Jericho Beach Family Session

My main focus in any session is to tell a story, show the relationships between family and to get some great expressions. I have a short questionnaire that I get my families to fill in before their shoot to help me get to know them better and suggest ideas for their photoshoot. At the end of the questionnaire it says to bring along any other props that you would like to add to the session. Sometimes, I think people get a little stumped by the word ‘props’ and figure that the props have to be really big or elaborate when in fact they can be quite simple. In this session this family accesorized with some everyday items that helped to bring a lot of their own personality to the shoot. They brought a bow tie, a couple of hats, a colourful windmill, a slice of watermelon and some sunglasses. I always prefer it when people bring their own items as it always brings a more authentic feel to the images.

I had so much fun photographing this family and using all the items that they brought. This little one was so full of laughs and giggles. How adorable is he?! 

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Carly + Darin// Coal Harbour Community Centre Wedding

Last weekend Carly and Darin tied the knot at the Coal Harbour Community Centre. The views from this venue were unreal. It was such a stunning spot and the light that evening was incredible. We even had the luxury of taking some shots from the roof top during the ceremony which gave the ceremony images a different dimension.

Thanks for having me C+D… such a beautiful day!

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Jesse + Heather // Beautiful Backyard Wedding

When I first spoke to Jesse and Heather they were in Toronto; we actually meet for the first time over skype. These two are extremely sweet and incredibly ambitious. They took on planning two weddings in one summer, the first one in Toronto and this one in Vancouver for their Vancouver friends and family. I love all the details and the fact that each table was named after a place that they have either lived, loved from afar or travelled to.  

Thanks for having me be a part of your day!

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Shari + Bob // Jericho Lawn and Tennis Club Wedding

A little sneak peek for you….. can’t wait to show you the rest!

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Vancouver Pride Pool Party // #MLPP 2013

I was really excited to be a part of this. If only I could have stayed for the entire day! This was just the start of what looked to be a wild Vancouver Pride Party. Here is just a sample of the images from #MLPP 2013. For those of you who were at the event you will have access to an online gallery so that you can download the high resolution images and print them at your convenience. Gallery to come soon…. in the meantime find me on Facebook MCS Photo

Thanks for having me!

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Melissa + Dave // UBC Boathouse Wedding

Last time I saw Melissa and Dave it was November and we did their engagement shoot in the pouring rain. Fast forward to July and we had some of the most beautiful weather that Vancouver has seen in the last few years. The view at the UBC Boathouse was stunning and the ceremony was so intimate down on the dock. Here are a few photos from Melissa and Dave’s Wedding at the UBC Boathouse last Saturday. They are so sweet together and I think my favourite part of the evening was listening to Dave’s speach to his new bride. So sweet. Congrats again you two!

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Nick + Elli// Vancouver Engagement Session

Nick and Elli were visiting from Sweden last week so we celebrated their engagement with an early morning engagement session in Yaletown and Jericho Beach. Nick is originally from Vancouver so we wanted to incorporate some of the pretty Vancouver landscape, as these two will be getting married in Greece next year.

Congrats again to you both! More images to come soon…

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Celina + Garnet// Destination Wedding// Riu Palace, Cabo San Lucas

We travelled close to 4,000 kilometres to get to Cabo San Lucas for Celina and Garnet’s Wedding. There is always a lot of planning that goes into every wedding, however Celina and Garnet were planning their special day 3,908 kilometres away at a place that they weren’t familiar with. That’s tricky. Up until their big day I didn’t realize that most people who get married in exotic locations, like Mexico, have a faux ceremony and actually exchange their ‘real’ vows back where they live. However, Celina and Garnet didn’t want to do it that way. They wanted a real wedding in Mexico; afterall, that is what everyone travelled to see. A real Mexican wedding involved being in the country 4 days before the marrige, getting blood tests the day you arrive and having an array of notarized documents. (Just a few more things to add to the planning list!) Also, because it was a ‘real’ traditional ceremony, they had their vows read in Spanish as they weren’t allowed to change any of the wording. Celina’s dad then translated them in English for all the guests. It was really beautiful to hear them that way.

It was such an honour to be a part of this wedding as I have known Celina for quite some time and have got to know Garnet over the years. It was fun to have a week to celebrate with them as the wedding day always flys by so quickly. As you can see, it was a pleasure to shoot and all of their wedding planning was definitely worth it. They couldn’t have chosen a more beautiful backdrop for their big day.

Congratualtions to you both!

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Facetime with Robin! She couldn’t make it along to the wedding but wanted to be a part of the day and see Celina getting ready.

yup… still face timing with Robin! (and her mum)

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You can’t swim on the beach in Cabo because of the strong currents. We took a chance and went down to the waters edge and the bride and groom almost got swept away!

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Caught in the act stealing cake before it was even cut!

Congrats again C+G! I hope you are enjoying your honeymoon!

Tami Young// Headshots

I love photographing headshots for creative professionals. Tami Young is a graphic designer and the face behind my beautiful logo design. She wanted some new photos for her website as well as some images for different social media platforms.

All the headshots that I do are taken on location without a formal backdrop. I look at the clients website, business card and marketing material to create images that suit their branding. For Tami we wanted something bright and fun so I chose some colourful, bold backdrops and she brought a range of different outfits and accessories. I love it when my clients bring extra clothing options that they can layer their outfit with. Things like scarves, belts, cardigans, blazers and jewellery can be added or taken away quickly to completely change the look of the image. Plus, it is easier to swap out a cardigan or scarf than it is to change your whole outfit. I also suggest to wear a little more make-up than normal or to get your make-up applied by a professional make-up artist. This will really help to polish your look. My headshot sessions start at $225 + tax. Email me at melissaskoda@mcsphoto.net for more details.

Sneak Peek// Kerry + Norm // East Vancouver Engagement Session

It had been threating to rain all day and as soon as I got into my car the raindrops started hitting the windsheild. I met Kerry and Norm on Commercial drive and the rain seemed to have subsided when I arrived. (Yes!) Nothing better than a cloudy evening engagement session. Kerry + Norm used to live on the Drive and as we travelled along to each spot, they kept running into their friends along the way and telling me the best spots to find delicious treats. I will definitely have to come back to try some of their suggestions! We did half the session on the drive and then headed to New Brighton Park to do some lovely portraits with the mountains. Thanks for a super fun engagement session K+N! More soon…. 

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