Hayley Mangles@sanctuaryoflight

See without looking.
Adventurous Vancouver Island based photographer.
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Don’t believe in manifestation?
I rarely book newborn sessions. I personally don’t jive with swaddling babies up and posing them in unnatural positions for a cute photo. I am way more drawn to documentary style newborn or lifestyle family sessions. Having the pleasure of witnessing the connection between family members, the vulnerability and strength of new parents and the bond so quickly developed between newborn and mother/father.
Anyways, lately I have taken a big step back from work and as sad as it has made me to turn down some amazing sessions, I knew I would want to focus on our family at this time. Being 2 days past our due date with our second child now, I have been focusing on all things baby. And guess what? I have had more newborn inquires than ever.
Buddha said it best, “What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create.”


Happy day to all the dads out there!


Black magic woman.


For those of you wondering where I’m at, it’s somewhere between here, the bath tub, our bed, out for a walk or occasionally at my desk. For those of you not wondering here’s a photo of us full term, 40 lbs added to my frame, naked and so in love. Photo by @westcoastlife


Weekend vibes.


The bright side.


Sunday well spent.


Often I hear, “Thank you for making us look so happy!” And as much as I love and appreciate the compliment, I can’t take credit for that. We all know my best jokes are average and mostly targeted for 3-7 year olds.
Something I do strive for at sessions is being truly in the moment and not forcing things. For giving children the appreciation they deserve for doing their best. I don’t have super powers that allow me to make you look like you glow from the inside out, with love, happiness and compassion.
Long story short, I hope a session reminds you of the gratitude you have for your partner and the effortless love you have for your children. I hope your photos remind you of how beautiful you are without even trying.
In all realness, it’s not me, it’s you.


Gold dust women.


Whatever makes you feel the sun from the inside out, chase that.


One of the most valuable lessons I have learnt on my photography journey is to be inspired by the every day things around you. Something as simple as the shadow on the wall. Stop looking to other artists for inspiration and you will start to create art that is true to your soul. Despite photography being my “job” it is no less of an art form to me and one of the universal languages.
I took this photo last night and it was 100% inspired by our daughter, Rhya. (Scroll down in my feed and you’ll see the original.) She picks me flowers every day and holds them up, sometimes catching the light, sometimes covering her face.
Thank you @winslowrowe for the opportunity and the openness. I’m so happy to have had my last session of spring/early summer be one where I had full creative control. No “inspo pics” sent from Pinterest, no guidelines or rules.
See without looking.


05 12 2018


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