chelsea + lane

Chelsea and Lane have been lovebirds for as long as I can remember. Their story began 10 years ago at the ages of 13 and 14. And this coming July, they are excited to commit their love to each other in front of their families and friends.

This wedding is extra special for me, because not only is this girl gorgeous and fun, but she is my amazing cousin! I feel dually blessed to be chosen as the photographer to document the wedding day of her and her man.

Even though they have discrepancies about how they first met (Chelsea says it was at the Weyburn pool but Lane thinks it was at the Weyburn Fair), they both are confident that this is the kind of love that lasts a lifetime.

Currently, they live in Saskatoon, but they have chosen the Okanagan as their destination point for their vows. So this past weekend was their final scouting trip for all the details of the wedding day. Getting married at the Penticton Lakeside Resort, we were able to steal just a few minutes to go on a quick drive up towards Naramata to check out a few location ideas for their photos. Below are just a couple images of the bluffs overlooking Okanagan Lake while we quickly jetted around before the sun went behind the mountains.

Happy planning and I can’t wait for July!

V-Day Photo Lesson

Ry and I decided to go on a mini-vacation for Valentine’s this year in downtown Vancouver. We enjoyed some amazing food and drink at Hapa Izakaya, enjoyed our outdoor, city-scape hot tub, and went for walks along the sea.

During our walk, Ry decided to pick up my camera and see if he could craft a couple images! Over coffee we talked about the f-stop differences and shutter speed options. And then Ry found me a few places to sit so he could try out his eye! And I think I may have found a natural. Ry’s framing was artistic, different, and he was loving it!

Here’s a few pics of yours truly that he snapped! These first few are with a 50mm 1.4 lens. I love the way he used lines to draw the eye towards the subject…aka. me!

And this last one was his look using a 17 mm lens. Wide angle funkiness!

London-town

It was almost exactly six years ago when I packed up my oversized backpack and jumped on a plane in hopes of seeing the world. It was my first trip all on my own. Just me and my new little digital camera, scouting out the hidden corners of London, England.

I love love love to travel. Not that I’m not fond of the place I live in; in fact, I adore where I live. The Okanagan Valley may be one of the most beautiful places on this planet, BUT, if you have ever been to London, you know what I mean. It is a world filled with tiny cups of coffee, quirky characters, beautiful architecture and quiet, romantic corners… Here are some photos of my last European trip from six years ago, which I am hoping to upgrade sometime this year with another trip across the Atlantic. Fingers and toes are crossed!

All these photos were taken with a three mega-pixel camera made by Fuji, I hope you enjoy!

Next week, I am going to jump back once more to this trip and reminisce about the beauty of Paris, and how I wish to go back. To walk, once again, the long hallways of the Louvre, eat too many crepes, and watch the fashionistas walk down the streets and alleyways of such an amazing city.