Choosing the best Kootenay Wedding and Family Photographer for you
This time of year is one of my favourites. Not just because I get to see people I don’t usually see, or enjoy foods I don’t normally eat, or go on adventures the weather and time don’t usually allow, but because I get to go through all of the photos I’ve made with my awesome clients. My clients are the people who push me to be the best British Columbia wedding and family photographer I can possibly be. And in choosing my favourite photos from 2019, I get to re-live all these moments all over again. And that’s what photos are for!
My Favourite 2019 BRITISH COLUMBIA WEDDING PHOTOS
As a documentary wedding and family photographer, my photos are generally candid and unstaged. I rarely tell people what to do because they rarely know I’m making a photo of them. However, during portraits, I give lots of direction so everyone is comfortable and able to be themselves. Rarely do I make anyone look at the camera, and always do I make people feel good about the photos we’re making. In celebration of the relationship between my client and I, the following five photos are my favourite portraits from the year.
My Favourite 2019 KOOTENAY WEDDING DETAILS
As a documentary wedding and family photographer, the details photos I make are generally in the moment. I tend not to set things up and would rather make photos of people using the details, rather than the detail by itself. When details have context, they tell more of your story. The following six photos are my favourite details photos from the year.
My Favourite 2019 KOOTENAY WEDDING PARTY PHOTOS
As a documentary wedding and family photographer, the wedding party photos are a fun time to get everyone interacting, so I can make lots of in the moment photos that show their personalities. I tend to set up scenarios and make them do funny word games, which really brings out peoples’ relationships. They’re always tons of fun. The following three photos are my favourite wedding party photos from the year.
My Favourite 2019 KOOTENAY WEDDING RECEPTION PHOTOS
As a documentary wedding and family photographer, the wedding reception is FULL of everything I look for throughout the day: symmetry, emotion, details, personalities, and all the feelings. By the time the dance floor gets rolling, everyone has forgotten that I’m there, and nearly every one is ready to cut loose. This is also when the most unbridled excitement happens. Where the rest of the day tends to be happy tears, the dance floor is full of silly, skill and smiles. The following eight wedding reception photos are my favourite from the year.
My Favourite 2019 KOOTENAY ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS
The engagement session is less about getting your photo taken than it is about us getting comfortable with one another. These sessions are integral for me as a wedding photographer. In order to shoot documentary photography the way I do, these sessions give you a sense of how I work, and what it’s like to be around a camera. Plus, we get to go somewhere we won’t have time or access to get to during your wedding. The following are my favourite seven engagement photos from the year.
My Favourite 2019 DOCUMENTARY FAMILY PHOTOS
As a documentary family photographer, we spend our time doing things that you enjoy doing together. The purpose for me during that activity is to find creative ways to illustrate your relationships and your personalities, as well as your environment and your values. I love family photography because I always leave the session with a feeling of hope. Families are simply doing their best, all the time. It’s vulnerable to have your photo taken. But for those who have photos of their childhood to look back on, those people have an infinitely important gift: a portal to their family history. I think it’s so important to be photographed, to see your life and your emotions through someone else’s eyes. I guarantee you the honest beauty of you interacting with your kids is one of the longest lasting gifts you can give them.
The following photos are my favourites among all the awesome families who shared their days with me.
The following five photos are from a Day in the Life family photography session on Alex’s graduation day. Each image shows a bit of who he and his family are. In order: Alex wrestling with his cousin, Alex getting his tie put on with the help of his family (a ritual for men on special occasions), Alex having a group photo made as their female friends tell them where to stand, Alex having a pizza break with his boys in the change room where they met playing hockey, and finally, Alex and his friends in the cavalcade that goes through town in honour of the Nelson BC 2019 Graduation class.
It’s nearly impossible to choose the best Kootenay wedding and family photographer. “The Best” is purely subjective. But I do hope that in describing why these photos are my favourite, they can help you decide whether I’d be the best wedding and family photographer for you. If immortalizing your family history is important to you, or you simply like artful and purposeful photos of people you love, please get in touch with me here. I’m so looking forward to meeting you.