Award winning photo

I was standing upstairs about to crawl into bed. It was almost past my 7 months pregnant bed time of about 10pm. I got a notification from twitter... that went a little something like this... "‏@VIWeddingRing @erinwallis just won award at @bcweddingawards!! Yay Vancouver Island!" I had entered a few images but was unable to get myself to the awards gala hosted in Vancouver. I thought... "what?" then...."oh. my".. then... "what did I win?" I messaged last years winner of BC Wedding Awards-Best Wedding Group Photograph the talented Michael Wachniak of Vancouver (who also used to work for Princess Cruises and worked along side many of my favourite colleges although we never worked together directly) and our conversation went a little like.....

"9:51pm Erin Wallis Someone just tweeted that I won something??? at the awards??? Did I win something???

9:53pm Michael Wachniak Yes!!!! That group shot was amazing!!!!!!!!!!!"

I won. I had entered a shot that got more attention than any ever has on my facebook page and it won, I won?! WOW. So incredibly excited. Honoured. To be recognized among such talented, dedicated professionals is truly something I will be forever grateful for.

Have a peek at the other winners and finalists. Here at PROFESSIONAL BC WEDDING AWARDS I'm still kinda in shock, that my image is there. Shocked and happy. Grateful. Thank you to Laura from the Wedding Ring from picking up my award for me and brining it back to Vancouver Island. Just full of thanks. ox

My story. A film.

I've been behind cameras since forever. I've loved creating images since forever. I'd been wanting to create a video about my business for a long time. But, what do I say, who am I really, how do I share that, will I show that I wear socks with flip flops, what would people think. Obsessing about it.... for months, in fact a year. Finally, I took a deep breath and just went for it. I needed the right person to create it for me... I met with Paul Christopher Films and had a great meeting about what I wanted my video to be like, I got excited. Then I gave him the deposit, and he left and I thought.... OMG. Now I HAVE TO BE ON A VIDEO. What have I done! Then I had a series of small heart attacks. After planning and co-ordinating, and filming and creating... it was over, and I waited for the editing. (Being a "client" is not something I'm very good at I'm afraid.) It's done. It's here. I'm so excited, but also completely terrified. So... with nerves of steel pudding, I bring a little bit of me... to you. I really hope you like it.... or... me. xoxo

erin wallis photography

Thank you to Paul for all of your creativity and direction and for allowing me to be me. Thank you to Linsey, Chase, Graysen and Sofia for graciously allowing me to show off your beautiful family in this video. You are amazing. THANK YOU. Thank you to my family and friends who all screened it like protective parents, making sure it really was "me" and... for all of your beautiful feedback. I'm just better because of you all. Love you guys. (Above is the video created. The song is Amy Seeley's Surprisingly So, courtesy of With Etiquette a great resource for using music in your work) (Below are the images created during this video with Linsey and family.)