This family session was little bit different than most. Not a lot of people know that I arrived to Canada 16 years ago as a live in nanny. I spent more than one year with this family and once I received my residency papers I moved to Whistler to follow my dreams. Despite my annual contact with mom of the family, I haven’t seen the kids for while. It’s amazing to see how much they changed over the years and became beautiful young adults.
Most people are terrified with the thought of rain during their family photography session. Anytime we think of family photos, we imagine sunny days with blue skies. Living on the West Coast you soon realize that outside of summer there are not that many sunny days around here.
For the last three years I have been taking pictures of a local Whistler family and it is amazing to see how much the kids grow each year. In that time, we’ve come to know each other better and our chats are longer and longer each time we meet in town. The last two years I’ve photographed them it’s been sunny and that’s what we hoped for this year as well. Turns out Mother Nature had different plans though. The storm rolled in one day earlier than expected and it started to rain before we even got into the park. They were a bit disappointed at first but by building a relationship over the years I was able to convince them rainy days are great days for portraits too. Too often we think that we can’t have fun in the rain but all we have to do is think more like children.
If you were a kid, would rain have stopped you from going outside?
Probably not! You would be excited to jump or run through puddles not caring if you got wet or cold and that’s exactly what they did. They took their shoes off to play in the lake, walked through the puddles and had lots of fun making for a perfect family portrait session.
What a beautiful autumn day to photograph in Whistler alpine. Sasha contacted me if we could plan a surprise engagement photo shoot for Nicole, his fiance. After a few phone calls and emails we had a plan. I met them at the top of Whistler gondola, pretending to be a tourist. Sasha would take Nicole for a hike and will ask me if I could take a photo with their phone. Instead of taking his phone, I opened my camera bag and suggested to take pictures with my camera. After an unexpected surprise we all headed for a quick hike around Harmony Lakes on Whistler mountain.
It’s been two weeks since my last post. Sometimes things don’t get done even when you put them on the list. They just become a lower priority. Blog posts and my personal projects were put aside these days and the amount of family sessions was reduced to minimum as my new contract with local Municipality require 80% of my time for at least a month. No weekends, no evenings off. With that saying, it is an amazing opportunity and awesome challenge. Photographing something different every day, editing and running business at night, I still love it. During these shoots I realized that even after 13 years living in this awesome community, I still find new trails, docks, soccer fields. Exploring and finding new spots is definitely fun part of my work and I love when I find something unique, a place where I want to bring the next family for their family session. In the last three weeks I took photos of families playing in the parks, pushing strollers, having picnics, swimming in lakes, playing volleyball, canoeing on lake, hiking, walking the dogs, running, biking, skateboarding, kids playing in the sand, shopping at Farmer’s market, ice skating, and the list go on. And here are a few samples of the beautiful place we live in and an idea how your family pictures could look like.
I was looking forward to this wedding all summer. You know you’re going to click with people if you have something in common with them and both Katrina and Blake are outdoorsy people. Plus Katrina and her girlfriends love hockey and being a massive hockey fan myself, I knew I would have a blast photographing them. From the moment I walked into their hotel room until the end, these girls were all giggles. On the other side we had Blake, an avid soccer player, and the groomsmen sporting the best sock collection I’ve ever seen ( see pictures below). I always get excited when the engaged couple tell me where they are having their ceremony and reception. Photographing new locations is thrilling and I can’t wait to jump into my car and start scouting for the portrait session. Katrina and Blake decided to get married in Squamish Valley Golf Club, a place I drove by many times but have never really stopped at to have a closer look. I found a few awesome spots for the pictures near by thinking we are covered for any kind of weather and believe it or not, we got it all. From beautiful blue sunny skies to clouds and a heavy downpour. A beautiful rainbow after all that rain? Yeah, we got that too. I was so happy to see that this wedding couple and their wedding party did not get discouraged by the rain. They were ready with funky mini umbrellas and smiled and laughed during the entire photo session. The happy couple didn’t let the rain get to them and weren’t afraid to throw the umbrellas away just to get that perfect shot. Congratulations Katrina and Blake! What an amazing wedding.
