Swaneset Wedding Photos

Carmen and Trevor: October 18, 2014

October 21, 2014 in photography, weddings

Carmen and Trevor were married this past Saturday at Swan-E-Set Golf & Country Club in Maple Ridge, but the day began at Carmen’s parent’s home in Vancouver. I love when two cultures blend in a wedding day and Carmen and Trevor’s day was no exception. My favourite moment of the morning was during the tea ceremony. The audience of guests watching laughed every time Trevor spoke a few Chinese words before handing family members tea. (By the way, Carmen filled me in. Apparently before the tea is handed to each family member, all she’s saying in Chinese is “drink tea.” All these years and I never thought to ask and never knew! Hah!) I also loved Carmen’s family’s dog that was sporting a blue bow tie to match the bridesmaids and hanging around all day. (Even at the venue! It was awesome, he was walking around mingling with the guests in the ballroom like it was his home.)

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Port Moody Engagement Session

Ashley are Paolo getting married!

October 20, 2014 in engagements, photography

Paolo and Ashley met at a theatre production a couple of years ago when Ashley was acting alongside one of Paolo’s friends. Paolo immediately noticed Ashley, she was beautiful and talented. He added Ashley as a Facebook friend although both were in other relationships at the time. Life moved on as life has a way of doing… Ashley moved to London for a year for theatre and back again. One day, Ashley changed her status to “single,” and Paolo, now single as well, took note. Paolo asked Ashley out for coffee and she was hesitant at first… but a little while later, Paolo caught her eye again.

Ashley had put out a request on Facebook for a band to play at her theatre group’s party. Paolo sent a message with one of his songs (you should listen to him sing!) and Ashley fell in “like at first sight.” Ashley and Paolo met up for coffee, you know, to “discuss the show” but deep down both knew it would be something more. As Ashley recalls, “I’ve loved that song (Blue and Gold) and Paolo, pretty much since the first date.”

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Inside My Camera Bag

October 17, 2014 in photography

Whether you’re new to photography or been in the industry for a handful of years, it’s interesting to glance into someone’s camera bag and see what tools they use on a weekly basis! Today, I’m going to allow you to do just that. I’ve been a full-time photographer since I was 18 years old and over the last 6 years, I’ve perfected what camera bodies and lenses I need to have in my bag to get the job done.

Camera Bodies

Canon 5D Mark III – When this camera body was released a couple of years ago, I was slow to jump on the bandwagon. My 5DMarkII was treating me fine! But once I made this purchase, I never looked back. This camera body is effortless. Amazing in low light (3200 ISO looks like 1600 ISO on the 5DMarkII) and I love the “soft shutter” feature – a must have while photographing ceremonies.

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Steveston Engagement Session

Nicole and Ryan are getting married!

October 15, 2014 in engagements, photography

stevenston engagement photos

Nicole and Ryan inquired with me a couple months ago… and within an hour of answering Nicole’s email we were on the phone together and the details for their wedding photography was confirmed. “I need to book you before someone else does!” Nicole said. No complaints here. (Not only that but Nicole’s best friend also booked me as her wedding photographer for next Spring. Thankful!)

Nicole and Ryan have known one another for almost 15 years. They met as teenagers, when Nicole and her girlfriends would hang out and watch the guys play hockey. Ryan was one of those guys. From there, the same group of friends started a slow pitch baseball team which they played on together for years and years. Only two and half years ago, Nicole and Ryan found themselves “both single” at the same time. Ryan had always had an eye for Nicole, he remembers, and he loved her fun-loving spirit.  As fate would have it, in Nicole’s words, “we found a long lasting love we had both been waiting for.” 

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