WHAT I DO
I am a Calgary-based wedding and portrait photographer available for travel assignments. I have photographed dozens of weddings in Alberta and British Columbia, in Toronto, Ottawa, Cape Breton, Jamaica, Mexico and as far away as Hawaii. Wherever I am, I love the process of getting to know a couple, and of telling the story of their wedding day in pictures.
I play hockey and bike when I’m not working. But mostly I spend time with the three loves of my life: my wife Jacqueline, my son Laird and daughter Francesca. Whether we’re hiking in the mountains or spending time in Canmore, hanging out with them is the best, and they’re my favourite photographic subjects. We also have an elderly dog Aries.
When I was a kid, my parents had a black and white darkroom. They were amateur photographers who worked in colour as well, and I grew up surrounded by pictures of family and friends and fun times.
My family life, then and now, has taught me a lot about people and has a big influence on my photography. I believe you can capture the essence of a day, of a time in a couple’s life, of their relationship with one another and those around them, by paying attention to the fine details—by capturing the small moments that tell the big story.
MOMENTS BETWEEN MOMENTS
At a wedding, what I like to photograph are those in-between times that you and your guests might not notice or remember.
I love shooting weddings in the mountains or in natural settings because I—and my clients—often feel most comfortable there. Whatever the location, I favour using rich colour and glowing light to produce vibrant, lively images.
Part of my job is to harness the inevitable stress of such a significant day and turn it into something special, because out of this stress comes real emotion. My favourite part of a wedding shoot is after the ceremony when the couple can breathe a sigh of relief that the formal part of the day is done. This is a great time to get some natural and unstudied shots.
At every wedding I photograph, I get to be part of one of the most important days in a couple’s life. The responsibility is huge. But there’s also a definite adrenaline rush from capturing special moments and emotions in pictures, from using my own voice to tell the story. It’s challenging and immensely fun work.
THE ENGAGEMENT SHOOT
If a couple also wants engagement photos, I use the engagement photo session to help me understand how to approach their wedding. When I do portraits of a couple, what’s important for me is to make a connection with them, which enables me to, in turn, capture the real connection between the two of them and the unique ways they interact with each other.
I am open to customizing packages for any budget. Please email me for more information. I would love to hear from you.