In my last post; our honeymoon in Nicaragua, I mentioned that I wanted to put together a post just about the colours of Nicaragua. Everywhere that we went in Nica, no matter how nice or how poor the neighbourhood, the buildings were beautifully painted bright colours, often with crazy colour combinations. I was kidding that when it comes time to paint the house, the husband goes out and grabs his choice for a colour, then the wife goes out and gets her choice without ever speaking to one another. Then they bust out the brushes and go for it. It really does look like that’s what happens here for about 30% of the houses. Bright green and pink? Bright orange and red? Teal and yellow? Maybe mint and yellow? Hey, why not — it won’t look any crazier than the building next door…
A two week trip to Nicaragua over Christmas and New Years is exactly what we were looking for for our honeymoon. Katie knew someone from Whistler who now lives in San Juan del Sur, having built her own house as well as a rental place that’s listed on AirBNB, so we figured why not; when else would we ever do this trip? We got married in August 2013 — you can see more about that here at this blog post.
We stayed at Casa Santosha, part of a yoga/surf community in the hills a couple kilometres up the road from San Juan del Sur. It’s run by Heidi, a fantastic host, sharing her home with us, cooking us a few delicious meals, taking us out to a couple different beaches with surfing lessons, and setting us up with lots of activities and tours of the area. Armed with a little less Spanish than we should have had, we did pretty good at learning on the fly, or having our rough translations down in our pocket book. The people of Nicaragua were very friendly with our broken Spanish, and we were always able to figure out what we needed to do. Continue reading “Honeymoon in Nicaragua” »
Katie and I got married last weekend just outside of Saint John, New Brunswick at Katie’s family cottage, called ‘Minote’ (pronounced min-o-ta; which means ‘happy thought’). Minote has been in Katie’s family for several generations, and has been around since 1905 where it served as a party spot for a couple of bachelor brothers. If you want to learn more about Minote, you can see some some more of it’s history here. It’s Katie’s favourite place in the world, and we just knew we had to have the wedding here. We convinced her dad that it would be worth all the work to host such a large gathering… And it all worked out perfectly.
It was an absolutely perfect, hot August day with barely a cloud in the sky. We had exactly the wedding we wanted, and it’s exactly where we wanted it. I proposed to Katie on the bridge you see in the background of the first photo — since it’s her favourite place in the world, that was a pretty easy choice as to where I was going to ask her. I had to wait until we were in New Brunswick to ask… I popped the question a few days after we were back east for her brother’s wedding back in 2010. Continue reading “Katie and I got married!” »
One of the projects I’ve been working on at Tugboat Group since late January of this year is designing and producing an array of deliverables for Jind Fruit Co. Last year Tugboat re-branded the Osoyoos, BC based fruit grower, designed and built their website, and this year the push has been to get all the packaging designed, printed and delivered to the orchard before the fruit comes off the trees. There’s been a team of us creating the clamshell labels, bags, and many boxes for the complete line of Jind Fruit Co.’s product line which includes Summer Nights™ Cherries, Summer Love™ Peaches, Summer Fling™ Select Fruit (nectarines, apricots, Italian prune plums and grapes) and Summer Breeze™ Apples.
A couple of weeks ago the Summer Nights Cherries samples started arriving at the office, filled with hundreds of pounds of the tasty little things. I quickly shot these pictures on my iPhone and will shoot them better on my real camera later on, but just wanted to share some of these first looks at the new boxes. The old-fashioned looking boxes (the faded looking ones printed on the craft paper stock) were a challenge to print – they are not printed using the standard CMYK inks, but rather using a special technique called ChromaPak, where the images and graphics are split into different colours and use a special ink that’s custom-made to work better with the craft paper. There was a bit of a learning curve to this technique, and each image required special work to make them look like they do. Our printers really had their work cut out for them on these boxes.
With the cherry season going into full swing, our client Jind Fruit needs imagery for its Summer Nights Cherries to go out via the social networks. One night Katie brought home these cute ceramic fruit baskets from Anthropologie, and I thought they’d look great in a photo. Believe it or not, this top photo isn’t even styled. We had just finished dinner, I moved our plates out of frame, put the cherries in the baskets, and banged off a few shots. The flowers were already in place, and our new deck is in full swing, making a perfect background.
You can see the Jind Fruit Co. website here. I’ll share more photos of the Jind packaging as samples come in, but for now you could check out this story on the Tugboat Group website which includes a little bit of background on the technical challenges we faced when designing the craft packaging for Jind.
The wedding of Murray Hoyt and Pati Teed on Sunday, July 1st, 2012 at the Salmon Federation Interpretation Centre in St. Andrews, NB. Click the photos for larger previews – and use the right/left arrows to scroll through the slideshow.
This is just the first selections of photos from Murray and Pati’s great day… Many more family and friends photos are available to view at the link below.
Feel free to share the link to these photos with your friends and family, as this is probably the easiest way to share these photos. To download the photos to your computer, you should be able to right-click and ‘save as…’ to your drive (or you can drag and drop from the web browser to your desktop).
UPDATE: July 23 – I’ve uploaded 68 photos from the wedding to my Google gallery for you to view and share. Click the link where you can view the photos, and leave comments there if you’d like.
I’ve been trying to get out and ride Ron Mercer’s backyard paradise, the ‘Woodyard’ whenever I get a chance. It is absolutely amazing, and one of the only opportunities to ride a wood ramp anywhere in the Lower Mainland – your only options are concrete or dirt, so this really is something to see. Here’s an overview photo of the ramp from on top of that wedge quarterpipe. This ramp has pretty much every kind of element on it including the new 9-foot bowled-out corners and hip on it. Scary, but super fun.
This is an editorial I wrote in late 1991, and much to my surprise, was published in the February 1992 issue of Go Magazine. I was originally just going to run this little story in my ‘zine, SToKe, but I was feeling the vibe of the story, and thought I’d send it over to the guys at Go Magazine and see what happens. About 6 months before I’d sent the magazine editor a photo I shot from a contest I went to in New York City. They ran that photo in the news section of the magazine (you can see that below) and that kinda blew me away. I figured if they didn’t run my story, I’d just use it in my ‘zine, so I really had nothing to lose. I was pretty shocked a few months later when the magazine hit the newsstands – and there was my piece in the coveted magazine editorial intro space. Holy shit! This completely blew my mind.
I posted this story on the Chase BMX Magazine website back on Jan. 11, 2001 – it seems so, so long ago. And to put that into perspective, two days before I put that on the website, we broke the news that Ruben Alcantara had just signed with MacNeil. Wow. Here’s the post of what I actually put up – this time I was digging through digital archives when I came across this, and thought I should probably archive it on my site. We’re packing up the house, moving into a townhome we just bought, so looks like I’m moving those several boxes of old BMX magazines one more time. Continue reading “Go Magazine: Intro Editorial in the February 1992 Issue” »