Love Downtown Chilliwack - Thank You

Love Downtown Chilliwack - Thank you!!!

We gave away over $600 in gift cards and gift certificates from different businesses in downtown Chilliwack over the last few days. Special thanks to the Downtown Chilliwack BIA for their work in putting this together, and to the business’s participating!!

Today we would love it if you could follow all of the participating businesses:

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Love Downtown Chilliwack - Valentine's Giveaway Day #6

Love Downtown Chilliwack - Valentine's Giveaway

THE FINAL DAY!!!

We are giving away over $600 in gift cards and gift certificates from different businesses in downtown Chilliwack over the next few days. Special thanks to the Downtown Chilliwack BIA for their work in putting this together, and to the business’s participating!!

Today you have a chance to win gift package:

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Kent’s Chicken Coop ($25 Gift Certificate)
Uptown Grill ($25 Gift Certificate)
Did I Mention Flowers? ($25 Gift Certificate)
Dickens Sweets ($25 Gift Certificate)
Carter Hearing (Travel Case & Starbucks Gift Card)

TO ENTER:
Comment (enter your email with your name) and tell us who you shared this post with (first name’s only). We want people to know all about Around Chilliwack and the amazing businesses we have downtown.

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Comments close at 11pm, Feb 12th and winner will be randomly selected the following day, Feb 13th. Winner will be contacted via email left with comment.

*We will not email you other than if you win; we will not add you to any list. We value your email just like we value ours.

*Contest is open to all BC residents, winner must collect prize from the Downtown BIA Office. Comment below for a valid entry. Only one win per person. Contest closes at 10pm*.

Be sure to “Like” our participating businesses; Around Chilliwack, Downtown Chilliwack BIA, Kent’s Chicken Coop, Uptown Grill, Did I Mention Flowers?, Dickens Sweets, and Carter Hearing.

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Love Downtown Chilliwack - Valentine's Giveaway Day #5

Love Downtown Chilliwack - Valentine's Giveaway

We are giving away over $600 in gift cards and gift certificates from different businesses in downtown Chilliwack over the next few days. Special thanks to the Downtown Chilliwack BIA for their work in putting this together, and to the business’s participating!!

Today you have a chance to win gift package:

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Mission Thrift Store ($25 Gift Certificate)
Michael’s on Main ($25 Gift Certificate)
Decades Coffee Club ($25 Gift Certificate)
Mill Street Barber Shop (One Man’s Hair Cut & Shampoo PLUS a bottle of CREW shampoo)

TO ENTER:
Comment (enter your email*) below by telling us the most romantic city in the world (according to you!).

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Comments close at 10pm, Feb 11th and winner will be randomly selected the following day, Feb 12th. Winner will be contacted via email left with comment.

*We will not email you other than if you win; we will not add you to any list. We value your email just like we value ours.

*Contest is open to all BC residents, winner must collect prize from the Downtown BIA Office. Comment below for a valid entry. Only one win per person. Contest closes at 10pm*.

Be sure to “Like” our participating businesses; Around Chilliwack, Downtown Chilliwack BIA, Mission Thrift Store, Michael’s on Main, Decades Coffee Club, and Mill Street Barber Shop.

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Love Downtown Chilliwack - Valentine's Giveaway Day #4

Love Downtown Chilliwack - Valentine's Giveaway

WINNER OF DAY FOUR: Carol (we sent you an email)

We are giving away over $600 in gift cards and gift certificates from different businesses in downtown Chilliwack over the next few days. Special thanks to the Downtown Chilliwack BIA for their work in putting this together, and to the business’s participating!!

Today you have a chance to win gift package:

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PickEco Refills ($25 Gift Certificate)
The Yellow Deli ($25 Gift Card)
Payton & Buckle ($25 Gift Certificate)
Acoustic Emporium 2 Tickets to Feb 22 Show

TO ENTER:
Comment (enter your email*) below on if you would prefer chocolates or candy (and what kind).

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Comments close at 10pm, Feb 9th and winner will be randomly selected the following day, Feb 10th. Winner will be contacted via email left with comment.

*We will not email you other than if you win; we will not add you to any list. We value your email just like we value ours.

*Contest is open to all BC residents, winner must collect prize from the Downtown BIA Office. Comment below for a valid entry. Only one win per person. Contest closes at 10pm*.

