Stephanie & Neil’s Maternity Shoot

When we last saw Stephanie & Neil, it was at their beautiful winter-themed wedding here in Calgary, Alberta. Before that, it was at their engagement. So we did a little throwback to where it all began, incorporating the Bay blanket that added a unique touch to their engagement shoot.

We took to Votier Flats in Fish Creek Park close to sunset, gathering up the most of the last rays of the day’s light. The beautiful gold bursts of the Fall sun added the perfect highlights to this shoot, showcasing Stephanie’s gorgeous baby bump and the excitement of new parents. Continue reading Stephanie & Neil’s Maternity Shoot

Camera Confidence with the YYC Girl Gang

A few months ago, Sam from Sugar and Sam reached out to the YYC Girl Gang about an idea she had. Tired of not knowing what to do in front of the camera, she asked us if we could put together a workshop about how to pose and feel better in front of the lens.

This is something I’ve worked on before, as it’s a pretty integral part of what I do as a portrait photographer, but I was so excited and jumped at the chance to work with Sam and the rest of the Girl Gang to bring the experience to our local population of bossbabes. Continue reading Camera Confidence with the YYC Girl Gang

Maple and Oak Designs Lookbook 2016

It is 100% no secret that I love the products Leonie comes up with for her Maple and Oak Designs line of fashion accessories. There is literally something for everyone, which makes shooting a lookbook dynamic and fun!

After hunting around for a great location, we started the day off in Inglewood after discovering a great deep turquoise wall. The stunning deep colour was the perfect backdrop to give great contrast to all the Spring looks, like bright pastels and beautiful florals. Continue reading Maple and Oak Designs Lookbook 2016

Makers in the Raw: Maple and Oak Designs

Funky, retro, and undoubtedly fun, Leonie Vatter’s Maple and Oak Designs are the perfect accessories to brighten up any outfit. From her trademark triangle scarf to her cute rockabilly headbands, to her suave beau-ties for the gentleman in your life, there’s something for everyone.

Given our many collaborations in recent years, it wasn’t hard to select Leonie as the local maker to kick off this series. Born in the small German town of Bad Oldesloe, she moved with her family and grew up in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Lübeck, famous for its gothic architecture. It was there she learned to sew in school, inspired by her mother, her grandmother, great aunt, and great grandmother. Continue reading Makers in the Raw: Maple and Oak Designs

Introducing “Makers in the Raw”

It started when I began organizing local handmade markets. Applications would come in from hopeful artists eager to sell their goods to Calgary’s many handmade supporters. Included in their applications were photographs of their work, descriptions of their process, all to be juried by myself and my co-organizers.

It was easy to see how many talented people there are in Calgary. These artists take seemingly mundane materials and transform them into something beautiful. They make everything one could possibly need, from fashionable clothing to elegant home goods. It leaves me feeling a little awestruck and throughly impressed. Continue reading Introducing “Makers in the Raw”

Maple & Oak Designs Lookbook

It’s no secret that I love the scarves & accessories my friend Leonie makes under her brand Maple & Oak Designs. We’ve collaborated on a few projects now (stay tuned for a post on our head band line!), but a few weeks ago, I got a chance to photograph her Fall & Winter Lookbook.

As always, I had a great time working with Leonie, but it was especially fun working on these portraits for her. Be sure to check out the highlights in the slideshow below and click over to her website to see her full collection – and maybe pick up a scarf or two!

Stephanie & Neil’s Wedding Photographs

Stephanie & Neil were married in a lovely, personalized ceremony at Knox United Church in Calgary. They followed it up with a fun and intimate reception at the historic Lougheed House. It was a very beautiful, fun, and happy day. We wish them all the love in the world!

Baby William – Sneak Peek!

On the weekend, I had the pleasure of photographing a new addition to Erin & Alex’s life: their first baby, William. This little cutie was the most easy-going baby I’ve ever met and his photos are turning out great so far!

Stay tuned for more pictures! I’ll be posting a slideshow here and an album on my Facebook page.

Stephanie & Neil’s Engagement Photos

Recently, I met up with Stephanie and Neil at one of their favourite locations: Fish Creek Provincial Park. It was a little chilly that day, but the park looked almost as great as the lovely couple. Thankfully, they brought their favourite Hudson’s Bay blanket for a bit of Canadiana.

These two are so adorable and I can’t wait for their sparkly wedding!