Jess and Marx’s Wedding

I know playing favourites is a cheeky thing to do but… Lavender themed, Super Nintendo, super hero shirts, and Brock House? It’s pretty hard not to say this was one of my favourite weddings that I’ve ever had the pleasure of being part of.

I have to admit it was really hard curating this wedding into this blog post since there were so many good moments – I wish I could just share the whole thing! This whole group was an absolute hoot to work with – so much energy and a lot of personality – made the portraits a lot of fun! I love doing “baseball card” snaps if there’s enough time in a wedding party shoot so I am glad there was time AND super hero shirts. So. Much. Fun.

An absolutely perfect day with some amazing speeches that even almost got me (so close!), it closed off with some great dancing. Seems like dancing runs in the blood here!

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Shooting notes: As per usual, I dual wielded two cameras for this wedding – A Nikon D800 and a Nikon D700 as a second body. For the pre-ceremony shots, I used primarily a Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D and for the wider shots, I used a Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8. Ceremony images used primarily a Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8, and a Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 for the establishing shot. For the first dance, I set off a remote Nikon SB-600 (bare, no gel) via radio using a PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver and MiniTT1 Transmitter, using a PocketWizard AC3 zone controller. Jade Dempsey worked as second shooter and a few of her images are in this collection.

Erin and Shayne’s Wedding in the Spotlight

You know how when you go to concerts, the stage looks super cool? That’s because of awesome folks like Erin. And you know how when you go to concerts – the sound is really good? Well, that’s because of people like Shayne. So put Erin and Shayne together and you’ve got a kick ass team. I love these two.

For their wedding, they kept things simple and intimate – a gem of a venue, the stage darkened, lit with a few hundred candles and a pair of spotlights! It was the first time I was able to collaborate with venue lighting as well – what a treat!

Erin’s amazing mum made the cake and goodies for the evening and her dad showed off some serious moves on the dance floor. From the traditional pre-ceremony pizza to hanging out in the 90s in the brick garage in the back to board games and drinks – it was just a beautiful day filled with a lot of great people.

Eric and Susan’s Wedding

The thing I like about The City of Glass is that it provides a stark contrast to what you can put up against it. Let me be frank – love is all around us. It is. Just like Hugh Grant said in that movie. Put these two in and let the city be the backdrop – and what do you see? Beams of love. You can’t help but look.

It was a proper summer in Vancouver, with the temperature rising past 30 degrees. The gorgeous setting of Coal Harbour and breeze from the water kept folks cool.

Thank you Eric and Susan for being your smiling selves – the display of team work and loyalty within your relationship is wonderfully inspiring.

An aMAZEing Engagement with Jess and Marx

(Did you see what I did there?) As I get older, I wonder why it’s becoming so hard to make new friends. I think back to a decade ago and wonder where I was, what I was doing – I realize that a lot of it has to do with luck. It really does. I would say that I am so lucky to have met Jess and Marx. It’s a small world, really. Jess and I bonded in university in a geology course (we got thrown out one time for having too much fun with the terminology!), and Marx is the brother of someone I went to high school with. Serendipity, guys!

It’s been a while since those fun university days, but when Jess contacted me – I was thrilled to hear from her and the three of us got along famously.

From a jealous kitten to a ton of random exploring (we called Jess our little Dora!) to that well-timed golden hour to getting lost in a maze (like actually!) to making some bench statues mad jealous with a make-out stand off (spoiler alert: Jess and Marx won) to having some fun in a muddy soccer field with their favourite soccer (or football!) jerseys…

… Can’t get any more lucky than this.

Shooting notes: All photos taken with a Nikon D700 with a Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 and Nikon D800 with a Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8. I used a PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver and MiniTT1 Transmitter, using a PocketWizard AC3 zone controller to remotely set off a Nikon SB-600.

Fitz and the Tantrums at the Commodore Ballroom (June 25th, 2014)

With a busy summer of weddings, I was just honoured to have had the chance to shoot Fitz and the Tantrums to give me a proper send off for the season. I’ve been a fan of Fitz for a long time. They headlined my personal anthems during my break-ups, my successes, and all in all – if you want to feel fucking empowered…

… Own it.

Thanks for the send off guys.

Full review and photo gallery on LORDS of DOGWOOD.

Shooting notes: All photos taken with a Nikon D700 and Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8; and Nikon D800 with Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8.