Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Moraine Proposal: Jon & Stephanie

 These two adorable human beings were possibly one of my favourite portrait sessions I've had at Lake Louise.

From Jon's mom setting up the portrait session as a surprise to trying to spot the couple from the trailhead, it's always a bit nerve wracking photographing a proposal without the fiancee-to-be noticing your 70-200mm lens pointed in her direction! 

When we do sneaky proposals, we ask for a photo of the couple prior to the event and set a general area to meet in. Then, after a bit of eye contact and a secret thumbs up/nod/some sort of signal, we get ready to capture memories that will last a lifetime.

Shooting at Moraine can be tricky during the summer months, as parking can be an absolute nightmare! Luckily, we had some dark and kind of rainy weather that meant little to no people around. There's lots of little jettys and small beaches where it's easy to get away from the crowds.

What I like best about this shoot is that it captured not only both their personalities in a lovely way, but they were incredibly natural both with each other and in front of the two cameras we had pointed at them! This is the kind of couple you can tell are meant for each other just by the photographs.

A special thank you to Dayna McDowell for joining me on this portrait session, capturing some extra shots (labelled below) and helping organize the big moment!

*Side note, the wooden egg holding the ring was made by Stephanie's father! Such a gorgeous addition to an already beautiful shoot.

*shot by Dayna*

*shot by Dayna*

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Sunrise Proposal!

Sometimes being at work for 5:30am is not only worth it, but it ends up being one of the most adorable and beautiful candid proposal photo shoots we've seen this summer.

It's impossible to really control the weather, nevermind predict it here! We were so lucky that the sky was clear and Victoria Glacier ended up being perfectly illuminated when our main man popped the question.

Talk about a unique story and a gorgeous set of images to take home! Our lovely lady wasn't too pleased about not doing her hair at that time in the morning, but we think that's what makes this even more honest and endearing. 

There's nothing better than capturing two people, in love, how they actually are with each other-- even if it's a little sleepy first thing in the morning.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Portrait Session; Renewing Vows!

These two were just the sweetest folks you could find! It was mid-way through an hour long photography lesson that I discovered they were renewing their vows later that week, at Vermillion Lakes no less. It's not necessarily rare, but a beautiful thing, to find two people who complement each other so well.

I'd been itching to have a photo shoot down at the docks in Banff for some time, so this was the perfect opportunity to try out some different shots. Too often, we find ourselves in a bit of a rut! I won't say Lake Louise gets old because the mountain views change daily, but I do find myself drawn to the same spots that have great views and minimal photo-bombing tourists in the background.

The most important part of any portrait session is the first 5 or 10 minutes before we even start taking any photographs. Getting to know my clients, a little of their personalities, where they're from and what their style is, is the key component in creating natural photographs.

Whether you are getting engaged, renewing vows, getting married or simply just madly in love, capturing your chemistry in a professional portrait session is both a wonderful and memorable experience~!