Saturday, December 17, 2011

Happy Holidays!


It's that time of year again. Eggnog, Christmas trees, presents, family, big dinners, snow (not so far), winter coats and toques, butterscotch pull-aparts (yes it is as good as it sounds), wrapping paper tube sword fights, and of course our annual Mario Kart tournament.

It's a time to be thankful for all that we have and to spend time with our loved ones. The holidays are the best!

For me Xmas is the most important time of the year. Its when my family all head to my parents house and spend two days together.

I just wanted to write a blog post wishing everyone a very merry Christmas and happy holidays!

A weekend at the Bartlett's, a Saskatoon Engagement - Caitlyn + Eric

During the time I've lived in Saskatoon I made a lot of close friends. People that I miss dearly and that I will always be friends with. One of those good friends, Chelsey, had invited me to come back to Saskatoon for a weekend to take her sister's engagement photos as well as hang out and see where she had grown up.

Meeting Chelsey's little sister Caitlyn for the first time I could see that awesomeness ran in the family. When I met Eric, him and Caitlyn being together really made sense. They compliment each other perfectly, such a wicked couple. I couldn't be happier that Caitlyn and Eric are together and that I was able to hang out with them the entire weekend and take their engagement photos. They even were nice enough to drive me to the airport for my flight back to BC. (Thanks again!)

Our weekend was absolutely fantastic and a TON of fun! I'm not going to lie, it was mostly pleasure and some work. Riding a Sea-doo, swimming, and hanging out on the boat during the day and an engagement photo session later on in the evening.

The Bartlett's treated me like family. They welcomed me into their home, fed me, took me out for some fun, showed me around town, and we chatted about everything from photography to Bob Marley. Thank you Bartlett's, you are an amazing family.

To Caitlyn and Eric, congratulations! I am so thrilled you two are engaged and thank you for letting me photograph you two. Hopefully we get to hang out again soon, all the best!

(Please open post to view all the photos)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

A perfect Saskatoon wedding - Brett + JoAnn

The day started off in a relaxed mood. I arrived at Brett's house around 9 in the morning and him and I took his dog Karl for a short walk before the big day got rolling. The guys had some running around to do before the ceremony so I decided to go along for the ride.

The next hour or so was filled with picking up some of the groomsmen, picking up the rental van to transport the wedding party, making sure all the electronics were working at the reception, and of course taking photos. After spending some time with the guys I went to meet the ladies to photograph them getting ready.

JoAnn had herself surrounded by her wonderful bridesmaids and mom. They all were so supportive and everyone was very excited. It was a great morning filled with laughter, a lot of smiles, and some nerves ;).

The rest of the day went beautifully. The ceremony was great, lots of happy tears and Brett and JoAnn saying their "I do's". Then we had a few hours for formals which we went around to a couple different locations in Saskatoon. Its always tiring for the bride and groom trekking around for photos and putting on smiles whenever I needed them to. But Brett and JoAnn stuck it out, although they were pretty gassed by the end. Then came the reception which I loved. Candy buffets, cap guns being fired off, delicious food, and hearing some very moving and funny speeches. To top it off the dance floor was awesome and everyone got out there and showed off their moves. It was a fantastic day!

Some of the greatest things about being a wedding photographer is being able to constantly be surrounded by true, raw emotion and be allowed to witness and photograph it. Also to see two people who are head over heels in love pledge themselves to each other. Its a very powerful thing and I am blessed to be able to do this.

Thank you Brett and JoAnn for allowing me to be a part of your big day. I am so happy for you two and congratulations!

(Please open post to view the rest of the photos)
Karl, such an awesome little dog.

Friday, October 7, 2011

A countryside wedding, Agassiz - Mitch+Becky

I've known Mitch ever since we were little kids. We played on the same sports teams, went to the same elementary and high school, liked the same girls. We were, and still are, best buds. Throughout the entire time I've known Mitch I have never seen him act like he does around Becky. They are both very much in love, and I couldn't be happier that two of my good friends are now married!

Becky and Mitch, I am thrilled for the both of you, congratulations! Thank you for letting me be a part of your big day, I am honored.

I wish the two of you a lifelong of happiness!

(Please open the post to see more photos of Mitch and Becky's big day!)

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Gettin' Married!


Its crazy to think that this coming December will mark 6 years that Alison and I have been dating! Even more crazy is that next Sunday will mark 1 year since I proposed to her under a firework filled sky and also the day we both will say "I do" and become Mr and Mrs Verde (being called that is gonna take some getting used to :P)

We are both SO excited! Our photographer even jokingly told me "Your such a bride" after I posted a countdown to the wedding on Facebook. But we are also both pretty busy getting ready for the big day. I am working my way slowly through a long 'to-do' list as well as trying to get a wedding edited and delivered to a client before our wedding.

