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This post is a way to bid adieu to the winter that Montreal had. The winter I missed by travelling. Why did I leave for pretty much 3 months? It wasn’t about play the whole time, but I needed a break after only taking 1 full day off in about 7 months.

I was in Colombia to dance and play. To get inspired. I Went to Jamaica for a wedding. Australia was my chance to try out some new photo techniques. How you ask? I stalked couples on the beach…#creeeep. Then there was the top reason I was on that side of the world. The wedding in New Zealand was one of the most epic weddings I’ve ever been a part of. One week of RVing with the the raddest group of people. I’ll post about all of those fun adventures later. I would say soon, but that would be a lie. I’m still going through the 1000s of photos.

This post is about my first engagement shoot back in Montreal after all that travel. This was more of an ice breaker since the wedding is in one month! Ashley and Steve are getting married on May 20, so we used this as a chance for them to get more comfortable in front of the camera!

These two have been awesome from the start. I can’t wait to work with them and all the talented people they have collaborating for their wedding. Check the links at the bottom for who will be taking part in their big day.

I’m actually going to be in Quebec for most of the summer. I missed this place.

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I am so looking forward to working with all of these incredible vendors in just one month! Click on their names to check out their websites!

Planning + Coordination by Deka Events
Wedding Venue – Hotel Nelligan
DJ/MC services by Baccino Events
Videography by Cat Around Films
Makeup by Joelle Cote 
Hair by Jennifer Arnolds
(ps. Joelle and Jennifer did an amzing job for the e-session…thanks so much!!!)
Celebrant – Pascale Charbonneau
Chair Rentals – Diva Location

2016. Yikes. I started the year by flying to Costa Rica and Nicaragua on January 1. My goal was to go away and think about life, work and my future. I didn’t really do any of that. Between all the beaching, adventuring and partying I really didn’t have time to think. I would go days without looking at my phone. I had real conversations under stars, next to volcanoes…on surfboards at sunset waiting for some good waves (I am a total beginner, so even when the good waves did come I usually got up a for a few seconds before crashing hard). I still took some pictures. Not a lot. But enough. I posted some of these pictures on social media. After a final trip to Thailand in February, I was back in North America getting ready for an epic wedding season.

I also had an incredible job with Scarlett Street Agency to join them on a tour around Canada with Far and Wide on Much. These gigs were all intermingled with my weddings. It wasn’t always easy, but the experiences I now have are totally worth it.

My most memorable moment was a morning in Banff. I had to get to Calgary airport for a flight to Victoria for a wedding. My good friend Emilie Iggiotti was taking over for the last two days of shooting for the Calgary/Banff/Edmonton episode. xshaydx, and I had made plans to get up before sunrise to adventure in Adrew Knapp’s epic yellow van before I had to catch my shuttle to the airport. Andrew was also supposed to come along, but he had to think about preserving energy for the filming that day. He and Momo were tired from 2 days of shooting.

Shaydyn and I started off at Lake Minnewanka to get some stars before dusk. When you’re trying to catch the right scene with the perfect lighting at sunrise, time goes by super fast. Every moment is a different lighting scenario. We were searching for something epic. We decided to drive towards Two Jack Lake. When we turned the corner and set eyes on the fog rolling off the water we screamed like little kids. We found it. We lived it. We had about twenty minutes to best capture what we were feeling. Of course a photograph will never fully represent the jaw dropping beauty of the sunrise we experienced, but it sure does help me remember.

Happy New Year to everybody who is in my life. The people I met during my travels. The friends who will always be there for me with a couch. A bed. The random weird guy I met at a party, and the other creative people I met who inspired me in 2016. Let’s see what 2017 will bring.

 

Photos Copyright @Scarlett Street Creative Agency for Far and Wide on Much and Bell Media.

 

 

  • Awesome post my friend! It was rad to share this adventure with you. 😉 That photo you took of the van and Shayd is one of my favorite from this trip.ReplyCancel

January 1, 2016, I left Montreal for Costa Rica, then immediately to Nicaragua. After a week and a half in Granada and on the island of Ometepe, I made my way to San Juan for Sunday Funday with a bunch of people. That’s not the part of the trip I remember the most. Instead, it’s the two days of seclusion with two different sets of friends I made in San Juan. I’m not even going to give the name of the beach…message me personally with why you deserve to know, and maybe…just maybe I’ll tell you.

I’ll just say this. It’s actually not that hard to get to. You can rent a vehicle or take a shuttle from San Juan to one of the main beaches for surf. From there you hike over a few hills to get to this spot, 15-20 minutes barefoot. You have to make sure to leave when the tide is still down or else you could get stuck…but hey..that could be fun! Enjoy 🙂 The last picture is back in San Juan.

I will be posting more of my travels to show people where I get inspired. Montreal gets cold in January, I have to leave. These photos are from my trip to Nicaragua this past January. My next post will feature images from an epic two days of surfing near San Juan. Ps. If anybody brags about their surfing and they go once or twice a year they’re full of shit. It’s hard. You need to live there. Go day in day out. I’m awful.

I always try to balance my life with hard work and time to just relax. See places. Do things that make me feel uncomfortable. My travels are where I experiment with simplicity in my shooting. I usually take one camera body and two lenses. The last two trips I had a fixed 50mm Sigma art and the Canon EF 16-35mm II…the 16-35 mm was basically falling apart after 8 years of abuse…it has many flaws to begin with..but those flaws are why it takes incredible photos of scenery. This trip reminded me to take it out more at weddings. It’s a fantastic lens for those candid moments where you want to include a lot of information in the photo. Not just the subject..but the background…the sky. Random occurrences you don’t even notice while taking the picture.

In our search for the perfect cameras and the perfect lenses, we tend to forget the importance of imperfection. That’s why vintage things rock. That’s why that photo with your hair just a little out of place has more character than the one where it is pristine. I’ll stop rambling…

Yay. Another blog post. I’m at 4 for the season. That’s huge for me. It takes me so long to hit “publish”.

Quarry Lake in Canmore, Alberta, just a couple hours away from Calgary is one of my favourite spots to shoot. When people have their ceremonies there, I get so excited. The night before the wedding is like Christmas. The chance to shoot Chelseay and Devin there…I almost peed my pants from the anticipation.

I shot Devin’s sister’s wedding a couple years back, so it was like a reunion when I saw the family. Luckily Chelseay’s side isn’t too bad either 😉 I was one of the gang. Just taking pictures of friends…not clients. I wish I could post more photos, but it would be too much…like hundreds, so you would hate me by the time you reached the end. Enjoy! Check out the vendors below.

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