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This is the first wedding I have worked where I knew the couple outside of being their photographer. My earliest memory of Matt (which I’m sure he won’t remember) was back around grade 6 or 7 when I showed up at his house with a couple of friends to see if he wanted to go for a bike ride. Jalen and I became friends during our days with the high school choir and we have quite a few fun memories of our field trips and song medleys, including pretending we were giant plates for Disney’s “Be Our Guest”. I knew each of them separately, and we had all attended the same elementary school and high school.

Common with teenagers, there are always different cliques at high school such as “band kids”, the “drama kids” etc. High school, right? Jalen and Matt were definitely part of the “drama/music kids”. They were involved in every play and every musical that the school put on. They consistently stood out as female and male leads, having such an engaging stage presence and ability to entertain an audience. Back then, I remember thinking and hoping that they would eventually come together. Almost a decade later, I found myself sitting in a coffee shop across from Jalen as she discussed her wedding plans to marry the man she has always loved.

When I arrived at the house at 9:30am on the wedding day, friends and family were already rushing around putting out decor for the ceremony and reception. The tent in the backyard had a country rustic feeling that matched the intimate theme. Old books, lanterns and apples were the centrepieces of tables, and chalkboards were used as signs and labels.  The bouquets were being put together, the tables were being arranged – and then rearranged, the music and lights were being set up, and everyone seemed to have a part to play. Even Jalen was running around putting decorations out and organizing last minute details. At one point she said jokingly, here I am setting up the wedding when the boys are probably just hanging around waiting to get ready!

Jalen and Matt had decided on doing a “first look” before the ceremony. They had chosen the theatre they had performed in together during their high school years. While I was getting my equipment organized, Matt was pacing, jumping, singing, dancing, and anxiously waiting for the moment to begin. He was so excited that I had to remind him to stay in the same spot for my light testing to work. When the moment finally came and he turned around to see his bride, so much love had spread across each of their faces and tears of joy had started to form. Soulmates were married that day.

Congratulations Jalen and Matt, I am so happy for you both.

Kiera and Adlin are an easygoing couple and completely in love. I met with Kiera about a month ago to discuss wedding photography packages for 2015. She already had her date set, along with the day she wanted her engagement session. October 1st, snow or sun, we would shoot! She is decisive and organized; appreciable traits for a bride-to-be. The night before the session she messaged to say the weather called for snow, “so bring boots!”  We were shooting on a farm and it was wet and cold. When we arrived they had coffee and tea ready for us (Kiera and I share the love of peppermint tea) and even some homemade chocolate chip banana muffins – which were delicious! We ate them on the ride home. And by we, I mean, I … because they tasted so good I couldn’t stop! Kiera and Adlin will be tying the knot next July in Fort Nelson and it’s going to be a blast!

As soon as we sat down and discussed what her goals were for this shoot, we were immediately on the same page. She is working on coming out with an EP for her music and wanted a subtle, calm and almost dreamlike feel to her images; perfectly complimenting her graceful personality. We knew we wanted a golden field, fall colours and maybe some forestry. The last two aspects were easy to find, but a golden field in Fort Nelson?

We had 48 hours to think of a location because she decided to fill a cancellation spot for her booking. The next day, my husband and I had stopped for some coffee and looked over at a huge field covered in tall grass across the street. No buildings in the background, tall trees, and a vast sky; it was perfect! And in town! The grass wasn’t perfectly golden, but we could make it work. We also shot a few images at the Demonstration Forest up on the hill for a little greenery. While we were shooting in the field, we had a lot of vehicles slow down as they drove past, watching to see what we were up to. I’m guessing that it’s not a normal occurrence to see people wandering around that field with props and a light stand. I hope the onlookers will view this post to see the final result!

Have a listen to Melinda’s music:

https://melinda-music.bandcamp.com/releases || https://m.facebook.com/goodmourningmusic

 

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Thick fog hovered throughout the trees and over the river when we arrived at our location last Saturday. It was surprisingly chilly that morning even though the sun was rising over the trees, giving out beautiful soft light. The surrounding areas were completely clear, as if the fog had stayed by the bridge just for us. I love the resulting effects on the backgrounds of the images giving them a light haze and mood. I aim to make every session unique, and the weather definitely helped us create something one of a kind.

 

A sneak peek of Miss J’s boudoir session.

This shoot happened within 3 days of the inquiry because she was determined to catch the wonderful colours of fall. She had so many great ideas for her session that we ending up shooting until it was too dark! It was an overcast evening but her sister stepped in as my assistant and did a great job with the lighting.:)

Boudoir doesn’t always have to be shot inside a bedroom, even though it is the most common and the first place we think of for a session. The great outdoors provides interesting elements, and sometimes even a horse!

 

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