The REAL Real Housewives of Vancouver: Bethany Schiedel

Bethany Schiedel loves people, life, and all its moments. She lives life full and in the moment – her passions make her photography come alive. Along with her husband and little girl, her joy of life comes through in everything she does.  You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and, of course, on her company website:  www.imagesbybethany.com

Stay tuned later this week for a giveaway photography prize pack from this talented, local photographer! 

What characteristics define the Vancouver Housewife?

The “Vancouver housewife” is fearsome creature indeed.  She’s educated, motivated, and intentional.  She works hard, plays hard, and loves hard.  She balances life with class.  The vancouver housewife isn’t confined to her kitchen but can whip up a gourmet meal at the drop off a hat.  She’s dedicated to sustainability and community, involved in her children’s schools and programs, while running her own business or flourishing in her career.  She takes her husband to The Dirty Apron cooking classes and her girlfriends to Salt Tasting Lounge.  Weeknights in the summer are spent playing volleyball at Spanish Banks and the weekends see trips to the gulf islands, Kelowna, or staying at home wandering around farmers markets or picnicking on Third Beach. The rainy season is spent under an umbrella, wandering Granville Island, shopping for vintage items on Main Street, or seeking warmth at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

uh… welcome to my dream, apparently…

Are you a good representation of a Vancouver Housewife? Why?

No. I am not living the dream… I work hard, play hard, and love hard. I’m no gourmet chef but I can make a mean potato leak soup. I recycle, walk a lot, and use cloth grocery bags… but I’m not so good at the composting… the husband and I have done one cooking class at The Dirty Apron (amazing!!!!) but it was a gift…I hate volleyball. I do enjoy Granville Island and Main Street…I’ve perfected window shopping only :(

Do you feel that living in Vancouver in some way defines who you are? Please explain.

Full disclosure honesty time? I suppose that’s why I choose to live here. It’s one of what, the top 3 most expensive cities in the world? I don’t have a million dollars to purchase a home so I rent…but i’ve chosen that and I love it.  Because I love this city and I’m proud to say “I live in Vancouver.”

Have you ever had cosmetic surgery, Botox, Restalyne injections, etc.? If so, please provide details. If you haven’t had any of the above procedures performed, would you consider it? 

No and no.  I’m a fan of aging gracefully. I also really like eye wrinkles.

Other than your children (if applicable), what is the accomplishment of which you are most proud?

Starting a business… and keeping it going!  I’m in my 5th full time year as a portrait and wedding photographer in this city and I’m so freaking excited! I love what I do and I can’t believe that I get to do it here! I’ve worked really, really, really hard to get my business to where it is. *pats self on back*

Has the desire for affluence/power/money been a motivator in the choices you’ve made for your life?

No. Well… I guess we want money, but we haven’t put that before our happiness. Otherwise, we’d be living in a different province and we’d own a home.

Tell us about your stuff. What do you like to buy, collect, etc.?

I buy ridiculously cute clothes and shoes for my kid and I buy organic food.  So that’s basically the month’s budget right there. I also really like to buy stickygrams, which if you haven’t heard of yet you should check them out!  I collect dust on my bookshelves.

Do you have “staff” in your home? (e.g. nanny, driver, chef, etc.)

Oh that would be really nice! Sometimes my mom or my best friend comes over and cleans for me when I’m working 14-16 hours days at the peak of wedding season!

Do you belong to any clubs, teams, groups or social organizations?

I created a little dinner club-ish. A couple of photographer friends of mine get together once a month to eat yummy food and talk about f-stops and apertures… Finish this sentence: “My life’s motto is ….”

The little curser on the page blinked too many times. I have so many thoughts and ideals when it comes to my “life’s motto.” Finishing that sentence is tough, but i do know that what is most important to me is relationships. With ourselves, with each other, with the city, with the earth. I’ve come to realize that being gentle, thoughtful, responsible, sustainable, and compassionate inspires wholeness.

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As a thank you to Bethany for participating,  Legacy Liquor Store will be providing her with a private wine tasting for 6.  An elegant and modern 8,600 square foot space that includes a state-of-the-art wine cellar, Legacy is the largest privately-owned liquor store in the province. Home to thousands of beers, wines, and spirits, including exclusive and specialty items, with some of the most knowledgeable and friendly staff around. Legacy is the ideal venue for groups to host casual social gatherings. In-house catering is available with access to a beautiful kitchen and tasting bar area.

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