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Behind The Lens

February 3, 2016

I often post only finished work on my blog, social media, and my website. Sometimes I’ll post some fun selfies and behind the scenes photos from shoots!  But something I haven’t done before is to post a before and after….me in action and then the finished product!

So today I’m going to show you!  You can usually find me laying on the ground, squished into small spaces, standing on my tiptoes, or climbing on top of things to get the photo that I want and make it perfect.  It’s hard to explain what goes into making the perfect image, but my brain sees things in a certain way, and I know it when I see it. All my clients know that when I squeal, I’ve created something I’m really excited about!  It’s usually accompanied by some jumping up and down and high-fiving my clients.

Some things that I look for are straight horizon lines, speckled light from leaves, and any distracting elements like exit signs, wayward tree branches etc.  Light is king, and I’ll often move either my clients or myself to get it just right.

I was inspired to write this post after talking with a company called Light – it’s a new camera technology that has just hit the market, and I can’t wait to try it.  What you don’t see in these behind the scenes photos is all the gear I carry around on a wedding, and I’d love to see how this new compact camera could fit into my workflow.  I’m really interested in it for travel photography too – I’m hoping to get my hands on one and check it out!

Here are a few images from last year! I hope you enjoy the peek behind the lens with me!

– Haley

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I love shooting proposals. They have an element of surprise that is different than anything else that we take pictures of. This winter, Pritam called me planned to propose to Sharron at the Luminaria Festival held at the Devonian Botanic Garden His plan was to propose under a large tree lit with beautiful lanterns.

It was a gorgeous setting with candle lit paths. When the moment arrived, Sharron said yes and they are now engaged!

Congratulations Pritam and Sharron!

– Michael

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Dolly and Mike were married in Hawaii just before I shot their reception at Woodvale Community Hall on the Millwoods Golf Course. We know Dolly from other weddings that we have shot, and I was honoured to be able to shoot her reception. Because they traveled for their wedding, Dolly and Mike had a travel theme for their reception with unique handmade centrepieces on each table representing different destinations around the world.

Dolly and Mike met in Zumba. They are both instructors. It was incredible seeing the passion that Dolly and Mike have for each other physically expressed through their dancing. The dancing at the reception was phenomenal as many of their family and friends share their love for dance.

– Michael

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The best part of my career is that every day is different.  Some days that means being chained to my computer, and others it means heading out to Canmore with my couple to go rock climbing with them!

When I first met with Julie & John about their 2016 wedding, we ended up chatting for quite a while and it was fabulous.  We hatched a plan to incorporate their love of climbing and the mountains into their engagement photos!  In my younger years I did a lot of rock and ice climbing, and was completely game for an adventure!

Watching these two together was incredible. Julie is visually-impaired, but that doesn’t seem to stop her from anything. She an John make an amazing team…I mean she’s rock climbing…their partnership is utterly inspiring.

I’d like to thank them both for a great experience on this shoot … it was my first climb in 10 years, and a wonderful way to spend a couple of days in one of my favourite places.

We split the shoot into two days, the first hiking below Grassi Lakes, and then the next morning climbing at the ‘Golf Course’ above the lakes.

– Haley

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Just for fun…a couple of behind the scenes shots!  I don’t mind getting down and dirty for the shots! Luckily I kept my rock shoes all these years just in case…

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Ashley & Adam’s wedding was my last of 2015, and I can honestly say that I gave them every ounce of energy I had left, and a little bit extra after all the Red Bull that I had!  I was buzzing with excitement for their wedding not just because it was the perfect way to end my season but also because I absolutely genuinely LAUGH every time I am around these two. They are so positive and bubbly and quirky and happy together and it’s totally infectious.  I’ve had the pleasure of photographing the maid of honour before, and I worked with Ashley’s sister back in my scientist days, so it felt like hanging out with old friends all day.

We went to some pretty cool and diverse locations for photos!  Melissa and the guys got to go into Rexall place for a few before the ceremony at Highlands United Church, and then afterwards we went to Borden Park which easily has some of the most fascinating art pieces this city has to offer.  We finished up downtown at Craft Beer Market, and then I took a stroll with Ashley & Adam for some alone time at the Art Gallery. We basically had a tour of Edmonton!

Ashley & Adam – my wish for your marriage is that you always hold your zest for life and for each other, and never ever stop laughing.  Congratulations!!

– Haley

Hair: Roxx Salon & Spa
Makeup: Eclectica Beauty Studio
Decor: River City
Dress and Suit: Bridal House
Cake: Cake Affair
Reception: St. Albert Inn

Ashley wore her great grandmother’s locket – a family tradition!

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Thanks to Melissa for all her hard work on this wedding and all year!!

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I have to admit I don’t totally remember meeting Kelsey & Parker the first time – I was shooting Parker’s brother Pat’s wedding to Kristy, and I their family is HUGE! Fast forward 5 years, and it was Parker’s turn! When Kelsey and her sister came in to consult with me about the wedding I’m pretty sure it sounded like there were about 15 girls in the room – we chatted and were very excited about everything, and I couldn’t wait for this wedding!

