Island 22 is the perfect place for engagement photos! So many great spots for outdoor photos – fences, open fields, tons of trees. We began Lissa & James’ session at Birdie’s Bakery to keep out of the cold for a while. If you missed it, check it out here ! After having some coffee and tea, we moved on to this location for some outdoor photos! Island 22 is such a gorgeous park. I hadn’t heard about it until about 2 years ago. Isn’t that sad??! Makes me wonder what other gems I’m missing around here. It’s right along the banks of the Fraser, has tons of walking trails, a bike park and amazing equestrian facilities. It’s also the home of the Unbridled Mud Trials, which is basically the baby version of Whistler’s Tough Mudder. So if you’re ever looking to try a new location, you should check it out! But now, onto the pics. Of this ridiculously adorable and deliciously snuggly couple…

I’m in love with this coffee shop engagement!! Because of the potential for crappy weather, I was wracking my brain, trying to think of a new and interesting covered location in Chilliwack to shoot James & Lissa’s engagement. I thought of this adorable little bakery downtown, Birdie’s Bakery , and decided to give them a call. They weren’t open yet, so we decided to meet there anyway, and when they opened I asked if they would mind us shooting a portion of the session there. They were so accomodating, and allowed us to hang out for a bit, enjoy some coffee, tea and goodies, and get some adorable photos!
I’m so excited to be shooting James & Lissa’s wedding! James is my 2nd cousin, and Lissa is Amanda’s sister. I’m pretty sure they were guests at almost every wedding I shot in Chilliwack this year, so was so excited to get a call from Lissa saying she was engaged!! These two are hilarious together, and if their engagement session was any indication, their wedding is going to be a blast!!!! Stay tuned for part 2 of this session!

  • What a great engagement photography session!! Love all of them and that location in Chilliwack is adorable.ReplyCancel

  • Jete…beautiful and novel concept of coffee shot engagement…these pictures are gorgeous and their expressions are so cute and adorable πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • What a fun engagement session! So many cute shots in the coffee shop!ReplyCancel

  • […] at Birdie’s Bakery to keep out of the cold for a while. If you missed it, check it out here ! After having some coffee and tea, we moved on to this location for some outdoor photos! Island 22 […]ReplyCancel

  • Ok, the goofy faces just killed me! My favorite shot so far, they definitely look so in love and amazing together! The bakery is very so nice inside, you found an amazing place to shoot this engagement photo session! nicely done!ReplyCancel

  • Oh my word! These images are gorgeous. I love the initmacy of the photos, and that bakery in Chilliwack is fantastic. Tons of different looks in just one pretty place.

    I have to say–hang the funny face shot!ReplyCancel

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Photography workshops, and why I got together with one of my best friends to offer them.


Someone recently posted in one of our photography Facebook groups the following question: “If you were offered a 100 million dollars to never take another photograph again, would you do it? In other words to never pick up a camera again.” He started off by saying 1 million dollars, and most of us commented that we’d never walk away from photography for 1 million dollars. Then he changed it to 100 million. There were a lot of different responses. Like, if I had 100 million dollars I could just pay a photographer to follow me around for the rest of my life, so I wouldn’t need to take pics of my kids anyways. A lot of people said they would take the money if it only meant giving up photography professionally. I’m obviously not sure what I would do, because this is a hypothetical question so I responded hypothetically. I would never give it up for 1 million. Would I give it up for 100? Meh. Probably not. Not having to work ever again, being able to buy whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted it, or go whereever in the world I could possibly dream… Would those things ever be as special as when you’ve had to scrimp and save to be able to afford those things? I think not. I firmly believe money doesn’t buy happiness. And too much money can have the exact opposite effect. So I believe my answer would be no. Especially because being a photographer is one of the main things I identify myself as. I can’t imagine not having the opportunity to meet the amazing people that have crossed my path in the last few years, or pushing myself to think outside the box and come up with a photograph that is new and interesting and makes you FEEL something. Taking away my camera would feel like taking away a part of my soul…

Wow, how philosophical.


So to give that to you in shorthand: I love photography. And I love owning my own business. And I love Charlene Stam. And the logical result of all of this, is to pass all that love and passion on to others! We have developed Focus Workshops ; an amateur workshop for those who may have just purchased their first dslr and would love to learn the ins and outs of all the buttons and functions, and this year for the first time, an advanced workshop! The advanced workshop is one we are super excited about, because it will delve into all the little nuances of being a business owner AND a photographer. From taxes, contracts, pricing, blogging & SEO, to improving and tweaking your shooting and editing. Let us help you grow your business in the direction it needs to go to be sustainable and profitable!! Click the link above to be taken to the Workshop website to see all details, and send us an email through the “contact us” form for registration information! As of today, there are only 2 seats left in the amateur workshop, so jump on it!

For photos and a bit of a peek into our first workshop, click here

To sign up, click here

  • Your workshops sound amazing, I know I could use some tips on pricing and SEO! I have a couple of friends that have recently boughten a dslr but don’t know what to do with it so just use it on automatic…i’ve great that you’re offering a course for beginners. Are your courses only offered in Abbotsford?ReplyCancel

  • Don’t you DARE stop taking photos! The world needs to see itself the way YOU see it. And I’ma clicking that link up there, to check out your worshops PRONTO (just as soon as I hit “send” on this comment, lol).ReplyCancel

  • jennifer

    Your wedding photography is amazing, anyone would be lucky to be able to mentor under you. Good luck with your focus workshops, I am sure they will do well.ReplyCancel

  • As philosofical as it sounds I believe I agree with you. Photography is part of our lives and makes us who we are now, I would’ve said no as well, i love the feel of my camera in my hand and just shooting and capturing special moments that will not come back! Can’t leave it!ReplyCancel

  • […] hoping to hold our next round of workshops in October! Both Advanced and Beginner . If you’re interested in joining us for either class, feel free to subscribe to our […]ReplyCancel

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