Thursday, August 21, 2014

erin + nathan | a rainy wedding day in russell, ontario

They wanted to go on an adventure...

So they travelled the world and moved to the Yukon. For Erin, home is wherever Nathan is. For Nathan, the top of a mountain was the perfect place to ask Erin to be his wife. In case they weren't already having enough of an adventure, they vowed to spend a lifetime together. 

Erin and Nathan have such a wonderful outlook on living life to the fullest. It was so clear after listening to their wedding speeches that they've inspired everyone around them to take chances and seize the day.

Erin initially contacted me earlier this year but she told me she couldn't meet for a consult in person because she was in the Yukon. She offered to pay her deposit by email, and when we finally met a few months later, we laughed about how I half expected her to ask for my banking information as part of some internet scam. 

Later in the year, as we prepared for the big day, I asked Erin if she was free for a phone chat one Friday afternoon, to which she replied, "sorry but we're hiking in Alaska!" They're the most adventurous couple that I've ever had the pleasure of meeting, and photographing their wedding was a blast (regardless of the rain that lasted all day).

These postcards made the perfect wedding RSVPs...

When I arrive for bridal prep photos, there's usually a pile of "details" waiting for me to photograph. The standard list includes things like flowers, rings, the wedding invitation, but Erin also had this custom wooden wine box...

The box held cards written by both Erin and Nathan, that would remain sealed until their 5th wedding anniversary. Unless, hard times found them before that, and they found themselves needing a reminder of their feelings for each other.

Erin and Nathan chose to do a first look and I'm so glad they did! Although it rained ALLLL DAY, we were able to find a sheltered spot under the trees for their portraits. We now know that if we had waited until after the ceremony to do photos, it would have been pouring and we probably would have had to shoot in the lobby of their reception site!

The very second before turning to face each other for the first glance...

It was such an emotional time, but once the initial reactions subsided they were able to laugh and share that nervous excitement together.

Erin told me Nathan practically proposed on their third date. He knew how special she was from the minute they met.

He said, "rejection after rejection, I told her she would have to propose to me when she was ready." A few years later, she gave Nathan a very special watch as a gift. He knew she was ready, and wasted no time following it up with a diamond ring and a proposal at the top of a mountain. 

I'm so happy that Erin and Nathan chose to have a second shooter in their package. Having a second photographer there to capture the unseen moments really makes the wedding collection complete. 

I love this photo Brittany grabbed of Erin's brother helping to protect her dress...

Rain, 'shmain. I love these faces.

Erin & Nathan, I am so happy that you've found each other. 
Never stop adventuring!

Monday, August 18, 2014

the end-of-season album sale!

Happy Monday, everyone! I have some exciting news...


All of the details about the sale are right at the bottom of this post. But first, I figure I should probably guide you through the album buying process, starting with the basics.

Albums come in 4 different sizes. Just to make it incredibly simple, they're all square.

As shown below, here are the 12", 10", 8" and the 4" mini books:

There are 2 types of album textures: LEATHER and LINEN. Each texture is available in every one of the sizes above. Think of it this way, linen books are the standard while leather books are the luxury.

To really understand the difference, take a look at these two 10" sample books. They both have the EXACT same number of photos and pages. Huge difference right?

LEATHER books have thick, luxury pages, and a really hefty and protective spine. This is my most common album to design for weddings (and it's the album that I've included in my top package!). The pages are like kids' board books if you can imagine. 

LINEN books have fabric-like covers, and thick pages (although they're much thinner in comparison with the leather books). They don't bend like regular paper pages. Proof? The books you're looking at here are the samples I've been carrying around for close to a year. They're been flipped by literally thousands of people (wedding shows, radio contests, and all of my wedding consults!).

Mini books are perfect for gifts! I most often design these 4"x4" mini books for the moms, or the bridal party! They fit in your purse and are much more fun than pulling out your phone to show off your wedding!

The price for each album includes the design fee as well as 10 spreads. Depending on the size of the album you have chosen, I can give you a recommendation for how many photos to choose. 

Once you've picked your book, you now have to choose the photos! As I mentioned above, the number of photos inside can really affect the overall "feel" of the album. A cluttered book (4+ photos on each spread) won't have the same feel as a spacious book where each image is a bit larger and therefore easier to focus on. 

Take as long as you need to narrow down your photo choices, and I'll get to work as soon as you're ready!

I'm obsessed with the new engraving options on these books! Take a look at Kim & Jeremy's personalized cover:

I've never offered a sale on albums in my 4 years of business, but I'm starting to appreciate more and more having photos in my hands instead of just on my computer. I want my clients to experience that feeling too :)

The sale ends on September 6th! 

However, if your purchase is finalized before August 22nd (THIS FRIDAY), you'll receive FREE engraving on your cover (regular $65.00).

I'm SO ready to start designing your beautiful albums 
so you can see your photos come to life!