There are people you come across in your life that fast become like family. Ben and Nicole were introduced to me through his parents, Sue and Roland.
Sue and Roland have been a longtime source of encouragement, love, and support to myself. When Ian came into my life they showed that same unwavering love to us both.
Ben and Nicole are a lot like his parents. Their heart for others is unrelenting, and their love for each other is humbling. Being apart of their wedding day was a true honor as the private affair was only a select amount of family members, I understood that those who couldn’t attend till their much larger wedding next year would want to re-live the day through these photographs.
Ian and I both wish Ben and Nicole a lifetime of love and laughter with their future child.
I often find myself online looking for inspiration. Today I came back to two photographers that I love, Miss Aniela and Aaron Nace of Phlearn. Their work in levitation photography sparked my creativity.
Erykah Tam, my most recent model for my “regrowth” series ( which I will be featuring on the blog this next month) had the perfect dancer like posture that levitation photography requires.
This Photograph is titled “Mind over Matter” and I want to keep adding to this levitation series. If you are interested in learning the technique both in shooting and surreal editing I am considering hosting a “Levitation Photography Workshop” in Chilliwack BC this fall.
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Michael and Arielle have been close friends of my husband from long before I even met Ian. While Michael and Ian have followed very similar career paths, their differences are what make for such a strong friendship.
Today we decided (since both of our husbands are in town, Ian and Mike are usually on opposite camp rotations) that today would be the perfect time to do their photo session. On this golden afternoon we wanted to thank Mike and Arielle for all their hard work in our wedding this january, with Mike being Ian’s best man, and Arielle being responsible for our yummy reception cupcakes.
Thank You Mike and Arielle!
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Zoey is a breathtaking dog, she is a Blue Heeler/Border Collie Cross. The perfect mixture of good behaviour, steadfast adoration of her owners, and a very smart canine overall.
“They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:31
This verse has been a favourite of mine for countless years and a source of inspiration for my photo-shoot with Gwich’in model, Nigit’Stil. I had bought the feathers many months ago in hopes to bring my dream to life; when Nigit’Stil echoed my idea in creative conversation I knew she had to be my face for the series.
The night before our session I planned out lighting, make-up, and composition. I have a deep passion for photography, but not many people know my love for makeup artistry which I do like to stretch my muscles in these creative situations. I really love how it translated so fluidly with my vision to include feathers in lieu of her eyebrows. It is truly a blessing to have a fellow artist like Nigit’Stil have full faith in my creative direction.
I hope you enjoy the creative vision for my series of images entitled “The weight of my wings”.
After our indoor portraits Nigit Stil and I ventured out into the brush of Yellowknife. I specifically wanted to have two very different styles within this photo-shoot. The first being a cascading entanglement of feathers and hair, and the second to be a magnificent nest of brown curls and feathers. I was very happy with the conversion that took no less than 5 minutes to pin up.
Is Nigit Stil not the most elegant example of Northern Beauty you seen? Her warm compassionate soul echoes through into each portrait I captured.
There is nothing greater than the last image of a session taking your breath away completely. This last portrait below was taken as I was disassembling my studio lighting, I saw this pose and took what is one of my most favourite creative portraits to date!
The flight to Chilliwack felt different this time for me; for the first time since moving to Yellowknife in January of this year, I had a sense of misplacement. I had three previous wedding photography engagements in BC that needed to be fulfilled between January and August, and each time I travelled back I’d say: “I’m coming home”.
This time however, something had shifted. As I sat in the terminal waiting for my flight out of the smoke-filled city of Yellowknife, I felt I was leaving home. I had finally settled into my new life in the North and was excited about the new season that is about to start for Stephanie Lauren Photography. Change of home aside, I was as excited as ever to make the trip to my true original home town to spend time with family and photograph my last summer wedding.
Back in January when Sheila and I spoke before my wedding we talked about her son’s upcoming marriage to his high school sweetheart, and in the end we were honoured to photograph unforgettable moments in each other’s lives.
