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Ice Castles Fashion Shoot in Edmonton

Just as you thought i’d be done with the Ice Castles in Edmonton, I went down and arranged a super last minute shoot with the beautiful model Justina Green and her amazing dress. Everything was very last minute. As much as I should be out shooting I could not resist the urge to visit again because of a little lighting idea I had in my head. As a hindsight, I really wish I’d focus more on the model and shoot more close ups, but the lighting and doing posing with Justina in this short 20 minutes shoot was plenty of work to complete on its own. So I picked my battle and came out with these results!

Justina was such a trooper! We communicated and I talked about possible poses and samples before we met up. Once we are there it’s all a lot of shooting. How do you like the details on the dress? I thought the lighting did a great job capturing her beautiful gown! That also reminds me… Grad season is coming up in Edmonton, and it would be super cool to shoot some high school seniors in Calgary or Edmonton!

If you followed my last blog post shooting these ice structures that has LED illuminating from within, you would know that it’s a huge challenge to shoot these using a fast shutter speed!  It was definitely a challenge to keep all the details of the castle and capture the model at the same time. Although I didn’t get all the shots I wanted, I figured I have used my 20-30 minutes pretty wisely! If you’re interested in a shoot or knowing how it’s done, feel free to reach out to me! Meanwhile, feel free to check out my day time session at the Ice Castles as well!

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The beautiful grad dress steals the spotlight at the Edmonton Ice Castles tonight
The beautiful grad dress steals the spotlight at the Edmonton Ice Castles tonight!

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A couple walking down the beautiful Alberta Wheat Field in Edmonton

Outdoor Photography Session in Edmonton Wheat Field

-Edmonton Wheat Field Engagement Photography-_0003Today’s outdoor photography session takes place in the great Alberta wheat field in Edmonton! What an amazing session! Unlike the Canola field I have recently taken, the wheat field definitely gives a very different cast and tone to the photo. I love how fuzzy and texturized these wheat plants gives!

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“If I am worth anything later, I am worth something now. For wheat is wheat, even if people think it is a grass in the beginning.”

 

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A beautiful VW golf driving down low high bridge in Edmonton

Edmonton Automotive Photography of Volkswagen Golf

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Cars needs to be washed and stomach needs to be filled. I got some still shots at a nearby parking lot.
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My buddy claims that there aren’t much to shoot inside the interior, but I was amazed by how clean and well he maintained it. He made sure that I took his favourite decorations in the car, and that was his one request from the car shoot haha

 

 

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I seriously love taking rollers at the high level bridge of Edmonton. This car is black and it definitely does wonder with the blue tint that the bridge gives off.

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Fashion Photography Session

Amidst all the insanity moving to Calgary, I managed to get some fun shoots in my system. I don’t remember how long I have stepped away from shooting at studios indoor! Today I got Jennie and his friend on board at a vacant real estate I got hookups for, and tried out some ideas. Jennie was super excited as usual, with loads of clothing to choose from and put me on the indecisive train. These are the results!

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Family Photography Session at Park near Fox Drive

Edmonton family portrait photography session at Whitemud Park near Fox Drive and Alfred H.Savage Centre.

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Family Portraits taken at the long stairs of Whitemud Park near Fox Drive in Edmonton
A baby yorkshire terrier got on the grass for the first time with his new family and is learning to walk towards them

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This Yorkie has never landed his feet on grass and is definitely confused!

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I have been experimenting with a workflow that incorporates color grading but I’m still a pretty big fan of keeping things as original as possible. If I truly like color grading, it’ll be a photo that takes at least 30 minutes to work on in photoshop… Anyway here are some originals for curiosity sake!
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Beautiful Fireworks displays in Edmonton under the beautiful city scape at northlands during KDays festival

Edmonton K-Days Engagement Photography Session

This is the last session i’ll post on engagement sessions at KDays in Edmonton!  This couple has got to be my favourite couple of all times. They’re sweet and very calm, which gave me lots of time to check my photos and discuss with them during the shoot. They were also super fun and took all my silly ideas to a whole new level! We played and  It was extremely easy to pose them and we had loads of time to work on new ideas and perfect an already beautiful pose! Not only that, I encouraged them to actually enjoy the process and go out to buy some food and have a good time, and they truly did! They even treated me on the Farris wheel so we could grab some pictures at the top. Everything was so easy and these amazing photos just fell right on my lap!!

I know the Calgary Globalfest is coming, and there will be loads and loads of opportunity to photograph some amazing fireworks but i may not be able to make it this time… Until next year! There shall be loads more fun in Calgary stampede and Edmonton Kdays in 2016!! It’s been so much great memories :”)

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PEW PEW PEW The tension is totally there! Haha
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All those cute (and not so cute) toys makes for an amazing background!
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We actually had so much fun buying the food. We couldn’t find any “vintage style” cotton candle with paper cones so we made our own xD
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I HAVE to do a sunflare picture on this one! This is absolutely incredible. Did I also mention I hijacked an ice-cream stand to get our photos taken?
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I was a bit skeptical on what I’d get during that time of the day on the Farris Wheels, but nothing ND filter and a little post processing can’t fix! The photo on the farris wheel ended up to be one of my favourite photo!
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I so love this one. We made a cotton candy Kabob out of the stick from the roast corn!

