Tamara totally reminded me of when I was planning our wedding. My mom ended up hiring me a planner, because I was so chill about the whole process, and nothing was getting done! I think Tamara kicked my butt in the “being proactive” department, but she was just as chill. Her focus was on the fact that she was marrying the love of her life, and the other stuff took a backseat. This resulted in such a laidback, awesome wedding day!! I love how the day played out. We hung out for a bit while everyone got hair and makeup done, and then headed off to the ceremony. Following the ceremony, me and my wonderful 2nd shooter, Kerensa, had the opportunity to hang out with just the bride and groom at a gorgeous property! I loved this. It was chill, and less awkward for Luke and Tamara since noone was standing around watching the goings on. And the colors matched the wedding colors perfectly!! Following this little session we headed back to Tamara’s parents place for lunch and family photos, after sneaking in a few additional photos in the hayloft!!, and then left with the bridal party for more photos. We were able to use a private property in Yarrow for some photos, which was a gorgeous spot, and then did a few more at the new Browne Creek Wetlands before heading to the reception at Ramada Abbotsford. It was such an awesome day. Luke & Tamara, thank you so much for making me feel at home, and for being totally rad on your wedding day!!
It makes me feel really old when my nephews and nieces start graduating. I feel like I just graduated and got married myself!! But it’s super exciting, and brings back all those feelings of graduation day. I’m so happy when I’m available and can grab some photos for them to remember that day. This is my freakishly tall and good looking nephew, Tyler, and his freakishly good looking and not as tall girlfriend Rachel. They are absolutely adorable on the outside, but don’t let those good looks fool you. They’re both as smart as they are cute. Huge congrats you guys, and I’m glad I could hang out with you for a couple of hours!
I am so thrilled this session finally happened!!! When I was first chatting with Justin & Amanda about their wedding, Amanda mentioned that she really wanted to do a trash the dress session sometime after the wedding. I had never done one, and they are completely up my alley. I freaking LOVE shooting weddings, but often we don’t get the same opportunities for creativity, because the bride is worried her dress will get wet, dirty, dusty, ripped etc. So you can understand why I so badly wanted to shoot one of these!! And because Amanda and I go way back (we used to work together), it was such a fun, comfortable session. I took my hubby Erik along, and the 4 of us hung out for a few hours, exploring Deep Cove, and then went out for dinner and drinks post-shoot. After changing out of our wet clothes in a parking lot. We’re classy that way.
And just to put it out there, “trash the dress” is a bit of a misnomer. I’m not 100% sure on the meaning of that word, but I’m pretty sure I’m using it in the correct context, and it sounds really cool. But we don’t necessarily “trash” your dress. In fact, I’m pretty sure Amanda was disappointed in the amount of trashing we did. She was up for ANYTHING. But we may get wet, we may get a bit dirty, but this stuff can all get cleaned out after the session! So don’t be afraid, and BOOK YOURS TODAY!!!
Without further ado…
A huge shout out to Deep Cove Kayak for allowing us the use of their paddleboards for a few photos! This one turned out to be one of my favorites EVER!!
I hired an employee!!! haha, probably not a big deal to most, but seriously, I can’t believe I’m running my own business and I legit have someone on payroll! #itsthelittlethings
It’s crazy to look back 5 years and think this all started because one of my best friends was getting a dslr for Mother’s Day, and I thought that was a really great idea. So I batted my eyelashes at my hubby while telling him how awesome my best friend’s hubby was for buying such a great gift, and I got one too! The power of eyelashes. Don’t discount it, ladies. Well, then one thing led to another, and soon I was shooting way too much, charging way too little, making way too many mistakes (I’m so sorry, original clients), but learning like crazy. It didn’t take me long to realize that I loved photography with every ounce of my being, and I began legitimizing things; figuring out my costs, and trying to turn my hobby into a profitable little business. And now I’m here. I’ve learned that weddings are what i love to shoot, and I pinch myself every time someone hires me to document their big day. It’s crazytown.
But I’ve also learned that running a business is really hard to do with 2 littles at home. I started looking at ways to work smarter instead of harder. Last year I began outsourcing my editing, but it never got to the point where I could get my edits back and deliver them straight to the client. I was still tweaking this and tweaking that, and I was paying a lot for a service that didn’t do what I was hoping it would. So at the beginning of this year, my busiest year to date, I knew I had to get my ducks in a row. And here to that for me? DUN DUN DUN.
Rachel is this amazing gem of a girl; selfless, amazing with kids, genuine, and chill. And she’s a rockin photographer herself. Check out her work here and here This makes her the perfect candidate for editing, since she already has a fantastic eye for colour and exposure! I’m so excited to have her on board, to help me get weddings delivered quicker than ever before! And she’ll free me up to work on blogging (I’ve been failing miserably in that department), social media (pretty dismal), album design, emails etc. And depending on my editing workload, she may also be helping out with all those things as well. So if you get an email from Rachel, now you have a face to put with the name.
And I just want to give a HUGE shout out to everyone that has entrusted me to capture their weddings, engagements, maternity or newborns, or families. I wouldn’t be here without you. Without your encouragement, without your referrals, without your positive reviews. Y’all mean the world to me. Thanks from the bottom of my heart.
Matt & Vanessa’s Queen Elizabeth Park engagement session was gorgeous!! We had a beautiful warm evening to work with, and Queen E Park is full of beautiful little nooks and crannies. This awesome couple was referred to me from a couple I had the pleasure of shooting last year; Sandy & Nathan. As soon as I heard that, I was like, SWEET! If they are anything like Sandy & Nathan, this is going to be a blast!! And a blast it was. They are such genuine, warm people, and it was so fun to hang out with them for the evening. Can’t wait for your wedding you guys!!!!
I really love how these two dressed for their session. I have a lot of people that ask what they should wear to their engagement session, and I’d like to share few tips here. First, dress to match the environment. So if you’re having your session in a forest or in a field, dress down a bit. And I don’t mean show up in baggy jeans and a sweatshirt, but don’t wear heels and a cocktail dress! But if you’re having your session in the city, heels and a cocktail dress would look amazing! Also, wear something you feel beautiful in. If you feel awkward or uncomfortable, that will translate in your images. Get your hair and makeup done! This will not only help boost your confidence, but it is a good trial run for your wedding makeup. And lastly, coordinate with your fiancee. I didn’t say MATCH – no matchy matchy!! – but choose colours and patterns that compliment eachother. If you have any tips or questions, just comment below!