Five Featured Photographers - Darren McDonald

Five Featured Photographers - Chilliwack Photographers


Who are you and where can people find you?


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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Five Featured Photographers - Salt Studios

Five Featured Photographers - Chilliwack Photographers


Who are you and where can people find you?

Hi Chilliwack! My name is Danielle Henderson and I am the Photographer and Creative Director behind Salt Studios & Salt Kids. 

If you are interested in seeing my work you can find me on instagram at &  and collective efforts of the two at 

I am blessed to be the wife of an amazing firefighter as well as the mother of extremely precious identical twin girls. When I am not working I am usually out with this crew doing something fun and adventurous. 

Why do you take photos?

I actually never really thought of myself as a creative person. I think that I like fashion and art because it has no boundaries. You can just like what you like.  Photography has allowed me to use inspiration from everyday things to create work that is visually interesting and different. 

What's your favourite lens?

I don’t have a favourite lens as each session requires something different but if I had to choose it would be my 35mm. 

What is your favourite type of shoot? 

Currently Kids editorial. Kids generally have zero inhibitions which allows for fun real emotions! 

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

I don’t have a particular image that has spoken to me above all the rest. I have done everything from extremely creative large group themed sessions to simple studio work. I generally think a bit outside of the box which has created some interesting final images. Salt Kids will be looking to freelance for local kids clothing companies this fall. With that, I will be focusing on kids for the foreseeable future but have made time to feature a few fantastic local business owners.  Some of the best products and business’s around come from local entrepreneurs. Seems like a sweet deal for us! If you can please go out and support these fantastic hardworking people. They are amazing. #supportlocal 

Salt Studios Chilliwack - Vancouver Fraser Valley Photography 

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Five Featured Photographers - Details by Nicole Danielle

Five Featured Photographers - Chilliwack Photographers

 Nicole Danielle by Sarah Sovereign

Nicole Danielle by Sarah Sovereign

Who are you and where can people find you?

Hi! I'm Nicole of Details by Nicole Danielle, and I'm a Fraser Valley photographer. Peoples can find me on IG @detailsbynicoledanielle, on FB or at my website

I'm a doer who likes to do! Unless I am tired, then I am a sleeper who likes to sleep. In my 9-5 I work in Marketing & Communications, and I love a good creative project - but I also really love making lists. I adore my family and friends, my dog Mabel-Jupiter, carbohydrates, and signing at the very top of my lungs.

Why do you take photos?

It's interesting...I got my first mid-level hobbyist camera many years ago. I just wanted to take rad looking pictures and that was it - not surprisingly, my interest didn't last long and I didn't pick a camera back up for years. But then as time went on I felt this tug to try to see life (my own and others) and try to explain it...the last few years I had a renewed desire to pick up a camera again. But my focus was different; I wanted to share my own and others experiences - the truth, including the good and the hard. So I sort of quietly started reading books and taking online tutorials, doing classes, was wildly lucky to be connected with a jedi-master mentor, upgraded to full-frame and kept learning. And then I took the leap to letting the world know I was doing this and have been blessed to be able to take photos of people!

I didn't think about it much then, but when I look back - honestly it was during a time when I was struggling with some serious health issues and wanted to do something that could share what I was going through and feeling, but I could still have control over. And that has sort of evolved into my process. Photography is a way to express myself while helping to tell other people's stories and truths; either through the images themselves or sometimes the creative process behind the image. Either way I think I sneak a little piece of myself into each photo I take - and hope they look a little bit rad lol.

What's your favourite lens?

I am one with my 50mm - I love getting up in peoples faces with it. I do also like my 35mm and will switch to it for a few shots every session but my heart belongs to my good old trustworthy 50. I don't use my zooms at all the way. I want an 85mm next I think.

What is your favourite type of shoot?

It's hard to say...I definitely do have a soft spot for collaborations. I like the energy of all these creatives coming together with their different ideas and working out how to tie all the visions together to make this beautiful cohesive thing. But, I also really love sitting in my friend's backyards with their kids, catching those real life moments -  all the laughs and sunshine and ice cream running down hands. I just want to share life.

