Diana and Tobias in front of the Fairmont Chateau Whistler at dusk.
Diana and Tobias, from Seattle, booked a winter wedding with me nearly a year ago and it turns out that it’s going to be the first of five wedding December wedding gigs. After four years of deadly slow Christmas seasons (so slow I didn’t even bother even sticking around in 2008 and 2009), it’s great to be back doing the kind of numbers I was doing before the economy nosed over into it’s death spiral. Stay tuned for lots more wedding posts here over the next month.
We started off with a quick engagement type portrait session on Thursday. One of the biggest problems shooting anything this time of year is that it’s dark by about 4:00 in the afternoon, so this gave me some extra time to take Tobias and Diana to some locations outside of the village.
Diana’s aunt and mother react to seeing her in the dress for the first time.
Meanwhile the guys were camped out at the Mallard Bar in the lobby of the Chateau Whistler. Since they were going to see each other before the wedding, I had tobias wait in a little private room off the lounge so that Diana could surprise him. I had nothing to do with Tobias’s reaction when they met up, it was all I could do keep them sharp in the frame.
The hotel let us into the Wildflower Restaurant before it opened to use their amazing fireplace for some photos. I think it’s the best looking one in town.
Although the chapel at the Woodlands Terrace is a tight squeeze for twenty five guests, it sure makes for great photos. You get the view without having to stand out in the cold.
After the ceremony, the party moved to the 21 Steps, a favourite spot for Diana and Tobias, where I left them partying well into the night.
The light in Canada in December goes from slight to none at all, so the modern high ISO cameras like the D3 and D700 really come into their own. Most of the shots here are rated between ISO 800 and 2500, and these cameras can handle it no problem. Amazing considering when I used to shoot film, it was a big jump to drop in a roll of ISO 400 colour negative film.
While we shooting the dusk photos behind the hotel, I noticed these guys watching us from one of the windows. I guess my softbox mounted strobe must have really caught their eye in the evening light.
Camera: Nikon D3 and D700
Lenses: Nikon AF-S 17-35mm f/2.8, Nikon AF-S 28-70mm f/2.8, Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8
Lighting: Nikon SB-900 flash, SU-800 controller, and a small softbox on a light stand.