Be sure to “Like” our participating businesses; Around Chilliwack, Downtown Chilliwack BIA, PickEco Refills, The Yellow Deli, Payton & Buckle, and Acoustic Emporium.

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Love Downtown Chilliwack - Valentine's Giveaway Day #3

Love Downtown Chilliwack - Valentine's Giveaway

WINNER OF DAY Three: Be (we sent you an email)

We are giving away over $600 in gift cards and gift certificates from different businesses in downtown Chilliwack over the next few days. Special thanks to the Downtown Chilliwack BIA for their work in putting this together, and to the business’s participating!!

Today you have a chance to win gift package:

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Cascade Vitamins ($25 Gift Certificate)
Supplement King ($25 Gift Card)
Fazio Fitness & Juice Bar ($25 Gift Certificate)
Mad Butcher ($25 Gift Card)

TO ENTER:
Comment (enter your email*) below on whether you prefer pancakes or waffles.

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Comments close at 10pm, Feb 9th and winner will be randomly selected the following day, Feb 10th. Winner will be contacted via email left with comment.

*We will not email you other than if you win; we will not add you to any list. We value your email just like we value ours.

*Contest is open to all BC residents, winner must collect prize from the Downtown BIA Office. Comment below for a valid entry. Only one win per person. Contest closes at 10pm*.

Be sure to “Like” our participating businesses; Around Chilliwack, Downtown Chilliwack BIA, Cascade Vitamins, Supplement King, Fazio Fitness & Mad Butcher.

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Love Downtown Chilliwack - Valentine's Giveaway Day #2

Love Downtown Chilliwack - Valentine's Giveaway

WINNER OF DAY TWO: Julie (we sent you an email)

We are giving away over $600 in gift cards and gift certificates from different businesses in downtown Chilliwack over the next few days. Special thanks to the Downtown Chilliwack BIA for their work in putting this together, and to the business’s participating!!

Today you have a chance to win gift package:

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Corky’s Irish Pub ($25 Gift Certificate)
New Concept Hair ($25 Gift Certificate)
Scarecrow Ink ($25 Gift Certificate)

TO ENTER:
Comment (enter your email*) below on what your ideal Valentine’s Day dinner would be.

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Comments close at 10pm, Feb 8th and winner will be randomly selected the following day, Feb 9th. Winner will be contacted via email left with comment.

*We will not email you other than if you win; we will not add you to any list. We value your email just like we value ours.

*Contest is open to all BC residents, winner must collect prize from the Downtown BIA Office. Comment below for a valid entry. Only one win per person. Contest closes at 10pm*.

Be sure to “Like” our participating businesses; Around Chilliwack, Downtown Chilliwack BIA, Corky’s Irish Pub, New Concept Hair and Scarecrow Ink.

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Love Downtown Chilliwack - Valentine's Giveaway Day #1

Love Downtown Chilliwack - Valentine's Giveaway

WINNER OF DAY ONE: Leo Nickle

We are giving away over $600 in gift cards and gift certificates from different businesses in downtown Chilliwack over the next few days. Special thanks to the Downtown Chilliwack BIA for their work in putting this together, and to the business’s participating!!

Today you have a chance to win gift package number one:

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The first package is:

Triple Play Pub ($25 Gift Certificate)
Michael’s on Main ($25 Gift Certificate)
Fraser Valley Footcare ($45 for Clinic Visit)


TO ENTER:
Comment below on what your favourite movie to watch around Valentine’s Day is.

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Comments close at 10pm, Feb 7th and winner will be randomly selected the following day, Feb 8th. Winner will be contacted via email left with comment.

*We will not email you other than if you win; we will not add you to any list. We value your email just like we value ours.

*Contest is open to all BC residents, winner must collect prize from the Downtown BIA Office. Comment below for a valid entry. Only one win per person. Contest closes at 10pm*.

Be sure to “Like” our participating businesses; Around Chilliwack, Downtown Chilliwack BIA, Michael’s on Main, Fraser Valley Footcare and Triple Play Pub.

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Bonus Giveaway Holiday-Cheermeister Christmas Celebration Extravaganza Bonanza

Bonus Giveaway Holiday-Cheermeister Christmas Celebration Extravaganza Bonanza

We are giving away 6 different gifts today and you could win!!!

