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!
I'm itching for summer; patios, warm weather, beaches, festivals, and much much more. Here are some film photos from years past of those gorgeous summer days.
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!
Megan Vosters was part of the Youth Outreach Program last fall and after falling in love with all the work they did I followed suit and took part in the program this year. These are some photos from Megan's exhibit last year. It's our exhibit tonight, Thursday, at Martha Street Studios from 5-7. Come for great conversation, cheese & wine and art!
Hope to see you there!
Remembering the boiling sun and the Dominican on this cold April day. Stay warm Winnipeggers.
It's this gorgeous lady's birthday today. xo.
As promised, here is the video of Carly Dow from our session a couple of weekends ago. I must admit that I was rather surprised at just how difficult video and audio was. Being my first time actually attempting a music video of sorts I really had no idea what I was doing other than the few suggestions from friends and the web. I underestimated how time consuming and tricky it can be to match up audio with video when you are taking video from 3 different sources. Wowzers.
This is the final result, now that I have more of a clue of what I'm doing you will definitely see more videos from BPB.
I've known of Carly Dow for a while now as she is an incredibly talented musician here in Winnipeg - if you haven't had a chance to hear her magical voice, youtube her, she's brilliant - and a little over a month ago we were brought together by a mutual friend. I love collaborations, especially ones where I get to photograph local celebrities, so of course I jumped at the chance to meet and photograph the extroardinary Carly Dow. On an alarmingly cold Saturday, we met up in her studio in the exchange for some shots and a video and then braved the cold for as long we could muster outside. Don't worry, plans for a second shoot are already in the works for the two of us.
PS. The video will follow soon! First ever for BPB!
This is the beginning of the personal posts. I've fallen into a period of not photographing enough for myself and since it's supposedly spring what better time to head out on more photography walks. Brings me back to my PrairieView days of being sent out on photo walks in -30 weather and having to be inspired/creative. This past Thursday, driving home from my meeting during rush hour, I realized it was way too gorgeous of an evening to not have my camera out so I called up Sara Bennet and we wandered around Wolseley together, cameras in hand. We stopped in for a drink and a bite to eat at the Neighbourhood Bookstore and carried on our way. I feel I spent more time watching where I was walking, careful not to slip on ice or step in giant puddles, than I did looking around for things to photograph. Nevertheless, here are the images from this past Thursday along with a few of my cats because let's face it, cats are the best muses.
A little while ago I decided I was wanting to try my hand at video. I've had the tools create videos for little over a year now but unfortunately I only made a few fun attempts and then that was it. With a few ideas in mind for BPB, I decided to give it a serious go again. Luckily for me I have an extremely talented muse at my fingertips that I plan on taking full advantage of so you will probably be seeing a lot of Jason over these next few months. Here are a few fun candids in between filming!
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
I used to work with Craig at West 49 back in the day. I would still see him around every once in a while but it was such a pleasant surprise receiving a text from him a few weeks ago asking about photos for his lady for her birthday. First off, I LOVE photographing people. So what could be better than two people in love? NOTHING. It was beautiful, Craig had the whole shoot planned out, each location having a special moment attached to it. We started out at Assiniboine Park with a quick skate on the new and improved duck pond, we wandered the paths and the sculpture gardens, dined on coffee and tea in the Qualico Centre and finished off at the old abandoned bridge (which sadly ended up being boarded up).
They have my vote for "Cutest Couple Award"!!
I'm so glad to be sharing these photos with you! This past Wednesday I ventured out to Rosenort, MB. to visit Kaylee + Matt and photograph their first child Bramwell Mattheaus Von Friesen. I met Kaylee + Matt a few years back through my sister and it was such a pleasant surprise to get a message from Kaylee asking about newborn photos. They are an amazing team and I couldn't be happier for them! Bram was so cooperative during the entire time and by the end he was out like a light. I'm very excited to see the little guy grow through the months and years!
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.
I tend to lean towards outdoor locations for shoots for the limitless possibilities and gorgeous surroundings, but those days when it's -40 with the windchill it's nice to have a place to escape to. This past Sunday I got together with a friend of mine to play around and experiment. I've worked with Chelsea before on shoots as she is an incredibly talented stylist who also happens to own her own clothing shop, Waisted, so it was a nice treat to have Chelsea in front of the lens this time. It was a surprisingly nice change and a challenge shooting in a small room with a white wall and a medium size window letting in gorgeous light. I couldn't be happier with the results! With soft lighting and Chelsea's jaw-dropping looks there's no way you can go wrong.
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.