Al and Maria’s Wedding day aka Love truly falls from the sky!

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Watching Al and Maria getting ready for their big day at the Hampton Inn in Ottawa, you’d think they were going to a baseball game! I expected the sky-diving, thrill seeking bride to be cool and collected, but I thought that the groom would be a bit nervous (Lord knows I was when I got married!). Turns out they were both at ease, both relaxed, and both more than ready for this day. This is a great way to sum up Al and Maria: completely nsync with each other, even when not together.

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Al & Maria’s engagement, AKA what did Al whisper to Maria?

What do you think Al whispered to get her to laugh this much?

What do you think Al whispered to get her to laugh this much?

 

When I met Al and Maria for the first time to discuss what I could bring to their wedding, I immediately knew I wanted to be their photographer. Getting to know your client can be a bit tricky sometimes, but with Al and Maria, I felt a connection as soon as they sat down and began discussing what they wanted out of their pictures.

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Playing with fire aka my 10 year old self just high-fived me through the space time continuum!

 

Playing with fire

Playing with fire

Despite officially beginning on March 20, Spring really began in Ottawa last Saturday, and after a long winter of barely using my camera, I was very excited to hit the snow-free ground running!

Like most boys, I went through a small pyromaniac faze. Fire is exciting! It’s in constant motion and you can literally feel the energy in it! With this in mind, I have had many photography ideas based around fire, like a trash-the-dress shoot or an engagement session with a fun, and probably a bit crazy, couple! But to do any of this I need to learn how to create, control and photograph fire!

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5 things I Learned Playing Around with Macro Photography, AKA Small Things are Awesome!

Marble on my table!

Marble on my table!

I still find it hard to believe how, the smaller things are, the more detail they end up having! Macro photography allows you to take small things and blow them up (in a picture!) so you can see all those little details you may have missed. I was lucky enough to borrow a macro lens from a friend, as they are not cheap, and after finding all the small things I had in my house, here’s what I have learned about macro photography: Continue reading

Enjoying the Snow in Ottawa AKA Happy 2014!

A mother and daughter skate on the Ottawa Canal

A mother and daughter skate on the Ottawa Canal

For the past few years, I have had a very hard time enjoying the wintertime in Ottawa. The cold wind, having to always look at your feet to make sure you don’t trip or slip on some snow, those 5 minutes that seem to last hours while waiting for the bus on a freezing night. It’s hard to imagine how some people love winter so much. But as luck would have it, my wife is one of those people, and slowly, she has been helping me enjoy the season a bit more! Continue reading

A look at the Rocky Mountains from Banff aka The first time I saw real mountains

We went to Banff for a wedding. Did not imagine the mountains to be this amazing!

We went to Banff for a wedding. Did not imagine the mountains to be this amazing!

Growing up in Mexico, I had only ever seen the mountains out west through pictures in one of those coffee table books my mother had laying around the house, and living in Ottawa, our mountains are like small hills when you compare them to the Canadian Rocky mountains! It’s almost impossible to grasp their size, beauty and the feeling of overpowerment you get the first time you see them with your own eyes. If you have never been out west, and have never experienced these beautiful mountains, then all I can offer you are a few pictures in a feeble attempt to make you feel the way I feel! Enjoy! Continue reading

Talia and Jamie’s Vallarta Wedding, A.K.A. When Ireland Met Mexico

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When I was offered to photograph Talia and Jamie’s wedding in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, I jumped at the opportunity! The chance to do a destination wedding is a dream come true, and I couldn’t have gotten a better couple to do it for. Jamie and Talia were relaxed, cool, in high spirits and so much fun to photograph. Their personalities interweave so well you’d think they had been married for many years already, and the love that is present between Talia, Jamie and Diego is very inspiring. Continue reading

Autumn in Ottawa, or How the Warmth escaped from me!

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It happens so fast every year, it’s sometimes hard to appreciate it. One moment, Ottawa is basking in the double digit patio season, the next thing you know, the trees look like they are on fire! Where did all the green go? The answer? To hibernate for a long time! I actually enjoy the fall very much; The crisp cool air in the morning, red and orange leaves coming down like rain on my way to work, pumpkins appearing on the doorsteps of my neighbors, there’s so much to look forward to!

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I think my favorite part of the fall though, is Halloween. Every year, people find ways to impress me with their costumes as they stroll down the Byward Market, and every year, seeing the kids trick-or-treat in the neighborhood really makes me happy! We also get to break out the Catrinas we bought when we travelled to Patzcuaro, Mexico for “Dia de los Muertos” (Day of the dead). The holiday focuses on paying your respects to the deceased, with offerings of food, dances, poetry and even some humour to connect once more with those who have passed away. Continue reading

Flying Away to Your Destination Wedding!

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When I was approached by Viky and Lee with the idea to photograph a 50’s style engagement session, I was ecstatic! I have always wanted to do a shoot that brings a couple back to the golden age of cinematography, home to Frank Sinatra’s rebirth and 25 cent a gallon gasoline.  And when I heard that they were planning on having a destination wedding, I knew the perfect setup for their session!

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