Friday, August 29, 2014

the latest from sarah walsh bridal

I've been doing photos for Sarah Walsh Bridal for over a year now, can you believe it? I still remember our first shoot ever -- out on the beach, with some of my favourite ladies ever.  

Over the last year, Sarah has been refining her collection, expanding her client base, and she constantly blows me away with her business sense and creativity. Here's a look at something we worked on together recently, featuring two models you'll definitely recognize:

The beautiful Kristie -- you remember her engagement session and winter wedding of course!

And Brittany -- what photos HAVEN'T I taken of this girl? Her beachy engagement session, wedding in Perth, their first anniversary...

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

a fresh, new website that let's the photos do the talking

While in the thick of wedding season (and on maternity leave), I decided it would be the perfect time to design a brand new website.

Yeah, I'm definitely using the term "maternity leave" lightly, friends. 

But lately I've been taking a good hard look at my web presence and what it says about me. When I created my last website, I used a lot of graphics (chalkboard, glitter, gold stripes, holy cow...) because I wanted to convey a point about my work. I wanted to show clients that I photograph happy people,in a fresh and fun way.

And it worked! 

I got a ton of positive feedback about the website, and I booked the most amazing clients because of it. Clients who, maybe without knowing it, have given me an incredible gift. They've allowed me to photograph the kind of love that makes me light up inside. They've given me the opportunity to photograph seriously beautiful weddings, filled with personal details and emotional moments. 

And I think my photos are finally reflecting that passion I feel. 

With this discovery comes the creation of my brand new website. And if I might say, it is the OPPOSITE of my last website. It's clean and fresh, and I'm finally letting my photos do the talking.

The galleries are simple to use, and look AMAZING when viewed from a phone or iPad. I'm madly in love with Showit and Sitehouse designs.

As always, my pricing and packages are listed under "info". I believe in being very upfront about how much my services cost. It saves time for everyone :)

Of course the "about me" page now has a picture of baby Coop ;)

Since we're on the topic of "business stuff," 
I have a few announcements to make!

NUMBER ONE: I will be at the Ottawa Wedding Show this Fall! It's now official, I've got my booth number and my registration packet :) Come see me there on October 18th & 19th!

NUMBER TWO: Fall mini sessions are coming SOON! The format has changed a little bit from previous years, but if you're interested, put a little star on September 28th in your calendar :)

NUMBER THREE: I've also recently re-designed my client FAQ guide to include more helpful tips for preparing for your wedding day! This guide goes over everything from how to book your session, what to wear, and how to create your wedding day timeline. Helpful stuff, you guys! 

It matches my new website perfectly and I'm so excited that some of my 2015 clients are already making use of it! Check that out here:

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!