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Jenn Dykstra

Founder / Publisher

Jennifer is an accomplished photographer and graduate of the Western Academy of Photography (Victoria, BC). She views life as a series of memorable moments and creatively and professionally captures those moments for her valued clients. Jennifer’s philosophy is to beautifully compose her images and provide her clients with both the expected and unexpected. In turn, she thrills and inspires her clients and other photographers by showcasing people, places and relationships in a stunning way and precisely for who they are.

Jennifer finds sanctuary adventuring in the great outdoors. The Pacific Ocean and the Rocky Mountains are her favourite playgrounds and she is also inspired by locations further afield. With her passport stamped on every page, she loves to travel and appreciates culture and diversity. Her life, relationships and work are all shaped by making the most out of life.

Jennifer divides her time between the West Coast and the Rocky Mountains, and is also available for assignments in other locations.

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Casting Light

Words by Allie Jenkinson
Photos by Jenn Dykstra
The process of illumination at the Fanny Bay Candle Company.     The setting of The Fanny Bay Candle Company is pastoral. Donalda Lauzon...

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Making an Impact

Words & diagram by John Gower
Photo by Jenn Dykstra
Building blocks of sustainability     Picture a small boy sitting on a tall drafting stool, drawing rocket ships, submarines, and houses...

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At Journey's End

Words by Dawn Copeman
Article photo by Jenn Dykstra
The radiant compassion and wisdom of Amida Buddha and the grace and forbearance of the Japanese who once lived here.     It's 5:30 a.m.,...

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10

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If I Had A Hammer

Words by Dave Nowak
Photo by Jenn Dykstra
The Shed Tool Library & Makerspace Co-op     In the 1980s, I was living in a subdivision in the suburbs just north of Toronto. On any...

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A Closer Look At Hypnotherapy

Words by Britt Hanson
and Carly Panzenboeck
Photo by Jenn Dykstra
The inner workings of the heart & mind.     So often we think of hypnosis as a magic trick or simply good for a laugh. My first experience...

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Choral Valley

Words by Wendy Nixon Stothert
Photos by Jenn Dykstra
The joy of lifting your voice with others.     Mind. Body. Heart. Spirit. The experience of communal singing nourishes them all. The Comox...

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9

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Caffeinated: Getting your fix in the Comox Valley

Words by Bevin Clempson
Photo by Jenn Dykstra
The coffeehouse dates back to the Middle East, with origination suggested as early as the late 1400s, where they were primarily used as a place for political...

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8

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Market Innovators: Lentelus Organics

Words By Bobby Herron
Photos By Jenn Dykstra
In these days of shifting consciousness around food production and consumption, it’s encouraging to meet a young person with a fresh and inspired approach to...

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Memories In Mud

Words By Terry McKall
Photos By Jenn Dykstra
A look at the work of the Comox Valley Community Arts Council.     Cyclocross, as a type of racing, tends to be limited to a clearly...

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Hidden Treasures

Words By Dawn Copeman
Photos By Jenn Dykstra
Nikkei No Haka, Cumberland’s Japanese Cemetery.     As a tour guide for the Cumberland Museum, I am drawn to stories of people within...

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Float Your Boat: Hilmark Boats

Words By Dave Nowak
Photos By Jenn Dykstra
Quality, handcrafted & traditional wooden boats.     In the past I have waxed poetic about the beauty of wood; how it can be shaped,...

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Where Curiosity Meets Brilliance

Words By Nora Bingham
Article Photo By Jenn Dykstra
Observations of the Public Library.     Imagine a library. Books lining the shelves, open ceilings, and the wonderful smell of endless...

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Market Innovator: Estevan Tuna

Words By Meaghan Cursons
Photo by Jenn Dykstra
A deliciously sustainable Comox Valley product     Fishing may be one of the planets oldest professions, but Estevan Tuna is all about...

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Water-Proofed Pioneers: Aqua Quest

Words By Dave Nowak
Article Photo By Jenn Dykstra
Gallery Photos By Lorenz Jimenez
'Wet-Coast' inspired waterproof solutions for world travels and backyward adventures.     They say necessity is the mother of all...

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Comox Valley Soap Artists

Words By Lisa Levesque
Photos By Jenn Dykstra
They have distinct products and personal journeys, but their motivation is shared: your skin is your body's largest and fastest-growing organ, and it deserves...

