“…in a world where everyone wears a mask, it is a privilege to see a soul.”
I’ve been on a journey of self-discovery these last few years, and I can safely say it has been one of the hardest things I’ve gone through my entire life. I didn’t go to South America, trek into the jungle abyss and take Ayahuasca (but it’s definitely on my list of things to do!), but I did venture a little closer to home. I went deep inside myself, doing a lot of introspection and reflection.
As difficult as it can be, I think a little soul searching is what some of us need to do from time to time. I am not afraid to say it, but being human can be hard. What I’ve learned through this all though, is that it doesn’t have to always be!
I realized the value of living with intention and the value of being vulnerable. It’s freeing.
I am learning to be mindful of my words and my actions, and learning to strengthen my self-awareness. I am beginning to notice all of the signs around me, the synchronicities, and the significance each one brings into my life.
On this journey, I met someone special.
I fell in love with the most beautiful human being.
(I love you, Andy. Is it really this cool to be in your life?)
Every day I wake up with gratitude. I know deep down that if I never dared to take this journey of self-discovery, we would have never crossed paths.. but I did, and I am so grateful for this.
I am so grateful.
I still have a lot to learn, and more self work to do, but I am up to the challenge.
My journey of self has led me to discover the beauty inside and I’ve allowed myself to finally embrace it.
I am so excited for these next years of life.
I see the world around me with new eyes.
I see the world through my lens with new eyes, because of the way I see myself.
I hope you can feel it in my pictures.
Because I do.
Wow, we looked through the photos over the weekend and all we can say is "thank you" and "wow" over and over again. Your ability to be seemingly omnipresent and capture the moments that really made our wedding so special was clearly seen in all the photos. We can't count how many times we said to ourselves, "I'm so glad John was the guy to do this" and "we need to see John again!" during our photo-viewing session!
There is really something very unique and special in the way you can capture the moments that will resonate in the hearts of others, and we're just happy that there is someone like you out there acting as that source of joy for so many fortunate people.
Thank you again, John, for simply being you. You provided us with the gifts and talents that make your work so special on our wedding day, and for that, we're truly grateful.
Joannza & Lawrence
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awards & accolades.
2019 BC Wedding Awards Winner for Best Overall Wedding Photography
CPC Top 30 Under 30 Canadian Wedding Photographers
Fearless Photographers Fearless Award Collection 25
Real Weddings Magazine Online & Print Features
Rock & Roll Bride
2013 BC Wedding Awards Finalist for Best Photojournalism Photograph
2012 BC Wedding Awards Winner for Best Detail Photograph