Steph and Sinan had a Quintessential Vancouver wedding.

I’m going to tell you all about it, because now that I am also living in Vancouver I know they did everything right.

The day started down at Waterfront with Steph and all her girls. The sun is shining, Steph is looking like a babe, and there are almost the same number of champagne bottles as ladies.

The party has officially started.

We pack up and take a summer drive through Stanley Park to meet the boys; trees taller than most buildings, fresh air, Vancouver nature at its finest. A few photos later and a Defender ride from West to East Van, we arrive at Bon Accord; a woodshop by day and a party station by night.

The ceremony isn’t too long, a sweet occasion in the sun, and to top it all off: some delicious Tacofino eats.

The afternoon turns to evening, and Sinan’s best men bust out some karaoke. Surprise! The words are projected onto the wall, everyone is singing along, and Steph and Sinan join in with an impromptu first dance. You can take a listen if you press play on tunes I’ve supplied via youtube, and truly all is well with in the world in this minute.

One of my favourite days of the year. Steph and Sinan’s wedding photos below. <3

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Venue: Bon Accord Vancouver
Dress: Reformation

 

    The new year began six months ago, and I shared an overview of last years work. I called the blog post a protest against forgetting and since then I’ve thought about those words hundreds of times. My photography, my writing, all my creative pastimes are in some form an archival process. As a kid I made very serious scrapbooks of the weeks I spent at summer camp, and I have twenty full journals of thoughts in my attic from the past six years. For a job I try to immortalize feelings.

    …Don’t laugh it is a real thing.

    I’ve always hinged on the tangible, but this year I wanted to get more serious about the longevity of my work professionally and personally. This year I’ve committed to printing: big prints, and small prints, stories, individual art pieces, albums, magazines, maybe even fridge magnets.

    This year I want to make things I can hold.

    I want to make things, that could be shared without the click of a mouse or a button.

    I want to make things that won’t fade into the oblivion of the web, or sit on a dusty hard drive I’ve forgotten to label in my top drawer.

    This year I wanted to control my photography from the start to the end – the whole process from shooting to printing to cutting to matting to framing.

     

    If photography itself is my protest, printing is my riot.

     

    I’m not done with the digital, I’m not converting to shooting slide film or quitting instagram. On the contrary I’ve found more joy this year than ever before knowing that I am going to create work for myself and for clients that will outlast my career as a photographer, the popularity of Facebook, and potentially me.

    Over the next six months I’m going share both the behind the scenes and final products here. I have a new print shop for my wedding couples to order their own prints online and soon will be opening an online fine art shop. (SIDENOTE! ///Past Couples from 2015/2014 – The shop will be opening for you to order prints at the end of this year’s season.)

    This is only part one. A quick intro, a life goal update, a promise to keep you in the loop.

     

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      It is truly a privilege when someone in the wedding industry asks you to be a part of their day, it is an even greater honour when you are asked by a friend. Chelsea and I met two years ago now, she is a wedding film maker, and her and Bryan may be the first friends I made when I moved to the west coast.

      I’ve had a very hard time writing this post, I had too much inside information, and I couldn’t exactly put into words a single anecdote to sum up the whole day like I normally do. I had a big list which included: When Chelsea saw her dad for the first time and laughed and cried at the same time, when Bryan’s Mom gave his Grandma the thumbs up as she watched Bryan stand in front of everyone, and when after the ceremony Chelsea and Bryan stood at the end of the aisle beside each other listening to their friend’s and fellow bandmates finish the song they had rehearsed for them. I also loved when Bryan read the original facebook messages from Chelsea when they first started dating back in high school but you know I couldn’t make a blog post on that.

      None of the individual moments did the full day justice, and as I wrote this I kept returning to a passage from a book Chelsea and I read together in book club this past summer.

      I underlined it then and it rings so true now; It described a wedding as a day where everyone could  “Bask in the light of their [the couple’s] shared happiness.”

      Chelsea and Bryan’s parents beamed in the morning through to the speeches, their friend’s played music throughout the ceremony and into the night, everyone who helped out with the day felt the love these two have for each other and for everyone around them.

      I couldn’t write it better myself.

      The biggest thank you to Noah Edwards for the music here, and the music at the wedding. And another thank you for everyone who worked to make September 6th unforgettable. (Scroll down to the bottom for full credits)

      It was a privilege to be there, to photograph alongside my friend Zaac Pick, and to squeeze Chelsea’s hand during the reception as she smiled into the faces of her friends.

