I’ve seen secretly photographed proposals on other photographers’ blogs, and have been equal parts terrified and excited that someone would ask me to shoot one. Terrified, because what if the bride-to-be sees me lurking in the bushes and I spill the surprise? Or what if I miss focus at the exact wrong second? Or what if the guy stands in totally the wrong spot and I can’t even get the girl’s reaction?? So when Chad emailed me and asked if I could meet him up at Greenpoint and secretly shoot him proposing to his girlfriend, Sarah, I think my heart almost stopped. I had told him the general location that I would like him to do it, and showed up 2o minutes early to find a good hiding spot. Turns out there isn’t actually a lot of cover near the beach, so I ended up hiding behind a tree 😉 I even dressed in black to attempt to blend in with the surroundings. Haha!! Who knew you would need to invest in camo when you became a photographer?!! I saw them drive into the parking lot, and start walking down the path. The wrong path. They were supposed to head to the beach, what were they doing on the path?? But Chad gently steered Sarah towards the water and my heart started beating again. They threw some rocks, chatted a bit, and then Chad grabbed both of Sarah’s hands and started talking to her. I don’t know what was said, but the romantic in me came up with a lot of possible scenarios 😉 Then he got down on one knee and asked the love of his life to marry him!! I was so honored to be a part of this proposal, and so excited that I can give these photos to them so that they will always remember how it happened. Chad & Sarah, I’m beyond happy for you both, and absolutely cannot wait for your wedding this summer!!
I, for one, am SO THANKFUL that Derek & Lauren decided to get married on a Friday. We had a VERY cold day, but it was partly sunny and not a raindrop in sight. The NEXT day, it snowed!! ALLLLL DAY!!! So yes, we froze our tushies off, but what a beautiful day. Actually, I shouldn’t say “we”, since one of the bridal party lent me his winter coat, so i was nice and toasty 😉 What an amazing day. The bridal party were all so laidback, fun, and so so sweet. I started with the ladies at the Coast Hotel . Picture a one bedroom hotel room with TWELVE warm bodies in it!! Haha! It was a room packed full of love, lively chatter, makeup, hair straighteners, shoes, dresses… You get the picture. Lauren was totally calm, and a picture of beauty. Seriously, this girl!! Look at those cheekbones! And equally beautiful on the inside. Although I hear she’s feisty enough to keep Derek in check 😉
I had to be a bit creative with the dress shot, since there was no room in the hotel room to hang it!!
This dress was absolutely stunning. Like, STUNNING.
I can’t even handle all this bling!! And I have no idea how you girls wear heels this height all stinkin day.
One of my FAVES from the day!!
And while I was hanging out with all the girls, Charlene Stam headed over to the Westeringh’s home to chill with the guys!
And another one of my favorites from the day – such a beautiful shot. *melt*
After everyone was beautified, we arranged to meet for a first look. A huge shout-out to Chilliwack Golf Club for allowing us to shoot the first look and family pictures on their grounds! From there, we stopped in at Major Leagues, which is where Derek & Lauren first met, for a few shots, and then spent some time at Cultus for some shots with the bridal party!
Love this shot from Char!!
ooooh dude. You are freakishly gorgeous!!! And I’ve gotta say, a black and white looks pretty good on you 😉
All the boys, looking mighty fine in their tuxes.
Since half of these guys are brothers, we were bound to get some shots like this 😉
And this girl?? haha so much spunk!!
In love with those long, black dresses – so classy! Such a wonderful bunch of girls ♥
And just because these two are both huge football fans, how could I not throw in a gif for them?
Once we were good and thoroughly frozen, we headed to Cooke’s church downtown to make it official, and then immediately following the ceremony was the reception at Camp River Hall . It was a night full of great food, wonderful speeches, a hilarious video put on by Derek’s sibs, and a great dance party! Char and I both had such a wonderful day, and were blessed to be a part of your wedding!!
This January, I had the DISTINCT honor of collaborating with my friend, Charlene Stam Photography , and hosting our very first amateur photography workshop in Chilliwack and Abbotsford! We both get quite a few questions about photography, potential workshops and mentoring. I always helped out when i could, but never considered the idea of putting together a workshop. I’m not a teacher, and I’m DEFINITELY not a public speaker. In fact, the thought of doing any speaking in public makes my eyes water and my knees weak. But, not only is Charlene a great friend, apparently she’s also someone who makes you think you can do anything you put your mind to!! So, we decided to go for it, and see what happened. IT WAS AWESOME!!! We seriously loved teaching this workshop almost as love as we love shooting. And that says a lot 🙂 We had an amazing group of girls, and an awesome location – thanks to the owner of Precision Building Design! We’re in the middle of planning our next one, so if you’re interested in attending, keep an eye on our Facebook pages for the announcement!
