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Kari & Keenan Wedding at Chateau Lake Louise

 

 

For those of you that follow my blog likely already know I’m probably even more at home in the mountains than in the city, so when an invitation to shoot a wedding in Lake Louise arrived in the inbox, I couldn’t accept fast enough! I love every minute I get to shoot in the rocky mountains, and getting to hang out and capture Kari & Keenan on their wedding day last month was special to say the least. I headed up a couple hours early on their wedding day to check out some new spots and simply take in the gorgeous mountain backdrop. The weather was all over the place that day, but by some miracle the clouds parted just in time for the ceremony, and it stayed nice for the whole time we were out shooting. After a few pictures around the Chateau Lake Louise, we then headed off to another couple locations not far from the hotel before returning in time for the cocktails and start of the reception. Many thanks go out to the talented artists of Maddpretty for the makeup work, and to Stephanie and her Lynn Fletcher Weddings team for all their hard work making sure the day went smoothly. Of course the meal was delicious, and the Victoria Ballroom at the Chateau never disappoints!! Congratulations Kari & Keenan – and thank you for ‘dragging’ me out to the mountains to shoot your amazing wedding!
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April & Travis – the baby bump sneaks…

 

I was floored when I heard the great news about April & Travis expecting their first child this summer. It really seems like yesterday I was watching them walk down the aisle at their amazing wedding at Sunshine. Fast forward (a little more than) 9 months and you have a very pregnant April. And looking at Travis, I can’t remember when I last saw an expectant father that excited. When people ask what I like about being a photographer, the first thing that comes to mind is the people. Getting to meet so many wonderful people from all over the place. I get to be there no only for their engagement, their wedding, but there to meet and capture those first few days of them having a baby – I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I just did these portraits and couldn’t resist putting a few on the blog to share…_ND80970 _ND80851 _ND80873 _ND80861 _ND80901 _ND80979 _ND80993 _ND81019 _ND81066


Jennie & Ryan – Calgary summer wedding

 

These kids know how to have fun. From the first day I met them out in Fernie on the ski hill, it was no secret being anywhere near them would be a blast! When they got in touch with me to shoot their wedding, and through the engagement session, I got a better feel for what they had in store. I was definitely not disappointed, and wasn’t all that surprised when a request came through to hit up a local ‘dive bar’ during the photo session. As it turned out, mother nature opened up an hour of liquid-luck at the same time we ducked into the ‘in’famous Lord Nelson. Kudos to the locals for sharing the space, the generous VLT coaches for the gift (Jennie doubled it in no time), and staff for the round of shots. Not every day you get a request for portraits in front of a urinal, but yes, that happened. Almost topped by Jennie accidentally pouring Ryan a Jack & Clamato at the bar !?! From there we headed off to find some grunge to dirty the wedding dress and challenge the high heels – sorry girls! A quick stop up at C.O.P, then off to the Al Azhar Shriners for the reception and party. And it lived up to all my expectations – didn’t I mention these two know how to have fun? Congratulations Jennie & Ryan – thank you for letting me tag along and snap a few with you guys!_D3X3237 _D3X3170 _D3X3247 _D3X3290 _D3X3320 DSC_8081 DSC_8087 DSC_8094 DSC_8108 DSC_8136 DSC_8348 DSC_8370 DSC_8509 DSC_8568 DSC_8613 DSC_8743 _D3X3414 DSC_8826 DSC_8856 _D3X3548 DSC_9014 DSC_9026 DSC_9063 _D3X3431 _D3X3472 _D3X3514 DSC_9131 DSC_9153 DSC_9156 DSC_9164 DSC_9197 DSC_9220 DSC_9309 DSC_9339 DSC_9429 DSC_9432 DSC_9465 DSC_9552 DSC_9566 DSC_9644 DSC_9555 DSC_9726 _D3X3785 _D3X3689 DSC_9740


Hannah & Conrad – Spring wedding in Radium/Invermere BC

 

