I grew up in Calgary and graduated from the Alberta College of Art's 4 year Photography program. After graduating I moved to San Francisco where I exhibited my fine art work and worked as a photography assistant for fashion photographers. My work with fashion photographers led me to move to New York for a year before meeting my husband and returning to California to live in Napa Valley where I began photographing vineyard weddings in 2001. My husband and I moved to Banff in 2004 where I have continued my passion and love for photographing weddings.
Yes! My husband Kevin works with me full time and he is with me at every wedding and portrait session. He’s not a photographer but is there to assist me by carrying all of my equipment and setting up lighting. My husband is there to ensure everything goes smoothly.
Yes! I will upload your high resolution final photographs to a private online gallery so that you can download them directly. The images are high resolution and are not watermarked so you are not restricted in print size. The gallery is also linked to a professional lab for easy online print ordering. You are welcome to share your gallery with friends & family who can download your photographs for free if you share your password with them.
No. I’m not able to deliver the photographs or the experience that couples expect from me with a videography crew also present. If it is important to you to include videographers on your wedding day please don’t hire me. Please note this doesn't include family members recording your day with a camera on a tripod.
Videography crews typically set up a camera on a tripod in the centre of the aisle and two cameras on either side of you and then another moving camera during your ceremony. Having 4 video cameras set up during your ceremony makes it impossible for me to capture beautiful ceremony photos for you without a tripod, camera or videographer in your photo. I also find the experience to feel like being on a reality tv show with 4 video cameras recording the day.
Here is a blog post illustrating why I don't work with videographers.
It is my goal to have all of your photographs uploaded to a private online gallery to share with your loved ones about 6 weeks after your wedding day. There are many factors that affect how soon you will get your photos like what season you are getting married in (July through September are my busiest months for example), the lighting conditions on your wedding day and how many final photos I have from your day.
I don't limit how many photographs I take at any event. The amount of final photographs that I deliver varies a lot based on the weather, how much portrait time I am given and if the wedding day runs on time or is rushed.
Generally speaking I would say that for an engagement portrait you can expect 50-75 final photographs, My Short & Sweet 3 hour collection would generally deliver about 250-300 final photographs and for my 8 hour wedding coverage I generally deliver about 500-700 final photographs but again that number varies a lot based on the wedding day itself.
I ask for a signed contract and a $500 non-refundable retainer that is applied to your final balance. Both the contract and payments can be taken care of online. Please note that I can’t “pencil in” or hold dates.
I ask for a $500 non-refundable retainer when you sign a contract with me and your final balance is due 30 days before your wedding day. You will receive an automated online invoice when payment is due that you can take care of online.
I accept E-Transfers, Visa & Mastercard.
YES! Absolutely! My husband and I would be honoured to sign as your 2 required witnesses for your elopement.
Absolutely! I love when couples choose to include their dog in their engagement portraits or wedding day portraits. Make sure to bring along your dog’s most favourite treat so we can convince them to pose for photos. On wedding days it’s usually best to bring along a friend or family member who can hold your dog while they wait to have their photo taken and who can take your dog back to their air conditioned hotel and dog sit so they are not stressed in any way.
I find that having a pop of colour really makes your photographs shine. It’s especially important to have some colour for winter engagement sessions. In the winter having colourful scarves or mittens can make a big difference in your photographs. Since a lot of my engagement sessions involve walking to a photo location make sure you bring a comfortable stable pair of shoes for walking and then you can switch out to other shoes once we are at our chosen location. I find that for engagement sessions it’s best to avoid wearing white which tends to look washed out and clothing that has prominent logos that distract from the person. Typically I suggest not to wear distracting patterns but that being said I find that gingham and plaid photographs beautifully.
To get married in Alberta you will need to purchase a marriage license, hire a commissioner to perform your ceremony and have 2 witnesses over the age of 18 (My husband and I are happy to sign as your witnesses if you are eloping).
An Alberta Marriage License can be purchased at any Alberta Registry office and is valid for 3 months. You need to bring 1 piece of identification with you which must be one of the following: a passport, birth certificate or driver's license. If either of you have been divorced or widowed you will need to bring those documents with you to the registry office. You can download forms and find detailed Alberta marriage license information here.