Patrizia & Sheldon – Trash the Dress

After a few days of relaxation and fun in the sun, we awoke at the break of dawn for an wild and fun “Trash the Dress” session. Well, I think it came out cleaner than when we started, so it was in fact more of a “Wash the Dress” session… I wanted to get some sunrise photos before we braved getting into the water. The light was amazing! It was getting warmer so now there was no excuse…time to get wet! We took a lot of cool shots playing around in the water and I couldn’t decide which of these two I liked best: We couldn’t let Patri have all the fun…time to get Sheldon into the water: I hope you two had as much fun as I did! What a blast!Hope you had a safe flight home and I can’t wait for you to see the results!...

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Patrizia & Sheldon – Wedding (Mexico)

Last week I had the great pleasure of being part of Patri and Sheldon’s wedding celebration at the Grand Sirenis Resort on the Riviera Maya in Mexico. We had a group of about 50 family and friends show up from across Ontario, Saskatchewan, the US and Italy. We all had an amazing time! Here are a few of my favourites from the time we spent at the lavish resort spa in the morning: After the girls got pampered at the spa, we were whisked away (and blazing speeds) across the resort and back to the room by a crazy singing shuttle driver! Time for the dress, some flowers and a few photos before we made our way to the ceremony on the beach. A nice beach-themed detail, kept safe by the brother of the bride. Patri being walked down the aisle by her two brothers: The two dress-holding flower girls were so adorable earlier as they methodically planned out their strategy for holding the train back at the room: We had perfect weather – a nice breeze off the ocean and the clouds were kind enough to give us a break from the sun, just in time for the ceremony: When a peck on the cheek just won’t do: As much as I love taking dramatic, posed portraits, sometimes the candid moments can make the best photos: The whole gang…ready to party! The wedding party: The schedule was about the same as a non-destination wedding with the usual events and time restraints, but somehow everything seemed much more relaxed. I guess walking barefoot on the beach does that! After a few shots on the beach, we took a tour of the resort grounds, including the botanical garden: I love this kind of relaxed, candid portrait. For some reason, we always get better expressions when the couple is interacting with each other, rather than staring into the camera. 😉 Definitely one of my favourites: A low camera angle, polarizer, off-camera lighting and setting sun combined to make for an interesting image: Even though we weren’t supposed to use this staircase, I knew we had to get a shot up there when I saw it the...

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Photos from New Zealand (Finally)

OK, so I’m finally getting around to posting some of the 1600 keepers I ended up with from our New Zealand trip! What an amazing adventure! Not only was the scenery incredibly breathtaking, but with the awesome variety of activities and tours from blackwater rafting in the glow worm caves to jet boat rides to bungy jumping, we’ve come back with a plethora of wonderful memories and stories to tell! Here’s one my favourites from our Dolphin Adventure Cruise in the Bay of Islands. There were so many of them and they were incredibly playful. These guys must have been jumping 8-10 feet in the air! Here’s one from our traditional Maori Hangi and Concert. This image depicts the Haka dance, more specifically the Peruperu, or war dance. The next evening our Contiki Tour group partied it up on a wild boat cruise (yes, it was a theme party and I was a pirate, but I lost my eye patch and gold earing by this point). It’s not terribly artistic, but this image really sums up the atmosphere quite well and brings back a lot of great memories of the new friends we made and the great times we had: Here’s a multi-image stitch of Mt Ruapehu in the North Island taken with my infrared camera. Click here for a larger version: And right next to it is Mt Ngauruhoe (a.k.a. Mt Doom from the Lord of the Rings) This is the Kaikoura Coastline of the South Island. Check out the colour of the water! If you look closely, you should be able to make out a couple of seals lazing around (the original size shows a good dozen or so): There were tons of wineries scattered across the South Island – usually in drastic contrast to the somewhat barren grasslands: Here’s another infrared landscape snapped from the window of our couch window: I was in photo heaven on this trip! This was taken shortly after hopping off the helicopter that dropped us off in the middle of Franz Joseph glacier. Just minutes after we arrived, the sun burst over the top of the mountains to produce one of the most amazing sites I’ve...

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Doug & Jasmeena in Italy!

