Over the weekend I met up with my friend Sera to check out the Eastside flea (a flea market located in the East side of Vancouver). Entry was $3 but there was so much to look at that it covered the cost of a studio space for shooting. The building has 4 floors worth of vendors selling anything from food to clothes to antiques.
Downstairs we took advantage of the maze of clothes racks but I found that the yellow lighting was a little hard to work with.
Lamps ended up being our best friend.
From there we moved upstairs where we found a super cool neon corner with antiques.
We also found a room with natural light, yay! Unfortunately it was full of people so we had to move on.
Our last stop and my personal favourite was a room full of plants. We love a good plant.
The lighting here was perfecttt.
Sessions with Sera are always super fun but I think having different places to play with made this photoshoot a little more special.
We also had time to be a little silly
This was my first time attending Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver, BC. I had always wanted to go but December is always a crazy month for me so I never had the chance.
I am so glad that I went this past year because it was magical.
Canyon Lights usually runs from the end of November to the end of January. I would recommend visiting if you have the chance. If you are a BC resident you can get a year long membership when you show your receipt from your first visit! You can come visit this magical wonderland as many times as you like.
Vancouver has been hit with a sun, and you know what that means: Kaitlyn is going to find a beach and lay on it. The weather has been so sunny and warm and it has been perking up my mood. I love it.
Last week, I an and I packed a bag and walked down to Kits beach. We saw many doggos, had popsicles and came home a little burnt. No regrets, though.
The walk down was so pretty. Vancouver is showing signs of summer everywhere.
Once at the beach, we set up our blanket and pulled out the snacks.
Enjoying the sun
Ian’s anti-sun method: raise a hat above your head
The beach was fairly full this day and the sky was blue.
Overall it was a 10/10 day
Vancouver was recently hit with some beautiful sunshine and I decided to take the most of it by hiking Burnaby mountain. It was a lovely 25 degrees and the skies were blue so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to test out a new mountain. The Burnaby mountain trail starts at the SFU campus making it easily accessible. If you are travelling by transit you can take any bus from downtown that leads to SFU or the skytrain (Production Way/University Station) and then take the 145 to campus. We took the 95 B-line from from Burrard station and ended up really close to the trail opening. If you drive you can park in the parking lot near the park.
The trail is lush, really nicely maintained, and has nice views until about halfway down. If you take the same route as us (down the mountain then back up to the bus stop) you will be rewarded with great views at the top. The hike is pretty simple until you hit the stairs, of which there are 512. If you decide to hike back up you will have to hike the stairs twice and they are significantly harder on the way back up. At the top of the mountain there is a park with a rose garden, open spaces, a restaurant and a playground, leaving you with many options for after your hike. We decided to picnic under one of the trees because we were in dire need of shade. There are also many dogs, so if that is something you look for (we certainly do) then you’re in luck.
This trail was a nice challenge, especially for the first hike of the year. I would definitely recommend it. However, if you have knee injuries or do not do well with stairs I would suggest doing some of the smaller trails. What trail do you want me to review next? Leave your suggestion in the comments or tweet me @kaitlynabarrett.
This summer I will be working on expanding my photography portfolio. I started by photographing my friend Jenica, both because she was staying with me (access) and because she wanted a new profile picture. It was over the period of two days at four locations. This project was to work on my profile shots. Let me know if you have any recommendations or critiques.
Our first location was walking down arbutus street. It’s covered in cherry blossoms right now and made for a beautiful location.
After this we headed down to Kitsilano beach. The lighting was too bright here so I did not get a ton of shots.
We started the day with coffee and decided to step into Olive & Ruby. This coffee shop was so adorable I just had to take a picture of her with the plants.
From there we moved to Pacific Spirit Park. I love this place! It’s such a nice place to escape. You may recognize it from some of my other posts.
I thought we were done for the day but when we were waiting for the bus outside of trail, the sun was so lovely that I had to get a few more shots in.
That’s all for my profile focus project. Let me know what I should photograph next!
For my romance studies class final project I decided to make a photo essay about voodoo aesthetic. I organized it like a fashion spread in a magazine.
In our class we learned that vodou is a religion in Africa and voodoo is a construction made by popular culture. Some of the traits overlap but voodoo is mostly a Hollywood fantasy used in films. It has come to mean magic, curse, dark, spooky. I tried to include all of these elements in my piece.
This project was fun to create and I’m excited to have more free time this summer to create new ones.
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