Lee and Jon

For those that don't know, I grew up most of my life in Kelowna, British Columbia.  I left for school when I was 20 and moved to Alberta, and from there I made my way to Ottawa.  I'm sure this is a common theme, but I never really appreciated where I lived growing up, and now that I have been gone for many years I seriously miss this place.  I miss BC, I miss the mountains, I miss Lake Okanagan and the Ogopogo.  

Lee and Jon are two of the sweetest people I could ever describe. They currently live in Montreal, and with the help of their family, they planned an epic day at the Laurel Packing House. The LPH is a very cool venue that has a museum dedicated to the orchard industry within the event space. The location has industrial vibes, exposed brick and just the right amount of soft drapery and light to create the perfect place for an intimate party with some great folks.  

The morning started out with the girls getting ready at Lee's parents home. The home was flooded with gorgeous light, modern lines and overlooked the Okanagan and a vineyard. Secretly I wished they would adopt me so I could wake up to that view each morning.  

The Ceremony was intimate, the speeches were funny and heartfelt, each detail reflected the couple's personality and style perfectly. We had a blast running around in the hills and the evening ended with an epic dance party. 

I feel so very fortunate that Lee and Jon approached me to be a part of their special day. I have always dreamed of shooting in Kelowna; The weather is beautiful, the mountains and rolling hills, along with the great Okanagan lake make for a stunning backdrop to capture a couple of kids in love, so this was absolutely a dream come true.

Flowers: Petal and Vow

DJ: John Byrne

Dress: Truvelle bridal

 

Andreanne and Seb

A beautiful wedding at the picturesque Le Belvedere on a bitterly cold day this last December.  there were so many details of this wedding that i loved.  Andreanne had a tailored royal blue dress that blew me away and was absolutely vibrant with the snowy hills as a backdrop.  Her dad wore the family kilt and looked outstanding and her sister was the officiant that did an amazing job of the ceremony.  Also, for cocktail hour her two incredibly talented friends played a live violin and obo set that blew me away.  So all and all a wonderful winter wedding.  

Thank you Andreanne and Seb for a great day and an amazing party with some fantastic folks.

Sherri and Orlando

I was particularly excited this year for Sherri and Orlando's wedding.  I love to travel, yet haven't had much opportunity to do so since my kids were born.  This is my second year into the wedding business and I have been fortunate to travel several times, but there is a certain excitement about getting the opportunity to return home to Alberta and shoot in my old stomping grounds.  Plus, it doesn't hurt that the wedding took place in Canmore, which looks entirely like a postcard.

I met Orlando many years ago, long before i began taking photography seriously, so I was unbelievably happy when he asked me to photograph his wedding and meet his wife to be.  Sherri was an absolute gem.  She hails from the east coast, and has all of the east coast sensibilities and hospitality that I love.  The two kids were crazy in love and it was an absolute honour for them to ask me to be there and trek through the back-mountain woods with them.  Thank you again you two and I hope everyone enjoys their story.

Tina and John

Tina and John's wedding a grand and spectacular.  It may have rained an absurd amount, but it didn't deter anyone from enjoy the day, nor did it dampen their spirits.  Tina and John were an absolute pleasure, and I hope you enjoy the story of their day.

Special thanks as always to Christine Fortier for her assistance on the day.

Venue: Orchard view

Hair: Gabiani hair salon (Lilian Bakhos and Natasha Kassis)

DJ: DJ tones

Flowers and Decor: Moonlight Wedding and Decor

Dress: Baroness Bridal

Lisa and Ben

I had the pleasure of photographing two of the most humble and kind people.  Lots of love for Lisa and Ben at the Belvedere. Hope you enjoy their magical day.

Venue: LeBelvedere 

Florist: Ottawa Flowers

Linens: Groovy Linens

Live Music: Angelina Hunter

Dress from: Janyne Adamyk Bridal Couture

Anna and Al

Two genuinely gracious people.  Anna and Al really put everything into their big wedding day, and I couldn't have been happier to be there to capture their memories.  Thank you Anna and Al for such a beautiful day.  Enjoy.