The location of our evening classes. Spoiled right??!!The gift bags for our attendees. Along with a full color, 110 page book that outlines everything we taught so they have something to reference if they run stuck! We also have a private Facebook page that they will always have access to, to ask questions, post photos for critique etc!
Char working her magic
P.S. Did I mention that we’re hilarious? No dry teaching style to be found here!!
The workbook – we’re so proud of this baby!!
Last weekend, we had our final class – a live shoot with 2 couples – and it was the most horrendous weather EVER!! So we found a park that had this covered picnic area, and did our best with what we had. Too bad, but that’s the valley for ya 😉 I felt so bad for these models. I can’t imagine how uncomfortable it is to hold a pose for 3 minutes, so that we all had a chance to figure out our settings and shoot them!! But they were amazing sports, and we’re super thankful for their positivity!!
I was so so so excited to have Janelle & Steve officially ask me to be their wedding photographer! I had a bit of an “in”, considering I’m best friends with Janelle’s older sister, Rachel, who happened to impress upon Janelle on numerous occasions how important wedding photography was, and that she really should hire a professional. I’m actually a bit concerned that they only hired me to get Rachel off their backs 😉 Jokes. Kinda… Anyways, we ended up meeting at Starbucks so I could show them the albums and hear what they had planned for their big day. My client meetings usually run from 45 mins to an hour. I’m pretty sure we were there for over an hour and a half. I could tell you stories about Steve that even his mother probably hasn’t heard! Hahaha! We had a great time, and apparently we are a great fit, as evidenced by the constant conversation and tons of laughs.
We had a gorgeous, sunny day for their engagement session. Janelle’s dad has this old dodge truck that he fixed up, so we started there with some fun shots, and then headed off to another location for the rest of their session. Such a blast, and I am so stoked for their wedding this summer!!!
So much pretty. I would say something like, I sure hope Steve knows how lucky he is, but I know that he knows how lucky he is, so that would be a waste of time.
And off to the river for some more amazing shots!
See?? This was supposed to be a really sexy kiss, but apparently they just couldn’t stop laughing!! I love these guys.
Gotta do some crazy 😉
Isn’t this location just STUNNING??!!
Love these posts! I have no idea what they are, but I love shooting with them!
My FAVE!!! ↓
And then we found a little patch of grass to use, so of course, I was all over it 😉
Repeat photography clients are close to my heart. I love watching the changes in a couple’s life, and I love that they like their photos enough to want to come back! Maia is one of those – I shot her grad casuals, her prom formals, and I also got to shoot her grad class on the day of their prom! She loves photography herself, and it’s a huge compliment to have someone that understands photography, book you more than once.
This couple is hilarious – I couldn’t for the life of me get my traditional romantic stuff to work for them – they were constantly laughing and pulling faces, so we went with the flow, and got more candid “them” kinda stuff. We had a blast, even though it was honestly the coldest session I have EVER shot. We actually had to take a break, beat a hasty retreat to the vehicles and warm our hands and feet on the heaters. The first part of the session we shot on the Chilliwack Army Base at an old building, and no matter WHAT side of the building we were on it was SO windy and cold!!! We didn’t last long there, so warmed ourselves up, and then bravely headed to an open field for what we thought would be a really quick few more shots. I have no idea why, but we actually were warmer there then behind a building!! So we hung out for a while and got some great shots of these two in the tall grass. Thanks again Maia & Nick – you guys are always a blast!
Hanging out on the steps of the old building on the base
One of my successful “romantic” shots!!
Maia really wanted a wide shot of them in front of the building! I can’t even get over how cold we were!!
haha, I wish I was 50lbs lighter and my hubby was able to lift me like this!! I love these kinds of shots!
Ahhh, another one I love – and once again, it’s the 70-200 😉 Not regretting my purchase yet!!
This girl’s got swagggg y’all.
And this is just them being them – I could hardly keep up 😀
My FAVE!! Nick had to get in his workout during the shoot 😉
And another gorgeous sky over Chilliwack – swoon. These are just automatically romantic pics. RIGHT??! Love them!