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Rocky Mountain Bride Magazine Feature

Having your work published is always an exciting part of your career as a photographer, but it’s not something I ever actively pursued. I’ve always thought that if you just put out consistent and compelling images, they’ll do the work for you and people will notice. Throughout the years, I’ve had images published in magazines for advertisements as well as for many other articles and even a cookbook that was done by Penguin Random House Publishing! However, this was the first time any of my wedding photography had been published! Take a look below to see the full feature! If you’re interested in seeing the original blog of the wedding, click here!

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Wedding Photography Planning Guide For Engaged Couples

I spent the last few days writing a putting together a planning guide for new and potential couples would like a little more information and tips on what to expect for their wedding photography! Take a look through and feel free to let me know if you found this guide helpful!

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Gone Climbing

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I’ve taken a much needed vacation to go to on a climbing trip with my lovely girlfriend. We’ll be back on Feb 15th, 2015. I will be checking emails throughout the trip whenever I get the chance, but we’ll be off the grid most of the time. Thank you for understanding and I promise to come home with some wonderful photos and experiences!

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Portra is for Portraits – My first few rolls of Color Film

Prior to loading this roll of Kodak Portra 160 into my Hasselblad, I’d only shot one roll of Kodak TMAX 400. I remember it was a brisk February afternoon in 2014 and I was so excited to get out and make some portraits. The only problem was that I had no one to photograph at the moment so I drove over to my climbing gym and was grabbing anyone who was willing.

The good thing about using an old school film camera is that people feel less intimidated by your equipment and actually show more of an interest in it.

I had tons of fun with this roll, but I quickly learned that focusing and framing on the waist level finder was extremely difficult – especially when shooting wide open. I missed the focus on the eyes for a number of these frames, but I’m just so in love with the beautiful colours produced with this film. I also discovered that both of my film backs had light leaks in them 😐

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Hasselblad 500CM

Zeiss 80mm f2.8 Planar T*

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Immersing myself in film photography

It’s be a little bit over a year since I bought my first film camera and shot my first roll of film. Since then, I’ve learned so much about using film and it has definitely changed the way I look at my digital work. I’ve fallen so in love with the look and process of shooting film that I’ve picked up an additional 3 cameras each with its own purpose and unique look. Today’s post is going to explore each of these cameras what what I like to use them for.

Hasselblad 500C/M

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This was my first film camera and definitely my favourite. Ever since I stumbled upon some of my dad’s old prints and negatives, I just knew I had to get one. It’s a medium format camera and shoots 6×6 frames on 120 format film. I love this camera because of the look it produces. The Zeiss 80mm f2.8 is equivalent to a 50mm f2.0 on full frame 35mm so you get a nice thin DOF when shooting wide open. I love using this camera/lens set up for anything from portraits to landscapes and you’ll usually see some high quality films in here like Portra 160/400 or Fuji 400H. Black and white looks fantastic as well as you get much less grain due to the size of the negatives.

Canon AE-1 Program

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This was the second camera I added to my collection. It was cheap (bought it for $100 with lens) and it’s a fantastic camera to learn with. Focusing on this camera is much easier than with the Hasselblad due to the split prism focusing screen. Also, there are tons of high quality FD mount lenses still available for a fraction of the price compared to their EF mount equivalents. I like to use this camera for general walking around. You’ll usually see a roll of Fuji Superia or Ilford Delta Pro loaded in there.

Lecia R3

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This camera was a gift from my dad. He’s had it stored in his closet for years and I doubt its been used much. This thing is built like a tank and the lenses are some of the highest quality lenses I’ve ever used. They’re extremely sharp and the colours they produce are just magnificent! I like to use the camera for street photography and portraits because you just can’t beat that Leica glass. I’ll usually have a roll of Portra 160 or Fuji 400H loaded in this camera – as I said, you just can’t beat those colors!

Polaroid 600SE

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Ok.. ok.. so when I said the Hasselblad was my favourite…. I wasn’t lying. But I really, really, really like this Polaroid 600SE as well! Its nickname is “The Goose” (600SE). This thing is large and clunky, but it’s so much fun to shoot! As the name suggests, it’s a polaroid camera and it shoots instant pack film. Film is extremely hard to find these days, but when I can get my hands on it, I’m usually shooting Fuji FP-3000b or FP-100c. This camera is modelled after the Mamiya Press Camera and came with a Mamiya 147mm f3.7 lens. The lens is tack sharp and creates a beautiful DOF when shot wide open. Polaroids are FUN.

I hope you all enjoyed a look into my brief experience with film photography! There will be many more film posts to come so stay tuned!!

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Vancouver Family Portrait Photographer

I get a request to photograph family portraits from time to time, but I don’t really put them up into my portfolio because it’s not really an area of photography that I focus on. I’m primarily a wedding photographer, but in all honesty, all I really do is just take photos of people! My approach may be different that a traditional family photographer, but I guess this is what makes my style unique.

My brother and his family live in Toronto and unless I go out to visit him, the only time I get to see him is during the holidays. He and his wife Grace just recently had their first baby boy and this Christmas was the first time I ever saw him in person! This little guy is SUCH a ball of happiness! He’s the perfect union of Sam and Grace and his name is Oliver!

I had so much fun photographing these guys. My sister’s kids, Nova and Maddox, joined in for a few frames as well which was super fun.

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2014 Wedding Highlights

2014 was a monumental year for me. It was a year of growth and challenges. And it was a year of meeting some amazing and inspiring people and building strong relationships lasting longer than just a few days. It took some time, but I’ve compiled a few of my favourite images from this past season. I couldn’t go through every single wedding because it would just be an overwhelming post, but these are a few of the weddings that just made an impact in my life. Thank you to all the beautiful couples I’ve met along the way for allowing me to continue doing what I love to do!

Amy and Adam
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Outside!
Rainbow Mountain via Sky Helicopters
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