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! 

 

Amanda and Eric's Engagement party

My beautiful sister Amanda got engaged to Eric this summer! My mother was extremely happy about their engagement, so when these two islanders came to visit she threw them a party in her backyard in Kelowna to celebrate with immediate family and close friends. It was a lovely and quaint event with lots of cider, warm beer, cute cupcakes, and good food! If that was any indication of what their wedding will be like, it's safe to say their wedding is going to be a blast and so friggen adorable! 

Colourful Portraits with my Mother

A few days ago I photographed a children's birthday party in Kelowna. At the event there were these beautiful massive balloons. I asked the parents (my clients)  if I could take some balloons home, and they said I could!  The event ended late, I stuffed the balloons into my car. You can only imagine how silly I looked driving with a car stuffed with pink baloons! Anyways, as it was late, I decided to spend the night at my mothers house nearby.

My mother was also mesmerized by these balloons! I wanted to use the balloons as soon as possible. I decided it would be a great idea to take photographs of my mother with the balloons in the morning. 

In the morning my mother put on her favourite dress and we went to her pergola in her backyard.  The photos turned out great - I absolutely love them. When my mother looked at the pictures she was amazed at herself. I'am glad my pictures can reflect her inner and outer beauty. I had a lot of fun with these portraits ! 

 

People I've met at UBCO

People I've met at UBC Okanagan

Every year the Okanagan campus is beautifully decorated with blooming flowers at the end of the winter semester. I obsess over these flowers. The last five years I was too busy with school to give these flowers extra attention. My last year at the university I decided the time was now. 

I did not have the energy to take fine art images on campus. A lovely idea popped into my head. Take photographs of people you know on campus. Over the years I've met many lovely people from UBC. Enough to start this small personal photography project.