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Calgary Lifestyle Photographers-Iceland – Part 2

With a stiff cup of coffee and a fog that engulfed the entire south west of the island, we set off for our adventure to circumnavigate the Iceland. Our first stop was Kirkjufell mountain. Standing at 463 meters, it holds itself right on the border of the ocean. We were like kids in a playground jumping around with excitement. We spent the first few hours in front of the in the Kirkjuefellfoss waterfalls surrounding Kirkjufell. The wind blew water up against us, and with every photo I took a micro-fibre cloth to my lens to dry it off. It made every shot nearly impossible. But I wasn’t upset. I was only overwhelmed with excitement to be in Island.

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Our  next stop was Grundarfjörður where our lives would be changed forever by a hotdog. We casually drove up to a hot dog stand and ordered the Fjourglar (beans, nachos, onions, fried onions, chili ketchup, and sweetmustard). At first bite it was bliss The lamb and prok hot dogs had us at hello. For the next 11 days we ate 15 hot dogs each. If you go to Iceland, you can live off of these things.

As we made our way to our next accommodations we drove miles of wastelands coverage is black sand, pummel rock, and ash. Despite its barren look, it was nonetheless beautiful. Virginia piped up, looked at me and said, “I want photos here.” She jumped out of the car and put on a dress. In the icelandic setting, with fog, mountains, volcanoes and black beaches she looked stunning.

As she walked out into the barren ash-land we posed her all around the rocks and moss. It was so beautiful to finally be shooting in a foreign environment. As we posed every photo differently we could feel the inspiration coming out of the landscape. The red dress stood out with such contrast that we felt a new style flowing out of how we shoot as photographers.
After an hour of shooting it was time to get Virginia inside to warm up and arrive at our accommodations. It was the most adventure filled day we had yet had but it wasn’t over. As we drove to the farm we would be staying at we drove precariously on a gravel road. To our right was a lake and to our left as dozens of waterfalls one after another. We were driving through a valley that would lead us to one of the most beautiful nights we would have. We pulled up to a little house in the valley where we were greeted by the kindest family I had yet met. They served us a tea and toast at 9:00 at night but before we were able to settle in, the father of the house invited us for a walk on their property.
As we made our way through the sheep on his field, and crossed a little stream, we were expecting a short tour of their valley. As the fathers kids skipped along the father turned straight for the mountain beside his house. As he began to climb we looked dauntingly at the mountain. While his sons ran up the mountain we dragged ourselves up into one of the most beautiful views I had ever seen. We stood at the face of a ten tier waterfall that fell straight into the mountain. The icelandic man told us about how important the  waterfall was to the valley. That he had build a generator that powered all the electricity in the valley and provided clean water for his house. The sun sat at a perpetual sunset at 11:00 as the sun would not set this time of year, I felt I had made one of the most valuable relationships I had ever made. I admired this icelandic father for the way he respected his valley, the way he loved his sons, and the way he gave us one of the most incredible nights of our lives.

 

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Iceland Day 1

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Months we had spent preparing for Iceland and we were only footsteps away from exiting the plane. You see the travel bug had bitten us some years ago and as we walked onto the tarmac icy winds and a torrential downpour forced us to lean into the wind as we walked. A smile crossed my face as I felt the fulfilling wish of a 14 year kid who dreamed of travelling.

Iceland is 6 hours ahead of Calgary which isn’t a horrible jet, unless you were too excited to sleep for two nights consecutively. Needless to say we were exhausted but that wasn’t going to stop us from taking photos in the downtown of Reykjavik.

Each building was another masterpiece of graffiti which so elegantly displayed itself above a coffee shop. After quickly eating we set out to check out Hallgrímskiekja Church. It was as if Hallgrímskiekja was straight out of Lord of the Rings. It’s tall white beams striking upwards looked as if the castle of Gondor of Lord of the Rings had taken its inspiration right from Iceland itself. Inside gaping windows and gothic arches held the stone ceiling above. Religious or not, this building inspired a trembling awe in you.

Barely able to keep our eyes open we stumbled back to our cozy apartment that we were renting on airbnb. Playing cards and dozing off, we all crumbled into a sleeping coma by 7:00 pm knowing only the sooner we went to bed, the earlier our adventure would continue.

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A Winter Wonderland in Canmore

On the morning of February 14th the town of Canmore woke up to a perfect blanket of snow. We couldn’t go wrong in the Rocky Mountain landscape that was surrounding us. It was the most ideal condition for a winter wonderland wedding. We had been looking forward to Vee and Clarke’s wedding for months and the day had finally arrived. I’m sure they had felt the same way.

      After the anticipation of hair doing and shoe shining, we headed over to the Cornerstone Theatre which held the most perfect rustic décor. There was much effort put into making this day beautiful and it showed. The low lighting didn’t stop the ceremony from creating a fun atmosphere. Laugher spread throughout the hall that contained genuine love for the couple standing at the alter. It was an amazing experience to witness a wedding that affected each person in the room. Various friends and members of the family beautifully carried out the meaningful ceremonies. It was powerful to capture.

      The sun burst through the windows in the front lobby as the ceremony came to a close. We all headed to a spot inside the busy town that was somehow lacking tourists. There were a few toques that poked out from the treetops but not enough to block the scenery in front of us. The mountains reflecting inside the still water made for the perfect backdrop. We stayed in place taking copious amounts of family and bridal party photos with the celebrations never lifting.

      With the clock on our side, we took Vee and Clarke up the mountains and scouted out some of the most beautiful locations we’ve ever been to. It was worth the drive. We trekked through the snow, climbed on top of our cars, and found some ideal spots. Though we had to jump back into the car a few times to get warm again, it was all part of the adventure of a winter wedding. We even got some food for the way thanks to a Vee’s mom and one of Clarke’s groomsmen.

      It was a good thing we made our way back down the mountain a little earlier than we had anticipated.  We had accidentally forgotten Vee’s bouquet near a reservoir (oops) so we shimmied back up the way we came. We all knew a reception was not complete without a bouquet toss. Once we had retraced our steps and found her flowers, Vee and Clarke fell asleep for the rest of the way back to the reception hall. As fun as weddings are, they can be quite exhausting. But this doesn’t stop us from doing a little dancing.

      To top off the already fantastic day we had been having, we had a quick meal, followed by a little time to run around and capture all of the guests’ lovely dancing skills. The laughter never seized for a moment. The crowd was having a great time and so were we. In our element, great things happen and we couldn’t have been more honored to be a part of it.

      The day we had been so anxiously waiting for had come to a close. But from what I’ve learned, taking photos is only twenty percent of the process. At least we get to relive it. Let the editing begin.