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!

Back Alleys of Kelowna

I am always amazed by the ‘braveness’ of my winter models! They are always willing to ‘take one for the team’, and act as if it isn’t -10 and freakin’ freezing!

Jade was amazing this day. She is a natural in front of the camera and with her short sleeved sweater, she rocked the weather and her poses. And while Crissy and Jason were the center of attention, she was quick to scout out the outtake pipes of the buildings heating systems. These were great little back alley heaters in between shoots.

Crissy, as usual, looked incredible in a dress she bought at the White House Black Market store. And with Jason close behind to help with walking in high heels on icy street corners, these three made for a great photo shoot in the alleyways of Kelowna’s downtown.

Christmas Sparkle

There is something special about the smiles and little looks between a mom and her daughter. Mom is that person that hugs you when your sad, tickles you till you burst, brushes your hair before bedtime and never forgets to tuck you in.

From what I could tell on this day in my studio, this mom and daughter are no different. The love that was flying around the room could have knocked Cupid on his butt!

There is nothing like little girls’ and their momma’s high heels. It may have taken a few seconds to get her little feet into the shoes, but once she had those shoes on, Kolby rocked those black pumps like nobody else’s business.

Thank you Leah and Kolby for a wonderful photo shoot! I feel so lucky to have a job that let’s me meet ladies like you.

Snow Day!

As I drove up the drive to their 66 acre property, I could see the potential for some great photos. Beautiful snow-covered fences and trees, a gorgeous view overlooking the area, and as long as we watched out for the random horse ‘you-know-what’, it was a great spot for some family photos.

Jody and Doug with their two teenage girls did an amazing job of ‘not looking cold’ on a very cold Canadian winter day. It may have taken a few minutes for the smiles to warm up, but with just enough prodding and goofy sisterly love, all four were photo ready!

To Doug and his harem of fabulous ladies, thank you for a wonderful, winter wonderland afternoon.