Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Jill & Dan | Langley, and Whiterock Engagement Photography

Jill and Dan contacted me after I photographed Erin & Lawrence's Green house wedding (as featured in Real Weddings Vancouver magazine). Erin's sister Lainey is friend's with Jill's sister Stephanie and so we decided to get together and all the planning went ahead. I had the pleasure of photographing these two last month in Langley and Whiterock.

These photos are definitely a tribute to vintage style, as I called Jill a couple hours before the session "Hey, I've got an idea - are you in?" and I got the go ahead, and so I strapped Martha Stewart's paper flowers to this giant tree in the Langley Park, laid out a blanket and so began our session and various accessories (Michaels for the wand "You Amaze Me"). Jill & Dan were such good sports about trying it out, and I completely fed off the energy they were giving. I can tell these two are in love. After giving the go ahead for location two - the Whiterock Library, we set up a more formal session there.

Here are a few of my absolute favourites from this session. I'm not sure if I'm going to keep going with the vintage approach, but I feel it worked out great for this styled session.










Friday, June 24, 2011

Friday - Date Night!

It's Friday, the day before. Lots of prepping happens today - from double checking all my gear, cleaning and various other fun photographer to do's. But after everything is packed away and ready for tomorrow's Wedding. My dress for tomorrow is neatly placed beside the bed, with my shoes. Somewhere in there is a call to Dayne to make sure he's ironed his shirt (he's going to get me for this lol). After everything is ready, then it's onto my Friday night date night with Verlon!

We like to keep a habit of a weekly date night, where we a - go for dinner, b - get take out (oh such rebels!), c - watch a movie at home or at the theatre. Last Friday we went for dinner at Browns in Langley, it's like a cactus club knock-off with better food I guess. But this week was different, we watched the sunset earlier in the week at Crescent Beach, the other night I wanted to do another walk-about at Rocky Point Park for tomorrow's wedding (i love adventuring with Ver). So tonight, it's movie night! When we're together I feel that all the mundane things are so much more "exciting" together. I feel like I sound like a school-girl talking about her crush. I'm sure if he was reading this he'd probably say something along the lines of "hunny, this is why I didn't want to date you when you were 16" or something like that heh (we didn't start dating till later). Having him around knowing that he's been around and seen me grow and change from that awkward teenage (c'mon we all were there once) to an adult now makes me feel like he understands me, my dreams, and my goals. He doesn't mind when I pull away for a minute or hour if I need to take a call and talk to a bride. Or if I'd like to get ahead on editing. 

But until then today will be filled with LOTS of replying to emails (yay, for happy new brides! holla!) and editing. You know your in Wedding Season when all you want to do is stay close to the computer and edit all these new pictures! 

Here's some still-images from our sunset watch at Crescent Beach this past week.



this capture was by Verlon, not bad right? I Love that he likes photography too!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Personal - Home Movie

I figure I've been neglecting one of the coolest elements of my camera - the fact it records in HD! So yesterday Verlon and I had a sunset walk on the beach and I recorded some video on our way there - home video's just got so much cooler! I thought I'd share a little personal home movie with you :)




First Day of Summer - Home Movie from Ashley Ferreira on Vimeo.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

It's finally Summer!

Today marks the official first day of summer, and today's weather was really a witness to that, I was just wishing I had a shoot today! I've been shooting so much recently it's been amazing - I feel so blessed (I feel like I'm overplaying that sentence). This year has been a year of tremendous growth, learning and so much reward. 5 years ago if you were to ask me where I'd be -- I truly never imagined here. Life has taken me where I feel I truly belong, and I've never been so in love with photography as I am right now. 

There's something I can't explain about being behind a camera and seeing other individuals shine in front of it. I'm often so amazed at how comfortable they are in front of my lens. Recently a lot of the shoots I've been doing have been engagement photos or weddings and each one feels so incredibly different. Obviously the couples all make it very different, but the experience and "feeling" is so different - it's like watching romantic movies every week. I feel pretty lucky that way -- I get to watch a romantic movie of stills with each session.

Before a wedding there is a lot of prep - the obvious; consultations with couples, getting to know them, their engagement sessions, and then all the other details (organizing locations, gear etc)... My personal way to get ready for a wedding shoot the couple days before is to listen to all things wedding music related... yes that's right Brides, I also get the jitters for your wedding! No, not nervous to photograph - just so excited to be apart of the day, I get in the moment with the music. "Going to the Chapel, and we're gonna get married..." (Going To The Chapel Of Love- The Dixie Cups). Classic - but there's better... Glee - "Marry Me" - really does get that ewwy gooey feeling going for weddings. Maybe I'm a sap but I love it.

In May before heading off to Cuba, I had the pleasure to photograph two beautiful women Debbi & LB (Linda-Beth). I had the honour of photographing their Wedding. It was an intimate Wedding with friends and family at Muse Winery in Victoria, B.C. (what an awesome location! on the inner inlet - not to mention the wine was delicious!). Debbi & LB found me while they were at home in U.A.E! We hadn't met before, and most of our conversing was via email prior to their arrival in Canada. I had such an amazing time photographing their wedding, and being apart of their day -- meeting all their friends & family and hearing about their lives pre & with each other at the reception during the speeches. As a photographer you really get to know your couple even on the day of! I wish them nothing but the best - and I hope one day I'll see you again in Canada!!!









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