Monday, August 3, 2015

「 sde 」ELNAZ & MOE

Just in time for their one-year, here's Elnaz & Moe's SDE. It starts near the end and loops back to the beginning. Full on lavish decor by Upright and then one of my favourite ring shots ever.

These are two lovely people! Loved by their friends, and now you too! Happy anniversary Elnaz & Moe!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

「 nde 」JENN & MATT

If there's a family I'd like to be adopted by, it's the Lams. Mom and dad Lam had three lovely children, who all inherited their father's knack for telling a good story. And who all grew up and hired Love Story Media to film their weddings! It was an honour to be able to tell their stories. It has been a blast to hang out with these folks three times over, and I'm kind of sad that it's over!

I met Matt for the first time on the day of the wedding. It takes a wonderful guy to match someone like Jenn, and that he is. You can see it in his eyes when he listens to her. Her world is his.

Lam weddings are an outpouring of love, thoughtfulness and togetherness. It's basically a group of friends and family who all love each other. Everyone seems comfy and at home. The handmade signs - beautiful calligraphy by Jenn herself - enhanced the homey feel.

Weather has been on everyone's mind here in Vancouver, with a giant cloud of smoke covering the city for over a week. Gradually, winds picked up and a bit of rain here and there started to clear the air. But Saturday July 11th was the day it really rained. But not all day. The weather cooperated. Just enough rain to clear the air, but of course not enough to put out the fire.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015


What a journey with these two! And to think, it was only a small part of theirs. Very excited to see what amazing things Jer and Steph will do in the future. I'm happy to count them as friends. Please take a look at their CONCEPT film here.

Monday, May 25, 2015

「 highlights 」CHETAN & JITENDER

Chetan is one of those people who voraciously takes on life and its many opportunities, and doesn’t ask himself, what type of person am I, but rather, what do I want to do today. He has tried almost everything. His favourite thing to do currently is to fly ultralights, and he is graduating to flying planes with engines. As he says, it’s nice to be able to land and take off again.

Has Jitender joined him on any flights? Not yet, he says. It’s something he hopes will happen in the near future. For now, she’ll keep their feet on the ground while he reaches for the stars.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

「 highlights 」POOJA & ANOOP

Life is not perfect; it takes hard work and tenacity to build the happy life you want. I've come to admire the people around me who never let up; who keep smiling even when facing tough challenges, and who know themselves and know they'll succeed. And who can do it all with humility.

This wedding was rained out. Pooja and Anoop chose a spectacular setting in Austin, Texas, and told me over our Skype conversations how gorgeous the Mandap would be. I was as excited as they were. But when the week of the wedding arrived, it was impossible not to look at the weather forecasts. Amish Solanki and I set out to shoot the location on the morning of the welcome party, but almost as soon as we started, dark clouds rolled in to obscure the Hyatt Lost Pines.

But as the video shows, the warmth between these two families is irresistible. We felt like family members and guests as much as hired cinematographers. And despite being indoors, every moment of the wedding was gorgeous, and we found some lovely light. The wedding planner Jo-Ann Schwartz scored a triumph by bringing the longhorn inside to kick off Anoop's barat.

And above all Pooja & Anoop pulled off the down home, Texas-flavoured wedding they had dreamed of. These are two people worth admiring, as much as they admire one another.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

「 highlights 」JENNY & FAN

Just one shot was set up in this video. I won’t have to tell you which it is. Right after shooting it, Fan asked my second shooter not to include it in the video. “Jenny won’t like it.” This was not communicated to me and it went in. Later I apologized, but Jenny said, “That HAS to stay in!”

Fan gets “revealed” to us quite quickly, but for Jenny, getting to know him was a long and wonderful process. She describes him as a treasure box. I'm sure there's even more for her to discover about this underwear model.

Mr. Treasure Box is a Porsche-sponsored racing driver who grew up on 90’s music. Jenny understands him well, but his musical tastes baffle her. I wonder who chooses the music when he drives her around?

Jenny and Fan knew exactly what they wanted from their video. Details, Vancouver scenery, and the Rolls, all with a romantic/fairytale feel.

Harumi Suzuki put this wedding together, and somehow had time help to coordinate the filming on top of everything else. I’ve said it before, but I do appreciate a fellow workaholic! This time, her “Dream Team” included photographers flown in from HK. They fell in love with Vancouver and told me they just wanted to stay.

That’s the reason for the first part of the video. It’s beautiful here. Especially when you’re in love.

Monday, December 22, 2014

ALYSSA & JASON º Circles of Life º

The Mitchell trilogy concludes!

I read some Jim Carrey tweets last night. Aside from being a hilarious person, he believes that in our lives we are only able to experience a fraction of existence. "As we get older, we feel smaller." I don't have children, but I imagine that having children - three amazing daughters let's say - brings home this truth.

(In case you haven't seen it, here's that other gorgeous Mitchell wedding, from Whistler BC.)

Luckily, as time passes, the Mitchell family keeps getting bigger! The circle grows. Thinking about this stuff can make you crazy, so it's nice to have some outstanding wine, whiskey and live music to remind you of the present moment. And someone with a camera to capture it all!

We are so grateful to the Mitchells for making us a part of their unforgettable celebrations. We feel like part of the family!