wedding photojournalism

Sun Yat Sen Garden Wedding - Alex and Linda

Sun Yat Sen Garden Wedding - Alex and Linda

NOTE: All photographs were taken while on seconding assignment for Ivory + Gold Photography. Thanks, Juliette!!

A little while ago, while it was freezing cold in December, I had the chance to document Vietnamese wedding with my friends Juliette. There was a lot of food and a lot of laughter and a lot of fantastic moments. For me, the best moment was capturing the groom Alex showing off the ring he put on his bride’s finger earlier that day just as they were making their entrance into the reception. Epic.

Read More

2018 Year End Review - My Documentary Photography Comes Home

2018 Year End Review - My Documentary Photography Comes Home

How do you even begin to encapsulate a year? It’s 365 days of living and being and breathing and it all goes by so fast. As a photographer, the photos I take are not only momentos of the little moments that went by but also memory place holders that let me look back and recall a time in my life: the smells, the sights and even the sounds.

Read More

Brix and Mortar Wedding - Adrian and Wendy - Seconding for John Bello

Brix and Mortar Wedding - Adrian and Wendy - Seconding for John Bello

Approaching a wedding in a documentary fashion is actually quite difficult. As I'm not directing people to pose or to do certain things, I have to be able to react and anticipate moments as they happen. There's no "OK, can you look at Mom and laugh now?". I'm there to document it as how it truly unfolded. Why would I approach things this way? To me, there's something absolutely magical about creating beautiful photographs of real and authentic moments. It's telling your story as the way it happened and not how I as a photographer directed it to be. Candid, photojournalistic and unposed moments are where my photography passion lies.

Read More

Brix and Mortar Wedding - Pete and Christine - Seconding for John Bello

Brix and Mortar Wedding - Pete and Christine - Seconding for John Bello

If it isn't already apparent in my blog posts, I truly enjoy photographing at Brix and Mortar in Yaletown. It's a nice and small and intimate space with a unique ceremony space but the people there are also really cool. 

As per usual, I'll let the photographs and the little bits of commentary do the narrating of this wedding. Just a quick note: That amazing red British car was an awesome sight to see.

Read More

Welid and Savannah's Backyard Wedding - Seconding for Stefanie Cepeda

Welid and Savannah's Backyard Wedding - Seconding for Stefanie Cepeda

Welid and Savannah's wedding was one of the first backyard weddings I had photographed. While I thoroughly enjoy the atmosphere and the revelry of larger weddings, I also love the intimacy that comes with small weddings as well. It was a bright sunny day and lended itself to a great day followed by a reception in a hall in the evening.

Read More

Brockhouse Restaurant Wedding and Victoria Chinese Restaurant - Michael and Shannon - Seconding for Jody Wiger

Brockhouse Restaurant Wedding and Victoria Chinese Restaurant - Michael and Shannon - Seconding for Jody Wiger

As per before, I won't say much in the ways of an introduction. I do think that the images speak for themselves (yes, including the mirror selfie with the bride's dress...). Michael and Shannon were married at Brockhouse in Vancouver followed by a reception at Victoria Chinese Restaurant. The night capped off with a dance rendition of "I Had The Time Of My Life" and it was kind of awesome. OK enough words. Photographs below :)

Thanks to Jody Wiger for the opportunity to second shoot.

Read More

Grouse Mountain Wedding - Brian and Alaina

Grouse Mountain Wedding - Brian and Alaina

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!

Read More

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

Brix and Mortar Wedding - Shu-Hyun and Tyrrell - (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!

Read More

Kim and Jeremy's Wedding - Seconding for John Bello

Kim and Jeremy's Wedding - Seconding for John Bello

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. 

Read More

Westwood Plateau Golf Course Wedding - Jeff and Melissa

Westwood Plateau Golf Course Wedding - Jeff and Melissa

I've been to a number of weddings at Westwood Plateau. In fact, even my own wedding and my brother's wedding has been there. I love the venue and I love the food there. It's a great little hidden gem in Coquitlam. 

Last year, Jody Nay asked me to second shoot for her. While it did take place at Westwood Plateau, it was the camaderie of friends and the closeness of family that made this wedding amazing. 

Read More