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March 16, 2014 in Events

Every year in March the Wedding Portrait Photography International hosts their annual conference and Expo in Las Vegas. For wedding photographers it’s the Mecca event of the year where they can learn from the best in the world, network with colleagues and see the latest in technology.

This year they added film making to the conference which made it really worth while for both of us to go. We learned so much in that short week and met some of the best in the industry. Personally, I can’t await to apply what I’ve learned to my 2014 weddings.

I didn’t plan to film at WPPI but it was hard not to once we got there. Armed only with a Canon 5diii, 24-105f4, 16-35f2.8, 135f2 and a monopod I did my best to capture the week mostly handheld. We arrived before the expo and took a few days off after to relax and see the sights. What an inspiring week. It went by about as fast as this video!
Music licensed by songfreedom.com

Appearances by Sal Cincotta, David Williams, Jerry Ghionis, Melissa Ghionis, Roberto Valenzuela, Sandy Puc, and Jason Groupp

Song – “Vegas Baby”
Artist – Blue Stahli

This is a wedding story that couldn’t be told in one day.  We begin in July when John plans his last trip home before the wedding.  Marinna surprises him by being in town the day he gets home.  That part of the story was covered in a previous blog post and can be seen here. The wedding was set in a beautiful setting at Dog Lake surrounded by close friends and family.  Soon, they were off on their honeymoon and then back to reality with John back in Afghanistan.  From the very beginning we were pulled in by their story of physical distance.  Yet they seemed to find some normalcy of their hectic life.   Normally we have a few meetings leading up to the wedding.  Budgets didn’t allow me to go to Kabul, so we used Skype.  I can’t imagine the experience working in Kabul; especially after going back there after your wedding.   When it was time to come home Thunder Bay Police Inspector Lorne Clifford told me he was going to make sure he had a hero’s welcome.  He assembled officers in full dress and brought along a piper from the Police Band.  The Giant Fm mentioned the homecoming on the radio.  It’s only fitting that this is where our story starts….where their life together begins.

 
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February 9, 2014 in Weddings

 To say there was some anticipation with posting this wedding is an understatement. Over the years we’ve learned we get a better wedding film and story the more we work at getting to know our couples. After going over a few details I asked Joelle and Danielle if they ever considered writing their own vows for their wedding. The loved the idea and proceeded to work with the church to make it happen. During the ceremony the priest brought to our attention that in over 90 weddings he’s presided over this was the first where the couple wrote their own vows. It’s common at outdoor weddings but rare in a church. He was blown away with their words and so were we. It was an incredibly great feeling as well as an honour to think that we had a part in making that day the beautiful day it was.

When Danielle mentioned that not only was her sister Nicole planning on singing at their wedding but she had written a song for the two of I knew we had something really special here. There was no question that this song was to be the music used in the video. But that also created a challenge….finding time record. The earliest was mid December! We assembled Nicole, Noles and Steve here in our studio and recorded the song. They did it two takes!.

-Alan

It would be an understatement saying there has been a bit of anticipation with this one.   I’ve got so much more to say…but then, it wouldn’t be a teaser.

The rest of their story is coming soon! 

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December 28, 2013 in Weddings

Everyone has their story.

This is part of mine.  It’s amazing the emotion you can get when you put two photos like these together. That’s me on the left taken sometime in 1967. These two simple images show life; the circle of life.

No one knew when that photo was taken in 1967 that it would hold the power and emotion that it holds today. The same goes for your wedding photos and video. Your story starts here. Happy Holidays everyone!

-Alan

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Normally by now we’d be showing you their wedding that took place in August. But when you think of it, their story starts now. We followed their life early in the spring when we learned John was still stationed in Afghanistan. In fact our first few meetings were via Skype. He made a few short visits home, then another for the wedding. They were off for a quick honeymoon, then he was back in Afghanistan. That final day came December 7, 2013. He’s coming home. Their first day together starts today.

The rest of their story is coming soon!

 

 

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November 12, 2013 in Weddings

When we met Katie and Maneet in the summer of 2012 I remember hearing May 25th was a long way off. Fast forward through a long blustery winter and we’re weeks away from their big day. Our date night consisted of a walk to the Marina trying to make it look like spring at the end of April. Perhaps the solid ice on the lake gave it away! After a nice dinner we got to know them a lot better and quickly picked up on how in tune they are with each other.

For us this was no ordinary wedding day…that’s because it spanned two days. The traditional North American ceremony was on Saturday and their Hindu ceremony on Sunday. We were quickly taken in by the colours, the mood and the warmth of the family that surrounded them. The blend of the two ceremonies was a natural fit, and a treat to be a part of.

Alan & Izabela

Coming Soon…

 

Next week we’ll be premiering Katie and Maneet’s wedding. This is the part we really love. After meeting them over a year ago we’ve spent a fair bit of time getting to know them. From the “date” session in May (complete with snow!) to their special day at the end of the month it’s exciting watching it all unfold. We can’t wait to see their reaction here in the studio next week. You’ll get to see it soon too.

 

 

I love you to Afghanistan and back…

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From the first shoot we went on we knew we were capturing something really special. For an engagement shoot we normally meet, go out for a bite to eat, learn a little bit about the couple then get together again down the road and shoot somewhere that has meaning to them. We had one big problem this time around. She works in and out of town while he worked in Afghanastan. Definately not your typical couple…that’s for sure. John planned a trip home. Marinna also planned a trip hope but surprised him. The look on his face when he sees her at the airport was enough for me to understand their closeness.

We all read stories in the news about what it’s like to work in countries like these but no one tells you the personal side of what they’re missing back home. It’s not easy to live apart this long. I can’t imagine how it would have been 20 years ago without FaceTime and Skype. It was a pleasure to follow them both for the few weeks leading up to their August wedding.

Alan & Izabela

I like long walks on a beach at sunset…ok, that’s an overused line once you’ve experienced it on Costa Rica you’ll want to go back again and again. Dana and Trevor love to travel together and having been here before it was an easy choice to invite 48 of their friends and family to join them at sunset on a beautiful beach.

We were there for the week. This was “wedding week” with something exciting going on every day. Guests at the RIU greeted us with “you’re with the wedding crew”. Their love of life and good times was shared with more than just the wedding party.

After experiencing one of the longest winters on record no one was complaining of the 30+C daily heat. We included the flight out as it was snowing so hard in Toronto we feared we would miss our flight. They closed the airport shortly after we left. It’s weather like this that makes you appreciate the warm breeze in Costa Rica. Here’s a glimpse at their week.