Michelle & Dustin -married! {Canmore Stewart Creek Wedding Photographer}

I’m a big planner. I love working on a timeline with my couples to best suit their day in terms of actual ceremony and reception timing and optimizing the amount of time for creatives. I love location scouting and finding the absolute best place to shoot, finding new and hidden little gems. But I also love being in the moment, driving by something that I’ve seen many times before and yelling STOP! because the light is perfect. I’ve driven by this spot countless times on my way into Canmore and yet I’ve never used it or even gotten out of my car to be in the surroundings. It wasn’t until we were faced with a looming sunset and I knew my previously picked spot wouldn’t be as nice for light that it became a must. And I have to say, I am thrilled with the results of that quick glance over my shoulder and the picture perfect light painting those mountains. Michelle and Dustin and their whole amazing crew were the perfect people to throw up there on that hill too. I am pretty sure that behind those smiles and laughter was a whole lot of “the wind is going right through my clothes and my eyeballs are frozen open”. Moments like these, I’m happy to be a photographer and not a videographer. Not only do I adore Michelle and Dustin, but I was especially excited to finally shoot at Stewart Creek Golf Course just outside Canmore. I’m not sure if there’s a more perfect ceremony room, it’s like being in a treehouse. And the staff have to be the friendliest most accommodating people I’ve met yet. The whole day was just lovely, from a beautiful and very personal ceremony to a tea ceremony with tons of laughter and requests for babies to a bridal party that I felt like we had been friends for years. Special thanks to Joelene Mills for being my trusty sidekick and catching some incredible moments. Enjoy this gorgeous day!

Holly & Ryan -married! {Canmore, Silvertip wedding photographer}

I’m sitting in my office right now and looking out the window and snow is falling gently. Hello winter. Holly and Ryan definitely got married in the Fall and it’s nice to sit here and look at the beautiful fall colours but I am also excited about what the winter has in store for me. I think what I love most about my couples is that they are willing to do pretty much anything to get great photos. Holly and Ryan and their AMAZING bridal party persevered through some pretty cold weather. I was going to use ‘suffered’, but we all did it with smiles and really, I would wager to say it was worth it. I loved Holly and Ryan’s resolve and they were so wonderful to work and laugh with. Silvertip, just outside Canmore, hosted both the ceremony and reception and as always, was such a treat to shoot at. The gazebo area never disappoints and the Pavilion is always breathtaking. A big thanks to Stephanie Couture for being my awesome co-ninja for the day and of course for filling a bag of candy for me from the stellar candy bar. I have to say, I wonder if a great candy bar equals a packed dance floor because you have to check out the craziness that ensued once the music was blaring and the lights went down. I can’t wait to hear the stories of the night from Holly and Ryan. Enjoy this little look into a really, really wonderful day.

Nickolas Slomka - November 10, 2014 - 4:21 pm

Very nice !!!

Chelaine & Dustin -engaged! {Calgary, Kananaskis Wedding Photographer}

It’s been awhile since I talked about light. I could talk about light in every blog post, it’s something that I love seeing and playing with in my photography. But I need to talk about it from Chey and Dustin’s Cochrane session. It was spectacular, the light was filtering in through my lens in a way I couldn’t even explain. Some serious magic that day. You know what else was magic? Their adorable dog. You have to scroll down and see the picture where the tounge is out. I didn’t even notice when I was taking the picture, so I got an extra laugh when I was editing. Love it! Chey and Dustin know how to work it and I can’t wait to capture their mountain wedding this summer!

Kirsten & Taylor -engaged! {calgary wedding photographer}

The pylon wasn’t planned. I swear. So why then? Well, when you’re walking by said pylon and your couple gleefully reminisce about their first date when they, ahem, borrowed a giant one…. well, you shoot it. That orange cone was probably the deciding factor in their romance. Ok maybe not, but it added an element of fun and danger to that date and I’m sure it helped a little. So yeah. It wasn’t planned but it’s cool right? Kirsten and Taylor are a fun, awesome couple. The type of people I want to hang around just because they make me laugh and their personalities are so bright and cheerful. I can see why they get along so well, why they love each other. Laughter is always something I need and crave and I think when you can laugh together, you can overcome any obstacle. It’s my husband’s and my greatest marriage attribute, at least in my opinion anyhow. I loved seeing these two move together and they just fit together, very little direction from me and they just snuggled in close. Thanks for braving the cold! It was worth it!!

Jenn & Mike -engaged! {Calgary wedding photographer}

I kind of love the moments when I think I’m done a session and then something catches my eye and I end up shooting for 20 more minutes. Jenn and Mike might not have appreciated 20 more minutes of cold but I hope they love the reason why. We were walking back to the parking lot and all of a sudden the creek lit up with golden hues from the sunset and the reflection of the trees. It was one of the most beautiful and thrilling photographic experiences I’ve ever had. It was just so exciting in the most wonderfully nerdy way possible. I love the way the light filtered through the trees and how we were able to find shades of orange and red leaves, something I thought only my colleagues in Ontario got?! Pretty awesome all around. Enjoy!

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