Snowy Grouse Mountain Engagement |

Martin and Carlen

I’ve considered myself as pretty lucky through my career as a photographer. Photo shoots usually go quite smoothly, but things don’t always go as planned. Sometimes the weather doesn’t cooperate, sometimes you run into a snag in the schedule, or sometimes you drop your camera and smash a lens on the floor (yes it has happened to me).

When I first met with Martin and Carlen, they’d told me that they wanted a glamorous winter wonderland themed photo shoot. It’s been a pretty crummy year for snow in Vancouver this year so I was a bit hesitant to the idea at first. I thought that whatever mountain would visit would disappoint with old, dirty man-made snow. However, something in me just told me to go with the flow and give them whatever they wanted – so I suggested  Grouse Mountain Resort. I knew I could make it work even if there wasn’t any new snow in sight – that’s my job after all!

I’d been up to Grouse many times already this season so I wanted to try something new and out of my comfort zone. I’m a huge fan of natural light, but given the weather we’ve had lately, I knew the quantity and quality of that light just wouldn’t cut it for this shoot. This is when I reach into my bag of tricks to give my photos a little bit of a pop!

In the end, we couldn’t have wished for a better outcome. Down below us in Vancouver was torrential downpour, but up in the mountains was the winter wonderland that Martin and Carlen had wished for. It was cold and we got soaked, but that all goes out the window when you see the shots we got! I’m in love with the light we created up there! I got super goosebumps while editing this set – that’s how good it is!

Martin and Carlen, I look forward to wedding day!