Monday, May 6, 2013

Finding the Perfect Location

Spring is finally in the air!  It’s that time of year, couples are busy anticipating their engagement sessions, leading up to their even more exciting weddings!  Today we want to discuss the importance of location for your photo sessions, and why we like to have a hand in that decision. 

Every client is different.  We have couples who have very specific ideas of where they would like their photos taken.  We have couples who have NO idea where they’d like their photos taken.  And then we have couples who have a few ideas, but are open to us helping them, by taking these ideas and making them work photographically.  We embrace every type of couple, but don’t hold back with our opinions.  We’ve been hired by you to produce the most beautiful photos possible and that means helping you find locations that lend to that.  

So what are some of the key things we look for when searching for your perfect photo shoot locations?  Here are a few...

  1. Light, light, light.  The MOST important thing in photography is light.  This could be natural light, flash, or studio lighting.  We are natural light photographers when ever possible.  During our portrait sessions we seek out the best lit locations, either nice even open shade, or a beautifully back lit spot.  
  2. Background.  We want YOU, the subject of the photo to BE the subject of the photo.  We like to avoid busy backgrounds when ever possible.  We love natural settings, like open fields, forests of trees, wild grass or bright green lawns.  When searching for buildings we like both bright colors or muted walls, but nothing so busy it takes over the photograph.  We love lines, and things that add architectural interest.  We want you to be the focal point, and strive to have the background compliment that. 
  3. Time of day.  This goes along with light really.  We like to shoot at a time of day where the sun is in our favor.  We try to avoid mid day sunshine where the sun shines directly from above casting shadows under your eyes and chins and causing you and your wedding party to squint in every photograph.  

These are a few of the keys to finding a great location.  We love when our clients ask for help and advice and trust our knowledge to find the hidden gems to make their photos unique. As photographers when we're out and about in our lovely province our eyes are always scanning for that next great photo location, so while you might be stumped on where to take your pictures chances are we have a list of location to suit many different styles!

Here's a tour of some of our favorite locations!
Kara & Becky

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Beauty of Hand Painted

As a designer I love mixing mediums - different papers, printing options like letterpress, screen printing, foiling, engraving and mixing in my love of painting with my designs.

When a client approaches me about hand painted invitations I say absolutely we can!  This doesn't mean hand painting 200 invitations although I very well could do that for a client if they asked.

The process begins with a discussion with my clients about their theme, their colors, the styles they like and then taking that discussion and translating it into an initial sketch.  I sketch out several ideas with pencil before I lay down any color and discuss again with my client to see if this is the direction they were wanting to go.  Once the sketch is approved I begin the fun part - adding in color!

The end result is a beautiful one-of-a-kind work of art!


Monday, April 22, 2013

Why Film?

I often get asked, why... why are you still shooting film in a digital era? Technology is advancing so fast and with all the digital cameras hitting the market so frequently, I know it may seem a little ironic that film would still exist and be a choice of medium for photographers in this day and age. The truth is, I love film, and I can't shoot enough of it. I have shot film my whole life. Film is truly at the heart of my photography and there are numerous reasons as to why I shoot film, but today I want to briefly discuss a few of them.

The Look.

Film has a distinct look and feel. There is a specific colour palette and softness I am looking for when I create my images. My film choice and how I expose the film, paired with selected lighting conditions and shooting locations are the main elements that determine how my final image is going to feel. By having as much control as possible over these factors, I am able to create a very particular look with film that reflects my style as an artist. My all-time favourite film to shoot is Fuji Pro 400h. I use this film stock 90% of the time. It has a soft pastel aesthetic, and when used in selected lighting conditions the light wraps around my subjects giving them a gorgeous soft, dreamy glow. 

The Quality.

There is a latitude and detail retention in the highlights and shadows that is unparalleled in digital. Film is able to capture details in both the highlights, e.g.  the sky and clouds on a bright sunny day, as well as details in the shadows which would otherwise be lost information. By capturing more information in both the highlights and the shadows, film is able to capture a huge range of tones and colours with an even gradation from darks to lights. 

