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Happy New Year + Paris

We are looking forward to a great year (and a busy one!) and to photographing some amazing weddings!  One of the highlights of 2010 was our month-long trip to Italy and Paris.  We took thousands of photos; so many we haven’t had the chance to go through them all yet.  We’re planning on posting some of the highlights over the next few weeks but for now here’s a few to start off.  If you’re ever in Paris DON’T MISS this little bookstore full to the brim with new and used books (in English), and nooks and crannies for cozying up with a good book.

But first, thank you to all our couples of 2010.  May your first year together be better than you ever imagined

Lisa and Curtis, Stephanie and Nathan, Lloyd and Anoek, Terri and David, Alissa and Peter, Tanya and Jason, Stephanie and Frank, Jen and Jose, Katie and Mic, Tanya and Fred, Catrina and Jan, Ashley and Kyle, Khaylie and Randy,  Alicia and Rob, Matthew and Amanda, Shannon and Rob, Kristalynn and Trevor, Martine and Brett, Barb and Michael, Brenda and Marty, Laura and Randy, Jen and Blair, Brittany and Steve, Amy and Todd,  Willem and Bertine, Lance and Shannon, Pierre and Elise, Cliff and Jana, Shawn and Laura, Katherine and Rob,Shad and Gina, Jessica and Mike, Amber and Andrew, Jody and Ryan, Brittnee and Matt, Christy and Chris, Cheryl and Gordon,  Lauralee and Mitch, Amber and James, Paula and Chris, Rosalin and Peter, Katelyn and Phil, Alissa and Jake, Matt and Amber, Heather and Ian, Courtney and Mike, Jeanine and Ryan, Kim and Kevin, Larissa and Renee, Sheri and Mike, Josh and Jackie, Jennie and Dave, Mishauna and Kevin, Laura and Kevin, Nicole and Nick, Shannen and Vincent.

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ITALY – Cinque Terre & The Amalfi Coast

I won’t say much about this part of our trip, just that the photos don’t give the place justice.  It is impossible for us to convey the way your stomach lurches at the steepness of the rocky outcrops, the heat and humidity on your skin, or the tightness of the curves of the (crazy narrow!) roads.  We were amazed at the resourcefulness of the local people in finding the space to grow beautiful gardens and carry on their regular lives on the narrow terraces.  I hope you can see a glimpse of all this in our photos.  Grab a cup of coffee and get comfortable because there are a lot of them!

First there is the Cinque Terre, or “five lands”, on a remote part of the Italian Riviera.  The five villages are a maze of steep stairways and alleyways too steep for cars and are joined by trails along the coast.   This is the beach at Vernazza where we stayed for a few days.0043travel photogIMG_57620040travel photogIMG_5478z

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  • Jennifer Rodriguez-CruzJuly 16, 2010 - 12:01 am

    So amazing, guys. I have to say though, for me, there is just something about the closeup one of just the boats…ReplyCancel

  • michelle horsmanJuly 16, 2010 - 10:07 am

    So awesome you guys! Italy looks amazing! It makes me want to go there even more now. Great job as always!ReplyCancel

  • MichelleJuly 16, 2010 - 10:43 am

    I love the pics of the beach chairs and umbrellas. Might need a couple for my house… 🙂ReplyCancel

  • elizabethJuly 16, 2010 - 2:45 pm

    thanks for the comments ladies!ReplyCancel

  • Lynne (friend of Elise and Pierre)July 29, 2010 - 7:46 am

    absolutely beautiful pictures… and you did do the Amafli Coast justice… simply breathtaking… just like the place itself. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Alice McKInnon (APAC)August 22, 2010 - 4:28 pm

    Keep looking at these photos over and over…..I know I will go to Italy and Croatia soon. Please tell me what lenses you took with you and did you haul along a tripod? Would it be easy enough to rent a car for just a couple of days here and there? Did you have a car for Tuscany? How did you do the Amalfi Coast…on a bus? Enough questions for now!
    Alice McKinnonReplyCancel

  • adminAugust 22, 2010 - 8:27 pm

    Hi Alice,

    We took the 5D and 5D MarkII bodies and just some basic lenses since we were packing light. A 24-70, a zoom lens and no tripod. We did rent a car in Tuscany and the South of Italy and renting a car is easy although I wouldn’t recommend driving in other parts of the country unless you are brave and have someone to help you with signs. Most of the time we travelled by train and bus. The Amalfi coast is best by bus I think. You’ll love it there!ReplyCancel

  • […] we left the Amalfi Coast we decided to go south, away from the beaten path, and explore a little.  Up to this point […]ReplyCancel

ITALY – Venice

We came home from our month-long trip to Italy recharged and inspired, and with a ridiculous number of photos.  With no computer, no everyday chores and no deadlines, we travelled as much as possible and took photos -just for the fun of it- to our hearts content.   Now we are faced with the dilemma of going through thousands of photographs.

How does a little bit of Venice sound to start off with?

Venice is a maze of ancient alleys and waterways, a mix of old and new, fashion and history, with each narrow cobblestoned path leading to another, more intriguing, more colourful… and confusing. At one point we walked for over an hour only to find ourselves right back where we had started.  (If you ever visit Venice don’t go out without your map, especially at night!)  We had considered not going to Venice after we heard that it was touristy and maybe not really worth seeing but we’re glad we did.  Venice is heaven for a photographer and omg, we can’t help thinking that photographing a wedding in Venice would be incredible!  Our whole trip to Italy was sunny and hot with temperatures in the 30’s but the few days we spent in Venice were windy and stormy ones, so we put on our rain gear, covered our cameras as best we could and headed out.

