I was lucky to be invited into the Parker family home in West Vancouver for a documentary family photography session. Spending the evening with a lovely family, a gorgeous home and a stunning sunset – what’s not to love?
With both Parker girls attending college away from Vancouver, the family has been thinking about downsizing – and, unfortunately, this means saying goodbye to their lovely hillside home. “The End House” is reminiscent of a lighthouse, with an unusual layout and lots of joining rooms. Wood finishings and a relaxed, natural colour palette help the home fit snugly into its surroundings, overlooking the water and across to West Point Grey and UBC.
Looking through these photos, there is one furry face which reappears constantly. Freckles is the friendly old dog who greets every guest at the door, making sure every first impression is that of comfort and warmth. Freckles has been a mainstay of this home for quite a few years, but he is slowing down now, so this day was also to document his time in The End House.
The Parkers made dinner in the evening light, commemorating this ritual in the heart of the home that they will soon be saying goodbye to. After the meal we moved outside to the deck and hammock for an incredible view of the sun setting over the freighters and sailboats just offshore. The outdoor and indoor spaces of the house blend into a perfect entertainment area – I can imagine many a summer barbecue have taken place here.
Thank you to the Parkers for inviting me into their home with such warmth and kindness (and a delicious, secret family recipe burger). Even though your time there may be at a close, I’m sure the spirit you have imbued at The End House will follow you to wherever you set your bags next.