Rebecca & Andrew Surprise Eagle's Nest Proposal

Rebecca & Andrew Surprise Eagle's Nest Proposal

Rebecca has been a client of mine for some years now (through my other brand Orange Horse Studio). I’ve photographed her and her lovely mare, Ruby, over at least 3 show seasons, and did a studio session with them last year! When her boyfriend, Andrew, reached out to have me shoot his surprise proposal, I instantly was on board! It was a brisk November day when we trekked up to the Eagle’s Nest Lookout, in Calabogie. If you’ve never been (I hadn’t) it’s definitely worth the walk up! Just before you reach the spectacular lookout, a sign featuring an eagle and the colours (yellow,red, black,white) of the Anishinabe Nation let you know you’re visiting a sacred place.

The weather was changing rapidly at the top, from bright sun piercing the clouds, to a full on snow-squall. Andrew and I had to quietly communicate and wait for other hikers to leave so he could pop the question, without Rebecca getting suspicions! It was pretty magical to be present at such a moment in two people’s lives— and right after she said yes, we were treated to eagles flying overhead!

Tremblant 30th Birthday

Tremblant 30th Birthday

I was a lucky kid who got to spent some time on the slopes of Tremblant with my family. We stayed at the Chateau Beauvelon and I have wonderful memories from that place. Flash forward 20 years and I decided to surprise Charlotte with a trip to the Chateau for her 30th. We found out that the original hotel has since been moved and the new hotel was built in the same style. Since we both haven’t been on skis for many years, I booked us a snow-shoe expedition instead. It was a pretty magical experience!

Alex & Eric Rideau Hall Engagement

Alex & Eric Rideau Hall Engagement

Alex & Eric wanted to incorporate some older architecture into their engagement session. I did a bit of thinking and came up with the impressive grounds of Rideau Hall. Tailoring a session to the couple’s taste and style is important to me— I want you to have photos that reflect you as a couple. We actually went on the (free!) guided tour of the residence, it was a crash course in Canadian (colonial) history and we were able to grab a few photos. Unfortunately the ballroom was under construction, and the “tent room” still had a bunch of chairs from a recent gathering, but we made do with what we had!


Photo Files 03

Photo Files 03

Photo Files will be a space for me to examine and explain single images. In documentary photography, the sequencing of images to tell a story is as important as each individual image but I think it’s super interesting to hear a photographer’s intentions, observations and/or backstory ( as well as technical info) on their images that make up a series. I’m borrowing this idea from Daniel Milnor’s Leica Files.