Happy Anniversary Sarah + Anders

Ottawa Backyard Wedding Stephanie Beach PhotographyIt seems weird to say that an entire year has passed since we were lucky enough to photograph Sarah + Anders’ wedding day. That’s  right, it was a year ago that we were and tromping through the mud, looking for the nearest umbrella or canopy for our subjects, and just generally trying to keep our gear dry. In other words, it was an amazing wedding and I would redo every sopping minute of it in a heartbeat.

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Ottawa Backyard Wedding: Sarah + Anders, Photobooth

Ottawa Wedding Photography Photobooth Stephanie Beach PhotographySo apparently I never posted about the amazing time we had at Sarah + Anders wedding after we had set up their Photobooth!! I guess it has just been so busy that I missed sharing that with everyone. (But don’t worry, the actual photos were sent to the lovely couple back when they got their other wedding photos!)

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Ottawa Backyard Wedding: Sarah + Anders

Ottawa Backyard Wedding Stephanie Beach PhotographyI have always loved England. Seriously, ever since I was little I have loved everything about the country across the pond. I love their food, culture, television, sense of humour, history, landscapes, and of course, I love their accent. I have made two big trips to England, and have loved every single second of both of those trips and I would go back in a heartbeat if I was given the chance. So when I met Sarah + Anders last year to chat about their upcoming wedding, I was super pumped to find out they were planning on incorporating aspects from her home country into their big day. One of those details was actually Sarah’s dress which was from a shop in England she used to walk past most weekends when she was younger.

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In Which We Walk through Ashdown Forest and Visit Winnie-the-Pooh

Winnie the Pooh Ashdown Forest Stephanie Beach Photography 4As this is the first post from our trip, I am going to open this post with a general statement. For my 30th birthday, I planned a big trip around the United Kingdom (and Ireland). It was about two and a half weeks long and was packed full of great things. I will be going through the images we took and making a few blog posts about the things we saw and places we visited. That being said, it is most likely that I will never post all of the images from our trip, nor will the posts themselves be in any logical order. Continue reading “In Which We Walk through Ashdown Forest and Visit Winnie-the-Pooh”


I have been playing around in Photoshop, like I tend to do in my spare time, and am spending a fair bit of time trying to learn the ins and outs of a feature called Duotones. Basically, you take a grayscale image and add inks to it one at a time. You adjust the intensity of the inks you apply the same way you would adjust the lighting via curves so that part of it is familiar at least. You can have one ink (monotone), two inks (duotone), three inks (tritone) or four inks (quadtone) applied to an image.

The first image here is one I took way back in 2008 while in London, England. It is much more subtle then the below image from Chicago, taken last year. They are both quadtones (four inks applied) but obviously have different colours and intensities applied. The Easter Island image has three grays and a pink while the Chicago image has a black, blue, purple and pink applied in that order.

When using the Duotone feature you have to keep in mind that it is best to apply the colours from darkest to lightest. The logic wasn’t explained to me by the instructor, just the rule. But it makes sense as the inks are applied almost like screens. If you place a darker screen over a lighter one you won’t see the lighter colour at all.
I am far from perfecting duotones, as you can clearly see in the images I have done so far, but I like the effect it has and how it can range from subtle to in-your-face so easily. This is definitely something I am going to continue working with.