Tuesday 21 April 2015

April Weddings 2015

So this April I did something I've never done before, twice.
I was the main photographer at two weddings.
Luckily both were family weddings so there didn't seem to be as much pressure, or maybe it was that there was more support around.

NOTE: This is just a selection of photos I took, not the full edit.  I also had permission from both couples to post.

Wedding #1 - Outdoor garden wedding in Pittsburgh (Mel and Sarah)
I took photos of some of the "getting ready" activity along with the ceremony, family and friends and the post-ceremony shin-dig.

Wedding #2 - Church wedding in Newfoundland - Wince and Ruby
I photographed the ceremony with specific limitations (entry down the aisle, rings, kiss, registry and man and wife).  I also had just over 30 minutes to do all the couples requested family photos before getting a break between that and the reception.

I now understand why it takes wedding photographers a few weeks to get all the photos edited.  I tried to do it in one day and then shared them with family/friends via dropbox.

I learned a lot and have a better appreciation for my work.


Wednesday 1 April 2015

365 - April 2015

I think my trip to Orlando in February spoiled me and now I'm completely craving warmer temperatures and to just be able to open my windows (house and car). So, hopefully April will bring the end to everyone being sick with head colds and such and bring the start to health and sunshine.

Things to look forward to in April:
- The S U N
- Easter, along with the pastel colours and egg hunts
- My favourite 10-year-old's birthday party (the 18th)
- The return of Orphan Black (the 18th)
- My first foray into wedding photography (the 11th)
- A quick weekend trip to NFLD to attend a family wedding (the 18th)
- and more.....

April 1, 2015 - Rosie Riveter is no joke. The all girls team from Calvin Park Public School, Grace MacArthur, left, Clare Mouncey, Gabby Coens and Lydia Beckwith, work on their model home during the elementary construction challenge at the Limestone Skills Competition at St. Lawrence College
April 2, 2015 - Cassidy Pilutti's Grade-3 french immersion class at Ecole Sir John A. Macdonald Public School is participating in their second Mystery Skype challenge in Kingston, Ont. on Thursday April 2, 2015. Students have to work as a team to generate questions and research the answers to figure out the mystery location of the other class before they figure out where the local Grade-3 class is location in the world.
April 3, 2015 - Friends Colby Currie, left, and Gabrelle Stratford sit on one of the benchs in Confederation Basin in Kingston, Ont. on Good Friday for some fresh air and to watch the fog roll in
*EXTRA* April 3, 2015 - Some kingstonians take advantage of the warmer weather and go for a walk along the Waterfront Trail on Good Friday to get some fresh air and watch the fog roll in
April 4, 2015 - A robin gets a lunchtime worm
*EXTRA* April 4, 2015 - The new universal hotshoe I needed to make my new pocket wizards work with my personal and work cameras
April 5, 2015 - Easter Sunday family meal (plus tofurky for Mel)
*EXTRA* April 5, 2015 - Miqa's belated birthday cake.  The birthday boy gets the first few licks of the dog friendly cake before sharing with his siblings.
April 6, 2015 - close up of my new fancy top
April 7, 2015 - Waterfront pathway near work
*EXTRA*April 7, 2015 - I live by the water
April 8, 2015 - Water and light
April 9, 2015 - reflections in raindrops
April 10, 2015 - Arriving in Pittsburgh
April 11, 2015 - Personalized cake toppers
*EXTRA* April 11, 2015 - The newlyweds
*EXTRA* April 11, 2015 - Ki, the ring bearer, was the a member of the wedding party
April 12, 2015 - awesome breakfast at the HI Express, so many options besides eggs
April 13, 2015 - proper kitty
April 14, 2015 - Pocket Buddy - students from Madeleine-de-Roybon made 140 of them that will be heading to Kenya this month.
April 15, 2015 - Students at Archbishop O'Sullivan Catholic School, dressed in red and white, sing the national anthem during a recording session on Wednesday. The school is one of 82 selected to participate in the national Hometown Proud program to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Flag.
April 16, 2015 - Kendra Pople-Easton opens a box to release a red-tailed hawk that she rescued after it had been struck by a car in December 2014.  After spending four months recovering at Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre the hawk was returned to the wild off Division Street in Kingston.
April 17, 2015 - Lining up at the gate in YOW, on our way to the rock
*EXTRA* April 17, 2015 - a sign of things to come... tomorrow
April 18, 2015 - Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Vivian
*EXTRA* April 18, 2015 - the exchanging of the rings
*EXTRA* April 18, 2015 - a beautiful church in Upper Gullies
*EXTRA* April 18, 2015 - The happy couple with their granddaughters
*EXTRA* April 18, 2015 - The happy couple
April 19, 2015 - Peek-a-boo, cool dude in her shades
*EXTRA* April 19, 2015 - a daughters gift
April 20, 2015 - heading home... to more snow
*EXTRA* April 20, 2015 - heading home... to more snow
April 21, 2015 - J.J. O'Neill Catholic School Grade-3 students, Blake Dowling, left, and Karter Brett hold up their nationally recognized photos. Dowling won the Elementary Challenge and Brett received an honourable mention as part of the fall 2014 Roberta Bondar School Challenge.
*EXTRA* April 21, 2015 - Spring rapids in Napanee
April 22, 2015 - almost didn't see him/her until the flash caught his/her eye
April 23, 2015 - Researchers and Queen's University faculty Richard Oleschuk, left, Graham Gibson, and Rob Knobel check out some of the equipment in the clean room of the new Kingston Nano-Fabrication Laboratory located in Innovation Park. The $50 million facility is state-of-the-art with the doors officially opening on Friday.
April 24, 2015 - Bella's posture when watching TV with me
April 25, 2015 - surprising sunset
April 26, 2015 - the biggest coke float I've seen in a while
*EXTRA* April 26, 2015 - signs of spring. Can you see the buds?
*EXTRA* April 26, 2015 - the buds of spring, finally
April 27, 2015 - looks like tomorrow will be a nice day
April 28, 2015 - Jardin'Art: Art in the Garden project
*EXTRA* April 28, 2015 - Laura Moreland, with her piece Three Windows, is one of the 12 local artists participating in the Jardin'Art: Art in the Garden project starting in Kingston, Ont. on Tuesday April 28, 2015. Following the successful Froid'Art ice project, organizers are hoping to create an on-going art collaboration with local businesses and help promote Kingston's artist community.
April 29, 2015 - Matt Kirby, left, Nick 'Pickins' Patterson, Ryan Gollogly and Aidan Campbell, seen here at Sir John's Public House on Wednesday April 29, 2015, are members of the local band Goldwing who will be playing in the HomeGrown Live music festival in Kingston, Ont.
April 30, 2015 - just a little tower restoration
to be continued in 365 - May 2015

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