Etienne and Sylvie - Gastown, Vancouver

I recall throwing the phrase "mps" around during this shoot. Moments per second, that is. We laughed a little at that idea, but it was the easiest way to express how I felt about shooting these two. Their mps was off the charts. One moment flowed effortlessly into the next, a myriad of actions, gestures and expressions, each seemingly different to the last. 

Sylvie and Etienne threw me a bit of a curve-ball, being one of the most lively couples I've had the chance to work with. I just had to roll with it. This is how I like to work, though. The last thing I want to do is put all the couples I work with into one "photographic box," and make them all look like they are the same. Each person has a different personality, and therefore, so does each couple. People are best represented as they truly are. The trick is just to figure out what it is about each person that makes them who they are. 

It was no tough feat to figure that out with these two, though. Their personalities shone right through from the first few seconds I pointed a camera at them. A total bundle of fun and surprise. If this session foreshadows what their wedding is going to be like, I can't wait for one of the best days of shooting this summer.

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Aaron & Alicia - Mystic Beach Engagement

Everything came together in this one. The three of us were out to have a good time and create something magical. At a location called Mystic Beach, how can you go wrong? You can't. Not with Aaron and Alicia. Nothing would get in the way of a good time. Not even the rain, which picked up as we got closer and closer to the Juan De Fuca Trail. "My gear is weather proof," I thought.

What I never thought about was how perfect the rain was for this shoot. It was the cherry on top, if you will.

I cannot thank Aaron and Alicia enough for being 150% into any crazy idea that came into my head. That, coupled with the fact that these too so openly radiate how the feel about eachother, made this shoot one to remember. 

At the end of it, when my 5D Mark III started flashing Error 20 at me and ceased to work, I wasn't sad or frustrated. I knew we got what we came for, 3 times over. I was happy, beyond measure, with choosing my path as a photographer. 

There wedding is in August. I wish it could come sooner. 

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Steph & Brent - Sloquet Hot Springs

This was no ordinary engagement shoot, which was perfect for Steph and Brent. Instead of an afternoon session, these two decided to treat us to a weekend away to the Sloquet Hotsprings. Engagement pictures at a hot spring sounded like a swell time, photographer or not, so we made it happen. Andrew came along for the ride as well - adding to the unordinary. I met Andrew the weekend before at Brent's Stag in Ashcroft at Sundance Ranch (which I will be posting soon). On the way to the hot springs, we stopped for a night at their cabin in Squamish, where the ceremony and reception will be held. Seeing the area before the wedding has made me a tad bit too excited to shoot there in July. The next morning we were off, stopping along the way through the Fraser Valley to absorb the sights and jump into the glacier fed rivers. Once we got to the Hot Springs we set up camp, took a deep breath, and let all the stress of normal life dissolve. I love my job most of the time - but particularly this weekend. Here are some photographs from our little adventure:

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Kati & Steph - Vancouver Engagement

When I met Kati in Vancouver for the first time to talk about her wedding, I connected instantly with her. Unfortunately Steph was not able to make the meeting, but I knew that she had to be just as kind and interesting of a person as Kati. When I met Steph for the first time at the engagement shoot I knew that this was true. Both are truly wonderful people to be around, and just as great to photograph.

They introduced me to their dog, Blu, and their cat, Chocolate Bar, and the five of us hung out for a bit in their apartment catching up on recent life. Soon after we found our way to Wreck Beach, in Kitsalano. Once we got down the never-ending stairs, we explored the beach. It was here that Kati and Steph showed me just how connected the two of them are to each other. So comfortable in each others presence and ready to enjoy the moments of laughter and calmness on the beach.

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Jane & Glenn - Sydney Engagement

What can I say? Sydney is absolutely gorgeous. Being able to explore it during an engagement session with an amazing and keen couple like Jane and Gleen has been a real treat. They really remind me why I love doing what I do. These two continually showed real emotion throughout, and in the last moments of the session, I did not have to do any directing at all. I could tell they were having a good time soaking in the Australian sun and thinking, perhaps, on their wedding this weekend in the Hunter Valley. The Hunter Valley is another incredible location that I can't wait to shoot in. Vineyards as far as the eye can see with rustic barns and scenery scattered all over. It's definitely a change from Canada. I'm thrilled to be shooting here, and if the engagement session is any indication of how the wedding will go, then I can't wait to work with them this Friday!

