Emmy Lou Canedo leaves no stone unturned at Tower Beach in Vancouver

Emmy Lou Canedo makes her clients work for this breathtaking location at Tower Beach in Vancouver. Through the forest and down hundreds of stairs, this family of four takes Emmy Lou up on the challenge and is rewarded with a pebbly beach, driftwood for days, purple mountains, and an ocean radiant with reflections of the low autumn sun.

There are even a couple graffiti-covered concrete towers remaining from World War II.  And often, you will see a peaceful heron, regarding the infinite from his perch on an ocean rock.  (Because regarding the infinite is a heron’s full-time-job.)

Here in the dusk of summer we are beginning to turn off the AC, reach for long sleeves, hot drinks, scarves and boots. May this family session wet your whistle for the season on deck.

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When you speak to him, he starts, as if he’s coming out of a deep thought, and his eyes have a faraway look.

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Emmy Lou’s images are intimate both in their physical proximity to the family and the calm they exude. She’s observant and present without overtly guiding or interrupting them. Their expressions are, in turn, earnest, joyful, curious, cautious and thoughtful. Nothing is forced. This is on purpose.

When I was a kid, I hated being “talked down” to, so I remember to ask them only questions that matter – to show them that their perspective is what I want to capture, not merely my idea of their perspective.  We explore the world through their eyes.  Tower Beach was a new location for both Tahlia & Ethan; this is always fun for me, because their interest is so fresh.  We ran around exploring, and I didn’t direct them very much, but simply let them discover.

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It was just us on the beach – us, and some drifting pink clouds, and some sunflares spraying through my camera lens.  We took our time wandering, collecting, laughing.

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she is a little princess – aware of who she is and what she wants, but still filled with the childhood wonder that makes her pause to examine the details in a pebble.

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Emmy Lou’s photographs are as moving aesthetically as they are emotionally. The light, texture, and color serve to enhance the loving, personal family moments. Conversely, these family moments bring figurative light, texture and color to each frame. It’s a killer recipe no matter how you slice it.

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