This has got to be one of our all time favourite engagement shoots. Warm light and a wonderfully animated couple; the perfect combination for photographic bliss. Michelle and Peter live in a quintessential house, complete with a white picket fence, in the heart of Calgary. As their house if over 100 years old, we decided to start the engagement session there. We then headed over to Confederation park for the remainder of the session. Don’t be fooled by the nice warm light in these photos, the breeze was bloody freezing. Huge thank you to Michelle and Peter for braving the chilly Calgary weather, all in the name of good photography. We’re really looking forward to shooting their wedding this summer, at Buffalo Mountain Lodge, in Banff.
We had but a short 40 minutes for Geoff and Nao’s engagement, at the Banff Springs Hotel. These two travelled all the way from Japan and are getting married in Banff this August.
We are so excited to share the wedding of Sabrina & Stefan with you. Sabrina and Stefan were married on a wintery March day at the iconic Chateau Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada. Sabrina has been a huge supporter of our work for many years, so when she contacted us to tell us of her engagement we were beyond excited. This is truly one awesome couple. Not only are they super talented athletes, and unbelievably generous, they are HOT. Most importantly, they brought us homemade chocolate expresso cake, when we had them over to view their images for the first time. For this alone, we will be forever indebted. Sabrina and Stefan naively gave Lanny and I full creative license when photographing their wedding. As always, we jumped at the opportunity to get the most creative and fearless images possible. At one point, this even involved discretely taking a few pictures of Stefan in the shower (I would have gladly traded places with Lanny for this;). As Lanny was capturing the peaceful bliss of Stefan taking his last shower as a bachelor, I was trying to keep my head above water in the room Sabrina was getting ready in. At one point, I counted 17 girls in the room! Yes…. 17 girls in one hotel room. You don’t have to know Sabrina for very long, to understand why she has so many wonderful girlfriends. It was fun capturing the chaos of girls practicing their dance moves, mothers doing last minute alterations to the dress, and Sabrina getting hair and make-up done, all at the same time! At the peak of the chaos and confusion, when Sabrina was getting her dress on, her very sweet parents passed her a note that read, “Enjoy the moments and the memories.” I am so grateful that I was in position to capture this 1/4 second interaction. The remainder of the day was just pure magic with wonderfully infused elements of music and dancing. A flashmob of Sabrina and her girlfriends started the reception, which set the tone for the remainder of the evening. Sabrina and Stefan, Lanny and I are so grateful that we were given the privilege to photograph your wedding. You two are such great people and we look forward to sharing many more chocolate expresso cakes. Almost forgot…. Huge thank you to our buddy Joel, for helping us out for the day!
It is an understatement to say that Lanny and I are incredibly excited in the days leading up to a wedding. Our excitement leading up to Cathryn and Cliff’s wedding was especially exciting, as it was our first of 2012. We were so fortunate to have had such a gorgeous couple to debut our 2012 season. Cathryn and Cliff got married at one of our favourite venues, The Post Hotel, in spectacular Lake Louise. One of my favourite parts of photographing a wedding is being in the bride’s room, as she’s getting ready. The energy in the room is always so exciting and, inevitably interspersed with a little drama. The drama in this particular wedding had to do with a faulty steamer, which after a very long struggle, eventually started to work. Cathryn looked absolutely radiant. Their small and intimate ceremony was held in the up-stairs library of The Post. You can tell a lot about the bride and groom, as a couple, by looking at the wedding guests during the ceremony. I couldn’t take my eyes off Cliff’s three brothers; all sitting in the front row beaming, with the biggest and proudest smiles. I get emotional just thinking about it. It was more than obvious how happy everyone was for Cathryn and Cliff. After the ceremony, as we were capturing some bridal party images, Lanny upheld his reputation of doing absolutely anything to get “the shot”. At one point, I looked over to find him lying on his stomach, in his nicely pressed dress shirt, in the middle of a wet slushy puddle. The post-reception party was absolutely “epic”, and I don’t use that word lightly. We have really, really enjoyed getting to know Cathryn and Cliff. They gave us full creative license, were super down to earth and a complete joy to photograph.
I was only half joking when I suggested to Scott and Cintia that we photograph their engagement session in San Diego, which is where Cintia is currently living. Instead, we met in the very unpredictable Canadian Rockies, in the early morning, in hopes of taking advantage on another magnificent sunrise. However, the sun never appeared that morning, but it was magnificent in other ways. We were rewarded with huge, fluffy, wet snowflakes. I absolutely love the way the snow flakes contrasted with Cintia gorgeous black hair. We’re really looking forward to photographing Cintia and Scott’s Moraine Lake wedding this summer.
Some of our clients look at us like we’re crazy when we ask them to meet us at 7:00am for a photo shoot. Thankfully Megan and Ryan were all game and, let me tell you, it was so worth it.
We provide a complimentary engagement session within all of our wedding packages. Lanny and I insist on this for a few reasons. Mainly, we want to get to know our couples a little more so that on the actual wedding day, we feel like old friends. It’s also a great opportunity to practice (for us and the couple), learn how much direction they need, see what makes them laugh and how comfortable they are in front of our cameras. Rachel and Steve are one of those couples that need very little direction on how to be intimate and photogenic at the same time. Randomly roaming around the Banff Spring Hotel with this couple, we found endless potential with gorgeous lighting, stunning reflections, and colourful foregrounds. They were the perfect models, making each other laugh at the perfect moments. It was a good thing that they had a dinner reservation for 6:30, or we could have shot all night long. Below are a few of our favourite images. We are super psyched to be shooting their wedding at The Calgary Aerospace Museum in July.
Our blog has been a little quiet lately, as Lanny and I have been relishing in the “quiet season”. However, we’re ramping back up for a very full and exciting 2012. Catheryn and Cliff will be our first wedding couple of the year. We’re looking forward to shooting their Post Hotel wedding in a few weeks. For their engagement session, we met at Lake Louise, amidst the annual pond hockey tournament. There are few things more Canadian than hockey, falling snow and rocky mountains. At times, we felt we were in the middle of a Tim Horton’s commercial. Enjoy!
I love the energy of this family; Spring, Doran and their two energetic kidlettes. There is no lack of happy candid moments from this photo shoot. Try not to smile while looking at these.