Troi’s Family | Kamloops, BC
The first time I ever really talked to Troi was in her home, surrounded by her artwork. She had just gotten married, and I was meeting up with her to see about taking part in an interactive art exhibition evening that I was organizing. I wanted to see her work as well as get to know her a bit. Little did I know that 6 years later she would have become one of my best and closest friends — and I’d be saying goodbye to her.
Over the years, I’ve shot maternity photos for both of her pregnancies, we’ve both assisted each other shooting weddings and portrait sessions, we’ve even had a little crafting business together for a while. I’ve cleaned her house, she’s fed me lunch countless times (ok, half the time, I’m the one actually doing the cooking at her house), she’s fixed my sewing mistakes, I’ve fixed her computer problems, we’ve laughed and cried together, and we even bought dogs together! Ernie (my black pug) and Taz (her fawn pug) are brothers that we road-tripped to the States to pick up.
Troi and Tyler and their kids moved to Sparwood a couple weeks ago. It’s been a gradual process over the spring/summer, so I’ve had time to get used to the idea and prepare myself for the gaping hole their lives will leave. Before they left, they got together with Troi’s parents and brother and his family for dinner. She, being a photographer herself, wanted to get some portraits of her parents, her brother and his family, and her family before the big move. She asked me to tag along to take the group portraits that she needed to be in, as well as candids that included her interacting with her family.
The sunset light was so full of gold that evening while we were running around with our cameras. Here are some of the photos I got for her. I miss you, Troi!!!!!