Friday, July 30, 2010

Sean & Rachael: Wedding Sneak Peek

We had a couple of great weddings two weekends ago and here is a sneak peek from one of them. We just returned from holidays so I should have the rest of their pictures up after the weekend! If I could do my wedding over, I would have my hair and make up done like Rachael's. Gorgeousness.
And a picture for you Sean...with your gorgeous wife and sweet car.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Jana & Ross: Wedding Day

What a gorgeous day this was. It definitely wins the award of `Hottest Wedding We've Done'. Wow, was it warm. We even used umbrellas for the heat instead of rain this time! It was a beautiful outdoor ceremony along the Fraser River down at the Bedford Landing. They even had their dancing outside afterwards and it was perfect (no bugs either!). I have so many pictures to post and no one has complained about the amount I put here, so, here we go...
{Jana got ready at her sister Lora's house. I have never seen so many women getting ready in one house (and I have 4 sisters!) but they did it well! Jana was even doing her sister's make up at one point, she was one calm bride. Look how Mattea, the flower girl, is helping Jana get ready below. Mattea may have snuck in a bit too much bronzer at one point:)}
{The mom's made food for everyone. This isn't the first time that these mom's have prepared for a wedding together, Jana's sister and Ross' brother are also married to each other. Does that make sense? So special!}
{I love Jana's dress. I think I have a thing for sweetheart necklines and lace. At one point, Jana did have a fan going under her dress. Like I said, it was a hot day!}
{There were at least 4 more females in the room while she was getting ready...which meant a whole lot of oohing and aahing! The ceremony was at the Bedford House Landing. It was such a gorgeous setting and a harpist played while they walked down the aisle.}
{Gary always stays up front in the ceremony and I am in the back. I love the close ups that he gets during the ceremony, like the one below.}
{Their nephew did a fabulous job reading a Bible verse}

{Isn't it such a great location along the river?}
{Jana's sister, Maria, is due any day now. She handled the heat like a champ. I can't resist taking pictures of baby bellies!}
{We actually took their formal photos before the ceremony so the first picture below is when they saw each other for the first time. We started by taking photos around the Bedford House (Fort Langley)}.
{Everyone loves taking the jumping picture! Fortunately not many people are driving to Brae Island (where the Albion Ferry was) so the road is usually quite empty. We then went towards the train station. Please note the funny faces below, you will see many more to come!}

{We always do the bride with each bridesmaid and the groom with each groomsmen. Well, I don't usually post them but I want to show you stereotypical photos. The girls are sweet and the boys are usually beating each other up or something.}

{See what I mean? Check out Mattea below. Eyes. Jana has 5 nieces and nephews so I asked how they could choose just one. They chose the youngest. Makes sense!}
{I hope you girls are okay with me posting this sexy/attitude type shot of you:) I just like how Mattea fits right in! And then, it was off to a random spot along the Fort-to-Fort Trail. It is between Fort Langley and the Heritage Site at Derby Reach. It was G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S. Jana had picked it out and I loved it!}
{I couldn't decide whether to post the intimate or the romantic shot, so, I posted both!}

{I realized in their engagement shoot that Jana likes fences so fortunately there was a good one there!}

{We always take a variety of family photos but generally they are quite standard. I will show a couple though because, well, they're cute. Could be my favourite family photo yet!}
{There was some free time before the reception started so this big group of football fans, originally from Winnipeg, went to the pub to catch the Winnipeg Bluebombers playing.}
{And then it was reception time at the Bedford House!}
{Take a look at the awesome kids table that their friend, Sarah, set up. I want to sit there! There was even a colouring book of outlined pictures of Jana and the kids etc}
{In order for the bride and groom to kiss, the guest had to spell a word correctly AND use it in a sentence. A lot of the words were dutch. Not as easy as it sounds but it looks like a few people got it right...}
{I love how their cake is so personal. Ross is a big football fan and played for a while so here is their cake topper! I'm also liking how they did a fun pose with the cake rather than just the standard cake cutting!}
{The night ended with a dance outside and it was the perfect way to end the evening.}

Congratulations Jana & Ross. Thank you for making it so fun for us and introducing us to a great new location. I hope you are having an amazing time on your honeymoon!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Curtis & Britteny: Engagement Session

Last week I met Curtis and Britteny, down at Coal Harbour, for their engagement session. Britteny let me know right away that she didn't think that she was very good at the whole picture thing but I think I proved her wrong...just look at her! Britteny, you passed with honours. They had a ton of ideas and that made it super easy for me. Climbing up on structures, going into the water, they were up for anything! Coal Harbour is great because it is so versatile. We started out at the marina as they both grew up boating...

{Then Curtis suggested that they go in the water, he even came prepared with sandals! Aren't they cute? He pretended to drop her in one of the pictures and she sure got quite close to the water.}
{Then some pictures by the pond and the bridge. A Canadian Goose was quite comfortable around them which started making me nervous but he kept a safe distance.}
{Curtis and Britteny have been together for 5 years and have been in school for forever and aren't leaving anytime soon:) You can tell that they are really comfortable together which makes photographing them really easy.}
{I had to just post a few more water pictures. They weren't sure if they wanted building photos but with Curtis being a civil engineer, it kind of makes sense, right? One of my favourites was taken there....}
{The one above is one of my favourites.}
{Just some black and whites to break up all the green and blue:) I always have the edited pictures converted to black and white as well because everyone has a different preference.}
{Her dress was so cute and it worked so well in all the photos. Curtis, your outfit choice was great too, don't want to leave you out!}

Curtis and Britteny, it was great getting to know you. Congratulations on your engagement and we look forward to capturing your big day in December!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Booking Info

Thank you for checking out GC Photography. I am going to have a super awesome engagement session to post in the next couple of days (it was at Coal Harbour and the lighting was PERFECT!!) and then 3 fabulous weddings to work through and post as well. Just a heads up that we are not accepting any more sessions or weddings for 2010. If you would like me to refer you to someone, I have a great list of fellow photographers. Thank you for keeping us so busy!

Friday, July 16, 2010


Almost one year ago, baby Caden was born and I was there! He was the first birth that I took pictures at and it was so emotional for me, especially since I'm good friends with his mom and dad. I was so proud of Ali. And now, he's a little monkey that is running all over the place. He is such a beautiful boy and I had a great time taking pictures of the family. Enjoy!

Happy birthday Caden!! I look forward to seeing you grow, grow, grow over the years!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Seven Grandkids

What a beautiful property to have an extended family photo session! Usually there is a reason behind the extended family photos and in this case, it was for mom/grandma's birthday. It was on one of the hottest days last week and I was sweating up a storm just 5 minutes in:) Fortunately there were a lot of trees providing shade and the kids seemed pretty happy to have their photos taken (and of course getting a peak at them)! Here are some of the photos from our time together with 8 adults and 7 kids ranging from about 4 months to 10 years of age.
{I was making some interesting sounds trying to get all the little ones to look at me here!}
{Both daughters had their weddings on their parent's property so it was fun to get some shots of them where they had their wedding photos done!}

{I'm a sucker for baby boys in jean overalls, just check out the eyes! Check out the sibling `hug' in the photo below and on the left.}
{Check out the sweetie on the far right, she's crossing her legs like a little lady while she's on the swing set:)}

Thanks for having me over and I hope you enjoy the photos. Way to go on toughing it out with the heat, the kids did fabulously...oh and so did the adults!