A rainy day in Venice…

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The canals and old weathered buildings in Venice.

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  • JenJuly 11, 2010 - 4:28 pm

    These are stunning!!! Looks like an amazing adventure, and captured beautifully!ReplyCancel

  • Andrew DondoJuly 11, 2010 - 4:51 pm

    These are Truely AwesomeReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Rodriguez-CruzJuly 11, 2010 - 4:54 pm

    Looks like it was an incredible time away from home!Can’t wait to see more…ReplyCancel

  • Mike WoodJuly 11, 2010 - 5:20 pm

    Hey Mark; Brilliant pics. Looks like a great vacation. Quite a few I wouldn’t mind hanging on my wall. congrats….MIkeReplyCancel

  • Alice McKinnonJuly 11, 2010 - 6:05 pm

    these photos are stunning. There are so many places in this world I would still like to see and Italy is high on my priority list especially Venice.
    Alice
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  • michelle horsmanJuly 11, 2010 - 10:49 pm

    Stunning photos guys! Such diversity. Can’t wait to see moreReplyCancel

  • Jason BeattieJuly 12, 2010 - 12:49 am

    Brilliant work!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy EmpeyJuly 12, 2010 - 2:53 am

    Outstanding! I especially love seeing the photos of both of you. And I think a rainy day in Venice looks way better than a rainy day here. Incredible, and thank you both for sharing your trip with us!ReplyCancel

  • TanyaJuly 12, 2010 - 11:30 am

    Love the pictures!! So happy that you both had an amazing trip, these pictures make me even more want to go to Italy:)ReplyCancel

  • MichelleJuly 13, 2010 - 7:51 pm

    Love the umbrella pics.ReplyCancel

  • […] ITALY – Venice […]ReplyCancel

Michelle + Taylor [wedding part one]

It seems fitting that the last wedding we are posting this year is my own daughter’s.  Mark & I have met & photographed some great couples this season. It has been amazing to see each one of them begin their adventure together.  This year has been even more meaningful to us both as we watched our own children get married.  (See Taze & Blanche’s Love Story HERE).  It was priceless to be able to capture in our hearts and through our lenses a part of our own family’s history!

My oldest daughter Michelle met Taylor several years ago in Calgary.  Like Michelle, we loved Taylor from the minute we met him and it became obvious from the beginning that his family was very important to him.  M + T planned a weekend for an intimate wedding ceremony in Ucluelet on the west coast of Vancouver Island which included just our immediate family.  The time the 12 of us we were able to spend together begun the process of joining our two families into one, and we laughed, explored, remembered, and cried together.  We later held a  reception to share & celebrate M + T’s marriage with the extended family & friends.  Check back for the photos in our next post!

When we first arrived at the ocean front resort in Ucluelet , we were welcomed with gift baskets M + T had put together for each of us.  The location and the resort are both gorgeous!  T + M’s planned for us to take full advantage of the location and on the morning of the wedding the guys were off kayaking while the girls were treated to a pedicure at the Drift Spa before we headed to the beach for the wedding ceremony & photos.

               This chair belonged to Taylor’s mother Pat.  M + T included it in the ceremony in honour of her memory.

 The day ended with dinner at the Black Rock Resort Wine Cellar.

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masset – our trip

We just reposted B + T’s love story in Masset this summer.  See the full post here. Here are some of our personal photographs from the trip.  This random group of photos have the immense power to make us always feel good and bring back memories of an unforgettable adventure to a small town at the end of the road in the Queen Charlotte Islands.  If you ever go there you have to visit The Trout House for a meal, or just for coffee, or breakfast, or…any excuse will do.  Try out the cinnamon rolls on the way to the Blow Hole and, whatever you do, take the side roads.0094MASSETblog0089MASSETblog 0093MASSETblog0103MASSETblog 0101MASSETblog0105MASSETblog 0091MASSETblogus 9000100MASSETblog0092MASSETblog 0106MASSETblog 0090MASSETblog 0078MASSETblog0076MASSETblog 0074MASSETblogtextures 20075MASSETblog 0081MASSETblog 0072MASSETblog 0013MASSETblog0008MASSETblog0014MASSETblog0044MASSETblog 0110MASSETblog 0108MASSETblog 0068MASSETblog0069MASSETblogtextures 1

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  • tina macphailNovember 12, 2009 - 8:48 am

    Elizabeth, Truly inspiring photos. Makes me want to visit….I’d say that means you have achieved your goal of making these locations come to life through the lens.ReplyCancel

  • Carol KerfootNovember 14, 2009 - 11:09 am

    Thank you Elizabeth for the comment on my blog 🙂

    These images are beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • BlancheNovember 16, 2009 - 11:29 pm

    Mark and Liz,
    Awesome job, as per usual!
    I LIVE here, and these still make my heart happy! I’m glad you had a chance to come and visit. I can’t wait to see all the rest of the pics one day.
    I’ve shared the link with my friends, and the love the photos as well.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Rodriguez-CruzMarch 19, 2010 - 1:06 am

    Was just browsing through your blog, guys- love the texture shots in this post. And I love the sixth set up from the bottom of the misty tree and the walkway- breathtaking!ReplyCancel

  • adminMarch 19, 2010 - 2:16 am

    thanks ladies! makes me daydream of summer days…ReplyCancel

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