It’s that time of year again, when the days start getting longer, the trees start to put on their green summer dress, and I find myself at some really incredible weddings. Hannah + Conrad put on such an occasion out in the Columbia Valley last month. I spent many summers playing in Windermere lake and rolling down the sand hill, so returning here was like returning home in a lot of ways. A week before their wedding I headed out from Calgary to do my scouting, and was reminded of how fantastic that drive is. Rolling through the mountains of Kootenay National Park and passing through the ‘rock gates’ of Radium twice in one week – I felt spoiled. When their wedding day arrived, mother nature made sure to throw a few wildcards at us with some heavy rain, some dry hours, and a little blue sky as we headed back for the reception. The ceremony was held at Eagle Ranch Resort, a beautiful golf course & facility adjacent to Invermere, with the reception being held just across the highway at the newly built Copper Point Resort. I loved the attention to detail that they put into their wedding, and all of the extra hours Hannah put into making sure it went off without a hitch. I’m still a little shocked that they had no problem rock climbing up to an outcropping of bright orange rocks – in their dress shoes no less! Thank you both for your amazing energy, trust in the creative process, and simply being so fun to hang out with!!_D3X1912 _D3X1938 DSC_5312 _D3X1981 DSC_3909 DSC_4013 DSC_3922 DSC_3973 DSC_4123 DSC_4171 DSC_4345 DSC_4561 DSC_4377 DSC_4722 DSC_4796 DSC_4900 DSC_5121 DSC_4961 DSC_5030 DSC_5081 _D3X2087 DSC_5383 DSC_5489 DSC_5651 DSC_5414 _D3X2245 DSC_5674 DSC_5544 DSC_5743 DSC_5762 _D3X2527 DSC_4160


2014 RCR Slope Soaker – Fernie Alpine Resort, BC

 

 

Which is harder:

a) Swimming with skis on

b) Swimming with a snowboard attached

c) Using either to get you across a 60′ span of neck deep slush

d) All the of the above – in ice cold water (literally ice cold – they had to break the ice before they could start!)

Just a few of many captured on the final weekend out at Fernie Alpine Resort in BC – season finale included a packed performance by the Dudes in the village plaza & beer gardens. What a way to cap off another fantastic year on the slopes. Now to hang up the skis, dust off the bike, and rig the fly rods…

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Alison & Jay – Stunning winter wedding in Canmore, Alberta






Living so close to the rocky mountains we get to spend as much time as possible outside, skiing, biking, fishing, and if lucky, there to capture a fantastic wedding day. This spring I was asked to shoot for Alison & Jay in Canmore, a beautiful and quaint town just on this side of Banff National Park. I’ve been fortunate enough to shoot in Canmore, most often in the summer, so it was a treat to get out there in March to cover their amazing wedding. A few days beforehand, I headed out to scout the area and get a better feel for where we might be able to shoot – one of my favourite pre-wedding exercises. As per usual, I dreamed up enough to shoot for 12 hours – more than enough options to say the least. On their wedding day, we did a quick reveal at the Solara Resort in Canmore – I loved watching Jay’s jaw drop when he first saw Alison!! We headed off with the rest of the bridal party to a few hidden places – and kudos to them for braving the ‘bracing chill’ of the wind up on the pass. Back to Silvertip Golf Course for the ceremony and reception – delicious food, great music, and laughs all around. Keeping the day flowing smoothly was the very talented  Callandra & her team from Cherry Tree Occasions, captured on video for all time by the always fun Aydin Odyakmaz. Watching their guests cycle through the photobooth/mini-studio we’d set up was hilarious – they do know we get to see the pictures right? The speeches were both funny and heartfelt – you could easily tell how much their family & friends mean to them. An amazing day in a beautiful town – I can’t wait to see what’s next for Alison & Jay!

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Kari & Keenan Engagement session in Calgary

 

The day we planned to meet up to do their engagement session, mother nature threw us a serious curveball – one of those crazy late winter storms that coated the city in snow, and plunged the temperatures to almost 20 below. Fast forward a couple weeks and we had a beautiful afternoon to hang out downtown – gotta love this city in the spring. Kari & Keenan showed up with their surprisingly well behaved and friendly dog – always love having a favourite pet along for a shoot. It was a lot of fun getting to have them in front of the lens and definitely planted some creative seeds for their wedding next month!
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Sledding Shoot in the BC backcountry near Golden

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Ashley & Mike – Winter Esession in Banff

It’s always a great day when you have to head out to the mountains to shoot – be it for the ski hills, scouting new locations, for a commercial client, or on this day for Ashley & Mike. We lucked out and had a fairly mild morning to run around the quaint town of Banff, getting out on the ice and away from the town to capture a handful of pictures for this wonderful couple. Ashley has been in front of my camera before as part of a bridal party, but it was the first time with Mike. I loved their suggestion of bringing out ice skates for a few pictures followed by a warm coffee and stroll down the main avenue. It will be great to see them again, only this time as they prepare to tie the knot!DSC_6604 DSC_6328 DSC_6334 DSC_6343 DSC_6351 DSC_6425 DSC_6506 DSC_6434 DSC_6680 _D3X6717 _D3X6726 _D3X6777 DSC_6643 DSC_6729 DSC_6742 DSC_6776 DSC_6850 _D3X6791 _D3X6804 _D3X6860


