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.