To counter balance the stress and insanity that is the week before a wedding, we also have a lot of fun things planned for this coming week. Tomorrow I have my stag! The guys and I are heading out for a fun day of shooting each other with paintball guns. Afterwards were having a big BBQ and playing some poker into the wee hours of the morning. Should be good times, and wouldn't hurt if I won some money! (I am terrible at poker so I'm counting on 'beginners luck' hehe)

Also super exciting is that friends from out of town are starting to get here early next week! We've invited a lot of our friends to come out early to spend time with us during the week and do some fun activities like river rafting, rock climbing, sailing, and whatever else we can think of.

In short, these next 3 weeks (honeymoon included) are going to be the best 3 weeks of my life! I can't wait!

If you missed mine and Alison's engagement photos check them out here.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Forestry Farm House Wedding, Saskatoon - Carla + Jason

I'm always honored and excited when a couple chooses me to photograph their big day! I remember meeting with Carla and Jason in a little coffee shop when I was still living back in Saskatoon. They got their drinks and sat down with me and excitedly told me about their plans for their big day. After hearing what their wedding would entail I knew I had to say yes, it sounded too perfect not too and I could see that Carla and Jason really loved each other.

Arriving at their wedding on July 16, I could see that everything went according to plan. The day was beautiful, I don't think Carla or Jason could have asked for better weather! There wasn't a cloud in the sky, and  it was nice and warm - perfect for an outdoor wedding. Carla and Jason decided to surround themselves with only the closest of friends and family that day which made for a small intimate wedding and their numbers worked out perfectly for the little Forestry Farm House.

To Carla and Jason, congratulations and thank you. Thank you so much for sharing your day with me. I hope you had the best wedding ever and are now enjoying life as Mr and Mrs  :).

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The Saskatoon Forestry Farm house was perfect for Jason and Carla

Friday, July 29, 2011

A Kid at Heart

This little guy was so jacked to be playing with a soccer ball
Me? I'm a hopeless romantic, I worry about everything, I love my family, I'm an optimist, I love adventure, I'm a geek, I play video games, I'm a Star Wars fan, I dig technology but don't understand most of it (yep, just used the word "dig"), I love playing sports but dislike watching most of them, I am many things but one thing I hope I never forget is how to be a kid at heart.

Remember to back to when you were a child. Everything was exciting, the smallest outings seemed like the biggest adventures! Cheese and crackers tasted like the best food in the world! You didn't regret the past or worry about the future, you enjoyed the present! And if you made a friend, they were your best friend in 5 minutes and you were having the time of your life in 10!

There is something very universal about children, they are happy. For as much knowledge as adults have there is so much that we can re-learn from children. You can learn to be silly, to let go and be yourself - regardless of what people think because that is what makes you happy. You can learn to take joy in the little things in life and to get overly excited about things.

Although you grow older, let your heart stay young! Happy Friday!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Dreams


When is the last time you thought to yourself "What are my dreams?", and if you do know what your dreams are, what was the last step you took to living your dream?

I find far too often people don't share their dreams and even worse, don't strive to live them. People talk of their dreams like they are unachievable, that they are a fleeting thought not to be taken seriously. A dream is not something you should be ashamed of or embarrassed about, it is something that you should be proud of. Know that your dreams are your own, they are special.

Take a step towards your dreams.

“The only thing that will stop you from fulfilling your dreams is you.” - Tom Bradley

Friday, July 1, 2011

Random Photo Friday #1 - "Walking Tall"

"Walking Tall"
I have always wanted to do a weekly blog series that had a catchy, yet regrettably corny, title that showed different works of mine anywhere from a shot I took back when I used 35mm film or even an iPhone snapshot and also to include some anecdote, insight, or thoughts Ive been having.

So here it goes, the first installment of "Random Photo Friday" (I told you, corny right?).

The image you see to the left, which I titled "Walking Tall", is one of my favorite shots Ive ever taken. Not because of the technical aspects of the shot, but because of the subject and the emotion this photo evokes in me. For me it symbolizes power, wisdom, strength, leadership, and adventure. Yet every time I look at the image I feel something a little different each time.

This photograph is of my dad. I took this photo back when I was shooting 35mm film (I didn't shoot a lot, maybe 10 rolls before going digital) and I was just getting into photography. I think this shot is when I realized that photography was more than just a picture, its telling a story, recreating the feeling and emotion in that moment you took the photo. For me this shot will always remind me what an amazing father I have and how lucky I am to have him as a roll model and as a best friend. He is such a big part of who I am today.

One of the best pieces of advice my dad ever gave me and sticks with me to this day, and I hope you people can use this when you get in tough times - "Don't worry about the things you can't change, and do something about the things you can".

PS - HAPPY CANADA DAY!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Jen Graduation Portraits - Teaser!

A couple weeks back I was thrilled to receive a Facebook message from an old highschool friend, Stephanie (I love hearing from old friends), and turns out her little sister, Jen, is graduating TODAY! I had the honor of photographing Jen and her family this afternoon before she graduates.

I wish you the best of luck in your future Jen, congratulations on graduating and I hope you have a fantastic day with friends and family!

