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Each year Canada Photo Convention names the best 30 wedding photographers under 30 across the country, and yesterday morning, with a little red Facebook notification I woke up in the ranks of some extremely talented shooters (this year, as well as past), some of who I call my friends, and some who’s work I’ve admired for years.

I’m so damn pleased to be a part of that list. Actually pleased doesn’t really accurately describe it. Exultant is better. I feel Triumphantly happy.

Industry awards are like the extra icing on a cake that really doesn’t need any extra, but you’re feeling like a sugar high that afternoon so the icing is like tasty gold. Unnecessary but delicious. I love photographing, creating, and crafting a tangible memory for the people I work for. I love meeting new people, the travel, and the new perspectives photography as brought into my life. I’d love what I am doing recognition or not, and because of that it seems ridiculous to say that being recognized in the Top 30 this year has given me such a strong sense of validation I didn’t know I was missing.

The Canada Photo Convention asks you to put yourself forward to be evaluated by your peers (the contest was judged by three of last years winners), and by photographers that demand a certain quality of work from themselves. It isn’t easy to put yourself out there, and the work I knew I would be up against made it harder. I’m so glad I did though, the recognition has allowed me permission to feel like after four years with my head down working, I’m where I should be, and I have a place at the table as a photographer.

Below I tried to pick a handful of photos that  illustrate exactly how I’m feeling inside.

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My work will always be a collaboration with the people I work for in combination with maybe a little serendipity; so it would be impossible to finish this post without thanking every couple I’ve worked for in the last four years, being named in the Top 30 Under 30, which I’m exultant about, would have been impossible without you.

To check the rest of the winners from coast to coast you can click over to the Canada Photo Convention’s page: Top 30 Under 30 Canadian Wedding Photographers (and just worth a mention 22 of 30 names this year are of women. Rock on girls, its great to see equality in action!)




  • Sarah Nickerson - Cutest post ever–love the photos. :) xoReplyCancel

  • Debs - Love this post! You totally deserve the recognition dude. You are AWESOME! 😀ReplyCancel

Erica and Kyle invited about 180 people across the globe and all 180 of them flew, or ferried out to Vancouver Island’s historically handsome, and x-men movie made famous Hatley Castle.

180 people. That may be what you would call the event of the year. (so glad I got the invite!)

It takes a certain couple to convince a weddings worth of guests to travel so far, and those certainly excellent people are Erica and Kyle. Wonderful friends, wonderful families, adorable kiddos; I could write novel but no one really wants that so I’ll stop myself there and share just a few stunning (if I do say so myself) Hatley Castle wedding photos.

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It was about time for what seems for me like a yearly refresh to my portfolios. It’s an end of winter thing when I can’t stand the way my work is being shown anymore, and I have more photos I am proud of on my hard drives than online. It starts as a simple task, and then obviously turns into a website overhaul. It  turns me into a bit of a hermit for a few weeks because though hiring someone would be the simple route, I’m one of the crazy ones that decide to do it all myself.

Well maybe all by myself is an overstatement. Flothemes took care of the bulk of the work, and with the little bit of coding/graphic design knowledge in my back pocket from the time I was a really cool thirteen year old, I made it my own.



So why did I do it to myself? Two weeks of not eating or sleeping; just clicking?

I needed to split up my wedding work and my commercial work. I was sending clients and couples to a mixed site and it wasn’t working. // I wanted to take back my blog as a blog and not as a storefront homepage. Both sites will share this blog as a place for my most recent work but it isn’t the first place to be introduced to my work. // Retina compatibility. I got myself a new editing machine back in November and I was appalled at my own photos looking absolutely terrible on my old site because the resolution wasn’t there. // Keep my travel work from being lost in the depths of the internet. //




Why Flothemes?

I wanted a consistent look between the two sites, my wedding work influences my travel work and vice versa I was able to make them have a similar feel with a few differences. // There are different gallery options and you are not limited on the number of galleries and photos you can have! HALLELUJAH! // I can show photos in grid form, and in a slider gallery depending on the shoot. Storytelling which I feel is so important to my wedding work isn’t sacrificed, but being able to highlight one image in my commercial work is possible. // Finally  the homepage makes a BIG impression. //



I’ve added a few additional pages too – an industry friend’s page and an albums page and an ode to kissing which was previously on my blog, but makes me smile so much I didn’t want it to get lost post after post. I even shockingly wrote an about page – one of the most dreaded tasks for any photographer who spends their days with the spotlight on anyone and everything but themselves.




So though its been fun to go through work over the past five years and reorganizing it like a good ol’ spring cleaning I’m glad it is over. It’s time to get shooting again!

