Tricia contacted me because she was coming with her husband and baby to visit their family in Victoria, including her parents and sister’s family with two little girls. We were worried it might rain a lot for the session last weekend, but it ended up being super sunny at Island View Beach. The wind was a little much for the baby, but the girls didn’t seem to notice. Running around definitely keeps you warm. Carrying and chasing these energetic kids around is a great way for grandparents to stay in shape. It was a workout for me too, running after the kids and tripping over logs while carrying my camera gear. I had a lot of fun being around such a fun and cheerful family for an hour.
I was so excited that Rebecca and Graham wanted me to take some family photos for them last month. I photographed their wedding back in 2011. Check out a comparison photo of Rebecca’s family below. It’s always cool to see my clients start their own families, and this shoot had the added bonus of seeing her siblings grow up too. Her parents were really sweet and clearly so in love, which seems to have set the perfect example for Rebecca and Graham’s awesome marriage. And of course, their daughter, Marilyn, was really adorable and photogenic.
We took a documentary approach to this shoot, with just a few minutes spent on group portraits. I had fun running around on the beach trying to capture all of their interactions. This is a family that knows how to have fun.
And from their 2011 wedding:
I had a mini session with Mayumi and Jaomie at Island View Beach a couple of weeks ago. It’s been a long time since I’ve done any maternity portraits. I really only do these as couples sessions (or documentary), since that’s my specialty. These two were really adorable together and despite the super bright sun, I love the way the photos turned out. So much joy and sweetness shining through.
I had lots of fun meeting Jen and Sean when they visited the island this past weekend. They were a little nervous about having their photos taken, but I always think it’s good to get those nerves out of the way at the engagement session instead of at the wedding. They were full of laughter and silliness though and even let me try out some of the posing techniques I learned recently. However, as you’ll see in the following series of five images, some people just aren’t very good at taking direction.
Kurt and I used to work together in engineering consulting and now he works with his wife Cat, who’s also an engineer. Their wedding was full of engineers (including my assistant and me, formerly) and so they had a theme that most engineers can appreciate – beer! Only slightly off theme, they had their wedding ceremony at Starling Lane Winery, which is absolutely gorgeous in July. They had their reception at Oldfield Orchard, which is the perfect spot for a casual, fun wedding. They had kegs of different local beers at the reception and beer bottle centrepieces. Their save-the-dates were coasters for a fake brewery they created along with their “Wedding Ale”. The beer theme was perfect for such a fun and laid-back couple, with equally fun family and friends. The wedding party was the cutest, but I’m biased because they remind me of my engineering friends from university.
One of my favourite things about this wedding was that they had a band play the reception. The band was Sets in the City and they were so great. The dance floor was pretty much packed all night, plus there were some awesome colourful lights on them that made for interesting photos. Another favourite thing was the food. They had a barbecue style buffet made by Oldfield and it was delicious. They also had four cakes and pie. I also loved how Cat’s dress was so unique, made by the wonderful Alida at Alida’s Gowns, and Kurt and the boys wore sneakers and coordinating ties.
I love Kurt and Cat’s attitudes about their wedding. They organized the day so that they and their guests would be comfortable and have fun. They did a first look before the ceremony and then took some photos with their wedding party, who were all adorably goofy. They put in tons of little touches into the decor and Cat’s family made some food for the wine tasting “cocktail hour”. They had a very brief first dance that segued into “(I’m Gonna Be) 500 Miles” when everyone joined them on the dance floor. I left that night with a new appreciation for their relationship and how perfect they are for each other, even though I’ve known them for a while. Congrats, guys! I hope you have a wonderful honeymoon adventure.
Venues: Starling Lane Winery and Oldfield Orchard & Bakery
Band: Sets in the City (Mike Demers)
Caterer: Oldfield Orchard & Bakery
Florist: Kenmar Flower Farm
Hair: Lindsey Eastgate (Hair Biz on Quadra)
Make-up: Chantelle Hartshorne
Cake: Pies by Oldfield Orchard & Bakery, Cake by Art to Eat (Michelle Plain) Duncan
Officiant: Michael Denton
Dress: Alida’s Gowns
Suit: Strellson from Outlooks for Men