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…not your everyday hike {Volcán Pacaya: 8,350 ft} Open this post

Feb 25
2010

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…not your everyday hike {Volcán Pacaya: 8,350 ft}

Toasted marshmallows at 8,300 ft anyone? Mystical, thick cloud forest, you say? Deep, unsteady lava crevasses? Sign us up for this! Last week Shalem, Sam and I had the opportunity to climb an active volcano just one hour outside of Antigua. Volcán Pacaya has erupted at least 23 times since the Spanish conquest of Guatemala. In [...]

Toasted marshmallows at 8,300 ft anyone? Mystical, thick cloud forest, you say? Deep, unsteady lava crevasses? Sign us up for this!

Last week Shalem, Sam and I had the opportunity to climb an active volcano just one hour outside of Antigua. Volcán Pacaya has erupted at least 23 times since the Spanish conquest of Guatemala. In fact, on any given evening, it is commonplace to see molten-hot lava flowing freely down the side of the mountain and if you look closely, you’ll see some of the local guides ferrying the tourists up to the top via horseback for the surreal glimpse of actual lava.

For our purposes, we opted for the sunrise hike. This was not a hike for lightweights… thankfully our guides came with the added bonus of horseback *taxis* available when exhaustion would finally set in. Sam wants everyone to know she hiked it! {And she darn well better if she expects to climb Mt Sajama in Boliva (22,000 ft) this June!!!} Despite the thick cloud shrouding the mountain that morning, every few minutes we were graced with stunning valley vistas. All this for $7 U.S. and a $5 park admin fee. Not such a shabby way to stretch the dollar and experience something unsurpassed! It is worth noting that several days after trekking up Pacaya, Guatemala experienced 2 separate earthquake tremors at a 5.4… just 4 hours apart. A good reminder that this is not our Thunder Bay backyard!

Mom: Seeing these pics(all) for the first time. COOL.. 04.15.2010

Oscar: .... thanks!!... 07.27.2014

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Jonathan adora Shalem. {engagement shoot} Open this post

Feb 24
2010

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Jonathan adora Shalem. {engagement shoot}

Here in Antigua, Guatemala, excited to post some of the *engagement* imagery from our shoot with Jonathan + Shalem a few days ago. Antigua is a charming, progressive-yet-old-world Central American town in Guatemala. It is surrounded by volcanoes (several active ones), lush tropical forests, cobblestone streets and boasts the most genuine people we’ve ever met. [...]

Here in Antigua, Guatemala, excited to post some of the *engagement* imagery from our shoot with Jonathan + Shalem a few days ago. Antigua is a charming, progressive-yet-old-world Central American town in Guatemala. It is surrounded by volcanoes (several active ones), lush tropical forests, cobblestone streets and boasts the most genuine people we’ve ever met. Needless to say there was no shortage of inspiring backdrops for this particular shoot.

And yes, though we know they are already married (those pics to come!), given geographical proximity and timing these shots were done after the fact. It is worth noting that Jonathan is not a fan of seeing himself in photographs, though he will happily gaze for hours at his stunning new wife… Enjoy!  (p.s., still working out some coding kinks… in an ideal world the portrait pics would be aligned to the centre!!!)

Kali Restoule: Absolutely stunning photo's of an absolutely stunning couple! 08.16.2010

Annette Klement: Beautiful pictures...congratulations again! 01.08.2011

Brent: .... thanks!!... 07.29.2014

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Bliss Blog’s Birthday: {v. 2.0 Launched!} Open this post

Feb 21
2010

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Bliss Blog’s Birthday: {v. 2.0 Launched!}

After months of tweaking and refining, Bliss is proud to unveil our newly overhauled, custom-designed Blogsite! We are ecstatic and hope that you will enjoy some of the rad features, including our Sneak Peek section {for anyone too busy to read an entire post} and a more user-friendly comments section complete with all the social [...]

After months of tweaking and refining, Bliss is proud to unveil our newly overhauled, custom-designed Blogsite! We are ecstatic and hope that you will enjoy some of the rad features, including our Sneak Peek section {for anyone too busy to read an entire post} and a more user-friendly comments section complete with all the social networking you could ever want. What we like best of all is that finally, we can veer away from templates and let our personalities and creativity shine through {not that there’s anything wrong with templates… Net Rivet, you rocked. But being in an artistic industry, we have to continue to push the limits as best we can to remain distinct}.

A huge shout-out to our friends at Flosites {Ross and Dimi, you guys have been phenomenal!} for bridging geographical boundaries and time-zones and working with us from all the way on the other side of the globe {little country called Moldova…ever heard of it?!}.  Flosites worked alongside our local branding experts at Eleven-Seventeen {shout-out to Krista + Dan for helping us better understand who we really are!} and together they pushed us to think differently and yet be true to ourselves. The marvels of modern technology really came through for us, as things became interesting in these last few weeks whilst here in Central America away from the conveniences of home. And yet somehow, someway, we still managed to get ‘er done and have the important dialogues despite geography. It’s pretty mind-boggling to realize how small our little planet actually is…. when you think of it. They are there in Moldova.  We are here in Guatemala. And yet we communicated just fine. So cool!

