When I met Leslie at Starbucks to see if I’d be a right fit for her and Patrick’s wedding, I knew immediately that I had to be a part of their day. She was confident, talkative and hilarious! I couldn’t imagine however, that the whole wedding would be as fun as our first meeting! Continue reading
Weddings are always fun to shoot. The mood is generally light and happy, there’s nervousness and excitement in everyone’s eyes, and lots of wine (not for me, unfortunately lol, for the guests!). Amanda and Josh’s wedding has a special place in my photographic career though, as I was lucky enough to bond with them over a few sessions in the winter and spring the year prior! Continue reading
I find it hard to shoot in winter. Not because the snow is bright, or it’s cold out (though that doesn’t help!), but because winter time makes me incredibly lazy! I like sitting around in the winter, watching re-runs of television shows and playing videogames. I try to do photography projects, but many of them wind up on the cutting table.
But all it takes is a walk in the woods and a fun shoot to bring it back! Amanda and Josh seemed perfectly comfy in the snow, even when we had to make a hike up hill at the beginning to reach our destination. Continue reading
My friend Ylimay makes stuff. For Christmas, she once made me a Fallout Munny Figurine, and for my birthday, a retro Mario bros! So I was not surprised when she told me that she had rented a booth at the Tie the Knot Urban Wedding Show right here in Ottawa. She will be making flower crowns for weddings and events, and I told her I’d love to photograph some for her!
Sitting at the coffee shop with Jenna and Mitch, I never would have thought that I’d be photographing a Harry Potter inspired wedding! Coming from Calgary, we had previously chatted on Skype about perhaps using their Mercedes as a prop for some of the photographs, but when they told me they liked Harry Potter and would consider doing some fun pictures around the books, my mind went nuts!
It’s not often that you get to shoot something out of the ordinary, as most couples want formal portraits mixed with some candid ones. It’s also not too often you get to shoot a wedding with people as laid back as Jenna and Mitch! Their down to earth style along with their awesome wedding party was perfect for the type of shooting we’d end up doing!
I arrived at the location a bit early so I could check out the decorations and take pictures without being worried about missing any important details, and I immediately knew that I made the right decision! The tent was gorgeously decorated, with a tasteful, camping/nature vibe to it, reminiscent of William Weasley and Fleur Delacour (Harry Potter characters for those out of the loop!). Continue reading
I used to look at pictures of a subject where the background was blurry and the lights looks liked beautiful orbs and thought to myself, “Why can’t I do this?”.
I recently played around with Bokeh (the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image) in my house and here are 5 things I found useful that may help you as well: Continue reading
As I went around the house, taking detail shots of the decorations, food and preparations, I noticed how calm both Ed and Mi Li seemed to be. No nerves, no jitters, no pacing up and down stairs; it was all smiles and laughter! And it makes sense, when you are marrying your best friend in front of your family.
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.
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!
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