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I was  just listening to  The Q on CBC with Jian Ghomeshi and he had a guest on his show who speaking about a town in Haiti that won’t be getting any aid since their area was not as badly hit as others. Still, everyone is living out on the streets because many of the buildings were so poorly built, that they are on the verge of collapse and completely unsafe. This prompted me to want to tell you about a charity that we donated to yesterday called Architecture for Humanity. Their focus is to go into communities in need and rebuild buildings using quality materials so the construction will last and be safe in the future. They are truly an upstanding charity worth giving to and they are involved in so many projects that are soooo worth while, even in our local Vancouver.   Thanks, steff

Check out their website to learn more:

To donate go to: Help Haiti: Long-Term Reconstruction


Building a more sustainable future using the power of design.
Through a global network of building professionals, Architecture for Humanity brings design, construction and development services to communities in need.

  • Jenny Ma

    Thanks for letting us know about this group. It’s so hard to know which charities are reputable.ReplyCancel

It’s a familiar question for photographers to hear, what’s your style?  One of the hot catchwords right now is photojournalism or reportage.  Whilst Photojournalism is the predominant style of coverage that Steff and I do for our clients at hyperfocus photography, we do use other styles of photography as well.  We really like to use a variety of techniques and shooting styles to create the story, mood and atmosphere of the day that will show the viewer what the day was truly like.  But for now, lets take a look at wedding photojournalism.

The photo-journalistic style of wedding photography involves photographing a wedding day as its actually happening, capturing real moments and true emotion; the end result are images that are real and can be related to on a much deeper level versus something that is staged or set up.

Any photography that is staged, or set up by the photographer is not photojournalism (this includes staged photojournalism, which are images that are staged or set up to look photo-journalistic).  Real photojournalism is often a much more difficult style to do well than other popular styles of wedding photography; the result however is that you get a much deeper emotional connection to the images.  Nice, well composed photo-journalistic photography has been our preferred style of shooting for the last 9 years now and our clients really love it.  And we love it too! But don’t worry about missing out on anything, we still love to shoot contemporary fashion-inspired portraits, great details and family portraits.  We feel the best wedding coverage is an expertly blended mix of techniques and styles.

If you have any other questions about photographic styles or would like to book a meeting with us to see our work first hand just drop us a line or give us a call.




I just love this moment!


A truly spontaneous piece of wedding day artwork.


Holly and Jeremy cutting their cake at the UBC Boathouse (with her nephew eagerly waiting for his slice–priceless) And yes, it was a REALLY good cake!


At this time of year everyone is thinking about giving and how to help those in need. So recently, Justin and I decided to donate to a charity that is a soup kitchen in Namibia for children with HIV.

A few years ago, Eileen Greene—a Camosun College nursing instructor brought a group of students to Africa for an international experience. They learned that there was medication available for those with HIV, but the meds had to be taken with food otherwise the strong medication can wreak havoc on their system and most (without food) decide to discontinue taking the meds due to the unpleasant side effects. Eileen was horrified to hear that the HIV meds were available, but really only to those who had food.  That prompted her to create the Home of Good Hope—a soup kitchen that now feeds two hundred orphaned children whose parents have died of HIV.

We were proud to be a part of this year’s charity dinner and fundraiser was held at Bon Rouge Restaurant in Victoria.  Our contribution feeds 175 of the kids for a whole month! When we heard that news we were just ecstatic, over the moon, totally excited (read: BIG Dance of Joy by yours truly!!) It feels so amazing to know that a few hours of our time creating beautiful photographs here in Vancouver has such a huge impact on the lives of these amazing children on the other side of the world.

Now those are some warm fuzzies on a cold winter’s day!

steff + justin 🙂

  • Angie Raymond

    You two rock! I too now feel all warm inside just from reading your blog!ReplyCancel

  • That’s amazing! And so admirable. You guys rock.ReplyCancel

  • This is amazing. And so admirable. You guys rock!ReplyCancel

  • Sandy K.

    That is so nice of you guys! Definately a warm and fuzzie 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Dani Hiebert

    I was so pleased that you guys offered your help to the children of our soup kitchen. Thank you so much, looking forward to continued success in the future :0)ReplyCancel