Special thanks to the Downtown Chilliwack BIA for their work in putting this together!

You have a chance to win a gift card/certificate to one of the following:

Decades Coffee Club ($25 Gift Cards)
Wildwest Revival ($25 Gift Certificate)
4th Dimension Escape Rooms (Two Free Admissions - $40 value)
Twisted Thistle ($25 Gift Certificate)
Luna Float (1x 90 Min Float Session)
Chilliwack Blueberries (5lb frozen blueberries, 1 jar of blueberry jam & 1 frozen blueberry pie)


TO ENTER:
Comment below on what gift card/certificate you would hope to win.


*Contest is open to all BC residents, winner must collect prize from the location of prize won. Like Around Chilliwack, Downtown Chilliwack BIA, Decades Coffee Club, 4th Dimension Escape Rooms, Wildwest Revival, Twisted Thistle, Luna Float and Chilliwack Blueberries and comment below for a valid entry. Only one win per person. Contest closes at 10pm on December 15th*

Around Chilliwack Christmas Giveaway - Day Six: Old Yale Brewing

Around Chilliwack Christmas Giveaway - Day Six: Old Yale Brewing

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Congratulations Kory Nicholson you won!!!

We are giving away over $100 of gift certificates to various stores around downtown Chilliwack and beyond!!!

It’s our sixth of six days in the Around Chilliwack Christmas Giveaways. Today we are giving away a $20 gift card for Old Yale Brewing!!! With a brand new area in their tasting room, Old Yale Brewing is a great place to meet up with friends, get a growler filled or just to stop in for a slice of pizza and a pint! Old Yale Brewing is located at #404-44550 S. SUMAS RD. (map below)

To enter the draw: Tell us your appetizer! Get a bonus entry for following Old Yale Brewing on Facebook and Instagram.

How to leave a comment: Write your answer in the comment section, click “Post Comment” and then enter your name and email address (your e-mail address will be used only to contact you if you’ve won. It will not be saved, sold or given away). You can leave the “enter your website” blank if you like, and hit ‘Comment as Guest’. Boom! You’re entered!

Leave your comment by 9:00pm tonight, Dec. 14th, and we will randomly choose a winner. Comments will be closed at exactly 9:00pm tonight. Winner will be announced on the top of this post and will be contacted to arrange pickup of prize.

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Around Chilliwack Christmas Giveaway - Day Five: Bastion Games

Around Chilliwack Christmas Giveaway - Day Five: Bastion Games

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WINNER: Colton - We’ve emailed about your prize!

It’s our fourth of six days in the Around Chilliwack Christmas Giveaways. Today we are giving away a $20 gift card for Bastion Games!!! The best place in Chilliwack for comic books, board games and collectibles. Whether you’re looking for a new Monopoly board OR you’re looking to expand into the board game universe, this is the place to go. Bastion Games is located at #101 - 45610 Yale Road. (map below)

To enter the draw: Tell us your favourite board game!!!! Get a bonus entry for following Bastion on Facebook and Instagram.

How to leave a comment: Write your answer in the comment section, click “Post Comment” and then enter your name and email address (your e-mail address will be used only to contact you if you’ve won. It will not be saved, sold or given away). You can leave the “enter your website” blank if you like, and hit ‘Comment as Guest’. Boom! You’re entered!

Leave your comment by 9:00pm tonight, Dec. 13th, and we will randomly choose a winner. Comments will be closed at exactly 9:00pm tonight. Winner will be announced on the top of this post and will be contacted to arrange pickup of prize.

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Around Chilliwack Christmas Giveaway - Day Four: Decades Coffee Club

Around Chilliwack Christmas Giveaway - Day Four: Decades Coffee Club

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It’s our fourth of six days in the Around Chilliwack Christmas Giveaways. Today we are giving away a $20 gift card for Decades Coffee Club! Decades is the ideal place to enjoy fresh baked goods, a hot beverage with a friend; or, to find a quiet corner to settle in and enjoy a book. Decades Coffee Club is located at 45846 Wellington Ave. (map below)

To enter the draw: Tell us your favourite Christmas movie!!! Get a bonus entry for following Decades on Facebook and Instagram.

