Brian and Alaina's Wedding at Grouse Mountain - Seconding for John Bello

Rain or snow definitely don't step a wedding day. This wedding from 2016 took place at first in Vancouver and then later on in Grouse Mountain. 

What a day it was! Blistering snow made for an interesting and adventurous day but it ended up being an amazing wedding for Brian and Alaina.

Thanks to John Bello as we always for taking me on a second shooter!
Full gallery of photos at the very end!

 Those moments just before the First Look :)

Those moments just before the First Look :)

 Did I mention that it was snowing??

Did I mention that it was snowing??

 Speeches by the door.

Speeches by the door.

 

Full Gallery below:

Getting Deeper Into the Chinatown Project

Since 2013, I've been continually photographing Chinatown and as the years went on, I found myself meeting people and getting more involved. Eventually, I ended up joining the Wong Association and well... here I am. This project ended up becoming much more bigger than I ever thought it would be. I find that this 5+ year journey has me now intertwined in the conversation of Vancouver's Chinatown.

 The Hon Hsing is the "sports" arm of the Wong Association.

The Hon Hsing is the "sports" arm of the Wong Association.

Thanks to my time here, I've now been afforded the opportunity to do documentary work that is beyond the usual street photography stuff. Being in and a part of this community has given me opportunities to document and get to know people and feel the true vibrant spirit of Chinatown that is not readily apparent from the streets. I've visited various Associations, experienced the battle over Chinatown's heritage and future and have made many friends along the way. It has truly been a blessing and I do hope one day that these photos will serve to remind future what was and inspire what could be.

 Old and Young.

Old and Young.

I am currently working on a book representing the first 3 years of my project and will later on make a second book to cover the next 2-3 years after. My Chinatown photos are strewn in various places on the web such as over two blogs and on various Facebook and Instagram posts (@jonathan_desmond_journal), so having a book will bring all my images together into one final item that I can show to future generations. 

Below is a brief gallery of photographs I took while I attended the Wong Association banquet:

Shu-Hyun and Tyrrell - Brix and Mortar Wedding (Seconding for John Bello)

I really enjoy photographing at Brix and Mortar and around the Yaletown area. So when John Bello called me up to be his second shooter, I was very much inclined to join the party. 

Regardless of whether I'm a primary photographer or second photographer, I always go into a wedding with the same determination to create true and authentic moments and beautiful photographs that the couple will remember.

Thanks again to John Bello for giving me the opportunity to second shoot!

  I think this wedding might have been in the Fall as I could see the light going down pretty quickly in the evening. Despite having photographed here many times, I'm always on the lookout for new angles at Brix and Mortar.

I think this wedding might have been in the Fall as I could see the light going down pretty quickly in the evening. Despite having photographed here many times, I'm always on the lookout for new angles at Brix and Mortar.

  I'm always on the lookout for these little moments. During this time of the wedding, there's not a lot going on other than waiting for guests to arrive. However, this is when I do walk-arounds and travel all over the venue to find little pockets of moments between people.

I'm always on the lookout for these little moments. During this time of the wedding, there's not a lot going on other than waiting for guests to arrive. However, this is when I do walk-arounds and travel all over the venue to find little pockets of moments between people.

  Oh look! A mirror!

Oh look! A mirror!

The full gallery of Shu-Hyun and Tyrrell's wedding is below:

Zee, Eee and Cee's Newborn Documentary Photosession

Z E and C Baby Documentary Photosession-16.jpg

Yes, their actual names are not Zee, Eee or Cee but this is a special for a good friend :)

I've known Zee and Eee for a while and they've been great friends. When they asked me to take photos of their brand new baby Cee and they wanted it in a documentary approach, I was more than delighted to spend some time with them and take their photos. The day I arrived, Cee was about 2 weeks old so he was pretty new to the world at that time. 

 Sometimes I'm right in the action, other times I'm far away. I do a lot of moving around during these sessions... in a way, almost dancing with my subjects as I work to get the best frame I can.

Sometimes I'm right in the action, other times I'm far away. I do a lot of moving around during these sessions... in a way, almost dancing with my subjects as I work to get the best frame I can.

There was little to no posing (as is my usual approach) as I focused entirely on the interactions between Zee, Eee and little Cee and their new lives together. If there was one thing I realized is that new babies sleep a lot. However, near the end, we saw Cee starting to open his eyes before crying a bit and then going back to sleep. Ah, the life.

Here's the gallery :)

Kim and Jeremy's Wedding - Seconding for John Bello

 There might have been some snow that day...

There might have been some snow that day...

I recall the feeling of slight panic when I realized that my tires were starting to slip and weren't gaining traction. My little Honda Fit didn't really have the tires (or suspension) to be able to dig through a good 3 feet of fresh snow that had dropped on Delta and the rest of the Lower Mainland. This all happened as I was making my way to photograph as a secondary for John Bello for the big event: Kim and Jeremy's wedding. Thankfully, and also partly by some miracle, I was able to rock my car back and forth and find some grip and ever so slowly make my way up the slippery and buried-in-snow slight incline to Jeremy's house. 

This was the first day of the infamous 2017 snowstorm that hit our area but, like any dedicated wedding photographer, I wasn't going to let that stop me... well, it almost did but I still managed to make my way to Jeremy's house and start the day and photograph until the end with John Bello.

Throughout the day, dnow continued to come down during the ceremony in Burnaby and even harder during the reception but thankfully we all got to the locations in one piece and thankfully got home safe. 

 The groom gets ready in one of the rooms in the house.

The groom gets ready in one of the rooms in the house.

 It's actually really hard to get a good hug photograph so I always try to position myself to get a decent angle to capture expression.

It's actually really hard to get a good hug photograph so I always try to position myself to get a decent angle to capture expression.

 After some portrait time in the snow, I caught Kim and Jeremy in this moment as we were walking back to the car.

After some portrait time in the snow, I caught Kim and Jeremy in this moment as we were walking back to the car.

 I always love that look when you're dancing with your husband or wife for the first time.

I always love that look when you're dancing with your husband or wife for the first time.

It was a fantastic day despite the crazy amount of snow that we received that day but I am thankful for the opportunity nonetheless to photograph these amazing events. 

Full Photo Gallery Below: