CPC | Photo Conference in Vancouver | Seattle Portrait Photography

The trip started in Vancouver, which was a big drawcard for me. For those who don’t know me, a longterm dream of mine is to photograph weddings in Canada as well as at home in New Zealand. The first time I went to Canada a few years ago, in a freezing Albertan winter, I fell in love with the landscape; the incredible, formidable weather, and more importantly, the sweetest people. So going back to experience another province in this country was a no-brainer. We spent a few days discovering Vancouver, and I got to hang out with some of my favorite photographer friends (not just in a Google Hangout for once!)

Then there was the actual learning part; my favorites of the conference were Fer Juaristi (my own wedding photographer!) and Jeff Newsom for his candor. I wish I could do this every year. Maybe one will pop up a little closer to New Zealand (hint hint nudge nudge). I wish I had more photos to show, but here are a handful from Vancouver, and more from Seattle where I had a chance to go on a quick photo walk.

One thing I learned about wedding photographers: we are not crash hot at finding somewhere to eat. It took us about 2 hours to decide on, locate and end up at this place, which as you can see, did not end well.

Wedding Photographers go out for Dinner in Vancouver

Just because:

Animal hats

After the conference we headed down to Seattle, Washington, to have a look around, try some Starbucks coffee in its birthplace (sorry, no, it’s still not as good as coffee in Wellington) and go for a photo wander. Kyle, Bec and I spent the short morning exploring the waterfront and being each others’ models for a bit. The place reminded me so much of Wellington I could hardly believe it. The city rises up out of the harbour and the docks join a railway heading off into the distance. The air smelled fresher being closer to the water, and the steep streets with cafes and delis, backdropped by a drizzly, windy, cloudy day made me homesick for my hometown. I could easily go back here and feel at home photographing. Wind and cloud are so normal to me I was kind of excited that it wasn’t sunny. Odd, no?

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Aaaaanndd beloved session (wedding photographers being silly) in 3…2…1…

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  • BecJuly 31, 2013 - 4:11 am

    I love it! I love your processing. So soft and lovely. Beloved photo… hilarious.

  • Mary SylviaJuly 31, 2013 - 4:15 am

    Bec I wish I could have had more time to take some more photos of you! Next time!

  • ElissaJuly 31, 2013 - 4:43 am

    The ladies are all lovely but that shot of Kyle lounging on the glass wall is spectacular…

  • Mary SylviaJuly 31, 2013 - 6:11 am

    Elissa I loved that bridge, the coolest thing is that it’s not glass, it’s a metal sheet with holes in it and so when you glance at it, it looks opaque, but at the right angle you can kind of see through it to the sea on the other side. I LOVE stuff that acts one way on a particular angle, and then acts completely different at another angle.

  • AnjaJuly 31, 2013 - 8:37 am

    I’m so sad I wasn’t there to meet all of you lovely people 🙁 Maybe some day…

  • ayeshaJuly 31, 2013 - 9:51 am

    just when i was getting over being jealous of all y’all at CPC y’all go posting your pics from canada. i ought to have been there 🙁 and i can’t even say “maybe next time” because who knows? still, it’s such a pleasure to see these, beautiful pictures of people who are so beautiful inside and out. i LOVE the first pic of bec and kyle – goodness they’re absolutely stunning ladies!! <3 you all…

  • Mary SylviaJuly 31, 2013 - 9:54 am

    Ayesha I would have loved to have meet you in person too! I’m sure there will come a time when we get to hang out and take some photos, maybe I’ll have to come back to the US 🙂

  • Albert PalmerJuly 31, 2013 - 11:22 am

    Looks like you guys had fun! Thanks for sharing 😀

  • Yolandé MarxJuly 31, 2013 - 4:20 pm

    Wow, your compositions are absolutely stunning!!

  • Alyssa SchroederJuly 31, 2013 - 5:55 pm

    Aww. I love the b&w of Kyle. So wish I could’ve made it considering I was an hour away!

  • Steve KooJuly 31, 2013 - 7:18 pm

    So fun looking through these, Mary!

  • Brian KraftJuly 31, 2013 - 7:46 pm

    Beautiful. Sounds like a great experience. And I love seeing photos of people I recognize!

  • Matthew MeadAugust 1, 2013 - 1:42 am

    These are so good, that it makes me so sad I couldnt go!

  • carolineAugust 1, 2013 - 1:50 am

    mary, can i just say that you were the most beautiful girl at the entire convention? and one of the nicest photographers i’ve ever met? please hit me up if you ever come to chicago, k? 🙂

  • heather nanAugust 1, 2013 - 5:43 am

    Just a wee bit jealous… well done!

  • Matt, Australian photographerAugust 1, 2013 - 12:58 pm

    I love the pics (as always)!

  • dylanAugust 1, 2013 - 1:54 pm

    So good, your shots of Kyle are incredible. And yes, dining out is hard. 🙂

  • Mary SylviaAugust 2, 2013 - 4:31 am

    Caroline I swear I was saying to Sam just yesterday that if we ever go to Chicago we need to hire you to take photos, because you and your talent are pure awesome.

  • Joseph HallAugust 2, 2013 - 9:44 pm

    Love these, love the compositions