How to leave a comment: Write your answer in the comment section, click “Post Comment” and then enter your name and email address (your e-mail address will be used only to contact you if you’ve won. It will not be saved, sold or given away). You can leave the “enter your website” blank if you like, and hit ‘Comment as Guest’. Boom! You’re entered!

Leave your comment by 9:00pm tonight, Dec. 12th, and we will randomly choose a winner. Comments will be closed at exactly 9:00pm tonight. Winner will be announced on the top of this post and will be contacted to arrange pickup of prize.

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Around Chilliwack Christmas Giveaway - Day Three: Major League 2

Around Chilliwack Christmas Giveaway - Day Three: Major League 2

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It’s our third of six days in the Around Chilliwack Christmas Giveaways. Today we are giving away a $20 gift card for Major League 2! You can stop into Major League 2 for lunch or dinner; OR, enjoy one of their daily specials at 45768 GAETZ STREET

To enter the draw: Tell us your favourite beverage to have over the holidays. Get a bonus entry for following Major League 2 on Facebook and Instagram.

How to leave a comment: Write your answer in the comment section, click “Post Comment” and then enter your name and email address (your e-mail address will be used only to contact you if you’ve won. It will not be saved, sold or given away). You can leave the “enter your website” blank if you like, and hit ‘Comment as Guest’. Boom! You’re entered!

Leave your comment by 9:00pm tonight, Dec. 10th, and we will randomly choose a winner. Comments will be closed at exactly 9:00pm tonight. Winner will be announced on the top of this post and will be contacted to arrange pickup of prize.

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Around Chilliwack Christmas Giveaway - Day Two: The Town Butcher

Around Chilliwack Christmas Giveaway - Day Two: The Town Butcher

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Congratulations Lorraine Smith, you’ve won and we’ve sent you an email!

It’s our second of six days in the Around Chilliwack Christmas Giveaways. Today we are giving away a $20 gift card for The Town Butcher! This amazing store is located at #301-5580 Vedder Rd (map below).

To enter the draw: Tell us if you prefer a Christmas turkey, ham, duck or even a Christmas goose!
Get a bonus entry for following The Town Butcher on Facebook and Instagram.

How to leave a comment: Write your answer in the comment section, click “Post Comment” and then enter your name and email address (your e-mail address will be used only to contact you if you’ve won. It will not be saved, sold or given away). You can leave the “enter your website” blank if you like, and hit ‘Comment as Guest’. Boom! You’re entered!

Leave your comment by 9:00pm tonight, Dec. 10th, and we will randomly choose a winner. Comments will be closed at exactly 9:00pm tonight. Winner will be announced on the top of this post and will be contacted to arrange pickup of prize.

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Around Chilliwack Christmas Giveaway - Day One: Cultivate Cafe

Around Chilliwack Christmas Giveaway - Day One: Cultivate Cafe

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WINNER: Elma Pauls. We sent you an email to arrange getting your gift certificate.

It’s our first of six days in the Around Chilliwack Christmas Giveaways. Today we are giving away a $20 gift card for Cultivate Cafe! This beautiful new cafe is located in Minter Country Garden.

To enter the draw: Leave a comment below letting us know who you would take to the Cultivate Cafe.
Get a bonus entry for following Cultivate Cafe on Facebook and Instagram.

How to leave a comment: Write your answer in the comment section, click “Post Comment” and then enter your name and email address (your e-mail address will be used only to contact you if you’ve won. It will not be saved, sold or given away). You can leave the “enter your website” blank if you like, and hit ‘Comment as Guest’. Boom! You’re entered!

Leave your comment by 9:00pm tonight, Dec. 9th, and we will randomly choose a winner. Comments will be closed at exactly 9:00pm tonight. Winner will be announced on the top of this post and will be contacted to arrange pickup of prize.

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Where To Eat in Chilliwack - What's Next

Where To Eat in Chilliwack - What's Next

We are working through our TOP 10 Places to Eat in Chilliwack and we need your help.

We have a couple more places to visit before posting our official list, but we want to know where we should go for our final 3 spots! Help us choose by picking three below!

Where To Eat in Chilliwack

Thanks so much for helping us decide and we look forward to bringing you a comprehensive list, albeit our own take, of delicious eateries in Chilliwack.

