I’m getting ready to open up the booking for this year’s Fall minis, so what better time than now to reminisce on last year’s sessions? We had beautiful weather and gorgeous light for the Fall minis last year and the wild, overgrown grasses with colourful trees in the distance provided such a lovely backdrop. Here are some favourites! (If you’d like to get on the advance notice list for the next round of mini sessions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, subject line “Advance Notice Minis”.)
Claire and Mike were so much fun to work with. I loved their Springbank Park engagement session (with just enough Star Wars flare to make it totally them) and have such fond memories of their beautiful Oakwood Resort wedding (one of my favourite venues!!). The weather on this day was all.over.the.place. From super sunny while the bride and groom got ready to a windy ceremony to an intense storm rolling in during family photos and a light sprinkling for their couple shots, it was definitely a roller coaster. But these two took it in stride and made the most of their day, laughing, smiling and embracing the umbrella with style. Claire has a smile that lights up a room, and Mike sure knows how to make her smile. Like, for example, when he pulled out his cell phone during the procession to take a “bride walking down the aisle” selfie. It was a hilarious, totally unique moment – and that turned out to be one fantastic selfie. So glad to finally be sharing some favourites from this day.
Photographer: Raw Footage Photography (Sophie Sheldrick)
Second Shooter / Assistant : Brandon David
Venue: Oakwood Resort
Florals: Forest Florist
Hair: Wendy Bidner
Makeup: Christina Huang
Decorator: Above & Beyond Event Design
Dress: Mode Nuptiale
Baker: Isn’t Life Sweet
Officiant: Bluewater Weddings (Barb)
Custom Shoes: Shoes of Prey
6 years ago, Brian and Regina, both from Singapore, met at Western University during an exchange. Last Summer, they traveled back from Singapore to where it all began, their beloved UWO campus, to have their engagement photos taken. What an unbelievable honour it was to be chosen to photograph this very meaningful session for them. I wish them nothing but the best on their journey together!
I wrote when I blogged their engagement session that Kim and Steve are the funniest, coolest couple ever, and that came through on their wedding day as well! There’s nothing like laughing about obscure tv show references while shooting wedding day portraits to make for a fun, lighthearted day. Their ceremony at St-Justin’s Parish was perfectly intimate and made even more sweet by their adorable daughter Hannah who inserted herself between them on the altar, making for the cutest ceremony photos ever. We headed to the charming and lovely Idlewyld Inn for their reception and took photos on their perfectly manicured grounds. It was a beautiful, happy day that I was honoured to capture. Here are some favourites!
Photography: Raw Footage Photography – Sophie Sheldrick
Second Shooter/Assistant: Lea Legg
Ceremony Location: St Justin’s Parish – London, Ontario
Reception Venue: Idlewyld Inn – London, Ontario
Florist: Jim Anderson Flowers
Hair/Makeup: Artistic Spa
Dress – Savvy Bridal Consignment
Suit – Moores
Cake – Melrose Bakery
I have been excited to blog these for so long! Booking for this year’s beach minis goes out to the advance notice list tomorrow morning, so today felt like the perfect day to reminisce about these glorious, sun-soaked beach sessions. I absolutely love photographing families and couples on the beach. There’s nothing like the setting sun glistening on the water to create the most magical background, and of course the waves just beg to be played and splashed in, so it’s the perfect spot to photograph some fun, candid interactions. Here are some favourites from last year’s beach minis!
Elissa and Evan’s gorgeous sunset engagement session in Port Stanley last Summer was one of my favourites ever. There were storm warnings and it rained on and off all day, but the sky cleared just as we started shooting and golden hour came through in all its glory. We walked around Port Stanley a bit and stopped to take sun-soaked photos in some of my favourite spots before heading to the water for some pretty epic beach engagement photos, if I may say so myself. Elissa and Evan were totally game to get in the water, and we had so much fun shooting in the waves with the most beautiful sunset behind them. These two are simply adorable, and I’m so thrilled to finally be sharing the images from this memorable session on the blog today.
I met up with Beth and Shane at Pinafore Park in St-Thomas, where we started their engagement session in the woods with their little guy Carter before heading off just the two of them. Our next stop was Hawk Cliff Woods – breathtakingly beautiful and the perfect setting with that golden hour sunlight glistening over Lake Erie. We finished our shoot in a picturesque hay field, where Beth and Shane cozied up in the back of their pickup truck as the sun continued to set. One final spontaneous stop on the side of the road produced one of my favourite shots of their session, with Beth and Shane literally walking into the sunset. An all around beautiful session that I’m so happy to be sharing favourites from today!
I absolutely loved this wedding. Rojin and Omar celebrated their wedding at the UWO Great Hall on a beautiful sunny day last Summer and I had the honour of capturing their day full of beautiful, meaningful traditions. Photographing a Persian wedding was a first for me, and I was so excited to see the ceremony spread and traditional knife dance. Every single part of their wedding day was filled with life and love and laughter. From Rojin’s mother greeting her with confetti at their garden ceremony to the lively dancing to the amazing sparkler exit. As I often do (when possible), I snuck them out for a few minutes at sunset and, while we captured many beautiful portraits before their ceremony, that soft evening light just can’t be beat. I’m so happy to be sharing this gorgeous UWO campus wedding on the blog today. Here are some favourites from a vibrant day full of sweet moments.
Photographer: Raw Footage Photography (Sophie Sheldrick)
Second Shooter / Assistant: Lea Legg
Venue: UWO Great Hall
Florist / Decorator: Rossini Floral (Russell Rossini)
Dj: Dj PS
Baked Goods: Papa Pastry & Cafe
Kate and Matt‘s beautiful Elm Hurst Wedding was such a joy to document. From their intimate first look to their dreamy outdoor ceremony tucked away in the woods behind Elm Hurst to their bonus sunset portrait time, their entire day was perfectly planned and beautifully executed. The Elm Hurst is one of my favourite venues – everything is in one place, and it is stunning, full of charm, and offers so many gorgeous backdrops for photos in any season. Here are some favourites from Kate and Matt’s special day.
Extended family sessions can be a lot of work – both for the family (who needs to coordinate a million outfits, plan around nap time and travel logistics and all show up clean, happy and on time with fingers crossed for good weather because if not you have to do it all over again) and for the photographer (a lot of names to remember, people to pose, kids to keep smiling and engaged, and family combinations to photograph). But guys, they are worth it. Trust me. Because at the end of what might feel like a chaotic couple of hours, you will have photos of all of you together. In focus. Not taken by cousin Jim’s self timer (no offence to cousin Jim’s self timer). As kids get older and teenagers go off to college and families move to different cities and provinces, these photos become even more priceless. And even though it’s more work than your typical 4-person family shoot, it’s something I really love capturing. What’s more – an extended family session can be a great way to save money by killing two birds with one stone, as they say (what a terrible expression). Do you and your siblings all want a few fun family photos without each booking a full session? Go in on an extended family shoot together and get a photo of the whole group on top of your individual family shots. What grandparent doesn’t want a framed photo of all their beautiful grandchildren? There is so much richness in documenting multiple generations all together. Here is an extended family shoot from last Summer that I just loved.