November 30, 2011

Our Family Photos: Personal

I've put it off and really left it till last minute... this weekend we finally took our "family" photo for our Christmas card!  We didn't have time to get another photographer to do it, so I set up my tripod & camera, and took advantage of the natural light streaming through our living room window.


I laugh looking at each shot, because Mocha looks terrified in every one of them... he was constantly staring at the camera (which is good), but freaked out that it kept on "clicking" by itself. lol.


I ordered our Christmas cards late Monday night and they'll arrive next week Tuesday!  Can't wait to share what they look like... but you'll have to wait till they arrive! :)


Here's a couple of my favourites...




Help-Portrait Count Down: 10 Days!

It's only 10 days away!

Help-Portrait takes place this year on December 10, 2011. This is the 2nd year I am participating in it!  Last year I spent the day as an editor and candid photographer and this year I will be assisting in one of the studios.  If you haven't heard about Help-Portrait before, check out this video below or feel free to visit their website:  help-portrait.com

November 28, 2011

BridesView: Featured!

Happy Monday...  I can't believe it's almost December!  Christmas is only 27 days away! This past weekend I had the chance to start my Christmas shopping, catch up on some errands, answer a lot of wedding inquiry emails and meet up with a lovely couple that will be getting married in 2012. Busy!


I was excited to find out Jesse & Alayna's wedding was featured again, this time on BridesView's blog!  Jesse & Alayna's wedding was my first one of 2011 and took place at the Brock House Restaurant on Jericho Beach.  They were married the same day as Prince Will & Kate!  You can also see their wedding photos on the blog here!


November 24, 2011

Wagenaar Family: Tynehead Park Preview!

Before I head to sleep I wanted to share a sneak peek of the photos I am currently editing and working on!  This past Sunday I met up with the Wagenaar family to take some family photos in Tynehead Park.  They braved the chilly weather and also brought their dog, Kipa!  


Here's a few of my favourites so far:



Ironworks Studios Wedding Shoot: Video

This is probably my last post about the Post Wedding Shoot held by "Ultimate Vancouver Shootouts".  I wanted to share the fantastic video that Derek Cheng  put together from the day!  It was a great shoot and I'm already looking forward to the next one in 2012. :)





Ultimate Shootouts Vancouver 2011 from Pure White Studio on Vimeo.


If you didn't get a chance to see all 4 couples' photos yet... they're now all on the blog!


Jeremy & Janelle


Colin & Andrea


Thomas & Annie


Antonio & Jessica


Thank you again to all the couples who modeled and were willing to get in front of 24 cameras that day!


More Kudos:


Makeup by: Jayna MarieSarah Lam


Bouquets by: CC Roa


Shoot Sponsored by: Technicare Printing & LowePro Canada

November 23, 2011

Antonio & Jessica: Ironworks Studios Wedding Shoot

Last, but not least, is Antonio and Jessica!  This is the last couple I shot before the day wrapped up.  Antonio and Jessica were married in June, so they were still quite familiar with getting infront of the camera... only this time they had 6 of us at once!


I love the red brick wall that we found down a "sketchy" Vancouver alleyway. :)
Here's my favourite shots of Antonio & Jessica... aren't they gorgeous?!

Post Wedding Shoot organized by: Ultimate Vancouver Shootouts
Location: Ironworks Studios, Vancouver BC
Makeup by: Jayna MarieSarah Lam
Bouquets by: CC Roa
Shoot Sponsored by: Technicare Printing & LowePro Canada

Thomas & Annie: Ironworks Studios Wedding Shoot

So you've probably seen Jeremy & Janelle and Colin & Andrea's shoots at Ironworks Studios, but I am only half way and there are still 2 more couples to go! :)  Thomas and Annie are the next couple I'd love to share with you...


We had fun experimenting with different poses and ideas with these two.  Annie was even willing to lie down on the floor for a couple shots!  Thank you Thomas & Annie for being such great models and willing to do anything we suggested! :)


Here's my favourite shots from Thomas & Annie's shoot...


Post Wedding Shoot organized by: Ultimate Vancouver Shootouts
Location: Ironworks Studios, Vancouver BC
Makeup by: Jayna MarieSarah Lam
Bouquets by: CC Roa
Shoot Sponsored by: Technicare Printing & LowePro Canada

November 21, 2011

Grochowski Family: Campbell Valley Park Family Session

I was going to just post a few photos for a sneak peek and I couldn't help but choose more than a few.... :)  So here's the Grochowski's family session from this past Saturday at Campbell Valley Park in Langley.  The sunshine was gorgeous!  Shannon, Jon and their daughter Abigail braved the cold to take their family photos and some maternity shots.  Shannon is expecting on Dec. 25!  They brought some fabulous props, including blocks to spell out their next child's name!


I had a great time working with you all, hope you enjoy these photos and more are coming! :)



Help-Portrait 2011

You may have heard me talk about Help-Portrait before... I blogged about it last year and it was my first year participating in Help-Portrait.  There are also some candid photos from Help-Portrait Abbotsford on my blog here!


If this is the first time you've heard about Help-Portrait, I'll give you a bit of a recap!  It was founded by celebrity photographer Jeremy Cowart.  Every year in the beginning of December Help-Portrait brings together photographers worldwide to use their photography skills to give back to those in need.  This year, Help-Portrait takes place on December 10, 2011.  Photographers around the globe will be grabbing their cameras and taking photos of families and people who are less fortunate in their local community.


Help-Portrait is all about GIVING the pictures, not taking them.  Any portraits that we take aren't used for portfolios, website or for sale.  This is where we have the opportunity to give a family something they may have never had before - a portrait together.

