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take me away- christie graham workshop

December 11, 2015

Take me away.

Ben and Laura traversed this rugged piece of the West Coast together, exploring the beauty that crisp November day offered us. The moody ocean next to the deep blue paper goods suite came together effortlessly mimicking the strength of Mother Nature.

The overflowing bouquet was a stand-out piece for this look. The shape and movement were the perfect combination of effortless and styled. Fresh makeup and Laura’s long sleeve lace gown was elegant beyond measure, while Ben’s black tux kept their look classic.

This styled shoot was a part of a workshop I delivered to Confetti and Rose (check out her work!). My one-on-one workshops are a three part experience, designed to fit the needs of the photographer. Part one is a classroom session with an emphasis on business, branding, portfolio review, and the process of creating fine art portraiture. Part two is a styled wedding shoot featuring top industry http://www.buy-trusted-tablets.com professionals shot on film or digital. Students are encouraged to watch me direct the clients, and borrow from my styling and direction. I work with photographers to refine their shooting style, with the intention of making clients feel comfortable and confident to produce natural, fine art photographs. Part three is about post production, and establishing a positive relationship with your film lab. If you are interest in my workshops, please email christie@christiegrahamphotography.com.

To those creative professionals who worked with me on this concept, thank you. Your efforts, design and creativity continue to amaze me. You are all wonderful!

Workshop- Christie Graham Photography
Paper Goods- September Letters
Makeup and Hair- Denise Elliott Makeup
Florals- Celsia Floral
Wedding Dress- Hayley Paige from Blush
Rings- Cavalier
Silk Ribbon- Stella Wolfe
Suit- Indochino
Film Scans- Caribou

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bali + the philippines – personal photographs

April 13, 2015

 

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One of my good friends moved to the Philippines last year to explore some new opportunities (check out her blog, The Coastal Circle). When a few of us decided to go visit her, I was nervous to leave work behind. I hadn’t been on a holiday for more than a week since I transitioned into working for myself full-time. After a busy summer of thirty six weddings in 2014, I decided three weeks somewhere warm and beautiful was exactly what I needed to recharge and become re-inspired. I missed Britt, and wanted to see the life she had built in Manila over the past year. Surely I could balance a little work and travel.

Vicki, Brittany, Chase, Victoria and myself travelled through Bali, stopping in Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu. Most days we explored markets, ate delicious local food and met travellers. We drank Bintangs, I surfed. We watched the sunset. A lot. We booked villas through Air Bnb and had beyond comfortable accommodations.

I had been to Bali once before when I travelled around South East Asia for a few months after graduating from UBC, but I had been dying to go back ever since. On this trip I struck the perfect balance of revisiting the places I fell in love with all those years ago, and discovering new treasures. Canggu was one of those treasures, and I would suggest visiting if you are planning a trip to Bali. If you like to surf, socialize and relax, it’s worth spending some time there.

After Bali, we went to La Union in the Philippines with a quick stop over in Manila to grab Brittany’s boyfriend, Gerard. La Union was a beautiful provence, and we were lucky enough to stay with Brittany’s friend Jeff. Jeff runs a local surf shop and school (La Union Surf School), and he made the trip unforgettable for us. His knowledge of the area and hospitality allowed us to explore all the right places- hikes to waterfalls, dinners on the beach and some great surfing was the perfect way to end our travels, and to say goodbye to Brittany.

Most of these photos were shot on a 35mm film camera, a Nikon f90x, that my friend Sherri Koop generously leant to me and were scanned by Caribou Film Lab in Toronto. It was my first time using this camera and shooting 35mm film, and I am pretty happy with how things turned out. The rest were shot on my Nikon D600. Vicki, Brittany, Chase, Victoria, Gerard- thank you for being so positive and inspiring on this trip. I will treasure these photographs forever.

Thanks for having a look at some of my personal work! xo

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gary + ailee – nita lake lodge

April 6, 2015

A outdoor winter wedding in the company of two witnesses- the bride’s brother, sister in law, and their new baby- was the bride and groom’s vision for their January nuptials. Private and personal, this couple worked with Best Day Ever  from their home in Santa Monica to create the perfect destination wedding in Whistler, BC.

Rustic, organic details, hand written calligraphy and the perfect floral designs completed the winter aesthetic of the day. The bride’s BHLDN blush gown was a standout piece, and the groom’s wool suit complimented the birch trees surrounding the frozen lake where the couple was married.

Planning and Design- Best Day Ever
Venue- Nita Lake Lodge
Flowers- Celsia
Cake- Cake by Nicole
Makeup and Hair- Jayna Marie
Calligraphy and paper goods- Love by Phoebe
Rentals and Decor- Bespoke Decor and Delovely Creative
Bride’s dress- BHLDN
Film Lab- Caribou Film Lab

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Dara & Grainne- Ireland Wedding

August 12, 2013

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