Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Selman Family - Christmas Card photos in Courtenay, BC

I had the pleasure of photographing one of my absolute favourite families in October, and since there Christmas cards are now all in the hands of family members, I can share the photos with you guys!

We headed down to some train tracks, with gorgeous fall colours all around, and got TONS of great shots of this adorable family. The two boys were such superstars, even coming up with funny poses all on their own! I wish all my shoots could go this smoothly.

On to the photos!

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<3 Gillian

Sunday, December 12, 2010

It's Christmas Time!!

I am SO sorry for neglecting the blog... bad, bad, bad photographer! *slaps hand* As you can tell from my being MIA for months, it was a VERY busy fall for me! I had tons of sessions, and most of them could not be shared, as they were for Christmas cards. Well, Christmas cards are being mailed out by most people as we speak, so I should have lots of fabulous photos to share with you in the next little while :)

In the mean time, I wanted to share with you some of the adorable photos I captured today at the 19 Wing Jr Ranks Kids Christmas party. The big guy himself was on hand to meet all the little ones and even hand out some presents. It was so sweet to see the kids get excited to meet Santa. Though, to be honest, there were quite a few crying toddlers as well! But, for the most part, the kids were happy and it was a great day! :)

I'm probably biased, because I know and love this little guy, but isn't he adorable?
Christmas photography Comox military

This next little girl was SO excited to see Santa she asked if she could come sit with him twice. It was very sweet.
Christmas photography Comox military

I just love this little girls smile... and her dress!
Christmas photography Comox military

This next girl brought a flyer, so that Santa would be really sure EXACTLY what she wanted. I thought that was hilarious (and cute)!
Christmas photography Comox military

And finally, I couldn't get over the look on the little newborns face. Priceless :)
Christmas photography Comox military

Aren't there some adorable kids in the military families of 19 Wing Comox? It was a pleasure to be their photographer for the day, and I'm so glad they asked me to come out! In appreciation of all that the military does for our country, and especially our community, I offer a 10% military discount to military members, and their spouses. All you have to do is tell me that you're in the military and you immediately get a discount on any portrait session or album/product order (unfortunately this is not available for weddings). How's that for a great deal? :)

I also wanted to remind people of my current Christmas special! I know that most moms/dads/grandparents/best friends would LOVE a custom photo session as a Christmas gift, so i'm offering a special on Gift Certificates. Purchase a gift certificate for a full session (a value of $150) for someone else (or yourself, whatever you like!) and you'll receive an extra gift certificate for $25 to keep for yourself. You can use the $25 for product (or stick it in with the present as a bonus for them!) or towards your next session. Everyone wins!

Well, i hope you all are enjoying the holiday season, I know I am! I'll be back soon with some fun photo shoots from the fall!

And to end, me and my fiance with Santa! Aren't we cute?
Christmas photography Comox military
<3 Gillian

P.S. I also have a seperate website in the works to showcase my wedding work, so keep your eyes open for that too! :)

Friday, September 3, 2010

Jodie & Quinten - Courtenay Wedding Photography

I had the absolute pleasure of finishing off my busy wedding season with a gorgeous couple, Jodie and Quinten, and a special wedding out at the Fish & Game in Courtenay. The bride and groom were both stunning, and the bridal party wasn't half bad either ;) The weather was a bit windy and overcast, but it made for some nice light and no one seemed to mind!

There were SO many amazing photos from this big day that I just couldn't narrow it down, so be prepared for a lengthy post!

