Engagement Session – [Erika & Kurt Revisted]

Erika and Kurt will be starting a new chapter in their lives next June, and I have the honour of documenting that very special day for them. You may remember them from a previous post (link). It was winter then, cold, and snowy, so they wanted to do another shoot capturing the fall colours, and naturally I obliged.

They’ve chosen the “Guest Book” for the wedding reception, it’s a wonderful item. Rather than have the usual photo or blank book, the “Guest Book” will feature photographs from their engagement shoot where guests can sign and leave special messages for the newly married couple. It won’t be kept in a closet or in a box, but will be placed on their bookshelf where this high quality memento can be enjoyed time and time again.

We headed out to capture these images recently, the weather was warm, the bees were buzzing, and the leaves were turning colour. A wonderful autumn day.

What am I trying to capture? In a word, LOVE.  I’m hoping to capture the emotion in my photographs, keeping the feelings real, keeping the expressions honest, and keeping the couple at ease. Enjoy the photos and leave your thoughts and comments for Erika and Kurt at the bottom of the post.

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ModaXX – Karin Hacobian Leukemia Research Fund

Karin Hacobian was a friend, a talented artist, and a free spirit. Sadly, Karin lost her battle to leukemia in the spring of 1991. During her final months, she established the “Karin Hacobian Leukemia Research Fund” (KHLRF) through the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, and raised monies through an international exhibit of her personal artwork. Following her passing, Karin’s friends established what became known as MODA.

MODA honoured Karin’s life by organizing fashion shows to raise funds for KHLRF. Five years in a row, MODA drew crowds exceeding 2000 attendees and contributed thousands of dollars to the KHLRF.
I volunteered the best way I could back then and participated in the inaugural fashion show in 1991. Remember this was a long time ago, so I have no qualms in posting an image from the show. Sigh!

This year marks the 20th anniversary of MODA. In celebration of this milestone, a reunion event was held with the proceeds going to the “Princess Margaret Hospital Fund” in memory of Karin Hacobian. Once again, I volunteered my services and devoted my time and equipment in setting up a photo booth to capture the guests as they arrived.

To make a contribution to this important charity, please send an email to Anoush, one of the volunteers organizing the event.
Thanks in advance,
Joe.

 

 

Photographs – ModaXX

As always, please feel free to comment at the bottom of the post.

The rest of the images can be found here – pw – modaxx

Sandra & Carlo – Married

Sandra and Carlo will always hold a special place in my heart for certain reasons. It was a wonderful wedding, a wonderful family, and a wonderful day. We all had a blast and I actually felt like a guest at the reception, well maybe without the drinking and dancing, none of that while working. I did indulge a bit into the seafood risotto though, de-lish. Hope you like the photographs, and as always your comments in the comments section at the bottom are welcome and appreciated.

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Stephanie & Chadd – No it’s not Niagara

They first met on the RIM campus, home of the  Blackberry which occupies 500 acres in Waterloo, Ontario. You can say they were hooked up and the rest is history. Stephanie and Chadd are a great, outgoing, and active couple. Stephanie, a nurse and volleyball player even got Chadd to join her on the beach in a volleyball league. So fun, damn you knees.

We had a great day. The weather was spectacular, the location great and the couple even more so. We even had the good luck of a deer passing by. I’ll be shooting a wedding at the Inn later this fall so I took the opportunity to scout the location.

I first visited last location of the day over a year ago and immediately marked down the area on my to do list for and engagement session. The first thing you think as you walk 100 yards or so into the woods is SOOOO COOL! And our 2012 couple were the best of sports about it all. You’ll see what I mean.

Enjoy the images and please feel free to comment at the end of the post, it’s much appreciated.
Joe

 

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Maggie & Grant’s E-Session

One of my 2012 couples, Maggie & Grant first met at a rather unusual place and you’ll never guess where………Wrong………wrong……… and wrong.

Answer…….a cemetery. What! a cemetery!

They were both working that day, one as a funeral director assistant and the other, well, you can say he was on delivery. But the connection they made when their eyes met was real and so, love was struck. Goes to show that love shows up in the most unusual places.

We had a blast photographing their engagement session, we also had the pleasure of the company of their canine friend Shelby (I love that car!). Like the majority of people, both Maggie and Grant felt a bit uneasy in front of the camera at first. Not sure what to do and how to act, but by the end of the session it was a different story. They were having a great time, and very much at ease. Maggie didn’t want the day to end.

I think this shows the importance of engagement sessions. The couple learns to relax in front of the camera prior to their wedding day. They’ll learn how the photographer works and interacts with them. Hopefully this is when they get to know each other and who knows maybe become friends, as happened with us.

Enjoy the images and as always, feel free to comment. Thank you.
Joe

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