Kyle & Patti's intimate Seasons in the Park Wedding

On March 18th, it stopped raining, the clouds parted and a little sunshine blessed Vancouver with it's rays. Just in time for Patti and Kyle to get married!

It was a fairly intimate wedding with a total of 30 guests and took place at Seasons in the Park. Patti looked gorgeous in her 50s inspired bridal outfit- as she got ready we both gushed about the tv show MAD MEN. So I can see where she got her inspiration. For the cakes/table decor and flowers, Patti and her friends/family had all pitched in and made themselves. I sampled those cupcakes and they were sooo yummy! 

Makeup and Hair by Caroline Sawamoto. 

Jacquelyn & Brian's Gastown wedding

So I kicked off 2017 weddings with this little gem of a wedding. Jacquelyn and Brian got married on the 15th of January at The Diamond in Gastown. It's my first time shooting at this venue, and I was kinda in love with it, it's an intimate space with beautiful brick walls and window light. 

J&B had their first look at The Landing, which is an office building, but its where they first met so it was very fitting. Fortunately, The Landing has this awesome big arch window which served as a really beautiful backdrop for this occasion. 

I had so much fun hanging out with these two and their family for the day, lots of laughter and tears and some serious kick ass moves on the dance floor..from the dads of course!! 

Vendors:

Flowers: A Flower's Touch http://aflowerstouch.ca

Dress: David's Bridal (one of their own designs)

Hair: Monique DesLauriers (Stone Fox Hair)

Venue: The Diamond 

Women's March-January 21st 2017

Thousands of people came together yesterday, in downtown Vancouver to march in solidarity of women's rights, which are HUMAN RIGHTS the day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump aka DRUMPF. It really warmed my heart to see all these people come together, of all different ages and backgrounds and stand up for what's right. Across the world there was 673 marches which is so epic, my heart is bursting. 

The first image is a quote I saw whilst in Powell's book store (Portland) this week by Gordon Parks. I love this quote, it resonates with me so much, I have a camera and my beliefs so why not document the heck out of the things I believe in? It's my weapon after all! 

If you see yourself or anyone you know in my images, please reach out to me and let me know, I would love to add your name to the blog and send you the image of yourself, because I think it's cool AF to have a photo of yourself standing up for what you believe in. 

Edison Mae

Since moving to Vancouver, I haven't photographed as many babies and families as I did when working in the UK, so it was a surprise and a delight when Natalie asked me to photograph her precious new arrival, little Edison Mae. Surprise because I actually worked with Natalie before her maternity leave, and I know she has worked with many other very talented photographers in Vancouver. So it's flattering to be asked to photograph such an important time in Natalie and David's life, it's exiting, exhausting, new and I'm sure all kinds of wonderful with a bunch of other emotions squeezed in there that I haven't yet experienced!! 

The thing I loved most about this shoot was observing how in love Natalie and David are with Edison, it truly warms my heart and I hope I captured it. I tried to keep the shoot as organic and natural as possible by capturing little in between moments that they were unaware of. In this case, it helped immensely that we were shooting in their own home, where they're most comfortable. So if you're thinking of having some family photographs taken then I'd hugely recommend this type of lifestyle session, especially if kids are involved as new environments can often be very distracting for them. Also, natural light is always welcome, so OPEN up your blinds and let the light in. 

Matthew & Olivia

If you know me, then you know I went back home to the UK in August for a friends wedding. I didn't shoot my friends wedding, although I may have captured some slightly intoxicated shots which I will post next!! The first day I was there we had gorgeous weather, which for the North of England is a blessing and must be taken advantage of. Armed with my camera and golden hour fast approaching, I headed to the nearest beach (Alnmouth, Northumberland) with my brother, Matthew and his girlfriend, Olivia as my subjects. 

Photographing your family can definitely have its challenges, it can sometimes feel awkward and they don't necessarily want to get romantic in front of you. Luckily for me, these two are naturals in front of the camera and don't take themselves too seriously. 

But when I look at these images..I just can't help but think..WHERE ARE THE MOUNTAINS? I'm spoilt for mountainous backdrops now that I live in BC. 

Behind the camera to in front of the camera and back again..

Behind the camera to in front of the camera and back again..

Last week, my friend and I decided to take some photos of each other for our websites and social media. Michele of Michele Mateus photography (http://michelemateusphotography.com/) and I first met earlier this year whilst working together on an engagement shoot. We clicked right away, laughing, joking and bouncing ideas off each other.  She's a great support to have and does nothing but encourage the people around her, i'm so lucky to now call her my friend! 

So last Monday, the day after my thanksgiving dinner, feeling a little bloated after lots of over indulging I spent the first half hour in front of the camera. This is really hard for me because I hate being photographed but Michele eased me into it and I just didn't take myself too seriously. The result..I LOVE THESE PICTURES. Michele did an amazing job, definitely check out her work. 

Then I photographed Michele, she was a little more prepared than me and had a few outfit changes and accessories!! I just live in hats so I just wore mine the entire shoot. Michele never takes herself too seriously and has a great sense of humour and I hope that shows in my pictures of her..

Source: behind-the-camera-to-in-front-of-the-camera-and-back-again