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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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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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This little beauty of an album was delivered to it’s Okanagan home last week!

I am so HAPPY with how it all came together and how K + H’s image selection really painted a beautiful story of their wedding day. The element wedding albums are classic, clean and modern. These trendy albums are wrapped in an cover photo selected by the couple.  Our wedding albums display beautifully in the home, a great conversation piece and keepsake from your wedding day. The part I love the most is that I design these albums together with my clients. You are involved every step of the way so that you get exactly-what-you-want! The design process is simple + efficient. Every book is designed with clean layouts, lots of care and attention to detail. The albums are printed on fine art, museum quality paper with vibrant and vivid archival inks. When you open up the album you see a full panoramic display of your photos, there are no cuts or gutters in the binding. The element wedding albums are printed on matte paper that is rated to last generations without discolouring, yellowing or fading. 

(Note – this is a 10×10 album with 19 spreads, a smaller 6×6 version is also available and was created for the Groom’s parents).

Interested in working with me to design your album? Let me know!

“In 50 years the most photographed generation in history will have no pictures. Print what you want to preserve.”

-Missy Mwac

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What’s in my BAG?

April 29, 2014

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Every once in a while I will get email’s or Facebook messages from clients and friends asking me to weigh in on “what camera do you think is better for me?” or “what type of lens should I invest in?”. Sometimes clients want to know what gear Im using at sessions or while we are working together.  I am always happy to provide some advice where I can but I thought it would be a good topic for a blog post! What IS in my bag?

The photo above showcases most of my lenses the only one missing is the one that I am shooting the photo with!

On a typical wedding day I have my 35mm f/1.4 on my camera 70% of the time (I LOVE LOVE LOOOVE this lens), in my ShootSac I pack my 50mm f/1.4 and my 24-70mm 2.8 which I like to call my ‘workhorse’ and is on my camera the other 30% of the time. There are 6 handy pockets in the ShootSac. In one of my pockets I carry a wallet full of unused memory cards at the front (at least 32G) and all filled memory cards go in the back of my card wallet. I store 1 unused camera battery in another pocket. I don’t carry my flash in my ShootSac but you certainly could!  I will carry this loaded ShootSac on me all day. During the ceremony I will have my Juju bag by Kelly Moore usually stationed at the back row with my 70-200mm f/2.8 ready to go where I can easily pop it on to get in nice and close without being disruptive! My flash, and my macro lens stay in the Juju when they are not being used, along with extra batteries, cleaning cloths, business cards, my cell phone, wet naps and bag of almonds or a protein bar for a mid day energy boost!

I hoped this has helped you! Leave a comment and let me know – and feel free to ASK MORE QUESTIONS!

Lululemon Holiday PARTY!

February 7, 2014

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I feel so lucky to have been invited BACK with my photobooth to the Lululemon holiday party!! A second year in a row and the lemons BROUGHT IT!! Featuring an assortment of topical fruit and a wind machine this year this group knocked it out of the park!

There were sooo many delicious photos I could not possibly blog them all! For a complete re-cap of the shenanigans and some behind the scenes shots too please head over to the Print Shop to view the FULL GALLERY! Here you are able to fill up  your photo cart and order prints as well!

NOTE – if logging into the GALLERY from a mobile device the PROOFING GALLERY ID is 676c

Walter family – photo time!

December 25, 2013

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Do you know how hard it is to get 5 walter’s to meet up in one place? HARD. It bring’s the term ‘herding cats’ to a whole new level. Walter boys climb trees and well…you can just imagine.

One night after work we planned this mini family session with but a sliver of last light to spare. Note – this shoot started at 4pm in November with thick west coast overcast!!  Lighting is a bit “cooler” and ummm darker than I usually aim for but I think we got some great results regardless!  Everyone showed up looking their best and even the families fur baby “Dude” gave us a smile or too (pepperoni sticks may have helped!). ALSO big thank you to Megan for jumping in and snapping a couple of the mister and myself!

Happy Holidays from all of us on the west coast : ) xo

  

 

What a great night we had with Harbour Air in Victoria! These guys really know how to celebrate a great year with their staff. Hosted at the Flying Otter Grill with our element photobooth, prizes galore, “name that tune” and a a guest appearance by Turbo the mascot in FULL ON Santa gear (also he’s got some of the BEST moves on the dance floor – hiliarious!). Obviously you guys rocked the photobooth – I hope you enjoy some of the hightlights posted here : )

NOTE  - The FULL gallery of images can be viewed by clicking on the “print shop” tab at the top of this screen. Follow the directions and when you enter the gallery look for the photo of TURBO (as above) click on it and viola!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I whipped up a batch of these about a month ago and was sooooo happy with the results I instagram-ed a photo of the finish product and promised to share the recipe. I just didn’t think it would take me this long to post about it!! whoops! As we cozy up our indoors to get ready for the rainy season this yummy treat is something to look forward too! It makes your home smell amazing – bonus! : )

I had tried another recipe last year and failed. In this one the writer stresses the importance of using COLD butter and that I agree is certainly the key! I didn’t have all the spices I think I was short on cloves and cinnamon but I just added a bit more nutmeg and ginger!

Here is the link to the recipe that worked the best for me! Make sure you add this one to your pinboard – you won’t want to forget it! ENJOY

http://www.inspiredtaste.net/16810/spiced-pumpkin-scones-recipe/

Oh and those cedar stump side tables? My hubby made them!