Carl + Spencer // Winkler, MB

February 13, 2015

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This December M + I were lucky enough to make the trek home to Manitoba for the holidays! After missing Christmas gatherings for almost 3 years we were ready to get in some quality family time.  It was so great to be home, in the snow, surrounded by family + friends. While we were home I asked…er….told…Carl and his girlfriend Spencer that I wanted to snap some photos of them. They played along and didn’t put up much of a fight – I think they had fun ; )  Braving the fridgid temps with no jacket or mitts this session lasted all but 10 min. hahaha. Fastest photo session ever! But so sweet!

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Last weekend we were invited to the Fernwood Inn Holiday party to capture their staff in our Holiday Photo booth!  The party go-ers were super enthusiastic about the variety of props, brought tons of energy to the booth and were a riot to photograph all evening! Thanks for the great night everyone – enjoy your sneak peek at some of your photos!

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The lemons were back at it in the element photobooth! After a busy, busy couple of months preparing for Christmas at lululemon the staff finally had a chance to unwind and celebrate the season together. Bringing together high energy, gold sequence, pineapples and a glam fan – equals a good time, am I right?

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Last month I shared Part 1 of a 3 part mini series featuring my friends Tacy + Bryn! Tacy + Bryn collaborated with myself and my girl Meghan from Sweet Heirloom photography for a gorgeous and meticulously crafted couples session. With so much planning and inspiration packed into the afternoon/evening session it was way, way to hard to narrow the photos down to just one post.  The lighting, the moss the timbers everything in the woods was diviiiiine that early October evening! Meghan and I had such a hard time pulling ourselves away from the forest that part 3 was shot nearly in the dark! Whoops! If you missed Part 1 (an at home mini session featuring lattes and laughter) + the story of how B + T became, well, B + T please head over HERE.

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A foggy west coast day is a great reason to post one of this season’s coziest sessions. Tacy + Bryn collaborated with myself and my girl Meghan from Sweet Heirloom photography for a gorgeous and meticulously crafted couples session. With so much planning and inspiration packed into the afternoon/evening session it was way, way to hard to narrow the photos down to just one post. LUCKY FOR YOU I’ve decided to divide the collection up into a 3 part B+T mini series!  It was important to Bryn + Tacy to have their session photographed in their “‘hood” of Glenora. A sweet little village, nicknamed ‘Napa of the North’ with plenty of inspiration everywhere we went that day. If you have ever had the pleasure of gathering at the Rockwell’s divine casita you will know how much we looked forward to shooting in their home, which is where our photo collection begins. Tacy the artist and home designer behind Highberry Dew A Design House has impeccable and note worthy style you won’t soon forget.  Their home envelopes you like a museum of beautiful memories.  She patiently seeks out her collection of favourites from flea market finds to up-cycled vintage pieces. With complete trust in us they were at ease and simply ‘rolled with it’ as we snapped away capturing their beautiful home. Add that to a love so deep filled to the brim with adoration and a cuddly Corgi and folks we have a recipe for some damn good photo memories.

Tacy first met Bryn at her parents home 13 years ago. It was an afternoon get together at her parents place, a long time friend of her folks was visiting from Costa Rica and she was bringing her son. Tacy had to meet them. As she walked into the house, arms full of groceries she had a feeling, she knew this was it, though she hadn’t even seen him yet. She lingered while ‘putting away the groceries’ taking her time. Anxious, maybe. Unsure of what was going to happen next. She walked into the living room. He couldn’t take his eyes off of her, and later told her that he “knew” in that moment. He had waited his whole life to be her husband. She knew too. And that, along with many other things, set off a chain reaction which brought Tacy + Bryn to a marriage built on a solid foundation of good morals and values. To a home filled with big laughter, good music, nourishing food and the best friends. And to their furry companion Aiden the Corgi and cute mascot of HBD.

May I introduce you to “the hood”…

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Fritz Family – Osoyoos, BC

December 5, 2014

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This set of fall family photos make me so happy! I am excited to share with you our amazing friends Michelle + Mitch and their growing family. Lucky for me I get to be “Auntie E” or rather “Aunteeeeeeeeee” to these two sweeties Vienna + Kinsley. Their daughters are such a sweet pair and stole my heart a long long time ago with their hugs and kisses, video messages and Facetime dates. Even though we are miles away Michelle does such a great job at keeping us close and reminding her little ones about the importance of family…er almost family ;) I have to give a huge huge shoutout to Uncle Jason who pulled out all the tricks in the book to keep the girls giggling the entire shoot (I snuck in a couple photos of him too!). Chocolate chips and goldfish crackers may have also played a small part. Good memories overflow when I look at these photos, such a treasure. We love the time we get to spend with all of you and look forward to seeing you again soon!