Film challenges me to become a better photographer.

There is no chimping (looking at the back of the camera) when you shoot film. You have to know your exposures, and know how the image is going to look even before you shoot the frame. I really feel this has pushed me personally to become a better photographer both technically and creatively. Each time I load a roll of film, I have 16 precious frames to create something artistic and beautiful. It truly encourages me to slow down, creatively compose the image and wait for the perfect moment before taking the shot. 

Here are a few images all taken with Fuji Pro 400h. 

Until next time! 
- Lani Elias

Monday, April 15, 2013

Old, New, Borrowed, Blue.

Something old, something new
Something borrowed, something blue
And a silver sixpence in her shoe.

While certain traditions - especially wedding-related ones - can often seem played-out, there is always a way to execute it well!  The tradition of a bride wearing something old, new, borrowed, and blue is believed to have its roots in Victorian era England, and the variety of interpretations is abundant.  All in all, the general idea is that each of the items symbolizes an aspect or quality of marriage, and serves both as a reminder, and as a wish of good fortune for the bride.  
(Is your inner historian craving more on the backstory?  If so, check out this simple explanation of the saying.)
The following is my interpretation of a tradition gone right:

 ... a stunning vintage gown...

... a new clutch (take your pick: shiny, or sparkly, or shiny and sparkly)...

 ... a pretty comb (probably borrowed from that friend who always looks pulled together due to *just-the-right* accessories - you know the one)...

...and a perfectly gorgeous (blue-ish) engagement ring.

A new take on a tired old, often-borrowed, blue-hued adage - totally worth a 2nd (or 842nd) thought!


* For more creative ideas and inspirations, visit me over at Dove Tree *


Monday, April 8, 2013

Wedding Hair Accessories

Wedding Hair Accessories

Once you have decided how you would like to wear your hair on your wedding day, the next step is deciding what hair accessories you would like to wear. This is somewhere where you can be as simplistic or creative as you like.  A lot of women opt for the traditional veil, which is beautiful, but  with the trends this season there are many more options.

Headbands can be worn with your hair up or down, and can accommodate any bride's style, whether it’s soft and delicate with beading and pearls, or elegant with intricate details and rhinestones.

If you’re a little less sparkly and glamorous, and a little more “hippy/bohemian” try a fun crown made of flowers or soft green leaves and earthy twigs, like our Southern Suite Organic shoot with the beautiful Robin!
(Hair by Stephanie @ Shear Bliss, Makeup by Audrey @ Glo, Headpiece by Kari @ DoveTree Design

 Another great wedding accessory is the hair clip or brooch. This year we are seeing a little bit of everything: Flowers and feathers are HUGE for wedding season, as well as big and sparkly, but my favorite is VINTAGE VINTAGE VINTAGE!!!!! Hit up your local thrift store, or take a look through your grandma’s jewelry. How special would it be to wear a family piece!

(Blog post by Stephanie of Shear Bliss Salon and Day Spa)

Monday, March 25, 2013

2013's Most Popular Look - Megan Lynne Floral Design

Each year, there is such a variety of great styles and bouquets booked at Megan Lynne Floral Design. Formal, traditional, wildflower, exotic, we seem to have seen it all. There is often a most popular look for each season, one that we find ourselves recreating for many brides throughout the season, in several different ways. In 2011, it was purple, LOADS and loads of purple. 2012, it was roses galore.

This year, pretty has all the power. Soft, blush pinks, petally textures, loose form and delicate, subtle greens. The garden-inspired bouquets seem to be taking the lead in the weddings we have booked for this season.

They are beautiful for so many reasons. They are classic, feminine and delicate, perfect for any wedding. We can't get enough of the great varieties of this look and the finishing touches for each wedding.

Call Megan Lynne Floral Design today to set up a consultation for you big day and let's see which style is your favorite!
204.362.6213  or email