One of the most challenging aspects of having my own photography studio has been finding time to enjoy photography for my own means. It's hard enough to balance having children with having a job, but having a hobby as well seems to be simply an impossibility!
With the Christmas rush fading - my last galleries all went out within 24-48 hours of the session time, hurrah! - I finally have had a moment to breathe. We spent an evening at the Vancouver Christmas Market earlier this week, and I decided to bring along the trusty camera. I can't remember the last time I've had the opportunity to play with the camera in incredibly low-light situations.
And what a beautiful evening it was. I couldn't have asked for a better setting to experiment with low-light settings as well as changing light conditions. We hadn't been to the market since it moved from the Queen Elizabeth a few years ago, and I have to admit that the new location is perfect. The market feels bigger, and coupled with the views of the the city centre skyline and the North Shore mountains, made the evening positively magical.
Here are a few of my favourite images from our evening there. The ambience and beauty made for a positively lovely festive night at the Vancouver Christmas Market. If you're looking for a great place to ring in the season, I can't think of a more beautiful place.