Kelsey & Parker met in high school and have been dating since they were 15.  They an outdoorsy and rustic couple and Kelsey knew immediately after Parker proposed on the side of the river that she wanted to have a fall wedding.  We absolutely lucked out with the weather, and the timing of the fall leaves couldn’t have been more beautiful.  Everybody was really relaxed and happy despite some pretty chilly weather, and by the end of the night Kelsey and I had a Lady and the Tramp moment with a gingerbread cookie, and everyone was busting a move on the dance floor, especially the kids!!

I’m so happy for these two love birds, and want to say a special thank you to the whole bridal party and all of the family who helped make the day run so smoothly!!

– Haley

Florist: Drayton Valley House of Flowers
Cake: Cake Affair
Hair & Makeup: Jack’d Up Beauty
Wedding Dress: The Bridal House
Groom’s Suit: The Tuxedo House

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Behind the scenes with me and Melissa! I’m short, so I try to find anything I can climb on to get some height!

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Double happiness certainly describes Sandra and Vince! My second shooter Bruce and I spent an awesome day with them – we started with hilarious door games at Sandra’s parents’ house, and then headed out to the gorgeous Renaissance Airport Hotel for their ceremony and photos. I photographed the first wedding that ever took place at the hotel, and it was really cool to go back again. The food there is amazing too!

From their engagement session in Canmore to their wedding, I’ve had a chance to see Sandra and Vince together and how adorable they are together. Vince constantly has a smile on his face, and even more so when Sandra is around. The whole bridal party had us in stitches!

After the sweet ceremony and traditional Chinese tea ceremony, we had a lot of time for photos and Sandra and Vince let me take them on a hike through the river valley – they were up for just about anything I had to suggest!

And it’s a good thing we got a big of a workout….the reception at Beijing Beijing was basically never-ending food! I’ll try anything once, and there were lots of new things for me to try.

Congratulations you two!

– Haley

Ceremony: Renaissance Edmonton Airport Hotel
Reception: Beijing Beijing
Florist: Flowers in the Park
Wedding Dress: Bridal Debut
Groom’s Suit: Moore’s

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Katherine & Tom are both incredibly kind people.  Listening to the stories that their friends and family shared about them at the reception was so heartwarming and I feel lucky to know them.  I have an extra special place in my heart for these two, as shortly after their wedding Katherine joined our family as nanny for our kids and we absolutely love her.  Katherine is such a good mom, and she’s been wonderful with our kids.  I have to say…I’ve loved getting to know Katherine, we have a lot in common and she’s just a fabulous person.

If you read my last blog post you’ll know I LOVE watching the groom’s face as the bride comes down the aisle, and Tom did not disappoint – he could not contain himself when he saw Katherine, and I don’t blame him. She looked absolutely stunning, and what better venue than the gorgeous St. Joseph’s Basilica! Their group of friends was fabulous to work with, and even the kids were easy for me to photograph!

It’s easy to see how much these two love each other and it was an absolute joy to photograph their wedding.  Special thanks to my second shooter Ali for being quirky and awesome =)

– Haley

Ceremony: St. Joseph’s Basilica
Reception: Chateau Louis
Florist: Wild Orchid
Makeup: Mookie Salinas
Wedding Dress: Bridal House
Groom’s Suit: Derks

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These two had a beautiful romantic wedding at Magrath Mansion here in Edmonton, and it was perfect.  I’ve known the bride for years, and several of my past brides and grooms were at their wedding, so for me it felt like a bit of a reunion! The whole group is SO fabulous – they are true friends, and it has been really cool watching them celebrate with each other through weddings and now babies for some!

The inspiration for this wedding was elegant soft romance, and I think they achieved it beautifully.  My favourite story from this wedding is not quite what you’d expect though.  The bride’s shoes were bugging her the night of the reception, and we were on our way to do portraits before the arriving at the party. Her new husband, knowing exactly how to take care of her, had us stop at a Shoppers Drug Mart to pick up some flats for her so she could be comfortable through the evening.  As we were waiting in the alley behind the building, the most delicious light spilled across the street, and we abandoned all plans for a park or ‘pretty’ location to shoot there instead.  I love this because of how much he loves her, and also because they trusted me enough to shoot them in a dirty alley and make it beautiful.

You two are absolutely fabulous! And I’ve enjoyed our time spent together in and around the wedding.  Congratulations!!

Special thanks to my second shooter Jesse for being generally awesome.

– Haley

Florist: Graham & Lane
Cake: Art of Cake
Hair & Makeup: Sen Studios
Decor: Dress My Day, M Weddings, Elegant Touches
Videographer: Ringtail Films
Wedding Dress: Pure Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses: Pure Bridal
Groom’s Suit: Joseph Abboud

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Monica & John went to Junior High together, and spent time together as friends into their adult lives. Monica always had a crush on John when they were younger, and through the twists and turns of life they went out for drinks together one day and here they are engaged. They were inseparable from that day on.  They have spent a lot of time together in the mountains (John proposed this summer in Banff) and so Canmore was the perfect spot for their engagement session.

Monica & John are pretty special to me – Monica has been my neighbour for the past 7 years, and while I’m really sad that she will be moving away I’m excited for her to marry the man of her dreams!

– Haley

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