Dawn and Dominque are getting married this summer and I’m excited to photograph it. I hear there are some great dancers among their friends. For their engagement shoot, we took some photos at their house, where Dawn’s mid-century modern furniture found the perfect home in Dominique’s gorgeous house. They’ve been working hard on renovating it, despite the interruption of wedding planning. I love brides and grooms that can take on a lot and not get too stressed, or at least not show it. We headed to Cattle Point after for some beachy photos and action shots on their motorcycle.
Ok, they’re not engaged. They’re married already, but we just did some quick engagement photos two days before the wedding, so I finally got around to editing them now. They took a brief break from wedding planning to head to Cattle Point for some photos. They were so busy preparing things for the wedding, Janette didn’t even get a chance to dry her hair (which sounds exactly like me, most days).
Erin and Charles came out for my mini sessions at Cattle Point, despite thinking that a lot of couples portraits are cheesy. I really hope they like these and don’t think they’re too cheesy. I think they’re pretty sweet, myself.
I think it’s awesome when couples who’ve been married for a while want to get photos taken together. Your wedding shouldn’t be the last time you have a professionally pictured record of your love. John hurt his back, but still came out to get photos taken with Bev. That’s love.
Sara and Michael were in town a couple of weeks ago getting plans finalized for their September wedding. I’m happy that we got a chance to meet up for an engagement session and finally meet in person. Engagement sessions are great for getting to know your photographer and getting comfortable in front of the camera. These guys were a little bit nervous, but I think the photos turned out great and they’re super cute together.
Nicola and Nicholas came to Victoria for their reading break from university in Edmonton. The weather was much warmer, but it was still pretty wet here. The mud prevented us from exploring Uplands Park as much as I’d hoped, but we still got some great shots there and by the ocean at Cattle Point (and avoided injury from slipping on mossy rocks).
Gillian and Derek were in town for a friend’s wedding in October, so she booked me for their annual portrait session. Unfortunately, that week ended up being super rainy, but we made the best of it. They braved the cold at Cattle Point for some gorgeous evening light, then we headed to the Atrium to warm up at Habit, before taking some pretty shots on the rainy streets.
These guys were so much fun. They’re very playful, giggly, and skip and dance around randomly. It was a bit hard to keep up at times, but I survived, and got some pretty cute photos out of it.
Derek contacted me before their visit and said he planned to propose to Gillian several days after our shoot. He wanted to have it photographed because he knew that’s what Gillian would want. Sadly, I was heading to Ontario and wasn’t able to shoot it, but I got my frequent second shooter Gwen to take the photos (leaving the editing to me). I think she did a stellar job.
I love Gillian’s expressions during the proposal sequence. First she’s all confused as to why they’re standing on the rocks in the rain, then shocked, then totally overwhelmed with emotion. So sweet. Gillian was extra surprised when she noticed Gwen taking photos. Apparently hiring a photographer is out of character for Derek. They’d told me that his reward for our photo session was beer. I guess his reward for getting proposal photographs is marrying a beautiful redhead – and maybe picking the beer for the reception.
Here are some of Gwen’s photos of the proposal.
Ok, they’re actually married now, but we did this shoot so close to the wedding, it was part engagement, part wedding portraits. Their intimate ceremony is up next, but here’s a few of my favourites from one of the most gorgeous nights of summer.
I’m neck deep in editing at the moment, so I’ll keep this brief. Marissa and Kesh braved a very cold night recently to get their engagement photos taken at Cattle Point. There were some awkward smiles at first, but I think they got used to it in the end and I love the results.
Shannon and Sean braved a rainy night in September for their engagement session. We headed to Cattle Point, wandered around Uplands Park, and then played around on Willows Beach for a bit. It was darker than expected, and definitely wetter! They were totally soaked by the end, but still smiling.