Love Portraits

KANANASKIS ENGAGEMENT | AUDREY & RYAN

I met Audrey and Ryan in the mountains of Kananaskis Country for their engagement session. We were so fortunate to catch such beautiful golden light and a perfect autumn day. They plan to marry next year in Audrey's home province of Quebec, but since they met and fell in love in Alberta, they felt it was only fitting to have portraits taken here to mark their engagement. It was the first time they'd been photographed as a couple, and also their first experience doing a professional shoot. I always feel lucky and grateful to take portraits of people who are new to being in front of the camera, as it's my honour and privilege to make them feel cozy and confident. As you'll see, they are both highly photogenic and looked completely natural and comfortable being photographed. They let their love shine through any apprehension they may have felt. In other words, we had a fabulous time!

Audrey and Ryan, I wish you so much happiness and all the best as you plan your beautiful wedding in Quebec City. I know it will be spectacular! Special thanks to Gina for sending these sweethearts my way.

KANANASKIS ENGAGEMENT | GINA & KEVIN

Just a few weeks after Gina moved to Calgary from Ottawa, she was out for drinks when one of her friends introduced her to a tall and handsome stranger. While her first thought was "damn!" when being introduced to Kevin, he confesses that at the time he thought there was some kind of ruse. Why, he wondered, "would a girl as beautiful, articulate and thoughtful as her want to talk to me?"

As it turns out, the attraction was definitely mutual, and their instant chemistry grew quickly into a strong friendship and love. Together, they love exploring their city, and also taking mini-road trips and talking for hours on end along the way. On one such trip, they drove to out to Kananaskis to go for a short hike and enjoy the beautiful mountain air. Gina was a bit disappointed when the weather suddenly turned stormy, but when she turned around and saw Kevin down on one knee, she decided the rain only added to the drama of the moment and joyfully accepted his proposal.

Gina describes Kevin as witty, intelligent, and a perfect travel partner who would do anything for his family and friends. Kevin loves everything about Gina, but his favourite qualities are her kindness and thoughtfulness, her ability to make new friends, and her drive to succeed in all she does. They are excited to tie the knot next summer and look forward to spending every day together, facing every new challenge and adventure side by side.

It seems only fitting that we returned to their beloved mountains to document this moment in their lives. We drove to Spray Valley Provincial Park and of course, the site of their proposal, Kananaskis Country, for their engagement session. It was my first opportunity to do love portraits in the mountains and it was spectacular. 

Kevin and Gina, I'm so excited for you guys and all that lies ahead. Thank you so much for choosing me!