Welcome. Merhaba. Benvenuto.

 

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I love the ocean. I love the mountains. I love coffee. I love chocolate. I love Ayran. I love vegetables. I love Greek food. I love Nutella…and peanut butter. I love scarves, skinny jeans and boots. I love shorts, flipflops and sarongs. I am a bohemian I would like to think…eclectic in so many different ways.

I love to travel. I love Italy, Turkey, Morocco, India, Canada, of course, and so many more places I have visited and have yet to visit. 

I am passionate. I am sensitive. I am deep. I am thoughful. I am intuitive. I am confident. I am pensive. I am funny. I am beautiful. I am strong. I am determined.

I love airports. I love coffee shops. I love mountain villages. I love the beach. I love Fiats 500s and Vespas. I love postcards. I love silver jewelry. I love short hair. I love my iPhone 6.

I am a fighter. I am compassionate. I am an advocate. I am all of these and more.

Simply put, I love life. And with this same love, I choose to photograph people, places and situations around me.

Love. Travel. Life. This is me. In a nutshell.

Have a look around my site. I have some travel galleries and blog posts in the links at the top.  

I hope you enjoy what you see and are inspired to see more of our beautiful world. xx

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FOR MORE INFO ON MY TRAVEL EXPERIENCES, VISIT FOLLOWYOURHEARTTOURS.COM

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ABOUT MY NGO ADVOCACY AND GIVING BACK THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY, VISIT PHOTOGSFORACAUSE.ORG

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darlene & kirk || the wedding {calgary, alberta wedding}

such a lovely calgary day. the details were perfect. the couple so very much in love. it was such a joy to be a part of this day of love between darlene and kirk.

thank you again, you two, for allowing me to be a part of your history. much love and happiness, and BABIES to you! xoxox

love,

xotracey

some of my faves from their day-of slideshow…

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holmgren's || lifestyle session {FAMILY}

we met in 2001. our kids are basically the same age. we lived in rural saskatchewan. we’ve been friends ever since.

when i first photographed this fam, it was in the mid 2000s. i truly cannot remember when..maybe 2004/2005? anyhow, its been a while since our last session and so it was time! their kids are at least 2 heads taller…!

we found some lovely spots to shoot at…it was a perfect cloud filled blue sky day.

lets not wait another 7 years hey?

xotracey

darlene & kirk || lifestyle session {LOVE}

when darlene and kirk asked me to be a part of their wedding day, i was thrilled! they had heard about me and seen my work through shannon & omer’s wedding in vancouver.

i met up with them in calgary. the day we had scheduled our session, it was stormy - not condusive to lovely engagement photos!

we decided to stay an extra day in calgary so we could get these done - and they were absolutely worth it! what a beautiful love these two have.

here are some of my faves from their session.

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alissa & rosie || lifestyle session {COUSINS}

this summer we decided to do a bunch of roadtripping. one of the places on our list was southeast manitoba - where some of my husbands family is.

its a world of its own there…time stand stills in many ways. and the serenity…wow. definitely what the souls needs.

my daughter and my husbands cousin bonded very much in the short time we were there, even though there is 6 years between them. it felt as thought a big sister litte sister relationship was made. it was a beautiful thing. and they are absolutely beautiful young ladies.

beautiful manitoba + beautiful girls = beautiful photos. :)

xotracey

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kristal & scott || lifestyle session {LOVE}

my sister.

i have been taking photographs of her since forever. she has a way in front of the camera and we almost ALWAYS do a shoot when we are together.

so when she asked me if we could do one with her and her man scott, i was more than thrilled.

little did i know that a little under a month after i shot these, they got engaged. it would be safe for me to say that these were very timely. :)

love you guys. muchos. xoxo

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aki, lena & utae || lifestyle session {FAMILY}

we have known this amazing japanese family since we moved to vancouver back in 2007. they are such a fun, lovely family. i did some portraits with them in 2009. so we reunited for some fun family pix at burnaby village museum.

until our next session, much love to you all!

xotracey

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and one of us all together to end a fun afternoon! :)

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kym & winmark || lifestyle session {1st anniversary LOVE}

my delightful wedding couple from last june - we had a 1st anniversary session in strathcona, vancouver, canada this past june. they are beyond lovely. and freaking hilarious. remember kym? she is the brains and designer behind HERROHACHI. head over to her site and buy one of her awesome shirts. :)

love you two. xotracey

lonely planet philippines magazine - on assignment: TURKEY || travel photographer

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i am not one to boast, or gloat or brag. at all.

but i figure with my 40th birthday a week away and the timing of this all, that this was perhaps one good reason to do such things. :)

in november i was asked by a dear friend and fellow photographer, pilar tuason, if i would go to turkey for an on-assignment shoot. the feature story. the cover.

whoa. huge assignment. but totally up my alley.

so i joyfully accepted.

and yesterday i got my hands on a hot little issue of ISSUE 10 - the TURKEY issue of lonely planet philippines magazine.

