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Dan and Amanda

It was sketchy-looking.

The weather I mean.

I bumped forward our evening session because the sky looked heavy and I didn’t want to get completely rained out on the second part of our photoshoot. It did rain anyways, but we went ahead with it and I think worked out rather well in the end, despite the weather.

In the planning stages of this shoot, I made a few suggestions of ideas and when Amanda told me she wanted to do something incredibly romantic, I immediately thought of a pretty set-up in a field of tall grass. And things just sort of fell into place from there. But first off, we headed to the CN Rail Roundhouse for a few shots before switching gears into something a bit different.

There is no shortage of beautiful fields in this part of BC and I had been eyeing this one for a very long time. After getting permission from the landowner, we hauled in all of our stuff for the session and began setting up, in the rain. I’m not going to lie, it was cold, and I think Dan and Amanda welcomed the snuggles under the heap of cozy blankets.

I got the idea that candy apples would be a fun thing to include and people, these are not easy to make. It takes a long time to get the sugar to the right temperature, otherwise it just slides right off the apple. My husband, Josh, patiently stirred the sugar for a good half hour at least until it started to look like it would stick to an apple properly. We double dipped them just to be on the safe side and realized afterwards that this dulls the shine so if you are ever making candy apples, don’t double dip! If the sugar has been boiled down enough, then one coat should stick just fine. I also got the sweet heart sugar cookies from Paul’s Bakery.

A big thank you to Caroline Marko of the Salt Boutique for the Adirondack chair as well as the vintage crate. The lovely blooms were picked from around town (with permission) and everything else in the shoot was complied by myself and the couple. And thanks to Dan and Amanda for bearing with me in the rain, going along with all these crazy ideas and for just being such an easygoing, fun-loving couple. I’m really looking forward to your big wedding in August!

Without further ado, here are the rest of the images from our Engagement Session! And don’t forget to leave some comment love for these two….


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Amanda - Thanks Leigh, such kind words :)
Rose these are beautiful! Thanks.

Leigh - wow! what gorgeous photos – i can’t wait to have Amanda become an official part of our family – they look absolutely beautiful and undeniably in love!

What to Wear // Engagement Session

I’ve been thinking about this posting for quite some time now and just haven’t sat down to do it. One of the first questions that people always ask is, “What do I wear?”

I always say that putting some time and effort into how you look for your photosession will greatly show in the end product. First and foremost, you need to be comfortable, so pick things that you feel fabulous in. I often give my clients the option of bringing along two outfits, one casual and one more dressy, just to mix it up a bit. We might use them both, we might not. It’s just really nice to have that option. Also, ladies, it’s perhaps a good time to get that trial wedding hair and makeup. You don’t have to go out and get your hair and makeup done professionally, but if you’re like me and can’t put eye makeup on worth anything, you might want to consider it. Don’t forget to accessorize! I love cute details like headbands, scarves, earrings and chunky necklaces or bracelets, but be careful to not overdo it. Think Stella and Dot, which is one of my fave’s. This is one way you can spice up your outfit if it’s a bit more on the neutral side. A few other resources for women’s clothing that I like are Anthropologie, Ruche and Free People.

This set are a few options for women’s outfits and I just noticed most of the accent pieces are yellow! Must be my flavour colour of the month. These are more casual options that still look incredibly cute and fun. (All of these images are from Pinterest, if you aren’t on it yet, get on it!)

For men, I had a harder time finding different options, but these two I really like, especially the one on the right. Just watch your footwear boys, the chunky skateshoes don’t translate well in photos and stay away from logo T’s. Jeans, solid colour t’s, and button down shirts are all really good basic starter points. Add a tie, sweater, or scarf to break things up. Got a cool watch? Bring it.

This set of images is for couples together and I’ve got a variety of casual to semi-dressy. You don’t have to match. In fact, I prefer it if you don’t. As long as you stick with a similar tones and colour palettes as all of these images have done, you’ll do well. Pops of colour work well like the pink shoes in the bottom right image.

I hope this posting can help you plan out your outfits for your Engagement Session, or at least give you something to consider.

Happy outfit selecting!

James and Melicia // Preview

First off, I have to say, I’ve decided to keep the previews down to a maximum of 5 images! I have a really hard time deciding on favourites, but since these are preview postings, they will be short and sweet.

I also have to say that James and Melicia are a great couple, so great in fact they suggested going to the small town of Hazelton, a 45 minute drive away from Smithers for their Engagement Session. And I have been wanting to shoot here for a very, very long time. It’s clear why!

We had so much fun, especially with the new-school-old-school matching his and hers Electras that they brought for the shoot. And old town Hazelton is the most incredible place to shoot in this area ~ so much colour, texture, historic buildings and beautiful landscapes. Well, you’ll see later!

More to come….

Emily Hoskins - I love them all, but my FAVE is the shot of their hands with the bikes. Super cool! Can’t wait to see more!

Kristie - YAY! James & Melicia – you guys look great!!! LOVE the pictures! Can’t wait to see the wedding photos!!
Rose – as always – awesome!

Fresh Bread

A few weekends ago I went to visit Meg Hobson’s bakery on her property just out of town. She wanted to show me where the magic that is her wood-fired bread happens and when I arrived, the large converted garage was already humming with busyness. Not only was Meg baking for the Bulkey Valley Farmer’s Market the next day, she was also preparing meal service for the Relay for Life. This was not a normal night. Meg was four hours behind schedule and was enlisting the services of others (her kids namely) to help with the time crunch. After I put my camera down, I too put a few skewers together for the kebabs.

There is something about the art of baking bread…I just can’t put my finger on it. I’ve read about how bread is such a cultural staple of the West, how growing and processing grain is a labour of love. I think there is something hopelessly romantic about the process of bread from grain to table, perhaps it makes me think of the way things used to be back in the days of my great grandparents in Russia. I haven’t been to the prairies to witness it, but a field as far as the eye can see of golden grain swaying in the sunset by some unseen hand just makes my skin tingle. In a good way.

I can’t bake bread for anything and I have a deep respect for those who can and do it well. The few times I’ve tried, I just ended up with a big mess and hard lump of wheat I can barely call edible. So I leave this kind of thing up to the experts.

Just a few for now ~ I may be needing these images for a cool project that is just an idea right now. If you are in Smithers and don’t know about it yet, Rustica Wood-Fired bakes every Saturday at the Farmer’s Market. And Meg sells out quickly so come early if you don’t want to be disappointed. For those that live elsewhere, I would encourage you to find someone in your area that does wood-fired artisan bread. The quality and texture of it is unlike anything else.

“Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; and good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts.”
James Beard

Creekside Fun // Preview

My previews are not so preview-ish and I have no idea how they’ve gotten up to 10 images these days. Perhaps I need to scale it back, it is supposed to be a teaser after all!

But technicalities aside, I spent the morning yesterday at Toboggan Creek Fish Hatchery with this lovely family of four. It was an ideal spot for two busy girls ~ fields to frolic in, anthills to poke at with sticks and creeks to fall into. All in all, it was a superb way to spend a Saturday morning!

More to come…..

Simply Rose - Thanks, Shona, they really did!

Shona - What a lovely family shoot. Everyone looks so natural and fully enjoying themselves.

Anna Hosie - andrea you look amazing!