I shot Jasleen & Vinay's engagement session on July 1st and we chose to incorporate as many of the Canada Day Festivities as possible. There was a small carnival nearby. The rides were an obvious opportunity for a dynamic shot. Luckily the attendant didn't see me bring my camera aboard!
Layton Reid is himself a fabulous documentary/wedding photographer, now based out of Halifax, NS. After 10 years together with Candace, they were getting married in September and, since I was home on the East Coast for my annual autumn trip, we got together to take some photos of them. We got halfway to our location and it started to pour, but when we arrived we lucked into the most beautiful light...as though the sun set three separate times just for us. I noticed a patch of weeds with dried seed pods, and thought they looked a bit like hearts floating in the distance, so I asked them to sit directly on the weeds. The were freezing and naturally started to snuggle, and that's when I took the photo. Layton and Candace are the real deal. It was our first time meeting, but they made me feel as though we were old friends. Together they're so full of life, fun, and are some of the warmest and most genuine folks I've met.
Beautiful High Park in Toronto, Ontario was the back drop for this photo of Anna and Stephen (they were married on 10/10/10!). The beauty of the "almost kiss" and the delicate light from a late June sun creates a certain magic for me.
So much talent, such little space.. We went through thousands of images, hundreds of shooters, hundreds of great couples; our editors short-listed and argued; our readers voted and "liked" on Facebook..
In the end, surprisingly (or perhaps not?) the top-3 (above) were unanimous: our staff, our panel and the popular vote, they all agreed (there is a first time for everything!).
Ranking the next seven was impossible though (sooo... close!); they are simply "top photos", all of them, each expressing the particular couple's personality and photographer's style & technique.
This couple really wanted something unique and different for their shoot something that NO ONE else that they knew of would have something similar. Shooting in bright sun can be harsh but I positioned myself so that full sun would be on my subjects face and then then sub reflect in the windshield acted as fill light for her face. Even though the photo was taken in the harshness of a junk yard, this couple's love shine through and adds the soft contrast to this photo that can be clearly seen.
For this image we wanted something unique and very different for them so we sent Kelly and Simon across the road at an OC Transit bus stop. We coached them before crossing the street telling them to lean up against the lamp post, focus on each other and just be the only ones on the street. "Do what comes natural" we said, and they did it! We waited only a few minutes before the bus came and we snapped this shot of them. We love the fact that the action of the bus compliments the action of the couple. Kelly and Simon were so fun and adventurous, ready for anything and very easy to direct.
Troy and Jen came to the Okanagan Valley from Calgary. The timing was perfect for their Engagement Photos as the cherry blossoms had just popped. They are a super fun, highly energetic couple, so there was no better backdrop than to get them jumping with all the beautiful blossoms behind them.
What I love about this picture is that it is just so darn sweet! A couple sitting on a couch. Cuddling, holding each other, and a kiss on the cheek. When I look at this photo I think of those times when I've been held like that, and I've thought to myself "Wow, I am so happy right now, and I am so in love with you". This is modern romance at it's sweetest, a quiet moment on the couch. We all can relate.
For this photo I wanted to capture the fleeting essence of a kiss, and focus on the intimacy shared between them. I had the idea before the session, and we took about 20 photos to get the perfect one. My favourite thing about shooting into the sun and using flares is the unpredictable nature of it. I love how imperfect this photo is, the light, the non-traditional focus, it is like you are can feel the moment and passion right before the kiss.
Cara, Marc and I drove out to an abandoned property in the rural southwest area of Edmonton and found this awesome wheat field. Our photo shoot only lasted about 15 minutes before we experienced a classic Alberta summer storm with crazy lightning and torrential rain! Thankfully they were a super fun couple and we got some great shots before the storm hit.