Bragg Creek Engagement // Jen and Ryan

Those of you who know us well, probably know how much we want a dog.  Its been two long and arduous years of living through what we affectionately call “the puppy pangs”.   Children?  Taken ’em or leave ’em. Its a puppy we are pining for.

So when we got a text from Jen and Ryan accompanied by a photo of the world’s most incredibly cute puppy (whom they just adopted) we immediately booked their engagement session.  Puppy cuddles!  Aside from about 6 million photos of  Kholer, their dog, we managed to create some pretty stunning images of these two.  We spent the afternoon in Bragg Creek (and the surrounding area) – visiting Camp Horizon, where first Jen worked when she moved out West, took the pup for a walk at Allen Bill Pond and finished the session at Elbow Falls (which is even more stunning in the winter than in the summer by the way!)  The best part about this session is that Jen and Ryan were totally relaxed and just had fun … and it shows in these photos.  They’re truly awesome people.  They’re so awesome that when we had to originally re-schedule their engagement session due to horrific weather – they invited us over to their house and made us Irish stew.   That’s how awesome they are.

So, here are a few really awesome engagement photos of some pretty awesome people (and the world’s most adorable puppy).  J+R – if you wake up one morning and he’s missing, you’ll know where to look.

xoxo Erin and Andrew

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Record Store Engagement // Christina and Adam

Most photographers know that three elements must come together to make a beautiful photograph.  Light, composition and a moment.  Great light and good composition happen all the time.  That is the part of the photograph the creator can control.  The third and most elusive component – the moment – is not always up to the creator, but is dependent on the subject.  Engagement sessions are all about having fun.  We like to plan engagement sessions around what our clients truly love doing.  That’s when the moments happen – and it could be as simple as a typical Saturday afternoon.

Adam and Christina love music.  Scratch that.  They love good music – you know, the kind that doesn’t get made any more.  The Beatles.  Led Zeppelin.  The Stones.  Its the kind of music that really only sounds proper with the cracks and pops of vinyl spinning on a needle.  Cut to an early Saturday afternoon.  We enter Heritage Posters & Music and are greeted by owner Jerry Keogh with cold beers in hand.  We snapped a few photos while Adam and Christina were getting lost in record titles and album covers.  What makes these photographs so amazing is it’s what they would have been doing any other Saturday afternoon.  This is what they love doing.

That’s why these photos are so awesome.  Light and composition are up to the photographer, but its the moment that counts. Thanks for sharing these moments with us – and we can’t wait for your wedding in June.

xoxo Andrew and Erin

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Winter Road Trip / Personal Work

I realized today that I don’t take my camera out with me very often.  I mean, I should have that thing strapped to my body like another appendage – no?  There are so many beautiful things out there just waiting for their moment in the so-called photographic limelight.  So, in an ode to the photography Gods I decided I’d throw the crappiest lens we have (the very first version of the lensbaby muse, picked up for free from a friend) on our trusty D600 and start shooting.  We had a random road trip planned to the mountains to have some tea with a good friend, Brittany Esther Staddon and even though we’ve made the road-trek to Canmore at least once a month for past 6 years, I’ve never actually taken the time to appreciate it through the lens.  Despite feeling slightly nauseous cramming my eye against the viewfinder and pushing around the focus on the lensbaby (in a moving car), it was great to appreciate the foothills in a whole new light – blurry focus and all.  Maybe it’s not a 365 project, but its at least a start at rediscovering what its like to shoot for myself.

Many thanks to Brittany for the tea and good conversation – and to Schroeder (her beloved schnauzer) who made me fall in love just a little bit more with man’s best friend.

Happy Saturday xxoo

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just a little road trip to Canmore, AB

just a little road trip to Canmore, AB

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