My Favourite Image....a challenge from the #VantagePoint Project and Light.Co

When Tim originally reached out to me I was super excited. Not only had someone at the innovative company Light.Co noticed my work, they wanted me to be part of a project they were working on. (If you haven't heard of Light.Co yet you should check out their new 16 lens small camera - it's got amazing potential and I am definitely hoping to test one out soon.) As part of their #VantagePoint project, Light.Co was reaching out to photographers, asking us to share our favourite image that we have taken and a bit of the why and how of that image. Right away I was on board but I will admit, this post has taken a lot longer to come together than either of us expected. Why? Because after almost 8 years of photographing professionally, and working with some really amazing people, choosing a favourite image is hard!

So today I introduce you to a few of my favourite images from the last 8 amazing years of photography. These images come from one of my on location styled sessions to create unique stylized portraits and the experience of the whole day with Karla was a huge inspiration for the new line of Contemporary Portraits we introduced in the winter. 

 

 

We were up at the crack of dawn (ok, a bit before that) - Karla prepped in hair and makeup while I loaded up and made my way (with my hubby) to the beach in Port Stanley before the firsts rays of light began to show over the horizon. 

Especially for this session, we had rented a beautiful parachute dress. This dress, formerly a 35 foot military parachute, had strength and femininity. It had structure but still had flow. It was a practical item made beautiful. It represented so much of the strength, softness, and beauty that exists in every woman.

We encountered many struggles along the way including...

  • it was 4:30am, where was Karla going to change?
  • There was a storm rolling in, were we going to be able to shoot at all?
  • Karla would be back lit as the sun rose behind her, how would we make sure she did not become a silhouette?
  • The dress was massive, how were we going to get it to do what we wanted it to?
  • The wind was blowing, hard, how do we keep her from being blown away (it was still mostly a parachute after all)?

 

Equipped with my camera, lenses, reflectors, flashes, and my husband as my assistant we made it happen. We walked the beach, threw the dress for shape and volume, grabbed the dress to help Karla not get blown away, climbed lifeguard towers for a different angles, and outran a torrential downpour to take cover under a local overhang. 

In the end though, we had fun, created beautiful portraits (and even better memories), and gave someone an experience that made them feel strong and beautiful. That right there, is what it's all about.

 

Jess & Kevin's Beach Engagement

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Last week I had the pleasure of spending my Saturday Night with two AMAZING people.

 

Are you likely to see them on the news or watch people clamor to take a selfie with them? Maybe not, but to me they are heros. Why?

 

To see the woman Jessica is, how she has pushed through every obstacle and health struggle that has been placed in her path but only came out stronger, kinder and more loving. To see the way Kevin looks at Jessica with love...a lovethat has seen her struggle and stood by her side from a man that stands by her side ready to carry her when she's not sure she can take another step, to put her feet back on her path, who is ready not to walk ahead or trail behind but always be the man standing beside her facing life's struggles and celebrating life's beauty together every step of the way.

 

Before I get too carried away and I lose sight of my screen for the tears of love and joy for these two (yep- I am that sappy/emotional) I want to hand it over to Jessica & Kevin to tell you a little bit more about who they are.

 

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In their words...

 

How long have you known each other? 2 years

 

How did you meet?

We met online! It's embarrassing, but becoming the norm for meeting people. Our first meeting was magical! When did you know your fiance was 'the one'? (both answer please) We both knew on our first meeting that there was something very special between us. We had a magical first date which included a beautiful drive, a walk on the beach, dinner and fireworks on the beach. After that first date, we were inseparable. Soulmates. We would ready to get married that first week together.

 

What is your favourite thing about your fiance? My favourite thing about Kevin is his kind and gentle spirit; he is very sweet and caring. - Jess

My favourite thing about Jessica is her empathetic ways. - Kevin

 

What do you love to do together? We love to sit at home together and watch movies or binge on a good TV series. We also love our family time. When we have both our children (Aiden and Jillian) at the house, we enjoy spending time at the park. We are very low key!

 

Is there anything else you'd like to share? We both feel complete and have feelings of wholeness as a family since finding each other. We are truly blessed. Not everyone finds their soulmate, their other half! The one who understands them on that other level!

 

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Be sure to come back and join me in October to see more details from their wedding wedding day!

 

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Port Frank's Sunset Beach Engagement Portraits - Jessica & Kevin's Engagement Sneak Peek

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I still remember opening up my email to find an inquiry from someone named Jessica. She was inquiring about my wedding photography services.

 

The more we chatted, the more it felt like this was someone that I was meant to serve. Jessica is a beautiful, kind, and loving woman who has faced many struggles in her life but she and her fiance Kevin had weathered them. It was these struggles that connected Jessica and I even more. Not just as photographer and bride, but as friends who understood at least some of what the other had been through.

 

Together with their children, I am excited to be sharing this journey with Jessica & Kevin. I can't wait to celebrate their marriage with them in October. I know it's going to be a very personal and emotional day.

 

For today, just one little teaser image. Keep your eyes out for more of their engagement portrait session and their story coming very soon.

 

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Portrait Sneak Peek: An evening with Kristin & Phil

London Wedding Photographer Rebecca Nash spent an evening at the beach in Port Franks capturing Engagement Portraits for Kristin & Phil just over a month after their Destination Wedding  

These two people are so beautiful inside and out. After years of connecting online with Kristin I was thrilled to spend the evening behind the camera celebrating this beautiful couple.

Port Franks beach is a special place to both of them. Near the cottage they loved, this is a place where they spent time and made memories so it only seemed a natural location for an intimate but fun filled evening of sunset couples portraits to celebrate their love and their recent marriage.

Congratulations to both of them as they start their lives together!

 

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London Engagement Portrait Photographer - Rebecca Nash Photography

Rebecca Nash is the Creative Director & Photographic Artist behind London, Ontario's wedding photography company Rebecca Nash Photography. Her passion is helping London, Ontario couples create art that captures the little moments, the details, and the emotions of their own unique love story with London engagement portrait photography in a way that allows them to relive those joyous moments everytime they look at them. London Wedding photographer Rebecca Nash Photography has a dedication to providing experience driven service to each and every couple she works with to enhance their London Engagament Portrait Photography and London Wedding Photography.

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Wedding Wednesday: Beach Wedding Favors

Beach Favors

 

As the weather cools many weddings turn to destination weddings on the sunny beaches of the Caribbean. Today I'm sharing a few pieces of beach wedding inspiration.
This first one was one of my favs! How many times have you been to a summer wedding or a destination wedding and as much as you want to be supportive you can hardly concentrate because you're just melting in the heat?  Enter the perfect favor. A Folding fan on every seat! Your guests will love you and it's something completely practical (which most grooms love). Want to personalize it? Get custom paper fans made with your names and the wedding date printed on them. Looking for a less expensive DIY way? Create your own tags with your name, date, or any other information you want your guests to remember.
Tired of basic escort cards? Try this take - it's an escort tag and wedding favor all in one when you tie these labelled tags to starfish. I saw this on pinterest and was instantly in love!
Got a great favor - incorporate your wedding favors into you theme and decor with a great little favor stand like this country store!
What's the best favor you ever recieved at a great beach wedding? Tell me about it in the comments below!