My best of the best from this past decade from 2010 thru to 2019. Showing my timeless style of simplicity, natural beauty, candid moments, dramatic lighting, and just amazing photos from some of the most amazing people I’ve had the pleasure to meet and work with over these last 10 years. Some I even now consider close friends.
Trends were never my thing – though I did try a few in the early 2010’s – but I came into my own style by 2015. The last 4 to 5 years that style has really been predominate with much learning to go in the coming years.
One thing about my work is I take pride knowing an image from last year, the year before or even 9 years ago will stand the test of time. Whether on any wall or mantle my images cannot be dated due to a trend or certain look from the wedding photography industry that has come and gone.
Once again – Thank you to all my clients (friends) from near and far! Love you all. Here’s to the next 10 amazing years to come!
Having a wedding in November is a hit a miss when it comes to the weather. And Jenn and Nick had some help from above shining down on this beautiful couple.
Large wedding parties are always fun, unique and most often challenging. But I love that about weddings in general. Getting to meet new people and seeing them have a good time and to be a part of an amazing memory for two people.
Here are some of my favourites from Jenn and Nick’s wedding yesterday that I hope you enjoy and share. A quick shout out to all the vendors that were involved in making Jenn and Nick’s day truly memorable.
If there were ever two people who could be more perfect for each – it would be Natalie + Scott. With Natalie’s huge smile and gigantic heart, and Scott’s larger than life personality and humor – it was an absolute pleasure to be a part of their big day.
The entire wedding was a success from start to finish – with the weather being the way it was, sunny and cool. Too the fun and laughs with the entire wedding party all day. That fun continued throughout the evening and into the party hours.
A big congrats to you both, Natalie + Scott! Never change who you are!
A big thanks to all the vendors who helped out in that success for their wedding to make my job look easy! And a special thanks to Gene for second shooting for me.
I first met Amanda when she stood up as a bridesmaid for a good friend of hers for another client. Her and Adrian loved my images and my approach to photographing a wedding. We met a few months after and our personalities clicked – which is a big deal for a destination wedding – and we discussed all the details her and her wedding planner were making for a November wedding in Tulum, Mexico.
The first day after I arrived, we met with their wedding planner to scout out locations and to understand the timing of the day and figure out how much time we would need at each location.
The wedding day finally came with zero chance of precipitation so I knew we would be able to utilize every spot we scouted.
Amanda and Adrian both agreed to have their first reveal by themselves to keep the intimacy. The location couldn’t been better.
Throughout the day we stopped at a few different locations heading towards Tulum which was about an hour from our Barcelo Resort Coming into the twilight hour and finally arriving to Mia Restaurant and Beach Resort. The timing of the ceremony was perfect. Family images were shot upon the sunset soaked beach and everything perfect….till the ginormous rain cloud came right as dinner was going to be served outside. Thankfully Nemo Sierra, their wedding planner had a plan B and we moved into the restaurant for dinner.
By the time dinner was over the rain had stopped and the dancing commenced on the beach. The day was absolutely beautiful even with the hour and a half of rain.
Here are some of my favourites from such an amazing wedding of two of most down to earth people you could met.
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!
Tricia and Dominick had met 20 years ago in college…over the years their friendship grew in to a love they both couldn’t deny. Through the love of sports, travel and shear determination (from Dom), that love brought them together on August 4th. Friends and family enjoyed a funny spontaneous ceremony from Father Greg at the Most Precious Blood Church ending in the the best view from South West Ontario at the Augustus 27 room at the Caesars Windsor.
Tahnee and Devine’s wedding was one I was looking forward to for a while. The plan was for it to be outdoors on the patio at the St Clair Centre for the Arts overlooking the Detroit skyline but mother Nature had different plans for this day. The weather just didn’t co-operate enough to have it outside so inside we went. With their friends, family and their 4 gorgeous children Joe McParland, a family friend, got the married!
With a window of 30 min we managed to hope across the road for some creative images that Tahnee and Devine were hoping for, thankfully the rain held off just at the right moment to get them in.
Here are some of awesome highlights from their day. Enjoy.
This is how Chantel describes how she was proposed to by Matthew…
“We got engaged in Iceland. He brought the ring without my knowledge and held it on him everywhere we went. He wasn’t sure when he was going to do it but he knew he had to wait for the perfect moment. We had just went snorkeling and deciding to take a hike to the nearest waterfall (Öxarárfoss). It was then he decided he wanted to do it. He had asked friends of ours to take a picture of us in front of this beautiful waterfall and proceeded to get down on one knee. Not knowing what was happening he took the box out of his coat pocket and was shaking like a leaf. I was so worried he was going to drop it and we would never see this ring again. But thankfully he didn’t, he got the words that wanted to say and without hesitation I said YES!”
This has been a very gloomy, cold and wet spring thus far. But thankfully on the day of Sara and Jordan’s wedding it was simply beautiful. The sun was out with a little cool breeze blowing form Lake St. Clair; everyone who attended their outdoor ceremony couldn’t be happier for this.
The original plan was to have the outdoor ceremony at the Canadian Club Heritage Brand Centre (Hiram Walker’s) in Walkerville but due to the parent company selling off the building it was closed for events as of December 31st 2017. As sad as that news was the new location at Beachgrove Golf and Country Club was the next best location.
Here are some of my favorites from their wedding on May 5th.
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.
