I went to high school with Daffney and when she reached out about doing a couple session with her longtime guy Matt I was ecstatic! She is such an amazing soul and we have always gotten along so well.
The coolest thing is she is studying to become a Midwife and is currently a Doula. For those who don’t know a Doula is a birth coach and supporter during your delivery. They help guide and make you feel comfortable. More often than not they are there to help dad be the best support for mom. They are pretty awesome! And since I am a birth photographer I’m excited to hopefully in the future work side by side with Daffney!
So when we had our video consultation we caught up and I found out that she was living in Penticton, a town I had been to for a summer with my family when I was very young and barely remembered. She told me about the wineries and about her job where she was a gardener for a local guy who had his own lavender field. You can imagine how my photographer’s eyes were full on heart shapes, I could not wait!
So I headed down to Penticton from Vancouver and arrived in the late afternoon to this gorgeous Okanagan city. We chatted for a while before heading out for our sunset and golden hour session.
First, we visited their friend who manages/works at a local winery called Bench 1775 and explored their rows and rows of wine grapes. We also braved the Okanagan lake cliff side on the two different edges of their property. It was incredible! I loved working with the new colors, oranges, reds and a dusty greens, compared to the vivid greens and blues here in Vancouver(which I also love but I adore changing it up!) Not to mention the incredible view over the lake and towards the hills on the other side. We were very lucky with the smoke, the BC fires had created thick clouds only the day before I arrived and stayed away until just before I left the Okanagan 4 days later.
Next, we headed to her work, who had given us permission to photograph on their amazing property. WOW.. WOW.. WOW. I was in photographers heaven, the lavender, the trees, the even better view off of the cliffs and the dirt roads. The sun started to lower and the light was insane! We had fun playing in the fields and then wandered the dirt road before taking the side by side(I recently learned what they are called, pretty much a mix between a quade and a car without doors) down the switchback roads to the lake. We stopped a few times along the way to get the new perspectives and view onto the lake, did I mention the light?! Yay, I was dying of joy. And the whole time we were chatting, laugh and having a blast together.
Lastly, we raced down the road to catch the end of the sunset behind a famous low lying tree over the lake. Matt and Daffney balanced onto the tree and I tried to first capture them on the tree from the shore but the angle wouldn’t allow it. So if fear of losing the sun, I took off my shoes and walked into the lake full dressed, up to my upper thighs, while praying I wouldn’t slip or trip and dunk completely with my camera in hand. All went well and it was well worth it!
After a successful session, we headed back so I could change before we headed out for a lovely dinner.
The next day we spend the day in the sun, drifting on the incredible man-made channel on large tubes while listening to music and chatting. The best way to spend a Saturday! Later on Daffney and I hiked up way above in the Penticton hills, where we enjoyed the sunset and caught up about life since we last saw each other. What a wonderful day!
I highly recommend if you get the chance you explore Penticton, BC. It is my new favourite place and if I even want to move away from Vancouver I’d move there!
Thank you Daffney and Matt for an incredible weekend and for showing me the best that Penticton has to offer. I will be back!
Now for the photos: