Imagine Creative Passion – mark@mark11.com

Author Archive

Sarah and Ken – The Beautiful Banff Wedding

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!_D3X3040 _D3X3074 _D3X2975 _D3X3045 _D3X3007 DSC_5972 DSC_5937 DSC_5984 DSC_5743 DSC_5762 _D3X3092 DSC_6025 DSC_5849 DSC_5838 DSC_5887 DSC_6171 DSC_6195 _D3X3149 _D3X3151 DSC_6278 DSC_6260 DSC_6332 DSC_6421 DSC_6429 DSC_6532 _D3X3197 _D3X3255 _D3X3274 _D3X3302 _D3X3318 _D3X3336 DSC_6577 DSC_6613 _D3X3342 _D3X3359 DSC_6640 DSC_6651 DSC_6666 _D3X3366 DSC_6834 DSC_6840 DSC_6842 DSC_6905 DSC_6853 DSC_6778 DSC_6893 _D3X3390


Engagement session with Emily & Brian

A few sneaks from a wedding I am so excited to shoot this summer – love love love this couple!!!
DSC_6957 _D3X3496 _D3X3580 DSC_6970 DSC_6988 DSC_7006 _D3X3521 DSC_7128 DSC_7186 DSC_7351


2015-2016 NHL Calgary Flames Fire & Ice Crew

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.

_ND81504 _ND81536 _ND81764 _ND81843 _ND81543 _ND81568 _ND81709 _ND81589 _ND81873 _ND81595 _ND81631 _ND81913 _ND81642 _ND81667 _ND81696 _ND81726 _ND81746 _ND81675 _ND81770 _ND81802 _ND81819 _ND81893 _ND81827 _ND81848 _ND81917 _ND81865 _ND81922 _ND81854 _ND81852 _ND81409


Farah & Nabil – Esession in the village + downtown + Edworthy Bluffs

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!!

_D3X2463 _D3X2472 _D3X2489 _D3X2556 _D3X2699 _D3X2751 DSC_4637 DSC_4768 DSC_4873 DSC_4883 DSC_4918 DSC_4929 DSC_5031 DSC_5086 DSC_5097 DSC_5215 DSC_5263 _D3X2757


Lindsey & Delmar – BLAM! The wedding photos (finally)…

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…

 

_ND89173 DSC_5871 DSC_5900 DSC_5814 DSC_5845 _ND89190 DSC_6078 DSC_5888 DSC_6169 DSC_6184 DSC_6209 DSC_6495 DSC_6415 DSC_6556 DSC_6568 _ND89306 DSC_6777 DSC_6702 DSC_6989 _ND89432 _ND89456 _ND89512 _ND89616 DSC_7161 DSC_7222 DSC_7256 DSC_7351 DSC_7425 DSC_7463 DSC_7632 DSC_7775 SprayValleyPanorama _ND89622 DSC_7842 _ND89641 DSC_7852 DSC_7862 _ND89901 _ND80079 DSC_8063 DSC_8050


Monogram Coffee Downtown

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. _ND83363 _ND83340 _ND83109 _ND83100 _ND83113 _ND83117 _ND83118 _ND83125 _ND83127 _ND83129 _ND83132 _ND83135 _ND83141 _ND83145 _ND83149 _ND83160 _ND83163 _ND83173 _ND83184 _ND83097 _ND83188 _ND83192 _ND83200 _ND83208 _ND83220 _ND83244 _ND83246 _ND83249 _ND83251 _ND83253 _ND83258 _ND83263 _ND83271 _ND83282 _ND83288 _ND83293 _ND83300 _ND83308 _ND83312 _ND83318 _ND83334 _ND83357 _ND83105


Wedding Reflections – Looking back and looking forward to the weddings yet to shoot

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.

 

_ND80950 _D3X0094 _D3X0809 DSC_1262 _D3X0869 _D3X0935 _D3X1153 _D3X1235 _D3X1494 _D3X1552 _D3X1604 _D3X1933 _D3X1964 _D3X2245 _D3X2446 _D3X2620 _D3X2985 _D3X3034 _D3X3147 _D3X4246 _D3X4401 _D3X4450 _D3X4460 _D3X4498 _D3X4570 _D3X4766 _D3X4932 _D3X5169 _D3X5393 _D3X5426 _D3X5641 _D3X6225 _D3X6230 _D3X6873 _D3X6940 _D3X7360 _D3X7516 _D3X7874 _D3X8036 _D3X1123 _D3X8184 _D3X8187 _D3X8221 _D3X8238 _D3X9130 _D3X9443 _D3X9857 _D3X9989 _ND80817 _ND80833 _ND82685 _ND82896 _ND85968 _ND86513 _ND86664 _ND87608 _ND88426 _ND88970 _ND89558 _ND89625 _ND89812 _ND89976 Capture0038-47 Capture0149-154 DSC_0140 DSC_0154 2 DSC_0154 _D3X0757 DSC_0219 DSC_0226 DSC_0250 DSC_0290 DSC_0339 DSC_0397 DSC_0538 DSC_1066 DSC_1197 DSC_1315 DSC_1459 DSC_1728 DSC_1980 DSC_1986 DSC_2055 DSC_2570 DSC_2580 DSC_2690 DSC_2778 DSC_2879 DSC_3689 DSC_3061 DSC_3262 DSC_3289 DSC_3304 DSC_3767 DSC_2131 DSC_3894 DSC_3909 DSC_3962 DSC_4047 DSC_4121 DSC_4160 DSC_4677 DSC_5504 DSC_6059 DSC_6065 DSC_6069 DSC_6568 DSC_6705 DSC_7169 DSC_7211 DSC_7262 DSC_7626 DSC_7632 DSC_8094 DSC_8362 DSC_8625 DSC_8666 DSC_8722 DSC_8767 DSC_8845 DSC_9038 DSC_9054 DSC_9163 DSC_9220 DSC_9299 DSC_9865 ND8_6834


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 217 other followers