Kids are amazing – the energy is infectious and I simply love how everything in their world is a game. I had to turn off the adult part of my brain, and just let the kid in me make the decisions the other day during a family portrait session. These two little boys were a blast to shoot and definitely kept us adults on the move! I had so much fun hanging out with the family, it was a treat getting to see them again after getting to meet them during a wedding I shot for Kerra & Mark out in BC this summer.
Ismaili weddings are always full of bright colours, amazing food, warm friendly people, and religious traditions that date back thousands of years. It’s creatively inspiring, and eye opening to say the least. When Salma and Aleem first got in touch with me and asked me to capture their Ismaili wedding this summer, I knew it would be a lot of fun. We met up earlier in the summer for their engagement session where I got a better feel for how they interacted with each other, their awesome sense of humour and playful nature. On their wedding day I found a couple spots I had always wanted to visit and shoot, and these two were more than game for anything I threw their way. The wedding ceremony took place next to the Bridgeland Community with the city skyline as the backdrop on a gorgeous sunny September day. Following the ceremony (Nikkah), we headed off to one more spot that had only been opened to the public earlier that week – lucky timing! Then on to the reception for food, music, dancing and the Sapatia. As I was editing their wedding day images I was reminded of how caring they are for each other, and the consideration they put into each element of their wedding week. I got to meet their extended families during the Puro & Pithi ceremonies the week of their wedding, and could see where their fun personalities came from. Of course it was no different with the group of friends that joined them in the wedding party – with a number of them flying in from Europe and Australia to be there. Such a treat to witness two amazing people come together in marriage and start the next chapter of their lives!
Emerald Lake Lodge is truly a spectacular place, to visit, to hike, and especially for a wedding. Just a few minutes off the Trans Canada Highway west of Lake Louise, and you’re in a completely different world. The colour of the water really is exactly what it looks like in the pictures, if not even greener and the jagged peaks that surround the lodge frame this jewel perfectly. It was in this setting that I got to capture a few images with Amy and Steve this summer. The sun/rain/clouds were playing tug-o-war all day, but somehow managed to be nice exactly when we needed them to – during the photos and the ceremony. After a quick plunge (polar bear swim?) Steve and the guys ducked into one of the cabins while the girls were next door with Amy. From their reveal we headed out towards Field for a few shots in the glacial valley, then worked our way back to meet up with the bridal party. Enter rain. No problem – on to the decks to take advantage of the beautiful natural light. From there we made our way to the ceremony. Have to say the flower girl (Amy’s niece) running up to hug Steve mid-ceremony was priceless. After the ceremony, family photos, and champagne we moved into the lodge for the party. What a blast of a weekend – thank you Amy & Steve!!
Full disclosure: I’ve known Maciek for over 20 years and would consider him one of my closest friends. We even played soccer against each other before crossing paths again in high school through mutual friends. I only mention this because when somebody this close to you asks you to shoot their wedding it’s both a huge compliment and fantastic challenge. It certainly didn’t hurt that he and Jaime have been together as long as they have (about time you tied the knot no?) – making for a dream couple of fun people that I know very well. They mentioned a couple areas they were considering in BC near Fernie, and I couldn’t have been more excited when they mentioned it was going to take place at Island Lake Lodge. I’ve hiked there in the summer, skied there in waist deep powder in the winter, and all around love the place. The accommodations are first rate, the food is delicious and the staff are all super friendly – yup, great place Jaime & Maciek, well chosen. As we had planned, I took Jaime down to the reveal location after stealthily getting Maciek into position first. Watching his reaction when he first saw Jaime will go down as an all time highlight for me – I think his face says it all. Then, Maciek never being very far from a fly rod, quickly tossed in a cast and had a willing cutthroat – not bad for a guy wearing a full suit!! From there we worked our way back up towards the lodge stopping at a couple places I had found while scouting. After a glass of champagne we headed down to I Dew point on the shore of the lake. The weather held, the clouds parted to reveal patches of blue sky, the mayflies danced all over the bridal party, and Jaime and Maciek finally made it official in front of their closest friends and family. Up to the lodge for dinner, drinks, dancing, and drinks, shot skis, drinks, dancing…. the rest was a blur. Jaime & Maciek, two amazing friends and all-around wonderful people, thank you from all of us you had there.
Carol & Jamie put on a fantastic wedding last month in Red Deer, and I was lucky enough to be asked to capture it. Through some of the most intense rain I’ve ever seen, beautiful wheat fields that stretched far into the horizon, and a reveal that had me tearing up. Yup – I’m a softie, there I said it. I met up with the guys at Jamie’s house in the morning first to get some shots of their pre-wedding ceremonies and snuck in a few shots of the guys while I was there. It’s not often that a backyard works for the family pictures, but this was definitely not like most backyards! I headed over and joined the girls at the hotel, and as the finishing touches of lipstick were applied the heavens opened up and pelted the city with a deluge of rain. Luckily, just as we were leaving to meet up with Jamie for the reveal the rain stopped and left us with a nicely wetted path into the forest – made for a perfect reveal in my eyes. From there we grabbed the bridal party and headed out to the edge of the city to get some rural shots with the group. From there we went back into the city for the wedding ceremony – my first Ukrainian Catholic – what a treat!! I had scoped out a location downtown, in the old part of Red Deer that caught my eye and I convinced C&J to give me a few minutes of their time there on the way to the reception at the Red Deer Golf & Country Club. All in all, a beautiful wedding with two amazing people!!
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!
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!!