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Underwater Wedding Photography

Krista Fox  Photography Review | Wedding Photography | Underwater Photography |  June 11, 2016

This is very  cool.  I recently saw a presentation  by Krista Fox of Krista Fox Photography.

Krista is a Toronto based photographer specializing  in Weddings and  Destination Weddings, in beautiful  places like Italy and the Mayan Riviera. So  pinch me now because that sounds like the perfect dream job.

It  gets better- if the couple is willing – Krista will  take underwater photos of them  – in their wedding clothes. This usually happens  the day after the wedding in what she calls a “day-after” session.   It’s  the ultimate “trash the  dress”  session, although  the dress doesn’t actually get  destroyed –  its just as good as new after a thorough dry cleaning.

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Wendy and Shane explore a fresh water pool  near Tulum Mexico.  Photos By Krista Fox .

If the couple are really adventurous, and strong swimmers, and willing to go all the way under, the results can be stunning.

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Wendy and Shane kissing underwater. Photo by Krista Fox Photography.

Some of you may  know that I’m a certified scuba  diver   and  that I do  wedding photography,  so  maybe this could be the ultimate dream job for me.

I may be looking for volunteers  in the coming months.  Maybe I’ll put a sign up “Have pool – need models- must have own wedding dress” .

 

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Photos by Krista Fox Photography. 

As Krista Fox will attest from experience, couples are willing to go to all depths to get the perfect wedding photos.

By Greg Coman Photography   http://www.gregcoman.com

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An Engaging Couple

Simon + Sharon  | Scotsdale Farm |  Engagement Shoot | May 28, 2016

It sounds a bit like an alliteration: Simon and Sharon’s Sizzling Engagement Shoot at Scotsdale Farm.

The last weekend in May proved to be a great time to shoot Simon and Sharon’s engagement shoot.  This Spring has been exceptionally hot and it  felt more like  a  hot August afternoon. Although it was late afternoon, the  sun was bright and there was  a gentle wind blowing.

Simon is a  photography colleague – we took some courses together at Sheridan  College- which is how I know him. He’s a great guy – easy going – so  there was a comfort level already, but it was my first  time meeting Sharon, and she turned out to be equally great and fun. She  came up with some poses ideas which  I was happy to try out-  like this window reflection shot.

I spent a couple  hours with Simon and Sharon exploring Scotsdale and getting some romantic shots in a picturesque setting.

We had a blast.  Lots of laughs.  After being to Scotsdale on  several shoots, I had always eyed this abandoned bath tub as a fun prop – but it was fun-loving  Sharon who  was my first willing  subject – I mean model-  to  try it out!

A couple that can laugh together is sure to have a great future ahead.

I wish them all the best in their  life together. I’m sure I’ll be seeing more of them in the future.

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Cheers,  Greg

Greg Coman Photography

Wedding Details

The second part   of my Sheridan College wedding  shoot assignment  was to shoot the wedding  details.   This involved   capturing  the  Bride’s  beautiful  bling (as I  refer      to it) :  her bouquet, her shoes, her ring, her earrings, and her  necklace. There were other wedding details too – all  the decorative details from  the reception –  the place settings, the invitations, and the little pink  thank you  gifts .  It’s all in the details as they say.

However what really fascinated me (maybe because I  had skipped breakfast), were the – not one,  but two –  wedding cakes.

These  two wedding cakes  were visually fantastic, and they were  not alike.  The first one I photographed   was  the traditional wedding  type  with white fondant  and meticulously decorated with white pearls and pink lace. The five intricate (and edible! )  flowers made  with icing must have been  created  by a team of  wedding elves.

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Flower detail  by the Cake Queens.  Greg Coman Photography.

 

 

A Traditional  Style  Wedding Cake by The Cake Queens
A Traditional Style Wedding Cake by The Cake Queens

The second cake was  actually called the ” lopsided”  cake.   Or maybe it should have been coined  the ” elope- sided’ cake in keeping with the wedding theme.  It had  fun written all over it (well not literally). If any of you are old enough to remember the  Odd Couple  on TV-  I would compare these two cakes  to those  two sitcom characters Felix and Unger.  Felix was the meticulous one, while  Oscar  was the complete opposite.  Oscar would have definitely chosen the lopsided cake.  It was more his laissez-faire style.

The Lopsided Cake by the Cake Queens.   Greg Coman Photography
The Lopsided Cake by the Cake Queens. Greg Coman Photography

 

It turns out that these two cakes were supplied by  a Mother-Daughter duo team  from Grimsby. ON who love to create novelty cakes and cupcakes.  They call themselves the Cake Queens  (www.cakequeens.ca) .  They specialize in  wedding cakes, which are  all custom made to  suit  the couple’s style ( and  taste)  on their special  day.

