This summer I had the pleasure of photographing my dear friends Marina and Ben for their engagement!

I got to see their love develop from the early stages. It’s so beautiful how much they’ve grown together, the support and unconditional love, and now, the life they plan to build together. When they reached out to me to photograph their wedding and engagement I was so honoured to be the one to capture their love and create images they can cherish forever. Despite all the planning you do, you could never predict the weather. And although the day started out with rain it cleared up to the most beautiful of skies.

Marina is an incredible artist and painter and Ben is a musician. Whenever I see them together they are always so goofy and sweet with each other. Ben and Marina love going on hikes, camping, and adventuring. They spent the majority of the summer in Powell River on the Sunshine Coast working on boat together and enjoying the sun and the beach.

We wanted to really capture their adventurous and outdoorsy sprit in these photographs so we decided on the beautiful Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver! We picked out outfits together and decided on earthy, tones that would match the rocky, forest landscape of BC. We packed some snacks and headed out to Lighthouse Park for sunset. Driving there we got a little nervous as it was starting to rain, but just in time the skies began to clear up to a warm sun!

We had such a fun time dancing around, climbing up rocks, hopping over puddles and singing to some tunes. I couldn’t have dreamt of a more perfect moment to photograph their love. The sun began to set to the most beautiful pinks and reds as we watched it go over the horizon together.

I think that’s the perfect scenario; It’s not just about the photos, but creating an experience and memories they can look back on in photographs to remember how it FELT. I put together a little slideshow to share some of that day.

I hope it can inspire and remind you of the beautiful love and connection that life has to offer

Best wishes Marina and Ben!

P.S.! Click here if you’d like to see their wedding photos!

Lighthouse Park Engagement Photoshoot

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“But I want to be with God all the time…I want to learn how to live in this world and enjoy its delights, but also devote myself to God…”

Ketut said he could answer my question with a picture.

He showed me a sketch he’d drawn once during meditation. It was an androgynous human figure, standing up, hands clasped in prayer. But this figure had four legs and no head. Where the head should have been, there was only a wild foliage of ferns and flower. There was a small smiling face drawn over the heart.

“To find the balance you want,” Ketut spoke,
“This is what you must become.

You must keep your feet grounded
so firmly on the earth that
it’s like you have four legs,
instead of two.

That way, you can stay in the world.
But you must stop looking
at the world through your head.
You must look though your heart instead.

That way, you will know God.”

Favourite passages from Eat, Pray, Love 📖

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“But I want to be with God all the time…I want to learn how to live in this world and enjoy its delights, but also devote myself to God…”

Ketut said he could answer my question with a picture.

He showed me a sketch he’d drawn once during meditation. It was an androgynous human figure, standing up, hands clasped in prayer. But this figure had four legs and no head. Where the head should have been, there was only a wild foliage of ferns and flower. There was a small smiling face drawn over the heart.

“To find the balance you want,” Ketut spoke,
“This is what you must become.

You must keep your feet grounded
so firmly on the earth that
it’s like you have four legs,
instead of two.

That way, you can stay in the world.
But you must stop looking
at the world through your head.
You must look though your heart instead.

That way, you will know God.”

Favourite passages from Eat, Pray, Love 📖

Yoga in Uvita, Costa Rica: Anna Chadenkova

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Today I wanted to share a super fun photoshoot I had with Marlee! The cherry blossoms were just nearing the end of their blossom in Vancouver and we wanted to capture them before they were gone. It was a beautiful day with a golden sunset. The breeze was a little chilly, but the skies were clear and a perfect day for a photoshoot. We decided to go to Stanley Park for the shoot and the cherry blossoms were so wonderful to see! It seemed like a popular spot that day as so many people were out to admire and photograph the beautiful cherry blossoms.

Marlee brought a few different dresses and outfits that we planned and a jacket as it was getting a little colder. I love being able to guide my clients and help them feel more comfortable about how to pose, what to do with their hands, etc, and I saw as Marlee slowly started to warm up to the camera! I brought my film camera and my digital camera, but unfortunately my film camera stopped working during the shoot! I wish I could have share those shots, as the film capture so beautifully.

A bit about Marlee, she is a talented filmmaker, director, artist, and actor to name a few and it was so nice to be able to capture her for this shoot. She wanted to celebrate her graduation from film school and have a photograph of herself that she could feel proud of for her graduation slideshow. I first met Marlee in film school and we studied together for two years. It’s been amazing seeing her grow as an individual and an artist. It was a pleasure to see her again and catch up on life! So much can change in a few years and it’s so interesting how quickly we can change in life.

We shot a few different looks for this shoot, some in Stanley Park with the cherry blossoms, and some on the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery and Skating Rink. I was surprised to see that there were so many dancers, both in groups and individuals practicing their routines. It looked like with all the closure of dance studios, they were able to find comfort and community in this place. The skate rink was filled with music, laughter, and fun.The sun was starting to set so we quickly changed to the next look which had a bit more for a business, personal branding feel with her white jumpsuit. I loved how these photos turned out and the lines brought such a fun visual interest to the shoot. There are so many amazing places to photograph in Vancouver, and some you can easily miss if you’re not looking. This was one of them for me. Sometimes you gotta think a little outside the box as a photographer. 