In her shoes…

 

Of all the detail shots I capture on a wedding day, I have to admit that my absolute favourite is the one of the shoes. It doesn’t matter if it’s a pair of red-soled Laboutin’s or a comfy pair of Chuck Taylors, the shoes chosen by a bride speak volumes about their personality and always provide a great opportunity for an image. The shoes set the foundation of the gorgeous woman above, and give her that little something extra on her wedding day. I love the craftsmanship that goest into each pair – with a countless assortment of materials from leathers, to beading, to sequins, to metals, and even jewels. High heels at a Jamaican beach wedding? Why not! Flip flops at the Banff Springs? Sounds great! Converse high tops at Emerald Lake Lodge? Bring ‘em on! Until the next pair of heels finds their way in front my lens, here’s a few favourites from the last few years…
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Alison & Jay – Calgary Esession

With their wedding coming up right around the corner I thought I’d share a few of my favourite shots from the engagement session I did with Alison & Jay. They are such warm and genuine people that you can’t help but simply enjoy spending time with them. I can’t wait to be there to capture their March wedding day – I know it’s going to be amazing!!_D7X9512 _D7X9475 _D3X8711 _D3X8844 _D3X8771 _D3X8915 _D3X8932 _D3X8938 _D3X9006 _D3X9017 _D7X9575 _D3X9055 _D3X9084 _D3X9117 _D3X9172 _D3X9192 _D3X9248 _D3X9328 _D7X9337 _D7X9416


2013 – (What a) Year in Review

As 2013 drew to a close I found myself looking back at one of the most incredible years. Again, I was lucky to be witness to so many beautiful weddings, and get to meet countless amazing and inspiring people. Every single wedding was one of a kind, and with each picture I captured there are wonderful memories I cherish. I logged a lot of miles both on the ground, on the water, and especially in the air. In May, my wife and I were on our honeymoon with stops in Hong Kong, Tokyo, and reaching Everest Base Camp. We were treated to a blizzard at 18,000′ on Cho-La pass followed by a spectacular morning walk along the Gokyo Lakes. I wasn’t even home for 72 hours before hopping back on a plane to Jamaica for a destination wedding shoot. After returning from the beaches, we again were on the move, this time to Italy for a very special wedding shoot just south of Florence. Before going home, we made one stop at Cinque Terre – a place that I can’t wait to get back to! Back in Calgary for a few weeks, then again I was heading across the Atlantic ocean, this time stopping in Iceland en-route to a shoot in Norway. I’d never been to that area of the world, and was treated to a very unique Norwegian wedding with roots going back to the vikings. With camera in hand, I was also in British Columbia numerous times, up north for my annual steelhead fishing trip, shooting at the luxurious Minette Bay Lodge, and getting as far west as Tofino for a wedding this fall. I was hoping for sunshine, but couldn’t believe the window of amazing light that waited for us in between the ceremony and reception. Stories, images, emotions, sunsets blending into sunrise and the next adventure awaits. Wherever this finds you, I hope that 2014 is an incredible year, the very best one yet. Without further delay, and in no particular order, here are just a few of the images that found their way onto my camera sensor that now reside in my mind & heart.ND8_9179 _D3X0105 _D3X0287 _D3X0577 _D3X0641 _D3X0487 _D3X0852 _D3X0872 _D3X1416 _D3X2273 _D3X2427 _D3X2956 _D3X3110 _D3X3167 _D3X4037 _D3X4259 _D3X4381 _D3X4388 _D3X5123 _D3X5344 _D3X5796 _D3X5925 _D3X6438 _D3X6713 _D3X6896 _D3X6916 _D3X7299b _D3X7376 _D3X7403 _D3X8274 ND8_2210 _D3X9472 _D3X9811 _D3X9957 _D7X0081 _D7X0375 _D7X0819 2 _D7X3658 _D7X3922 _D7X4298 _D7X4869 _D7X5511 _D7X5673 _D7X6049b _D7X6526 _D7X7383 _D7X8077 _D7X8841 _D7X8927 DSC_4154b GokyoPanorama IMG_1392 ND8_0633 ND8_0705 ND8_0883 ND8_2182 ND8_2221 ND8_2558 ND8_2656 ND8_2811 ND8_3096 ND8_4045 ND8_4100 ND8_4352 ND8_4504 ND8_4655 ND8_5497 ND8_6830b ND8_8681 ND8_8749b ND8_8855 ND8_9054 ND8_9266 ND8_9315 ND8_9416 prayerstoneB ND8_9285 _D3X6960


