Friday, May 28, 2010

My new nephew - Comox Courtenay Newborn Photography

I had the absolute pleasure of welcoming my second nephew, Owen, into the world on Friday, May 21. He looks just like his big brother did as a newborn, which is ADORABLY CUTE! And yes, I realize I'm probably a little biased. :)

I've been busy with work and weddings, so I've only had the chance to play with Owen in the studio for a short while. Here are some of the shots from that day, and stay tuned for more next week when I venture out with his whole family!

Comox Valley Newborn photographer

Courtenay newborn photography

Comox Valley baby photography

Courtenay baby photographer

Comox Courtenay baby photos

Vancouver Island Baby photography

Until next time!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Kari & Dave - Engagement photos at Air Force Beach, Comox

I spent the morning last Sunday down at Air Force Beach, in Comox, with Kari, Dave and their adorable dog, Shades! The forecast had been calling for rain, but we were greeted with GORGEOUS blue skies, perfect for strolling the beach taking photos.

Kari and Dave are getting married in July, at Filberg, in Comox, so it was a pleasure getting to work with them a bit before the big day. I hope you two enjoy your sneak peek!

Engagement photos at Air Force Beach

Love photos in Comox and Courtenay

This one is definitely my favourite! Wouldn't it make a great large print for guests to sign instead of a guestbook? :)
Couples photography in the Comox Valley

Engagement Session in Courtenay

Engagement photography in Comox and Courtenay

Shades is such a cool looking dog! He's half shar-pei and have lab. I just LOVE his face :)
Wedding photography in Comox and Courtenay

Engagment session at Air Force Beach

Engagement photos at Air Force Beach

Can't wait until their big day in July!
<3 Gillian

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Natalie & Adam - Comox/Courtenay Wedding Photography

Natalie and Adam met in high school and FINALLY tied the knot on May 15. The ceremony was held in Comox at the United Church, and the reception was at an AMAZING private home. The decor was all done by Natalie and her mother, Elizabeth, who is an interior decorator. This was my first wedding of the season and it went off without a hitch! These two are so obviously in love, and surrounded by family and friends who adore them. There were lots of tears shed at the reception, during the fabulous speeches and tender moments. It was truly an honour to spend the day with this couple!

I had TWO fabulous shooters with me for the big day, my partner, Brandon and my good friend, Laurel. I want to thank both of them for their hard work at capturing some stunning photos.

On with the pictures!

The girls got their hair done at Bellini's in Comox, and got dressed at the reception site.
Photos of wedding preparation in Comox

Wedding Photography, full day coverage

Mother and daughter on wedding day, Comox photography

Meanwhile, the boys relaxed and played video games before heading to the ceremony. I hear there was a little trouble with the ties ;)
Photography with the groom in Courtenay

Natalie's father was SO excited and proud when he saw her for the first time.
Father and daughter on wedding day

They were lucky enough to snag some GORGEOUS vintage cars to be driven around in all day!
wedding drivers, vintage cars

Bridesmaids in a vintage car during comox wedding

The ceremony was short and sweet, you could see the love in both their eyes :)
Comox Wedding Photography

And finally, some fun portraits!
Comox Wedding Photography

Comox Wedding Photography

Comox Wedding Photography

Courtenay Wedding Photography

Comox Wedding Photography

Thank you SO much to Natalie & Adam for entrusting me to capture this huge part of your life. It was an amazing day, with two amazing people. I hope you enjoyed your sneak peek :)


Monday, May 10, 2010

I couldn't resist.... - Comox/Courtenay Newborn Photography

I just couldn't resist posting this adorable little sneak peek from the newborn shoot I did yesterday. You may remember his momma, Rachel, from a few months ago when I did her maternity photos. Well, this little bundle of joy was born a week ago and couldn't be cuter! He was so well behaved for his session :)

Newborn photography in the Comox/Courtenay area

Stay tuned later this week for the rest of this session, a great family session, and maternity photos. Plus, it's the first wedding of the season this Saturday so that will be up on the blog early next week. It's busy, busy, busy around here!

<3 Gillian

Thursday, May 6, 2010

What should I wear? - Comox/Courtenay Family Portraits

I often get asked by clients "What should we wear to our photo session?" ... and it's a VERY good question, because what you choose to wear can make a HUGE difference in the outcome of your portraits. So, I've decided to compile a little advice post with a fabulous sample at the end.

Let's start with the basics and go over some basic tips for choosing your clothing:

1. Try not to choose clothes with large words or logos on them. Patterns are fine, as you'll see later, but giant logos or images don't translate well. You may think that your son's Go Diego! Go! shirt is adorable, but it's best to leave it home for a photoshoot.

2. Match, but not TOO much. You want to choose colours that go well together, but not all the same colour. If you were headed out to dinner as a family you wouldn't all wear the same outfit (ie. white shirts and jeans), in fact you'd think it was very odd if you did! So, why should you think any differently for your portrait session?

3. Bright colours make your shoot playful and fun, where as more muted, earthy tones tend to give the portraits a more down to earth, laid back feel. That doesn't mean we can't do laid back shots in your bright blues, reds and yellows, just that the overall feel of the shoot will be more playful (this is great for kids).

4. Pattern is fun!! The key is just to use it strategically. You don't want everyone in a pattern, or it becomes too much. A good plan is to pick one or two patterned pieces (that go well together) and draw the rest of the colours from those patterns.

5. Accessorize!! Accessories can make a plain outfit really pop! If you are wearing a one-colour top and some jeans, you may think that's boring... so accessorize! Pick some great earrings, a fun scarf, a flower for your hair and some fabulous, over-the-top bracelets. The skies the limit when it comes to your accessories, and don't forget the shoes!

Now, to show you how to pull all of these ideas together, I created a little sample for you!

Comox/Courtenay Family Portrait Fashion Ideas

All of the above clothes are from Old Navy, which shows that you can get great outfits for affordable prices. You can easily do the same thing within your own closets or at any other store.

I started by choosing the fun sundress for the little girl and went from there. As you can see, all the other pieces use colours pulled from the sundress. Dad and son get cute matching shoes, and Mom and daughter really get to play up the shoes and accessories. Oh how I would just love to photograph a family looking adorable like this :)

So there you have it! The basics on how to dress for a shoot :) When you book your shoot, feel free to ask any other questions you may have. I can even come over for a pre-shoot consultation and help you guys pick outfits.

Happy Weekend, and Happy Mother's Day to all the Mom's out there :)
<3 Gillian