Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Ryan + Shauna || Engagement Photos

Shauna and I have known each other for years and kept in touch through the occasional note or meeting up for brunch. The last time I met up with Shauna she'd mentioned this guy named Ryan, who was really interesting, but she was going to Europe for a year for school in a few months. Terrible timing?! But it all worked out and they're getting married later this year!

We took these engagement photos in the fall right as the leaves were almost done turning color. The goal was to still get fall colors in these photos and I think we succeeded!


Thursday, August 4, 2016

Garrett + Marissa || Wedding Photos

Last summer I had the honour of photographing this lovely couple's wedding! When a couple specifically asks for you to photograph their wedding, it is the sweetest moment. And even though I'd never met Marissa before I walked into her room the morning of the wedding, we instantly connected and I knew Garrett had found a true jewel. Their wedding day was full of love surrounded by family and friends.

All the best Garrett + Marissa!

Much love,

Friday, May 29, 2015

Finding the Best Fit || what's next

I spend so much time immersed in photography and reading photography blogs that sometimes I forget that when picking a photographer for wedding or family photos, it can be a little confusing to navigate! Here's another post in my "what's next" series to help  understand the art of photography and some tips and tricks! So some thoughts...

First off, when picking a photographer, consider:

1. Editing Style of the Photographer
Photographers edit their photos extremely differently!! It ranges from more of a muted tone/film look to a darker/more dramatic look to a more light/airy/bright look. Some photographers will edit with a mixture of black and white photos and others lean towards just color. Arguably there's no right or wrong, just different styles and preferences. Look through a photographer's website or blog and ensure that you like the editing style.

2. Style of Photography
Some photographers are more photojournalistic, other have more staged/posed photos. Once again, there's no right or wrong. This just depends on what you prefer. Most photographers are somewhere in the middle, but lean towards one side.

3. Other factors - price, experience, what's included in the photography package. There's a wide variety out there. Pick what works for you, while keeping in mind that often you get what you pay for. My personal bias is have a photographer that includes prints and/or a photobook - photos help to tell the story of your life and in the age of digital everything, prints are tangible reminder of the beauty of life.

And....can I also add, I think it's also important, if not the MOST important, to connect with your photographer. This is especially for wedding photos (as your photographer will be with you the majority of the day!!), but also for any type of photos! Trust is key in photography and that is made all the more easier when you have that natural connection with your photographer. Have a quick phone chat or coffee meeting (especially for a wedding!).

And in the spirit of connection, here's to the sweetest bride from December who made it a point to connect with all the people at her wedding, including her grandma :)

Friday, April 17, 2015

NYC || East Coast Ventures

This post is a continuation of my trip in February!

If you missed the other parts, see here, here, and here

Where to start with my time in "the Big Apple"??!!

I had about 2.5 days in NYC. Since I was there a little less than 10 years ago, I wanted to see some things what I hadn't see yet.

Best memories of NYC:
  • Grand Central Station!!! I now feel like I can figuratively use that phrase and know what it means literally too!
  • Getting last minute, same day tickets to Les Mis! I was in the 3rd row on the side. I could have reached out and touched the actors!
  • Visiting the MET and tracking down another ballerina!
  • Central park + eating roasted peanuts, it's just so NYC-ish?
  • Meeting up with my cousin. I suggested the ladies' shoe department in Macy's. Little did I know that it was a whole floor! Oops! Shoes, Shoes, Shoes...everywhere!!! But seriously, I was SO thankful for family! We're actually second cousins so I hadn't seen her in years and I almost introduced myself to the wrong person in my frantic search through the shoe department, but as soon as we met up it was like we were BFFs ;)
  • Eating at The Counter - a burger place where you create your own burger. So many options!! Thanks cuz for the fun experience :D
  • Sunday morning church with Hillsong NYC! So good!!!
  • Visiting the NBA store. It was All Star basketball weekend and that tiny store was crammed with about 100 6.5 ft and up guys. I've never felt so short!!!
  • Visiting the Top of the Rock and seeing the amazing view of NYC (despite the cold temperatures and crazy winds!!!)

Grand Central Station!
Times Square!

The iconic NYC taxi!!


Central Park
Empire State Building
This fun room at the Top of the Rock where the lights changed colours!

My favourite!