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Engagement Photography- Caitlind and Jordan

I shot Caitlind way back when I was doing a “portrait-52” project years ago. Well, she was recently engaged to the very awesome Jordan and I was very proud to be asked to shoot their wedding and engagement, and of course the engagement photography!

Engagement sessions are really helpful for both the photographer and the couple.  In a nice relaxed setting they get to see their wedding photographer in action. Do they pose, are they impatient, how precise do they make you, etc.

For the photographer, it’s almost the same. How well does the couple follow directions, are they super awkward, super giggly, super serious. How hard do I have to work to get something natural that looks good on camera? Most importantly, what bag of tricks do I need to pull from… is it the “serious photographer” bag? The “happy friend bag”? Maybe the “super dirty and inappropriate jokes to make you smile” bag? Every couple is different in what they respond to, and this is the photographers chance to see what works best before the big wedding day.

So it’s a win-win all around.

Turns out these two are not only great together but I got to use a few from my favorite bag of tricks. I’m not going to say which it is but it rhymes with “smirty blokes” ūüôā

For this session we headed to Fishtrap Creek Park in Abbotsford. I’d actually shot there before doing family photography as a fundraiser last year. It’s a great location with a nice variety of looks for a shoot like this.

I timed the shoot so we caught the sunset, giving some beautiful golden light behind Caitlind and Jordan. I love the look that this gives me. I only wish I could have gotten one of those epic, God painting the sky with colours you’ve never seen before type of sunsets, but sadly, that couldn’t be arranged! ¬†Instead I used the¬†gorgeous sunlight reflecting off the trees (and people), which works just perfectly for these two.

Caitlind and Jordan it was a blast spending time with you to get these great images, and I cannot wait for the wedding!

Home ceremony with bride and groom standing

Charmaine and Mike – Abbotsford Wedding

I’ve known Charmaine for a while, she worked at a camera store I frequented, and asked me to be the photographer for her home wedding (one might call it an elopement) in Abbotsford. ¬†It was actually pretty intimidating, because she was a photographer as well, but¬†luckily she was (mostly) busy with the whole “having marrying the man she loved” thing. ¬†The photos hopefully show how beautiful it can be to capture a small ceremony with just friends and family looking on at home.

She got ready at home with her daughter Emma.

Bridesmaid getting bride ready in wedding dress

Bridesmaid getting bride ready in wedding dress

Bride getting dress done up

Bride getting ready from behind

Don’t think for a second this was a somber affair. ¬†There were more than a few laughs getting the dress on…

Bride and bridesmaid getting ready, bridesmaid's hand up dress

Bride and bridesmaid getting ready

They had done up the family house wonderfully, with a garland hung along the hallway.

Home wedding with lights in hallway

Rose on marriage paperwork signing table

Wedding ring on rose bouquet

Both bride and maid of honour wore their favourite comfy shoes.

Shoes with wedding ring on them

Groom with red pocket square

A quick moment of Charmaine and her father just before walking down the isle.

Bride and father of the bride hand in hand

The ceremony itself was short and sweet.  Family and friends were present.

Home ceremony with bride and groom standing

Family watching wedding ceremony

Groom looking at bride in black and white

Bride in ceremony with red flowers

Bride smiling

Bride putting ring on groom's hand

After the ceremony the father of the bride, who was sadly suffering from a bout of flu, immediately stood up to hug his new son in law.

Father of the bride hugs groom

Followed by a post-wedding selfie (selfies are a thing with these two).

Bride and groom taking selfie

Formals were in not the best weather, but Fishtrap Creek Park. Had a couple of nice locations that the bride and groom liked, and after a bit of avoiding puddles, we did some formals of the happy pair.

And yes, there were more funny faces here as well.

Bride and groom formal photo

Bride and groom holding hands

Bride and groom with funny face

Bride holding red roses

Bride and groom formal photo

This one’s a bit embarrassing to me. ¬†I had a flash setup to throw a bit of extra light on Charmaine and Mike and with the wind, well, it fell over. ¬†Twice. ¬†Once I caught it, the second time the groom (with his panther-like reflexes) caught it before it hit the ground just as I snapped a photo.

Oh, and I also slipped and fell ass-over-teakettle on the slippery wooden steps. ¬†I’d rather not talk about that though, ok?

Umbrella falling down

And back to the beautiful couple.

Bride and groom formal photos

Bride and groom in black and white

She goofed around on the playground on the way back. ¬†I¬†tried to convince her to race after the big flock of Canada Geese in the middle of the field, in full wedding dress, but apparently that’s not something you should do in a white flowing wedding dress that’s brand new. ¬†Who knew?

Bride playing on playground

Back at the house we packed up and headed home.  Me to go and edit, these two on their honeymoon.

Hands holding with wedding rings

This photo is why I encourage couples to go for an all day session. ¬†There are more opportunities to capture the little moments. ¬†Here¬†I was getting a couple of detail photos of Charmaine’s hairdo at the end of the day and Mike looking at her while she looked away. ¬†One of my favourite shots of the day.

Groom looking at bride.

Formals: Fishtrap Creek Park

Ceremony: Abbotsford home

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