Thursday, April 28, 2011

Melissa & Todd | Comox Valley Photographer

On the eve of one of the most anticipated weddings of the century, (even though there are still 89 years left in this one!) I'm going to write about another fabulous couple who will wed this year...

Melissa and Todd met me for an engagement shoot on Easter weekend and we had fun, fun, FUN!  I'm not sure what they were expecting, but they both seemed a bit surprised to discover that they were actually enjoying themselves in front of my camera!  Perhaps it was because all they really had to do was 'be' together, and let me tag along. 

Todd and Melissa's love is light and fun and sparkly.  They laugh easily and their eyes literally light up when they look at each other.  It was a pleasure being in their company; listening to their love story and hearing plans for their summer wedding.

I don't think I'll be getting up at one a.m. to witness the Royal Nuptials, but if Todd and Melissa were marrying in the wee hours...I'd be there!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

My first official wedding shoot! Vancouver Island Wedding Photographer

I love weddings.  I don't think there are enough occasions in our lives where we gather together and celebrate love.  Although I've enjoyed photographing many weddings as a guest, I'm new to the business of wedding photography.  I'm anxious to get my feet wet.

Needless to say, when a woman named Melanie called me last month to ask if I could photograph her wedding the following week, I was elated!  Melanie sounded very relaxed on the phone as she described her wedding to me: very small, uncomplicated, laid-back, and it was being held at The Old House Restaurant.

Things were happening so quickly that I didn't have a chance to meet Melanie, or her fiancee Kevin, prior to the wedding, so the first time I saw the bride was only moments before she said, "I DO!"
When Melanie appeared looking like a Greek Goddess, I think my smile was almost as big as the groom's!

I honestly couldn't have asked for a more perfect first wedding to shoot!  The bride and groom were not only beautiful, but also very kind and generous.  The guests were lovely, the setting was gorgeous, and the weather cooperated too!  I am so grateful that Melanie and Kevin trusted me to capture their big day.  I will never forget it.

If you like what you've seen, and you know someone who is getting married soon, please lead them to me!  Because this is my first season, I'm offering a 50% wedding-portfolio-building discount to the the first four couples who book their weddings with me.

$650.00 includes: 
3-4 hours of shooting, 
1-2 locations, 
a disc of high resolution images in colour and black and white with printing rights,  
and a complementary engagement photo session.

Congratulations Melanie and Kevin!  Have a happy life together!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

It's a NEW day! | Comox Valley Photographer

I'm so excited to officially launch my new photography business!!!  I've got a new look, a new website, a new blog, a new studio, new equipment, and some new ideas... but it's the same old me behind the lens! 

I want to acknowledge the many extraordinary people who have helped me build my portfolio this past year.  I appreciate the leap of faith it takes to put yourselves in the hands of an emerging photographer, and I can't thank you enough.  

The first photos I'm going to share with you aren't of a recent photo shoot, I chose them for my first blog post because they represent where I'm at right now.  I spent some time watching this robin as she gathered nest-building-materials from my garden, then she flew to the top of the neighbour's garage and paused to look at her surroundings.

She was well-prepared; she had what she needed to start her project, and she was ready to make it happen, but it seemed as though she just needed a minute to get her bearings before taking off.  She paced back and forth along the roof a few times, then stopped and stared out at the world once more.

About a minute after this photo was taken, the robin did take flight.  I tried to see where she was headed, but quickly lost sight of her because her ascent was so swift.  
(I should be so lucky!)