And now onto our actual post.  Bliss came to Guatemala to celebrate the union of Jonathan + Shalem. Jonathan, originally from Thunder Bay, has been living and teaching English in Central America for several years now.   Shalem hails from Honduras. Together they’ve endured nothing short of a paperwork circus to try and formalize their marriage. In fact, when asked how he first met Shalem, he says to me “what are you, the Embassy?!”. As I probe deeper, it was as simple as “she walked by my house one day and caught my eye.” And when asked what he absolutely digs about her, the words “she’s crazy!” and “she’s a goofball who’s always laughing” and “she has an amazing way with children” come out of his mouth.

We had the opportunity to spend Valentine’s Day with Jonathan + Shalem at an incredible restaurant here in Antigua. Panza Verde was the romantic backdrop for our lovely dinner and impromptu photo session. {The real photo session is yet to come!} There was something old-world and gritty about the setting… so much so that we opted for a black/white edit on this imagery. Please enjoy and check back for more in the next few days!

Shalem: Great photos, Alvis. Thank you for coming to see us during this special time. Muchos Gracias!!! 02.21.2010

CynthiaK: Wow, such gorgeous photos. What stunning subjects to make work of, too. :) Hugs to you all, down there in warmer climes. 02.21.2010

Jason Bowers: Wow guys, this is really nice. I love the Casablanca feel to the location. Would love to be filming this. The new site is great. Have a great trip and easy on the ticker. 02.21.2010

admin: Thanks, Jason! Taking it easy down here. Yes, it's rife with unbelievable spots. You would die if you were here with your crew. 02.22.2010

Jonathan: Although I find it hard seeing myself in any reproduction - makes scary mornings in the bathroom - I could never get enough of my beautiful wife frozen in time. I think the setting helped with that aspect as Antigua does its best to embrace the romance of times gone by. What a place! What photos! I am excited to see the others and am stunned by my wife's terrible Spanish. Thanks. 02.22.2010

lynn: .... ñïàñèáî!!... 07.31.2014

Jeff: .... ñïàñèáî çà èíôó.... 11.18.2014

karl: .... ñýíêñ çà èíôó.... 11.18.2014

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Excitement Lurks Around Every Corner… Open this post

Feb 19
2010

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Excitement Lurks Around Every Corner…

Buenas Noches to our faithful blog companions! We are approaching the start of week two as part of our three-week location shoot in Guatemala. These past few days have been rife with everything from a trip to the hospital for our sick little one {incredible care, we were really impressed} to a sojourn up a [...]

Buenas Noches to our faithful blog companions! We are approaching the start of week two as part of our three-week location shoot in Guatemala. These past few days have been rife with everything from a trip to the hospital for our sick little one {incredible care, we were really impressed} to a sojourn up a real-life active volcano… and this doesn’t even account for any of the shooting we’ve been doing!

There is much to look forward to at Bliss. You could say, we’re on our own version of *Cloud Nine* these days. But because it’s late and we did do the whole trek up the mountain thing just today, this post will be short {and hopefully cryptic enough to keep you checking back}. Rest assured if you’ve a hankering for some of our recent work, we have a smattering of incredible images to put up from the couples we’ve shot here in Antigua (Guatemala).

In the meantime, we’ll bid you Adios and remind you to come check us out at the Thunder Bay Spring Wedding Show this Sunday at the Da Vinci Centre from 11:30 to 4:30. Bliss’ own Martin Kremer will be on hand to answer any questions and get you excited about the approach we take with your Big Day.

And because a post just isn’t a post without a pic, we’ll leave you with just a few of Alvi and I goofing around earlier in the week.

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Trish: Your wife is hot. :-) 02.19.2010

admin: Trish... thanks. I am aware of this. It's the old famous tale of Beauty and the Beast! Seriously though... she's her own worst critic. I'll tell her you said so! Greetings to you and the Ottawa gang. 02.19.2010

Trish: Beast? As if!! I just didn't think it was appropriate to comment on your "hot" factor, given that Sammy is such a dear friend. :-) 02.19.2010

Dana: Wow guys, LOVE the new blog. And the pics in GUATA....you guys are inspirational. 02.22.2010

Emma: You guys look ecstatic to be there! p.s., please tell Sammy Jam I LOVE her shoes!! hugs to you all! 02.22.2010

Jim: .... áëàãîäàðåí!... 07.29.2014

Victor: .... ñýíêñ çà èíôó.... 11.17.2014

Ricardo: .... áëàãîäàðåí!!... 11.18.2014

Isaac: .... thank you!!... 11.18.2014

ronnie: .... good.... 11.19.2014

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Alex + Steve: Hitched! Open this post

Feb 17
2010

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Alex + Steve: Hitched!