I’ve been honoured to have one of my images featured as Artwork of the week at my new print suppliers. My business has been through lots of changes lately. It started with re-branding my whole business, creating new logos and websites, packages and products. It’s been a roller coaster to say the least over the past 5 months, however, things are slowly starting to turn into what I envisioned. I spent the last few weeks searching for a new print and fine art supplier. There are so many cool products out there, however it’s important to me to support either local businesses or at least find a supplier in Canada. A simple task suddenly became not so easy. A few weeks later, I finally found a great company to print my art work and just recently received the new samples. I am blown away with the quality of their fine art specialty prints. And right after my samples arrived they chose one of my wooden prints as Artwork of the week. Nice bonus at the end!
It is not very often when I get a phone call with a specific request. To be honest I don’t even remember when was the last time I actually received a phone call like that. As I mention to my clients the collections that I offer are popular however if you are looking for something else let me know. Most likely we can find the solution together for your specific need. I guide my clients through the process and give them some location ideas, what kind of family pictures we could take, what would be the best way to display them. As you can imagine I was nicely surprised when this family called me to take their family picture. They come to Whistler every year and stay close to Rainbow park, which ended up being our location during the family photo session. They were only interested in the group photo and they even knew what sizes they would like to order right away!
What an amazing woman. Full of smiles, love, energy, and open heart. I was very excited to have an opportunity to do a headshot and portrait session for her new business. The Bodhi Tree and Stacey is coming soon, so if you have children stay tuned for more information. She will be providing mindfulness tools for children to encourage a little bit of calm in a busy stimulating world.
As you might noticed these pictures are not the typical business headshots or portraits. Stacey and I were discussing her business ideas, logos, colours she is using for web design and branding. We wanted to make sure that the portraits and headshots will fit her branding and show her openhearted and loving personality. She has been working with children for most of her life and has the ability to calm them down in any situation. We included couple props like birds and elephants in our session for a bit of variety as they are included in her branding.
One of the most common questions I get asked is what to wear for your photo session. Deciding what to wear might be challenging as decorating your place, however here are some tips which hopefully make your decision a bit easier.
Think about your house design and what is your plan with the pictures. Which wall are you planning to put them on? What colour is it? If your walls are purple and you all are wearing red, the photos will not look good on your wall. Think about the season and location you are going to have your pictures taken. Is it fall or spring? If you have your pictures taken in fall try to compliment those colours and choose earthy and warm colours like different shades of brown, orange and red or if it is a spring and everything is green – go for neutral colours with a mix of purple, green or blue. What is the rest of the family wearing? Make sure the colours compliment each other, however avoid to look exactly the same. Choose 2 – 3 colours and stick to your colour scheme. Lighter colours look better and more airy than black or dark colours.
Less patterns, more texture:
Patterns are great, just make sure only one or two people wear them. You want to stay away from big logos, characters or designs on your t-shirt. Stick to solid colors and choose more textures – like scarves, hats, belts. Layers are the best!
Don’t forget accessories and nice clean shoes. It all comes to details to get that perfect family picture.
And plan ahead! You don’t want to find your favourite outfit in your laundry basket on the photo shoot day.
We all have a list of favourite places to hang around. As a Whistler wedding photographer, I have been documenting weddings and families lives in the valley for more than a decade. After while you learn than some locations works better than others. In this post I will talk about my favourite locations to photograph the wedding couples.
1. Rainbow Park – This popular park at Alta Lake has it all: a sandy beach, old cabins,little wooden bridge, charming dock and amazing mountain views and even railway tracks. The only downside of this park is that it really get’s busy on sunny weekends during summer so I usually suggest this location in other seasons. The options are endless and it is easy to get carried away and shoot for hours.
2. Nita Lake Lodge – Is located a 5 minute drive from Whistler village and only 500 meters from the base of Whistler Mountain and the Creekside gondola. It is more private and even during weekends you can find quiet place for the pictures. With Nita lake, valley trail, train station, nearby park and great building architecture this location offers great photography on either sunny or rainy day.
3. Nicklaus North – From the shores of glacier fed Green Lake, to the elegance of fireplace lounge or restaurant, to expansive patio overlooking an extraordinary Whistler mountain panorama – couples have an array beautiful choices for ceremonies, photo shoots and receptions – indoors or outdoors.
4. Mountain Top – you can’t beat the alpine views from top of the Whistler mountain. It might be busy with tourists hiking or skiing around you, however once we move away from Roundhouse Lodge you are surrounded by mountain peaks and alpine flowers in summer or snow covered trees in winter.
5. Whistler village – What’s so special about the Village? The atmosphere and the vibe you can feel anytime you walk the Stroll. While the main stroll is usually busy, there are small parks close by to offer privacy during the shoot.