Elbow Falls With Hayley

Hayley and I decided to take a quick trip out to the Bragg Creek area for a little adventure and photos before the semester at SAIT starts again. I picked up Hayley from Tim Hortons at around 9:00 a.m., but quickly realized the passenger doors were frozen from washing my car earlier in the week. Once we were settled in the car, we headed west on the Trans Canada.

A short time after getting on the highway, I saw a couple fellow Subies headed out as well (also JDM/RHD), who were likely on their way to Ghost Lake. Something I had to mention just because ;)

We cruised down making a stop or two to capture some of the very snowy scenery before arriving at Elbow Falls. Elbow Falls is one of my favourite locations to shoot at - especially in the morning when the sun just peeks over the tree-covered mountains. The moments there were spectacular. It was the way the golden light was falling over us, illuminating the sparkling mist arising from the river. I’ve been to the falls several times, and each time I am surprised with how many different looks I can get depending on the season and lighting. If you haven’t been here, it is most definitely a must-see at any time, or any season if you are in the area.

Photos taken January 8, 2017

Candy Store + Record Store With Jamie

I’ve shot with Jamie at a laundromat before Christmas. This time, we decided to try shooting at a candy store and a record store to again, stay indoors and keep warm. Shooting indoors definitely puts me out of my element and makes it a challenge. Jamie is so great to work with, so shooting with her definitely helped me out!

We initially met up in Kensington at around 10:30 a.m. to shoot at the candy store on 10th. However, that store didn’t open until 11:00 a.m. so we sat down at Starbucks around the corner for a hot drink while we waited. Once the candy store opened up, we jumped in and kindly got permission to shoot photos while we shopped for candy! I don’t know who would leave a candy store empty handed, but that’s just me. After we finished shooting there, we filled up some take out containers of candy before heading to Recordland, which was our next location to shoot.

This was the first time either of us had visited Recordland. If you haven’t been there, definitely check it out. They’ve literally got it all! Not only that but the store is much bigger than you would expect. It was a great time to be able to shoot photos while we looked through all the kinds of records and music they had available. From remembering the ‘oldies’ we used to listen to growing up, to the new music we hear now everyday.

From the shoot, here is what I came up with! Maybe next time we will shoot some portraits in the mountains ;)

Photos taken January 7, 2017

Grotto Canyon.

Hope everyone had a safe and happy new year!

I took a little trip with my girlfriend and my sister (who is visiting from Montreal for the holidays). We went out to Canmore for an easy hike through Grotto Canyon. The hike isn’t so much of an incline, but the icy trail leads to some frozen waterfalls and a cave further along. The waterfalls are incredible and are well worth the short trek. After spending some time slipping and sliding around on the ice, we continued our way towards the cave. At first glance, the hill to get up to it doesn’t look so bad. However, once halfway up, we immediately realized how steep it really is. The fun part for me was going back down since I was able to just hop and slide most of the way, and again for the return trip down the frozen creek. It was a perfect little hike for the day, before it started dumping snow - which made the highway quite slick on the drive home. 

Again, happy new year! Here’s to more adventures and exploring in 2017!

Photos taken Dec. 31 2016

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