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