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behind the scenes of 2012

Over the past year, we gathered quite the collection of wedding day photos that don’t make it on the blog. Looking at these pictures, I imagine telling my 20 year old self that in five years you’ll be successfully shooting weddings full time, with your husband at your side. I would have thought that was a crazy, far-fetched idea, and gone on questioning what my future looked like.

So this post is as much of a personal journal entry as it is a post for those brides who may wonder what we wear to a wedding or how we work, etc, etc. It’s a fun way to share what goes on behind the scenes as Shane and I work together documenting incredible wedding days and each other, at our best and sometimes at our worst. Because it’s not always as lovely as it sounds. The day is intense, and often full of blood, sweat and tears, minus the blood part. Except! That one time my other second shooter had a mishap with a saw and her hand of all things. She was okay but clearly unable to shoot so, my gracious and ever helpful husband came straight from a meeting to help. Which makes this also a thank you to Shane for always being there to support me in a myriad of ways. And a lesson in using dangerous weapons on the day of a wedding…I kid! ;)

Besides providing water, moral support, and strong arms with which to carry bags, Shane is excellent with posing suggestions…
and the above resulted in the below and a few of my favourite wedding photos…perhaps ever…

If you let me whisk you away briefly during your reception to snag some lovely sunset photos, I will love you forever…

Our mantra this day, the hottest wedding day EVER, was “smile through the sweat”…because it was still a truly beautiful day…

The Virgin Islands. They stole my heart. I promise this was the only time we ever wore our bathers while
photographing the bride and groom…I mean, we were on a yacht! The first time we got a beach break in the middle of a wedding day.

10 points if you can spot the photographer…

We were lucky enough to get to work with the guys of Wedding Films by Cassiar on a couple different occasions. Brides, book them now!

That’s me. Shooting from the helicopter. With no door. Enough said.

We joke that Shane ought to be a pet photographer (true story: once when going through an engagement session we shot together, I came upon a photo of a squirrel). But he’s just too good at the more important stuff, like keeping the guys laughing during portrait time:

We introduced the CheddarBooth to our brides and grooms last year and the rave reviews it got were more than we could have hoped for.

(The day Shane joined me last minute, hence the jeans). He takes wedding dresses more seriously than some girls…and I love him for it.

I may Instagram you, but I promise to never put down my camera. The real one! Or let you see what I’m doing.

Do I look like a creeper? No more than Shane would’ve looked peering through the window! These became a few more of my favourite wedding photos ever…

I will never let a strange man touch one of my brides again. Ever. We were all a bit put off when this guy came running over with this FABULOUS idea for a photo (everyone pick up the bride? Now that’s original)…and we were all too nice to say “no thank you.” Next time, I’ll be prepared…

I swear to scare away spiders for you if they happen to get caught in your stunning lace gown.

My super handsome second shooter, who I know just loves to stand in when I test the light and my exposure
(the forced smile says it all)…but then it’s time to exit the shot, okay love? ;)

Why do I stand like this?

He takes care of wedding dresses and ties and well, nothing escapes his attention to detail…

The definition of professional photographers. C’mon, we’re just testing out the light!

  • Kandise - January 10, 2013 - 3:54 pm

    These are awesome!ReplyCancel

  • jenn - January 11, 2013 - 12:15 pm

    these are lovely! and i do stand like that too! what’s with that?! :)ReplyCancel

  • Meredith Sledge - January 14, 2013 - 7:30 pm

    Tooooo cute! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa - January 15, 2013 - 2:22 pm

    I love behind the scenes photos. Congratulations on another successful year of your business! Many blessings!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - January 16, 2013 - 2:11 pm

    I am already married, but let me tell ya, if I weren’t, I would definitley be using you! I love your style and character and am going to be pointing all my unmarried girlfriends in the direction of this blog. Good work.ReplyCancel

  • Adriana Morett - January 20, 2013 - 8:18 am

    Hello Mikaela, I just wanted to say I have been following your blog for over a year and I really love it, your work s beautiful and I love the way you write. Sorry j almost never leave a comment but this post was great! Always love to see the photogs I look up to working it out.
    Best of luck this 2013!!ReplyCancel

  • Cassandra - January 30, 2013 - 7:40 pm

    LOVE this post! You guys are too cute ;) It looks like I’m going to HAVE to get married in Canada so I can have you there!! xoReplyCancel

  • Ardean - August 1, 2013 - 1:17 pm

    What fun behind the scenes shots. It’s always nice to see what goes on behind the lens. :)ReplyCancel

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