June 2011, I had the opportunity to work with this beautiful couple for their engagement shoot. Christian & I love our Weber grill, and Christina & I love our Starbucks, right off the bat I just knew we are going to have a blast on our shoot. During our initial meeting, I asked C&C what do they wish to see in their engagement photos, as I always ask my client this question — Cuz it’s not just about taking pretty pictures, it’s all about them. So Christian was hoping to get a shot of the Vancouver skyline, and Christina wanted a shot in the rain! I was so excited to hear their responses; especially Christina’s idea. So the verdict was: We are shooting rain or shine! Given we are situated in Vancouver, the chances of rain are pretty good! I crossed my fingers and sincerely was hoping for rain. Not joking.
So we decided to break the shoot down into two parts:
1 — Stanley Park:
- City backdrop, Vancouver Convention Center, Shaw Tower in the backdrop > Spring/Fall Look
2 — Grouse Mountain:
- Vancouver skyline, winter, romantic, cool. > Winter Look
3 — White Rock beach theme:
- A day on the beach with Zach, low tide, summery, sand, train track, crab. > Summer Look
Day 1: First location — Stanley Park, with the Vancouver Convention Center in the background. It was a super bright day! We all baked under the sun for a good hour!
Love black and white! This shot reminds of the A&F campaign.
Day 1: Second location — Off road excursion at Stanley Park.
Day 1: Third location — Starbucks! hallelujah! Christina had her “usual,” a grande soy caramel macchiato, and Christian had a tall white mocha. Two purposes for this pit-stop: 1 — We want to capture what a typical day would look like with Christian & Christina. 2 — We all wanted Starbucks!
Day 1: Going to our forth location via gondola: Grouse Mountain.
The stage for the world-famous Lumberjack Show
I absolutely love this shot below. It’s so real, so genuine, so romantic. It reminds me of a still shot pulled out from a romantic indie film.
People on the opposite direction going down on the lift yelled out — “keep it PG!” And that was their reaction.
All in all, we had an amazing and unforgettable time working with Christian, Christina & Zach. And we can hardly wait to capture your wedding day.
- Nikon D300
- Nikon D7000
- AF 50mm F1.8
- AF 80-200mm F2.8
- AFS 18-200 VRII
- Nikon Speedlight SB600 x 2
- A host of reflectors and diffusers