Rachel & David were referred to me by a fabulous mutual friend. They are getting married this summer in Kelowna, and needed a photographer to capture the day. I include free engagement sessions for all of my wedding couples, but the trouble was, they live in White Rock, BC, and I live in The Kootenays-- about 750km apart. Fortunately, we were able to make it work! I make a trip back to my hometown of Vancouver about twice a year & I was able to squeeze in a session with these beautiful people during one such visit. I'm so glad that our circles were able to overlap and we got this done! Working with wedding clients at least once before their big day is advantageous for everyone.
Rachel and David aren't just celebrating their upcoming wedding. They're also celebrating the addition of Baby #1. How fun to include their older son, & Rachel's growing bump into this Engagement-turned-family-turned-maternity session on White Rock Beach. I am so looking forward to their big day this summer!
You know what I love? Couples who aren't afraid to be a little bit silly and have some FUN! Troy & Danika are just that couple. When we met a few months ago to chat about their wedding they mentioned several times how important it was to them that their big day, above all else, be relaxed & fun. So it was only natural that their engagement session (held at snowy, off-season, RedStone Golf Resort, in Rossland BC) be much of the same!
They brought along their fabulous dog Cinder, a couple sleds, and a willingness to get their pants & boots absolutely full of snow. Fun we most certainly had! A hilarious, botched sledding attempt turned into a snowball fight while Cinder bounced joyfully around us. The laughter and smiles came naturally and easily for everyone.
Thanks Danika and Troy (and Cinder!) for being so wonderful and being willing to step outside the box a bit and make this session your own. I absolutely cannot wait until your big day in August!
Newly engaged Tara and Taylor came to me in mid December inquiring about wedding coverage and an engagement session. This fabulous Albertan couple fell in love with the Kootenays while visiting a friend in Nelson and it was love at first sight. They are now not only scoping it out as the location for their 2017 wedding, but also as a potential future place to call home.
It is easy to take where you live for granted, but in meeting & chatting with Tara and Taylor I was reminded of how fortunate I am to call this beautiful corner of of the planet Home. Our hot, relaxing summers give way to colourful, crisp falls. Our falls turn into snowy, pristine winters, which melt seamlessly into lush, green springs. Each of the four seasons here in the Kootenays is absolutely stunning. How lucky we are!
Tara and Taylor are still in the beginning stages of wedding planning and have a long way to go before their big day starts to materialize, but I so hope that Wanderlust Photography is a part of the plans. They were such a blast to work with-- nothing but genuine smiles and laughter. I have no doubts that their wedding will be an event to remember.
Congratulations, you two!
October is, by far, my busiest month for Family Portraits-- and for good reason!! The colours are beautiful, the weather (as long as it's not raining) is cool and comfortable, and Moms get to wear their favourite boots and scarves. Oh, and the photos go pretty darn well in the annual family Christmas cards, too!
The G* Family and I met up in Trail's beautiful Gyro Park for a little adventuring. When shooting little ones in the 12-24 month range, you never quite know what you are going to get. As a photographer I have to be willing and able to go with the flow and think on my toes. The G* family's adorable little girl certainly made me work for my shots, but that only makes the ones that turned out well all the sweeter! I also have to say that I am suffering from some serious toddler wardrobe envy, and want to know where I can find those boots and that coat in my size-- just precious!
How adorable is this little family? The K* family contacted me after seeing my work on Facebook. When discussing locations for their shoot, I had mentioned Castlegar's Kinnaird Park, and as it turns out, that is the very spot where Mom & Dad got married! It's always ideal for a location to hold some sentimental and emotional significance, so Kinnaird Park it was!
These guys were such troopers following me all around the park-- in and out of soggy under growth, and pretending to ignore the growing cold. As it tends to happen in the Fall months, our session required a reschedule before we were able to meet up and make the magic happen. However, that doesn't mean the weather was sunny and warm! We had a nice, crisp fall afternoon after several days of rain, & the ground was anything but dry. These three did not let it phase them though! I am so thankful to have clients who trust my vision and aren't afraid to get their boots a bit dirty. I am also very thankful for charismatic little girls who keep us grown ups laughing and on our toes the whole session. Always a treat!
I've said it before, and I'll say it again:: Autumn is my absolute favourite season for Family Portraits. The weather can be a bit tricky, and sometimes a reschedule (or two!) is needed, but when the weather is good, it's real darn good.
The W* Family and I recently met up for a little river-side portrait session on an absolutely perfect Fall afternoon. We could not have asked for better weather! I was privileged enough to shoot this family when they brought their little boy, Callum, home from the hospital... and it was a pleasure to see him again just a few months before his 2nd birthday. It's always humbling when families trust me again and again to capture the important moments in their lives. It's certainly not something that I take for granted!
Thanks to the W* family for another fabulous session, and thanks to the weather for cooperating!
