2018 has been a different year professionally for me. My weddings slowed down a bit but my commercial work increased, which you can view here (soon). On the personal side of things a lot of growth has come with much more on the horizon. First year in many I didn’t get a chance to head east to my beloved Cape Breton; you were dearly missed!
Got to shoot some fabulous engagements of an amazing couple, Natasha and Nishant, back in my (kinda) hometown of Ottawa on THE hottest day of the year! And I finished off my wedding calendar with a destination to Mexico with two beautiful souls Amanda and Adrian.
Here are some of my favourites from all the highlights I shared with the world this 2018. Hope you enjoy. If your recently engaged or know someone who is – have them contact me for a highly experienced, fun loving energetic photographer – ME!
Hey everyone – I thought I’d share some of my all time favorite wedding pix from Cape Breton over the years. I love photographing out on the East coast – the diversity of the people, places and culture are only a few things that make me keep going back every year.
If you know someone who is engaged, have them contact me for rates and availability. There are a handful of dates in 2018 still and booking well into 2020.
It has been a one of the best years for me professionally. I want to again thank and congratulate all my clients this year for trusting in me, my vision and mostly my creativity.
I absolutely love photographing a wedding. All the challenges it brings, both personally and professionally. The best is the artistic freedom that my clients give me! THANK YOU! To all that have enjoyed and grown to love my style over the years – THANK YOU!
I will continue to become better and better, learning as I grow for all my 2018 clients and beyond.
Here’s to the new year and what it might bring to everyone. Cheers and enjoy some of my favourites from this past year of 2017
THANKS to all the vendors who helped bring my art to life!!! Love and happiness to all!
Its not often I shoot destination weddings, but Jackie and Wes came to me to photograph their destination wedding in the Playa Del Carmen region of Mexico at the Azul Fives resort, I couldn’t resist.
The location was beautiful, the food was excellent and the company was fun! Great combination for a wedding anywhere! The weather was great all week but it did happen to rain right after the ceremony for about 45 min. Luckily with some location scouting the day before we wasted no time when the skies cleared. Here are some of the best that I think will tell the story of Jackie and Wes’ wedding.
Congrats to you both and thank you for letting me be apart of your fabulous Mexico wedding.
This was the second wedding I had the pleasure to photography in the US this year. Obviously due to legalities normally I’m not allowed but being that both Victoria and Michael are Canadian (among other details) I was allowed to photograph at the beautiful Meadow Brook location which I have never been. I’m always excited to venture to new locations such as this. And I sure wasn’t disappointed!!
Enjoy the photos and as always don’t be shy, leave some comments!
I love Cape Breton. Its a place where cell phones and the day to day technology doesn’t matter as much as with think.
I had the pleasure to photography Melody and Mike’s engagements last summer across from Port Hood on Port Hood Island. It had some sentimental meaning to Mike with his family having grown up fishing from its tiny harbour.
The day of the wedding started off like a bride and groom would hope for. Sunny and cool with a slight ocean breeze. By the ceremony time clouds came in and the wind picked up but spirits didn’t fad. Nor did the laughter and fun the wedding party endured.
The day continued back to Judique for the reception after the wedding party enjoyed a relaxing hour at Mike and Mel’s rented cottage. With dinner served and speeches said, the dancing continued a fun evening till the wee hours.
I asked Carla if she would like to hike the steep (and when I say steep, there’s a roped section) to Egypt Falls for a post-wedding (not really a trash the dress shoot but close) styled shoot with Corey in front of the falls she was all game from the word go!
As things go I wish I had about 3 more flashes to light everything but I think the photos turned out fairly good with what I had. How could they not with a beautiful couple in such an amazing setting.
Thanks again Carla and Corey for letting me be a part of your wonderful day and for trekking down to the falls for this as well!
It all started ed at the rehearsal dinner the Thursday night. Being related to Carla through my wife we were also invited to the pig roast/rehearsal dinner so how could I not bring my camera and capture some intimate candid moments into the wee hours of the morning.
Saturday came with the weatherman on everyone’s good side! Sunny with a chance of sun! Couldn’t ask for better weather that day esp with an outdoor ceremony in the evening.
Carla and Corey decided to break with tradition and see each other before the ceremony – if you know them at all it wouldn’t surprise you. I started with Carla and her girls up at her mom’s house and then ventured into town to get the boys and bring them back so Corey could have the “first sighting” and we could start photos with the entire wedding party there. We ventured through the big metropolis of Scotsville including my father-in-law’s place where the views are spectacular of Lake Ainsley.
