A little over a decade ago a dashing young man named Ken appeared on the docks of King Pacific Lodge in the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia. How could I have known at the time that not only would he become my boss, my close friend, but also (finally) a client on the other side of the camera with his beautiful wife Sarah on his arm? I couldn’t have been happier for Kenny B as he introduced me to his fiancee Sarah – an absolute spark plug, and a perfect match for my friend. It was an honour to be asked to shoot their wedding out in Banff this spring – on a spectacular sunny day in the rockies. The ceremony was held at the Banff Centre in an outdoor amphitheatre under blue skies, then the reception followed up at Mt. Norquay – a ski resort adjacent to town. I’ve shot at a handful of ski resorts before – both in the summer and in the winter, and love when a team of creative people like Katie and the Rocky Mountain Weddings crew know how to work their magic. I hadn’t shot a wedding at either of these venues, so it was a treat for me. We only did a quick 45 minute shoot between events to keep the day moving along for their family and guests, but the shots I did capture will live long in my memory, including a personal favourite of them atop a tree that overlooks the valley. I am so excited for Sarah & Ken and what the future has in store for this couple!
One of the commercial – portrait shoots I definitely look forward to every year is the Calgary Flames Fire & Ice crew. They’re all a ton of fun – many of which I’ve gotten to know over the last 6+ years of doing this shoot. We’ve done the portraits up in the catwalk, on the main concourse, in the seats & under the seating, on the players bench, in the team dressing room, at the Zamboni entrance, outside the dome, and by the massive loading dock to name a few. We’ve had fireworks, sumo suits, music, dance-offs, fog machines, and more than a few laughs along the way. Many of you probably only know them from the other side of the boards as the beautiful women on the ice with the giant shovels or handing out prizes in the stands. What you might not know is all the charity events they’re at, the fact they’re athletes, university & college students, and simply super awesome people that make shooting for the Flames that much more fun.
I had an awesome afternoon with Farah & Nabil on a somewhat chilly but still sunny February day. I met them in the East Village, and set off to explore a few places that had caught my eye during the scouting done the week prior. I’ve been accused of only shooting good looking couples, and these two are no exception! Such a fun duo that needed no prompting on my part to keep nice and tight together. I love the energy they have, and know their wedding this summer is going to be amazing!!
Why am I posting a summer 2015 wedding now you might ask?!? Well, this one was a special one – in the ‘published in Wedding Bells Magazine’ kind of way. No surprise when you see the amazing little touches that Lindsey, Deo, and the immensely talented Jasmine & team at Reflections Weddings & Events put together. I’ve known Delmar (AKA ‘Deo’) ever since the very first date I had with my wife. Yep – he, and Cam, Justin, Jonas, Sarah, etc… the whole crew were there from day one, so suffice to say we go back. I’d only had a the pleasure of meeting his beautiful fiancee Lindsey when we met up to do an engagement session, and knew they were a great fit. I could go on and on and on about their summer wedding out in Canmore, but I’ll let the pictures do the talking this time…
As a small business owner I love getting to work with all kinds of businesses both large and small, but will always have a soft spot for the ones just making their way into the world. Less than a year ago my brother in law Justin Eyford and his two barista-champion business partners Ben Put and Jeremy Ho opened the first Monogram Coffee location in Calgary. Not surprisingly, it was quickly embraced by the community and city at large and especially by those who actively search out the very best in coffee. Not long after they had pop-ups in two other areas and doubled the size of their Altadore cafe by taking over their neighbours floorspace. Fast forward to this past weekend when they unlatched the doors on their flagship downtown cafe – a gleaming 1700 square foot location that is soon to become the go-to spot for the caffeine hunters in the core. I couldn’t be happier for these guys, their awesome staff, and can’t wait to spend some quality time there.
It’s always around this time of year where I find myself in the thick of planning for the upcoming wedding season yet reflecting back on the weddings that have already settled into my memories and my hard drives. I know I’ve said it before, but I really do feel so incredibly lucky that so many wonderful people have asked me to be part of their special day and bear witness to such a significant moment in their lives. The countless hours of location scouting, emails, phone calls, planning, dreaming blend with the hours on the road, airplanes, hotel rooms and everything else that come together as part of the wedding shoot. Wedding days are like Christmas morning for me – so many surprises, emotions, and unexpected gifts to open, opportunities, moments, tears of happiness, a few nerves, and only one chance to capture it. With each passing year I think more about the importance of capturing the raw essence of the day, and less about shots missed, trying to plan too much, and really just letting the day guide me. With this as my foundation I move forward, with a whole bunch of amazing stories yet to be told in the weeks and months to come, but for now I look back at some of the experiences that got me to today.