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

Hard to choose just one...One project and series of photos that I have a soft spot for is "The Homestead". I took photos of my best friend's daughter at a hobby farm in Greendale, sort of hearkening a modern day Little House on the Prairie (which her and her mom love). I think it was interesting because it was the first time I felt free to do absolutely whatever I felt. An 8 year old has no preconceived notions of what a "creative" shoot should be, or if I didn't feel confident, or if she should smile or carry herself a certain way...she was just having a fun day at a farm with her Mom and Auntie. 

And I think that because of this, I ended up getting some of the most honest images I will ever get - the connection, the trust, the story was so sincere. My favourite image from the series was published ("The Homestead - Hope" in Stubborn Mag), and it's just a constant reminder for me that my best work seems to happen when I am coming from a place not of "what should I do because others are doing or telling me to" but of sincerity, and by trusting and connecting with the subject on a personal level.

I've also taken some images of my friend and their families, and my family that I rather love - it's cliche but it's true to cherish those ones!

Images Credits/Info
1) My pretty friend
2) Model Lacey Cebula, collaboration with The Jubilee Collection
3) "The Homestead - Sincerity" 2018
4) Sister Sunflower
5) Model Jalen Saip, collaboration with De la Flore

Details by Nicole Danielle

Instagram: @detailsbynicoledanielle

Wine Wednesday with The 2 Kennedy Sisters // Gettin' Saucy & Whispering Horse Winery

CONTEST ALERT! See below!!!

Wine Wednesday with The 2 Kennedy Sisters // Gettin' Saucy & Whispering Horse Winery


Tell us 'Hospital' or 'Airport'? And why? (Watch the video, it'll make sense) 
And you can win a private wine tasting for 2 at Whispering Horse Winery!!!*

Go to our Facebook Page to answer - CLICK HERE

*Must be of legal drinking age. ID will be required.
*Subject to availability.
*Appointment to be made with Whispering Horse Winery Staff.

Winner will be chosen on August 29th.


A very special Wine Wednesday with The 2 Kennedy Sisters // Gettin' Saucy and Whispering Horse Winery as they taste the Pinot Gris Rose for the first time!

Be sure to check out Whispering Horse's wines here.

 Whispering Horse Winery located in Chilliwack, BC

Whispering Horse Winery located in Chilliwack, BC

Chilliwack Youth Health Centre Fundraiser Run Event

Chilliwack Youth Health Centre Fundraiser Run Event

(Check out the video below)

If you're looking for something to do this weekend the Chilliwack Youth Health Centre is hosting a Fun Run on Saturday, August 11th at 10 am. The run will take place at the Chilliwack Senior Secondary School Track at 46363 Yale Road. 

The Chilliwack Youth Health Centre provides free drop-in counseling and medical services to youth aged 12-26.

The event is open to all ages with a 1k for Children and a 5k Run/Walk open to all ages. 

Sign up on the Running Room website by searching "Chilliwack Youth Health Centre Fundraiser Run" or using the URL
Use the coupon code SAVE20 to take $20 off your registration, making an adult registration $25 and child/youth registration $5 which will include a lunch. 

They will have lots of activities for the family including a bouncy castle, face painting, and slime making. Some exciting prizes will be given away to participants including a 2-night stay at Harrison! 

Feel free to stop by or participate in the event without registering to support the event and hear more about the Chilliwack Youth Health Centre.

Five Featured Photographers - Sarah Sovereign

Five Featured Photographers - Chilliwack Photographers

Over the next coming weeks we will be featuring five local photographers who are putting out some amazing work.  We asked them 5 questions and for their top 5 favourite photos taken, to find out what lies behind their passion.

Our first of the Five Featured Photographers is Sarah Sovereign: 

Who are you and where can people find you?

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My name is Sarah Sovereign and people can find me on instagram @sarahsovereign, Facebook at and - I've been a photographer in the valley for years doing family & beauty photography, as well as all the weird & wonderful creative art stuff that I love to do. I'm also a recent Masters in Counselling grad, so I'm working on finding ways to use my love of counselling, storytelling, and working with people to create safe and supported spaces for people to share their stories. 

Why do you take photos?

A lot of the time I feel like I fell into photography accidentally, but when I look back I can see a really noticeable thread - I wanted to capture spaces and people, I wanted to preserve stories - even really difficult ones. I began to take photographs to make sense of my place and experience in the world. There is so much that we can learn about ourselves from the stories we carry with us, and I'm continually floored by the ways I've been able to work with my own experiences, finding ways to share them with others through visual medium. Being able to tell stories with imagery is so powerful - it's like tapping into an entire other mode of communication and connection - sometimes words are just not enough. In my role as a photographer I've been able to connect to so many people - there's a really beautiful collaborative aspect to working and photographing people, and I think that's what brings me back to photography over and over again, too, no matter who I'm working with. 

