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Cinematic Wedding Highlights – Arlene & Ryan

I kinda fall in love with each couple I work with. We get so invested in their relationship as we get to know them better during the planning of the wedding shoot. On the day, I just love how the nerves in the early morning get replaced with excitement just before the ceremony and a general party mood right after. It’s one of the great things about this type of work. I get to hang out with people when they are happy!

We did both photo and video coverage of Arlene and Ryan’s wedding. I love being able to use both video and stills to document the day. The stills give you a few, select, frozen moments in time. They have an appeal in that you are left to imagine the sounds and movement surrounding the moment. As a couple, you really want those one or two iconic images that you can frame or put on canvas to hang in your home. My favourite from this wedding is the moment just as the groom flings the garter and the boys are poised and ready to “pants” him. Their expressions are priceless. What I particularly love is that we were able to capture that moment as a photo and then blend it in with the video of that crazy Filipino tradition. (Watch out for it near the end of the movie).

Yes, photos are great, but the real emotion is in the video. Ryan’s mom’s speech about how much she is going to miss him had me all choked up thinking about how much I will miss Jonah when he is all grown up and leaves home. Those moments are why you absolutely MUST get video for your wedding. It’s the only way to preserve the speeches and the vows and the thousand other moments that deserve to live on after the day is done.

Enjoy the video and here are a couple more stills for you too…


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Artistic Family Portrait Idea

A lot of my time is spent waiting for my computer to crunch the bits and bytes that make up the cinematic edits we do. I try to use that time productively by searching for inspiration or new ideas to bring to my brand of videography and photography. Today I spent the time going over some of my archived work from a few years ago and I found this amazing little music video.

I wrote the music and recorded all the instruments while I was still living in Taiwan. This is one of only two tracks where you can actually hear me singing! (I guess you’ll have to just ignore the vocals then, eh?). I made the video by putting together over 1000 individual photos I took when we went for a walk in the park one spring. I wasn’t strictly trying to capture a family portrait, but it got me thinking. Wouldn’t this be a cool way to do a family portrait video or a save the date shoot? Not only do you get a beautiful work of cinematic art but you also get the best images to make prints or a little guest signing book.

I am totally psyched to do a couple of shoots like this in the Spring. Who’s interested? Message me right now to book your session!



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What’s happening in the studio right now…

Just busy editing Arlene and Ryan’s photos and though I would share a couple of my favourite images from this afternoon’s session. After the stills are all edited I will be scouring the video for some great still captures that can help bring the final photo album to life. I do love photography, but what I am most looking forward to is putting together the cinematic feature film for this wedding! Cinematography is, after all, my first love!

(Well, actually Janelle is my first Love, capital “L” and cinematography is my first love, little “l”, but you know what I mean, right?)

Here are some images for you to share and enjoy…



Analee & Ian – Cinematic Wedding Highlights

I met Analee and Ian in the depths of winter. We shot a beautiful Save the Date video early in the year and I was excited to see what they had in store for the big day.

Spectacular. Just spectacular!

The highlight for me while editing this shoot was definitely the lanterns. I spent 5 years in Taiwan and every year there was a lantern festival where the sky what lit up by thousands of these beautiful paper lanterns. Each one carrying the hopes and prayers of the family that sent it up to the heavens. For a couple like Analee and Ian who have known each other for most of their lives my wish is that they learn to fall more in love with each other with every passing year.

Here are a couple of stills I grabbed from the video…


Jennifer & Dennett – Winnipeg Wedding Music Video

We had a blast shooting this music video for Jennifer and Dennett’s wedding earlier this summer. It’s always a challenge when you have a bridal party the size of a football team (or two!), but these guys rocked! Thanks again to BLF Studios for being so great to work with on the day.

The main cinematic feature is still a couple of months away. If this little teaser is anything to go by it’s going to be a lot of fun to edit too! Here are a couple of stills I pulled from the video…



Marie Cecile & Matthew – A Multicultural Celebration

It’s not often you see a wedding with so many diverse cultural elements woven into the day. Marie Cecile and Matthew actually had 3 costume changes and 2 dance performances at the reception, not to mention the traditional Filipino performers that entertained the crown throughout the evening. Never a dull moment!

The couple had some bad luck in the run up to the big day, culminating in Marie Cecile’s parents not being given their travel documents in time to be there for the wedding. I will be putting more of the longer version online later for those who couldn’t be there. They got through the hurdles of the day so now they are sure to have a lifetime of smooth sailing from here on in!

Thanks as always to Manny Sousa for being so easy to work with on the day. Also a shout out to The Hilton for the great meal.



Heidi & Chen – Same day Edit

We went out for a romantic picnic at The Forks in the early summer. It was such a perfect day. Sushi and sunshine! Originally the wedding ceremony was going to be at the Forks too so the plan was to weave in some shots of the couple cross fading between the picnic session and the wedding. Winnipeg’s weather doesn’t always play nicely, so they decided on their (equally gorgeous in its own way) alternate venue which made that plan impossible. We did get enough of a break in the weather to shoot outside in the amazing Fall foliage. One of the most beautiful locations we have shot in this year, actually!

The reception was at Kum Koon garden in Chinatown. What a beautiful spread. The traditional 8 course meal reminded me so much of the big, end of year celebrations we used to have when I lived in Taiwan.

Thanks again to Melissa Johnstone from sugar and soul photography who was so great to work with all day long. Look out for her in action in the SDE video too!


Sarah & BJ – Wedding Video Teaser

Lise directed this shoot with our alternate crew…and what a stunning job she did! Loads of eye-candy to choose from when putting together this little teaser! I can`t wait to get to the main feature edit.

Jill & Mike – A Clear Lake Wedding Music Video

Janelle and I drove out to Clear lake to shoot Jill and Mike’s wedding movie. We always knew it was going to be a good one, but there is no way we could have known how much fun it would be to shoot the music video part of the day!

From the lake front to the beautiful open fields to the forested areas… there were just so many amazing little places to shoot. A couple of months before the wedding Jill sent out a little instructional video on the dance moves she wanted the wedding party to practice for the grand entrance. I suggested we shoot the rehearsals too so we could cut them into the entrance and then we decided the best thing would be to just make a little music video of the whole thing. So here it is….


Photoshoot Fun!

Here is a sneak pee of Janice and Lee’s wedding. It’s the photoshoot chapter. Man. did we have fun!

Thanks again to Dustin Leader Photography for being awesome and cool all day long. It is a pleasure to work with professionals!

Melissa & Jamie – Wedding Video Highlights

Some couples explode with love for each other the first time they lock eyes. Some couples start out as friends. There is no right or wrong way.

There is only your way.

Jamie and Melissa started out as friends. Judging by the way they look at each other and the way they respect each other and the way it’s so obvious they get a kick out of making each other happy… they have found their path together. We were just along for the ride.

It was a scorching hot summer day and the Leo Mol  looked just beautiful. As did the bride!
We also shot an amazing video as a DVD invitation for the couple some time ago. It’s a much more memorable way to invite your guests to Save the Date of the wedding. Here is the invitation and the Highlights are after that…


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