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.
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!
We met Cassandra and Cale on a very chilly afternoon at the beginning of December. It was that magical time of year when the mountain lakes are frozen, but there isn’t any snow. If it happens at all, it’s usually a very small window of opportunity. Do not be fooled by the images below. The sun was out, but the sub-zero temperature, combined with a howling west wind, made for some very frigid conditions. Lanny and I had to be very efficient with our picture taking abilities. Cassandra and Cale were troopers, strapping on their hockey skates and heading out on the ice for a uniquely Canadian experience. At times the ice was so clear you could see right through to the bottom of the lake. Kinda creepy but so cool:) A HUGE thank you to Cassandra and Cale for toughing it out, all in the name of good photography.
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.
Catherine & Paul’s engagement session took place on the eve of their wedding, at the beautiful Chateau Lake Louise. It is an understatement when I say these two are a very photogenic couple. They were an absolute pleasure to photograph and, despite the incredibly stressful week they had leading up to their wedding, their smiles were energetic, authentic and beautiful! We’ll tell you more about these two in their wedding post, which we are extremely excited to share with you very soon. For now, relish in the beauty of the landscapes and smiles below!
Paul’s family travelled all the way from Toronto for his wedding. As it was their first time in the mountains, we snapped a few family portraits too. The two beauties below are Paul’s and Catherine’s neices. The whole darn family is so photogenic!
You may remember Megan & Keith from the wedding photography contest, we held a few months ago. They were the hardcore couple you could barely recognize, as they were all bundled up, while snowboarding in sub-zero temperatures. Thankfully the weather for the photo shoot below was a little warmer:) For their engagement session we wanted to do something fun and outdoorsy, but not typical. We decided to explore in and around a small slot canyon, that we had once discovered. The steep water-polished limestone walls provided a unique venue with interesting light, and endless options for compositions. Megan and Keith were complete naturals when it came to “working it” for our cameras. We’re looking forward to shooting their Fernie wedding next summer.