RE- ELECT Jason Lum, Chilliwack City Councillor

RE- ELECT Jason Lum, Chilliwack City Councillor

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We are excited for this upcoming municipal election. Nothing impacts voters more than the decisions made on the municipal level from your school trustees, city council and city mayor.

On October 20th be sure to use your democratic right and VOTE! It makes a difference!!! Get to know who is running in all positions and get yourself to the voters booth.

Around Chilliwack is proud to stand next to Jason Lum in his run for re-election. Having worked closely with him for the last number of years, we’ve seen not only the knowledge and impact Jason has on our city, but also his heart in the works he does.

Below you can see Jason speak for himself and we proudly stand beside him.

RE- ELECT Chris Kloot, Chilliwack City Councillor

RE- ELECT Chris Kloot, Chilliwack City Councillor

We are excited for this upcoming municipal election. Nothing impacts voters more than the decisions made on the municipal level from your school trustees, city council and city mayor.

On October 20th be sure to use your democratic right and VOTE! It makes a difference!!! Get to know who is running in all positions and get yourself to the voters booth.

Around Chilliwack is proud to stand next to Chris Kloot in his run for re-election. He has a passion and drive to continue the work he started in his first term. He’s asking for your vote so he can keep going and helping make Chilliwack even better.

Below you can see Chris speak for himself and we proudly stand beside him.

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Five Featured Photographers - Jeffrey Nordstrom

Check out the 4 other Five Featured Photographers:

Darren McDonald
#4 of Five Featured Photographers - Darren McDonald

Salt Studios
#3 of Five Featured Photographers - Salt Studios

Nicole Danielle
#2 of Five Featured Photographers - Details by Nicole Danielle

Sarah Sovereign
#1 of Five Featured Photographers - Sarah Sovereign

Five Featured Photographers - Chilliwack Photographers

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Who are you and where can people find you?

Most of the time, I’m an English teacher; for the rest of the time, I’m a musician and photographer in Agassiz. People can find me at one of my various jeffnords social media pages (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr), or at my website and blog at jeffnords.com or jnordstrom.ca.

Why do you take photos?

I’ve been attracted to photography since age 10 when I joined a 4-H photography club in Victoria. Although I moved over to digital for a few years, I mainly use film today. I like to capture moments and scenes that appear timeless, that don’t give many hints to the fact they were captured in the digital, post-Internet era. I guess I like to create nostalgia where it never appeared before. It’s a sort of trickery—a personal challenge to make people wonder as to a photo’s era.

On my own time, I enjoy taking chances on expired film that I find in thrift shops and elsewhere. My colourblindness makes me hesitant to edit with Photoshop; I appreciate that film can deal with most of the colours while I focus on brightness, contrast, and framing. I enjoy the serendipity of lomography, of capturing casual moments between friends.

I believe it is important to make sure people find their way onto film and print. Tangibility is essential to memory. Great photos should be held in one’s hands, not merely stored on a hard drive.

What's your favourite lens?

Tough call. I usually carry three or so different cameras at a time: a rangefinder, a point-and-shoot, and an SLR. And I have multiple options for each of those, depending on the circumstances.

For traditional 35mm SLRs, I’ve been enjoying the Sun Zoom 1:35-4.5 28-80mm lens mounted to my Pentax K1000. It’s not a rare, “fast,” or valuable lens, but I like its focus and natural vignette. It’s been a kind, go-to lens for me for both scenery and portraiture.

I’ve also fallen in love with the lens on the Konica S2 Auto. I haven’t found many rangefinder lenses that match the energy it seems to bring to almost every shot it captures.

In medium format, I’ve recently picked up a Kowa Six with a 1:28/85 lens. I’m still learning its ins and outs, but I love everything it does so far. I’ve always had an affinity for medium format, ever since I first developed a roll with my old Brownie cameras in the late 1980s. I look forward to taking medium format to the next level; I also look forward to not having to re-wrap all of my 120 film onto 620 cartridges.

What is your favourite type of shoot? 

Admittedly I’ve only hired myself out a couple times, but I enjoy working with people who want to keep things natural, who, like me, don’t mind taking chances on casual photos. I prefer to keep a low profile and steal photos here and there; I want the relationship between the lens and the film to lead the way.

One photo you've taken that still speaks to you? 

