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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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Victoria, BC

The sun broke over the ocean and peaked through the window of the room I was sleeping in. It was time to take photos. At the crack of dawn Colin and I stumbled out of his house to a view any Albertan wishes they wake to. The clouds humming over the mountains, the fog steeped like a tea that welcomes you in the morning. We were off to Gold Stream Park.

British Columbia is natural a rain forest. Wet, green, and full of warm lighting. On our way to the hike we shared stories of our childhood, about the good things we take for granted in our lives, and about how important it is to capture every moment together. We were off to take photos at the Trestle train bridge. Standing 600ft tall I couldn’t wait to feel my feet walking over every plank of wood.
The incline of the hike was steep but the reward was great. Standing above a valley and waterfall we watched the sun light the century old bridge. We sat and enjoyed everything the world could offer us.
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On our way down, the light began to warm through the trees and created some spectacular photos. We were able to enjoy our environment in a whole new light. Shooting her Victoria was a treasure chest. I was able to create things I never had the opportunity to create in Calgary.

The trees gave a perspective of how tiny we were as we stood underneath them. With every shutter of the camera, with every creative spark that leaked from me, I thought to myself “Art is long, and life is fleeting.” How blessed I am to live the way I do.

As a wedding photographer in Calgary I’m always looking for new angles and unique landscapes to photograph.

New Years Eve 2014

A New Years Eve well spent is one running around with your camera. We had the privilege of attending Braedon and Kelsey’s wedding on that sunny winter day. Clicking with them from the very first meeting was a hint that we were in for some fun. We were excited to experience the celebration of a wedding on a holiday.

      The ceremony was beautifully pieced together. The light was perfect, letting the option of creative shots reign free. It’s an amazing feeling to do the importance of the ceremony justice. Sometimes we feel restricted, not wanting to be invasive of the guests or distract from the importance of the moment. This time the space was big enough to walk around in without taking away from the bride and groom. It was an ideal situation
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      Once the ceremony was over and the receiving line had gone through, we left to Fish Creek for the family and bridal party photos. Luckily it wasn’t as cold as it could have been, but standing outside in anything less than a winter coat for even a few hours can be tough. So leaving the comfort of the warm church foyer took a dedicated group of great people.

      To distract from the freezing fingers and toes, there was plenty of laughter involved. It’s always an awesome moment for a photographer when you can get a crowd to loosen up and laugh with everyone. Let’s face it; being the subject of a photograph is not always the most comfortable place to be. But being surrounded by your loved ones on such a big day can bring about even the smallest of smiles. They were all focused on what truly mattered that day. Having the same sense of humor didn’t hurt anyone either.

      When the family left for warmer places, Evan and I got a couple of hours with Braedon and Kelsey.  They were a blast to photograph. It’s always a great thing to see a couple that laughs with each other and shows genuine affection without being shy. This is the element that made photographing them a breeze. It’s a treat when the only challenge is the dark lighting. Both of them were easy to direct but to capture them spontaneously was where the truly great photographs were taken. Despite the cold of the evening, these true Calgarian’s were troopers while strolling the streets of downtown in wedding attire.

      Arriving at the Peace Bridge was an exciting moment knowing that these were shots we had never tired before. Modern architecture wasn’t something either of us had photographed much of. Working with the lines and the symmetry of the structure made for some amazing photographs. And when the colors of the sunset hit the icy water below, we knew it was only a matter of time before the light went completely out. Those moments of anticipation were the best photos of the day. It was thanks to Braedon and Kelsey for leading us there that we captured the photos they wanted and got to experience something new for ourselves as well.

      As the day was nearing its end at the reception, the clock was also counting down the hours to another New Year. What an amazing thing to enter another year celebrating the love of a couple. With great food and a lot of dancing we knew we could leave them with satisfied grins. We could finish off the day knowing there was a crowd of loved ones enjoying the last moments of 2014 with a couple that deserves all the happiness in the world.

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