Category Archives: Our Life

Our Honeymoon in Paradise

Hey Everyone! There is so much that has been going on around here lately. Dave and I are so excited with all that’s been happening. Firstly we had our beautiful wedding here in Perth, Australia at the gorgeous Cottesloe Civic Centre and Barchetta on the beach. How thrilled we were that we were able to host our wedding here in one of the most beautiful places with the most stunning ocean views in the in the world, Perth, Western Australia.

43 of our closest friends and family traveled from all around the world to be with us on our big day. It was so amazing to have everyone there with us to celebrate our wedding day here in sunny Perth. Not only have we launched our second photography studio here in W.A. but we just had a fabulous opportunity to photograph an amazing wedding in Singapore before we left for our honeymoon!!

Dave and I spent 10 spectacular days in exotic Boracay in The Philippines and what an adventure we had. We stayed at the 20 room Asya Premier Suites on Boat Station 3. We loved our stay at Asya and it was so nice to have such a tranquil space to relax and come back to every day. Since it’s such a small hotel we often were the only ones around. The gracious staff were always close by to see if we needed anything to make our stay even more enjoyable. Asya truly is heaven on earth!

This is a shot that was taken from our patio. I love the little blue catarmarans that sailed each day. Every evening at sunset, the little boats would commute the same route home to the big island. It looked like a little toy boat traffic jam, so peaceful to watch from our room.

All of the bamboo catarmarans had the same blue sails, so nice to see them all lined up along the horizon.

On one of our adventures we hired a tricycle, basically a motorcycle with a sidecar attached, to the infamous bat cave. What a wild ride that was!!

When traveling in a tricycle sometimes passengers have to get out and push as the roads are rocky and very, very steep. Our bat cave tour guide was nice enough to lend a hand to help get us up the hill.

Finally, after an hour of the bumpiest taxi ride we’ve ever been on we reached our destination! The bat cave was not for the faint of heart. Dark, slippery and surrounded by sharp, jagged rocks. This adventure not only required fearlessness but rock climbing skills. Difficult to do in sandal’s. Dave never lets much stop him from adventure so took the trek down into the cave while I waited safely at the surface. Very glad I did, sea snakes are not my thing!

Anita, my cousin, had been to the tiny island of Boracay once before and highly recommended the Shangri-La Hotel for dinner. We left from our hotel beach and took an amazing ride on our own personal catamaran to the gorgeous resort on the other side of the island. What a romantic ride. The water was crystal clean and you could see all the way down to the bottom!

No life vests required and not much in the way of seating. Good thing the water was so glassy πŸ™‚ Sailing and shopping are two of Boracay’s biggest industries. Of course we had to take part in both! Boracay is well know for their amazing pearls. I bought this black pearl strand on the beach earlier that day!

Once we arrived at Shangri-La we enjoyed the view for a little while and had the most amazing food! On a small island like this one, the food has to be fresh.

Thanks for checking out photos from our latest adventure. Stay tuned to the blog, we’ll be posting some more Perth weddings and our fun Singapore travel shots very soon!

Merry Christmas To All!

Charlotte and I would like to take a moment to thank all our couples, friends, family and blog readers for your ongoing support over the past year. It means so much to us that so many of you take time to read our blog and leave comments.

We are so blessed to have a life so full of happiness – largely due to your support.

With our wedding only 7 weeks away we’re very excited about the trip down under and the year ahead! We look forward to sharing it with all of you!

Warm Holiday Wishes to you all! From Dave, Charlotte, Fritzi & Greta

Painting With Light

While Charlotte and I are known mainly for photographing people, we also love shooting landscapes and architecture. A passion for both of us in checking out abandoned buildings, so recently we thought we’d do some painting with light while we were at it.

What’s painting with light you ask? It’s essentially what it sounds like… You photograph a dark scene with a long exposure and use torches or flashes to light the photograph one area at a time. The really cool part of this process is how the various light sources have different colours and affect the photo in different ways… The blues are from a camera flash, the yellows from a video light and the red tinted light is from a head lamp!

The photo above is on the ground floor of the building and the one below is half way up the fire escape.The tech specs for the shots are all slightly different, but if you feel like trying something similar, start at 100 ISO, F11 for 30 seconds and go from there πŸ™‚

This final photo is my favourite of the set… I love the way the sky holds the orange tones of the city’s street lights.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the photos – I’m looking forward to trying some of these techniques in upcoming shoots πŸ˜‰

Beach Day in Super 8

Yesterday we took a little road trip with our mini dachshunds Greta & Fritz. In the GTA, one of our favourite spots is Bluffers Park for some summer fun. It’s like a little slice of heaven on a hot day… The water is crystal clear, warm and there’s shady spots like the one we grabbed to chill out.

We thought we’d play with a very basic little digital camera we had shaking around. We made a family movie inspired by the Super 8 video’s my Opa used to make when he was a cinematographer.

It was a lot of fun! Let us know what you think πŸ™‚

Music: “Brand New Day” by Joshua Radin.

