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Zion National Park – winter hiking trip

We finally made it to Zion! We had this trip planned for a couple of years. We landed in Las Vegas and headed straight for REI to stock up on hiking gear and then to Trader Joes for food. We were going to camp, but since we had never been to Zion in January, we weren’t sure what to expect. Buying food in Las Vegas was a great idea as most of the restaurants were closed due to being off season. Also, after a long day of hiking, we just wanted to go back to the hotel, make a quick meal and relax. 🙂

Mary is an excellent cook and can whip together healthy food anywhere. Mary usually whips up great meals on the side of a mountain in the rain, so working her magic in a hotel room with a kitchen was relatively simple. 🙂 I do breakfast and lunch and help with the cleanup.

Here are a few photos from the trip – if you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

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Actor Chara Krangle’s Headshot Photo Session in North Vancouver

We lucked out with the weather. The heavy overcast skies looked like they were going to rain but they held off. It was cold enough for me to worry about Chara getting cold and for me to wear a jacket. Chara is a pro and has a much higher pain tolerance than me. 🙂

Chara needed some headshots for her acting career, so Chara, her sister and I headed to the local park to see what we could get. The overcast skies proved to be the perfect light modifier. We had nice soft light for the shoot. Comments welcome.

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Adam and Janelle’s Deep Cove Yacht Club Wedding – North Vancouver

Adam and Janelle had perfect weather for their Deep Cove wedding in the park. The wedding was quite the event. They had a drummer’s circle playing at they approached the alter.  Their alter was a narrow strip of  land on which they stood with their back to the ocean. Their guests were spread out on the hill side facing the alter and over looking the ocean.

Janelle is an animal conservationist and animal behavioural student at UBC, and Adam is an engineer.

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Wedding Day Suggestions from a Photographer

Here is some advice that I put together from talking to other photographers and observed:
  • The hair dresser / Make up artist usually needs more time so always plan in a buffer of at least an hour between hair dressers and “getting ready at home”.  if the hair dresser / make up artist are late then you start your day playing “catching up”.
  • During a wedding there are usually fixed times that you cannot move – hairdresser is set, church is set, reception is set and dinner is set.  If you do not have buffer time in between those events then all events in between will be impacted – and you will be stressed.  For example, many times I have had an hour session for portraits set after the ceremony, but since the ceremony took a bit longer than expected and also people’s greetings after church took longer than expected the time was cut down to 20-30 minutes.
  • From a photographer’s point of view – The Bride getting ready photos is one of the best times to take pictures! You get much better pictures during this time than during speeches and cutting the cake.
  • If you need to make a compromise of the time with the photographer – rather have him come early and leave early than come late and leave late. As preparation photos tend to be better than evening photos + you can put disposable cameras for guests to capture the night.Brides – do not wait till the last minute to put the dress on. Put it on, get comfortable, used to walking and also have some great photos.
  • If you have a side or angle where you think you looks better – tell the photographer.
  • Props and themes can always be fun – feel free to bring that to the photo shoot.
  • The wedding day is intense and the only time you as a couple get to be by yourself are when you are doing portraits with the photographer. Give yourself and the photographer time.
  • This might sound clichĂ© but it is 100% true – after the wedding, when all guests have gone home, the gifts are unwrapped and the thank you cards are sent. The only tangible memories you will have of the day are your rings and photographs.
  • Make an album yourself or have someone do it. The DVD will be obsolete someday just as the 3.5″ disks and Jaz Drives. Albums will always be viewable. I recently found my Father’s photo album that had become lost in the attic for 50 years. Can you image finding a 50 year old DVD and hoping it still works?
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Tamara and Eduardo – Peace Arch Park Engagement

Tamara and Eduardo are a couple that can only be described as madly in love ! They are both from Mexico and met here is BC. The Peach Arch Park and White Rock area was selected for the photo session, because this is where Eduardo proposed to Tamara. Eduardo proposed right under the Peach Arch while he stood in the USA side and Tamara in the Canadian side.

Engagement at Peace Arch Park

Engagement at Peace Arch Park

White Rock Engagement
White Rock Engagement
White Rock Engagement

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