Ivanette and I have had the agonizing time waiting to tell everybody our amazing news. We wanted to make sure we made the appropriate phone calls to family, and let all of our great couples know, who have all been amazingly supportive.
In October I attended Cliff Mautner’s Lighting and Skill Set boot camp. Unlike most workshops, which concentrate on posing, flash photography, and the business of photography, Cliff concentrated on natural light, mainly full sun at high noon. His techniques baffled me, so I just had to go! I would highly recommend Cliff’s workshop for any expert photographer.
Last Saturday, we photographed the wedding of Pamela and Alex, who you may remember from their engagement session. Theirs was a lovely intimate ceremony at St. Theresa’s, a beautiful church hidden away from the downtown core. I have yet to come upon a groom more excited than Alex, and their wedding party was simply hilarious! We had great weather, great light, and even a great horse named Diamond…
When Frances and Shaun began telling us about their wedding, we had never been to Port Hope. To get ourselves prepared, we did some research on Penryn Mansion, built in 1859, which sits on the picturesque Port Hope Golf and Country Club, and were instantly excited! We were even more pleased when we arrived in Port Hope, as everything is so much more beautiful than we had imagined.
This past Sunday, we had the pleasure of being a part of the baptism of baby Claire, which was held At the School House, just west of Ottawa. Claire’s parents, Sarah and Dave, decided on an intimate outdoor ceremony for family and friends, and the weather was absolute perfection for the occasion!
We had the opportunity to meet Pamela and Grinton last year when they commissioned us to do some portrait work for them. In doing their session, we were really impressed with how genuine and nice these two were, and that the quintessential boy meets girl love story does still exist. They shared with us that they were making plans for their wedding in 2010, and as unusual as it was for us, we asked them if we could shoot their wedding! We truly wanted the opportunity to document their love, as it is inspiring to meet people who care so deeply for one another, as well as the people who come into their lives. Last weekend, we photographed their engagement session in their beautiful Sandy Hill neighborhood, and had a blast watching these guys have so much fun together…
As a wedding photographer I like to keep up to date on wedding trends and ideas that other professionals are doing from all over the world. One great blog to follow is Junebug Weddings, which is exactly where I found this video, which is the most unique and creative save the date reminder I’ve ever seen.
Among the many sessions we attended at the DWF Convention this month, one of our favorites was the Dynamic Location Lighting seminar taught by Cliff Mautner. For those of you unfamiliar with his work, Cliff has been a professional photographer for over 25 years, has photographed over 750 weddings, and is known as being able to create amazing images regardless of the lighting conditions.
He has been named one of the world’s top photographers, and prides himself on being able to produce photographs that are technically strong and has no need to edit them afterward to produce a beautiful product. We had the pleasure of learning from him, up close and personally…if you notice, we’re so excited about being small town Ottawa wedding photographers on stage with a big city photographer of his caliber, I’m staring at Cliff with a big goofy grin on my face!
We will be participating in Help Portrait 2009. The reason I have joined the countless other photographers who have posted this to their sites is that I want more photographers to join. This is such a worthwhile cause and will make thousands, if not millions of people feel special this year. What is Help Portrait? It’s a movement that was started this year in the states, that encourages every photographer to go out, and take somebody’s portrait, for free. No hidden costs, just set up and take photos of people who otherwise couldn’t afford a professional photo.