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Kirsten & Jonny - Victoria Engagement

Well now, what can I say about these two? They're awesome. I could have told you that two years ago when I met Kirsten at Rifflandia Festival. We were both official photographers and got to know each other in the photo pit. I always wondered what her Tattoo, "I Love You" was all about. Turns out it was coupled with Jonny's tattoo. "I Know," it says. Hands up if you smell a Star Wars reference. A few months later they got engaged and booked me for their wedding happening this year in the Summer. This is when I met Jonny - a perfect match, I'd say. At the end of last year we shot the festival together again, except during The Flaming Lips. During that part of the festival she was recruited backstage as one of the few girls who got to get into a crazy Flaming Lips costume and rock out on stage with Wayne Coyne. Usually the first time I get to photograph couples is during the engagement session, but I guess sometimes you're thrown a curve-ball.

Jonny and Kirsten love aquariums. They pretty much bee-line for them as soon as they get into a new city. While we don'e have a major one in Victoria, we do have the Shaw Ocean Discovery Center. So this is where we went. Afterwards we explored Sidney, occasionally fascinated by the weird art pieces on the "Art Walk," mostly just having a good time.

I can't wait to shoot their wedding in July. I won't spoil it for you by telling you some of the things that get me all excited, but one thing I will tell you that there is going to be an owl at the wedding. It's going to kick-ass. More on that when we get there, though! Here are the engagement photos:

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Bart & Ashley - Engagement

After a 2 week, 9 engagement and 2 wedding shooting spree, finally, I had a full day of sunlight. Obviously, we shot in magic hour, which is really 3 or so hours of golden light up north here. The light was almost tangible. Fortunately, Bart and Ashley enjoyed the sunshine too. Who wouldn't? Especially after the most drawn out winter I've ever experienced. We hung out on the beach, and then decided to climb Mount Douglas. Most would admit that that's a great way to spend a summer day in Victoria, and I'm really happy I got to get to know these two in the process. They're fun, and loving, and real. Looking forward to their wedding in a few weeks.

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Suzy & Graham - Engagement

We went to the beach to enjoy some hot chocolate and relax for a while. Arbutus Cove is where Graham popped the question to Suzy, and was perfect for these two. We did some exploring after warming up to the hot chocolate, and I must say, it's a rather gorgeous location. More on Suzy and Graham after I shoot their wedding in a few weeks. Here are the pictures from our little adventure morning adventure for now:

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Marc & Vanessa - Engagement

I just love engagement shoots that don't feel like a strict photo session, but more like a really great hang-out and stellar way to spend an afternoon. That's just what happened with Marc and Vanessa. We walked their dog, Addy, around Summit Park and later went canoeing on Elk Lake. Addy is one fine specimen of a Labradoodle and was a great companion to have a long the first part of the shoot. The second part of the shoot was me standing in a canoe in the middle of a lake with thousands of dollars of equipment strapped around me. Besides the nerves, it was as much fun for me as it was for Vanessa and Marc, I'm sure. We got the pictures, and I never fell in. These two will be getting married in just over two weeks, and I can't wait to get to know them better. Caeli and Jordan will also be at the wedding (Caeli is in the wedding party), and vice versa for Marc and Vanessa being at their wedding in Kelowna in September. Both weddings will be really good times. I couldn't be happier working with such great couples this year.

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Matt & Emma - Engaged

Matt and Emma had their engagement shoot in the week of Victoria's most unpredictable weather conditions. Remember that week where we had 6 different types of conditions outside in a day? So, we arranged to meet at Market Square, to avoid what we thought would be rain. In the end, I happened upon them in the square, in what was the first sun I've shot in this year. I could not have been happier. We explored what turned out to be a square filled with hidden walkways and interesting locations. I'm thrilled to be shooting their intimate, afternoon wedding at the end of May, in the glorious summer sun.

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Robert&Amanda - Engagement

It's an incredible thing when a couple arrives at a shoot very relaxed and ready to have a good time. This is exactly the feeling Robert and Amanda presented me with when I met them in Bastion Square. No matter how many shoots I do, I am always nervous to start with; not because I think I am incapable, but because I really want to do a stellar job with every shoot I do. Robert and Amanda put me at ease immediately. They are a very fun, trusting and adventurous pair. On that note, we went exploring through the downtown core, a location mecca for photographers. It's always a great shoot when I end up in a location I never knew existed in Victoria with two people radiating pre-wedding affection to take photographs of. We stumbled upon two such locations, and we may or may not have spent quite some time soaking in the glory of a good find. With that, I will leave you with what you came here for:
To all the people who come to my blog to see my work, thank you. The interest you show brings me so much joy, even in its anonymity. These pictures are the prelude to what is surely going to be a fantastic wedding. Make sure you "like" my facebook page to keep in touch with when I release the story.