What’s your favourite lens?

Right now I'm really loving my 50mm - It's just so versatile. I go through phases though - my top 3 would probably be my 50, 35, and 85. 

What is your favourite type of shoot?

If I were to look through my portfolio - it's probably work that's colourful, vibrant, and full of story, connection + meaning - I love beauty portraits, family portraits that really highlight personality and interaction, and I love working with local businesses/artists. Honestly I could work with artists all day long - I did a pottery video a few months back with Three Corners Artisan and I could have filmed her working on the wheel for hours - it's just so cool to work with people who are passionate about what they do. I think I just really love maker's stories, because so many people put so much heart into the things they do and it really reflects in the products and services they sell. 

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

I could write a novel on this! One that comes to mind is "Mindfulness" from 2016, with amazing local artist Ashley Nicole Lord. The morning was really foggy and Ashley went into Cultus Lake- although I ended up mirroring the image in Photoshop, the water was still incredibly still, and she was surrounded by this thick mist all around.  Just photographing it - the entire scene was so special, and I think we all knew we were shooting something magical. It was a time in my life where I was looking at finishing up my schooling, starting my internship and thesis, and just feeling in a place of daunting transition. I realized I wanted to reconnect back with myself, and just spend some time being present to myself, the space I was in, and the work I was creating - it's an image I still really love, and it was published on the cover of UFV's magazine "Louden Singletree" that year. I also really love my series with Sinead Julia Penner, a conceptual creative series that told the story of her journey with cancer, shooting narrative images from before she started  treatment, to after her treatment was completed - we spent so much time working with Siobhan (Shiverz Designs) on different aspects of that series, and shot it over the course of a year - it was such a labour of love and healing for all of us I think. 

1. "Mindfulness" 2016 Model Ashley Nicole Lord
2. "My Sister's Keeper", 2015, Sinead and Sydney Penner, bed and florals by Shiverz Designs
3. An awesome bunch of kiddos
4. Model Ashley Elizabeth, Mask by Shiverz Designs
5. Model Autumn Mastin, on a collab with Blossom with Quik Pik, Emmy Edwards, and Matthew Hawkins!

Sarah Sovereign Photography

Instagram: @sarahsovereign

Chilliwack Fair 2018 - What's Going On In Chilliwack

Chilliwack Fair 2018

The Chilliwack Fair is coming up on August 10-12 and it's going to be great.
From the petting zoo, face painting, the BCRA sanctioned rodeo, live entertainment on the MainStage with Matt Johnson the Magician, the Hip Show and MORE!

Happening August 10-12 at the Heritage Park grounds with parking open off Luckakuck AND Lickman Road (map below).


Stay up to date with day to day activities on their Facebook page:

From their website: "In 1873, the non-profit Chilliwack and District Agricultural Society incorporated and began producing the Chilliwack Exhibition and Fair. The Fair has run continuously since then and is the second-oldest fair in British Columbia."

Check out their website:

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What To Drink Around Chilliwack - Summer Cocktails

What To Drink Around Chilliwack - Summer Cocktails

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The hot weather is coming back and what better way to pair it than with your favourite cocktail!

We want to know, what's your favourite summer cocktail AND where do you love to get it in Chilliwack?!

Is there a place that makes the best Mojito; Margarita; Moscow Mule; Caesar... or whatever your drink is?!

And where do you love to get it? Is there a bartender in town that makes it better than anybody else? 

WE WANT TO KNOW! Share a pic of your drink on Instagram with #aroundchilliwack #aroundcocktail and let us know.

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Come back later and see what people have to say about their favourite drinks and water holes. 

Canada Day Chilliwack 2018 at Townsend Park - Around Chilliwack

Canada Day Chilliwack 2018 at Townsend Park

Chilliwack Canada Day 2019

Just around the corner is the biggest annual celebration in town what activities are you most excited for?!

Be sure to check out the schedule of events for the day!

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Daytime Stage Line-up:

11:00 am Welcome
11:15 am Star Warriors in Fairytale Land - Ever After Princess Party Events
12:05 pm The Maybelles (Live Music) 
1:00 pm Fraser Valley Rhythmic Gymnastics
1:25 pm Fiddlers (Live Music)
2:00 pm The Lonesome Town Painters (Live Music) 
3:00 pm Pirates & Princesses - Ever After Princess Party Events
3:45 pm Persian Storytelling Dance

Daytime Features (11:00 am - 4:00 pm):

- 8:00 am Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast at Evergreen Hall
- Bouncy Castles, Face Painting, Balloon Twisting
- Vendor + Community Group Booths
- Food Trucks + Live Music
- Chilliwack Beer Garden #ChwkBeerGarden 
- Beer & Wine Tastings
- Ever After Princess Party Events - Stage Emcees
Yellow Bird Birth Doulas Mom's Lounge
- Chilliwack Fair Goats
- Axe Throwing
- Prizes & Free Stuff
- Canada Day Selfie Station

Evening Stage Line-up - Sponsored by Molson Coors Fraser Valley Brewery - Chilliwack:

5:00 pm Welcoming Ceremonies & O Canada
5:35 pm Damian Marshall
7:20 pm Ryan McAllister
8:15 pm The Lounge Hounds
9:15 pm John Welsh & Los Valientes
10:00 pm Grande Finale Fireworks + Tune into STAR 98.3 for the fireworks music

Evening Features (5:00 pm - 10:30 pm):

- Face Painting
- Food Trucks
- Live Music
- Prizes & Free Stuff
Cliff Prang - Actor, Comedian & Talker Guy - Stage Emcee
- Canada Day Selfie Station
- Chilliwack Beer Garden #ChwkBeerGarden
- Beer & Wine Tastings
- Fireworks

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*Please note that the site map and activities may be subject to change without notice. Drink responsibly, do not drink and drive. Fireworks are not pet friendly, for your pets safety please leave them at home. Handicapped parking is available in the designated areas, vehicles parked in service or emergency vehicle space will be towed at the owner's expense. General parking is available at no charge at Prospera Centre and at the far baseball field*

Hockey Canada Ambassador: Andrea Laycock

What better way to top off our Chilliwack Chiefs winning the RBC Cup, than having one of our fantastic citizens in Chilliwack be recognized as an ambassador for Hockey Canada.

Congratulations to Andrea Laycock! Well deserved.

Hockey Canada on Facebook
"From multiple roles with the Chilliwack Chiefs, to her executive positions with the Chilliwack Minor Hockey Association and Chilliwack FC, Andrea Laycock is everywhere in the Fraser Valley."

Fortins Village Classic Car Show June 24

Fortins Village Classic Car Show June 24


One of the hottest events of the summer in Chilliwack is the incredible Fortin's Village Classic Car Show, returning to the streets of downtown Chilliwack once again June 24, 2018! 

We are featuring a ton of amazing classic cars, and new this year, classic trailers! Come check out this fun event for the whole family.

The Food Fair will once again be serving up the great tastes of local restaurants and specialty food trucks.

Check out special displays and other features from sponsors and local vendors.

More info:

Check out a recap video from last year:

Feather & Rose Support Bags Event June 3rd - Location Change

Feather & Rose Support Bags Event


Check out this Feather & Rose Support Bags Event! 

Please Note: Location is Corky's Irish Pub

Live Music, Awesome Food & Drinks, and an INCREDIBLE Silent Auction! 

THIS SUNDAY afternoon at Corky's Irish Pub! There are So Many things to WIN!

Sunday June 3rd from 12pm-2:30pm

Come! Come! It'll be FUN!

More info here:

Chilliwack Blueberries May 25th Sale

Friday May 25th stock your freezer with frozen Chilliwack Blueberries.

Frozen local blueberries for only $3.00 per pound!

Our Farm Store is located at 51211 Chilliwack Central Road, open between 10 am - 5 pm. 

You can check the map out below.

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Klaassen Farms is a locally owned family farm located at 51211 Chilliwack Central Road. From frozen to fresh at Chilliwack blueberries we hope that you will love our berries as much as we do. Visit us online at for recipes and pick-up locations.


Terry Brown in BC

Terry Brown in BC

Did you know that the BC Government has an education grant of $1200 for EVERY kid born in BC  in 2006 or later qualify once they turn six?