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Brick By Brick

Words By Bevin Clempson
Photos By Jenn Dykstra
Habitat for Humanity: helping to build the foundation for happier, healthier lives.     Imagine living a childhood without water flowing...

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Staying The Course

Opening Introduction Bevin Clempson
Photos By Jenn Dykstra
Many of us fear to take risks. Fear to surrender. Fear the outcome. Although this life is altogether calm and tumultuous, somehow we make our way through...

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Complete Combustion: Mason Heaters

Words By Dave Nowak
Photos By Jenn Dykstra
A young mason unites modern heating challenges with ancient solutions     Since it was first discovered, fire has been heating our caves,...

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The Art Of The Pick Up

Words By Bevin Clempson
Photos By Jenn Dykstra
Flexing your inner badass at the bar.     In my happy place, I’m away from the world and all its noise. I’m free from unnecessary...

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Herbalism 101

Words By Yarrow Willard
And Philippa Joly
Photo By Jenn Dykstra
How to use supplements to reclaim health in the winter months.     The summer months have faded into fall as many look forward to the...

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Show Of Progress

Words By Meaghan Cursons
Photos By Jenn Dykstra
The stories told during the World Community Film Festival voice the passionate and varied work of present day activists and...

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Sewing Wild: Sew What I Sew

Words By Dave Nowak
Photos By Jenn Dykstra
A man, his sewing machine, and a passion for new experiences come together in a Cumberland business.     Adventure is dirty business. With...

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Lake Of Dragons

Words By Allie Jenkinson
Photos By Jenn Dykstra
An accomplished paddler reveals how Comox Lake’s appeal extends well beyond summer.     Though Comox Lake is a short drive from Cumberland’s...

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The Fire Inside

Words By Allie Jenkinson
Photos By David Prothero
And Jenn Dykstra
Our associations with the notion of inspiration are more fiction than fact, made evident by the familiar image of depressed and disheveled artist waiting for...

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Volume 5: Inspiration

Cover Photo By Jenn Dykstra
THE INSPIRATION...

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Eclectic Tones: Joi Guitars

Words By Dave Nowak
Photos By Jenn Dykstra
We all have a virtual playlist running through our minds that gets us from one day to the next. Music can inspire and motivate, it can lift us up, or ground us...

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A Yoga State Of Mind

Words By Alex Leikermoser
Photo By Jenn Dykstra
It doesn’t matter whether you have tried yoga, or not. Whether you’re good at it, or not. Yoga isn’t really about all the poses we see in magazines or...

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Movement

Words by Ross Bodenmann
Photos by David Prothero
And Jenn Dykstra
Arguably one of the only constants that exist in our world is the reality that nothing is constant. Change itself is one of the few things we can be sure of....

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The Filberg Evolution

Words By Meaghan Cursons
Photo By Jenn Dykstra
It is perhaps one of the most quintessential views in the Comox Valley. The spit wrapping its sandy arm around the Comox Harbour. Denman and Hornby Islands...

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The Naked Truth: Naked Bikes

Words By Dave Nowak
Photos By Jenn Dykstra
The first bike I ever owned was a black triumph BMX with yellow gum-wall tires and matching grips. I have always wished I had kept that bike. Not to ride or...

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Volume 3: Power

Cover Photo By Jenn Dykstra
THE POWER...

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Wreckin' Shop

Words By Allie Jenkinson
Photo By Jenn Dykstra
For the past 90 years Royston’s rusty monuments to Vancouver Island’s nautical history rests on the Comox Harbour seabed. Welcome to the Royston Ship...

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Recreating Nostalgia: Exquisite Auto Creations

Words By Dave Nowak
Photos By Jenn Dykstra
North Americans love their cars. No matter how hard we try to avoid it and might hate to admit it, the automobile is an essential and integral part of our...

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Love Is A Burning Thing

Words By Mike Berard
Photo By Jenn Dykstra
Contrary to the expansive vision of the young, it’s often the tiny details where we live the largest parts of life. Idealistic youth move away from home to...

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Kindred Spirit: Kindred Custom Snowboards

Words By Dave Nowak
Photos By Jenn Dykstra
Three years ago I first laid eyes on a Kindred snowboard in a local sporting goods consignment store. The top sheet depicted a saw tooth mountain using wood...

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Volume 1: Home

Cover Photo By Jenn Dykstra
After months of planning, collaborating with various talented contributors and amazing advertisers, our inaugural issue is now available! THE HOME...

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