Justyna & Bryan – Destination Wedding in Tuscany, Italy

 

One of my favourite presents this year arrived in the form of an invitation to join Justyna & Bryan in Italy to shoot their wedding. If you haven’t been, it’s one of those countries you immediately fall in love with. Buzzing through the twisty roads south of Florence in a peppy little Alfa Romeo is something everybody should get to experience. We arrived there a few days before the wedding, allowing us some time to head out to the coast, and scout the locations closer to where the wedding was taking place. Pulling up to the Castello di Montegufoni I couldn’t believe my eyes. They had chosen such a phenomenal place to tie the knot that I fear my words won’t do proper justice to describe what it was like. Walking through the massive wooden doors, past the thick stone walls, and into the courtyard was like walking back in time a thousand years. Just to think that this building had witnessed generations of families, battles, and changes to the world outside left me in a state of semi-daydreaming. On the morning of their wedding I went to join the girls getting ready adjacent to the impressive Italian garden. Many laughs were shared, more than a few tears of joy, and the odd glass of bubbly (and the even ones as well) made the rounds. Between the best friends and close family, there was love everywhere. I felt the same going to capture a few images of the groom getting ready with his brother, and best friends. We did the pre-ceremony reveal in a room that had a rich history and even more ornate decor. Getting to witness Justyna seeing Bryan for the first time, and him seeing her, is something I won’t ever forget. When a couple looks at each other they way they look at each other, you know you’re watching something truly magical. We did a few shots in and around the castle, then packed into the cars and headed off to the locations I had found earlier that week. Getting back to the castle, we had a bit of time before making our way to the courtyard ceremony. Beautiful surrounding, soft music coming off the harp, and the scent of the Tuscan countryside mixing with the sweet scent of roses all made for a memorable experience. From the ceremony we moved over to the reception room, and following the delicious dinner, hilarious and heartfelt speeches, we then were led down to a cellar for the party & dancing. I loved every minute of the trip, and will forever be thankful that Justyna & Bryan put their trust in me to capture this once in a lifetime wedding. _D3X7133 ND8_0275 _D3X7107 ND8_0309 ND8_0344 ND8_0181 ND8_0255 _D3X7182 ND8_0354 _D3X7151 _D3X7308 _D3X7364 _D3X7370 ND8_0433 _D3X7416 ND8_0442 _D3X7432 ND8_0472 ND8_0480 ND8_0485 ND8_0518 _D3X7451 ND8_0592 ND8_0594 ND8_0532 ND8_0618 ND8_0633 _D3X7476 _D3X7512 _D3X7533 _D3X7583 _D3X7693 _D3X7712 _D3X7800 _D3X7848 _D3X7909 _D3X8002 _D3X8371 ND8_0705 ND8_0776 ND8_0871 ND8_0883 ND8_0940 ND8_1034 ND8_1081 ND8_1119 ND8_1138 ND8_1157 ND8_1183 ND8_1202 ND8_1214 ND8_1260 _D3X8088 ND8_1281 ND8_1946 ND8_1361 ND8_1374 ND8_1477 ND8_1545 _D3X8115 ND8_1596 ND8_1735b ND8_1841 _D3X8075 _D3X8120 ND8_2051 ND8_1882 ND8_2090


2013-2014 Calgary Flames Fire & Ice Crew

 

