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Justin + Natasha {Grand Prize Winners: Chamber Wedding Show!} Open this post

Jan 26
2010

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Justin + Natasha {Grand Prize Winners: Chamber Wedding Show!}

This past November, we were honoured to have been included in the Chamber of Commerce Wedding Wishes Show Grand Prize Giveaway — donating one of our most popular full-day imagery packages. Imagine our surprise — and the unbelievable irony — when the winners turned out to our very own already-booked clients, Justin + Natasha! But as luck [...]

This past November, we were honoured to have been included in the Chamber of Commerce Wedding Wishes Show Grand Prize Giveaway — donating one of our most popular full-day imagery packages. Imagine our surprise — and the unbelievable irony — when the winners turned out to our very own already-booked clients, Justin + Natasha!

But as luck would have it, we had been commissioned for a more limited package and in one fell swoop our happy couple were able to partake in the full enchilada. I’m not sure who was more excited… us or them!

Justin + Natasha exchanged heartfelt vows on Saturday, January 23rd. The day was extra *charged* for us, as it meant getting to see some past clients of ours and we are always up for a reunion {Justin’s sister Christina and her husband Chris were married with Bliss last March}.

Hard to know where to start with the 1,900 shots that were taken just 3 days ago. Of course not all of them *turn out*, but a hefty chunk have left us breathless. In the entire last 5 years of documenting weddings, we’re pretty insistant that we’ve not seen eyes as lovely or as piercing as Natasha’s. They really are something to behold. It’s worth noting that virtually every shot taken held some sort of special significance for them… whether it was the romantic text messages exchanged on their Blackberries, the playful photo session held on the swings at the park, or even the impromptu skating session with full-on wedding party participation {shout-out to the Best Man who went barefoot!}.

Justin + Natasha, thank you for giving us this glimpse into your love story. And although it is just beginning, something tells us the ending is indeed a happy one!

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Justin Loesser: We dont know what else to say than "WOW." We looked at the blog, we dont know which we like more, the kind and endearing words or the breath stopping pictures. It is absoluty perfect we cant believe how amaizing it turned out. Tasha especially was worried about the pictures, not with you guys but in general, from the beginning she was so nervous that she wouldnt like how she looked, she is so skeptical of herslef, she figured that if a couple thousand pictures were taken hopefuly there would be one that she liked. I tried reasuring her as much as I could and I expressed my confidence in you, because of how amazing u did with my sisters wedding and your blog, but when we just read your blog we were both so touched, and when we saw the pictures, when she saw the pictures, she was sooooo excited. We cant wait to see the rest of them, it was a perfect sneak peek :) I cant express how thrilled we are, and how great it was working with you on Saturday. you are number one in your field Alvis! Thank you sooo much from both of us.  01.26.2010

Ian Benninghaus: More fantastic stuff A. Especially love the shot with the Blackberry. Kuddos. 01.26.2010

Nikketa & Family: Justin & Natasha You both looked fantastic, and the pictures are beautiful. We know you will be very happy. 01.27.2010

Nikketa & Family: Justin & Natasha: You looked fantastic and the pictures were beautiful. We know you both will be very happy. 01.27.2010

Tiia J: How beutiful! It was so nice to be able to get a peek at the pics, since we wern't there! Congrats to the gorgeous couple! I need to redo our wedding so I can get pictures as great as these... it IS our 10th anniversary...hmmmmmmm... 01.29.2010

Bonnie Morgan: Amazing to have such beautiful wedding shots. When we got marriedd 33 years ago, we couldn't afford professioal photos. Therefore we had a friend take them. How I wish I could turn back the pages! We appreciated being invited to your wedding. You have a lot of amazing times ahead for you two. It was such a pleasure to be at your wedding and share in the joy and happiness that was experienced between your two families. We lookforward to getting together with you two in the near future and get to know you two as a new family. Love you both--Greg and Bonnie 01.31.2010

Maria Bowers: These are beautiful. I love the look and feel of the couple. Great Job guys. 01.31.2010

Dawn Bedard: Wow those where awesome can't wait to see the rest of them. You guys looked fabulous. So happy to see the video that was made as well t sure was good to see you having fun on your day. My family loved it as well. I'll have to get my dad to come to this site to see this as well. 02.21.2010

tash: this girl is unbelievable! that photo of her looking up at him.....sheesh. way to capture the moment...such expression!!!! 03.11.2010

Bethany Turner (nee Johnson): Wow! Beautiful photos. I stumbled across them today and couldn't believe I knew Justin! Congratulations on your marriage! You guys look great! 05.26.2010

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Hope for Haiti {Bliss to donate 5% of all 2010 sales to Canadian Red Cross} Open this post

Jan 24
2010

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Hope for Haiti {Bliss to donate 5% of all 2010 sales to Canadian Red Cross}

“I am only one, but still I am one.  I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.”  –Helen Keller The recent earthquake in already impoverished Haiti has left us feeling simply dumbfounded. How is it that one [...]