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to be honest - it’s so freaky to see my picture of myself, and 17, yes SEVENTEEN! pages, of photos of our trip. and just in time for my 40th birthday.

this is the first time my travel photography has been featured..and i’m hoping this is but the beginning of this exciting adventure!  this in itself has made my 40th birthday so rad. <insert happy sigh>

of course i posted the pdf files of the article. so today i am posting ACTUAL photos of the magazine that i took on my patio. not the greatest background…but hey. :)

so many thanks…to pilar for asking me to go…to lonely planet philippines for entrusting me…to madie for being an awesome travel companion as we documented this trip. to everyone in turkey - osman, ensar, yucel and all the other amazing others - who made our trip nothing less than fantastic.

and to my lover…who always believes in me more than i believe in me, and who pushes me to be more than i think i can be. xo

here’s issue 10. it’s so lovely :)

xotracey

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Lonely Planet Philippines Magazine, Issue 10 is finally out! || travel photographer

the long wait has almost come to an end.

last november i was asked to go on-assignment with Lonely Planet Philippines magazine to Turkey.

i received an email almost 2 weeks ago saying that it was out in print and they were sending me some copies!

i am still awaiting the copies - altho today i’m going to go to as many stores as i can and try and SEE a hard copy - but i also got a soft copy of the 16 page article i shot for.

to say i’m more than overwhelmed and honored to have done this assignment is an understatement. with this being my first published travel piece of my photography, i couldnt be more thrilled at the outcome. from the cover to the inside pages, it looks amazing. thank you Lonely Planet Philippines for entrusting me with this great, amazing task! and thank you Pilar for believing in me to execute it. xo

here’s a peak at the soft copies..as soon as i get the hard copies, i’ll shoot those and showcase them here. :)

xotracey

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your one wild & precious life - personal || passionate wanderer & lover of photography

its a funny thing really.

how in just 15 short months so many things about yourself and about what you value can so change so greatly.


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as i read my bloglines.com, where i keep a running list of all the blogs i frequent, and see the broad spectrum of what everyone, whether stranger or friend, i am amazed:

look at me, look at me and how i shot this engagement session”.

i simply can’t live without this product or my life will be over!!”.

if i dont get on my pintrest once a day, i will simply die”. 

i bought this amazing dress for only $200!”

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the list goes on.

and as i read through that list, i suddenly realize i have a difficult time and cannot relate…


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i dont know if it’s because i’ve been on the mission field in a 3rd world country where life and death are very real things and what i’m going to wear to a cocktail party, or how i’m going to decorate my house with DIY loveliness just dont really hold a light to my current reality. i dont know if it is because in 29 days i turn 40 and am reflecting, “what the hello have i done with my life?”. i dont know if i’m having a midlife crisis - altho i have no desire to drive a sports car, riding a motorcycle or an italian scooter has suddenly popped on my radar and i am not sure that it is even that scary of a deal anymore.

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i dont know but i feel like i cannot even relate to the West, my home culture, anymore in some ways. where things and stuff are the basis of…pretty much everything. sigh.

what about life? what your heart? what about LIVING?

WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH YOUR ONE WILD AND PRECIOUS LIFE?

Mary Oliver was asking the right questions when she asked the above question.

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i dont know what i will do with mine. i have never REALLY known what i wanted to do with mine. it’s always felt a little bit of an ambiguous question to me. or maybe my LIFE is ambiguous? i dont know really. but i do know i like the word ambiguous. :)

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but i want it to matter. my life that is. i want it to be something that will have made a difference. me being in this world. living how i choose to live, whereever i choose to live it, whatever i choose to be doing.

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and maybe that…THAT right there is the key. just to be intentional.

intentional in really LIVING life.

intentional in really ENGAGING life.

intentional in really LOVING in life.

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this is all that i’m thinking about this morning. this and my ritual cup of coffee that i need to go sip…intentionally.

xotracey