Monday, March 16, 2015

North Vancouver Engagement Photography - Damien + Anita

Anita and Damien, these two just ooze LOVE!!! We got together in Lynn Valley in North Vancouver for their engagement session, and might I add, early enough to avoid the crowd! When I met Anita, only a couple weeks prior to our session, she told me their beautiful proposal story:

They had hiked up a 5.5 hour trail to Spruce Lake, near the cabin they had been staying at. Damien took Anita out to the dock to take in the incredible view and then asked her to be his wife! Which of course she said "YES"! But in all the excitement of the proposal, she accidentally gave Damien her wrong hand, and could not get the ring off in light of her chubby post hiking hands. When they had left the dock to walk back up to the cabin, all of the family was on the deck where they surprised everyone with their good news! This was also when Anita learned the wonders of Windex, and how to remove a ring on a slightly larger finger ;) Once the ring was free, it was just common sense for Damien to ask a second proposal in front of the family for the ring to go on the correct hand!

I'm so excited for you guys! And can't wait for your wedding, in just a couple of weeks!!!
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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

What to wear to your photoshoot?

This is the most important question I get asked after solidifying a date for a photo session. It doesn't matter if it's a family shoot, or engagement, I think you can stick to the same general few rules to get you on the right track!

1. Coordinate! But remember, no matchy-matchy! 

First, decide, do you like bright and colourful, pastel-like and soft, or do you lean more towards neutrals or bold colours? You will want to start by picking 2-3 colours, and add pop of colour! Let each member show their uniqueness by the pattern they choose (think plaid, dots, solid colours or stripes - anything goes!). And most importantly remember: these days matching everyone in jeans/khakis with the same shirt is literally a blast from the past, and extremely outdated. Check out the above photo of my family. We coordinated this in half an hour and it was taken in my parents backyard. Our general rule was: 'everyone in pastels'. I was so happy to see everyone came in their own style :)

2. Add texture, layering and accessories!

Now this is my favorite part!!! Don't be afraid to add all kinds of layers and textures. Let me start with the layers and accessories. Think cardigans, vests, sweaters over dress shirts, scarves, bow ties, suspenders, belts, hair pieces. I love layers, and it looks BEAUTIFUL in photos! It also adds a lot of dimension, and halfway through the shoot, you can simply remove items, or throw some on for a different look. Next, texture. I double drool when someone rocks up in lots of layers, but its important too to invite yourself to throw in some cool textured pieces. Fur, sweater knit, corduroy, frills, TULLE (eeeeeee gets me everytime!!!). Let yourself be you!
Don't forget, your pet looks good in accessories too! 

3. Decide: Where are your picture going to hang?

This is super important and often times not even thought about. You need to decide where in your house are you going to hang your photos? You'll want to select a colour scheme that follows or compliments the colours you have in that room. In my family portrait above, I choose soft colours with pink undertones because my living room has light pink accents, and light furniture. I also have a large print of a pink flower I wanted to hang my portrait beside, so it had to be light and airy. Oh look, there's my pup. Alfie!

4. Feel comfortable in your clothing!

Choosing clothing you feel comfortable in is important in two ways. One, it let's you be you, and it is a good representative of who you are when you look at your images later on. I made the mistake once before of dressing my man in clothing he had never worn before for pictures. He felt embarrassed and although he looked amazing in them, and the pictures looked wonderful, he would have preferred to be more in clothing that fit his sense of style. Secondly, being comfortable and confident shows in the pictures. If you are not comfortable, the writing will be all over your face. 

5. A big no no! 

The last thing you need to know is to not have any logos or writing on clothing visible at all! It is very distracting in pictures. I also like to advise away from awkward situations, such as...see-through clothing, or clothing that may be a little too revealing. Men, you will also want to steer clear of wearing running shoes. I can count numerous times where men come wearing jeans and running shoes, and it's best to try to stay on the more tailored side of things. (Think more business casual). :D Finally, please try and avoid dark colours or all black!
Awe, doesn't this family look so nicely put together? Great job guys!