2014 Season Behind the Scenes

What you don't see in my wedding posts!

December 18, 2014 in weddings

Something I love seeing this time of year are all of the “behind the scenes” posts from my wedding photographer friends. Similar to what I wrote in my “What’s In My Camera Bag?” post – it is so cool to see “what you don’t see” behind the camera. Now that you know the equipment I use… here’s some of the ridiculous poses I get myself into while I’m photographing!

I’ll stand on beds (after asking permission of course) or jam myself into corners.

I’ll tie the perfect bridal sash!

Hanging out in the aisle at Meagan and James’ Fraser River Lodge Wedding.

 

Throwing rice sure looks fun while the bride and groom exit the wedding… but Hannah’s hair did not want to let go of that rice! ;)
From Hannah and Josh’s God’s Mountain Estate Wedding.

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#2014Blog2015 challenge

A Year in Review

December 16, 2014 in business

absolutely love this time of year. Christmas is coming and so soon, New Year’s Eve and the joy and freshness of New Year’s Day. I’m a very nostalgic person – my husband can attest to this fact. When I find a quiet moment in my head, I’m likely re-living a beautiful celebration or time we had together. I love to slow down and savour my memories. At the end of each year, I also love to spend time reflecting about what worked or didn’t work and what I’d like to accomplish the next.

Which leads me to present the official #2014blog2015 challenge! I’ve made a list of 5 short questions to “look back on 2014″ and 5 short questions to “look forward to 2015.” Note, I said short, not easy. :)

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How To Create a Gallery Wall

The prettiest way to display your photos.

December 15, 2014 in photography

Hi friends! If you’ve seen any photos of our home on instagram or on the blog over the last year… you know I absolutely LOVE frame gallery walls. The best reason – you don’t have to pick just ONE photo to feature you can have 6 or 7 or 15!! It’s the best! I love the impact they have in a living room, kitchen or bedroom. When we moved again this summer I wanted to create a “How To Create a Gallery Wall” tutorial while Randy was “re-installing” ours! I’m so glad I did.

First of all, gather all of your materials. You’ll need frames, other elements to add to your frames, if you wish, like letters, clocks, ornaments, anything you can hang on a wall! You’ll need a tape measure, a level (ideally), a pencil, painter’s tape and some patience. Lay out all of your items on the floor somewhere easily accessible. The rest of the instructions can be read on the photos below:

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Fireside Winter Wedding Photos

Alison and Braden: December 8, 2014

December 12, 2014 in photography, weddings

I first met Alison and Braden at Lynn and Ian’s wedding over 5 years ago now! (Feel free to check out that blog post… but don’t judge my photography abilities from a 2009 wedding, thanks!) I didn’t even remember this fact until I went back and read it on my blog – but Alison and Braden and I were seated at the same table. Alison leaned over and said she was a blog reader of mine and loved my work! A year later, I got another email from Alison – she had volunteered for years at a camp in Maple Ridge called Camp Goodtimes. Camp Goodtimes is a camp for teens currently battling cancer or cancer survivors. She asked if I would be willing to come volunteer for the day, teach the kids a little bit about composition in photography and hang out. I did! It was an awesome day and a really neat experience.

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