Month: October, 2011
Casey and Lydia’s engagement session took place in the late spring, amidst swarms of hungry mosquitoes. In contrast, their wedding was in the opposite season, on a cool and rainy fall day. Despite the obvious challenges presented on both of these days, Casey and Lydia rose to the occasion, braving the elements, all in the name of good photography. For this, Lanny and I are truly grateful:) Surrounded by the love of their friends and family they exchanged vows at The Calgary Chamber of Commerce, in the heart of downtown Calgary. Conducted by Lydia’s talented sister, their ceremony was personal, unique and true reflection of them as a couple. The reception had many wonderful elements, including a song written and recorded for the couple, by Casey’s uncle. Below is a small sample of some of the great moments throughout the day.
We had only a few days to schedule a quick engagement shoot with Kate and Mike, before they moved to Houston, Texas. We met on a cool and crisp evening, during the prime of the fall colours. Mike, being an engineer, loved the Canmore engine bridge. This is an area that Lanny and I usually try and avoid, as it’s so typical of Canmore photo shoots. However, as always, we went there with a mission to think outside the box and capture some images that were unique, different and a true reflection of the couple. After dinner, we ventured out onto the streets of Canmore for a few cool night shots. We’re so excited to be shooting Kate and Mike’s Canmore wedding next September. Here’s a peek at some of their engagement shots.
Photographing our own family members can be a real blast, especially when they’re this happy and good looking. Chantelle (Lanny’s cousin) & Nick and their three little kids epitomize the word “photogenic”. This family needed little or no direction from Lanny and I. The kids would naturally form themselves into visually pleasing compositions, look right at the camera, and viola! On a few occasions, a little help was needed from Mom and Dad, but nothing more than a bare-bum moon was needed to entice a few more authentic smiles. We had a seriously fun time shooting this family. Here are a few of our personal favourites from your shoot, Chantelle and Nick. Thanks for the great time!
We’ve come to know and love some truly awesome people in our life. We’re ecstatic be featuring two of them here today. Becky & Duane’s Kananaskis Wedding was epic! 13 years in the making, every part of this day was spectacular. When Becky & Duane decide to do something, they do it right. And they do it, quintessentially them. They chose to surround themselves with the mountain country that they fell in love with and within – the magnificent, Peter Laugheed Provincial Park. And, of course, they surrounded themselves with the many wonderful people they hold close to their hearts. While some weddings require a limo, this one required a golf cart, school bus, and RV. Arriving by golf cart with a bouquet including wheat from her grandpa’s wheat field, Becky’s shining beauty lit up the Elkwood Amphitheatre, which was adorned with loving smiles and beautiful sunflowers (grown by her brother). A beautiful & hillarious ceremony ensued. From there, Becky & Duane travelled by RV to the wildest and raunchiest bush party in the history of Kananaskis Country, complete with live music by The Mocking Shadows, hundreds of guests, and genuine love. It was a party for the ages! A huge thank you to our third shooter for the day, Julie Williams, who’s camera, lenses, and creative flare helped us capture many of the images below.
We’re also pleased to share Becky and Duane’s full slideshow with you here.
On the eve of their Canmore wedding, Chelsey & Curtiss had to make a tough call. The forecast for their wedding day was looking bleak. Silvertip Resort needed to know whether they should prepare for an indoor or outdoor ceremony. Despite the forecast, bold optimism prevailed, and Chelsey & Curtis chose to surround themselves with mountains instead of walls, regardless of what mother nature had in store for them. The next morning, we awoke to ominous clouds all around. But then, as we got closer and closer to their ceremony, the clouds began to part and clear. By the time everyone had gathered for their ceremony, the sun was shining down through a blue bird sky. Mountains shone all around. It had suddenly become a glorious day fit for a beautiful ceremony. But then, literally minutes after their nuptuals, the ominous clouds returned with a vengeance. But Chelsey & Curtiss, and their fearless wedding party, were still determined to tough it out in the elements. Buffeted by wind and rain, they smiled and laughed their way through it all. Thank you Chelsey & Curtiss, we’re honoured to have been a part of your special day.
We are still relishing in the beauty of this Post Hotel wedding, in Lake Louise, Alberta. You may remember Catherine and Paul, from the engagement session we posted a few weeks back. Their wedding day was spectacular on so many different levels; beautiful people (inside and out), stunning scenery, incredibly touching ceremony, amazing food and a group of people full of love and happiness. Catherine and Paul have been on a roller coaster ride for the past few years. Their little boy Hayden, has been fighting leukaemia since he was two. The week leading up to their wedding was spent in and out of the Calgary Children’s Hospital. Poor little Hayden was battling a bacterial infection. Thankfully, he was released on Friday, the eve of Catherine and Paul ‘s wedding. So you can imagine the emotion when little Hayden walked his mom down the isle. This Mom and son team have been through so much together the past few years, and now he was giving his mother’s hand away in marriage. The moment will remain forever ingrained in our memory. We’re so happy and honoured to have been able to capture these very special moments. After the ceremony and family portraits, we headed up to Moraine Lake. Powered by Red Bull, Catherine and Paul “worked it” for our cameras. We were delighted to learn that these two were up for almost anything in the name of good photography, even if it involved climbing to the top of a large boulder, pulling 5.6 rock climbing moves in stiletto heels. The evening was finished off with a spectaular meal at the Post Hotel. Thanks for including us in your spectacular wedding day Catherine and Paul. It was our honour to have been a part of your one-of-a kind family celebration.
We met Michelle, Tim and their two little kidlettes on an extremely windy afternoon in Canmore. It was so windy in fact, that Lanny and I intentionally chose a location with very few trees, given that lodgepole pines (Canmore’s main tree population) can topple quite easily. Despite the wind, their kids and pets rose to the occasion. Their little girl has the most gorgeous eye lashes. They are about as long and thick as an elephant’s. Their little boy was full of beans, which always makes for great photo potential. And their dogs, were the best behaved dogs we have ever dealt with on a photo shoot.