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A Modern Wedding: Lovestruck Favourites

Photo Credit- Lovestruck Portraits

Photo Credit- Lovestruck Portraits

We are very excited to present one of our sponsors this year, Lovestruck Portraits. Even though the company has only been around about two years, it's founder Chelsea Cameron has had her roots in the Saskatoon wedding market for over a decade. You may have heard of this company as Chelsea recently won an international wedding photography award. Her image became part of Wedaward’s collection 28, an award where thousands of photographers submitted their work from around the world. Lovestruck was also named runner up in the 2017 Planet S “Best of Saskatoon” under professional photographer. Chelsea isn’t just an amazing photographer, she is a mom, coffee lover, painter, ballet dancer and enjoys horseback riding in her free time.

 

Chelsea has had the photography bug since she was a little girl. When she was about 6 years old she received her first camera, it was small, orange and came from a McDonalds happy meal. Cut to a few years later and an upgraded camera she second shot weddings for a local photographer at age 16. Since then she’s done some traveling, shooting weddings in Jamaica, Oklahoma, Canmore, and various other Canadian cities. Now with over 200 weddings under her belt as a photographer and occasional event coordinator there isn’t much she hasn’t seen. You can check out her work at: www.lovestruckportraits.com and view some of our favourites throughout this blog!

 
 

With all Chelsea has done in the wedding industry she most certainly has a few favored vendors that she’s had the pleasure to work with. One of those vendors is also a sponsor of The Modern Woman Show- Hub City Rentals. They help create stunning displays and weddings for companies and brides all over Saskatoon. They have been in business for over 70 years, providing rentals, graphic design and so much more. If there is something you need there’s a good chance they will have it. They have a wide selection of furniture, wall drapes, audio and visual setups, and can accommodate for various cultural events. They are incredibly accommodating with all aspects of their business and work to make sure that everything is done right.

 
Hub City Display and Event Rentals

Hub City Display and Event Rentals

 
 
 

We asked Chelsea for a few other top picks of the wedding industry and here's what she had to say...

Black Fox Distillery. They have some of the most beautiful flowers and make bouquets year round, going so far as to arranging a corn husk bouquet for a winter wedding. One of the coolest things they do is open their doors a few times a year and have various festivals. Their pumpkin festival is a personal favorite filled with various pumpkin related activities and some of the most delicious pumpkin soup.

Cakes by Jen, hands down has to be one of the best bakers in the city. She is affordable and makes genuine works of art with every cake. If you have an idea for a cake you’d like made Jen will work with you to make it more than just an idea.

W Bridal is one of those places that truly cares about their customers, regardless of who they are, by far one of the best things about them is their variety of styles that come in all shapes and sizes.

Whiskey and Wildflowers is another newcomer to the wedding industry, but that doesn’t mean Kyle Burgess doesn’t have an eye for the craft and a talent in filmography. Kyle and Chelsea have worked many weddings together and cannot say a bad thing about the experience.

 
 

Final words of wisdom… Chelsea has a few things to mention to help make your wedding day just a little bit easier:

“Don’t sweat the small stuff, it’s a cliché, but it doesn’t make it any less true. Enjoy the day for what is going right, don’t hate it for what went wrong”

“Be sure to have someone act as a “gofer”, not the animal but have someone whose job it is to go and run for anything you might need, the less running around you have to do the better”

“Keep food in the limo, those snacks will come in handy when you are driving to locations and you need that little something to keep you going”

“Always have a comfortable pair of shoes on you, especially for that first dance. Your feet will thank you”

 

Come visit Chelsea and Lovestruck Portraits at The Modern Woman Show where they will be acting as the official photographers of the show. Stop by her booth to enter her draw and book a session for yourself.

 
 

Entrepreneurship: How I went on a 'working' vacation!

 

I have a weird job. I'm the first to admit it. When someone asks me "What do you do?" I honestly wish I had an easy, clear answer. I just don't fall into your run of the mill professions that can be easily defined with a one word answer.

I am an entrepreneur.

My educational background is in Commerce. I am a makeup artist; an esthetician; a event coordinator; a blogger; and most recently, a student of photography. This latest undertaking makes me money, so I suppose that makes me semi-professional and gets rolled into my Liam Neesen style "particular set of skills" (Hellooo... awesome Taken reference alert.)

I figuratively wear many hats. (Literally too, usually hobo-style toques because I don't feel like doing my hair. #truth) Nothing is ever the same one week to the next. I created this job. Its unique to only me. And the best part? Anyone can do the same thing with their own "particular set of skills" ... trust me people, life is better when you are doing what you love to do.

Recently, my weird job offered the most awesome opportunity to come along as both a makeup artist and photographer for a wedding at the beautiful Barceló Maya Beach Resort in Mexico, I was pumped... my personal Holy Grail of gigs - "The Destination Wedding"!

But hold the phone, I was also super hesitant. This would be the first wedding I had ever photographed, and I didn't want to screw that up for this couple by getting in over my head. I asked my photography teacher (the very talented and wise Shannon Brunner www.shannonbrunner.com) what to do and she simply said "Take the job, we'll make sure you're ready." (Sometimes you just need someone else to tell you can do something. Validation - its ok, we all need it.) 

I first had to first condense and pack a travel sized professional makeup kit about 1/100th the size of my regular one. The heat can pose a buttload of challenges with skin irritations and makeup durability so I was well stocked with skin care solutions,  long-wearing, multi-purpose productssetting sprays, and lots of disposables that wouldn't be readily available at a resort. The challenge was to pack as few products as possible, with the most multi-tasking impact, and in the most travel friendly way. This bride is a natural beauty, wears little-to-no makeup in everyday life, but needed some extra vibrancy and definition to make sure her features didn't get lost under the bright, bright sun on the beach. Easy-peasy, since Richelle is a mega-babe.

