Vancouver Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer Mikaela Ruth »

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Hello, been a long time fan and would like to ask a few quick questions…what lens do you use the most as your blur is amazing in your pictures…I love how your subjects just pop out of your pictures!!  Any post blur?  Off camera flash or on camera flash (fill flash?). Thank you for your time.

Thanks so much for the note! I go back and forth between my two favourite lenses: Canon 35mm 1.4 and Canon 50mm 1.2. Most often I’m shooting as wide as 1.8, which gives that lovely, soft background! To achieve an even softer background, you can do two things in camera: pull your subjects away from the background for a greater depth of field, or really come in tight with your camera on your subjects…both pictured below…


I never use the blur tool in post production as I like to maintain as natural a photograph as possible :)

Which brings me to the second question about fill flash. In keeping an authentic feel to my photos, I use natural light as much as, and whenever, possible. Basically, this means my flashes only come out at a wedding reception once the sun has gone down or if the venue lacks natural light. Instead, I do my best to place my subjects in the most flattering light available. I look for natural reflectors – light bouncing off a sandy beach, gravel or paved path, building, etc – and use these to illuminate.


I couldn’t have asked for a better location for this newborn session. The light walls and bedding acted as the perfect reflectors, and the wall of windows to the left of these photos didn’t hurt either ;)


For this photo, I had the girls stand on the edge of the shadows, so that they were evenly lit. What you can’t see are the dried grass and gravel path that bounced the sunlight back into the photo.

If you’d like to read more on natural reflectors, check out this post. 

As always, if you have a photography related question, feel free to comment below or send an email and I’ll do my best to help and feature it in a similar post!

I love to see a groom completely smitten with his bride…isn’t that how it should be? According to their friends and family, it’s how Matt sees Larissa everyday. They’re two genuine, caring people who genuinely care about and love one another and it’s evident for all to see…and made it all the more of a privilege to get to document their wedding day.

Matt and Larissa were married this past weekend at the gorgeous Rowena’s Inn on the River. Gratefully, the sun shone brightly as the day unfolded, beginning with a sweet First Look for Matt and Larissa and photos around the scenic property. Larissa smartly scheduled time for the two of them to simply relax with their wedding party before the main event…that had them exchange handwritten vows and seal their lives together as husband and wife!

To Matt and Larissa, thank you ever so much for trusting me as your wedding photographer! Happy travels as you start your life as husband and wife in Europe!


Larissa’s gift from her groom – dinner reservations atop the Eiffel Tower!


Larissa looked extra gorgeous and glam thanks to Ashley of Wedded Bliss!


I love it when couples opt to sneak away from the reception for a little time to themselves and a few more photos at sunset…



  • Marjorie O'Handley - June 9, 2014 - 3:23 pm

    Congratulations! I wish you a lifetime of happiness together!ReplyCancel

I’ve loved getting to photograph this little family grow…from their pregnancy announcement, to maternity, to newborn photos of this guy, it’s been fun to follow along with my lens. Recently Grei turned one and so naturally, another session to celebrate was in order! He sure has grown and with that, he’s become quite the independent little man. Grei wasn’t always sure about having my camera on him, but we still had fun documenting this milestone in his sweet, little life. And one thing is for certain: the joy he brings to his parents, Mike and Kerri.

Thank you so much, Gaba family!


How great is this retro ride on car?! Grei sure was a lucky birthday boy!