I’m always nervous photographing other photographers. When fellow photographer Allie asked me to document her relationship with Kelvin that feeling of nervousness settled straight into my stomach and didn’t go away until we met in person. We connected one warm summer evening for their engagement session at Bon Echo provincial park and as soon as I met them that horrible anxious feeling melted away and was replaced by complete inspiration. Allie & Kelvin, you two are completely at ease with one another. Your romance, your body language and the intimacy you share is remarkably beautiful to witness. I strived to capture all of that as much as possible and here’s (a curated version of) the end result. Thank you for the wild adventure Allie & Kelvin. The photos we created together move me deeply! x
This past May I flew with two wanderlusting Torontonians to Iceland for an epic Icelandic adventurous engagement session. I only had 30 hours to explore the island with them before heading back to Toronto, so we took full advantage of our limited time together and took in as much as we could from one of the most breathtaking places on our planet.
One of my favourite parts about photographing people abroad and in unfamiliar locations, is the opportunity it affords to connect with people in a deeper, more meaningful way. By taking myself outside of my comfort zone and into situations or experiences that I don't normally encounter, I'm able to learn a tremendous amount about others (and a lot about myself too!). The lessons I learn from travelling are invaluable. Grateful to these two lovers - thank you for inviting me, inspiring me and trusting me to create work from my heart to yours. I loved spending quality time together and getting to know you both. I'll cherish our memories together for a long time xx
This is part i of their destination engagement session, part ii coming soon!
I have a confession to make. I have a love affair going on with Arizona. Maybe it's because the terrain is so vastly different to what I'm used to in Toronto. Maybe it's how kind and courteous the locals are. I can say one thing for certain - it's DEFINITELY connected to the crazy amount of cacti native to the land. Arizona is cactus heaven and I couldn't have been more excited to photograph an engagement session in a state that I've fallen in love with!
Ellen, Eric & I spent two days road tripping through northern Arizona this past January while shooting engagement photos. When we weren't oohing and aahing over the landscape at every turn, the hours in the car were spent talking about our lives, amazing podcasts (thanks for getting me hooked onto How I Built This with Guy Raz!), Eric's nervousness regarding the dog they were about to foster and mine and Ellen's mutual love for all things cacti. It was so special getting to spend a solid amount of time with these two before their wedding day!
The accessibility to nature in Arizona is something that I really appreciate - wherever you turn, there seems to be a great hiking trail available. We definitely took advantage of that. Day one was spent exploring the rugged and desert terrain of Page, Arizona. A hidden slot canyon that required a 1.5 km hike into the middle of nowhere and Horseshoe Bend were the main attractions. The second day was just as thrilling as we spent the day in one of my new favourite places - the Flintstones' town of Bedrock - I mean, Sedona. Hiking the Devil's Bridge Trail and checking out crystal shops during the day while photographing more engagement photos at sunset with Cathedral Rock in the background. Our earth is such a wonder to me. I am amazed by its beauty and Arizona is proof of its magic!