Bethel Free Reformed Congregation Wedding Ceremony [Dan & Deb]

November 3rd, 2016

Dan & Deb, Bethel Free Reformed Congregation wedding ceremony

Dan and Deb held a beautiful fall wedding starting with their Bethel Free Reformed Congregation wedding ceremony in Monarch, bringing their families together.

Even though the wedding took place in late autumn, we were able to find a few splashes of colour at the University lake and their navy colour scheme looked fantastic against the warm fall hues.

Deb and Dan already share such an intimate bond after facing some hardships together and now uniting in marriage will bring them even closer together. I loved watching the connection they share and barely had to direct them as Dan stole a ton of kisses and Deb grinned ear to ear in his arms. They are such a great match, especially in how Dan’s goofiness plays off of Deb’s deadpan humour!

They finished off the evening by celebrating at the Coast Hotel in one of the ballrooms.

Congratulations, Dan and Deb!

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Waterton Autumn Engagement Photos [Erik & Alena]

November 1st, 2016

Waterton autumn engagement photos

Erik and Alena split their engagement portraits into two sessions so they could capture both winter and autumn in the mountains. Their winter photos proved to be a challenge when we had a snow-free February and now that it came time for the autumn session, we almost got snow! (The snow literally came the next day.) I think we’ll have better luck getting the correct weather for their upcoming summer wedding ;)

This time around we did Waterton autumn engagement photos and I was happy they braved the rain as I dragged them around the town site. I think the speed with which we ran around distracted them from the all the wind and dampness and better let them focus on being so cute together and having fun!

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Miner’s Path Family Photo Session [Tennille & Jim]

October 27th, 2016

Miner's Path family photo session

It’s definitely official at this point: Tennille and Jim make cute kids! This was my first time meeting their newest addition, Owen, and he’s just as cute as his sister Ava! For his first photos we met for a Miner’s Path family photo session in the Crowsnest Pass and I loved watching Ava interact with her new brother. This time they brought their adorable dogs along who did a lot better than expected, but were still super excited to see other dogs along the way :)

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Lethbridge River Bottom Family Photos [Jantina & Allen]

October 25th, 2016

Lethbridge river bottom family photos

Jantina and Allen were in the area visiting family and decided to take advantage of their time down here by doing Lethbridge river bottom family photos. Their girls have such cute blonde hair and striking blue eyes, and the littlest was just about to celebrate her first birthday so it was the perfect time for photos! We started out at the Helen Schuler Nature Centre and wandered through the park looking for bunnies and playing with leaves. The girls did so good for their age and made it through the whole session like perfect little models.

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Helen Schuler Nature Reserve Family Photos [Callie]

October 20th, 2016

Helen Schuler Nature Reserve family photos

Callie and her mom and dad met with me for their Helen Schuler Nature Reserve family photos this autumn. What a happy kid Callie is! Her mom warned me in advance that Callie was your typical two year old… ready to do her own thing and go on the war path if we suggested otherwise. Instead, she spent the whole session happily following all the instructions, watching for bunnies, and throwing leaves in the air!

We started at the Helen Schuler Nature Centre then made our way into the reserve to find all the amazing colours. Callie loved spending this special time with her parents and had so much fun!

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Sleeklens Strike a Pose Portrait Workflow Review

October 19th, 2016

Sleeklens review Strike a Pose Portrait Workflow sample edits

I recently had the opportunity to try out the Sleeklens Strike a Pose Portrait Workflow, which is an awesome collection of Lightroom presets and brushes designed for portrait editing. Using only the workflow and tools in Lightroom, I was able to fully edit my images without needing to open them in Photoshop for refined retouching (as I normally do). I was really impressed by the subtlety of the skin softening tools, make-up enhancements, and other effects that were included. Almost every preset worked great with my images, which comes as a surprise as presets are usually too extreme and need a lot of tweaking to make them work. These ones looked great as they were.

The make-up brushes were definitely a highlight of this set for me. The “add shine to lips” brush is probably my favourite, which added a very natural looking gloss to the lips. The two blush colours were also very natural and can be tweaked if the colour isn’t quite right, but I loved them in their default colours as an accent to the blush already on the model’s face.

I pulled up a few of my photos of Megan from this summer to see what looks I could achieve using only the portrait workflow. I started with images straight out of camera and played around with the presets on my own, rather than following the product’s recipe list.

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