And here’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for, Josh and Katelin’s wedding album. The virtual album, of course.
As always, click on this cover to get to the album itself. Once there, click on the edge of the album to go forward and backward, or click and hold for the fancy page turning effect. It may take a few minutes to load if you have slow internet. If you are having issues, you can also try the html version, without the page turning effect.
I tend to wind up behind the camera more than in front of it, but while shooting a wedding with Mark Pawlyszyn (whom I have described at various turns as a mad genius, shorter than he looks and incomprehensible, mate (bloody Australian accents; so hard to understand in noisy rooms).
Anyway. He wanted to check his lighting, and I just happened to be standing there, wearing a reflector on my head.
Thanks Mark. I shall treasure it always.
We didn’t have a great deal of time to hit all the spots in Dawson Creek that Josh and Katelin wanted to get to, but we kept things moving, and we actually managed to get wedding photographs of them at all the locations they were planning. And I gotta tell you that when I posted the photos on Facebook, they were extremely well received, and not just by Josh and Katelin and friends, but by a bunch of my photographer friends, too.
A lot of that has to do with the setting; a grey overcast January day in Dawson Creek doesn’t seem conducive to taking great wedding pictures, but you’d be wrong. Admittedly, subject matter here counts for a lot (cute couple), but there’s just something to be said for that whole white on white (on white, as the cape and dress were slightly different shades of white) look. Oh, sure, it would have been a different story if it had been -40, but outside of slightly frozen fingers (easily solved with a new pair of Minnesota Mittens), it was a great experience.
So, um, if any of you out there are planning on getting married in winter next year (in Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Grande Prairie or even down in Cuba), do let me know, because I’m loving the look of these winter weddings. (I know the look of a winter wedding in Cuba is a bit different, but I’m pretty sure I’d manage…)
Here’s a slideshow featuring many of my favourite shots. You’ll see most of the shots I posted earlier, plus a whole bunch of new shots, too. Enjoy.
A couple weeks ago, the temperature dipped to down round -40 C. I sent an email to Josh saying that if it stayed like that, he’d be the one having to warm up the frozen batteries under his arms.
Fortunately, the weather was a lot warmer last Saturday when he and Katelin got married at Bethel Pentecostal Church in Dawson Creek. There was a fine mist of ice rain as I was driving in, which turned to snow just in time for the wedding.
We did most of the shots outside, and while it wasn’t -40, it was still quite cold. Cold enough that the metal camera body caused my fingers to get numb very quickly. Cold enough so that the batteries in my flash wouldn’t recycle fast enough to make it useful. Cold enough that one camera just decided to stop working all together.
But despite all that, Josh and Katelin and the rest of the party were oh-so photogenic and we got lots of great shots. Maybe not quite as many as I would have got if it were a little warmer, but enough to capture a really good sense of their special day without anyone getting frostbite.
Here’s some of my favourites. Click on more to see all the photos.
Another picture from the drive through Banff, though this is actually Jasper. The Athabasca River, in fact. It’s like a highway. Straight and wide and loud.
On the drive home from Banff, I hit the big mountains at the top of the Icefields Parkway just as the sun was coming up. And no traffic meant I could take longish exposures from the middle of the road….
I published a photo of Cow Lake looking the other way, but realized I hadn’t gone through and tweaked this one yet.
Our mascot for the Kispiox trip.