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“I am only one, but still I am one.  I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.”  –Helen Keller

The recent earthquake in already impoverished Haiti has left us feeling simply dumbfounded. How is it that one tiny nation must endure such a walopping? And while we continue to seek the answer on that one, we are reminded daily that living in Canada is akin to winning the lottery.

We’ve been struggling to figure out how we could get involved… In March, 2005, following the devastating Boxing Day Tsunami in Southeast Asia, we were able to get our hands dirty and help with the clean-up on the island of Ko Phi-Phi in Thailand. Though it was only a short visit, we saw first-hand the generosity of spirit of people from all over the globe who travelled with one common mantra: “we don’t know how we can help, but we’re going anyways.” It was remarkable to witness the kindness of humanity, but equally disturbing to see the dramatic, life-changing impact this natural event had on its survivors… People left without homes, belongings, drinking water, food, their children, their brothers and sisters.

Sadly, we cannot fly down to Haiti. We cannot scoop up even one orphaned child, as much as our hearts have the room. But we can do something. We will keep you posted throughout the coming months, and encourage you to think about what role you can play in bringing Hope to Haiti. If you’re needing any inspiring, click on the video below and let the lyrics from John Mayer’s song Heart of Life fill you up.

5% of all 2010 Bliss Bookings will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross, earmarked specifically for Haiti Relief.

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“I ♥ U” [says Josh to Sam // Engagement Session] Open this post

Jan 17
2010

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“I ♥ U” [says Josh to Sam // Engagement Session]

Is there anything more symbolic of love than a heart? I’m thinking possibly not. Yesterday’s engagement photo session with Josh + Samantha was rife with wickedly-cool symbolism… hearts for love, their own monograms in the snow, and relevance in just about every nook and corner we shot in. To keep things light-hearted and inclusive, Josh + [...]

Is there anything more symbolic of love than a heart? I’m thinking possibly not.

Yesterday’s engagement photo session with Josh + Samantha was rife with wickedly-cool symbolism… hearts for love, their own monograms in the snow, and relevance in just about every nook and corner we shot in. To keep things light-hearted and inclusive, Josh + Sam invited a special guest to tag along — their exuberant best pal Cocoa. The trio headed out to beautiful Oliver Lake to tromp through the snow and cut trail at Sam’s family camp. This camp was built by her grandfather and obviously is near and dear to her. We could not have asked for better conditions, a more relaxed couple to photograph or a better behaved little Cocoa.

Though we don’t like to wish our life away, we are eagerly counting down to June when Josh + Sam take that giant leap of faith into marriage. Hope you “♥” these few shots we played around with!

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Josh + Sam: Hi!! We just looked at the pics and LOVE them!! They are so beautifully done! Thank you so much for such a great time Saturday, you really made us feel comfortable and able to be just like ourselves. Can't wait to share the pics with family and friends....Talk to you later in the week... Josh and Sam (and Coco)!! 01.18.2010

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Lonely Planet No More {bliss is guatemala bound.} Open this post

Jan 14
2010

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Lonely Planet No More {bliss is guatemala bound.}

We are so excited the vibrations are keeping the neighbours up at night (sorry 1426 Broadway!). In less than three weeks, we’re whisking the family away for a very special retreat to Antigua, Guatemala. What awaits us is a reunion with Sam’s parents, her brother Jonathan and his new wife, Shalem, along with a jam-packed [...]

vol1-0298We are so excited the vibrations are keeping the neighbours up at night (sorry 1426 Broadway!). In less than three weeks, we’re whisking the family away for a very special retreat to Antigua, Guatemala. What awaits us is a reunion with Sam’s parents, her brother Jonathan and his new wife, Shalem, along with a jam-packed agenda!

Jonathan + Shalem, after fighting tooth and nail to secure appropriate paperwork and basically giving their right AND left arms, were finally married this past November and we are stoked to take some time to document their story on film. Jonathan, a native Thunder Bay’er who’s been teaching English in Honduras for the past few years, met his true love Shalem in Honduras. Her English was mucho limited. His Spanish was rusty but passable. Somehow, someway, their love has conquered all language and cultural barriers and the universe succeeding in bringing them together. We are overjoyed to welcome Shalem into our family.

