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OUT with the Old {YMCA}. IN with the Newlyweds. Open this post

Mar 31
2010

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OUT with the Old {YMCA}. IN with the Newlyweds.

Dear YMCA building on the South Side: thank you for your decades of service… and most recently, your rugged fire escape which served the dual purpose of backdrop and exercise in contrast for our modern-day bride and groom: Kim + Matt. And now that you are no more, dear YMCA building, you will take your [...]

Dear YMCA building on the South Side: thank you for your decades of service… and most recently, your rugged fire escape which served the dual purpose of backdrop and exercise in contrast for our modern-day bride and groom: Kim + Matt. And now that you are no more, dear YMCA building, you will take your place in history amidst the pages of Kim + Matt’s wedding album.

Dear Kim + Matt: your images speak to me because the day was just so much fun. Future newlyweds, take some unsolicited advice: you only get one crack at this beloved day. Letting your to do lists//your concern for details that, yes, you painstakingly put in place// your stewing about family politics and those things we cannot control get in the way, is just not worth it. I love looking back at the weddings where the atmosphere was relaxed, joyous and infused with energy. This particular wedding was definitely one I won’t forget.

Marie Danielewski: I love your pictures of you and Matt!!! They're beautiful....You two make such a wonderful couple!!! 04.09.2010

Donald: .... ñïñ çà èíôó.... 07.30.2014

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Love Is Bliss {why we do what we do} Open this post

Mar 15
2010

Posted in: Engagement 2 comments
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Love Is Bliss {why we do what we do}

Bliss is on the brink… of what? Well, something. Something. This tiny little company has grown in leaps and bounds since 2004 when Alvi and I first opened up a notebook and sketched out his dream. If the beginning was our infancy, and goodness knows we stumbled over hurdles and blocks, I guess now you [...]

Bliss is on the brink… of what? Well, something. Something. This tiny little company has grown in leaps and bounds since 2004 when Alvi and I first opened up a notebook and sketched out his dream. If the beginning was our infancy, and goodness knows we stumbled over hurdles and blocks, I guess now you could say we are in our adolescence — a sort of *coming of age*, if you will. The wedding season of 2010 warms us; humbles us; excites us. So many fantastic stories of love, long distance, and lifelong dreaming will culminate in one extraordinary day… and for us it will happen over and over and over again.

When we find ourselves backlogged with editing, or even just dealing with the everyday curveballs life throws, we remember the whole reason we got into this business in the first place: because it’s personal. What other job can dish out so much satisfaction and happiness each and every time we click the camera? It is the greatest honour in the world to get a glimpse into your story. We are on this planet for a nanosecond in the grand scheme of things… to find love, to live it, to cherish it is perhaps what IT is all about.

Many of you may have seen this little video floating around facebook or vimeo. I just stumbled on it tonight and it got to me. Big time. Thank you to the production company One Small Instrument for documenting such an intimate and life-changing moment. This is *Casey Proposes to Amy*.  Enjoy {find kleenex, first}.

http://www.vimeo.com/7733651

sidney: .... ñïñ çà èíôó.... 07.28.2014

tom: .... ñïàñèáî!... 11.20.2014

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Where Passions Run Deep                {Myles + Summer, National Arts Centre, Ottawa} Open this post

Mar 13
2010

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Where Passions Run Deep {Myles + Summer, National Arts Centre, Ottawa}

One of the things we find most interesting about our couples today is that a very large percentage live elsewhere in Canada; quite frankly, elsewhere in this hemisphere!  And yet there is always somehow a Thunder Bay connection.
Case in point: Summer + Myles. Our current lovebirds call Ottawa home; and recently we found ourselves back [...]

One of the things we find most interesting about our couples today is that a very large percentage live elsewhere in Canada; quite frankly, elsewhere in this hemisphere!  And yet there is always somehow a Thunder Bay connection.

Case in point: Summer + Myles. Our current lovebirds call Ottawa home; and recently we found ourselves back in our old stomping grounds for an artsy engagement shoot at Canada’s National Arts Centre. We are floored at all the connections here. Sam spent six years of her life working in Development at this premiere national treasure. Not to mention the NAC is where we first met {at a wedding, might I add!} and where we shared our first kiss. But I digress!

When asked if we thought it might make a nifty backdrop for photography, immediate {and enthusiastic!} ideas came to mind. Now, Summer and Myles have a passion for the arts and are frequent patrons of the NAC. Needless to say they seemed quite at home during our shoot. And despite the challenges of low-light and red carpet everywhere, the imagery comes off as fun, quirky and dramatic; superlatives we hope they are cool with! To soften the drama just a wee bit, we opted for a sepia-chic edit on a few of our fave images.

Summer + Myles: we are excited to document your Big Day this summer. Knowing some of the awesome ideas you have in store for your reception makes us smile oh-so-smugly. Congratulations, again!

