Thursday, 2 June 2016

Ottawa Wedding Photographer | Karla and Joel Engaged.... and Surprise....


This is SUCH an exciting post for me to write! Karla and Joel are getting married this summer in Renfrew, Ontario and I am thrilled that we get to to capture their love story! Joel's sister was a bridesmaid in one of our previous weddings and I've had the pleasure of photographing different members of his family quite a few times (including my favourite dog Moose who gives the best puppy side-eye). 


So when he and Karla contacted me about photographing their wedding I was really thrilled! And then I met them in person and quickly confirmed that I adore them just as much as his sisters and their families. 

But things took an even more exciting turn when Karla asked if we could turn the engagement session into a surprise pregnancy announcement! As you can imagine, my response was something along the lines of HECK YES WE CAN!

The day came and it was cold, raining off and on, and ridiculously windy so we ended up moving our beach plans to Brewer Park for the coverage. But I think these bright backdrops matched perfectly with Karla's glow.

Are you, or someone you know, recently engaged? Click HERE to check out our wedding gallery and package prices. 

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Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Farewell to Nova Scotia

Tracy and I are home from our first real kid-free vacation since Mac joined us nearly five years ago. The weekend before we left we were shooting a wedding and I was chatting with the make-up artist about our trip. 

Me: "Honestly, I'm just really looking forward to not hearing my kid's voice for a few days."
Tracy: "Kris, maybe you shouldn't say that out loud."
Make-up artist: "Anyone who has kids totally gets that."

And that's how I felt. Mac has been going through a bit of a whining stage and my ears desperately needed a break. But here's the catch 22 of parenting - despite desperately needing a break, I spent the trip seeing things he would have loved and wishing he was there. Because, as I continue to learn, parenting is both so much worse and so much better than anyone could have prepared me for.

So we went to Halifax. A beautiful city filled with amazing people. Do you know that when you stop on the side of the road in Halifax cars will just stop instantly? Even if there is no crosswalk there. They just stop and let you cross. And, if you are looking at a map on a city street, a dozen locals will stop to ask if you need assistance. And they may just invite you to a kitchen party they are hosting that night.  Because in Nova Scotia there ain't no party like a kitchen party.

We were charmed by the friendliness from the moment we stepped off the the plane. Our cab driver was eager to recommend everything from restaurants to great views. He offered to be back at our hotel to pick us up for the trip home and he was there as promised (and early). We stayed at The Prince George Hotel and before arriving I tweeted that I was excited to get away with Tracy for our first kid-free vacation. When we arrived this lovely surprise was waiting for us in our room:



Sufficiently charmed, we greatly enjoyed the rest of our stay meeting up with some old friends and family and wandering around on our own.

I also learned that I am, absolutely, a portrait photographer and not a landscape photographer. I brought my camera, excited to do a little personal shooting, but mostly I just saw beautiful landscapes and wished I had a wedding couple to photograph in the foreground. So, if you are planning a Halifax wedding please do get in touch! We'd love to come back to shoot a wedding! (Gallery and prices here).









I call this one "Halifax at Night."



I call this one "Photographer's Wife is No Longer Interested in the Halifax Skyline and Thinks 30 Second Exposures Take Forever and is Cold and Bored"


Four nights later we were rested, relaxed, and so ready to hear the sweet high-pitched voice of our favourite four year old. It sounds so much nicer on rested ears.












Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Ottawa Wedding Photographer {Jennie and Wesley Engaged}

Last summer I got a call from Jennie and Wesley. They had plans to get married on a beach in P.E.I. the following summer but wanted to take beach engagement photos for their save the date announcement. So we made plans to head to Westboro Beach at sunset. 

It was cold and cloudy and we didn't actually get any sunset. But the dramatic clouds worked perfectly and we had a great time creating new memories.

When I got home and started editing their package my wife Tracy peeked over my shoulder and said "Wow! That couple is gorgeous! They should be in a magazine!" And lo and behold, a few months later, here are Jennie and Wesley gracing the pages of Hitched - Ontario's Most Beautiful Weddings Magazine.

Jennie's engagement ring is from Ben Alexander at Goldform Manufacturing Jewellers Ltd. 





And for your viewing pleasure, here are some more photos of Wesley and Jennie's engagement shoot.











Friday, 6 May 2016

Ottawa Wedding Photographer | Jillian and Fraser Engaged

After getting rained out twice, I finally had the opportunity to meet up with Jillian, Fraser, and their pup Saxon for their engagement session. 

We had such an enjoyable walk through the woods. And now I'm even more excited for their Beantown Ranch wedding that is coming up in just a few weeks!

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