Whilst in Guatemala, several items of business will also be conducted, including a top-secret Trash-the-Dress shoot which has been in the works for years but has never gotten off the ground. Other related tasks will include Sam’s attempt to continue her training for the big climb {of Mount Sajama in Bolivia this June} with treks up several of Guatemala’s highest volcanos {including one active one… Pacaya!} and my quest to get up to Tikal to finally document the Mayan ruins that eluded me last year.

To our valued clients, new and those-we-have-not-yet-met; February shall be *business as usual* despite our sojourn to Central America. We shall continue to move forward on our editing; we shall continue to blog; and we shall continue to photograph!!!

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Claudine + Nick: United in Matrimonial Bliss! Open this post

Jan 13
2010

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Claudine + Nick: United in Matrimonial Bliss!

It is such a treat to document a winter wedding and even more so when it transpires over Christmas — a season that we at Bliss cherish dearly. This is the story of Claudine + Nick, with honourable mentions for little Ava {their adorable 2-year old daughter} and her soon-to-be baby sister, who — for now [...]

It is such a treat to document a winter wedding and even more so when it transpires over Christmas — a season that we at Bliss cherish dearly.

This is the story of Claudine + Nick, with honourable mentions for little Ava {their adorable 2-year old daughter} and her soon-to-be baby sister, who — for now — is happily snuggled in the oven for a few more months.  Our connection with Claudine always makes me smile. Ava and our daughter Saffron attend the same daycare; and depending on the day, you can be sure that one or the other of them is egging on their fellow playmates and stirring up a healthy dose of toddler fun.

We were honoured to have this opportunity to document Claudine + Nick’s wedding day. The marriage took place at Thunder Bay’s Botanical Conservatory amidst a sea of festive poinsettias and other tropical greenery. Following around the sweet trio of flower girls remains a highlight — these kids loved the camera! Other favourite moments included Claudine’s best gal pals surrounding her for a rendition of *Sweet Child Of Mine*… they just rocked out the air guitars!

Please enjoy this sneak peek of imagery taken just a few weeks ago; and to the happily married couple: we wait with baited breath the arrival of your new baby! Congratulations on the many life’s blessings that have been bestowed upon you. Thank you again, and God bless! xo Samantha + Alvis

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Renee + Ryan = Luc {and S.T.B.W.B.} Open this post

Jan 04
2010

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Renee + Ryan = Luc {and S.T.B.W.B.}

Not up for acronyms? O.K.  We cave.  That would be “soon to be wedded Bliss.” Renee + Ryan are taking that giant leap this year and over the holidays we caught up with them and their adorable little boy (Luc) for an engagement photo session. Temperatures that day were hovering around – 25 with windchill (which, [...]

Not up for acronyms? O.K.  We cave.  That would be “soon to be wedded Bliss.”

Renee + Ryan are taking that giant leap this year and over the holidays we caught up with them and their adorable little boy (Luc) for an engagement photo session. Temperatures that day were hovering around – 25 with windchill (which, of course, now seems downright balmy compared to the frigid offerings Mother Nature has recently handed us!).  In spite of this, the e-session was hot, hot, hot! These two are deeply in love and it is palpable in the imagery below. We love the shot of Renee *putting her foot down.* Thanks for braving the cold guys.  You would never know how freezing it was!

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maria: Hi Mr.Alvis, you´re soooooo talented. Have a nice day.... 01.05.2010

Ian Benninghaus: A, your recent work is simply stunning. Every time my wife and I visit the site we end up kicking ourselves and wishing we could have met you before our wedding. Again, fantastic work my friend. Inspiring stuff. Cheers. 01.08.2010

admin: Thanks Ian, your mom said the same thing when I met her at Centennial Park with this couple. As you are a fan of my work, I am a fan of your photography. You really seem to be able to capture stunning landscape images, I can see you have the patience of a saint to get that fleeting shot. I am looking forwards to meeting up with you and the family to take care of business. Cheers and never stop shooting. A. 01.08.2010

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Melinda + Ryan: Engaged! Open this post

Jan 01
2010

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Melinda + Ryan: Engaged!

Happy New Year from Bliss Pictures! Very recently these two lovebirds flew in from Alberta to celebrate the holidays with friends and family; to our good fortune we were able to snatch them away for a few hours of camera-clicking and goofing off {translation: their engagement session!}.  And now that 2010 is upon us, their August [...]

Happy New Year from Bliss Pictures!

Very recently these two lovebirds flew in from Alberta to celebrate the holidays with friends and family; to our good fortune we were able to snatch them away for a few hours of camera-clicking and goofing off {translation: their engagement session!}.  And now that 2010 is upon us, their August wedding seems just moments away! Mel + Ryan: we can’t wait to stand alongside you when you exchange vows this summer. Married Bliss here you come!  Hope you enjoy this smattering of images — we feel they really capture the essence of your love and your personalities.

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