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At home with Jillian Harris

Jillian our favorite Canadian Sweetheart asked me to come into her Kelowna home and take some images for some upcoming press she has as well as for her growing blog. She is excited to be using her amazing design skills on the Show Love it or List it airing on HGTV this January ( the Vancouver version) . Thank goodness because we all know that we can’t get enough of Jillian Harris when she is on TV. . I have gotten to know “Jilly” as her family and friends call her over the past few years. She is not only beautiful in person she is so down to earth, truly the girl that has no hidden agenda except for loving life her friends and especially her family. She is always smiling, bopping around to her ipod  and cracking jokes. When Jillian invites you into her life you immediately feel like a friend.  Its very common that Jillian usually has at least one of her adored family members by her side when she is in town. Jillian and her cousin  Sam share the  Kelowna space. Both girls have matching tatoos on their foot that read their grandmothers name.  The girls giggle with excitement during the shoot as they explain to me how they built and made both the headboards in the house, gleaming with pride at their do it yourself project.  I am really amazed when I walk into the space at how talented Jillian is. The space has so many little touches, but what really strikes me is her talent for working different colors together. My favorite thing in the space is a painting she found in an antique store outside of Boston – of the chief – the blue in this work of Art is absolutely incredible.  Thanks again Sam for helping out and Jillian as usual you are such a pleasure to work with.  I can’t wait for the show in January. Were all rooting for you! xx danya

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A Classic Vancouver Wedding – Kim and Ryan – Aug 11 2012

Talk abt hunting a bride down. I saw Kim last year when I was shooting her friends Sonja and Dan’s wedding in Kelowna. I immediately went up to her and said I absolutely love your dress – she had it hand made. Kim stuck out to me purely because of her stunning beauty . When she decided to hire me for her wedding this year I was thrilled . I learned as our process of planning began that Kim was not only a true beauty outside she is hands down one of the nicest most personable brides I have had the pleasure to work with. I was so excited to hit the big city. This wedding really spoke Vancouver – they could not honestly have planned it any better.  We literaly were getting fallowed by bus lodes of japanese tourists as they  thought Kim was a movie star. Girls were asking for her photograph and blushing and giggling on how amazing she looked. Driving around in a classic Rolls Royce made the trip around the city so memorable. The location for the ceremony at Stanley Park was majestic with huge ocean liners and sale boats  gracing the sea in the background. For the finale we ended up with the classic backdrop of the city and the water at Olympic Village. What treat this was for me thanks so much to both of you having me share in this special day. Thank you as well to Leon and Linn from orangememories.com for second shooting and assisting.  And thanks to Jenny Lynn and my big sis Chelsea for the nice stay and visit !!

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Baby Charlie ! Born April 19th

This is one special little man !! Welcome to the world baby Charlie.  I had the pleasure of photographing Tori and Charles wedding 2 years ago- Wow time seems to fly – I had so much fun at this shoot – Obviously Tori is stunning and Charles is always such a great guy to work with! I remember when we did our engagement session – Charles said to me after that was fun not what I expected! So it has been great getting to know them over the years a little more. It was such a great help that Auntie Jillian and Auntie Samantha came along for the shoot. Jillian brought a lot of awesome outfits for Tori to use and helped with some of the styling ideas – thanks again Jilly and Sam.  To see this full shoot which is so stunning go to www.flyphotographybc.com .. LOVE IT!!!

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Janelle Morcombe - June 15, 2012 - 9:36 pm

Danya, these are soooo beautiful. Such a gorgeous family, and such an adorable little bambino. Love love the photos…

Okanagan Graduation Photography the face of has been chosen!

JENNA ZACHARIAS – THE FACE OF 2012 Rutland Senior .

Jenna had such a great time during the shoot.  Choosing to book a professional session well before the night of Prom gives you the chance to trial your hair and makeup and also feel more relaxed during the shoot. l Its not very often a girl gets to put on a stunning  princess dress, a once and a lifetime memory.  The SECOND LOOK we did was out of the Gown and into some sweet flora choices for some more playful lifestyle photography. It was really important for Jenna to share this experience and special time in her life with her boyfriend Tyler who came along for the BOYFRIEND ADD ON.  Jenna was adorable in in powder pink dress by Umm La Femme.

 TAKING BOOKINGS NOW for –  Graduation Lifesyle Shoots- Second Looks- Add on Boyfreind and Families Add on 


Gown or tux / or Second look. Includes 10 edited high resolution images. (session takes approx 30 min) $199

Gown or tux, and Second look. Includes 15-20 edited high resolution images.Two shoots in one (session takes approx 45- 1hr) $299

Families  Includes 10  edited high resolution images .(session takes approx 20 min)     $175 (up to four people) $25 per extra person.

bring your family along while you are dressed in your best – this takes the pressure off when prom night arrives.

Add on boyfriend  (receive an extra 5 edited images). What a great add on and memory! $75

Friends – Groups of friends graduating ( min 5 per group)  – Each individual will receive 2 group shots and two individual shots! Great deal. $75 per person (session takes approx 30-40 min)

Clients are able to print and do what they please with edited high resolution DVD’s. Online gallery’s of full shoots will be posted on www.flyphotographybc.com . Out of City travel – minimum of 10- sessions per community. Gather your friends and families. Group discounts!


For all grade 11 students interested in applying for next years Top 5 spots please email Danya at flyphotographybc@shaw.ca with your interest. Become a fan of OKANAGAN GRADUATION PHOTOGRAPHY. Each girl will receive a free photo shoot in their Grad dress taking place April 2012!!

We are currently looking for THE FACE OF for 2013 Graduation Year.  The face of- will be chosen to represent the Okanagan Graduation Photography FB Page and her shoot will be highlighted on danyastapleton.com .

The winner will Receive

STYLED PHOTOSHOOT-  To be shot on LOCATION at the ELDORADO HOTEL June 30th 2012. The shoot will  be styled by Danya Stapleton and a dress will be supplied by a sponser.

Hair supplied styled by  Sabrina Nunes of Mirror Mirror

Makeup supplied by Jenny.

A second shoot will take place April 2013 with the other 5 girls selected in April of 2013!

THE GIRLS OF 2012 !  Ashley Hovanes, Jessie Mcbrantney , Tijana Dejanovic , Shirley Lynn-Hsieh , Parveet Dhillon, Jenna Zacharias

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Ralph - April 21, 2012 - 4:42 am

Great photos

christina erl - April 23, 2012 - 10:52 pm

Beautiful photos Danya… wish I had done something like this when I graduated… so great to capture those memories. Seems so long ago!!

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