Brittany and Tom Kelowna Winter engagement


Brittany and Tom got engaged in November of 2018. Tom was so excited when he picked up her beautiful ring from the jeweler that he proposed a few hours later in their home. Talk about adorable!💗

 The two met and fell in love in Vancouver BC and have been together for over three years. I’ve had the privilege of knowing them throughout that time and have watched their love grow, which is why I am even more excited for their wedding!


Brittany and Tom wanted their engagement photographs taken over the Holidays while they were in Kelowna so we went to Gyro beach so that they could have the iconic Okanagan lake as their backdrop.

It was snowing and terribly cold. I’m amazed we got so many picture in less than 20 minutes! When we got to the beach the snow flakes started to get bigger and the wind started to pick up, making everything much colder. As you can see, we brought their favourite wine to the beach. As the weather progressed we quickly captured them sipping on their wine.

Heart shaped tree at Gyro Beach.

Heart shaped tree at Gyro Beach.

Near the end, we started to use the red blanket more to shelter them from the cold, which ended up being the perfect prop. Getting hilarious pictures of Tom running back to the vehicle to escape the cold. The cold was a fun challenge and made for these unique engagement pictures. 

Special shout out to my sister, Amanda (who also happens to be Brittany’s best friend), because she ran around and carried all the things. She almost lost my umbrella to the wind and oncoming traffic, but we’ll let that go 😂

You can expect to see more pictures of these two!  The loves birds are getting married in the extremely photoesque town of WHISTLER, BC at Nita Lake Lodge. Talk about a perfect wedding! Brittany has great style too so I can’t even imagine how beautiful everything will be. Spoiler alert - it’s an autumn wedding with touches of burgundy, greenery and more!  I’m overly excited to be photographing their wedding - it’s going to be EPIC! 

I am honestly also just excited to see the beautiful, brilliant Brittany walk down the aisle and marry her love, and I can’t wait to celebrate with their amazing families.

 Brittany’s basically a member of my family (My sisters best friend). She’s like another sister to me. We’ve travelled together ( Nicaragua, Praha, Warsaw, Tofino), she’s met our family in Poland, she’s at our house every Christmas Eve, has saved me from a hilarious moment in Vancouver, hosted me and family in her home,  and countless other things. She’s an exceptional person who deserves all the joy and happiness. 

I can’t wait to see what the future brings them and how they will spend the rest of their beautiful lives together 💗 

Who’s ready for this EPIC wedding?! 

Amanda's Bachelorette party in Tofino

I journeyed to the magical canadian town of Tofino British Columbia on Vancouver Island  to celebrate my sister's bachelorette party. Let me preface this by saying – you have got to go to Tofino! 

I hope you enjoy seeing this west coast vibe bachelorette weekend <3


Home for the Weekend

Amanda knew she was going to Tofino for the weekend, but she had no idea that our plans were to stay in a luxury cabin right beside Tonquin park.  She was greeted at the door with a glass of wine (her fav) - I love looking at the pictures of Amanda entering the cabin and being amazed by our accommodations for the weekend.  

You would understand if you saw the view from the balcony, which  overlooked Feliece and Clayoquot island on the Pacific Ocean.  The balcony even had a hot tub. So naturally, on our first night there we watched the sunset from our balcony in the hot tub. First thing the next morning, while sitting inside having breakfast, we saw a Bald eagle fly by our window, and a baby seal in the water below!  


Tonquin Park

The entrance to Tonquin park was a two minute walk from our cabin.  The boardwalk to the beach is beautifully done. At some point we were able to see our cabin from the lookout point.  It was so stunning. The green enchanted forest.  Trees bigger than my arms. The moss covered landscape. Its the perfect pacific west cost destination. I felt compelled to do double exposure photographs of the group members, so I did! Beautiful ladies in nature, what more do you need! 

The Beach


Later we explored the town of Tofino, descending to Tofino Brewery Co. I decided to leave my camera home, so we used Amanda's Polaroid camera, and the pictures turned out great. To be honest,I actually regret not taking a photograph of all the polaroids on my camera! There must have been at least 60 polaroids, and they are hilarious! 

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The photographs from the weekend were picturesque so  I wanted to share my experience on my blog! I would love to share all the images from this trip, but some things should stay in Tofino ! I had a great time with my sister and her friends. I am humbled by the amazing, caring, loving friends my sister has in her life. From the coordinating to the polaroids, it was all perfect.  More importantly, we are all looking forward to Amanda's wedding in Victoria , British Columbia this May!

Thank you for reading my blog <3

Love,
Lichon Photography

Reflecting on my Instagram usage after my Interview with KelownaNow for their Sunday Social Connection

Screen shot of my interview on  KelownaNow.&nbsp;

Screen shot of my interview on KelownaNow. 

KelownaNow

I was thrilled when I received an email from KelownaNow asking for an interview about my Instagram account @lichonphotography for their Sunday Social Connection. The Sunday Social Connection interviews social media accounts from Kelowna British Columbia, Canada. The profiles are chosen based on their content, style, and interactions with the community. The interview questions gave me time to reflect on my interactions with Instagram.

Thinking about creating a blog post about this interview was tendious.Should I screenshot the interview? Re-post the interview word for word? Or should I talk about my insights from the interview?I chose the later because I want to direct traffic to my interview on KelownaNow!  The interview got me thinking about why @lichonphotography account is more successful then my other instagram account @kelownaweddingphotographer.

 

Why have Different Instagram Accounts? 

I have two photography accounts on Instagram. I chose to create two different Instagram accounts because my target audiences are different. My @lichonphotography account is for fine-art enthusiast . Whereas, @kelownaweddingphotographer is targeted towards potential lifestyle clients. Similarly, my website is marketed towards potential wedding clients. This explains why you don't see my fine-art photographs on my website.

Consistency on Instagram is very important. When you scroll through someones feed you should instantly understand the content they're creating. Usually an underlying theme is easily identified by the viewer.  My feed would look sloppy if I mixed my fine-art and lifestyle photography together.  Looking through @lichonphotography you can easily identify a fantasy orientated feed. Whereas, @kelownaweddingphotographer overarching feed theme is lifestyle photography. 

Funny enough, I don't think the @kelownaweddingphotographer account is consistent; which reflects my lack of motivation to update my feed. Even my Instagram name does not reflect the content on my feed. I chose @kelownaweddingphotographer in hopes to boost my SEO online (my name appears on googles search engine). Perhaps, I should call my lifestyle account @lichonlifestyle rather than @kelownaweddingphotographer. I have to give this some more thought.

Right instagram account is my fine-art photography @lichonphotography  Left Instagram account is my wedding/client photography account @kelownaweddingphotographer

Right instagram account is my fine-art photography @lichonphotography

Left Instagram account is my wedding/client photography account @kelownaweddingphotographer

Why do I neglect my Wedding Photography Instagram Account?

The interview with KelownaNow was about my fine art account because I am constantly engaging with the fine-art photography community on Instagram.  I am always giving people genuine likes and comments on other accounts. The last year on average I post once a week on @lichonphotography.  I upload videos everyday on my stories. On average 100-250 people view my stories daily.  Giving my fans the behind the scenes look into my everyday life. My posts on average do fairly well with less effort, making my usage more rewarding. 

Whereas, @kelownaweddingphotographer is not nearly as rewarding. I don't have as many followers following my posts on the account. I don't engage with the wedding community on Instagram daily, I don't upload any stories, I don't put any work on the account, and I've never had anyone inquire for my wedding services through Instagram. All my inquires for weddings come through my website. Perhaps with more effort, I can make the wedding account more engaging and hopefully get another interview but with the focus on my wedding photography!