As the sun began to set we got a little more playful with some dancy movement shots as well. During these, I really got to see Marlee’s personality come out and these were some of my favourite to capture. Definitely looking forward to when the cherry blossoms come around again as it was so much fun photographing this day! If you’re looking to celebrate a significant milestone in your life, a photo shoot can be a great way to do so! I hope you enjoy this little series of photos and if you’re interested in a shoot, feel free to reach out on my contact page above!

Stanley Park Cherry Blossom Photoshoot – Vancouver Personal Branding Photography

Stanley Park Cherry Blossom Branding Photoshoot

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“I was guided to working with Mina for my brand shoot and she really was the right person to capture my vision and bring it to life through both videos and photos. She is such a visionary and creative and you can absolutely see she embodies that in her personal life too.

Mina held my hand throughout the creative process, from helping me with outfits and creating the vibe for my brand. I loved that I walked in on shoot day totally pampered with hair and makeup.

I would highly recommend her if you are looking for outstanding quality. Everyone was impressed with our collaboration together!”

– Margaret

“When I became a new mom, I felt overwhelmed and I didn’t know who I was anymore. I started getting health symptoms such as anxiety and excema. I really felt guilty because I had a beautiful family. Well one day I came across this book. And it changed EVERYTHING. And it was all about slowing down and also connection with my body and my emotions…And that’s really what led me down the path to healing. I realized that every symptom I had reflected my challenges perfectly. My body was a mirror and it was showing me how to grow. Overtime all my symptoms went away.

So we’re not taught about this inner intelligence and sadly most people believe that their bodies are broken. The lower back can be all about feeling unsupported, the upper back can be all about protecting your heart, anger, betrayal.. and those are all just some of the stories that we hold in our body. Nothing inspires me more then watching someone’s heart just open up. When they start to appreciate. the messages that their bodies have been telling them all along. And starting to see their bodies with wonder and respect.

Just to watch someone step into more freedom, more love in their relationship, my magic in their life. I’m here to help you look at your body in a whole new way. To really see the intelligence that is behind the pain. So you can stop compromising who you are. It’s time to feel radiant, energized, and powerful. It’s time to be you.”

I had the pleasure of working with Margaret Pineda for the launch of her new Holistic Wellness business, Connect Heal Expand. Margaret is a Bio-energy Practitioner and Registered Massage Therapist who started as a massage therapist working at White Oaks Wellness and Massage in White Rock, British Columbia before starting her path into energy healing. Margaret is a bright soul, with a passion for helping others who are feeling lost on their spiritual path.

She specializes in helping burnt out parents, business owners, entrepreneurs, and individuals trying to do it all connect back to their bodies and creativity with bio energy therapy. Margaret Pineda is a multi-skilled facilitator to her clients. Margaret’s professional background includes: Certified Bio-energy Practitioner, Reiki Level 2 Certified, Over 10+ years as a Massage Therapist with post-graduate training in the nervous system, organs and fascia, studied inherited family trauma with Mark Wolynn, a world leader and pioneer in the field of generational trauma, Certified Gene Keys guide and a life-long student of this life-changing wisdom, and Conscious Manifestation Course with Eckhart Tolle.

When Margaret reached out to me she was looking to completely rebrand her website and really start showing up as the face in her business. Through detailed consultation, we looked through her social media, website, and all of her offerings to create the most comprehensive branding package. We made sure to design her session around the exact images and layouts she would need for her bio-energy site. This included video banners to help catch the attention of visitors on the site.

We also put together a promotional video sharing her story and life to really help Margaret’s new clients connect and get to know her.

Through getting to know her and listening to her story I get to see the living example of what she embodies. She told me about the stresses, and pain, and health symptoms she used to experience before learning about bioenergy healing practices. Her intuitive abilities help her connect to the needs of each of her clients.

If you’d like to work with Margaret Pineda visit her website at https://www.connecthealexpand.com! She has many offerings such as the Energy Shift Session and Pathway to Passion to help you reclaim your energy, passion, and purpose!

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Mina Lumena of Lumena Photography

Hey, I’m Mina! I am a personal branding photographer in Vancouver, Canada. If there was one thing to know about myself and Lumena Photography, it’s that my portrait and headshot photography career has been driven by one mission: To provide my clients with mystical, timeless photos that help them rediscover their inner and outer beauty.

I love working with conscious brands and individuals who are on a mission to make a positive difference in this world. Health practitioners, sound healers, movement coaches, and authors are some of the extraordinary people I’ve photographed. With professional hair and makeup that’s personalized to your preferences, a detailed styling consultation to design your shoot, and a fully-guided and holistic photo shoot, you can take a deep breath knowing you’re in good hands.

Click here to learn more about what I offer!

Somatic Therapy Branding Photoshoot: Margaret Pineda

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