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Diana & Chad – Kananaskis Engagement Session

Three things I love all converged into one earlier this summer – a beautiful summer day, going out to shoot in the mountains, with a fantastically fun and loving couple! I have always been partial to Kananaskis (k-country to the locals), and will take any chance I can to head out there with a camera in hand, a fly rod, a pair of skis, snowshoes, or even a bike. When Diana first emailed me and mentioned an interest in doing an engagement session in the mountains the first place that came to mind was this special provincial park only an hour from Calgary. The skies were threatening to open up on us at any moment, yet somehow held off long enough to hit a few spots I had scouted for the shoot. I really had a great time with them and loved the energy they brought to the shoot!DSC_8015 _D3X7420 _D3X7466 _D3X7482 DSC_7206 DSC_7220 DSC_7254 DSC_7676 DSC_7298 DSC_7330 DSC_7346 DSC_7357 DSC_7362 DSC_7377 DSC_7398 DSC_7429 DSC_7443 DSC_7499 DSC_7546 DSC_7560 DSC_7572 DSC_7581 DSC_7592 DSC_7620 DSC_7629 DSC_7650 DSC_7664 DSC_7712 DSC_7725 DSC_7750 DSC_7764 DSC_7806 DSC_7812 DSC_7837 DSC_7860 DSC_7883 DSC_7899 DSC_7913 DSC_7924 DSC_7929 DSC_7989 DSC_7982

Fatemeh & Sheniff – Calgary Ismaili & Persian Wedding

Ismaili weddings are always fun – lots of great traditions, great family, lots of delicious food and some of the most friendly people you will ever meet. It was no different for Sheniff & Fatemeh’s wedding this August. I was with them for three days – the first two at the pre-wedding ceremonies, followed by their incredible wedding day. We had a beautiful August Saturday to run around Calgary, including multiple venues, stretch limousines, different outfits and one hilarious bridal party.  I had a ton of fun with these two – and it was a wedding day I won’t soon forget!!DSC_8846 DSC_8763 _D3X4637 DSC_8828 _D3X4639 DSC_9243 DSC_9059 _D3X4888 DSC_9121 DSC_9148 _D3X4932 DSC_9315 DSC_9425 DSC_9437 DSC_9470 DSC_9534 DSC_0051 DSC_0028 DSC_0196 DSC_0218 DSC_0272 DSC_0280 DSC_0293 _D3X5336 _D3X5315 _D3X5416 _D3X5589 _D3X5641 DSC_0338 _D3X5835 _D3X5878 _D3X5734 _D3X5702 _D3X5669 DSC_0140

Kerra & Mark’s Wedding in the Shuswap at Quaaout Lodge

The name ‘August Long Weekend’ conjures up all kinds of images for people living in Western Canada, but for me my thoughts turn immediately to BC, swimming in a warm lake or fishing on a tiny creek in the mountains. After getting to spend this most recent August Long with Kerra and Mark at their wedding, a whole new set of images will be tagged to the middle of the summer. Driving out to the Shuswap is a special treat, and with extended family to visit in Sicamous I knew I would have a fun week away from the city. I had never shot at Quaaout Lodge, but was absolutely impressed with everything I saw while I was there and could hardly think of a more scenic area to host a lakeside wedding in the Shuswap. I met up with the girls a couple hours before the ceremony and revel in the wonderful energy of such close friends and family. The same was true for the boys, and you could tell Mark was excited to put a ring on Kerra’s finger. Their ceremony, overlooking the lake was a hot one – and the thought of jumping into the lake fully clothed definitely crossed my mind. Following the ceremony, I headed off with Kerra and Mark to a place I had seen years before and scouted the day before their wedding – turned out to be even better than expected and they loved it. Turn of the century brick, rusty train cars, old wooden sheds, and llamas? Yes please. Back to the lodge and a quick shoot with the rest of the bridal party before games on the lawn, cocktails and appies, and then into the reception where the party wasn’t showing any signs of slowing down when I ducked out just after midnight. An incredible day for two wonderful and fun people – was a treat to be there to capture their wedding!!_D3X2631 DSC_5926 DSC_5656 DSC_5856 DSC_5789 _D3X2668 DSC_5674 DSC_5957 DSC_6012 DSC_6131 DSC_6172 DSC_6332 _D3X2922 DSC_6420 DSC_7419 _D3X2962 _D3X2985 _D3X3014 _D3X3034 _D3X3046 _D3X3070 _D3X3132 _D3X3141 _D3X3147 DSC_6659 DSC_6605 DSC_6620 DSC_6793 DSC_6834 DSC_6984 DSC_7082 DSC_7169 DSC_7211 DSC_7233 DSC_7434 DSC_7623 _D3X3308 DSC_7513 DSC_7452

