Julia and Rob - Rustic Summer Engagement Photos - Ghost Lake Alberta

Julia and Rob - Rustic Summer Engagement Photos - Ghost Lake Alberta

When I first met with Julia and Rob, Julia had her heart set on some rustic summer engagement photos. They are planning a downtown wedding for this fall, so they wanted their engagement session to have a completely different feel. Julia even picked out one of the most beautiful spots out by Ghost Lake in the foothills. We were all on pins and needles the afternoon of the session as the forecast was for severe thunderstorms and a terrible hailstorm passed north of the city. But we were very lucky and somehow the storm passed right around the valley and instead gave us the most dramatic skies.

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Amy & John - Spring Garden Wedding

Amy & John - Spring Garden Wedding

Amy and John had their heart set on a beautiful Spring Garden Wedding. They picked their wedding day based on when the Lougheed House was available because they had their heart set on ceremony in the formal gardens. Now as anyone who has lived in Calgary for a while knows, June is about the only time of year that we get rain. The day before Amy and John's wedding it was terrible, grey and rainy all day long, so plans were made to move the ceremony inside, much to the bride and groom's disappointment. But on Saturday morning, the clouds cleared and and a we had the most beautiful, sunny day in June.

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Sled Island 2014 - Calgary Concert Photographer

Sled Island 2014 - Calgary Concert Photographer

Every year in June, I take a little break from weddings and spend a week at my favourite music festival in the city, Sled Island. Last year, the festival had to be cancelled half way through because of flooding, so everyone involved this year was really itching to for it to happen.I have been on the Photo Crew with the festival for 5 years now, and every year I say that it makes me a better photographer. Oh, and every year, if I am shooting one of the Olympic Plaza shows, I promise you it will absolutely pour rain!

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Amy & John - Downtown Calgary Engagement Photography

Amy & John - Downtown Calgary Engagement Photography

Spring this year has not been kind for outdoor photography…but this is not new for Calgary. Amy and John wanted a spring time engagement session, we ran into so much bad weather that we had to postpone their session three times! Luckily we managed to squeeze it in at the end of May. They are getting married this Saturday, so it was just in time! Even though spring took a long time to arrive, I am loving all the green and beautiful blossoms that are finally popping up everywhere! Amy & John brought along Ayden, their very adorable son. They are such a sweet family and I really enjoyed infusing some family photos into this session. I kept telling Amy that her and Ayden have the same smile :)

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Ciara and Steven - Calgary Engagement Photography in Riley Park

Ciara and Steven - Calgary Engagement Photography in Riley Park

I met Ciara and Steven downtown in April for their engagement photography session. Our spring has been so cold and snowy and I have many couples that have been waiting for spring to bloom before we book their engagement photos, but Ciara was so excited to be engagement that she didn't want to wait! Despite the mud and slush, we lucked out with a beautiful, sunny evening. Ciara and Steven just got engaged on Valentine's day, but I think Ciara had been planning the wedding for months because she seems to already have everything organized and booked even though their wedding isn't until 2015! Steven also knew how to play up on her anticipation. Every day for a week before Valentine's Day, he gave her a ring and box from the dollar store before finally proposing with the REAL ring.

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Christine and Kevin - Calgary Winter Wedding Photography at the Palliser Hotel

Christine and Kevin -  Calgary Winter Wedding Photography at the Palliser Hotel

Christine and Kevin planned a beautiful and simple winter wedding the day after Valentine’s Day. Because of their family history in Calgary, they chose the Fairmont Palliser downtown for their reception. Christine and Kevin came to me as a referral only two weeks before their wedding day and we clicked right away. Considering it was February, were lucky to have a wonderfully warm and sunny day for our quick outdoor portrait stop at Scotsman’s Hill. Kevin used to live in Ramsay, so the location was very special to him. With only 40 guests who were mostly family, we felt like part of the family by the end of the day.

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Shauna and Sadie - Wedding Photos Downtown Calgary

Shauna and Sadie - Wedding Photos Downtown Calgary

This very snowy winter has been a great opportunity for some very romantic winter wedding photos in downtown Calgary. When I met Shauna and Sadie in late summer, Sadie explained that they were planning a November wedding because she wanted snowy wedding photos. In Calgary, you never know what November will bring. We might have 5 feet of snow, or just brown grass and mud. Well, just for Sadie this year, we had a November filled with snow, complete with a fresh dusting of beautiful white snow on the morning of their wedding. Shauna and Sadie were married at their church, Hillhurst United, on the Remembrance Day Long weekend. This made it especially fitting that we headed over just a few blocks for their portraits at the new Soldiers Memorial along Memorial Drive at the 10th Street Bridge. It quickly became my new favourite spot for photos since it provided a beautiful city skyline along with awesome riverbank views.