The girls all got ready at Jodie's mom's lake house, which was GORGEOUS for photos.
Hair and make up photography for a Courtenay wedding
Comox wedding photography at Comox Lake
Getting hair done for a Courtenay wedding
Getting ready for a Courtenay wedding

The dress is on and she's ready to go! LOVE her smile. She just had the biggest, most natural smiles all day long :)
Courtenay bridal photography at Comox Lake
Final touchings on a Courtenay bride

Once the dress was on it was time for some GORGEOUS bridal photos. Jodie was such a great model and the location was perfect, I couldn't have asked for more. :)
Wedding photography at Comox Lake
Bridal photography at Comox Lake in Courtenay
Portraits in Courtenay and Comox for a wedding
Wedding photographs from Comox Lake
Bridal portraits at Comox Lake

We even had time before the ceremony to get some shots of the lovely bridesmaids, and Jodie with her adorable step-daughter, Hannah.
Bridal party photos in Courtenay
Wedding photography in Courtenay
Maid of Honour
Bridesmaids from a Courtenay wedding

Meanwhile, Brandon was over with the guys getting ready and drinking beers!
Groom getting ready for a Courtenay wedding
Best Man for a comox lake wedding
Groomsmen
Guys getting ready for a wedding at Comox lake
Prep photos with the boys for a Comox Lake wedding

Then the guys arrived in style, via limousine, to the ceremony site... Love this string of photos that Brandon caught :)
Limousine arrival to a Courtenay Fish and Game wedding

Meanwhile, us girls arrived in even MORE style... via party boat! It was a blast heading across the lake in the boat while listening to tunes and drinking champagne :
Comox Lake wedding photography
Courtenay wedding photography at Comox Lake
Arriving at a Comox Lake wedding

Then it was time for the big event! It was very sweet, and the clouds made for great photos. Jodie and Quinten just looked so happy and in love :)
Ceremony at Courtenay Fish and Game, wedding photography
Walking down the aisle at a Comox Lake wedding
Wedding ceremony photos at Comox Lake in Courtenay
Wedding vows at Comox Lake, photography
Ring exchange at a wedding in Courtenay BC

They did a sand ceremony with Hannah, which was a sweet way to unite them as a new family.
Wedding ceremony photography in Courtenay

And finally the kiss!!!
First kiss as bride and groom
Married!

Then we did some family formals, which I don't normally post... but I liked this one of Jodie, Quinten Hannah. I also couldn't resist Jodie's mom giving her a big kiss :)
Family portraits at Comox Lake
Family wedding photos at Comox Lake

After formals we had lots of time for some beautiful portraits of the Bridal party along Comox Lake, and even MORE time for just the gorgeous couple :)
Group portrait out at Comox Lake
Wedding photos by Comox lake
Wedding photography at Comox Lake in Courtenay BC
Bridal party portraits in Comox

I'll start with my favourite two photos of the couple. The first was caught by Brandon, and it's PERFECT! Jodie just looks gorgeous! The second is a stunner of Quinten, and I love the way Jodie is looking at him :)
Bride and groom at Comox Lake
Couples photo session at Comox Lake

And the rest.... all just so perfect :)
Wedding photography at the Courtenay Fish and Game
Bride and Groom near Comox Lake
Wedding portraits at Comox Lake
Couples photography in Courtenay
Bride and Groom near Comox Lake

The reception was also a blast! Lots of dancing and laughs, which always make for fun photographs at any wedding. Jodie and Quinten's first dance was adorable, and her dance with her grandfather was one of the best i've seen!
First Dance photography in Comox
Father daughter dance at a Courtenay wedding

Jodie and her sister rocked it out all night long!
Reception photography at a Courtenay wedding

Jodie and Hannah had a blast dancing to Rude Boy by Rhianna. Hannah's favourite song :)
Reception photography at a Comox Wedding

We ended the night off with a bang! :)
Courtenay Comox Wedding photographer

I want to say a HUGE thank you to Jodie and Quinten for trusting me with capturing the memories from their big day. Brandon and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves at their wedding, and were so sad to say goodbye to everyone at the end of the night. We really feel like Jodie and Quinten became more than just clients, which is always what we want.

Congratulations you two!! Here's to a lifetime of happiness :)

I am now booking for the 2011 wedding season. I am taking on a limited number of weddings next year, and have about 5 spots left. If you are getting married and are looking for a high quality, yet affordable, wedding photographer give me a shout! I'm still offering my 2010 prices for the next month.

<3 Gillian