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McBean & Quarterman

An untraditionally traditional wedding. Say that 10 times! The bridesmaids don’t all have to be girls, and why not add into the mix Fergus’ dad as a groomsman.

Instead of spending hours on taking traditional post-ceremony shots, Lara and Fergus wanted to enjoy their party! This gave me a great opportunity to get candids at the cocktail hour. We also got a few minutes to take some “posed” shots as well.

Lara and Fergus have hearts that extend beyond borders. They have lived all around the world. Working for international organizations and extensively travelling the globe, they have met many people along the way. Despite the wedding’s location in Calgary, their guests came from far and wide. Having lived in Africa, their taste in music for the final portion of the evening was unforgettable.

I could say so much more, but I’ll let the pictures tell you the rest of the story.

Thanks to Jennifer Leady who was in the wedding party for giving me access to the wonderful logo she created for Lara and Fergus. You can see her work in many of the photos below and you can check out her work at www.brandedbyseven.com. Her artistry with branding and design is inspiring.

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  • John Olander - Wonderful photos wonderful day, since I couldn’t be there your photos made me feel like I almost was. ThanksReplyCancel

Jenny+Clayton in their backyard, Montreal

Jenny and Clayton got married in the spring of 2012. It was a beautiful wedding in their backyard with only a handful of friends and family present. They knew they had to put together a bigger celebration for other family members and friends who were not there for the “official” ceremony. I was so blessed to be a part of this second wedding that was also held in their backyard.

When I met with Jenny and Clayton the week before the wedding, they still had many, many tasks to complete. The entire house, which they recently purchased, was in a state of chaos because of renovations. Clayton was going to his full time job and returning home in the evenings to work away at an endless list of “todo’s”. Jenny, who had just started her residency in the ER, was working late nights and endless hours. She was also trying to plan the wedding at the same time. Their idea was to have a humble backyard wedding with 30-40 guests and a fully catered meal from one of the best Dim Sum restaurants in Montreal. I was excited, and hopeful that Jenny and Clayton could get everything together in time for their big “second” day.

Following are the pictures from this beautiful day in October. We were lucky to get some sunshine to mix in with the beautiful fall colours for our short (30 minute) photo session at the base of the mountain. In Montreal, we call it a mountain. Back home, we would call it a pretty hill. But I digress. The day was set up perfectly for Jenny, Clayton and their closest friends and family to celebrate such a raw and beautiful love. A love that is undeniably present in everything they do.

-Brent

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Natural Light, Summer of 2013

 

I love natural light. That’s the best part of summer weddings. Whether it’s outside or through a window, natural light helps create the moments that I try to capture.

I will be updating this post with some of my favourite natural light photos as I go through all of the photos from the past few weeks. I just got back from a fantastic wedding in Panorama. Plenty of natural light there. I will put up some of those photos in the next couple of weeks. The couples below, with their friends and family, have made this season one of the best yet. I have had some great times with all of them. I’m still recovering from all the partying, but I think I’ll manage  :)  I’m thinking of dedicating a post to my “flash” shots as well. While natural light is great, there are times where you just have to use flash. Making those shots look unique is an art in itself.

What’s your favourite? Natural? Flash? A mix of both? Please feel free to comment below.

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I’m in Calgary for two more weeks. I have a couple more engagement and family shoots as well as the big wedding in Rosebud. I am so excited for these. I will be back in Montreal on August 16 to take part in a summer workshop for opera. I am the luckiest person for being able to do the two things I love most in life.

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  • Adrian - I find that i’m a mix of natural and flash. While I Love natural light, it does come with it’s pros and cons. I can capture amazing shadows and perspectives with natural light but it does hinder you when the subjects can’t act natural (you know, always squinting to keep their eyes open). But there in lies the beauty, nay the challenge, of photography, it’s being able to adapt and capture people while they are in any state of emotion.

    With all that being said, I do have a small soft spot for flashes. While not my personal preference in low light or conversely balancing light, it does make a useful tool in my arsenal.ReplyCancel

Megan+Chris, Made in Africa

Dancing. Dancing. Dancing. Never stop dancing.

I am the luckiest guy in the world to have had the opportunity to be a part of this incredible destination wedding in Kenya. Megan and Chris opened their home to me for the month. I got to see things and experience life on a totally different level. I can’t wait to go back.

It was incredible to see Megan and Chris, coming from two completely different backgrounds, united by their special love. Wow. That sounds cheesy, but it’s true. One thing is for sure. Family is the pillar on which Megan and Chris were able to build their relationship.

A few of Megan’s girlfriends in Vancouver were able to watch her put on her dress via Skype. They even got to see half of the ceremony until the internet cut out. For all the people who couldn’t make it. I hope that my pictures are able to convey the joy and the love that we all felt on that day.

LLL

Life Long Love

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Country: Kenya

Location: Diani Beach

Ceremony/Reception: Kaskazi Beach Hotel

Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander

Shoes: Miu Miu

I’m back in Calgary until August 16, 2013. I’ll be in Montreal for 2013/14. California weddings in 2014 in the making!

 

 

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Megan+Chris, Engaged in Africa

It has taken me way too long to start blogging about my experience in Africa. I was asked to perform in a spring opera program at the last second, so I’ve been extremely busy on the music side of things. Editing photos at night for clients, I did not have the time to post on the blog. I will try to make up for lost time in the next few weeks.

Megan and I knew each other from opera school at UBC. As successful as she was in opera, she decided she wanted a change in her life. In 2012 she set out to travel through Africa. Her goal was to help others while figuring out what she could do next with her life. Little did she know that she would meet the love of her life in Mombasa, Kenya. Chris, born and raised in Kenya was attending the Polytechnic University in Mombasa. One fateful evening, they both decided to go out to a popular dance club in town. They both spotted each other on the dance floor, locked eyes and danced the night away. They shut the bar down and never looked back. They’re still dancing. No joke. I learned some incredible moves while in Africa. Chris and his friends know how to shake what their mamas gave them. Now I do too. 60%. I’ll never forget the late night dance parties in Chris and Megan’s apartment.

I was in Africa for a month, hanging out with this incredible duo. I even went on my own little adventure. Tanzania. I will post photos from that beautiful place soon. Megan and Chris are made for each other. Megan’s family is from Zimbabwe, so I guess there was always a part of her that wanted to go back to Africa. Following are a few pictures from a wonderful day we had in Mombasa. Here is a quote from the graffiti that we found while snapping away near Fort Jesus:

“It doesn’t matter which religion you claim you’re [sic].

It doesn’t matter which country you’re coming from.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re poor or rich.

It doesn’t matter if you’re black or white.

We are all the same in the eyes of God.”

 

 

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