A while back I paired up with the amazing ladies of FRESHAIR Boutique for a styled shoot out at a client's barn. The results were magical! With Renee & Jill killing it in front of the lens and the always talented Christie and Praise styling the shoot you couldn't really go wrong. It was a nice change of scenery to escape the city and incorporate the horses in the shoot. If you haven't already, these images are up at Freshair, go check them out. While you're at it you might as well get your hair did and nails done. Renee, is pretty fantastic nail artist and you can't go wrong with any member of the hair team. Do it. It's Friday. xoxo.
Gorgeous flowers + gorgeous couple and finished off with cookies and coffee. Could things get any better?
Can't get over this wedding and this couple.
I was lucky enough to have the time to run away to Vancouver for a week and a half earlier in July. Tagging along with a few other girls to see the boys on tour and then soaking in an extra week with an old friend was just what I needed. It's been years, maybe even before the "teen" years, that I've been to Vancouver. My only recollections from the beautiful city of mountains were: 1. The smell of dying star fish outside our hotel room door due to our very thoughtful neighbours. 2. The fear that I had while walking along the Capilano Suspension Bridge and joyous tourists were running/shaking the bridge - when there are large signs saying DON'T SHAKE BRIDGE". 3. A ferry ride. It's safe to say I don't remember much and I was due for another trip to Vancouver during my adult life.
I lucked out and Vancouver had GORGEOUS weather for the entire span of the trip, aside from the morning that I was leaving, a record number of hours of sun for Vancouver in July actually. Visiting Vancouver rekindled my love for travelling and adventures; I want to/need to go back and explore the rest of Canada.
Loving this couple and can't wait for their wedding September 7th.
These past few weeks have been fairly busy, filled with interviews, sessions, branding ideas and potlucks plus much more, so I apologize for the lack of activity here on the blog. A friend of mine asked me to join in on her studio session with the local band, The Proud Sons, who by the way, are playing on July 4th at the West End Cultural Centre if any of you want to check them out. They are pretttty greeaaat! These shots are from our first session in her studio just roaming around and hanging out. I threw in a few fun outtakes for you too!
It's been a dream/goal of mine for a while now to branch out into more lifestyle and food photography, and so I'm happy to say that my wish has finally come true. I paired up with two talented ladies, with the intentions of photographing a delicious fig creation in the making, but unfortunately we couldn't track down a few crucial ingredients on that day and so instead we made a tasty "Old Fashioned'. Being a photographer, I have an especially huge appreciation for light and last Sunday's overcast day provided beautiful beautiful light for us to photograph with. Deciding between B&W and Colour final images for this shoot was particularly hard since the lighting created stunning B&W but yet with the colours of the wood and the warm light, oh boy. The light, the wood, the drinks and the company combined made for a great Sunday!
So here's to an 'Old Fashioned' kind of day and hopefully only the beginning of more food photography posts!
A few months ago I teamed up with Poster, Haley Golin, Jessica Kmiec, Chelsea Neufeld and Amanda D. to photograph Poster's new Tee's! I believe there still are a few left at Freshair on Academy or Green Apple on Corydon. Hit them up for a T!
If we were to go back 5 years I would not have imagined my life as it is now. I feel truly blessed to have had such amazing opportunities and am very grateful for all of my wonderful clients and friends. Photography has grown to be my entire world and I wouldn't have it any other way. Thank you!! I began to dream up this gorgeous styled wedding a little over a month ago. On the hunt for the perfect couple I was immediately drawn to Emilie and Toshio. Having already met them a few times through friends I fell in love with their chemistry with each other and knew I needed to photograph the two of them. I am grateful for having such an amazing team to work with; Jessica Kmiec working her makeup magic, Haley Golin creating a gorgeous hairstyle and Academy Florists providing the flowers.
Hair: Haley Golin / MUA: Jessica Kmiec / Flowers: Academy Florist
Over the past year or so, local coffee shops have been popping up in Winnipeg left and right. Nils Vik, the owner of Parlour on Main St. set something in motion when he opened up shop roughly two years ago. Soon to follow were Cafe Postal in St. Boniface, MAKE on Corydon and now Thom Bargen on Sherbook, all there to bring you a cup of coffee like no other. After following Thom Bargen on Instagram for the past few months I've been anxiously awaiting their opening. Images of coffee, friends, New Years parties, bikes, and an insurmountable amount of wood, the day couldn't come soon enough. The photos tempted and taunted me for months until TODAY. After missing their soft opening on Wednesday, I jumped at the chance to take a trip there this morning. Thom Bargen surpassed all my expectations. Suffice to say, they had me at hello.
The photos speak for themselves at how gorgeous the interior of Thom Bargen is but it doesn't stop there. When you combine a healthy selection of both coffee and tea, scrumptious treats and great staff, you can't go wrong. Nope.
If you have any time of the next few days I HIGHLY suggest you make a quick or long stop at Thom Bargen.
For round two of Out of the Blue's blog street scene I decided to head to The Forks on Boxing Day to see who skipped out on all the crazy deals and mass amounts of people. I was pleasantly surprised to find many people out with their families spending time on the river trail, drinking coffee, wandering what was open in the markets or just hanging out. The weather wasn't unbearable if you were wearing a warm coat and a good set of mitts, long johns and wool socks, Canadian essentials. I met Hailey Grey, a born and raised Winnipeger visiting from Montreal, on her way for the first skate of the season. Everyone has their holiday favourites that they can't go without, whether it be jam-jams (my personal fave), butter tarts, turkey stuffing or all the mass amounts of alcoholic beverages, so I asked Hailey to share hers.
Most Desired Drink: Hot Toddies are a must to keep you warm, plus if there is tea in it it's not that bad for you right?
Baking Necessity: Shortbread cookies are a staple. Who doesn't love a good shortbread cookie.
Dinner Dish: Perogies are eaten daily over the holidays.
A few days before Christmas I was asked to get together with the lovely Schram family for a quick session while the whole crew was together. I had the opportunity of photographing Carly and Ben a few years ago so it was great to be able to photograph the gorgeous couple again and meet the rest of the family this time. We met up at Assiniboine Park on a Sunday afternoon to take advantage of the gorgeous trails as well as the Duck pond shelter to warm up in between shooting. Everyone was in high spirits despite the extremely cold temperatures. We were able to tough it out and get some amazing shots!
Last Saturday morning before Christmas, a friend had asked me to photograph her and her boyfriend for their parents. I was absolutely thrilled at the idea and couldn't be happier with the results. They have to be up there with "Most Stunning Couple of the Year" award. This was such a fun shoot! We took a quick trip to Assiniboine Forest early one morning for gorgeous trees and snow, it was perfect!