Macro Monday – Wedding Rings

If you’d asked me at the start of 2014 if I’d be shooting any weddings this year, I would’ve said “No. I don’t do weddings any more. Just newborns.”

I was wrong. When my Dad mentioned that his friends daughter was getting married and he wanted me to shoot the wedding with him, how could I say no? A chance to work beside the person who is the reason I fell in love with photography to begin with… who wouldn’t take it!?

So, on a beautiful, sunshiney Saturday afternoon, my Dad picked me up in the hotrod, and we drove to Shawnigan Lake for Chrissie & Jay’s wedding.

I sent a super-quick sneak-peek to the new Mrs yesterday, and will likely do a full blog post in a few weeks.  Her sneak peek included this image of their wedding rings.  I love the simplicity and beauty that a macro lens can capture! Who needs fancy props when the details themselves are this perfect?

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Throwback Thursday – Christmas portraits

You might be thinking that it’s silly for me to be thinking of Christmas in July. And you might be right. But here’s the thing… I don’t care! I love Christmas. Even in July! I’ve already started working on the Duders wish lists with them, and I’ve already started my shopping.
This year is going to be even better than last year. The boys are both at such great ages to really revel in the magic of the holiday. And hopefully, this year, they’re at great ages to cooperate for portraits! TOGETHER. Last year was a bust. The year before was a bust… you get the idea. They’re both pretty good at individual portraits, but trying to get them together is a challenge, to say the least.
Today’s flash back is to a couple of my favorite individual Christmas portraits: Deklan’s is from 2010, and Easton’s is from 2011.

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Quote Love

It’s been a rough week – attending two memorial services… one for my BFF’s Mom (who was like a 2nd Mother to me – and MANY others), and one for the teenaged son of my husband’s friend.

Linda & Zack both gave cancer a solid fight, and a swift kick in the arse before it claimed their lives.

Amazing photo slideshows were created for both events and even right up until the bitter end, the smiling faces remained. Through it all, that’s the one thing that REALLY stuck with me… the smiles. Linda Kane and Zack Downey touched more lives than they’ll ever know – and I will always think of each of them with a smile.

So, as I spent some time on Pinterest this weekend, like I do most weekends (and actually, most days in general!) looking at pretty images and reading quotes about photography, I found myself thinking of smiles & happiness.  In the midst of it, this quote jumped out at me.

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Before & After – Carter

It can be hard to show clients what their money is paying for, but I was taught that it’s always a good idea to try. The amount of time that they see you at the shoot is just a fraction of what is involved in a professional photographers day.

One of the many things you pay a professional photographer for, is their post-production work.  Call it what you want: editing, massaging, enhancing, retouching, fine-tuning, polishing… It’s just a piece of the total package.

That being said, it’s a pretty important piece. Even an image that’s technically sound, SOOC (straight out of camera) can usually benefit from a little love. Photographers use programs like Lightroom and Photoshop to help make a great image GREATER. It’s also the opportunity to use artistic preference and help their images stand out from the crowd.

This is one of my favorite recent portraits.  Carter’s parents are some of my longest-standing clients.  “Legacy” clients!  I had the pleasure of doing their engagement photos before their destination wedding.  A little while later came Maternity photos.  Then Carter’s newborn portraits, his 6month portraits (which have yet to be blogged), and a 1st birthday session!  This “before and after” example was taken on his 1st birthday… it’s got canvas written all over it, don’tcha think?

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