One of my favourite shoots to do every year is with the NHL Calgary Flames Fire & Ice Crew – also known as the Big Country Ice Crew. I had been thinking of a few different shoot concepts that would work well this this energetic and fun group, and knew I had made up my mind when this particular idea took root. Like any commercial shoot, there was a lot of planning that happened in advance, testing different lighting techniques, building the required props, and securing access to facilities and coordinating tight schedules. It was a fair bit of work, but I couldn’t be happier with the results. I had a blast working with them, but I definitely wasn’t working alone on this project. A huge thanks to Ryan for subjecting himself to a shower of sparks and lighting dozens and dozens of sparklers, and for being my extra set of hands and eyes at the shoot. Also, I’d like to thank Madd Pretty for doing a fantastic job of making sure the crew looked their very best in the makeup chair. Also, I couldn’t have pulled this off without the help and support of the Calgary Flames employees (especially Greger),  Scotiabank Saddledome, and the Ice maintenance crew. Finally – thank you to all the beautiful and fun women from the Fire & Ice crew!!ND8_2558 ND8_2469 ND8_2414 ND8_2450 ND8_2238 ND8_2287 ND8_2477 ND8_2656 ND8_2255 ND8_2503 ND8_2372 ND8_2550 ND8_2339 ND8_2324 ND8_2209 ND8_2395 ND8_2569 ND8_2581 ND8_2811 ND8_2602 ND8_2621 ND8_2655 ND8_2709 ND8_2679 ND8_2689 ND8_2716 ND8_2739 ND8_2565 ND8_2760 ND8_2771 ND8_2783 ND8_2799 ND8_2805 ND8_2815 ND8_2561


Shannon & Mark – Amazing fall wedding in Calgary

Picture this: A man named Mark gets engaged to a woman named Shannon. Just so happens they get a referral to speak to a photographer by the name of Mark Shannon. Coincidence? I think not! I really had to do a double take when their inquiry came in – and throughout both our Sage-supported engagement session and during the course of their wedding day, hearing ‘Mark’ & ‘Shannon’ had me feeling like my head was on a swivel. These are the kind of people that you love being around – very creative, and incredibly positive, and simply a treat to get to know. You could tell a lot of thought went into their wedding, with rich fall colours throughout, and attention to detail at every turn. The ceremony, held at Shannon terrace in Fish Creek Park, was very personal and beautiful, officiated by a close personal friend of Shannon & Mark’s – Abby Charchun (who just happens to be a bride I got to shoot just last year). I think their ring bearer did his best, and just about succeeded in stealing the show! We did the photos close by the ceremony venue, and in the adjacent forest, before heading off to the reception. Again, walking into the room you could tell it was going to be a special evening, with the music provided by Musical Twist DJ’s. Knowing that Mark was an accomplished chef, I knew the food supplied by Devour Catering (his former employer) would be second to none – needless to say I was not disappointed. Both Shannon and Mark had planned some performances for each other, Mark with some beat poetry, and Shannon with a song (with backup vocals provided by the entire bridal party). It was a spectacular day, and I really feel lucky that everything aligned so that I could be there to capture the opening of the next chapter of their lives together.  _D7X9683 _D3X9554 _D7X9752 _D3X9638 _D3X9602 _D3X9472 _D3X9517 _D3X9865 _D3X9903 _D3X9957 _D3X0050 _D3X0031 _D7X9935 _D3X0262 _D3X0328 _D7X0187 _D3X0374 _D3X0405 _D3X0577 _D7X0081 _D7X0142 _D3X0659_D3X0931 _D3X0763_D3X0872 _D3X0997 _D3X0973 _D3X1089 _D3X1136 _D3X1395 _D3X1403 _D3X1433 _D3X1660 _D7X0266 _D7X0539 _D7X9866


Courtney & Owen – Rainforest Wedding in Tofino, BC

 

There’s something truly magical about the west coast. I have felt the draw to head over the rocky mountains and to the rocky shores of BC ever since I was young. I lived on Vancouver Island for 6 years, and there is definitely part of me that never leaves the island when I left for Calgary so many years ago. When Courtney and Owen mentioned that they were planning a wedding in Tofino I had a hard time holding back my excitement. Even though hopping on a plane would’ve saved some time no doubt, I savoured every kilometre of the drive, the ferry, and then the twisty highway that leads across the island from Port Alberni to the picturesque town of Tofino on the west coast. Being the rainforest, it definitely lived up to it’s reputation on the wedding day save for a couple precious hours when we were out to do photos. I couldn’t believe our luck, walking outside mere minutes after buckets of water were falling from the sky, to see bright sunshine and blue skies. The attention to detail at their wedding was amazing – you could tell a lot of thought had been put into every personal touch. After running around with the crew for photos, we returned for the reception, capped off by a beautiful display of fireworks launched from the beach. Whoever came up with the idea of playing the theme song from ‘Reading Rainbow’ during the cake cutting, brilliant! I loved every minute of that trip, their wedding day, and relish the thought of heading back out to the coast for the next adventure. _D7X8696 _D3X5876 _D3X5563 _D3X5625 _D3X5830 _D3X5946 _D7X8242 _D3X5963 _D3X6082 _D7X8203 _D3X6100 _D3X6398 _D3X6438 _D3X6521 _D3X6694 _D3X6738 _D3X6744 _D7X8111 _D3X6796 _D3X6849 _D3X6896 _D3X6925 _D3X7010 _D3X7123 _D3X7198 _D7X8771 _D3X7617 _D3X7508 _D3X7560 _D7X8841 _D3X7890 _D3X8095 _D7X8939 _D7X8961


