For nearly 40 years, the expert technicians of West Coast Pool Service have kept things running smoothly in residential and commercial pools, spas, and water features. Beyond installation and maintenance, the team can perform more specialized repairs including liner replacement and leak detection after a pool party is crashed by porcupines. Those looking to buy homes with preexisting pools can commission one of West Coast's experts to inspect them and provide written and verbal reports of any potential hazards.
Express Computers began in the traditional way for tech companies, in the basement of owner Darren Layton's home. In the two decades since, the computing collective has expanded to five above-ground locations, solving IT crises for personal users and business clients. Technicians perform regular maintenance services to keep systems free of viruses and other maladies, and can be called upon to help set up such social programs as Skype, Facebook, and sets of USB-linked tin cans. Express Computers also maintains a comprehensive selection of hardware and software, including refurbished units and demo equipment.
With more than 15 years of irrigation industry experience, Daniel Honeybourne and his team at Pure Rain Irrigation expertly outfit lawns with custom sprinkler systems. Each new system is built to suit the needs of each customer’s garden, while seasonal maintenance and renovation services keep older systems running smoothly.
Back in 1970, a young Michael Moster was inspired to buy his first camera and create his own darkroom after visiting a friend's, where he watched fascinating black-and-white images appear on blank photo paper. Seven years later, he went into the photography business full time. Moster developed a knack for capturing candid moments, and for making clients laugh. In 1994, he moved his business, Michael's Fine Photography, to a new studio on five acres in South Langley. Moster has received numerous awards for his work, such as the title "Master Of Photographic Arts" along with a Fellowship and Honourable Life Member status from the Professional Photographers of Canada—British Columbia; he also spent many years on the association's board of directors.
As photography went digital, Moster embraced these changes, becoming an expert in Photoshop and digital photo manipulation. These skills allow him to remove distracting background images from photographs, or perform “photographic surgery” on his clients themselves—delighting clients by taking years off their faces and delighting surrealists by swapping their heads with dinosaur skulls.
A winner in Vancouver magazine's Best of Vancouver 2010, West Coast Tails professional pet service is the brainchild of Candace Herrod, a former veterinary worker who grew up surrounded by pets. With the help of her husband, Ryan, she expanded her small pet-sitting business to include 16 bonded, insured, and pet-first-aid-trained attendants who perform services where pets are at their happiest—at home. When customers are away for extended periods of time, staff members stop by homes to give love and attention to dogs and cats that have grown bored of their toys and already plowed through the complete oeuvre of Dostoyevsky. They also walk dogs in private 30-minute sessions, brush up pets' manners with obedience training, and cart them around town with pet taxi services. For owners’ peace of mind, attendants care for pets seven days a week, including holidays, and field both special and last-minute requests. The company recently started offering equine care, during which attendants arrive at stables to pamper horses with grooming, lunging, and road walks.
Jasalyn and Jason Thorne have been photographing families for seven years. Also on their radar are baby portraits that document youngsters before they grow their first set of gills. They deftly capture the unexpected beauty of weddings, from the rising sun framed between bridesmaids’ shoulders to the gust of wind that catches the bride's cascading veil. Named on Weddingbells Magazine ’s list of the 30 Most Inspiring Photographers of 2011, the Thornes have been featured in WedLuxe, Real Weddings , and other publications. Jasalyn draws on a background in fine arts and fashion to document weddings with unique flair, while Jason catches candid shots in the background.