 

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Whitney + Regan really know how to throw a good wedding celebration! They planned an entire weekend getaway for guests over thanksgiving in Osoyoos.  The weather held out for everyone to enjoy the beautiful okanagan,  and following their incredible wedding day they served up a delicious thanksgiving lunch the next day for guests to enjoy! The ladies spent the morning sipping champagne and getting ready slowly, laughing, sharing gifts and relishing the calm, casual ambience. Meanwhile Regan and the boys got prepared for the day over at Whit + Regan’s home. A comfortable atmosphere where they shared some beers, polished their shoes and got their suspenders and suits dialed in for the day. Guests gathered on the beach and – hello, what a stylish bunch. A simple ceremony on the beach under the willow tree suited Whitney + Regan perfectly. When I first started talking to Whitney about their wedding day plans the number ONE thing on her photo wish list was – a portrait session at Whitesands! Whitesands is a gorgeous white sandy beach on lake Osoyoos that is accessible by boat only. A popular summer hang out for locals and tourists alike. It held so many great memories to W + R that we had to get the group out there – I couldn’t wait! A pontoon boat was co-ordinated and we jumped on it shortly after the ceremony wrapped. The weather was a little cool, and a lot windy. Chop and waves slowed us down but we knew it would be worth it. Just as we arrived on the beach the sun broke through the gnarly looking clouds and gave us the 45 min of sunset light we needed. AND IT WAS GLORIOUS! Snapping away I was elated, watching W + R so full of love and realizing what a gift it is to be able to stop time for people through photographs. Capturing the way they felt in one of their most memorable places, on one of the best days of their lives. It was a wedding we won’t soon forget: so full of joy, laughter, dance & celebration. The way a wedding should be. Thank you so much for trusting us and including us as part of your incredible day!

Whitney + Regan’s full gallery can be access for viewing or print ordering by clicking on the ‘print shop’ tab above!

Gallery password – married (if logging in from a desktop computer) OR 71be (if logging in from a handheld device)

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Surrounded by 19 of their closest family and friends Chris + Tania were wed on a warm sunny September afternoon in the Okanagan. They exchanged vows, and rings symbolizing a life long commitment to loving each other. Family laughed,  and cried with them as they shared stories and raised a glass of champagne toasting the newly weds during their intimate cocktail reception at Spirit Ridge Resort in Osoyoos. The afternoon continued with an awesome family photo session – which I do not normally include in my blog postings but felt compelled to this time! Everyone was just so sweet to work with and with such a tight knit bunch I thought it was pretty important to share! Tania and Chris designed a timeline that catered to a leisurely photo session that gave us lots of time to wander the vineyard, the desert, do a little wine tasting and they even pulled some strings and secured private access to the barrel room at Nk’mip Winery (such a treat!). Tania was radiant in her gown and her stunning smile says it all. Her soulful and spirited laugh permeated the day and truly lights up many of their portraits.  The evening ended with a private and cozy family style dinner with all guests seated around one large harvest table. More stories of love were shared and many, many heartfelt toasts and best wishes to the happy couple were exchanged. Chris being so thoughtful and romantic booked a surprise honeymoon for Tania and himself (yes really!!). She didn’t know where they were going until the 3rd leg of their journey! Amazing!  Thank you so much T + C for including us as part of your special wedding day – we hope you enjoy your photos!

To view Tania + Chris’ complete gallery of images and order prints please visit the element photography ‘print shop’ by clicking on the tab above!

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Florals – Polka Dot Door Osoyoos, BC

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  1. Carley Knight   –  

    So beautiful! Made me cry! Love you Tanya and Chris xo <3

  2. Shelli Dixon   –  

    Congratulations Tanya and Chris! Wonderful photos!

  3. Ana Mendes   –  

    Beautiful photos!!xoxo

  4. Congratulations Beautiful photos

  5. Becky   –  

    Beautiful! LOVE that shot of him twirling her!!

  6. Donna Fedorowich   –  

    Beautiful photos…beautiful couple!!! Congrats!! btw…love the socks Chris!!!

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Puneet + Paul are the kind of people you want to be your best friends.  They are interesting, they are kind and caring, they are thoughtful and smart, they make you laugh, they are genuine, and they are up for anything. These two met up with me at the beautiful Adega Winery on 45th in Osoyoos, BC just as the sun was starting to fall towards the mountains. Puneet and I had been emailing back and forth for a few months. The anticipation for this session was building for both of us. She was so excited, sharing ideas and images of outfits she purchased online for the session – this girl LOVED her skirt ; )  She happily admitted been an element follower forever and couldn’t wait to have some engagement photos taken in her hometown prior to her Vancouver wedding in 2015. As soon as I met these two I knew we were in for a memorable evening.  Look at them! They both brought so much style and were so prepared for whatever the evening would bring. They went along with any idea presented and enjoyed every moment! The weather was pure perfection, and the light my absolute favourite mix of warm, golden tones, with dust in the air from the dry desert soil. It was a pleasure listening to their wedding day plans, learning about some of their cultural parties surrounding the wedding and joking with them non-stop about just about everything. We wrapped up the evening at dark, sitting on the steps of Adega enjoying a glass of wine and snacking on pieces of baguette. It was the kind of session you wish would never end. It was a true delight to meet you both and thank you for an engagement session that truly inspires and energizes the creative spirit within.

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  1. Becky   –  

    Ohmygosh! How cute are they?! I want a skirt just like that!!
    What a gorgeous couple and beautiful shots E!!! <3

  2. Logan Gray   –  

    So Beautiful…Erica you are one Amazing Photographer! Congrats Puneet, you are just Beautiful!❤️ Wendy Coutu

Jodi + Morgan + Clark – Osoyoos, BC

October 7, 2014

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Just a couple of weeks ago Jodi + Morgan picked me up in their old truck and we went out to explore her parents back 40 for some family photos! The leaves were just starting to change and it was a beautiful warm fall day. Their dog’s joined us for the morning as well and we made the most of that old truck as a great prop for Clark to play on! Managed to capture a few smiles from Clark and LOVED his little boots – cute right?

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  1. Michelle   –  

    EEEk!! love his little face! great pics, Jodi you look gorgeous!!

  2. Brittany Ringdahl   –  

    Beautiful images !!

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