An overdue studio update!

Hey guys, sorry this blog has been somewhat non-existent these days! There is lots to post but the last couple months have been insane for Josh and I. To start we found an amazing new apartment and moved at the end of December which, lets be honest, is the worst time of year to move. It meant that pretty well all of December was filled with packing craziness. On top of all that (now here’s the bad news) we are also moving out of our beloved studio. Its been hard to figure out a way to write that without just bursting into a puddle of tears and I wanted to stay in denial as long as I could. But the building was purchased and once my lease expired the new owners increased my rent an astronomical amount. We talked about it a lot but at the end of the day, we just couldn’t justify paying almost double the rent for the exact same space. The good news is that I have a lovely office area in our new apartment and will still be booking photoshoots there as well!

So I wanted to ease any fears. We are alive and well. The business is doing better than ever and we are excited for the coming season. We just don’t have a studio anymore. As of February 1st we’ll be based out of the Mount Pleasant area and super close to lots of great coffee shops and hang out spots so meeting with YOU (our amazing clients) will not be difficult at all. Thanks for your continued support and patience with my lack of online presence. Many blog posts to come shortly.

Our photography studio update - Vancouver wedding photographers

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I thought it was time for another studio update, Instagram style. Here's a look at what's been happening around Green Ginger. We're right in the middle of wedding season which means I'm at the studio more then my real home. Doing everything from meeting bride and grooms, editing photographs, updating our website, designing albums, photo shoots and everything in between. Since the brutal heat we've been having here in Vancouver we've traded our cups of coffee for cucumber water and cold brew. We've got a cup with your name on it, so come visit! 

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If you're getting married in Vancouver, get in touch! We'd love to have you over to our studio for some coffee (or tea) to chat about your wedding. Getting married internationally? Good news, we love to travel!

Ashley - Vancouver Commercial Photographers

Buying my first backdrop for the studio was quite the experience. I'm not even sure Christmas morning was this exciting... and let me tell you folks, I am quite serious about Christmas. It's the little things in life that makes a photographer happy. Especially one from Vancouver. The second I'm able to take beautiful images indoors life just gets that much better. 

Josh just assumed I would get white or black. Start with the basics and work your way from there. But I'm not usually one to do what's practical so leave it to me to get a bright pink backdrop. So if you've been following along on Instagram you've been seeing a lot of pink. No shame friends! Pink is in. At least in my world. I couldn't think of a better way to spend my day than experimenting with lighting and photographing this mega babe Ashely. Trying to narrow down pictures from this mini shoot was impossible, there were just too many favourites. So if you love to have fun, call me up and let's pick a colour and take some pictures together. 

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What to wear - Vancouver wedding photographers

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So you’re getting your pictures taken. Cue panic attack. BUT WHAT SHOULD I WEAR! 

It is cheesy but true. If I’m getting ready on Tuesday morning, I have no problem getting dressed. If I’m meeting a friend for coffee, or going out for dinner, I don’t think twice. I love putting pieces together (especially if they are black) but as soon as you say "camera" I freeze. 

I pour over Pinterest and get myself worked up. I am worried that I’ll look like I’m trying too hard. I want to look put together but not too fussy. All I can think of is 'these pictures will be on the wall for the next two years', or 'this is my Christmas card picture that will be sent to everyone I know.' In this panic without fail almost every photoshoot I’ve been a part of I look back at and think… why was I wearing that? 

I know I’m not alone in this because I’ll fess up right here… I watch The Bachelor. Not like, I've seen The Bachelor. I watch The Bachelor pretty religiously (Go Kaitlyn!). But my guilty pleasures have brought about some good! I have a point! Every week I get to witness these beautiful girls go through the exact same panic I experience around photo shoots. All week they look cute, and natural and then the rose ceremony (cue daunting music) happens and everything falls apart. I watch the girls walk in and my face looks like that horrified emoji where the colour is draining out of his face, you know the one. They put on too much makeup, the frantically borrow a dress that is a bad colour for them from that super tanned girl in the house. They always over accessorize and they always, always, look horribly uncomfortable. 

I’ve learned a few things from many wasted hours I’ll never get back from the Bachelor, and also from my own failed photo shoots. So here is my simple, stressless, panic free advice for getting dressed and not regretting your pick for "big events" like rose ceremonies and photo shoots. 

WEAR WHAT YOU WOULD NORMALLY WEAR. 

You feel comfortable when you look like yourself, and you look beautiful when you feel comfortable. I’m not saying show up to your shoot in yoga pants and no makeup- because you might regret that. But if you’re a jeans and t-shirt girl wear jeans and a t-shirt. Maybe mix it up by trying a cute hat or heeled ankle boots. If you don’t normally curl your hair- don’t curl your hair, try a topknot or a ponytail. All you will think the whole time is, why is my hair curly, it’s in my face and sticking to my lipgloss (personal experience right there).

So I put some things together from my closet. Things that I would pull out and wear if I had a shoot coming up. I didn’t look at Pinterest, I just pulled my favourite things. Things that I love and that I think represent who I am. No last minute H&M runs, just me and my closet. If I can pick an outfit for dinner, I can pick an outfit for a photoshoot. That's my new rule.

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A preview of the studio - Vancouver wedding photographers

If you've been following us on Facebook or Instagram, you would have noticed us sharing vague images of our new studio. I thought it was about time I took some real photographs and posted a legit preview of the studio. We're in the home stretch now. Final details like hanging pictures and art, making signs and all that fun stuff. We're hoping to have our doors officially open in the next week or so. I can't wait to meet with our brides and grooms or for our first photo shoot in our very own studio space.

If you want to have a look, or just pop by for some coffee or tea, just send me a message and let's set something up! And to all you Vancouver couples, come on by and lets talk about your wedding!