Canadian Museum of Nature Winter Wedding: Jennifer + Steve

Museum-of-Nature-Winter-Wedding-Stephanie-Beach-PhotographyJenn + Steve’s wedding day started off with clear weather, then moved into freezing rain/slush, and ended up having a mini-blizzard right in the middle of it! In fact, at one point in the day, the snowflakes were so dense and large that they looked completely fake (like they were made of foam and a wind machine)! Jenn wanted snow on her wedding day and boy-oh-boy did she get it! This wonderfully sweet couple definitely made the most of it during their portrait portion of the day! Getting completely drenched by the snow was definitely worth the shots we got out in that less than pleasant weather.⁠⠀

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Major’s Hill Park & Ottawa Locks Engagement Session: Michelle + Colin


A Plan B is one of the most important things I think you can have when planning your wedding. Normally the backup plan is in case it rains. So considering things like, where your outdoor ceremony will be moved to, and what indoor or covered location can you use for your family photos, etc. For us it often includes whipping out our collection of umbrellas, towels and things to put under long dresses to keep them off the ground (as much as possible at least). We have been doing this for a while now and we pretty much know the options for when the weather is less than desirable on a wedding day.

But what about an engagement session? Well, more often than not, our couples decide to reschedule their session for a less wet day. Other times we roll with it and get some different (and cool) images. Either way, there are still loads of options. So what Plan B do you whip out when you show up to your engagement session location and there is a huge festival being set up right smack dab in the middle of it? Because that is exactly what happened to Michelle + Colin’s engagement session a little earlier this month.

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Froggy Research

I always arrive to my shoot location early. I do this to check out the lighting and make sure the different photo spots I was thinking of will work for the shoot on that particular day. When I am shooting at a new location, I like to check it out in advance if at all possible. You see, I am a planner, so I like to know what I am getting into with respect to lighting and spots for photos as best as possible. Sometimes it isn’t possible to check things out in person and lucky for me in this age of technology, there are almost always photos online.

This past weekend Dave and I did some research for possible shots at the Museum of Nature. While we were there we visited the various exhibits including the Special Frogs exhibit. Now, I am not a frog lover, in fact they often gross me out immensely. But the teeny-tiny, brightly-coloured ones make me happy, like the below tree frog.

Museum of Nature Tree FrogIsn’t this little guy cute?! Besides getting some shots of little frogs, we found so many fantastic spots for photos and I am oh so looking forward to my shoot there later this year!! Ottawa is such a beautiful city and I love that I not only get to live here, but also photograph others here as they celebrate their lives.

Seattle, Washington

When looking for Alaskan cruises I quickly learned that there are really three ports you can leave from (that aren’t already in Alaska): Vancouver, Seattle and San Fransisco. Because we were going to be stopping in British Columbia on during the cruise (Victoria, not Vancouver) I was going for either Seattle or San Fransisco from the initial planning stages. Eventually we landed on Seattle for a few reasons, that don’t really matter (primarily price and the overall length of the cruise). I then added two days onto our trip to spend some time in Seattle and get to see the highlights of the city.

When we finally got to our hotel in Seattle, it was only 2pm but we had been traveling for the past 14 hours and had lost three hours along the way so we really didn’t do anything but take a walk and get some dinner the first night, though we did end up watching an episode of Frasier before we left the hotel to get dinner. So we really only ended up spending one day in Seattle – but we did our best to make it a good one!

We started the day by going to the Museum of Flight, because when you are married to an Aerospace Engineer and travel to a city with that much flight history, you don’t really have a choice. It was a really great museum and is located beside the Boeing factory itself which was also neat to see. There were tons of great planes (of course) including the Airforce One that JFK flew in, a 747 and Concord.

Seattle Museum of Flight
The Air Force one model that JFK flew around in was surprisingly small. We were able to walk through it, although they had all of the seats blocked off and everything else had plexiglass surrounding it, despite all of those protection factors, it was super neat to walk around and see where the Presidents once sat.
Seattle Museum of Flight Air Force One
I re-learned that my husband is very strong and can hold up an entire Boeing 747!
Seattle Museum of Flight Boeing 747
The sky was threatening rain all morning, which lead to some amazingly dramatic skies!
Seattle Museum of Flight
Dave didn’t really fit into the test pilot cockpit, but he squeezed in there anyway!
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And apparently I have a hard time not paying attention to things pertaining to my day job…
Airborne Pollutants

After that we headed back into the city centre and tried to go to Pike Place Market. That however turned out to be more than I could handle in terms of crowds. I am not a fan of crowds at the best of times, but I was still pretty jet-lagged at this point and hungry to boot. We ended up getting some Starbucks from the First Starbucks store and then walking around for a little (saw some great trees painted bright blue!)  while longer then getting on the Monorail to get to our next destination.

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We got tickets for the Space Needle and walked around the top a few times. We ended up staring at the Cruise ships for quite some time chatting about how big they were. We saw a seaplane and helicopter from the top as well which was neat too.

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We ended our day by walking around the Gardens surrounding the Space Needle and then eating dinner at Zeek’s. The pizza was so freaking good – seriously some of the best I have ever had. Delicious!

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Seattle was different than I initially expected, but still a great city and I would definitely go back – especially if I could get on one of the cruise boats again!!