Steve and Kumiko reached out to me early in 2015 about shooting their September wedding, which would be taking place in Vancouver, BC. I am from Vancouver, and I started my business in Vancouver, but I no longer live there. However, that doesn’t stop me from seizing every opportunity I can to go back and work/see friends and family/eat sushi! So obviously, I eagerly agreed to be their photographer.
The thing was, Steve & Kumiko didn’t live in Vancouver either. In fact, they had NEVER lived in Vancouver! And none of their family lived there either. They had simply visited the city once, years before, and had enjoyed it so much that they figured it would be a great place to get hitched. Planning a wedding from afar is never easy, but it’s particularly not easy when you have almost zero ties to the location at all! These are some ambitious folks!
With neither of us living in Vancouver itself, I was not able to meet with Steve and Kumiko in person until we were both in the city for their big day. Fortunately, Steve & Kumiko agreed that working together once before their wedding celebration was super important. So even though we were pressed for time, we managed to squeezed in a very last minute engagement session the day before the wedding. Thus proving that it’s never too late for an engagement session!
Despite a forecast for rain, weather was absolutely gorgeous and we had such a wonderful time. Getting to spend that hour with them before the excitement of the following day was so beneficial. We built up a really good report, which made everyone’s lives (and the photos!) easier on the wedding day itself. Plus, they got to take home some pretty rad images (if I do say so myself).
I was in Vancouver recently for a week, and had the pleasure of catching up with one of my favourite little families while there.
I met Becca & Alex back in 2012 when we got together at Fraser River Park to shoot their Engagement. We had a great time wandering the park and getting to know each other. In the fall of 2012, I met with them again to shoot their beautiful wedding at Burnaby Village Museum. A year after THAT I returned to their home to welcome (and photograph, obviously) their new baby boy, Eli.
(I am realizing with horror right now that I never did blog that session! Shame on me!)
While I was in Vancouver this most recent visit I was able to meet with them AGAIN. This time to mark their son’s 1st birthday. One year of life for Eli. One year of parenthood for Becca & Alex. Everyone survived! Here is to many more happy years, and hopefully many more photoshoots to mark the occasions.
Love. Marriage. Baby Carriage —-> I get to be there for it all. I have the best job.
When I first met Stacey & Dan at their consultation, we bonded almost instantly over the lures of small-town living & the plight of teachers in this country. The conversation came effortlessly and smoothly, and as one drink lend to a second, and one hour turned into two, I found myself thinking, “Man, I really LIKE these guys!” It was a fabulous first meeting and it set the tone for the rest of my interactions with this amazing couple.
They said ‘I do’ on the lawn of ‘Barclay Manor’ in Vancouver’s historic ‘West End’ neighbourhood. Guests stood in the early afternoon sunshine, gently wiping tears from their eyes, surrounding the couple as they held hands and exchanged some of the sweetest, most carefully crafted vows I’d ever heard. I don’t think there was a dry eye present when Stacey read the vows that she’d written separately for Dan’s two children from his first marriage (the flower girl & ring bearer). It was moving to see her include them in such a forthright way. This wasn’t just a marriage between two people; it was a ceremony uniting 4 people together as one family. Just lovely.
After the ceremony, the wedding party and I moved onto the Stanley Park to take a few portraits and have a few laughs. And laugh we did! I am not sure I’ve encountered such a hilarious, fun loving wedding party before. Perhaps it’s because almost half of the group was under the age of 12… or perhaps we were just all feeling a bit giddy. Whatever the case, we had a total blast.
I wish this brand new little family a lifetime of adventure and laughter; I somehow doubt they’ll ever be in short supply of either.
Lisa and Vik came to me as a “word of mouth” recommendation from one of my fabulous 2013 brides. I met with this Doctor/Nurse pair on a grey, drizzly, February day at one of my favourite cafes in Vancouver. We chatted about their wedding, their vision, and my approach to wedding photography. I was immediately taken by a few things about them::
1.) How STUNNING this couple is. I mean, look at them!
2.) How rad their ‘East Meets West’ wedding is bound to be– Hindu ceremony with western reception. Awesome!
3.) How down to earth the pair of them are.
They came to me, they said, because their friend assured them that their photos would be relaxed, pain-free, with no cheese or gimmicks— they had come to the right place! I don’t do cheese, and I most certainly don’t do gimmicks.
Their engagement session was a few months later. We chose Queen Elizabeth Park for it’s cherry blossoms & green space– though, admittedly we seemed to miss the cherry blossoms at that particular place by about a week or two. Ah well! We easily made due! We laughed through basically their entire session, and generally had a fabulous time together. It was wonderful getting to spend a little bit of time with this busy couple before their big day. I am so looking forward to their August I-Do’s!
Arielle & Josiah came to me with a simple email inquiry and a simple vision… A “Vintage/’Notebook'” Inspired Engagement Session. Could I do it, and was I available? I responded with an enthusiastic YES! But what I didn’t expect was how beautifully this session would come together.
I did not meet Arielle and Josiah in person prior to this session… and in fact, their initial inquiry was sent to me only one WEEK before the session took place. However, the result? My favourite engagement session to date. Working with these two was an absolute dream. It didn’t hurt that they are both so comfortable in front of the camera and so clearly in love. Rarely does a session comes together this beautifully and effortlessly. I am still in awe.
The L* family came to me earlier this year looking for Family Portraits. Their 3 girls were growing up way too fast– The oldest, Jasmine, in her first year at UBC.. and The Twins, Annie & Grace in the middle of 10th grade in highschool. Mom and Dad wanted to get some family photos done before they were all grown up and living away from home. A wise move!
From the moment that their Mom contacted me, I was looking forward to this shoot. It’s not every day that I get to work with ‘kids’ who follow instruction so well! We chose Granville Island as our setting for it’s multitude of backdrops and settings. The girls loved the more urban feel, while Mom & Dad appreciated the more natural (trees, water) elements. It’s not often that you find a location which can please everyone– but Granville Island did the trick, as it so often does.
I loved working with this amazing family. Their smiles and laughter came so easy. They were absolute dreams to work with! When I went back to my office that night to work on their images, I found myself smiling along to their beautiful, contagious grins. By the end of the editing process, my facial muscles ACHED with all the smiling.
… And I loved every minute of it!
The ‘D’ family was the runner up in my Photo Shoot Giveaway Contest in March. Their ADORABLE, identical twin boys stole the hearts of voters… And it’s no wonder! Carter & Daniel are absolutely adorable.
We spent a fabulous hour together at Charleson Park– exploring, playing, running & laughing. I mostly hung back and let this little family do their own thing, while snapping ‘candidly’ on the sidelines. The results, I think, is a really ‘natural’ & alive looking session. Enjoy!