Amrita & Avneet – Luxurious Sikh Wedding in Calgary

It was a year and a half ago that I first heard from Amrita & Avneet about their wedding. From our first communication and my experiences covering Sikh weddings, I knew this would be an amazing event. When we met up to discuss what kind of photography coverage they were looking for, I was already seeing beautiful vibrant coloured saris, ornate jewelry, family gathering from all over the world, music, non-stop dancing, and special ceremonies that have taken place for thousands of years. For the uninitiated, a Sikh wedding is truly a feast for all of your senses. As a photographer, it is a treat to say the least – and Amrita & Avneet’s wedding week did not disappoint. I spent five straight days with them at their homes, with their families, and at the gurdwara for their formal ceremony. Many thanks to Steve Dutcheshen for coming along as the very talented second photographer on this massive undertaking. There were lots of laughs, some tears, and memories I won’t soon forget. The following images took place over two of the five days – witnessing the opening of the next chapter for this incredible couple. I can’t wait to see what Ricky and his team from Videogenic put together from the footage captured along the way. A huge thank you to the family for making me feel so welcome during the week, and for helping things move along so smoothly._D3X2791 _D3X2224 _D3X2447 _D3X2322 _D3X2339 _D3X2607 _D3X3070 _D3X3161 _D3X3249 _D3X3365 _D3X3481 _D3X3503 _D3X3886 _D3X4046 _D3X4141 _D3X4245 _D3X4388 _D3X4701 _D3X4793 _D3X4885 _D3X4994

And after such an incredible day, things began anew Saturday afternoon at the hotel…_D3X5062 _D3X5067 _D3X5084 _D3X5092 _D3X5101 _D3X5155 _D3X5166 _D3X5167 _D3X5236 _D3X5238 _D3X5256 _D3X5293 _D3X5308 _D3X5330 _D3X5344 _D3X5378 _D3X5392 _D3X5440 _D3X5456 _D3X5461 _D3X5474 _D3X5519 _D3X5566 _D3X5580 _D3X5588 _D3X5652 _D7X4786 _D7X4830 _D7X5419 _D7X5447 _D7X5499 _D7X5511 _D7X5514 _D7X5522 ND8_3204 ND8_3229 ND8_3244 ND8_3266 ND8_3302 ND8_3319 ND8_3325 _D3X5728 ND8_3414 ND8_3572 ND8_3605 ND8_3752 ND8_3759 ND8_3807


Carol & Jamie – Kananaskis Engagement Session

Had a fantastic time shooting in the mountains the other day with Jamie & Carol – just a sample of the shots below!_D7X7910 _D3X5314 _D7X7997 _D7X7845 _D7X7825 _D3X5433 _D3X5241 _D3X4685 _D3X4757 _D3X4854 _D3X4900 _D3X4963 _D3X5123 _D3X4663 _D3X4557 _D3X4480 _D3X4433 _D3X5190 _D3X4395


Holly & Chris – Beautiful Cochrane Ranche House Wedding

It’s pretty rare that a wedding goes off exactly as planned. Sometimes it could be something little such as slightly mismatched socks. Other times, you could find yourself shopping for bridesmaids dresses on the day of the wedding because the ones you had custom made weren’t completed in time. Yes – that’s the situation that Holly & Chris faced the morning of their wedding, and with the help of their bridal party they pulled it off. I couldn’t believe how well Holly & girls handled it – nothing could hold this group back from what ended up being a fantastic wedding & reception! It was a bit of mad dash to get everybody together, dressed, and to the ceremony close to the planned start time. It was a beautiful Saturday out in Cochrane, and following the ceremony we did some shots on site, down by the small stream, in the forest, and then off to another location I had scouted with just the newlyweds. Returning to the reception, they had some very heartfelt speeches, a surprise beer keg delivery, and the groom’s brother pulling a triple shift as MC, groomsman, and DJ. I loved getting to spend the time with these two – picking up right where we left off from the engagement session we did out near Radium BC. _D3X0105 _D3X8604 _D3X8526 _D3X8733 _D3X0061 _D3X0231 _D3X0373 _D3X0383 _D3X0487 _D3X0524 _D3X0571 _D3X9087 _D3X9118 _D3X9428 _D3X9465 _D3X9507 _D3X9879 _D3X9962 _D7X4641 _D7X4659 _D7X4751 _D7X4782 _D7X4869 _D7X4933 _D7X5267


