Month: July 2011

Shannon & Matt – Kelowna Engagement

Shannon and Matt were such a fun couple to photograph. I love that they brought champagne to have at their shoot – I felt like I was photographing a fun date between the two of them! They really went with the flow and had such a laid back “let’s do it!” attitude. They just let me do my thing and did their part by being completely themselves in front of the camera! : ) There is a real harmony between Shannon and Matt – it’s obvious they’re great together!

Shannon is actually a wedding coordinator at one my top favourite Kelowna venues, Summerhill Pyramid Winery. She and Matt are getting married there next summer. I’m already looking forward to it!



Val d’Orcia, Tuscany, Italy

Pienza and Val d’Orcia…… wow, what a day trip! If you have ever looked at a Tuscany calendar, chances are quite a few of the photos in it were taken in Val d’Orcia. It is breathtakingly picturesque – I think we stopped every 10 feet to take in the view and snap a photo. We first drove to Pienza which is one of the towns located in this beautiful sprawling valley. We had a stroll around, taking in the beautiful piazza and cute streets. We could see the insanely gorgeous views below from the walls of Pienza and that the light was creeping close to magic hour so we quickly left and set out to explore the side roads and rolling hills.

As the sun slid lower in the sky, it’s warm light spread over the hills in long shadows, bringing out their contours and peaks. I felt like I was in one of those movies where there is a treasure map involved and you need the sun to be at a certain position in the sky to shine through a talisman to reveal the location of buried treasure, but instead, the talisman was my lens and the treasure was everywhere you looked. Wherever the light touched the soft multi-coloured wheat, was a jewel in itself. My Dad and I kept switching between excitedly gushing and being in silent awe. I took it all in like a beautiful dream. Never before have I seen light play like that, and on such beautiful vistas. If you’re ever lucky enough to find yourself in this amazing place, I suggest you wait until sunset to see it in its full glory.

We really only saw the tip of the iceberg- there is SO much more to explore in that valley and next time I’m in Tuscany, I definitely plan to linger longer in Val d’Orcia.

Click here to check out our home base while staying in Tuscany as well as some of the other spots we visited before moving on to next leg of our trip, Cinque Terre. : )
You can also take a stroll through all my Italy adventures here.



Kelly & Todd – Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort Wedding

What a gorgeous day for a wedding at Spirit Ridge Winery in Osoyoos! It was hot and sunny, and good vibes were in the air all around. I had a perma-smile the whole day at Kelly and Todd’s wedding. These two are so unconditionally and truly in love, not to mention totally loveable!!

While photographing the girls getting ready, someone was heading out the door to go see the groom and Kelly yelled after them, “Tell Todd I love him!” And during their ceremony, they stopped 4 or 5 times just to hug each other. Your heart just kind swells watching these two and you can’t help but be filled with happiness for them.

I barely gave them any direction in front of the camera – all I had to do is turn it on them and they’d already be in their own world being adorable and all I had to do was click. Their wedding party was so cooperative and nice, they made photographing them a piece of cake! We made a fun stop at the little amusement park near Spirit Ridge to get some photos of the wedding party on the Tornado ride. I was happy that they were totally into doing that!

I know Kelly and Todd have many many happy years ahead. If you want to see more, check out Kelly and Todd’s engagement session.