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Christine & Collin-Tracy Connery Invermere wedding photographer

ChristineCollin-Tracy Connery Invermere wedding photographer

ChristineCollin-Tracy Connery Invermere wedding photographer

ChristineCollin-Tracy Connery Invermere wedding photographer

ChristineCollin-Tracy Connery Invermere wedding photographer

ChristineCollin-Tracy Connery Invermere wedding photographer

ChristineCollin-Tracy Connery Invermere wedding photographer

ChristineCollin-Tracy Connery Invermere wedding photographer

ChristineCollin-Tracy Connery Invermere wedding photographer

ChristineCollin-Tracy Connery Invermere wedding photographer

ChristineCollin-Tracy Connery Invermere wedding photographer

ChristineCollin-Tracy Connery Invermere wedding photographer

ChristineCollin-Tracy Connery Invermere wedding photographer

ChristineCollin-Tracy Connery Invermere wedding photographer

ChristineCollin-Tracy Connery Invermere wedding photographer

ChristineCollin-Tracy Connery Invermere wedding photographer

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ChristineCollin-Tracy Connery Invermere wedding photographer

ChristineCollin-Tracy Connery Invermere wedding photographer

ChristineCollin-Tracy Connery Invermere wedding photographer

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ChristineCollin-Tracy Connery Invermere wedding photographer

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ChristineCollin-Tracy Connery Invermere wedding photographer

ChristineCollin-Tracy Connery Invermere wedding photographer

ChristineCollin-Tracy Connery Invermere wedding photographer

ChristineCollin-Tracy Connery Invermere wedding photographer

ChristineCollin-Tracy Connery Invermere wedding photographer

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ChristineCollin-Tracy Connery Invermere wedding photographer

ChristineCollin-Tracy Connery Invermere wedding photographer

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Ohhhhhhhhhhh… and the rain, it just seems to go on and on and on and on.

This June wedding fell just after the lovely heatwave, kicking off our new Rocky Mountain rainy season!

However, entirely nonplussed, Christine finished her last preparations to walk down the aisle as though she hadn’t a care in the world.  The plans to ride to the Natural Bridge site by of Kubota via the trails of Nipika Mountain Resort were going ahead as scheduled, despite the rain that seemed ready to settle in for the day.

But wouldn’t you know it… Mother Nature stepped in to ensure that Christine and Colin were able to tie the knot, in this glorious spot overlooking the Kootenay River, without the need for cover of an umbrella.

And so it remained for the rest of the day.  A fantastic day, with all said and done. Nipika Mountain Resort provided the world class venue, which we were able to enjoy thoroughly for portraits, thanks to Marnie and her trusty Kubota.

If the mood at a wedding is any indication of the marriage to follow, things look pretty darned good for Christine and Colin.  Laid back, relaxed and taking things as they come with cool aplomb!

Oh… and tremendous catering compliments of From Scratch A Mountain Kitchen in Fairmont!

 

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Laura and Brian- tracy connery photography Engagement photographer

Laura and Brian- tracy connery photography Engagement photographer

Laura and Brian- tracy connery photography Engagement photographer

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This recent engagement session was just so much fun for several reasons… first, during the course of a wedding season I work with Laura many times; two, there was a puppy; and, three… we got to shoot in a wonderfully unique local business in Invermere, Arrowhead Brewing Co.!

There’s something cool in every corner and the shop provided us with a very cool backdrop to introduce Laura and Brian as almost married couple… who love beer! Not to mention, it’s a pretty perfect location for my style of photography which tends to be more of the vintage-y persuasion.

So much fun!

To follow… perfect light at Eagle Ranch Golf Course.  Where we got to enjoy a great evening showcasing not only the love and friendship of Laura and Brian, but also that of young Nash… with his beloved stick!

Oh… Happy Canada Day!

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Such a lovely afternoon recently for a family portrait session with photographers Lisa & Davin and their precious, precious little Lyric!  Oh, and Oscar, too!