Wow, I’m still a bit in shock from the incredible beauty of the Lago di Como region of Northern Italy. Doug and Jasmeena picked an amazing location for “phase 1” of their wedding celebrations! Here’s a quick overview of the region and the beautiful scenery we woke up to every morning: This is Salita Serbelloni in the gorgeous little town of Bellagio (considered by some to be one of the most beautiful towns in Europe): The view from our hotel balcony (did I mention the weather was just perfect?): The Grand Hotel Menaggio: This is the incredible panoramic view from the northern point of Bellagio. On the left you can make out the town of Menaggio and on the right the village of Varenna with the lower Swiss Alps in the middle. This is comprised of 5 horizontal images stitched together for an amazingly detailed 40 megapixel panorama. Click here to view a larger version: A closeup view of Varenna. I just loved the colours and textures of the buildings. Truly a photographer’s paradise: Another view of Varenna: Here’s another multi-image stitch of Lake Como (60 megapixels in case you’re interested). It was taken from Piazza Garibaldi in Menaggio just before sunset. You can click on this one too for a larger version: The impressive Villa del Balbianello near Sala Comacina. It’s been used in a number of big Hollywood movies such as Star Wars Episode 2, Oceans 12 and the upcoming James Bond flick. You may recognize this spot as the location for those cheesy love scenes in Star Wars Episode 2. Too bad George didn’t pick his dialogue as well as he picked his locations! I snapped this funky self-portrait while the girls were getting ready on the big day (oh yeah, I was actually here for a wedding…) Before we packed up to go home, we did a little tour of Milan and this is the imposing Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II: Ok…now for some wedding and engagement photos! The bouquets were flawless! A nice relaxed portrait infront of Bellagio at sunset: Goofing around during the engagement session: The gorgeous gardens of Villa Carlotta on the wedding day (sorry, the timeline jumps...

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I’m off to Italy!

Hey everyone, I just want to let you all know that I’ll be leaving for a wedding in Italy on Tuesday August 2nd and will be returning in the evening of the 7th. If you need to get ahold of me, please leave me an email and I’ll get back to you as soon as I return to Canada. It’s going to be a beautiful 2-day wedding on Lake Como – regarded by some as the most beautiful place in the world! You know that place in Star Wars Episode 2 on the water surrounded by the mountains where Anakin and the Princess get married?…that place. I’m a bit excited! Ciao,...

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New York…the photos!

Iveta and I had a great time in New York…saw a couple of broadway shows, sampled all of the quintessential New York cuisine, visited most of the boroughs and tourist spots…and I managed to snap a few keepers along the way. 😉 I also had some fun with my new infrared camera and visited the world’s largest camera store (B&H), which is conveniently located only a few blocks from the world’s largest department store (Macy’s). Anyway, on to the pics… Here’s a B&W infrared shot of the towering Empire State building (sans the big ape): I didn’t have my tripod with me, but there’s a very convenient concrete railing to rest your camera on inside Grand Central Terminal. I couldn’t have set it up better myself, but I love how there’s a couple embracing in the middle of the terminal and they’re perfectly sharp while the rest of the travellers speed by in a blur. Score a point for Lady Luck there!: Here’s a “channel-swapped” infrared image of Sheep Meadow in Central Park (for those interested, I applied a custom White Balance so that everything is neutral except for the red sky then I swap the red and blue channels to make the sky blue). This place was great, as was the rest of Central Park – a real sanctuary from the frantic rat race of the city streets. Here’s a view from the famous Gapstow Bridge overlooking “The Pond” in lower Central Park. At the southern edge of the Park you’ll find some of Manhattan’s most famous hotels such as the Ritz-Carlton and The Plaza. The perfect scene for infrared photography! This was taken from a rowboat in Central Park’s “The Lake” as I took Iveta for a romantic little tour while avoiding crashing into the other amateur rowers who were dotted amongst the surface. The building in the background is The San Remo, “One of the city’s, and the world’s, greatest residential skyscrapers, the city’s most beautiful apartment building and one of its most prestigious addresses” according to their website: Here’s a nice shot Iveta got of me with her point-n-shoot during our little boat trip: I thought this was an interesting...

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