Prenatal shoot in Edworthy Park

 

A handful of the shots I did with Clare & Steve the other day – so excited to meet their little one!!
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Lacey & Adam – September Engagement Session

I just had to post a few from the engagement session I did with Lacey & Adam the other week – an amazing couple I got to know almost a year ago in Mexico. Their wedding next summer is definitely going to be a blast!!
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Shafeena & Hussein – Calgary & Cochrane Ismaili Wedding

This incredible couple came my way through a referral by the very talented Jenn Dystra of Open Image Photography, and in hindsight it was like I was being given an amazing gift simply getting to get to know Shafeena & Hussein. I was lucky enough to work with them both in Toronto on their engagement session (part 1), and their cowboy themed Calgary engagement session (part 2) in addition to the Pithi ceremonies and their Nikkah (wedding ceremony). From the first time I spoke with them during our Skype meeting I knew I liked them. They are such genuine people, and after meeting their loving parents I knew where this came from. Their wedding day was a classic August summer day in the prairies, with endless blue skies, warm sunshine, and wheat fields slowly making the transition from green to yellow. Prior to the wedding day, I scouted a beautiful location on the edge of the city limits. Normally the kind of place you might just drive by, this one stood out and worked as a perfect venue for their reveal. From there we headed off to another location in Cochrane closer to Glen Eagles golf course. Shooting the Nikkah outside was a treat, as every other Ismaili wedding I had done was indoors. It was incredibly heartfelt and barely a dry eye was to be seen. Following the ceremony we headed off to do a few more shots on a bluff overlooking the quaint townsite, with the towering peaks of the rockies far off in the distance. Again, watching them get to see each other for the first time all dressed to the nines in more ‘western’ wedding clothing was something I won’t soon forget. These two are in love – the way they look at each other, the compassion they show for each other, and how they talk about each other – the term soulmates couldn’t be applied more appropriately. Hussein’s speech had me in stitches – his now being able to get rid of the other ‘men’ in Shafeena’s life – Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Louis Vuitton… etc… good luck with that!! Going through the process of editing their wedding I realized that my heart & mind are still processing what my eyes witnessed and camera captured that day. Thank you both._D3X4864 _D7X3672 _D3X5069 _D3X5063 _D3X5213 _D3X5217 _D3X5374 _D3X5135 _D3X5324 _D3X5463 _D3X5534 _D3X5814 _D3X5824 _D3X5958 _D3X6008 _D3X6172 _D3X6226 _D3X6258 _D3X6401 _D3X6560 _D3X6569 _D3X6591 _D3X6660 _D3X6686 _D3X6707 _D3X6829 _D7X4198 _D3X6834 _D3X7066 _D3X7074 _D3X7080_D3X7102_D3X7403 _D3X7463 _D3X7545 _D7X3922 _D7X4084 _D7X4298 _D7X4515_D3X7299b


Jennie & Ryan Engagement Session Sneaks

 

 

A few from the quick shoot I did with J&R the other day…_D7X7355 _D3X2471 _D3X2531 _D3X2543_D3X2651 _D3X2678 _D3X2742 _D7X7397 _D3X2831 _D3X2930 _D3X3090 _D3X3116 _D7X7288 _D7X7416 _D7X7453


Kerra & Mark – Canmore Engagement Session

 

 

Just a few sneaks from the engagement session I did with Kerra & Mark in Canmore. Gotta love being ‘dragged’ out to the mountains on such a beautiful day!!_D3X1323 _D3X1310 _D3X1278 _D3X1386 _D7X6939 _D3X1413 _D3X1470 _D7X6538 _D7X6582 _D7X6592 _D7X6648 _D7X6690 _D7X6710 _D7X6768 _D7X6789 _D7X6837 _D7X6934 _D7X6880 _D7X6989 _D3X1349


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