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Merry Go Around Carnival Themed Engagement Photoshoot

So K-Days have began and I have since made lots of plans to shoot a whole lot of things that I envisioned. The day before I worked with a girl and my assistant while planning my route for the couples scheduled to shoot this week. It was seriously a whole lot of work! The crowd and noise was definitely a major issue I had to overcome for my client. I tested this shot in the Merry-Go-Around many times on my own before going for this final product. This couple was super cute and definitely very photogenic! While we were photographing the carousel thunder clouds began to roll in right behind me. At first I thought it was only the fireworks but it turned out to be a full on thunder storm! We finished a few final shots with their friends and the rain began to pour!Calgary Stampede Carnival Themed Photoshoot_0010Calgary Stampede Carnival Themed Photoshoot_0013Calgary Stampede Carnival Themed Photoshoot_0012Calgary Stampede Carnival Themed Photoshoot_0015 Calgary Stampede Carnival Themed Photoshoot_0011Calgary Stampede Carnival Themed Photoshoot_0009 A couple posed in front of a spinning merry go round carousel

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Carnival Themed Stylized Fashion Shoot at KDays Edmonton

Carnival Themed Stylized Fashion Shoot at KDays Edmonton

I have been looking forward to shooting at the Calgary Stampede since last yearsince the photo I took of my friends at the faris wheel became viral on Facebook. Unfortunately I couldn’t make it to Calgary in time. So I returned to KDays for this legit photography session fully prepared!  I met up with the lovely Kailyn for this session and plan on doing a full coverage of KDays on different rides. We spent a lot of time exchanging ideas and ended up with the wardrobe she had and the props we used!

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West Edmonton Mall Family Portrait Session in Europa Boulevard and Santa Maria

Photographing the busy West Edmonton Mall? Yup! I was doing some commercial work and added a quick little family session with it. I must say, taking photos in the mall is actually a great idea! Europa Boulevard has one of the best lighting and beautiful structures built in under their roof! We were originally walking to Galaxy Land but they were closed, so we decided to venture into the Santa Maria. It was definitely a fun time! West Edmonton Mall Santa Maria Family Portrait Photography SessionWest Edmonton Mall Europa Boulevard family portrait photography session001-West Edmonton Mall Santa Maria Family Portraits- 000-West Edmonton Mall Santa Maria Family Portraits- 002-West Edmonton Mall Santa Maria Family Portraits- 003-West Edmonton Mall Santa Maria Family Portraits- 004-West Edmonton Mall Santa Maria Family Portraits- Family walking down West Edmonton Mall in Europa Boulevard

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Edmonton Northern Lights – Elk Island National Park

Northern lights (aurora borealis) taken on a cold winter night at Elk Island National Park. I haven’t even finish editing all the photos and another G1 storm shows up!! Below is a nice little tool to predict Aurora activity brought to you by Aurorawatch.ca


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Edmonton Photographer Shooting under the Northern Lights

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Northern lights (aurora borealis) taken on a cold winter night at Elk Island National Park
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The Earth has been getting so many solar storms lately! For more photos of Aurora borealis, stay tune for future posts! Still editing them =)
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Prom Dress Photo Session CCIS Ualberta

A photo shoot I did for this beautiful grad dress along with the designer & maker. The idea stemmed because I wanted to look for a big puffy dress or graduation dress to shoot with. Jo has been looking for a shoot and capturing how she looked before she chops a huge length of hair for a charity called Hair Massacure. Knowing Jo is a designer and has made a dress she never got to wear to her high school prom, this photo shoot was definitely inevitable!

Quite happy with how it turned out. Hopefully I’ll get to shoot with her again when her hair gets chopped off  =)

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Don’t you just love her long dark hair? If it wasn’t for a cause, i’d do anything to stop her from chopping her hair xD
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Absolutely love the simplicity of it! The benches at the University of Alberta are definitely something! 

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Tin foil studio portrait session

Baja Bronze Sherwood Park Bikini Shoot

Another beautiful bikini shoot for Ashley for Baja Bronze Tanning Studio, this time with a twist! This photo shoot session has been in the making for the longest time! Not only did I build the lighting set up (as opposed to the traditional speed light or strobe lights), I have taken much attention to every detail and the background. The shoot was super fun with Ashley as usual, and everyone involved (along with the proud coworkers and owner of Baja Bronze) had a lot of fun! I even made a little behind the scenes video to capture this session.

The tin foil photography background was not a new idea at all, and has been around for a while, but I think taking this to such a large scale are something not many photographers have done! At least I hope I’m the first Edmonton Photographer or Calgary Photographer that did it! This is a Dani Diamond inspired ring light built.

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Where do you get background in Edmonton or Calgary like these? Well, at the kitchen hahaha
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Cultural Celebration Event

The Great Mughal Gala Pakistani Students’ Association University of Alberta

The Great Mughal Gala presented by Pakistani Students’ Association University of Alberta. It was a great night full of talented cultural performances from Edmonton and awesome food! Seriously haven’t been updating for a while with everything going on, so I thought i’d send out a quick update on something from last night!

I guess my work has been getting more and more complicated, and more and more demanding… So with that being said, it really gets hard to keep up with updates and putting things together. Contracts and all these business sided things are now slowly becoming necessary for me to continue… so what’s going to happen? I don’t know… but at least I got to have fun tonight! and that’s all that matters!
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Winter Family Portrait Session

I have anticipated this shoot with the family for a whole month!After 2 extremely cold weekend, Edmonton finally got warmer! Having taught one of the girls from a former teaching job,  we were reconnected after a friend referred them to me.

I have to say, I was a bit nervous about this whole thing because I had to put my teacher hat away for a day and order the family around for poses and instruction to get good pictures. Oddly enough, the friend who reconnected us thinks that I was perfect for the job because I know just the trick to make everyone smile and get them to look their best. Well… here are some of the highlights =D  What do you think?

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Birthday Party Event & Photo Booth

Kids birthday parties are awesome! Favour bags, cup cakes, candies, jumpy castles, magicians, and even a hypnotists? I got to photograph a very special birthday party today for a great friend/mentor Kat’s little girl. It was truly a great experience to be involved in this! Here are some highlights.

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