Saturday, February 6th was their Big Day.  And it was perfect. Sunny skies, temps in the respectable upper-minus range. A groom who had perfected the fine art of tying a double windsor knot… and kind enough to pay it forward in teaching his posse of groomsmen. A bride giddy with delight at glimpsing her wedding gown [...]

Saturday, February 6th was their Big Day.  And it was perfect.

Sunny skies, temps in the respectable upper-minus range. A groom who had perfected the fine art of tying a double windsor knot… and kind enough to pay it forward in teaching his posse of groomsmen. A bride giddy with delight at glimpsing her wedding gown suspended in air by rope and pulley in her living room {expertly *Macgiver’d* by Dad}.  Deer arriving in the backyard as if on cue during the bridal party photo shoot. At least a dozen young children showing up at St. Agnes church with mommies and daddies in tow… waiting anxiously to see their favourite teacher in her beautiful dress. Wedding vows lovingly exchanged and marking the very first ceremony ever presided over by family friend/officiant Deacon Frank Beck {how cool is that?!}.  And quite possibly, the BEST Best Man’s speech EVER as sung to the tune of Piano Man by Jay.

It was their Big Day.

And now we can all officially say that Alex + Steve are H-to-the-I-to-the-TCHED. To the happy couple, we cannot quite believe that the year came and went as quickly as it did. As fate would have it, you passed by our booth at the Thunder Bay Spring Wedding Show one year ago… Thank you for entrusting us with all your precious memories. We cannot wait to show you the good stuff! It’s a bit difficult to edit on the road, let alone in Central America… but we’ll be posting more when we return to the land of quick internet and accessible editing software. In the meantime, please enjoy this glimpse of photos that come with our warmest congratulations.

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Alex & Steve: WOW! We love the pictures! They are absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much for capturing all the special moments of our day. The pictures in the church are beautiful, but we think the last "Michael Jackson" shot is our favourite so far. We look forward to seeing more in the coming weeks. Hope you enjoy the rest of your trip! 02.17.2010

admin: Hey guys! Thanks for the kind words. There are just a tonne of great shots and obviously we were somewhat limited with what we could post. But yes, the M.J. one is our fave, too. What a tribute...! Having a super trip and look forward to connecting with you in a few weeks. 02.19.2010

ron: .... tnx for info!!... 07.27.2014

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…and a snowstorm for good measure {Lucie + Kevin} Open this post

Feb 04
2010

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…and a snowstorm for good measure {Lucie + Kevin}

Lucie loves Kevin. Kevin loves Lucie. It’s as simple as that. This engagement shoot will go down in history as one for the books… that is for sure. Our happy couple drove to Thunder Bay from Sioux Lookout with their faithful companion, Mika, in tow. As intrepid Northern Ontarians, neither was too concerned with the looming [...]

Lucie loves Kevin. Kevin loves Lucie. It’s as simple as that.

This engagement shoot will go down in history as one for the books… that is for sure. Our happy couple drove to Thunder Bay from Sioux Lookout with their faithful companion, Mika, in tow. As intrepid Northern Ontarians, neither was too concerned with the looming clouds and random snowflakes. And then it started to come down in earnest. Like big time! But nothing like a good ol’ fashioned January snowstorm to use as a very practical [insert *romantic*] excuse to stay off the roads and hunker down for the night in a hotel. And that’s just what they did!

We are excited to post these images because one thing that jumps right off the page — in our humble opinion — is the love that you can clearly see Lucie + Kevin have for each other. Bliss will be joining them on St. Joseph’s Island in October 2011 for their dream wedding, and we can’t wait!

Lucie + Kevin: it was no small feat getting up here for these shots. And despite the storm, we hope that you had a blast and are excited about the path that lies ahead. We are honoured to be working with you. Happy planning! –Alvis + Sam

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Lucie + Kevin: We love, love, love, love, love our pics!! You are truly amazing! Despite the storm, getting wet, cold, and dirty from the sand and the possible dead insects and poop that I was sitting on, we had a blast. Mika also enjoyed running around and getting dirty as well. We are so happy to have you as our photographer and cannot wait to see the rest. It is absolutely OUR honour that you will be joining us on our day and appreciate you travelling the distance to capture the special moments. We look forward working with you again and cannot wait!!! 02.04.2010

Helene Blain: I love the contrast in colors, who knew you could make a snow storm look so beautiful, my favorite shots are the ones on the train track and under the bridge, I also like the one of the two of them sitting on the bus kissing! Amazing shots can’t wait to see what the wedding shots will look like!! 02.05.2010

Ian Benninghaus: Great shots again A. St. Joseph Island you say? My camp is on the Island (Sterling Bay, south end) and I've been going there my whole life. The colors on the Island in October are absolutely fantastic and I'm envious that your couple has chosen the island for their big day. Fort St. Joseph is also a fantastic venue for some interesting shots http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/on/stjoseph/visit/direction.aspx Hell, if you need a place to stay, drop me a line, would be more than happy to assist. 02.15.2010

dwayne: .... thank you!!... 07.31.2014

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