Murray + Cara + The Bump

I love shooting out in Fernie, and those of you that know me, know I spend a lot of time in the Elk Valley. It was one such morning, in a place not far from the town of Fernie that met up with Cara and Murray. Just as I pulled out the camera, it started to pour – started raining buckets. No time to re-schedule, the baby was set to arrive within a week or so, as such we toughed it out and I couldn’t be happier with the results. Such a sweet couple that I’ve gotten to know over the years after shooting their engagement session, and then for numerous years of shooting for the Fernie Brewing Company. I’m so excited to get to meet the newest addition to their family – slated to make an appearance any day now!!_ND86900 _ND86860 _ND86864 _ND86872 _ND86886 _ND86913 _ND86930 _ND86951 _ND86966 _ND86970 _ND86985 _ND86993 _ND87013 _ND87020 _ND87051 _ND87065 _ND87071 _ND87086

Ashley & Mike – Summer wedding at Heritage Park, Calgary

A month ago, on a sunny Saturday morning, I awoke just a little early, too excited to sleep any longer. The night before I had received a call from Mike letting me know that he had planned a special start to Ashley’s day. I got to Lather Salon in time to set up a covert position, and watch as the girls arrived by limo. What Mike had arranged was a special performance by Decidedly Jazz Danceworks in Calgary, complete with personalized signs displayed during the dance. It was such a treat to watch Ashley’s face as the surprise unfolded – and trust me there wasn’t a dry eye anywhere (myself included!). What an amazing start to a fantastic wedding day. After hanging out with the girls at the salon, I headed over to join the guys and pry them away from the NHL14 game underway. From there we headed over to Heritage Park, a personal favourite for any event/visit, and set up a sneak-attack style reveal. Again, watching Mike getting to see Ashley for the first time in her stunning wedding dress was phenomenal. After a few shots in Gasoline Alley, we headed off with the bridal party into the park to explore a couple sites I had scoped out on an earlier visit. I’ve shot at the park a few times, and the real trick is working around the hundreds of families with kids running all over the place. Not to worry, the spots I had in mind we had to ourselves. Back to the entrance, and into the ceremony, followed by cocktails in the founders lounge, and then into Gasoline Alley, all decked out in wedding finery by the highly skilled Alexandra Slawek, her team, and the staff at Heritage Park. Speeches, toasts, laughs, tears, and hours of fun dancing to one of my favourite live event bands TR3. Such a treat to spend the day with them, I can’t help but smile when I think of their wedding day!!_D3X0771_D3X0765DSC_1859 _D3X1206 DSC_1809 _D3X1307 _D3X1412 _D3X1448 _D3X1494 _D3X1523 DSC_1995 _D3X1495 _D3X1572 _D3X1604 _D3X1240 _D3X1284 DSC_1787 DSC_2069 DSC_2125 _D3X1658 _D3X1722 _D3X1773 _D3X1886 _D3X1943 _D3X1981 DSC_2235 DSC_2298 DSC_2498 DSC_2543 DSC_2740 DSC_2881 DSC_2833 _D3X1933 DSC_2902 DSC_2904 _D3X2001 DSC_2983 DSC_3088 DSC_3132 DSC_3160 _D3X2033 DSC_3437 DSC_3460 DSC_3533 DSC_1752 _D3X2135

Salma & Aleem – Esession in the park on a summer evening

A warm summer evening, an hour of two of time, and a couple of awesome people to put in front of the glass. The other night I met up with Salma & Aleem for a quick engagement session, and had a blast just hanging out with these two. Needless to say I am looking forward to their wedding!!DSC_5382 _D3X2541 DSC_5345 DSC_5304 _D3X2481 _D3X2483 _D3X2490 DSC_4944 DSC_5091 DSC_5121 DSC_5196 DSC_5287 DSC_5356 DSC_5396 DSC_5476 DSC_5546 DSC_5549 _D3X2573 DSC_5559 DSC_5606 _D3X2578 DSC_5621 DSC_5646 DSC_5027 _D3X2449

Megan + Brent – Wedding in Osoyoos, BC

 

Wherever Megs and Brent go, fun follows. It might just run in their blood, or perhaps the family and friends they surround themselves with? Either way, getting to tag along for their wedding in the south Okanagan was a non-stop party. I met Megan through her sister Lindsey, and instantly knew I wanted to get her and fiancee Brent in front of the camera. They love a good time, are always up to something fun, and even more importantly are very loving and playful with each other. A wedding in the desert town of Osoyoos in the summer pretty much guarantees hot sunny weather, and when their day arrived it was nothing short of perfect. We did an orchard reveal down the hill from the hotel, followed by a couple places I had found just north of the town. It’s an amazing place to have a wedding, and from a photography standpoint, a treat to shoot. Both the ceremony on the deck of the Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort overlooking the vineyards, and the open air reception held one level below under patio lights were amazing. What follows is just a sample of what caught my eye that day!DSC_8071 _D3X7497 DSC_8104 DSC_8363 DSC_8385 DSC_8230 DSC_8406 DSC_8440 DSC_8534 DSC_8532 DSC_8089 _D3X7591 DSC_8676 DSC_8762 _D3X7722 _D3X7805 DSC_8904 _D3X7863 DSC_8833 DSC_9299 _D3X7994 _D3X8036 DSC_9314 DSC_9315 _D3X7907 DSC_9484 _D3X8088 _D3X8111 _D3X8120 _D3X8106 DSC_9783 _D3X8238 _D3X8184 DSC_0190 DSC_9999 DSC_0287 DSC_0141 _D3X8253 _D3X8306 DSC_0514

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