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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 ┬áCallandra & 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

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