Happy 12th Anniversary, The Shopping Bags!
It's been a dozen years since Anna & I officially began our TV adventures together, which started with The Shopping Bags. We hatched our plans in 1999 while working at a local TV news station, and by spring 2001, we signed our first deal and started shooting. We had many great moments, and hairstyles, during those 7 seasons filming The Shopping Bags!
The top photo was from one of the first professional photo shoots we ever did. It must have been in about 1999 or 2000.
This was one of the first “official” pictures we took together, in my back yard, when we were writing as The Shopping Bags for the Vancouver Province newspaper. Anna was supposed to be the “serious” one and I was the more “casual” one. Whatever that means! I just want to know what the heck am I wearing?!?
This was our first shooting trip to New York for The Shopping Bags, in 2001. We are sitting in the lobby of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, waiting for the day to begin. Clearly Anna was having some anxiety over it!
We camped out on the lawn of the Banff Springs Hotel, testing sleeping bags, while our crew was safely tucked inside. It actually started to snow one of nights we were out there!
Hiking in the Rockies to test god knows what!? It was a nice quiet moment. I still have that Gortex jacket actually!
This was a photo we used for, you guessed it, Shopping Bags publicity. It was a really popular one. It was a fun shoot, and so colourful.
At our first Gemini awards in 2002, where The Shopping Bags was nominated for Best Practical Information Series. This was before we found out that we lost! Still, we were excited to be there.
This is from one of my favourite photo shoots ever. We were goofing around, pretending I had a secret I was sharing with Anna. We ended up using a succession of these photos for media kit.
With Rocco DiSpirito at Whole Foods in New York. We were doing a segment on saving money in the grocery store. He was super sweet!
We shot this at The Bay, for Christmas obviously. Don’t we look angelic??
With Randy Bachman himself, in my living room! We were testing mini stereos, basically boom boxes. That will give you some idea of how long ago it was!
We were testing exercise equipment and hamming it up with these 1980s style aerobics outfits. They were so comfortable that we ended up going out in them that Halloween. Work it sister!
We were in Cannes, France for MIP, a TV conference. We always have the best time there, so many good restaurants—uh, rather meetings! So many good meetings!
We never used any of this series of photos from a publicity shoot in 2007, probably because we were wearing workout tops! Not sure why we thought that was a good idea.
Which is your favourite photo from above? I love them all!