Terry Brown has brought it upon himself to get the message out there and has had 3 videos produced, along with a Facebook page to get the message noticed. He's hoping to show parents/guardians how easy it is to get a head start for their kids future education. Check out what he has to say below.

Page likes and shares are tremendously appreciated! This is a grassroots effort, and I hope the grant enrolment message gains steam and goes viral province wide. 89 days left until the first $1,200 BCTESG cutoff. Tell people, share, and let's make a difference!

Help Terry Brown get the message out there and share his info/videos and links!
Let's help our kids get ready for the future.


2nd Annual BC EggFest hosted by Grand Pappy's Home Furniture & Appliances

BC EggFest hosted by
Grand Pappy's Home Furniture & Appliances

BC EggFest is a BBQ Food Festival hosted by Grand Pappy's Home Furniture & Appliances.
The BC EggFest is a gathering of Big Green Egg BBQ fans & experienced cooks from around the province.
The "Cooks" will be showcasing their skills and talents, while preparing and demonstrating their specialty recipes all day long for the "Tasters" to enjoy!  
Whether you have a Big Green Egg or not, anyone with an appetite and a love for GREAT BBQ is invited to come out and "Taste" what our Cooks have in store!

BC Egg Fest Schedule of Events:

9:00 - 10:00 AM - Cooks sign in and set up
11:00 AM - Taster Sign In Opens & Axe Throwing Experience begins! 
11:00 AM - Let the BC Egg Fest begin!!!   Food will be available all day. Just wander from egg to egg to sample foods and discuss recipes and techniques with the cooks. After the conclusion of the Eggfest, some of the recipes from the cooks will be posted on the website below for free download.
3:00 PM - Eggs will be shut down to allow for sufficient cooling time
3:30 PM - Raffle draw
4:00 - 5:00 PM - Pick up Demo Eggs - All eggs MUST be picked up by 5:00 PM!

Learn more here:


Forever Beautiful Real


Forever Beautiful Real

Forever Beautiful Real is a legacy page created for Dana Louise O’Dell by her three, as she liked to call us, Goddesses (Daughter Leah/ daughter in laws Chelsea & Sara). Dana had so much left unsaid in this world, and it is our goal to carry on with her work. For those who may not have had the blessing of Dana in their life, she was a mentor, life coach, writer, artist, mother, nana and badass red-haired goddess. She lost her battle with cancer, Christmas of 2016. 

Dana had a blog, website, novel, and inspirational mantra cards in the works at the time of her passing. It’s our mission to finish what she started, and get her beautiful real words out into the Universe. Dana’s Get Back Up Deck of Feisty Mantra Cards is available for purchase through our facebook page or at The Book Man. The money raised will go directly towards publishing Dana’s book, The Beautiful Real : A Navigation Manual for Dark Times.

Dana’s Goddess, Chelsea started a sister page as well called Feather and Rose Support Bags. A non-profit community service, which provides support bags and care packages for patients undergoing treatments, such as chemo, radiation and more. Just like Dana anonymously did, during her two years of chemotherapy.



This Saturday (May 5th, 2018) Forever Beautiful Real and Feather & Rose will be hosting a garage sale to raise funds to fill cancer support bags, for cancer Warriors in the community. Find us on the corner of Evans and Stevenson from 8:30 to 1:30. Refreshments provided by donation. 

Cowork Chilliwack - Expansion Celebration

Cowork Chilliwack - Expansion Celebration

It was an exciting evening for Chilliwack as Cowork Chilliwack held its Expansion Celebration.

Cowork Chilliwack is an excellent place for a growing creative economy in Chilliwack. Offering varying office spaces for rent, from Hot Desks to different office sizes and even mailing address memberships (see their rates and offers here).

The evening was put on by the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce and offered a great chance for networking over drinks, tours of the facility and a few bites to eat too.

If you're looking for a simple office space to rent, or just a chair and desk to get you out of your home office, Cowork Chilliwack is for you. You can even give them a test run for free on the first Friday of each month. Check their website for more details. 

Chilliwack Blueberries

Klaassen Farms is a locally owned family farm located at 51211 Chilliwack Central Road. From frozen to fresh at Chilliwack blueberries we hope that you will love our berries as much as we do. Visit us online at for recipes and pick-up locations.