Last night was one of our last meetings for Help-Portrait Abbotsford, and I'm getting really excited!  This year we have a bigger venue (thanks to Bakerview Church!), more space to work in, more studios, more volunteers and we're hoping we take more photos than last year!  If you live in the Lower Mainland (BC) and are interested in participating this year, we could always use more help and volunteers!  You don't need to be a photographer to help, infact we would love to have more volunteers such as makeup artists, hair stylists and people to assist everyone throughout the day!  Feel free to find out more information on our Help-Portrait Abbotsford's Facebook group!


Giving your time to this movement will help change lives in a positive way!


Check out last year's highlight video from our Help-Portrait Abbotsford 2010 event.  (Created by: Geoff Heith of Weddings in Motion)





Help Portrait | Abbotsford Videographer from Geoff Heith on Vimeo.

November 19, 2011

Colin & Andrea: Ironworks Studios Wedding Shoot

My second couple from Sunday's Post Wedding Shootout is Colin & Andrea.   After shooting Jeremy & Janelle outside, we had a chance to head inside (and warm up!) at Ironworks Studios to shoot Colin & Andrea.  This couple has been married for 8 years and were fabulous to work with.  :)  I love how the stylist did Andrea's hair with the flower and headband... gorgeous!


Here's my favourite shots from Colin & Andrea's shoot:
Post Wedding Shoot organized by: Ultimate Vancouver Shootouts
Location: Ironworks Studios, Vancouver BC
Makeup by: Jayna MarieSarah Lam
Bouquets by: CC Roa
Shoot Sponsored by: Technicare Printing & LowePro Canada

November 18, 2011

Jeremy & Janelle: Ironworks Studios Wedding Shoot

I've decided to have one post for each of the 4 couples that we shot at last Sunday's "Post Wedding Shootout".  First, because I can't narrow down my choices to only a few photos each, and second, they're all so gorgeous they deserve their own blog posts! :)


Today's photos are of Jeremy & Janelle.  They were the first couple I shot at the Post Wedding Shootout organized by the Ultimate Vancouver Shootouts group.  I had the opportunity to experiment with some lightning techniques thanks to Dan & Kat Stone of Stone Photo.   Dan was able to give us a short tutorial on how he sets up his lighting equipment for wedding photos.


Here's my favourite shots from Jeremy & Janelle...





Post Wedding Shoot organized by: Ultimate Vancouver Shootouts


Location: Ironworks Studios, Vancouver BC


Makeup by: Jayna Marie, Sarah Lam


Bouquets by: CC Roa


Shoot Sponsored by: Technicare Printing & LowePro Canada

November 15, 2011

Done Brilliantly: Featured!

Wow!  Two features this week already and two days in a row!  Yesterday, Mike & Danica's wedding was featured on Bow Ties & Buttercream, and today Rick & Kara's styled shoot is featured on Done Brilliantly!


This styled wedding shoot was organized by Nora & Chris Photography and it was a blast!  I had a chance to shoot with about a dozen other photographers and each of us got a chance to direct the models.  Rick & Kara who are boyfriend & girlfriend, volunteered to take on the role of groom & bride for the day and they did a great job!  Also, did you check out the cake?  It was made by the lovely Melissa of Sweet Heart Cake Designs!




November 14, 2011

Bowties & Buttercream: Featured!

Did you see it earlier today?!


Mike & Danica's Wedding was featured on Bow Ties & Buttercream this afternoon!  Their wedding was held at Westwood Plateau Golf & Country Club in Coquitlam, BC.  One of my favourite details was the bride & bridesmaids' bouquets... all daisies with crystals! :)


Thank you again Bow Ties & Buttercream for the feature!  It was great to see what photos they picked to feature. :)

November 13, 2011

Post Wedding Shootout: Ironworks Studios Preview!

I just had to post a sneak peek tonight before I head to bed!  I simply couldn't help but start editing some of the photos from today... :)


Today, I participated in a fantastic "Post Wedding Shootout" at the Ironworks Studios in Vancouver, BC.  It was organized through va few different photographers in a group called Ultimate Shootouts Vancouver.  The shoot was organized by Jason Ho and Derek Cheng (Pure White Studios), Dan and Kat Stone (Stone Photo), and Chris and Gina Chong (Butter Studios).  They helped facilitate the groups this afternoon so that everyone had a chance to practice and direct each couple.


It was a "refresher" to learn new poses, hear each other's tips and ideas and also an opportunity to work with various lighting, natural light and off camera lighting.  I loved catching up with a couple familiar faces and meeting a bunch of new Vancouver photographers!  I held some constraint and only allowed myself to post one photo of each couple that modeled for us today... More are coming later this week!



Thanks to Jason Ho for taking the group photo! - Jaylena Photography ©2011 www.jaylena.com

Bowties & Buttercream: Featured!

Mike and Danica's Westwood Plateau Wedding is featured today on Bow Ties & Buttercream's site!  I had a lot of fun working with this wedding party... they were really easy going and despite the rain, they were still willing to go all out for their photos! :)  Check out the feature here!



Doug & Julia: 2nd Shooting for Perfect Moments Photography

In September, I had the privilege to second shoot for Anita Chapman of Perfect Moments Photography!   Doug & Julia's wedding took place on a gorgeous, hot and sunny day in Fort Langley.  This was the first time I worked on a wedding in Fort Langley and I love the location.  The church, the hall, and all the areas around town were picture perfect for their wedding.  Julia picked out beautiful fall colours for their bouquets and decorations.


Here's my favourites from the day... but make sure to check out Anita's photos from Doug & Julia's Wedding on her blog!  Thank you Anita for giving me the opportunity to work with you!