Sheahan & Clint -engaged! {calgary, fernie wedding photographer

So there’s a magical time every year when the leaves and the light are gold. It’s fleeting but it’s certainly here and I am loving every minute. From the moment I started chatting over email with Shea, I could feel an instant connection. As soon as I met her and Clint, I knew we were an amazing match. They are incredibly full of life, vibrant, energetic, spirited; their eyes sparkle. We bonded over our son’s name both being Logan. And family, they adore their boys and there is such respect and admiration being shared and offered to the boys and back. The outdoors is a huge part of Sheahan and Clint’s lives and canoeing at North Glenmore Park is a regular family activity. Being engaged is not just about these two wonderful people, it’s about bringing together two families and so it was only fitting that the boys were included as well. We watched the sun go down together and I remember reveling in the fact that this is exactly why I love my job. Capturing and documenting families and love in this wonderful world makes my heart sing. Enjoy!

Sarah & Jordan -engaged! {Calgary wedding photographer}

Okay, let’s be clear. The jumping high-five isn’t my typical engagement repertoire but for Sarah and Jordan it was a must. I actually like the beginning of a portrait session when there’s a bit of anxious chatter and normally something along the lines of “I don’t really like having my picture taken”. It’s almost a game for me now, something I strive to reverse in as short a time possible. I now know that everyone is a little nervous, no one really enjoys having a camera in their face, but that I can make it fun and as natural as possible. I love seeing the progression over a session and it makes me feel awesome knowing that I can lead people through a process. So back to the jumping high five shall we? In an engagement session, or any session for that matter, I want to capture true relationships and emotion. So I will often tell a couple to do something and then wait for a few moments just to see what they do. Sarah and Jordan were certainly no different, but what I especially loved was overhearing Sarah joking about whether they should jump and highfive. Oh yes. yes. You should definitely do that. I loved the comment and thought it would be fitting and fun for a cool couple like them. So no, no jumping high fives for just anyone, but if you want to and it fits, then you bet.

Sophia Jacob - September 24, 2014 - 2:54 am

I love, love, love these pictures! My beautiful niece and her love! What beautiful photos of a beautiful couple! <3

And then one more! {Calgary family photographer}

This sweet little family is welcoming a new little babe this spring! Not long ago, I photographed Kerri and Karl’s wedding in this park and I thought it was fitting to head back there for the maternity session. A beautiful day and a beautiful family. I cannot wait to meet this little one!

Jenn&Joel -married! {St Eugene Cranbrook Wedding photographer}

Weddings are about family. About two families. About creating a new family. It’s pretty great to be surrounded by such profound and unwavering love on a regular basis. And even more so, to be hired as a wedding photographer many times over for the same family. It truly is an honor and I never ever expect it but it is absolutely the best compliment I could ever receive. I had the pleasure of photographing Jenn’s sister Katrina last year and was of course over the moon when Jenn hired me as well. I’ve known Jenn for quite a few years now and couldn’t wait to capture hers and Joel’s special day first as a photographer (obviously!) but a close second, as her friend. St Eugene is spectacular. It’s like a little piece of Tuscany right here in our backyard. Well, kind of our backyard- it’s in Cranbrook for all my lovely Calgary brides-to-be so it’s definitely a jaunt. It’s truly thrilling to shoot there and Stephanie, my awesome and lovely second shooter, and I had the best time searching out the most beautiful spots for creatives. The ceremony was held under a stunning canopy of tree branches and the reception was held in a gorgeous big white tent complete with chandeliers and the hand crafted decor put together by none other than the Mother of the Bride, Jan. WWJD? (whatwouldjando) She would wrap pens with twine of course. All the little details are so important and really make a reception special. There was so much laughter during the speeches, (or should I say rap verses) that it was hard to decide where to point our cameras. By the end of the evening, we were treated to a breathtaking sunset outside and a raucous and spirited party inside. It truly was a wedding to be remembered and I am so happy and excited to share. Enjoy!

Jarusha - September 20, 2014 - 3:24 pm

Absolutely stunning. Sarah this is some of your best work ever!!! What a gorgeous couple, location and day. Well captured :)

Meagan&Matt -married! {Invermere, Radium, Canmore, Calgary Wedding photographer}

After we got home from Invermere, my fabulous second shooter Dana Cole, thanked me for helping her check “epic barn wedding” off her wedding dream list. I really couldn’t agree more. I have been looking forward to this wedding for quite some time, the thought of travel, the barn, a working ranch, a dock, Meagan’s grandmother’s dress etc etc, was really exciting for me. K2 Ranch is an honest-to-goodness working ranch and it’s not open to public weddings which made this even more special for us! The day started beautifully, the kind of day every wedding photographer dreams of, a beautiful blue sky and big puffy white clouds to tone down the brightness of the sun. After a wonderfully emotion-packed ceremony, we loved joining Meagan and Matt and their bridal party back at the lake house for some snacks, drinks, and a dress change. Oh my, what a second dress. I remember my jaw dropping and saying that I couldn’t believe I could love two dresses on the same day. Meagan definitely chose well. Matt proposed (in an elaborate scheme) on the dock of the lake and it was especially fitting to shoot some portraits there. The rest of the afternoon was spent gallivanting around the Ranch’s property, both Dana and I squealing with delight at every location. The whole vibe of the cocktail reception like something out of a movie. Fantastic food, a canoe filled with beer and Palm Bay, lively conversation and a gorgeous evening. Little did the guests know how much of a treat it would be to see the inside of the Barn set for dinner and partying. We really should have set up a camera to catch people’s reactions as they walked in. I wish there was a picture of Dana and I as we walked in, no doubt eyes wide and mouths open in awe. It’s a beautiful barn filled with so much history and they really did the space justice with their simple touches. As if this wedding couldn’t have any more, the bridal party surprised Meagan and Matt with a flash mob.  Your friends don’t get together and practice and perform a choreographed dance for just anyone. They are loved so much. It seems fitting to end this little story here. I hope you enjoy the look back at a most wonderful day.

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