Month: November, 2011
Rob and Rebecca are one of the most authentically casual, relaxed, and laid back couples we have ever had the pleasure of working with on a wedding day. The couple opted to do most of their photos before the ceremony and were so laid back in fact, that they planned to do their “first meeting” in the parking lot of the hair salon. We carefully suggested that perhaps a more scenic location might be in order. Thankfully, they appeased us. When we awoke on the morning of their wedding, we were treated to a glistening layer of sparkling snow. Lanny and Rob headed to the meeting location at a prearranged time and ended up waiting… and waiting… and waiting some more. Lanny got some great shots of Rob checking his watch as they both tried to stay warm and began to worry… But, just as they were beginning to think the worst, the beautiful Rebecca literally emerged from the mist. It was a truly gorgeous moment and we’re ever so thankful that it didn’t take place in a parking lot Before long, the snow had melted and we enjoyed a truly magnificent autumn day. The Ceremony and cocktail hour reception was held at the Canmore Golf and Curling Club. Below are just a few of our favourite images from the day!
These photographs will make you smile! C & A and their giggly little munchkins met us on a cool morning in Canmore, right before the fall weather turned to winter weather. Sometime Lanny and I have to work really hard to get our subjects to smile and be themselves. These two little ones were the perfect subjects, smiling and laughing throughout the whole shoot. Capturing their sweet little personalities was an absolute pleasure!
Will, Shawna and their daughter Alexis, were an huge inspiration to photograph. The smiles and laughter captured in the images below portray a happy carefree family. However, their story is much more complex. I am so glad they have given me permission to share it with you. Shawna is battling breast cancer that has metastasized to many other parts of her body including her pelvis, spine, ribs, skull, lung and liver. You would never know it, but in the photos below she is nursing a hip broken in three places. About a year ago, for her 36th birthday, a bunch of friends got together and purchased a family photo shoot for her from Two-Mann Tent Photography. That photo shoot was meant to have taken place this summer. However, this is where their story becomes even more unbelievable. On July 14th, just 4 days before our scheduled shoot, Will suffered a major stroke while running by Elk Lake in Victoria, BC. Thankfully, a fellow runner called 911, and essentially saved his life. Will’s recovery has been truly remarkable and an inspiration to all of us. Within 2 weeks of his stoke, he was already learning to walk again. At the point of this photo shoot on October 22nd, Will was back running outside 3-times a week. Despite all of these incredible life stresses, Shawna, Will and their daughter Alexis drove out to Canmore and spent an hour with us laughing, smiling and having fun. These are beautiful people, inside and out.
Serena and Fraser’s wedding was one seriously fun event. Shooting from 8:00am to 12:30am, Lanny and I captured over 9000 frames of candid laughter, loving glances, passionate kisses, and epic partying. There are many perks to our jobs, as photographers (editing down 9000 images isn’t one of them:). One of my favourite perks, is experiencing the different types of ceremonies and traditions associated with each unique couple. The pastor that conducted Serena & Fraser’s wedding was an absolute hoot! Often quoting song lyrics, from bands such as U2, he captivated the guests with metaphors and analogies that created a truly memorable ceremony. After the ceremony, we headed to an area of Calgary, where the last colours of fall remained. Serena and Fraser worked their magic as Lanny and I ran around trying to get the best perspective through our respective lenses. At one point, Lanny accidentally weaved his way into a dense growth of aphid infested willow bushes. He emerged unaware that he was covered in 100s of purple aphids, but excited that he got “the shot” he was looking for. I’m sure there are still a few of those purple creatures stuck in that hair of his. The reception was held at the Pinebrook Golf Course on the outskirts of Calgary. This was a huge treat for Lanny and I. As we are usually shooting in the mountains, sunsets are an anomaly. However, in the foothills we were treated to a gorgeous lingering sunset, during which we kindly asked Serena and Fraser to part from their delicious dinner for a few shots. I think it was well worth it. See for yourself below. A slideshow featuring images from their day can be viewed here.
A full slide show of Serena & Fraser’s image can be viewed here; slideshow.
The wedding of our good friends Cate and Ian was planned in less than 3-weeks. Ian’s father has an uncurrable form of leukaemia. As the doctors only gave him 3-6 months to live, planning a wedding in 16 days was a necessity. Lanny and I were so happy that we were able to help them out in the best way we could; photographing the event. It was a small, intimate and classy affair with a select group of friends and family. The connection between these two amazing people is undeniable. We’ve worked our butts off to get these images up in a timely manner so that they can be shared with Ian’s father. A slideshow of their images can be viewed here. Enjoy!
UPDATE: It is with sorrow that I write Ian’s father Don passed away this evening (November 3rd) at 9:08 pm, 10 hours after posting these images.