This weekend was filled with woods, waterfalls & brides to be with two amazing engagement shoots and both brides were called Kim. The first was the lovely Kim & Andrew in a stunning woodland, the sun beaming, fallen trees and beautiful lakes. The second was Kim & Jamie in Windsor Great Park with a spectacular waterfall, epic views and crazy autumnal colours for this time of year.
Kim & Andrew // Mortimer Woods
Kim & Jamie // Great Windsor Park
My Wife, Canada & True Love
I wanted to share a little of my life before I get into the main story of this post so please join me in this. I have been married for nearly 5 years to my beautiful wife Zoë and 4 weeks before flying to Canada she became very ill with appendicitis and was in hospital for 10 days. Her appendix was removed as well as part of her bowl. Those 10 days whilst she was in hospital were some of the worst days that I can remember. To see the person you love helpless, in distress and pain and not able to do anything to help was so hard for me. I truly adore Zoë and I am so thankful for her in my life. She makes me better in every way and over this time all I could do is pray and trust in our Heavenly Father to pull her through.
I am such an ambassador of marriage; I think as humans we are created and designed for relationships. I love walking through life with Zoë and we were so lucky that she was well enough to come to Canada and share in this time and what a time it was. I am always so honoured to share in anyone’s wedding day. To be there and to capture the start of their married life is a true honour and I am always thankful, so to be asked to fly to Canada and shoot this wedding was amazing.
We had 4 days with the couple and we chose to do the engagement shoot two days before their wedding which was taking place in their church in downtown Calgary, Canada. I left it up to them to choose where they wanted to go and, to my delight, they took me to the Kananaskis area of the Rocky Mountains. Talk about different!! Wow… just wow. Despite the snow and the wind chill of -15 degrees celsius, we managed a good 20-30 minutes with the couple and their families before moving to lower, and slightly warmer, climes further down the mountain to a beautiful semi-frozen ‘pond’ with snowy peaks in the background.
It was an absolute pleasure to photograph and witness Michael and Roxalynn take time out from the busy prep time right before their big day and just enjoy being together, in the mountains, with their families. The whole experience was definitely not typical of my usual engagement shoots but for all the right reasons. Enjoy these photographs, with love from the Rockies.
I love engagement shoots
I love getting to know a couple better and engagement shoots are a great opportunity to be different
Be different… be creative… be yourself
& everyone loves a smoke flare!!
An engagement shoot is a great way for me to get to know my couples that much better and to make them feel at ease having their photos taken. They get to know the why I shoot and direct them and they get to know me. My style is not to pose couples for hours but to tell the story of their wedding day. We went to Bracknell Forest just outside of Wokingham in Berkshire and as you can see it was pretty gorgeous.