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      Venue – Glen Rosa Farms

      Planning – French Kiss Events

      Florals – Clare Day Flowers

      Video – Paper Heart Films – Cassie O’Neil 

      MakeUp – Melanie Baird

      Hair – Conscious Hair 

      Photo Booth – Four Frames Photobooth

       

      I’m going to go a little Amanda Palmer style here because this post calls for nothing less; confessional, wildly enthusiastic, and completely badass. 


      This past Wednesday I shot my first concert.

      Full Stop.


      It was a big one. A Ninja Ted to be specific.

      The annual Ted conference which has been held in Vancouver for the past couple years invites the world’s best and brightest to showcase what they have been up to. Everyone has seen a Ted Talk on the internet, but seeing one live at TED, in Amanda Palmer’s words “kinda happens behind this wall.”

      So to fix that she created NinjaTED. A spontaneous show which brings an array of performers and speakers from TED together, during the conference for anyone to attend. This year the lineup was stellar, and not just because everyone’s favourite Canadian Chris Hadfield was there. Amanda Palmer who hosted the show convinced my favourite curator Maria Popova to speak, Usman Riaz to stun everyone on with his percussive guitar, and Adam Savage from Myth Busters to make everyone laugh.

      Damian Kulash of Okay Go, Legendary Bill T Jones, New York’s Best Poet Sarah Kay, Jherek Bischoff, Rhiannon Giddens and Orkestar Slivovica were there. Harrison and Tristen the Canadian National YoYo and Kite Flying Champions blew everyone’s mind, and I know I am missing more.

      The whole thing was webcasted and documented as the crowd saw it, and I was asked to take both stage and behind the scenes shots. 


      I wanted the photos to be like the rest of my work. Good obviously, but also intimate. A celebration of the small joys in life, and a documentation of an incredible collaboration.

      As the night closed and the crowd, lit up by the house lights spun around their index fingers, and belted lyrics from the bottom of their lungs. Every single person on stage was smiling larger than I thought humanly possible. I got every photo I could have wanted. 

      Amanda is infectious, her energy, The audience, all the performers, everyone working behind the scenes.

      NinjaTED was incredible to be a part of.


      Photography as much as the performances we witnessed is a collaboration, and everyone was so welcoming and open. The photos of my first show are better than I could have ever hoped.


      Thank You Sarah for bringing me along. 

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        The rain was starting to get to me, and though I’d been I’d been thinking about it on and off for a while, I made a spur of the moment decision on a lazy Sunday in December and booked a flight to Santiago Chile. The surreal feeling of that still hasn’t worn off, and I am now about a week from take off. Slowly but surely getting things together for the two month jaunt south.

        I’ve been sharing a little bit of trip prep over on Instagram, and I thought I’d put together a longer blog post of the camera gear I am bringing down for this little photography adventure to Chilean Patagonia.

        Like with every trip I’ve ever done the total weight of my pack is a huge concern. In Chile I have plans to hike in Torres Del Paine as well as possibly Dientes de Navarino. These are both are multi-day hikes where I’ll be carrying all the camera gear listed below, a tent/sleeping bag, clothing, and days worth of food. I’ll be experimenting with video so I am bringing my audio recorder which is bulky, and a polaroid camera which is truly huge, but I’ve tried to make scarifies where I can leaving behind lenses and bodies to cut the weight.

        Nine weeks is a long haul,  and for this trip I specifically invested in a used Macbook Air (thanks craiglist, you never fail).  I’ve tried to convince myself for a long time I could do this without a laptop, but I know I will need to be able to run my business remotely, do a little light editing, and make backups as I go along. If I could do this whole thing without a computer I would, but unfortunately an iPhone just can’t do it all.

        So for Patagonia this is the final revised camera travel kit;

        Canon 5D3 – My go to.

        Canon 24mm f1.4 – My favourite lens

        Sigma 50mm f1.2 – A beast of a lens that is pretty much good for everything.

        Canon 135 f2.0 – For all the Guancos I plan to see in the distance.

        3 Canon 5D3 Batteries – I thought about bringing only two but video eats batteries for lunch.

        Fuji Instax Wide 300 – I was fully inspired by The Starks.

        Manfrotto Lightweight Tripod – For night photography, time-lapses, and video. I’ve been using this as a makeshift monopod as well.

        H4N Audio Recorder – I will loving call this piece of equipment “The Brick.”

        11″ MacBook Air

        Lens Pen // Lens Cloth // Various CF and SD Cards // Card Reader // Two 2TB Hard drives // iPhone 6 // Journal // Chargers

        Packing for a Photography Adventure to Chilean Patagonia