Two of my favourite people are finally getting married. On a lovely day in August, I had a blast spending time with Lisa and Stephen at Fort Edmonton Park, in order to take some engagement portraits for them. I’m seriously counting down every hour until I’m back in Edmonton, in November, celebrating their future as a couple. Thank you, Lisa and Stephen, for bringing so much joy into my life. You’re very loved, by so many.
I never thought that, six weeks after moving to Ottawa, I’d be shooting a wedding here! And what a perfect initiation. Gina and Ian’s ceremony took place outdoors at the beautiful Rockcliffe Pavillion, and their dinner, at Gatineau’s Sterling Steak House, was the very best meal I’ve enjoyed at a reception. The colours here are simply incredible, right now, and I’m thankful the weather held out long enough for us to take advantage of neighbouring green spaces. What a great Saturday. Thank you, Gina and Ian. I wish you, and Holden, all the best. (Yes, these parents are cool enough to have named their son after Salinger’s beloved character. I’m a huge fan).
Speaking of being thankful - to my dear family and friends: a very happy thanksgiving to you. It’s a little strange to be on the other side of the country, as I know you’re all convening together, but I am looking forward to sharing good food and conversation with some of my new, gracious friends, this evening. Allow me to express, again, just how appreciative I am of the many opportunities I’ve already had as I pursue this profession. Please know that I am always grateful for the support and feedback I receive on a daily basis. I’m a blessed gal, indeed. Thanks for playing a huge part in that.
Just a few days before I moved to Ontario, I was able to take fit in an engagement session with Jess and Justin. What a lovely couple, with lots in their future to celebrate, including the purchase of their brand new home. Many thanks, new friends, for such a great evening, and for asking me to take these for you.
It’s hard to believe, in some ways, that I have nearly been in Ottawa for a month now. There’ve been moments when I’ve been extremely homesick, and other times in which I’m elated to be in this city, on my own, being challenged and inspired at the school I’ve been so excited to attend. As I’d like to keep this blog, and my main site dedicated to my commercial (wedding/portrait) work, I’ll only mention my personal adventures here, on occasion. However, I will be starting a new blog, in which I can ramble about all that I am learning and working on at School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa, as I really would like to share that information with friends and followers interested in my artistic journey. My current portfolio site, www.lonesomehunter.com, will eventually evolve to showcase my work at SPAO, too.
I have been journaling a ton, lately, and feel like my brain and senses are working on overdrive. I am both excited and slightly terrified at where things will take me, this year. There is so much to think about, working with film, and I hope I’m up for the challenge! Half of the reason I’m attending this school is to try something in a completely different medium, while being able to finally work on personal photographic projects. It’s been tough to do so in the past, as I’ve always been pursuing other studies, and my photography became solely a source of income, more or less. I am looking forward to finally being able to bridge my previous education and research with these new visual pieces I’ll be creating. :)
Anyways, that is enough of that. In the meantime, please enjoy these images, and look back for a link to the aforementioned new blog in the near future.
Many thanks, as always! Enjoy the weekend, my friends.
I had the pleasure of meeting Jessica and Justin this evening in order to take their engagement photos. It was a beautiful night, and, despite the countless moquitoes, we were able to get some lovely images. Here are a few previews.
Thanks so much, Jess and Justin! I enjoyed our time together very much.
It’s absolutely no exaggeration for me to say that it’s impossible to properly express just how vivacious, talented, well-matched, and kind-hearted Lisa and Stephen are. And anyone who knows them would completely agree. They are quite possibly my most favourite couple (yes, I realize that’s high praise), so it’s no wonder I had the most amazing time taking their engagement photos yesterday morning. Lisa and Stephen, I’m absolutely thrilled to celebrate your wedding with you in a few months, and am so grateful to be a part of your lives. You’ve brought my own such incredible joy and richness over the past several years. Thank you.
Many more favourites to come from this session, once I’ve recovered from my move to Ottawa. I’ll be there a week from today! That is incredibly hard to believe, but very exciting. Hope everyone had a lovely weekend,
Although I’ve expressed this before, it’s certainly worth repeating. Now that I’ve been behind the lens for a number of years, one unique career privilege that’s emerged is being able to follow - and document - individuals through many life changes and milestones. The Currie family is a perfect example. I met Ashley and Ryan a number of years ago on a cold fall morning to take their engagement photos. That following spring, I shot their wedding. Recently, I was given the opportunity to capture some moments with their beautiful daughter, Joni. Thank you so much, Ashley and Ryan (and Joni), for the continued support throughout the years. It’s been meaningful to see the growth in your relationship.
If you know me personally, you’ll be familiar with just how much I love the city of Victoria. Imagine my extreme joy, then, when two friends of mine asked me to document their wedding celebration there this past weekend. Ashley and I met each other in grad school, and it’s been nothing but the greatest pleasure to get to know her and Dana over the past year and a half. They are two women I respect greatly, and whose company I always enjoy.
Many thanks, Ashley and Dana, for such a beautiful and fun-filled Saturday. Here are a few previews, until I can get the rest of your images to you. Have a great holiday Monday, everyone!
“Leyanna, this is Franco. Franco, Leyanna. Now talk,” commanded Franco’s aunt that fateful evening. The two connected instantly. And, in Franco’s own words, he made the best decision possible after booking a flight back to Edmonton, from his hometown of Winnipeg, to take Leyanna on their first date a week after their initial meeting.
Just over a year later, it was their own wedding that I had the pleasure of photographing. Thank you so much, Leyanna and Franco. I can only describe your day in the most exquisite of terms, and think that you are both such lovely people. I wish you nothing but the very best.
Enjoy the photos, everyone! This day will be featured on a wedding blog, as well, in the near future. :)
It’s always refreshing and exciting to shoot in a new city, and Emily and Luke’s Calgary wedding provided a wonderful opportunity for me to do so. It was a gorgeous summer day, complete with an outdoor ceremony, a small reception at a historical house, and a chance to shoot at a park with a sailing club and a lush birch tree grove. In short: fantastic.
Emily and Luke, thank you so much! I look forward to getting the rest of your photographs to you soon.
I hope everyone had a great weekend. Keep hydrated!