There will be more photos coming, as this is just a teaser. Stay tuned for more photos of Jen and her family later on this week!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Later Saskatchewan, it's been good!

back at home
Throughout life there are always large, tough decisions. Recently Alison and I made a huge decision. We decided to move back home to British Columbia. Back to our families, our old friends, MOUNTAINS (wow I missed mountains so much!), and the outdoor activities we love to do. It wasn't an easy decision since we have made such close friends in Saskatchewan and we both fell in love with Saskatoon as a city. We are definitely going to miss Saskatoon and friends although I don't mind leaving behind the Saskatchewan winters though ;). And we will definitely go back to visit some amazing friends we made out there. (click post to continue reading)

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Alison's Surprise Bday Party

Alison's birthday is April 26 and its not the most convenient day of the year for a birthday. Being a student, her and her friends are usually finishing up finals, so no one can really hang out or celebrate Alisons bday with her. On top of finals, Alison is never home for her birthday because she is taking University in a different province.

Well this year I decided that her birthday was going to be a big deal and that she was going to feel special and loved on her birthday. With some help from Alison's close friend, and maid of honor, Chelsey we pulled off the best surprise bday party ever!

Alison had a final in the morning which worked for me because I had a TON of running around to do to get ready for the party that night. First thing was to go buy a present for Alison, and I knew just the thing. I went to a spa and bought her enough credit there to have three or four sessions which I knew she would love after finishing her last final and being DONE school for good (YAY!). After buying the spa day I spent the rest of the day buying food, decorations, and picking up studio lights for the little photobooth I was going to put on that night.

Everything turned out fantastic and Alison was thrilled! We all ate, laughed, hung out, and overall had a great time.

My idea behind the photobooth was since Alison and I are moving back to BC come the end of May I was going to do headshots of all her close friends that were at the party and put them into a photobook for her so she could always have a nice photo of her friends to look at when she missed them. Here are some of the headshots, Im not posting them all just some of the ones. Enjoy! :)

(please click the post to view all the photos)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Our Engagement Shoot

So as most of you know I am now happily engaged to the woman of my dreams, Alison, and if you don't know then check out the blog post about it here. Naturally being a photographer I wanted to get photos done of Ali and I for our engagement. Fortunately I work with a bunch of talented photographers and Thomas Chan and Rachel Malena of Dwell House Photography graciously offered to shoot out photos.

It was a chilly afternoon/evening and by the end everyone was pretty cold. But it was really nice out aside from the temperature and led to great shots! Thanks Thomas and Rachel, we appreciate it so much. Enjoy the photos everyone :).

Please click to open the full post and view all the photos from our engagement shoot

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Ashley + Trevor: A Saskatoon Winter Wedding

Hi everyone,

Last month (Feb 5/11) I had the privilege of photographing my good friend Ashley marry the man of her dreams, Trevor. The wedding was fantastic, and the day went perfect. Luckily the day was only mildly cold at -10 degrees Celsius or so which is balmy compared to the -35 degrees Celsius which was the temperature the following day. Also I dont think Ive ever seen a group of people have as much fun as the people at this wedding! There were so many people dancing, it was great! In the end it was a gorgeous day and Ashley and Trevor were so happy and had so much fun!

Please click on the post to view some of the photos from Ashley and Trevor's big day


Friday, February 25, 2011

University Football Photography: UofS Huskies vs Regina Rams

Photo by Liam Richards
Hi everyone,

So in my last blog post I hinted that I was working on a little video project showcasing what it was like to shoot University level football. Well today I finished it! I like how it turned out. I am no pro videographer but I think it turned out well. I hope you enjoy!

Please click the post to watch the video, thanks.


Photographers:
Liam Richards (http://www.liamrichards.com/)
Steve Hiscock (http://www.flickr.com/photos/avalon642/)

Photo Editors:
Derek Mortensen (http://base10photo.photoshelter.com/)

Videographer & Editor:
Taylor Verde (http://www.taylorverde.com/)

Monday, January 17, 2011

Grey Cup 2010 Weekend

Hello all,

So in this lull in photos and photojobs (that will end pretty quick here, I am shooting a wedding in less than 2 weeks, AHH!) I thought I'd share a pretty awesome experience I had recently. If you hadnt heard I was given the opportunity to go to the Grey Cup in Edmonton.

I went for South Creek Global Media as an on site photo editor for Derek Mortensen of Base10Photo, who was shooting the Grey Cup. My job entailed editing and uploaded photos to South Creek during the game, so I had to run and grab the memory cards come back to the media tent and download, crop, edit, and upload the photos.

It was a lot of fun, pretty stressful, and exhausting but overall was such an awesome experience and I am thankful for it. The photos looked fantastic (to see the photos Derek shot and I edited head over to Base10Photo) and everything went really smoothly. Im including 3 videos below that I made while I was there as sort of a vlog to try and show people what it was like to be at the Grey Cup as a photographer. Contrary to what I say in the last video, there won't be a final vlog.

To give you a background on my football knowledge and experience:
- Ive never played football on a team in a league
- I knew relatively NO players
- This was the SECOND football game Ive EVER been to!
- And the first football game Ive ever been to I got to run onto the field with the University football team as a videographer (video is in the works, stay tuned)