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Russell & Daniela Engagement.

The streets and malls were buzzing with shoppers on Boxing day, but Russell, Daniela and I had other plans. We went on an adventure, starting with something warm to drink. These two didn't need much warming up, though. They jumped straight into the shoot with ease - partly because of Russell's ability to make Daniela insta-smile, but mostly because of how comfortable they were with each other in front of a camera. We explored the Nootka Court, made a detour into an arbitrary parking lot, and ended up along the oceanfront walkway. Nearing our final location, we were joined by quite an inquisitive seal. It only surfaced for a few seconds, but it was enough to add a touch of magic to the shoot. Russel and Daniela are getting married in Vancouver on the 18th of February. It will be my first wedding of the year, and we are hoping for snow (you must think we're nuts). I can't express how psyched I am to shoot their wedding, and in the more general scheme of things, get the wedding year started. I have big plans to make this year something special.

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Caeli and Jordan

As I try to recollect our adventure at Galey's Farm a few days ago, I get lost somewhere in all the fun moments we had. A few days before the shoot, Caeli came up with the idea heading to the Corn Maze. I hadn't yet met Jordan, but figured that if he was any bit a reflection of Caeli's personality, this would be the perfect place to spend some time with the two of them.

It was.

They left the shoot with a smile on their face and a giant pumpkin in their car. Best part of all: the good times don't stop here. Next year I get to travel up to Kelowna where they plan on having an absolute blast of a wedding. I couldn't be more excited. 

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Sarah and Sjoerd - Engagement

Something about the Tall Ships at the Inner Harbour brought the best out of Sarah and Sjoerd. They seemed in their element, comfortable with the gentle breeze and ocean air. She's been on the ships for years, and since Sjoerd met Sarah, he has spent a lot more time on the ocean too. She'll be at sea a lot next year, and Sjoerd will sail with her whenever he can so that he doesn't have to be away from her too often. They were so relaxed and easy going, and somehow when I go through the pictures I still get a sense of that jovial content I witnessed on Sunday. I'll be seeing them this weekend for their wedding... it will be magnificent.

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Terron and Mariko - Engagement

I met Terron and Mariko when they booked me about 10 months ago to shoot their wedding. From that first initial meet, I knew that these two were going to be an incredible couple to work with. Needless to say, I was excited to shoot them, and after seeing them a few more times in the following months, my excitement only grew. A few days ago we got to do the shoot, and it turned out to be one of the most fun shoots I have ever been on. I really love it when couples make suggestions about their shoot, so that we can work on personalizing it and turning it into something more than a regular photo session. These two CP's ("cutie pies" - what they call each other all the time [you learn something everyday]) were no exception to this. As a student, Mariko had always wanted to get a certain picture of herself and her man when she would eventually meet him. The picture in question was from a very famous poster she had of a couple on the beach (I guarantee you have seen the picture somewhere in your life and you will recognize it further in the blog post). Mariko showed me the picture, and so, we made it happen. Terron suggested we go to China beach, which I am thrilled he thought about because it has got to be one of the most fantastic beaches I have ever come across (this is serious news coming from a South African whose home country is famous for it's coastline). We got to the beach, we had tonnes of fun, and we got the picture. The combo of suggestions, awesome location and enthusiastic/incredible/absolutely-in-love couple contributed to incredible images.

I am more excited than ever to shoot their wedding at Bear Mountain on September 17th.

Patrick and Kristi's Engagement Session- Teaser

Since I installed my copy of Lightroom 3, it has been non-stop editing of all the images I have taken since, as well as all of the images I captured before I recieved my software. It's always a lot of fun to go back a couple of weeks to a shoot I really enjoyed and see the images in somewhat of a new light.

I was assisting a friend of mine, Jon-Mark Wiltshire, on an engagement shoot and I had the opportunity to take a couple of shots myself. Patrick and Kristi were a pleasure to shoot ... which, of course, made for a really fun day. So until I finish editing the rest, here are a few which I have picked out: