Guys! I love babies!
One of the perks of being a Wedding Photographer in Kelowna is that, often times, my clients (friends, really) have babies!
It’s such a pleasure to watch families grow and welcome new little beings to their family.
Here is adorable little Spencer and all of his fresh new sweetness!
Congratulations Lindsay & Mike!
Here I am again, feeling delighted that I get to love my job as much as I do. Being a Kelowna Wedding Photographer takes me all over the Okanagan. Janine and Geoff, who are high school sweethearts decided to get married in Fintry, at La Casa Resort. La Casa Resort is perched halfway up a mountain and overlooks the Okanagan Lake.
The ceremony took place with even more stunning views on a grassy field even higher up the mountain! The views are incredible! Rain was threatening all day, worrying Janine as there was no back-up plan for the outdoor mountainside ceremony. And then the rain came. Janine and Geoff decided to go ahead with the ceremony, regardless of the rain. Lucky for them, Mother Nature had other plans in store and the clouds parted, the sun shon, and the rain stopped JUST in time for the ceremony to begin. The rain stayed away until about 5 minutes after the ceremony. It continued to be indecisive for the rest of the day, coming and going.
We headed down to Fintry Provincial Park for portraits, where we found some cover from the rain. Janine and Geoff had no problem at all letting loose and bringing out their inner children during our portrait session, laughing and snuggling the whole time!
The reception began with a surprise cooler chugging competition, then speeches, tears, cake, basketball free throws and dancing. Dinner was served by the always delicious Deli City Catering (yum yum!).
Take a peek at their rainy, sunny, rainy, sunny, rainy, loving, beautiful day!
Venue: La Casa Resort , Fintry
Florals: Passionate Blooms
Officiant: Jenny Pankratz – I Do My way
Hair: Heather – Zazou Salon
Make-up: Saara Labib
Catering: Deli City
Bar: Bottom’s Up
DJ: Let’s Dance
One of my favourite joys in life is snuggling a newborn baby. If I could just always have a newborn baby, I would. Ok, maybe not, I really do like to sleep! But I would snuggle one every.single.day.
Here is sweet miss Quinn at just over a week old! Enjoy all of her sweetness!
I went on a trip to California… almost a year ago, and I am finally writing about it now! Well, the truth is…. I get a little vulnerable in this post, so it’s been sitting, waiting to be posted. Waiting until… I don’t know. I guess until I was brave enough to press “publish” and really put myself out there.
I decided that I needed to go to a photography workshop. I was feeling a bit stuck with my work and I needed something that would help get me excited about photography again and push me. Being my own boss means that there is nobody here telling me that I need to work harder, so workshops are super important!
So, I chose to go to the Heck Yeah Photography workshop in Joshua Tree, California. The speakers were amazing and well… California! I am a HUGE fan of heat and sunshine, so enough said, right there!
My main goal in attending this workshop was to push myself out of my comfort zone. Direct and photograph couples in front of other photographers (who were all amazing, and this is terrifying for me), learn some new techniques, get close to people and do things that I would normally shy away from. You may notice that a lot of the images in this post are closely cropped. I used to shoot from afar and never get too close to my couples for fear of making them uncomfortable. Turns out that in my experience, more often than not, the closer you get to people, the closer they feel to you, emotionally. The more willing they are to let go and be themselves while being photographed. This is a great thing for me because I love it when my couples become vulnerable and allow me into their emotional, intimate, and connected side with their partners. The more love, the more snuggles, the closeness… that’s what I want! I didn’t photograph from the sidelines this time and for me, that was a huge accomplishment.
Speaking of being vulnerable, somehow, Aundrea, from Undresses Moments, convinced me to get in front of her camera. On a mountain. Naked. Oh ok. Yeah sure… what did I have to lose?? My dignity, maybe, but what the hell. YOLO, right? After all, I DID go to the workshop to get out of my comfort zone. To be vulnerable. To have new experiences. I expect my clients to get vulnerable in front of my camera… I should probably give it a whirl myself, right?
Aside from that scariest part of my trip, here are some other highlights:
Honestly, that list just doesn’t look long enough to do this trip justice…
The point I really wanted to make with this post is this. Get uncomfortable. Let go. Do what you want. Don’t let your anxieties hold you back. I feel like I’ve grow an immense amount personally as a result of my experiences on this trip. I’ve learned to let go a little and make myself vulnerable. When I photograph you, I want you to do the same. Let me in to see who you are as an individual and who you are with your partner. Please be snuggly, affectionate, loving. Connect. I promise we will have fun, it just won’t be all mush. If I can do it…. trust me… anyone can (you too, gentlemen)!
In the meantime, enjoy these super sunny images!
A lot of playing, a lot of snuggling, hugging, kissing, being silly, playing games… that is basically what a family photography session looks like with me. You may even get a couple of terrible jokes! And let’s not forget crying toddlers and panicked parents and said toddler lunges towards the lake.
All in all, it’s a bunch of fun and being a Kelowna Family Photographer is the best!
Enjoy these images of this sweet and silly family!
The Hotel Eldorado is one of my absolute favourite wedding venues in Kelowna. It’s on the water, their reception spaces are full of light, and the staff and food are incredible.
Joy & Mike’s ceremony was held on the rooftop with an unobstructed view of the lake and mountains as a backdrop.
As usual, I will let the images speak for themselves. You’ll see a beautiful couple, the reactions of guests of what goes down in history as the best “Best Man” speech ever delivered in the history of weddings by Mike’s son, and did I mention… a beautiful couple???
Planning & Coordination: White Orchid Wedding Consulting
Venue: The Hotel Eldorado, Kelowna
Officiant: Wayne Laurie
Florals: Lavendar and Lace Floral Farm
Make-up: Brandie Jollimore
Hair: Katie Corneille
DJ: Alex Bird Music
Want to see a beautiful thing? This love, that’s what!
Being a Kelowna Wedding Photographer allows me to explore all the nooks and crannies of the Okanagan. We found ourselves a cute little piece of land that juts into the Okanagan Lake for this session. Despite being attacked by prickly pears (those nasty things hide where you least expect them!), this session was a ton of fun!
You know… the more I try to write blog posts the more I realize that writing is not my forté. I have all the feelings and none of the words.
That being said, I hope you can look at these images and see how much love is shared between these two. How much fun they have together. How strong their connection is. And, also…. how cute their dog is!
Even though I am a Kelowna Wedding Photographer, sometimes, I get to travel to new and fun locations. Riannon & Jon’s engagement session took place on a beautiful day in one of the many forests scattered around Vancouver.
These two have a connection like no other and it is so so so refreshing!
I am fairly certain that being a Kelowna Newborn Photographer, I get to snuggle the sweetest little babies in the city!
Give me all the babies!!
Kelly is a dear friend of mine and she has two beautiful boys. Little Max decided to come an entire month early and gave his parents a wee scare. Thankfully, Max is a healthy little man (and absolutely adorable!).
Big brother Jake was an absolute gem with his new little brother – honestly, I don’t think I’ve seen anything cuter.