband, & baby boy, roadtrips, indie/off-beat weddings, chubby babies and making people laugh. When not behind the camera or at her computer, you will find Tamara planning her next big trip, seeking out the perfect cup of coffee, and counting all of her infinite blessings. Thanks for stopping by!