Update : We are now offering Super 8 films for weddings and engagements… Check out Super 8 Revival if you’d like to see more.

St. Lucia

Dave and I are in the peak of wedding season at the moment and are very excited for all of the incredible weddings we have yet to blog and that are coming up! We have Jasmine and Dave’s luxurious wedding this weekend at the Royal York with The Caketress and Cynthia Martyn! We’re very excited to be working along side these two amazing vendors and many more the day of. If you’ve been by our studio Lori AKA The Caketress did our opulent, 4 tier wedding cake dusted in 24 carat gold that we have on display. She’s a cake design genius!

With not only the Dave and Charlotte side of things our sister company Rainbow Eleven has been keeping us really busy also. With all of this work it got us daydreaming about vacation time πŸ™‚ Our last true vacation (ie, not work related) was to exotic St. Lucia a few months back. It was so nice to be together in a tropical paradise, surrounded by nature and beauty. Dave and I love getting outdoors and exploring. St. Lucia is definitely a gorgeous spot on the globe and it’s such a feast for the senses!

Here is a sideshow with some of our favorite memories of St. Lucia… And many more images below!


While we were vacationing, we took part in many excursions to really get out there and experience it all. My favourites had to be the Dolphin/Whale watching and the Rain Forest Trek.Β  The dolphin and pilot whales were so thrilling to watch. It’s so nice that we can observe them in their natural habitat. They dolphins loved surfing and playing in the waves our boat created in an otherwise calm sea. They had so much fun playing ‘chicken’ with our boat and racing around in front of it. One of the guests along for the excursion asked “Do you ever feed the dolphins fish to get them to come by the boat?” The guide just laughed and said “Why would they want to eat our old frozen fish when they have a sea of fresh fish out there!”

One thing that’s really, very important to us ethical treatment of animals. We don’t agree with attending parks or aquariums with captive dolphins. Not only does it harm and kill thousands of dolphins each year, it is no life for the dolphins in the parks that should be swimming free in nature. Please do not go to parks where you can ride, feed or touch captive dolphins!! If you’d like more information on how to help the dolphins please watch the documentary “The Cove” and visit this site, takepart.com/thecove.

The Rain Forest Trek was a lot of work hiking the trails to get to the hidden water fall, but so much fun. The ancient, majestic trees and refreshing waterfalls made us feel like we were in complete paradise for the day. It so nice to be surrounded by the sounds of the rain forest. What a beautiful piece of the world St. Lucia is. If we weren’t getting married in Perth Australia, we’d definitely think of St. Lucia as a spot for our destination wedding! It’s so romantic, no wonder they filmed the last season of the Bachelor there πŸ™‚

Because St. Lucia is riddled with winding roads and it was a lengthy ride to the airport, we thought it would be a lot of fun to arrive in style and took the scenic route by helicopter πŸ™‚ Since both my Grandfather and Dad are both helicopter pilots, I’ve been on my fair share of helicopter rides but the view in St. Lucia was the most mind blowing adventure by far!Β  Boy, did I wish I had my camera with me when the pilot took me over the top of the breathtaking Piton’s!! Dave, sadly,Β  got more of the direct route but still manged to snap one or two aerial shots.

If there is one place I’d highly recommend for a romantic vacation, St. Lucia would have to be it! I hope we’ll be able to go back and visit again soon! Remember everyone, it’s a great spot for a destination wedding… hint, hint! πŸ˜‰

South Beach

Hi Everyone!!

We’ve been back from Melissa and Sean’s GORGEOUS wedding in beautiful St. Thomas, Virgin Islands for about a week now.Β  We’re catching up with all that’s been happening around snowy Toronto and have lots of blogging to do! Thank goodness we have so many great destination weddings this year and get to photograph our couples in so many exotic locales… Burrrr, it sure was freezing when we got home.

Above photo: The late Gianni Versace’s home.

We were staying in Miami for one night before boarding the cruise ship and could not pass up an evening out in fabulous South Beach with friends Alex and Hazel from Hazel R Photography! We met Alex and Hazel last year while modeling in Paris at Jerry Ghionis’ Wedding Photography Workshop. We hit it off immediately and had so much fun checking out the sites while shooting with Jerry. Some pro photographers may recognize Hazel from the cover of this months Rangefinder Magazine! As always, Hazel looks beautiful πŸ™‚

The streets of South Beach were buzzing! Not only was it a Friday night but it was also the Super Bowl weekend. So many tourists filled the strip and everyone was partying and having a great time.Who knew that having this much fun was illegal in Miami?!? Hmm, maybe it had to do with the amazing Mojito’s we had.

No, this is not Miami Ink, lol! But we had a great time cruising the streets and checking out all of the shops and South Beach locals.

We ended the evening with a lovely dinner and a quick tour past some celebs homes… Jennifer Lopez’s house is sooooo gorgeous with a sweet parking spot out front for her yacht!! We really loved spending time with you both and next time we’ll do it T.O. style… nah… I say let’s go back to South Beach πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for showing us the sites and making our night on the town so memorable.Β  Miss you guys!!