Special thanks to Christine Fortier for her skillful assistance on the day.

Annik and Remi

Annik and Remi celebrated their marriage at Bean Town Ranch, just outside of Rockland.  A beautiful venue with rustic barns, beautiful ponds and surrounded by nature.  Annik and Remi were the perfect couple: relaxed, excited and totally in love. 

Annik was so thrilled to be married on Canada Day, bringing all of her favourite people together from Ottawa region and Kapuskasing in Northern Ontario.  I’ve met several people from Kap before, and one thing they all have in common is their small town generosity and their excellent tolerance to booze.  Bean town seemed like the perfect location with great food, all the amenities and I can’t forget one of the most important attractions… Bean Town ranch has fireworks.

If anyone knows Canada day in the capital region, we typically have amazing weather interrupted by some random freak storm.  This day was no different.  We had incredible weather to begin the day, and right as we began their portraits the rain came… it was light at first, but by the time their first dance was to take place, the real storm hit.  We all became a new level of soaked.   However, Annik and Remi took it like champions.  And most importantly, when the storm broke Annik got her perfect moment with Remi, dancing under the night sky filled with fireworks!

Hats off to the amazing staff at Bean Town Ranch, the guest who shielded me from the torrential downpour and protected my gear and of course thank you Annik and Remi for including me on your incredible day!

Serge and Angie

Jamaica, 2016.

Serge and Angie’s wedding was my first of 2016 and was an amazing way to begin the year.  It was in Jamaica.  No big deal.  I can’t express how happy I was to be there with them on their wedding day.  The location was paradise, sprinkled with mojitos,  the wedding guests were dynamite and I couldn't be happier for these two absolute sweethearts.

This was a pretty special experience for me.  I brought the whole family out with me and spent the week with Serge, Angie and the rest of the wedding party.  We had the privilege of making some great new friends and  some incredible memories.

Thank you Serge and Angie for a spectacular week.  Enjoy the pictures

 

 

Heck Yeah!

I recently had the chance to attend Heck Yeah photo camp, in Joshua Tree, California.  I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect.  When I first signed up, on a completely compulsive whim, I was enticed by the incredible line up speakers who have always truly inspire me.  Jonas Peterson, Gabe McClintock, Benj Haisch, Dylan Howell, Ben Sasso, Lara Jade, Parker Fitzgerald, Sam Hurd and Sara Byrne.  My nature is not to be overly compulsive, but while my mind was still blown by this opportunity, I found myself throwing money at my phone and the trip was booked.

 

I was completely unsure what to expect as this was my first workshop/conference or anything with photography, but I was excited to see what this week panned out to be.  The whole snow storm in Washington threatened to cancel the trip, but by sleeping on random airport benches I managed to get to California and was given a wonderful welcome by the incredible Ottawa based photographers Joel and Justina Bedford. 

 

The camp was quite simple a gathering of creative folks, who share a common passion to create art.  Experience and success were put aside, and out of it came a community that was simply a common forum for creatives to talk, laugh and learn.  Although the camp was only a few days, I met and bonded with some incredible people from all around the world who I now proudly call friends and hope to see again soon.  Those speakers, whose art I always looked up to, became human beings, and likewise a part of this incredible community.  The morning guided hikes by Ryan Longnecker, Parker and Benj were some of the most incredible experiences I’ve had.  I maybe had a total of 9 hours sleep the whole week, but it was worth every second.

 

I left feeling fulfilled and immensely inspired.  I have to thank Ben and all the incredible photographers I had the chance to meet, it was an incredible journey.

Laura and Casey

I recently had the opportunity to photograph the wedding of Laura and Casey.  A dynamite couple.  Laura is boisterous, and warm and Casey is quiet and as Amanda says… adorable.

