Centennial Beach Surprise Proposal | Community Photography South Delta | Engagement Photos

If you LOVE proposal stories, this one is a goodie!

Mike and I go WAY back. Back to grade 4 playing soccer at English Bluff Elementary in Tsawwassen, then onto grade 8 where we would sneak cigarettes in the back ally between our houses. So, when he asked me to photograph the moment he proposed to his girlfriend Jordan, I was thrilled he thought of me for this milestone moment in their lives.

Mike, from the start, had a plan. He knew HOW he wanted his engagement to go and how to make it happen.

He contacted me while the ring was being made. He wanted the big moment to be captured on camera (smart guy!). The challenge? How do you plan a photo session without making your girlfriend suspicious that something’s up? AND if you know Mike, you would agree he isn’t the type who would randomly want photos done. So, what do you do? You contact your photographer friend (that’s me!) and make her put on a fake contest and rig the results! So that‘s what we did :)

When I ran the ‘contest’ on my Facebook page, Jordan (the beautiful bride to be) didn’t even enter! SO we had to default to Mike winning. Challenge number #2 now came. How to make him not seem eager to get the photos done? I had to contact Jordan and play the ‘Mike is being to hard to coordinate with, so Jordan you are now the one in charge’ card.

Side note - I felt guilty about running a contest that was rigged so I actually drew ANOTHER name of a REAL contestant and gifted her with a complimentary photo session :)

Prior to the photoshoot, Mike and I scouted out a perfect location at Centennial Beach. We decided that the code word for him to drop a knee was for me to say ‘the lighting is perfect!’.

The day of the shoot came. I arrived to Centennial Beach with a bottle of Champagne stuffed in my camera bag. *I* was so excited/nervous before the shoot, I can’t imagine how Mike was feeling! He was as cool as a cucumber though…

We took photos for about 15 minutes before we arrived at the location for the proposal. The lighting really WAS perfect so I said my ‘code word’ to let Mike know now was the time. Mike fiddled the ring out of his pocket and dropped a knee. Awwwww! I really wish I could hear what was said but I had my tele-photo lens and was far away. It must have been good because she said YES!

The rest of the shoot was popping bottles in celebration and toasting on the beach. This was a dream session for a photographer to be apart of! Pictures really do say a thousand words, and just look at their faces, they are beaming!

Mike and Jordan, I’m SO happy for you guys. Thanks for letting me capture this moment for you. You guys are the dream team together and I can’t wait for your wedding this summer. See you at volleyball on Tuesday :)

CENTENNIAL BEACH FAMILY PHOTOS | TSAWWASSEN | COMMUNITY PHOTOGRAPHY SOUTH DELTA

As a photographer, I like to think of myself as a natural light specialist. The light from the sun provides the creamiest dreamiest photos. I was super excited when I saw the McMartin family walking towards me in the Centennial Beach parking lot. They showed up for their family photos looking like a million bucks! Oh my goodness a photographers dream family! Taking photos in Boundary Bay at any Tsawwassen beach is my favourite. The reflection from the sand on skin tones is the best. We were super lucky to have the loveliest weather in Tsawwassen for their family photos.

5 Tips for your Spring Photoshoot

Hurray spring is FINALLY here! Spring in Delta is an amazing time to have your family photos done. The winter haze has lifted, the weather is getting better and the flowers are coming out. 

These 'tips and tricks' will help you prepare for your photo shoot. Tips from what to wear to how to prepare so your only job on photoshoot day is to be yourself, laugh a lot and let me capture photo's you will love forever. 

 

1.) Choosing a Time & Date

I love to begin all sessions 1-2 hours before the sunset during "the golden hour", when the light is the dreamiest. You can use an online- sunset calculator to determine the time of your scheduled sunset for the date and location you'd like to do your session. If you have younger kids you may consider early spring when the sun sets at an earlier time.

 

2.) Dress Up!

When it comes to wardrobe there is no such thing as being to dressed up. Ladies, always say yes to the dress! And men, closed toed shoes and fitted pants (no shorts!) photograph great.

Also, don't be afraid to have some fun! Have you ever wanted to rock a flower crown? Spring is the time! 

First Birthday Photos in Ladner

 

3.) Choosing Clothes

Springtime is perfect for softer, lighter tones and more neutral shades. Soft shades of pink and blues to compliment creams, whites, browns and grey. The soft colour palette fits beautifully into almost all natural outdoor environments.

Beach Grove Family Photo Session

 

5.) Location

This one is up to you! I use natural light so my first choice is outdoors in wide open natural spaces. Feel free to think outside the box! I encourage you to brainstorm unique locations or somewhere you may have special access to. In spring you may consider a farm, a field of flowers or somewhere with an incredible view. Take a few minutes thinking and you may be surprised with where you come up with!

Boundary Bay Maternity Photo Session

 

6.) Styling

If you would like to make your photos more unique and tell a bit of a story? Bring a little something extra! For spring think fresh flowers, a pretty blanket or picnic. You can incorporate larger items like a vintage bike or simple objects like a hat.

 

Ladner Portrait Session