Go check out my wedding site here and my travel site here. xx



The Photographs Not Taken is a collection of essays by photographers about the times they didn’t use their camera. I have asked the photographers to abandon the conventional tools needed to make a photograph, and, instead, make one using words to describe the memories and experiences that didn’t go through the camera lens. Here, the process of making a photograph has been reversed. Instead of looking out into the world through a camera lens, these essays allow us to look directly into the photographer’s mind and eye and focus on where the photographs come from in their barest and most primitive form. These mental negatives depict the unedited world and the moments of life that do not exist in a single frame.
Will Steacy

It seems too serendipitous that only a few days before I internet surfed right into this book, I was talking to my good friend and photographer Brian about writing the photographs we’ve missed, all the shots that for one reason or another would have been perfect if only the shutter had closed. It could be a way to document those instances for ourselves in words that may show more than the photographs could have. We both remembered March the year before as we had crossed a border in California with a three other photographers and our car was searched. Five of us were asked to take out all our photo gear and sit on a bench in the desert heat under a sign that said “no photography.” It was so ironic, sitting there sweating, weighed down by tripods, film, and more cameras than I can count, both of us just wishing we could take just one photo of the scene. Will Steacy and his book Photographs Not Taken beat us to it.


The essays run a few pages each, and range from hilarious to dire, while the reasons for refraining from taking a photo encompass the sentimental, the ethical, and the mistakes all of us as photographers make.

The stories themselves bring you a little bit closer to understanding the motivation behind the photography, and I’ve really enjoyed looking up the portfolios of photographers who’s essays or ideas I’ve connected with to see bits of their thought process in the photos they have taken.


Gregory Halpern  asked questions about the portrait. His book project called Harvard Works Because We Do is mostly a portrait series that asks a lot more questions using portraits themselves about the working class there and it is a complex situation he delicately approaches while making his opinion and the truth very visible. My favourite paragraph from his essay is below:


Matt Salacuse  is no bullshit, and I like that.


Tim Davis I think says it best, photography it is a way of looking at the world and seeing beyond yourself. I see things differently with a camera, and as I sling it over my shoulder the uniform transforms a lot of the mundanity into scenes worthy of documenting. It really is something I appreciate the longer I do it, and I think Davis articulates it beautifully.


My two favourite essays in their entirety were written by David Maisel and Chris Jordan. Both romanticize the photographs in their own personal lives not taken, and Chris Jordan’s in particular brought up an image I have of my Grandmother from an Easter dinner a few years ago. My family sat a her long dining room table with the blue table cloth on. I was in the middle, quiet and listening to her with her party hat on and a little bit of food stuck to her shirt from the meal she’d prepared, waving her arms talking about what a sorry excuse for a Mayor Rob Ford was. It was a photo I wanted to take then but didn’t, I couldn’t interrupt her speech, I didn’t want to, and I’ll never forget that mental shot of her commanding the table so seriously, with her party hat all crooked.


I sat outside yesterday on my balcony and read the whole book in the sun in a few hours. It brought me to Uganda, and Pakistan as well as to a backyard BBQ not dissimilar to the one I had attended the day before.

Photographs Not Taken is a short, insightful read in its entirety and give a quick glimpse inside life defining moments not photographed and how they’ve etch their way into the stories told by photographers who subsequent work to those moments is influenced by them themselves.


Can you think of a photograph you haven’t taken?

  • Alyssa - This is such an interesting subject for a book!ReplyCancel

  • Adonye Jaja - the content behind the camera is exposed in these thoughts, for cheer and depth!ReplyCancel

  • Rachael - Really interesting subject.ReplyCancel

  • Heather Kanillopoolos - This is so fascinating! What an awesome concept!ReplyCancel

  • jenn stark - this book sounds amazing, i’ve got to snag a copy! so funny, because i’ve written a couple of essays about ‘a photograph i did not take’ too. i think it’s a fascinating subject. especially for our snap-happy generation. thanks for sharing! xReplyCancel

  • Sarah - I love this, my husband asks me all the time on hikes or just family things why I’m not taking photos and I always answer that sometimes I want to experience things fully with my eyes and not behind a lens. I’ve missed a lot of photographs and that’s okay because chances are my memories of moments I’ve missed are stronger than ones I’ve documented.ReplyCancel

  • Teresa K - What an interesting perspective…so glad you shared!!ReplyCancel

travel dates for taylor roades


Spring has sprung my friends, the photography season is underway, and while my little island in the pacific has felt very homey the last couple months, yours truly is on the move.

I wanted to give the internet a little heads up and a chance to get in touch in case I was headed to your area and you were getting married, or interested in booking a session. I have a little island fever and I’m looking forward to exploring.


May 26-June 7th – Toronto and Montreal

June 18th-22th – Vancouver, Squamish and General Mainland

July – Floating between the Island and Mainland

August 9th – St. Lucia

August 19th – Toronto/ Southern Ontario

September 1st – Vancouver Island

September 10th – England and Wales, Maybe Scotland

October – 10th – Toronto, Southern Ontario

October 20th – Dominican Republic