“Alan flew me out for a weekend getaway to New York City on the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend last year. We had both never been before and toured the amazing city! We were strolling through Central Park on a beautiful bright sunny day and an opera singer was singing a beautiful melody as we walked down a flight of stairs, under an arch which opened into a promenade to a gorgeous fountain and a lake view behind it. It was the most serene scene and Alan got down on one knee and proposed to me right in front of the fountain. A crowd of people witnessed this special occasion and started clapping and congratulated us. It was truly breath taking and one of the best days of our lives!”
Congrats to you both, MaryGrace + Alan. Thanks for letting me be a part of your big day. Here are some of my favourites from their wedding.
You can’t control the weather…and with that the cold November rain was upon us for Sheena + Ryan’s wedding day. Luckily we had a back up location and a small 30 minute window without rain to work with to get some amazing fun images…
Ryan’s proposal in his own words…”It was late December last year, and I had gotten the ring a month before and was waiting for the right time. Something in me said that today was the day despite having no real significance to either of us. So, I left work early, grabbed a bottle of wine, and set up a pick-nick in our basement (because it was raining), when she got home from work I asked her to help me move something and she came downstairs to find me on one knee.”
Congrats to you both, Sheena and Ryan. Thanks for letting me be a part of your big day. Here are some of my favourites from their wedding.
“It was Christmas morning and I was so nervous I couldn’t sleep. I got out of bed around 6 am and had my morning coffee. I knew Melissa was always excited for Christmas morning and would wake up early. So I sat drinking my coffee mustering up the courage to go upstairs. Finally I knew it was time when the sun started to come up. I ran upstairs and woke Melissa by saying that Santa had come. I put her gift in front of her and had her open it. Once she got down to the small ring box I took it from her and got down on one knee to pop the question. She was still wiping the sleep out of her eyes and at first thought I was joking. Once she realized what was happening she said yes!! She jumped out of bed and started freaking out, who to tell first and that she had to get ready. It was our best Christmas thus far.”
Congrats to you both, Melissa + Steve!Thanks for letting me be a part of your day. Here are some of my favourites from your wedding.
“We went camping, he insisted we see the sunset that night so we were rushing after dinner. He told me to take a photo of him holding the sun and I told him it wasn’t working. He was like, Babe….so I looked away from the camera and he was on his knee.”
Here are some favourites from Stef and Ian’s outdoor wedding in Amherstburg, ON. The weather was perfect and we were all thankful as there really wasn’t a plan B if it wasn’t.
Congrats to you both, Stef and Ian. It was my pleasure and honour to be a part of your wedding. All the best to you both.
Wedding Venue – St Nicholas Macedonian Hall
Florist – Diva Floral Designs
DJs – DJ PJ
Invitation/Paper goods – Vista Print
Make-up Artists – Beauty Brow House
Favours – Evergreen Memories
Photo Booth – Fun Flash Photobooth
Officiants – Royal Wedding Garden
Transportation – Formal Affair
Menswear – Moores
Guest Accommodations – Holiday Inn
Decorator – Diva Floral Designs
“We were in Costa Rica. He planned a romantic dinner on the beach. We had the whole beach to ourselves. James had a photographer staged. I was given a walkman while I thought he was in the bathroom, only to find his voice on the walkman…at the end of the recording he was behind me on one knee.”
Congrats to you both, Stephanie and James! Here are some of my favourites from your wedding.
Friday, Sept 15th was a bitter sweet day for me in my professional photographer career. This might be the last time I get to photograph a wedding at the Canadian Club Heritage Brand Centre. The day was perfect, sun shinning, slight cool breeze off the water, two amazing people about to take the next journey of their lives together.
Brittany and Matthew’s wedding went off without a hitch. Here’s a brief story about the proposal…
Brittany – “I was planning a surprise birthday party with our close friends in the GTA….meanwhile he planned an engagement party with the same friends, they all knew expect for me. That day I was out with my girlfriend and she got me to get my nails done, that wasn’t hard. I then wanted to pick up a cake and drop it off at the restaurant I had planned the “birthday” surprise at, the girls there almost spilled the beans on what was actually happening.
We went back to my friends apartment that we were staying at. Us girls got ready and when I came out of the room, Joel asked for Matt’s camera, and Lindsay asked for Matt’s phone and asked how do I turn the video on, I was oblivious to why they wanted these things but whatever. Matt comes around the corner with this big scrapbook and said, this is for our 1 Year anniversary together. Que the melting my heart. At the end of the book there was a hole cut out with a box sat with the perfect ring. He got down on one knee and had memorized a short and sweet speech. I was trying to keep it together. But, I ugly cried. Later he told me that he had spent the last few months at my parents house on Monday nights while I was out playing volleyball to do this. My parents had no idea that it was how he was going to propose, just that it was a one year present of all that we did that year…”
Congrats to you both Brittany + Matthew. Thank you for letting me be a part of your special day.
I love small intimate weddings – they are always relaxed, simple yet so very personal to the couple who is getting married. Which is truly exactly how I would I love to do it if redone 16 years earlier! Here’s a brief story about John’s proposal…”We were having a lazy day in bed watching movies. He gave me a box I couldn’t see what it was so I asked him and he asked me to marry him. Was perfect for us because if he would of suggested we go out for dinner I would of known. I was definitely surprised.”
Congrats to you both, Jenny and John and your entire family.
Here are some favorites form Jenny and John’s wedding.