documentary

Blue Water Cafe Yaletown Wedding - Alex and Vania

Blue Water Cafe Yaletown Wedding - Alex and Vania

lex and Vania wanted something different for wedding photography. They wanted something more documentary and more about their family and friends. And while we did take some time to do portrait shots, group shots and wedding party photos, the majority of the day was spent with me doing very little interrupting or posing and instead letting things happen while I worked and ran around the scene to find the best and unique angles to capture some of the big moments as well as some of the little moments.

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Lighthouse Park Wedding Portrait Session (Behind The Scenes) for Yinger Fotokrafie

Lighthouse Park Wedding Portrait Session (Behind The Scenes) for Yinger Fotokrafie

A while ago, I had the opportunity to work with Yinger at Yinger Fotokrafie as a secondary shooter and also a Behind The Scenes photographer. This photoshoot was entirely orchestrated by Yinger but I was able to capture and document some of the going-ons behind the scenes that made the photoshoot amazing for this couple. Huge thank to Yinger Forokrafie for having me on! All of the photographs here (I believe) were shot on beautiful 35mm film, my favorite photographic medium…

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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.

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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!

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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!

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Whonnock Lake Wedding - Kevin and Lindsay - Seconding for Jody Nay

Whonnock Lake Wedding - Kevin and Lindsay - Seconding for Jody Nay

I remember driving up to this farm in Maple Ridge and seeing sheep. Being a "city-slicker" this excited me greatly. I don't see sheep very often. Maybe a cat?

There's not much I can really say in words about this wedding that my photos won't mention but perhaps I can give you a brief outline: I met Kevin and his groomsmen and photographed them getting ready in a little house on this farm in Maple Ridge. Jody Nay and I photographed the first look of Kevin seeing Lindsay as his bride-to-be and it was an amazing moment followed by champagne and walking out into the farm field.

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Irfan and Sajeda - A Muslim Wedding Assignment (Seconding for Jody Nay) - Ceremony

Irfan and Sajeda - A Muslim Wedding Assignment (Seconding for Jody Nay) - Ceremony

Day 2 of 3 - Vania (Ceremony)

The second day of this assignment with Jody Nay Photography started back at the hotel. Today was the Nikta, which I believe translates to the Muslim marriage ceremony (someone correct me if I'm wrong!). I started in the room with Irfan the groom and his buddy Seef, who was his best man (or Muslim equivalent). 

While I spent a lot of time with the groom and his best man, I also had a chance to head over to the women's room to document them getting ready as well. Out of respect for their customs, you will only see a few selected photos here from the women's side. With that in mind, I only spent a limited time with the women and stayed in the room with Irfan and Seef.

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A Documentary Photosession for Tallie the Cat and Her Owners

A Documentary Photosession for Tallie the Cat and Her Owners

…A prior conversation with Elizabeth gave me the story of Tallie. While initially a dog person, Elizabeth fell in love with Tallie and soon became a cat person (cats tend to do that to us... hehe). I can't recall the reason why Tallie was in the shelter but that's where Elizabeth found her. Tallie was a mother of some kittens at the shelter but as the kittens were soon adopted off, Tallie was left all alone. Elizabeth wanted to adopt a cat that would have a tough time finding a home and found Tallie at the shelter, who approached Elizabeth and they instantly bonded. I found Tallie to be a shy cat but after a few moments of walking in and around the place, Tallie got used to the commotion in her home that was me and my various clattering cameras.

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Wedgewood Hotel Wedding Style Photoshoot - Behind The Scenes

Wedgewood Hotel Wedding Style Photoshoot - Behind The Scenes

…Regardless of whether it’s a model, a family, a bride and groom and their friends, a little cat or the people of Chinatown, I shoot documentary photography.  It’s my passion and forms a major part of my vision and how I see things. Even on a styled shoot such as this one with lots of posing and a professional model, there’s a lot of storytelling behind the scenes that I desired to convey…So my role was that of telling the story that was going on behind the entire project….

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When It's Cold, I Go Outside - Part II

When It's Cold, I Go Outside - Part II

Whenever I get a chance to walk around Vancouver, I'm always amazed at all the little surprises we have. Continuing from my last post, here's a few more photographs from January 2014 of last year, when the sun was out but the heat was not (it was cold...). Ah well, that's Vancouver :)

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