Apart from family photos and photos I took 20 years ago, there’s one that stands out to me: last March, on the first warm, sunny Saturday of the year, I loaded some Kodak Gold 200 into the Konica S2 and ventured with a friend beneath the Agassiz-Rosedale Bridge. It was my first time under the bridge, the sun was setting, and the Fraser River ran smooth over the rocks. As the sun shone directly onto the graffiti, a small plane turned towards Seabird Island. Somehow I caught the moment, just as the airplane’s reflection appeared on the river. This moment stands out to me as something really special, as a moment that I can carry with me for the rest of my life. It’s not framed classically, but I find it beautiful. I take a lot of pride in that photo because it feels real, even when I hold it in my hands.

Follow Jeffrey on Instagram: instagram.com/jeffnords/

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Five Featured Photographers - Darren McDonald

Check out the 4 other Five Featured Photographers:

Jeffrey Nordstrom
#5 of Five Featured Photographers - Jeffrey Nordstrom

Salt Studios
#3 of Five Featured Photographers - Salt Studios

Nicole Danielle
#2 of Five Featured Photographers - Details by Nicole Danielle

Sarah Sovereign
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Who are you and where can people find you?

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Maybe someone who’s taken photos professionally for 18 years and had a bucket of great experiences because of it but didn’t graduate journalism school because I’m short a photography course.

Find me? Wherever quality beers are sold. I dropped my business and website but post a bit on Instagram: @unkied . Started it so my nephews could see their cousins. Basically a rare-wedding-shooting, concert-going, sometimes-beer-making fathographer with a great job at the University of the Fraser Valley.

Why do you take photos?

I suppose it’s a chance to help convey connections people have that sometimes they don’t know they’re having. Freeze time. Maybe be a part of what’s happening? Help people leave something behind that shows who they were, how they lived, and maybe how they loved each other.

I’ve been lucky to shoot a bunch of major events, worked in a Kootenay photo studio and had my own wedding business. In the early days I developed my film and prints, bought photography magazines to study pictures to try figuring out light and gear and atmosphere and slowly developed my own style of putting them together, usually candidly. Pretty sure at one point I picked The Bookman’s entire photography section clean. 

I don’t know what I’m doing, but I try doing it well. 

Plus I got to shoot the Sollid-Johnson and Banger-Harder weddings and one of those couples is still together.

What's your favourite lens?

My Nikon 50mm 1.4 travelled with me from Delhi’s night market to Chicago’s Billy Goat Tavern, but I’ve been using a pretty uncommon Nikon 105mm 1.4 regularly for a year-ish, too. 

I mostly shoot with a Nikon D850 body now. My parents loaned me a Pentax K1000 in college, the same camera I dropped in a river as a preschooler. They bought me my first modern film camera, a Nikon F60. I’ve used about a dozen bodies since.

What is your favourite type of shoot? 

One where we’re having a good time with a little light that sings. I’ve connected with everyone from athletes to brides to politicians to street kids to half-in-the-bag bar strangers because once you find that groove, the photos kind of take care of themselves. I love concert and sports photography because it’s all on the fly. There’ve been heavy shoots from my newspaper days, from the empty shoe at a fatal accident to a man crying moments after identifying his dead relative on the banks of the Vedder canal to a hand under the tarp after a deadly helicopter crash in the middle of town to the ceremony for Abbotsford Police Const. John Davidson. 

Those hard-news shoots can be difficult but the same principles apply and they help you appreciate the joyous ones.

One photo you've taken that still speaks to you? 

Corny as it sounds all the photos I’ve taken speak to me because I pressed that shutter for a reason. 

A few are special, like my diapered daughter arching backwards on my parent’s footstool, shot on film. A candid photo with natural light and a genuine connection. I guess that’s what I’m always after. And the perfect bride photo.

For whatever reason, this picture of a small boy wearing a wrestling shirt in a dusty open-air mechanic’s lot after our car hit his somewhere in the Punjab resonates with me. After a tense negotiation between my friend and fixer Amar and the driver of an SUV with an apparent pro-terrorist sticker on the back, I asked without speaking the language to photograph the boy. They agreed, and just as I crouched the old man behind him reached down to straighten the boy’s head. That was the photo and I’ll never forget it.

I like to juxtapose it with an image of my straight-faced son pulling off his best Batman in our bathroom. Kids are kids, people are people. I’m just trying to take their picture.

Instagram: @unkied

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