Now, a little about the Bride and Groom:
Cody and Paige met in the seventh grade. Cody was smitten immediately, and eventually their friendship would blossom into a great love story that would produce the greatest addition to their life, baby Hunter.
Not even three months prior to the wedding Cody and Paige welcomed their beautiful baby boy into the world. Paige said to Cody during her vows, “you have already gave me the greatest gift of my life”. The sincerity of their love is humbling and the immense joy they share is infectious to those that surround them.
Thank you for sharing your story with me Cody and Paige!
The girls all gathered at Paige’s grandparents home, a beautiful and rustic loft-style home. I couldn’t have asked for a better backdrop to photograph the bridal preparations.
Cody and his groomsmen got ready at his parents’ new farm property, where the ceremony was to take place in the open field out back. Their shared moments of laughter and morning golf had them mischievous and playful for pictures.
You know these men are a group of confident athletes by their request to have a GQ shirtless group shot.
Cody’s mom Sheila was busy finishing all the last details of the decorations and food, but took some quality time to help her son get ready. If ever you could see the overwhelming love of a mother, it is surely in the embrace of her son on his wedding day.
Paige stood gazing at her dress, the moment was finally here, her forever was about to start.
Once they saw each other for the first time…
After their first look, Cody surprised Paige with a beautiful eternity bracelet; she held back happy tears and was beyond elated with his gift.
After Cody and Paige’s first look and bridal portraits, we headed back inside to cool down. Hunter was happily cradled in his grandma’s arms and everyone was excited for the group pictures.
The Ceremony and Reception were held at Cody’s parents’ farm, a beautiful property looking out on Mt. Cheam. Rustic hay bale seating made for a true country wedding in the warm community of Rosedale.
She was the joyful doe eyed cousin I grew up with on the farm at Nana’s, I was her older cousin but we played together just the same. Her family eventually moved away to Grand Prairie but we always stayed in touch when family came to visit.
Jon and Chelsea first met when she was just 16, as the years flew by she fell madly in love with him. True Alberta blood runs through both their veins and their destination wedding in BC was full of sentimental moments, including her Nana’s home where she got ready for the day.
I am so blessed to have been asked to photograph her wedding and I wish them a lifetime full of love and laughter together. Congrats Mr. and Mrs. Millwater.
I’m pretty sure my cousin Luke looks just like TinTin. ↓
Laura Muir is a close family friend who I have shared many laughs with throughout the years. After photographing her sons graduation 2 years ago; she had talked to me about the possibility of a private portrait session. As life often does; we both got busy and I eventually moved away. With the trip down this week she was adamant that we meet up and finally do the photo-session.
Laura is a constant joy to those who meet her, her humor livens any conversation, and her compassion is true to a fault. I was honoured to spend the afternoon with her, and overjoyed with the summer sun that glowed on her beautiful face!
I adore little ones, and the best part of Infant and Children photography is when they are related to you!
Ian’s cousin Morgan is the proud mommy of two of the happiest children I know. When Ian and I were married we had Dylan as our ring bearer, but Rayanna was still safely tucked away in mommy’s tummy; that didn’t stop Morgan from performing the most impressive 7 month pregnant Russian dance I have ever seen.
When I told family I was coming down to visit and photograph a wedding Morgan was the first to schedule a visit. I couldn’t wait to hold my newest “niece”. When I turned the camera on her she instantly lit up. In all my years I have never had a baby so joyful for an entire photo session. Dylan her older brother was having none of it, and it took a trip out to the back yard in the warm sun to liven his moods. I love these kids so much and I’m blessed to have had a long visit with them on this trip down to BC.
Ok, seriously, first picture taken and she was already all smiles! ↓
Dylan may have not agreed to a formal photo session, but I did take a candid while he played alongside his sister with his dinosaur ↓
Morgan may have brought enough outfit changes to put a catwalk to shame, but her favourite dress was “The little black dress”, and I couldn’t agree more ↓
When the formal pictures were over we ventured to the backyard for Dylan to stretch his legs and find adventure; and that he did ↓
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