I'm in my 11th year of being a wedding photographer. I love taking pictures of couples and trying to artistically document who they are, using skilled photography techniques. This year, I have decided to take things slow. I've booked myself light this season, and I can already tell how much I have needed this gift to myself. For the last 11 summers, I gave myself the most impossible schedule. I'm a very hard worker, and I love working with the brides and grooms that I have had. Normally, on any previous summer, my camera is in my hands so much that I had spots of skin that rubbed off where my hand touched my camera constantly. I don't even want to go into the long computer hours. I didn't pay attention to back-aches, eating regularly, or restroom breaks at all. I was in creative zone and I loved it there - so I lived there.
That lifestyle took a heavy toll on me. So, I'm giving myself a break, and it is such a great thing. Learning to move at a slower pace to care for myself is definitely a necessary education.
I met Christine and Shaun in Waterton for their engagement session. When they drove up with their two fur-babies in their car, the dog-lover in me exclaimed, "doggies"!! I was happy that they wanted to incorporate their "kids" into their engagement session.
Waterton is my playground. We are so blessed to have this amazing landscape so close to us. I was so happy to be there with these two. It was a relaxed session and Christine and Shaun were up for anything.
It felt SO good to have my camera in my hand again. My need to be creative is like my fourth child I need to care for, or an itch I need to scratch. I HAVE to use my creativity. I've always been this way because I am a creator. I'm just giving myself rules, so I can balance my life.
Enjoy this fun couple's images...
Mike and Daicya are the owners of Benchmark Beef (a large local beef producer). One continuing concept that was represented over and over as I got to know Mike and Daicya is how much they care for their cattle and their land. I don't know how much more 'Albertan' that one couple can get. Just like I love and live photography, Mike and Daicya expertly care for, love and live their ranch and every living creature on it. See their website. If you are wanting to purchase their beef, look for the green, circle sticker with a 'B' on the package. I know there's some local restaurants who serve Benchmark beef as well. One of my favorite local restaurants, Mocha Cabana, serves Benchmark beef, and that is how they met!
It was no surprise to me that they wanted to get married on a bluff on their land by the Milk River Ridge. Just check out the second image of some guests walking to the ceremony site. Incredible!! One of my favorite images is of their first kiss just after the ceremony. What do I like about it?- hands are so expressive - check out her hand crunching his sleeve. It says it all! We had a great time with their energetic bridal party, then it was photographers+Mike & Daicya on their land. There's so many amazing scenics that we were able to capture. Their images are reminiscent of our pioneer forebears who emigrated and settled the continent. Mike and Daicya are like modern-day pioneers.
We loved capturing this wedding and this couple is as down-to-Earth as people can get. We loved how they loved eachother and loved their lives caring for the ranch. Their wedding reflected exactly who they are. I'll bet you can't guess what they served their 400 very lucky dinner guests? :-)