March 31, 2014

Sunset Beach Bridal Shoot // Santa Barbara, CA

Good morning!  Hope everyone's weekend was great and for those that had Spring Break, hope you had fun during your holidays!  This Monday we all return to school, work and back to reality... :)

I'm excited to share the first shoot I participated in during my trip to Santa Barbara, California for United 2014 (photography conference).  

We had a beach bridal styled shoot that took place at sunset right on the beach!  I'm in love with the gorgeous light we had.  (It usually rains here this time of the year!... and we don't have the gorgeous palm trees on our beaches here in BC) :)

Aurelie & Sam modeled as one of our wedding couples... and they were naturals in front of the camera... and so cute together!  Aurelie even trashed her dress at the end in the ocean for us in the cold water!

Elodie modeled as a bridesmaid for the shoot.  I loved the gorgeous coral colour of her dress... it gave a tropical feel to the styled shoot on the beach! :)

Karina & Rob were the last couple I had the chance to shoot.  They are also talented photographers !(check them out at KJ & Rob Photographers) and they rocked their session!  

And I can't forget to thank EVERYONE who helped make this shoot happen!  From vendors, to organizing and modeling, all of these people listed below did an amazing job.  Thank you Stephanie for organizing and taking the lead on this shoot!

And last but not least, the styled table and decor!  I loved the seashells and colours picked out for the table, big thanks to Stephanie for bringing it all together! :)

All Images © 2014 Cecilia Flaming

To see even MORE photos from the Sunset Beach Bridal Shoot, visit the PASS Gallery!

Check back here in a couple days (Wednesday morning!) for the next shoot from Santa Barbara all about Posing Groomsmen Like a Boss... 


Instructor: Stephanie Williams
Production Coordinator: Kristin Renee
Styled by: House of Style SD
Hair Stylist + Makeup Artist: Tami Maxwell
Hair Accessories by: Glam Gal Designs Bridal
Makeup Artist: Leah Washuta
Florist: Rincon Floral
Table Design by: Handlebar Studios 
Stationary: Alexis June Creative


Aurelie & Sam McKaig (Wedding Couple #1)
Elodie Michon (Bridesmaid)
Karina Jo & Rob Crouch (Wedding Couple #2)

March 25, 2014

UNITED 2014 // Santa Barbara, California

At the end of February I went to Santa Barbara, CA to attend a photography conference called UNITED.  I can't believe it's already been a month!  

UNITED is put on by the guys who created Showit, PASS and Shoot & Share.  The focus of the conference was around connecting + growing a community of photographers and we heard from some amazing business + artistic leaders as well as participated in some AMAZING shoots!

I started off my trip on only 2 hours of sleep from the Vancouver airport.  The plane took off from YVR in the snow and landed couple hours later at LAX in gorgeous sunshine!  It definitely put a smile on my face.  (I also love the feeling of taking off and landing... is that weird?) haha.

I traveled with another photographer, Christy, from our Shoot & Share Vancouver group, and we rented a car to drive from LAX to Santa Barbara.  It was such a gorgeous drive along the coast and through Malibu (I was jealous of the surfers out on the water!), till we finally arrived at the Fess Parker Doubletree Hotel in Santa Barbara late that afternoon.  There were already a lot of photographers gathered in the lobby as we checked in and we were able to meet David Jay for the first time within minutes of arriving as well as catch up with a few familiar faces.

Being at United was a great experience.  I have to admit I had a lot of reservations about attending, I'm introverted and tend to start feeling out of place in large groups... and there was 370+ photographers registered!  Some who were quite well known and extremely talented, so it was a bit intimidating at first! :)
I kind of had the "best" and the "worst" of times that week, it definitely challenged me personally and professionally.  Overall it was an amazing experience, but I will admit I dealt with a couple challenges that included a couple late night calls to my husband for encouragement! :)  That along with the packed full schedule and lack of sleep, I felt so overwhelmed by the time it was over.  In the end I was able to decide on some major changes happening soon for my business (but I'll blog about that later!)

Back to the fun stuff... I made new friends and had the chance to participate in a lot of fun shoots!  SO MUCH FUN.  Each shoot will be blogged separately so I can properly credit those involved and share a bit more info... otherwise this post will be a mile long.  For now here's a bit of a photo recap during my week in Santa Barbara at United and shots from around the Fess Parker Doubletree Hotel. (our hotel right on the beach!!!)

Our amazing hotel...
Shoot and Share Vancouver group at United!
Behind the scenes at the Posing Groomsmen shoot!
Food truck lunch on the beach on our last day!
All Images © 2014 Cecilia Flaming

Want to know what's coming up next on the blog?!
Here's a "sneak peek" list of the shoots to look forward to over the next couple of weeks!!!
The links will be included once each one is up... so check back!

- Sunset Beach Bridal Shoot
- Posing Groomsmen Like a Boss 
- Late Night Studio Shoot
- 10 Yards of Fabric Shoot 
- African Bridal Shoot
- United After Hours Party

March 23, 2014

Happy 1st Anniversary // Norm & Gloria

Happy Anniversary Norm & Gloria!

We were blessed with gorgeous, warm weather in March last year for Norm and Gloria's photos in Gastown and then their ceremony at Mayfair Lakes Golf Course.  

Congratulations again to Norm and Gloria and may God continue to bless you in your marriage!\

If you would like to see their wedding photos, click on this blog link below!

Norm & Gloria: Gastown // Mayfair Lakes Wedding

© 2014 Cecilia Flaming