Yum!

 

The Big Wedding Day

Just two days before a  major snowstorm was to hit Southern Ontario, on a brisk but sunny November  morning, I  headed off to the Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG)  in Burlington, ON for my first  wedding shoot.  Well it was actually a mock wedding,  but  it seemed  very real to me- complete with  the butterflies that often come before a big event.  I had  been up  late the night before preparing my gear, and double checking it.  I had  two camera bodies, several  lenses,  a tripod,    two flashes,   two camera cases,  batteries,  extra batteries,  memory cards, extra memory cards,   plus two wine glasses, and a  bottle of champagne.

This was the  big assignment  –  a Wedding  shoot for the  Wedding Photography course I was enrolled in.  Together with my shooting partner, Doug – we were fortunate to have  a young couple volunteer their time.  The young newlyweds-  Michael ( Doug’s son ) and his bride Melissa had recently gotten  married, but were gracious to do it all over again,  at least for the camera.

Our first shooting location  was  across the street from the RBG, at Easterbrooks Hotdog stand.  The staff there were very accommodating, and it turned out this  diner – straight out of the 1950’s – was a photographers’ dream. It had alot of  character and was a perfect backdrop for the newlyweds.

Enjoying  a  milk shake   at    Esterbrooks.   Greg Coman Photography
Enjoying a milk shake at Easterbrooks.
Greg Coman Photography

 

A moment of reflection. Esterbrooks Diner.        Greg Coman Photography
A moment of reflection. Easterbrooks Diner.                          Greg Coman Photography

 

After a  frigid walk back to the RBG,  Michael and Melissa were happy to get back inside  for  our second  shooting location. This time we were in the Mediterranean gardens in the RBG for some warmer  wedding shots.  An abundance of  flora and lots of natural  light  made it seem  like we  were in the exotic tropics.

Melissa in the Mediterranean Gardens at the RBG.                       Greg Coman Photography
Melissa in the Mediterranean Gardens at the RBG. Greg Coman Photography
Michael and Melissa share a moment in the Mediterranean Gardens.  Greg Coman photography
Michael and Melissa share a moment in the Mediterranean Gardens. Greg Coman Photography
Michael and Melissa  at the RBG.  Greg Coman Photography
Michael and Melissa at the RBG. Greg Coman Photography

L3_005_ gregcomanThen we were back outside to the Hendrie Gardens for the final wedding shots,   If you were wondering what the  wine glasses and  champagne were for-  I used  them  in one of my  final shots, as the couple walked off holding hands and looking forward to a well deserved toast to a fantastic day.

The End of a good shoot. Greg Coman Photography
The End of a good shoot. Greg Coman Photography

Engaging with the Engagement Couple

Hi again. While I’m on this blog kick, i thought i’d do another.

As part of my wedding course at Sheridan College,  we were asked to find a couple for an engagement shoot.  My classmate and shooting partner, Doug told me his daughter was about to get engaged- although  it was not official  yet.  “Awesome”  I said to myself.  “Great” – I said to Doug  “Can you ask them  if they’ll be our models”.

Several weeks later, on a fine autumn Day,  I  met our models Michelle  ( Doug’s daughter) and her  fiancee Ken,  at Sheridan College in Oakville.

The first shooting location was  inside  the Scaet Building, then we moved outside  to  several other spots around the campus.   All the while, I was scoping out interesting backgrounds.

 

Ken and Michelle -outside Sheridan College, Oakville Campus.     Greg Coman Photography
Ken and Michelle -outside Sheridan College, Oakville Campus. Greg Coman Photography

 

We drove a short distance to a lovely scenic walking  trail near Oakville Town hall  for our second location shoot.  It was a glorious Fall day, and the leaves were literally falling all around  our couple – creating an idyllic backdrop.

Michelle and Ken share a  laugh during a casual  engagement shoot. Greg Coman Photography
Michelle and Ken share a laugh during a casual engagement shoot. Greg Coman Photography

 

During our informal shoot,  the couple shared with me that they were both huge Harry Potter fans. Michelle reached into her bag and pulled out a Hermione Granger  magical wizard  wand. We had some fun as she zapped Ken with some of her love charms.

Michelle using her magic  on Ken. Cosplay and props can add some fun to a photo shoot.  Greg Coman Photography
Michelle using her magic on Ken. Cosplay and props can add some fun to a photo shoot. Greg Coman Photography

I heard two weeks later that Ken asked Michelle to marry him.  I guess her magic charm worked.  There really was some magic between them, and I wish them all the best for their life ahead.

The Engagement ring .  Greg Coman Photography
The Engagement ring . Greg Coman Photography