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Shauna & Sadie - Calgary Engagement Photography at Heritage Park

Shauna & Sadie - Calgary Engagement Photography at Heritage Park

On a beautiful fall afternoon, I met Shauna and Sadie at Heritage Park to capture their engagement photos. Heritage Park is one of Sadie’s favourite places in the city . The fall colours were just starting to appear and it was a perfect afternoon for photos there. I had such an awesome time getting to know them better and hear their love story. Shauna and Sadie are getting married in November and I can’t wait to capture their romantic winter wedding!

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Aames and Angela - Calgary wedding photos at Valley Ridge Golf Course

Aames and Angela - Calgary wedding photos at Valley Ridge Golf Course

Aames and Angela spent so much time preparing for their wedding day. It was evident throughout all their details, and I was glad to be there to capture their wedding photos. Angela was a real “DIY” bride and she did such an amazing job at thinking about every detail of the day and then hand-crafting every piece herself. Aames and Angela also paid special attention to incorporate special Filipino customs and traditions to their, including having all the guys in traditional Barongs. After a beautiful Catholic mass at St. Joseph’s Parish, we spent the afternoon taking photos throughout Crescent Heights. In May, Calgary weather rarely cooperates, but we had a beautiful afternoon with a nice breeze and the perfect amount of clouds! One of the best parts of Aames and Angela’s wedding was being included in the amazing amount of love that their close knit family and friends have for them!

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Arlee & Todd – Red Deer wedding photographer

Arlee & Todd – Red Deer wedding photographer

I am so excited to finally be able to share Todd & Arlee’s wedding photos!  Todd and Arlee hired me very far in advance of their wedding day, so far in fact that we did their engagement photos more than a year ahead. Arlee promised me from the beginning that there would be a big storm on her wedding day, as this happens on every important day of her life. Sure enough, a huge hailstorm broke out just as everyone was arriving for the ceremony service. Luckily, it passed and we had a beautiful afternoon for photographs outside. Todd and Arlee love to be surrounded by their family, and they reflected this by choosing to have all family in their bridal party. It was a wonderful day watching these two awesome families join together. Congratulations Todd & Arlee!

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Stephanie & Mitchell – Calgary Wedding Photos at Country Hills Golf Club

Stephanie & Mitchell – Calgary Wedding Photos at Country Hills Golf Club

Over the next few weeks, I will be catching up with all the wedding photos I have been taking over the past six months. To start with, here is one of my more recent summer weddings. Stephanie & Mitchell were married on July 13, 2013 at Hope Lutheran Church. We had such a stormy July and it was threatening to pour all day long…but the sun cooperated and we had beautiful weather all afternoon.

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Sled Island 2012 - Calgary Concert Photography

Sled Island 2012 - Calgary Concert Photography

Once a year I take a break from my normal photography to immerse myself in concert photography. Sled Island is one of my favourite weeks of the year. If you have never experienced this magical week in June, you are missing out. Downtown Calgary is often a dreary, quiet place after 6pm. But during Sled Island, the streets are filled with people on bicycles racing from one venue to the next. There is always 100 things to see at once during Sled Island, since it happens at multiple venues simultaneously. I also love the rush of concert photography: waiting for that awesome moment, feeling the pulse of the crowd in a small intimate venue, and the interesting and dynamic stage lighting.

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Sarah & Brian – Downtown Calgary Engagement Photography

Sarah & Brian – Downtown Calgary Engagement Photography

On one the longest day of the year, I met Sarah & Brian in downtown Calgary to take some beautiful sunset engagement photos. Sarah and Brian are in love with the city of Calgary and wanted to showcase it’s urban beauty in their session. We started in the Crescent Heights area to really show off the beautiful city views from the hill. Then we headed into the East Village to catch the sun setting over the river. Our session ended with the fun city lights in Olympic Plaza. Sarah and Brian are such a fun, relaxed and affectionate couple. It was so easy to grab beautiful shots of them because they put each other at ease and just melt into beautiful poses.

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Todd & Arlee – Calgary Zoo Engagement photographer

Todd & Arlee – Calgary Zoo Engagement photographer

Todd and Arlee are such an amazing, beautiful couple. I met them at a Bridal Show in Red Deer and I cannot wait to shoot their wedding. Todd and Arlee both have told me they waited a long time to find each other…even living 4 minutes apart for years before they met! Todd and Arlee love to take weekend trips together around Alberta, so we met at the Calgary Zoo early on a Sunday morning for these photos. The Calgary Zoo is very special to them, since it was where they had their first official date. We also wandered into Inglewood and found a park for our football themed engagement photography.

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