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I would love to hear more about how you found your style. I’m currently just beginning and I find myself admiring lots of beautiful work from other photographers, but I can’t quite get mine how I want it. Any tips for going through this process?

The way I see it, your style is something that is a continual work in progress, even if subtle. Your style is something that you learn the more that you shoot. The more you shoot, the more you see what you like and what you don’t like…what you’re drawn to, and what you like to avoid. For example, I’ve discovered that I’m more drawn to lighter backgrounds and elements in my photos as I love achieving a light, airy feel to them.

While your style is very much defined in how you shoot – lens choice, composition, use of light, posing, etc. – editing also plays a role. Experimenting in Lightroom until you achieve the look you love is another way in which to find your style. More contrast vs less contract, cooler temperature vs warmer, etc. And when you find the right combination of edits in Lightroom, save it as a preset to ensure consistency for future photographs.

The beautiful thing is that everyone see things differently so every photographer develops their own style. As much as we can look to one another for inspiration, ultimately it comes down to how we each see and document things :)


Feel free to comment below if you have any questions for a future FAQ post, or if you have any thoughts on finding your photography style.
Happy Thursday!

  • Katie - July 5, 2014 - 9:39 am

    Thank you, Mikaela! I loved the post! :)ReplyCancel

The first time I heard about Manolo, four years ago, Whitney and he had had an encounter in their culinary school’s freezer…they had shared some joke they can’t remember today, but I remember being suspicious about this guy named Manolo that made my sister smile like that. A girl doesn’t just drop a guy’s name for no reason. Fast forward a few months and Whitney brought him home for Thanksgiving. They whipped up a yummy dessert together and I noticed how they looked at each other. Sitting around the dinner table that night, the whole family fell in love with Manolo (and his cute Spanish accent).

In those four years, Whitney and Manolo have been through more than most couples, to put it mildly. They’ve made countless drives between Vancouver and Abbotsford and then many flights between Vancouver and Mexico City. They’ve gone months apart, with only intermittent FaceTime and the hope of things to come to keep them together. They became engaged January of 2013, began planning a September 2013 wedding, only to have Manolo’s work visa denied, sending him back to Mexico indefinitely. They’ve dealt with lawyers and the like, a lengthy permanent resident application, a government worker strike which put the former on hold, and over a year of waiting.

Together they persevered with faith and trust in God and his timing and now Manolo is home here in Canada for good and they’re planning a Fall wedding! And we couldn’t be more excited for them. It’s about time these two got married and Manolo became an official part of our family!


Since Whitney and Manolo met at culinary school on Granville Island, we began there at the market to pick up a few picnic things…


An outfit change and some roaming around Granville and we began to feel rain drops…


I was pretty much in love with Whitney’s outfit…all from Spruce Collective.


By the time we arrived at Spanish Banks for their picnic, the rain was no longer just a threat…but we kept on and I’m so glad we did!


And then it poured! Thanks for braving the weather with smiles, you two. Can’t wait to celebrate your marriage come October! xo

  • jamie delaine - June 26, 2014 - 11:12 am

    Oh I love these Mikaela.ReplyCancel

  • Risa (Mom) - June 26, 2014 - 11:22 am

    Beautiful photos (even without the clear blue skies!) and so nice to see happy smiles!ReplyCancel

  • jennifer johnson - June 26, 2014 - 11:40 am

    Beautiful couple, so inspiring to hear about their faith in the midst of such difficulties. God has brought them even closer to one another as they have weathered the storm. Many blessings!ReplyCancel

  • Andie - June 26, 2014 - 1:58 pm

    ooo! love all of these. and yes, great outfits whitney.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon dueck - June 26, 2014 - 5:14 pm

    Beautiful as always Mikaela! And what a cute couple, so happy and in love!


  • whitney - June 26, 2014 - 5:42 pm

    We love these photos!! Thank you so much for doing this for us. We had so much fun and have some good memories from the shoot:) Love you!ReplyCancel

  • Alyssa Schroeder - June 29, 2014 - 10:23 pm

    I love these photos so much, especially the beach picnic.. the green background with the sand is lovely. They have amazing style! Runs in the family I suppose ;)ReplyCancel

  • Christina - July 1, 2014 - 9:33 am

    Beautiful couple and photos! So glad things worked out for them.ReplyCancel

This past weekend we had the super fun opportunity to attend a couples’ cooking class at The Dirty Apron in the city. Our Christmas gift from dear friends (cheers to extending Christmas until June!), we all attended together and made a night of it.

Overall I learned two things: that Shane and I are actually capable of making a pretty decadent meal, and that we are actually capable of working well together in the kitchen ;)

On the menu was a warm goat cheese & apricot cake with grilled pear and prosciutto salad, followed by a roasted whole cornish game hen with a grainy mustard pan jus and truffle thyme risotto. Talk about fancy! And then dessert. The trio of desserts. Grand Marnier creme brulee, chocolate souffle, and chocolate dipped strawberries.

Something tells me that if we tried recreating this meal at home it wouldn’t go quite so smoothly or take as little time…but even if the experience amounts to making a killer creme brulee (or getting Shane to make the roasted hen again!), it was more than worth it.


  • Raji - June 24, 2014 - 6:27 pm

    Great cooking school, anything related to medina or chambar is! :)ReplyCancel