It’s always hard for parents of ‘kids of a certain age’… balancing their own expectations of what might be achieved for family portraits and those more important, and far more pressing, expectations of the little ones!

Lyric arrived fresh from a snooze and fresh from all the excitement, activity and thrown schedule a weekend of family fun, and freshly passed on sickness from beloved cousins entails.  But, being a total trooper and, in true toddler fashion, allowed to simply be herself, enjoy her favourite stuffed toy and play with her best buddy Oscar, all is pretty much just swell with the world!

Oh… and there’s really nothing that beats swings with mom and dad and being tossed around!  Throw in a snack of fresh fruit and it’s all good!

Look at this little munchkin!  So sweet and full of little girl energy and life… everything that will make her a great big sister to the new bundle soon on its way!

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This post makes me just so happy!

I was so excited to photograph this Invermere family, Karen, Steve, Liz and Anna, after so much time… I think we figured eight years or so since they last had their family portraits taken.

As avid hikers and outdoors people, the view was important, Chisel Peak, in particular.  We found the perfect location to ensure all of the requirements were provided for, including my need for shade and a little rickety old architecture to boot!

In addition to the perfect valley scenery, there’s nothing like an outdoor loo for the perfect backdrop.

What a wonderful, crazy and just a tad bit scary time of life for this family… one daughter graduated university and considering next steps, the youngest graduating high school and off on the next leg of her exciting journey.  Wow!  Beautiful grown women in the blink of an eye!

This is just one of many reminders I’ve experienced recently… time seemed to go in slow motion with little ones and so much was taken for granted.  Now, with kids transforming into adults before our very eyes, the time literally flies!

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaagggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!

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cuba travel film photography

cuba travel film photography

The beauty of being a bit of a disaster on the organization front… not to mention a bit of a procrastinator is when I finally got around to sending away to the lab a small fortune in film, it was darned near like Christmas when I discovered the box of pictures had arrived in my mail box!

It also lets me revisit one of the best vacations I’ve had in recent memory all over again!

Havana is such an incredibly beautiful and vibrant city.  The architecture, albeit a little crumbly, the colourful history, the old cars, of course, and most certainly, the people. It’s easy to be charmed by the feeling of stepping back in time, regardless your politics.  As we are all aware, the country, and culture, is in for some significant changes over the coming years where they decide how to proceed with increasing investment and development.  How do they balance the simplicity and charm that is so appealing with the free market consumerism they are all so ready to embrace.  Right now, rather than lined with restaurants, hotels and nightspots, Havana boasts one of the most understated ocean fronts probably anywhere. The Malecón is known as a place to hang out, gather with friends and fishing more than anything else.  And, as a pretty seasoned tourist, it was such a pleasure to encounter nary a Starbucks, Señor Frogs or Hard Rock Cafe.  No McDonalds.  It was nearly impossible to find a Coke, in fact.  It was fantastic!

However, you learn pretty quickly that the people are savvy to the impact of tourist dollar and, whether it’s your bike taxi driver or the charming little old lady with the cigar planted strategically between her lips, Cubans have found their own creative, and honestly, in some cases, exploitive ways to take a little bit more of the pie than their system affords them.

And, it’s hard to blame them.  Why shouldn’t they want what we have?

This first trip to Cuba was, indeed, an education.  I learned how to best get around, where to eat, where to hang out for an afternoon drinking the best daiquiris while enjoying great music and people watching… and, to make sure I’m always stocked with plenty of smaller bills so as to get more people portraits.  I SO, SO, SO look forward to my next trip, ideally before the inevitable influx of western consumerism….

As for the picture taking… Cuba doesn’t get any better!  I feel like I didn’t do nearly enough.

But, I’m so glad I brought film.  I LOVE film photography!  I prefer the colour quality.  I love that I can over-expose a tinge to enjoy my lovely pastel tones, but still keep my highlights.  And I love the ease of the post-processing… ahem – there is none!!

Seeing these makes me so very happy that I bothered to schlep around two cameras.  It also makes me want to go back.

Tomorrow!

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