Monday, 20 February 2012

Theory of a Deadman

I guess it was a little while back that I went to see Theory of a Deadman since they started off their Canadian tour here in Vancouver on January 24th. I lazily hadn't uploaded the photo's from my iPhone until today and taking a closer look I got a few great pics so I thought I'd share a couple on my blog...

I wasn't lucky enough to score a press pass this time but I've been really lucky up until now never having to pay for tickets. You see, my cousin Dave is the guitarist in Theory of a Deadman. It's always a little weird seeing him and his high school buddies up on stage in front of hundreds of people screaming away at them but at the same time it's pretty cool. I always have a little 'yes! you made it!' moment during my favourite song.. and it just goes to show that if you really truly love something, you can achieve any dream.

As a teenager, my dad was always afraid that I'd get into too much trouble if I was left alone and Dave would always be the one forced to sleep on the pull out couch and 'watch over me' if my dad was leaving me at home alone for any amount of time, like a temporary big brother. We did have a 'few' friends come over from time to time but we were always pretty lame. haha.

Since he's on tour all the time, I don't get to see him as much as I'd like too but I'm so happy for him and all his success. My 9yr old baby just loves the band, and since she's a big fan of her "cousin David" I thought it would be really great to drag her along. Theory of a Deadman hasn't done very many all ages shows so she was elated when I told her we were going (when she was small she'd say things like "why can't I go if they only serve booze, what if I bring my own drink?" - haha). I also got to drag my brother out (for his first concert EVER- he's 15), kind of a weird moment to be the 'cool' one and the old one at the same time.... HAHAHAHA!!

Anyway, here are my absolute favourite photo's from that night...

Keyrah in her new shirt

like mother like daughter.. she's my 'mini me'

I love this one for so many reasons.. the colour, the lights and how Dave is the only one facing forward :)

aren't apps grand?

 The acoustic part of the concert was my favourite... at the time I didn't know my iPhone had a zoom (I got it only hours before the concert) and even though I wasn't as close as I thought I would be, I had a fabulous time... I was hanging out with my favourite family and friends.... and I guess it helps I like that kind of music!! lol lol lol

Did I mention their opener? Louder than Love. Ah-maz-ing. I'm a new fan! :)

Friday, 17 February 2012

Alice n Elizabeth

The Valentine's Day giveaway was a success!! I doubled the amount of likes for my new fb page Amanda Sanderson Photography and was able to give away a 30 minute photo session to the winner of the contest. It was pretty fun so I think I might add another giveaway for Easter.

Here are a few of my fav's from the Valentine's Day photoshoot....

meet Alice and Elizabeth


Thursday, 9 February 2012

Our Everyday Heroes

Well, I guess this all started when the Museum of Vancouver put out an artist call for their up and coming display "diversity in the workplace". I got an amazing idea from one of my closest friends to document an everyday hero; police, firemen, doctors, nurses... you get the gist of it, so I called like crazy to see if our local firemen where up to the task. They, of course, weren't in at the time (holidays are not a good time to get hold of Admin in any business - lol) so while I patiently waited to hear back I had taken pictures of the girl I work with every Friday and handed those photo's in.

A few weeks ago I heard back from the 'big cheese' in charge (he was rushing around getting all the permissions he needed for the go ahead - THANK YOU) and we set up a date for our photoshoot 'diversity in the workplace'. I was a little nervous because I had never been to a firehall and didn't really know what I was looking for, or what I should expect when I got there. Knowing ahead of time that I wasn't allowed to go on any ride alongs *sad face* I was hoping to capture some cool pictures of the equipment that they use, and lucky me, I also got to take pictures of them doing CPR training. Usually firemen are first on scene so this part of the job is essential!!

Here are a few of my favourite pictures from firehall 14:

"we are all Canucks" - love it!

This is where the magic happens. Where the firefighters take calls and map out routes to their location..

 OK. So a 'few' of my favourites turns out to be more than a few. I was fortunate enough to get there in time to see them doing their truck checks - making sure all equipment was in the truck and working properly, along with making sure all of their proper gear was on board, and like I said earlier, I was also fortunate enough to catch them doing CPR training and even got to hear a few calls come in over the pa system (so loud that it scared me the first time! HA!) 

Thank you so much to the team at hall 14 for working with me and making the morning fun!!

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Valentines Day Special

Valentines Day mini shoot:

NOW only $60
-30 minute session
-includes a disc with all photos and edits

** Today you can go to Amanda Sanderson Photography like the facebook page and share with your friends for a chance to win a Valentines Day photo shoot!! The winner will be announced on Feb 3 2012 at 10pm!!