 

 

Luckily, packing my camera equipment was super easy. I made sure everything was registered with my insurance company and I had a perfect carry-on sized travel bag. I took 4 lenses, 2 camera bodies, my external flash, a modifier, 3 camera batteries, 2 chargers, about 1000 SD cards, approximately 4 million AA batteries... and a partridge in a pear tree.

The wedding itself was beautiful. Short and sweet, with just their closest family and friends on the beach. The ceremony was followed by a couple hours of free time that we used for the formal portraits of the couple... and a couple cervesas, obviously. The evening included an amazing dinner and cake cutting at an a la carte steakhouse, and an absolutely fantastic private party on the beach which I can say DID include a spectular group performance of that Whip-Nay-Nay thing that I don't know much about. (#oldballs). They even got me out on the sandy dancefloor for a couple of songs.

 

 After the wedding, Chris and I still had a couple days to just enjoy Mexico(Did I mention I weaselled my husband in on the action?) We spent a day at Xel-ha, an Eco-park that is essentially one big inlet off the Caribbean Sea that has a bunch of cool activities like cliff jumpingsnorkelling and ziplining. We spent most of the day working on some hideous life-jacket shaped sunburns whilst floating down the giant lazy river.

 

We managed to make a day trip to Playa Del Carmen, take in a few a la carte restaurants, spent some time at the pool, and hit up the resort's bowling alley - which provided some seriously stylish hospital shoe covers for people without socks. Both clever and ridiculous... because who the hell brings socks to Mexico???

 

(Side note: Although this resort was pretty fab, the first two nights were home to the "Phish Festival" which not only could I not believe was a thing, but exposed me to legions of loud-ass, washed up 90s hispters that will haunt my nightmares. But THAT is a story for another time... #blur4eva) All in all, this trip was the best of both worlds and I felt happy and comfortable every step of the way. The point is, I may have an unconventional job, but its an awesome one. Entrepreneurship doesn't have to fit under a certain job description. My advice to anyone who feels stuck in their career, or lack thereof, is this: Find something you love to do, and then charge money for itYou will be happy and as a result, so will the people who hire you. #winwin

There are many roads to successbut having passion for what you do is the key.

Congratulations to newlyweds Richelle and Brian and thank you for the opportunity to be part of your awesome adventure and for taking a chance on a Noob! XOXO!

Katie

 

 

 

 

 

 

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From where I stand: a collection of photos from Deep Cove, North Vancouver

 

It’s one of my fav spots when I visit Van city.

 

 

It has a similar feeling to Banff or Waskesiu.

 

 

Full of cute little boutiques and coffee shops. All that over looks this most stunning view of the mountains.

 

I usually don’t have a tonne of time when I’m there to really soak it in, I  always make a point of popping into my fav store Room 6.

It’s the cutest lil place. Stationary, stuff for the kiddos, books, journals and clothing. SO cute and every time I go it has something I have not seen before.

 

 

We also grabbed a quick shake from the bluhouse cafe across the street for the journey back to the airport.

 

 

The air is humid and the people are beautiful.

If the real estate pricing wasn’t out of this world I would move there in a heart beat....

 

Joc xoxo

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Taking Care of You

Throughout the year I aim to take one or a few trips for myself. Most of them are work based. I feel it’s very important as an entrepreneur to surround myself with like minded people as often as I can. I generally like to go travel away from home to do this. So over the past few years I’ve hit the coast or abroad to attend workshops and retreats.

A few years ago I attended Pender Island on the west coast of Canada with a group of other photographers, none of whom I knew from a hole in the ground. I really just knew them as Facebook followers.

I was in between kiddos/nursing so I just hopped on the plane and went for it! It was a three day weekend, with the sun shining, ocean breeze,  long night time visits about marketing and different techniques. Daily photo shoots were organized by three fabulous woman that put on the weekend retreat.

It was heaven on earth. Not often do I get to talk shop all weekend and these people actually want to talk back about it. It was beyond amazing for my soul. SO much so that I went back the next year...only this time I was carrying along a 4 month baby bump with child numero 3:)

year one

year two

I also keep up with local blogs and blogs afar. The beauty of the internet is you can get your hands on anything from the comfort of your own studio.  I find great inspiration in what others have to say. It’s nice to stay current and on top of things especially in this”now” world we live in. I also love instagram. I find it a more positive platform than Facebook. I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook, but alas it’s great for work. I am finding more clients are booking through Instagram than Facebook. more interaction. If you’re not already, follow my shenanigans at @demophoto

 

I am excited to announce that I will be headed to Los Angeles at the end of January for a super intense 2 day workshop with Promise Tangeman and her GOLIVE hq team.

What is this you ask?

They are an unreal team of graphic design artists and the workshop is to launch a brand new website in 2 days flat. This of course is done with a month and a half of homework on my part beforehand. I have been wanting to attend this workshop for over 4 years now. But growing our family kind of put a hold on things for awhile. This workshop books up super fast so I jumped on it. I can not WAIT to show you all what we come up with. I am stoked to have a more cohesive and responsive website/blog that speaks more of who I AM. over the moon over here people!

In closing, I can’t state enough that my best self care is time spent with these beautiful littles and this handsome man of mine. We are counting down the days to our next camping trip. It can not come soon enough.

These sweet faces brighten my days and warm my heart.

(below images by: Jesslaine Elise Photography)

Joc XX

 

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