A special trip to Arizona…

My wife Priscilla and I were headed to Chinle, Arizona to shoot a traditional Navajo wedding but the day we were leaving it was postponed due to a death in the grooms family. Even though it was distant and no one in the close family knew the person, Navajo tradition says there are no ceremonies within 30 days of a death in the family. I think it’s amazing that they still follow tradition when it comes to things like this because these days it seems everyones schedules and individual lives are more important than tradition and what the older wiser generations have to teach. But in the new world of internet travel purchases our tickets were none refundable. Cynthia and Daniel were still planning the family camping trip into Canyon De Chelly, so they invited us to come along and shoot anyway. We spent two days camping on Daniel’s land in the canyon which was a powerful experience and we were incredibly lucky to be apart of it. Everyone we met on the camping trip were the most genuine, open and interesting people. Being out in the canyon away from distractions is probably the best way to get to know a group of people in a short amount of time. Daniel built a medicine wheel at the back of his property up against the wall of the canyon. It’s basically a circle of rocks set out on the ground with a pattern that is meant to harness spiritual power. It’s symbolic of peaceful interaction between all human beings and represents the circle of life. You walk into the wheel in a certain direction and end facing each other in the circle. It was the perfect experience for the first night of everyone being together and impossible to explain the energy that we experienced. We shot photos of the beginning of this ritual and then joined in later. Priscilla and I both felt so fortunate to be welcomed in and lucky to be present to that experience, words really can’t describe.

The second day we went to the home of the woman who wove Cynthia’s wedding dress. She’d spun the wool from her sheep and coloured it with wild plants from the area. It was the first time Cynthia had seen it complete and no doubt the wedding in September is going to be incredible.

We spent two days as part of the group shooting everything we experienced and capturing the moments and interactions between the group. We are so grateful to have been apart of this weekend, the people we met and the experiences we had are memories for life. Thank you Cynthia and Daniel for inviting us to be apart of your wedding and bringing us along for your family trip. You and everyone we met that weekend are unique and amazing people.

Fraser River Lodge Wedding Photography

Such an amazing weekend! I have to say that one of my favorite thing about shooting a wedding is to connect with new people and to be a part of such a special day…

So much happens in a short amount of time, and being there every step of the way feels like I actually get to know these people.

This wedding was at Fraser River Lodge, just outside of Vancouver. The lodge is directly on the shore of Fraser River with the view of Mount Cheam with Buffalo roaming in a pasture along the river. The energy there is pretty incredible.
Priscilla came with me to help style and shoot second angle, it really helps to have no moment go unmissed. We had so much fun shooting with Kahe and Josh, they were super open about goofing around and just being themselves, which made it so easy for us to capture who they are. Kahe actually picked out the waterfall spot and took the steep hike up in her wedding dress, it was pretty awesome.

Priscilla and I are really stoked to have been a part of it all! Thanks again Kahe and Josh for this amazing experience, we’ll never forget it.

Sasha Eillenna Jewelry 

I just finished up shooting the catalog for Sasha Eillenna Jewelry and I wanted to share her jewelry cause I think it’s got really good style. My wife wears it all the time. Sasha is based out of Squamish with her bulldog Bready. Check out her website at sashaeillannajewelry.com

Using Format