Back in town we dropped of the wedding party at the B+B and headed out on our own to the newest and great golf course I’ve played! The Cabot Links – be sure to check it out even if you are not a golfer! So we headed to the 10th tee box and fairway to get some great views of the Inverness harbour.
From there we ventured a down the coast to Broad Cove and the Marshes of Broad Cove. The views and scenery are second to none in all of the East coast!
With time getting it was back to Scotsville for the main event of the day – the ceremony. It took place at Carla’s parents house over looking the lake and one couldn’t have asked for a better setting.A few drinks and mingling and it was to the tent for apps and speeches. Which were very emotional for both Carla and Corey as they each lost a parent suddenly in the last year.
With the sun setting and the bugs starting to fly the evening ended with a reception down at the Scotsville Fire hall!
Had the pleasure to return to the same resort with Amy and Dan (and with a very large group for a destination wedding) in November that I was at back in January with Catherine and Dave (view their post here).
The weather started off ok but it did happen to rain the day of the ceremony for most of the morning so the service was unfortunately moved indoors. Too bad really since you travel all that way to get married in such scerne settings just to be moved at the last minute…thankfully it didn’t rain for the rest of the day so we were able to get some fabulous photos in and around the resort with the day ending in a beautiful sunset! The reception ensued with a clear skies and a full moon over head and after the music was past it’s cut off the party continued to the night club to the wee hours.
The next day the wedding party and I (and the entire group who followed us) went back down to the beach so I could photograph them frolicing in the water and playing in the surf! The “trash the dress style” shoot ending with the wedding party jumpin gin the pool!! hehe That was a defiantely a fun hour!
My previous post mentioned that I traveled to another hotel on the Thursday the week I was in Mexico to photograph a second wedding that week.
Living in Huntsville, north of Toronto, yet originally from the Windsor area Sarah contacted me via email regarding her wedding in April last year when I announced I had booked a wedding in Dominican Republic for January. She was excited that I actually traveled for weddings and didn’t hesitate after she found out from our initial phone conversation I would be in Mexico just up the road!
As I mentioned in my earlier post, the week hadn’t been the best for weather and knowing what we had, I was still optimistic in getting some rays for their ceremony at the Grand Palladium. When I arrived at 11:30am, the sun was struggling to stay out and by the time Sarah, Rick and myself heading towards the beach for some photos prior to the ceremony at 4pm the sun was in full force!
Walking along the path – the water was prefect, the palm trees were blowing in the wind and my couple looked great! We found a great out stretched tree that I had Sarah lay on for some amazing pix with and without Rick!
From there we turned around heading back to where their ceremony was being held at snapping at various spots along the route. As we came upon the gazebo the clouds started rolling in from the east at a very fast rate and we finished our pre-ceremony shoot and headed back to the hotel rooms for a refresher and some chill time.
An hour passed and so did the clouds – the wind turned and sent the clouds north of us and the sun returned just in time for the ceremony! The Mayan gods were in my favour this day unlike the day previous. The rays continued right to the reception dinner when that tropical rain decided to return in full force, wind and all!
The evening continued with drinks and dancing. A fun filled day was had by all!
Almost 2 years ago Sarah and Jeff booked me for their wedding, or should I say weddings.
On the evening of April 9th they had a small intimate ceremony at Freed Orman Centre at the Windsor University’s campus. The first 16 photos will reflect that evening.
Two days later, early Sunday morning I joined Sarah and Jeff on a flight to Mexico. We stayed at the Rui Playacar near Playa Del Carmen, just south of Cancun. The day we arrived was absolutely the weather we hoped for! Sunny and in the high 20’s. Little did we know that this day would be the last (for the most part) of the sun for the week. Of course till the day we left!
Wednesday was the day of the ceremony, which got changed from the beach to the garden to the chapel at the Rui Palace Mexico which was next door. The rain at times came down so hard we didn’t know if it would take us away or not?! Eventually the rain eased and after the ceremony we vented out into the Palace’s gardens where there was a fab gazebo that sheltered Sarah, Jeff and myself from the constant drizzle.
Leaving the Palace we ventured over to the Rui Tequila across the street and see what photos we could find.
Venturing back to our own hotel, the Playacar, the rain held off for just enough time to scurry onto the beach and get our feet wet. As if they weren’t wet enough! From the beach I escorted the newlyweds to the restaurant were the group of guests enjoyed a fabulous dinner!
The following day I ventured 40 km’s south to another hotel where Sarah and Rick said their “I do’s”…but that’s another post!