 

I was thrilled for this wedding for a multitude of reasons, Laura and Casey’s personality aside, when I first had the opportunity to meet with the couple to discuss their big day it really became apparent.  Their wedding was in Gananoque, which I had never been to, so when I saw it for the first time I was blown away.  Gorgeous rolling hills, check.  Beautiful water, check.  Quaint little town, check.  Also, when I met with the two I had the opportunity to meet at the family farm where Laura grew up.  I have a soft spot for farmers, as my whole family comes from Rural Saskatchewan, and I spent every summer running around on tractors, in Quonsets and in fields on the family farm.  The entire family was close and so warm.  My kids spent the day in their pool, while we talked business.  Couldn’t have been better.  Plus they gave me beef from the family butchery, so clearly they knew the route straight to my heart.

 

Casey, Laura and her father took us on a tour of their farm, which was breathtaking.  It made my mind run wild and I was so happy that on the day of the wedding we were able to come back to take some shots of the couple on their families land.  Laura was a trooper, as we had some rain that day and she trudged through the mud and rain like an all-star, and I am so thankful that we were able to capture some of those beautiful moments running through the rain.

 

The speeches were some of the best I have heard, complete with comedy, tears, wardrobe changes and ahem… a certain pair of ladies lingerie. (but we won’t talk about that)  Everyone had their dancing and drinking shoes on that night and it was once hell of a party!

 

Thank you so much Laura and Casey for the amazing day and having me at your wedding!

Rima and Matty

As I’ve been moving and developing in this creative industry and art called photography, I get few occasions to delve into different projects and the style and art that I love.  With each wedding and with each portrait session I grow.  With each milestone, I feel success, but also the need to improve and reach new heights.  Unsatisfied with where I am, but not knowing where it is I need to be.  I hear this is normal and I fear it is like chasing a rainbow.  You will never reach the end, but hopefully you learn on your journey.  Part of this reason is why I love photography.  A single photo can speak volumes about the models but also is a representation and message of who I am, and the way I see the world and my environment.  There are certain projects, events and people we meet that help us grow.  I had one such experience recently with two amazing women.

I had met Rima and Matty on a few occasions, and had the pleasure of sharing a drink or two with them as well.  Rima is the curator of Leztalk.ca and has an active social media presence, and Matty looks like she was born to be a model.  When Rima and Matty asked me to take photos of them, saying I was excited was perhaps an understatement.  Elated, enthusiastic, and inspired would be just a fraction of what I felt.  I truly saw this as an opportunity to flex my creative muscles and crystallize some thoughts and images that had been swirling around in my head for some time and just needed the right opportunity to do so.

Rima and Matty are gorgeous, witty, and stylish.  The location and the season were optimal and we had an edgy, dilapidated ruin, with a beautiful waterfall, all surrounded in falling foliage and soft beautiful light. The perfect day, with the perfect setting, with the perfect people.

The love I saw in these two women was beautiful and charming and engaging and drew me in.  In fact at one point we had an entire crowd watching us.

Thanks to both of you for giving me the opportunity to take your photo, and I hope everyone enjoys these images as much as I enjoyed taking them.

Sarah and Patrick

Sarah and Patrick’s wedding was a first of mine.  A destination wedding.

This year was my first real year of seriously branching out into the art of wedding photography solo, and to be provided this opportunity was amazing.  After the initial thrill of being chosen to capture their big day, I had to research Delaware.  Honestly, beyond a few song references and some minor historical facts, I knew nothing of the state.

The wedding took place in the town of Lewes, which is situated in Cape Henlopen.  The town is small and quaint, with beautiful beaches, warm people and amazing beer.

The wedding of Sarah and Patrick was held in a beautiful beach house, which was awash with positive energy and activity on the day of the wedding.  The weather was perfect and the scenery was simply amazing, with endless water as a backdrop to a beautiful beach ceremony.

Sarah, Patrick and the entire wedding party were warm, full of energy and a blast.  There was plenty of food and booze to go around and the dancing was in high gear all night… well at least until the second or third noise complaint.  I don’t quite recall, but I couldn’t have been happier to be there to party with the Sarah and Patrick and capture their special day!  Thanks again you two.