Michelle contacted me in September looking to bring to life a portrait session that she had been imagining for herself and her two beautiful girls. She wanted something rustic and natural, with that warm autumn glow, where the landscape featured as much as they did. After brainstorming a few location possibilities, we settled on Castlegar's Millennium Park. I've shot at Millennium Park several times before, but I never tire of it's gorgeous rustic setting, variety of scenic backdrops, and accessibility to town. It really can't be beat!
We spent about an hour exploring the park together, and doing our best to make Michelle's dream photo shoot become a reality. It was such a treat working with older kids who are comfortable with the camera, and understood our goal. What fabulous young ladies! I hope that I did Michelle's vision some sort of justice!
With that, I wrap my 2016 wedding season, and I can't imagine a better note to end it on!
Brittany & Robin's Cranbrook, BC wedding was absolutely stunning. Held on the shores of Wasa Lake at Brittany's family's lake house, this wedding was rustic elegance at its finest. Just because your wedding is held in the backyard of a place you consider a second home, doesn't mean you have to sacrifice grace and class-- and Brittany and Robin reminded us of that throughout their entire day.
This event is also proof that you do not need a full year to put together a wonderful wedding! Brittany and Robin planned their big day in just three short months (thanks to the help of a few very exceptionally dedicated, & hard working family members). You absolutely never would have guessed it however, as no detail seemed to be over looked. From the absolutely stunning flowers, to the charming centre pieces, the delicious dinner, to the s'more station, bonfire, and fireworks this wedding wowed from start to finish in that laid-back, easy way that only "backyard" weddings seem to be able to.
Here's to backyard weddings! Here's to short engagements! Here's to Brittany and Robin! And here's to my fabulous 2016 season!
Rebecca and Matthew's gorgeous RedStone Golf Resort wedding made me fall in love with Autumn Weddings all over again. The colours, the mild temperatures, the moody skies, and even the little bit of rain- it all came together perfectly for their enormously atmospheric nuptials.
I'll admit-- when I initially saw the weather forecast for their wedding day, I was a bit bummed. But I ran out and tracked down some clear umbrellas, and decided that a bit of precipitation was not going to ruin our fun! And it didn't! Their crew of 4 bridesmaid and 4 groomsmen were smiling and laughing the entire day, and every guest in attendance was just so filled with love and support for these two beautiful people (and their fabulous dog Odin!) that the rain was a complete non-issue.
I had the honour of spending just a few hours with this beautiful couple on their big day, so we needed to make every minute count. They invited me along for their touching ceremony, and then a portrait session to follow. RedStone, as usual, did not disappoint and provided the perfect ( if not soggy) backdrop for our session. It just goes to show that you do not need 12 hours of wedding day coverage to get some great images.
Congratulations to this charming, hilarious, down to earth, and kick-ass couple. You two were such a pleasure to work with! May you continue to not be phased by a bit of rain, and find joy even under cloudy skies.
This wedding season has been pretty amazing, you guys. These Kootenay brides. These Kootenay venues. This Kootenay landscape. This Kootenay weather.... It's been such a great year for me, and Tyler & Raycene's rustic-glam riverside wedding was the icing on the cake.
With amazing vision and hard work, Tyler and Raycene took what is usually a pretty standard issue outdoor picnic area and transformed it into the stuff that wedding venue dreams are made of. Their glamorous, yet still rustic & cozy touches, permeated every corner of the Birchbank Picnic Grounds in a way that I couldn't have ever possibly imagined! No detail was over looked from the warm guestbook & welcome table- adorned with the wedding photos of their beloved grandparents- to the rustic centre pieces, and absolutely precious cake. Their nearly 200 guests sat amid countless strings of twinkling white lights, as they toasted the newly wed couple and celebrated their love.
While I was off with wedding party snapping photos, guests were treated to a cocktail hour of the century! With the bar wide open, folks were invited to partake in lawn games (bocce & corn hole, anyone?) & so much laughter.
Joining me at Tyler and Raycene's wedding was a small entourage of some of my most talented photographer friends. I am so grateful to Lexy Parks Photography, By Mari Photography, and Abbie Rose for lending their talent, time, and love to this event. I don't usually travel with a crew of +3.. but somehow the stars aligned just right and our creative forces were able to collide.. & the results? Well, I think the results are pretty darn awesome. But I'll let you be the judge of that. Enjoy!
32-years-young, Tamara Boden is a Family Portrait & Wedding Photographer out of 'The Kootenays' region of south-eastern British Columbia. She loves being right, going on adventures, snuggling her dogs & husband, roadtrips, indie/off-beat weddings, chubby babies and making people laugh. When not behind the camera or at her computer, you will find Tamara planning her next big trip, seeking out the perfect cup of coffee, and counting all of her infinite blessings. Thanks for stopping by!