Calgary Wedding Videographer & Photographer

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Be Blessed, Mark

Posts Tagged 'calgary'

November 5, 2012

We met in Fish Creek Park earlier this year, and we had a great time shooting images on a perfect summer evening! Ryan had some ideas that worked out really well, and I was really pleased with the results from their shoot.

filed under: Engagement, Photography

Ryan and Laura are such a great couple!  When I first met with them, I could tell that they were very much in love, and it was great to hear about the wedding they had planned!  When they decided to book me I was even more excited!

We met in Fish Creek Park earlier this year, and we had a great time shooting images on a perfect summer evening!  Ryan had some ideas that worked out really well, and I was really pleased with the results from the shoot.

Be blessed,

Mark

August 24, 2012

Megan and David are just too sweet together. They compliment each other so well, with Megan being the outgoing, dorky, sweet girl she is, and David being a more sincere but good natured man.

Last week Saturday, David & Megan were married! I first met these two when they contacted me to meet and chat about their upcoming wedding!  I remember that Megan had some pretty great ideas, and wasn’t too fond of the photobooth idea:)  They ended up having a TON of fun in the photobooth though, and the images turned out really well!

Megan and David are just too sweet together.  They compliment each other so well, with Megan being the outgoing, dorky, sweet girl she is, and David being a more sincere but good natured man.

This shoot, which we did earlier in the summer,  was a lot of fun, and when they asked if they could bring their two dogs, I said “Of course!”   The dogs are super cute, and together they make a great little family!

Enjoy these images, and be blessed!

Mark

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July 20, 2012

Here is just one image from the day that I absolutely LOVE! Please click OPEN POST to view the image in full size!

Wednesday I spent the day celebrating the marriage of Kevin and Katie at The Fairmount Banff Springs!

Here is just one image from the day that I absolutely LOVE!

Be blessed,

Mark

June 28, 2012
I know it’s been a LONG time since I have posted an update on my site, and I feel bad!  I have been pretty busy lately trying to get everything organized and up to date for this summer!  Speaking of  which, it...
filed under: Resouces, Stills, Wedding

I know it’s been a LONG time since I have posted an update on my site, and I feel bad!  I have been pretty busy lately trying to get everything organized and up to date for this summer!  Speaking of  which, it is going to be a very busy summer for me, as we have weddings booked nearly every weekend for both Cinema | Stills! It’s very exciting, and I am so glad that I will have the opportunities to work  with so many great couples!

Another new thing for this year is going to be that I will be offering new and different albums!  I have signed  on with Queensberry (an album company  based in New Zealand!), and I will be offering a small smattering of their amazing products!  They offer high quality albums, and I can’t wait to see what we can create with some  of our clients this year!

Below you will find images from the album I designed for Alessandro & Laura‘s wedding last summer. I think it turned out very well, and I KNOW that they are very happy with the outcome! It was a great wedding, and I felt very blessed to be a part of it!

Be Blessed,

Mark

May 14, 2012

Looking back though I can say that the past year has been one of the most amazing years of my life!

filed under: Personal

At this time last year, so many changes were happening.  I had just quit my full time job, and I was travelling with my family throughout the United States, and we were about to head off to Europe!

Looking back though I can say that the past year has been one of the most amazing years of my life!

Over the past year, I have been working hard on my brand, my website, and myself as a wedding photographer in Calgary.  We have also launched into the market of calgary wedding videographers, which actually has become a lot more popular than I ever imagined!  This summer is looking like it is going to be a great summer with a huge variety of amazing couples that we plan to work with!  I am also excited to do some travelling and shoot some weddings in different locales such as St. Eugene’s in Cranbrook, BC, a small farm near Victoria, BC, and in Edmonton at the Santa Maria Goretti Center - and those are just for wedding cinema! Hopefully someday we will be able to shoot some destination weddings in places like Cuba, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, or anywhere else in the Caribbean! I did do an engagement session on the island of Roatan, Honduras (which you can see here) and it was amazing!

I think the biggest change that has happened over the last year though is how much I have grown as an artist and a visionary. When I went travelling last year, I took my Canon 5D, 2 lenses (a 35mm Leica lens and a Canon 135mm), and my Mamiya C330.  Since both lenses were prime lenses (meaning they have no ability to zoom), it really forced me to slow down and take my time composing each image one at a time.  Whether is meant moving backward or forward a bit, or kneeling down on the ground, I purposefully tried to shoot each image at a slower rate and nail the exposure and composition of each shot.

The film camera that I brought along also caused a different effect.  The camera that I use (a Mamiya C330) shoots medium format film, which results in a square image!  This caused me to focus even more on composition than ever!  I LOVE the images that this camera produces though, and I am slowly but surely developing, scanning, and editing the film.

I have to admit though that the past year hasn’t been an easy one by any means.  It’s been a very challenging year, probably the most challenging of all of the 28 years I have spent on Earth! There have been many stressful moments, and honestly most of them have involved not knowing exactly when the next pay cheque is going to be coming in.  The past year has been a huge lesson in trusting God to provide for me, and waiting to see how he will do so!  One of my favourite Bible verses has become Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

It’s also been challenging to adjust to life as a self employed person.  I have always been a rather social person, and I do well when I am surrounded by friends.  Adjusting to working by myself hasn’t been the easiest, and while I am now doing well and getting everything organized for this summer, it has been tough trying to stay on task and get things accomplished at certain times!

Overall I can’t complain a single bit about the last year, and I am very happy with where I currently am (and where my business is heading) in the future!  I am excited for this summer, and of course the many years beyond, and I am very excited to see how Cinema | Stills merge together to create memories that are unimaginable!

Be blessed,

Mark

P.S. The image included with this post is from a stylized shoot we did last fall – you can see other images from the shoot here.