Dana Fiorito: oh, the beautiful lighting....beautiful. beautiful. 03.16.2010

Rene: .... thanks for information.... 07.30.2014

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A Gown in Ruins {Antigua, Guatemala} Open this post

Mar 03
2010

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A Gown in Ruins {Antigua, Guatemala}

This is not your everyday post. It’s written by me, Alvis. Sam has been fired so that I can take a few moments to brag about my beautiful wife. Fair warning: I’m not a wordsmith like her and you’ll probably find a lot of grammar issues. But who gives, right? What matters most are the [...]

This is not your everyday post. It’s written by me, Alvis. Sam has been fired so that I can take a few moments to brag about my beautiful wife. Fair warning: I’m not a wordsmith like her and you’ll probably find a lot of grammar issues. But who gives, right? What matters most are the shots! But first, the story…

Sam and I were married nearly 10 years ago on a hot beach in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica. It was a small affair with only our parents and her brother and sister. I will never forget seeing her walk down the beach in this simple white dress. My father-in-law Mike beamed beside her, I knew it must have been a proud moment for him. And even though our ceremony was mainly in Spanish, we opted for our own hand-written vows and I also won’t forget the promises that were made that day. The only tragedy of everything was our photos — or should I say lack thereof. Back then I was only freelancing and my real job was 100% I.T. Either way, obviously I couldn’t take any shots of us as I was slightly busy.

So Sam hired someone she found on the internet and thought was reputable. Some American dude who lived down there and whose name I gladly forget. Let’s just say he talked a good talk. Bless her heart she didn’t even really see a portfolio; she just trusted in his game. Sadly the images we have are few and are not all that good. He cut us a disk that day (after paying him a small fortune of money) and both of us were utterly disappointed at the results. Now there were a few average images, to be fair. But truthfully, anyone who comes into our home expecting to see some wedding shots of us is always disappointed to find none.

Fast forward to this crazy idea: get Sam to put her dress on again! Get her to feel like a princess one more time, but document it for her and our kids and our grandkids… so everyone can see how beautiful she feels in it. I did not really have to twist her arm on the idea. I mean we WERE heading to one of the most inspiring places in this hemisphere, Antigua, Guatemala.

So here they are, and she was a trooper. The first night (yes this was a 2-day shoot) I dragged her all over creation and even made her stand on a lamppost amidst tuk-tuks and nosy onlookers. Too bad those shots were “horrific” in her words! I thought they rocked. But oh well. A bride always wins. lol. Back to the shoot. We took advantage of the gracious boutique hotel Panza Verde and could have stayed for hours to shoot there. Every corner was a photographer’s dream. I also wisked her into one of the famed, ruined churches in Antigua’s Central Park area. After six hours that day it was time to get back to the kids and family and sadly that ended it. I so badly wanted her to do a shot in the pool at Panza Verde but she was tanked and I was sunburnt!

One more thing. You will notice that this is not so much “Sam trashing her dress” as it is Sam being Sam. Anyone who knows her will agree she is a bit of a ham, a drama queen (love you dear), she loves getting dressed up, she loves climbing on things, posing, voguing if you will! She is my muse and my best friend and I hope these images give you some good ideas for donning that dress one more time.

Emma: Alvi, I'm truly speechless. All of these photos are stunning...but what makes them so beautiful is the apparent love you have for your model, muse, best friend and lover. Congrats and love and hugs to all of you! 03.03.2010

Bethanie: Wow you two, you are both very talented. I am so excited to be bringing you to Punta Cana next year. If I can look half as good it will be a success. 03.03.2010

Robyn: WOW...Alvis, your wife is a SUPERMODEL...and you are a ROCKSTAR photographer...what a beautiful shoot you have done...you guys are an unstoppable freight train of talent! 03.03.2010

krista: WOW, is all i can say you are amazing, both of you!!! 03.03.2010

Maria Bowers: Great photos Alvis. Sam is so very beautiful. 03.03.2010

admin: geez it's a good thing I took nice pictures cuz I sure don't know how to post a reply or comment on this blog. It was all I could do to cobble together the words! Thanks everyone. I am humbled and Sam is embarrassed but secretly I am sure she loves the attention. (sorry dear) 03.03.2010

Natasha: Wow Alvis, these pictures are breath taking! You have such a unique style about your photos....of course that's why Justin and I were so thrilled to have you do our wedding. :) Sam you look absaloutly stunning and you are VERY good at posing for pictures. It looks like something out of a magazine. We are gald you guys had a safe and clearly wonderful trip. 03.04.2010

Cincin: Amazing shots....really amazing! Sam, you are stunning! 03.11.2010

Alisa: was it in your vows to still be able to fit into your dress after ten years! unreal! and you rock that dress for sure! 03.14.2010

Ian Benninghaus: This entire series is fantastic. I too had an over-hyped and under skilled photographer for our wedding. Our handful of images are less than stunning; trust me, I feel your pain. Now this, THIS is how it should be done. This is proper perfection. 03.22.2010

Dennis: .... tnx for info!... 07.27.2014

byron: .... thanks!!... 11.17.2014

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