Winter Elopement Weddings

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Sara, wrapped in a Pendleton Blanket along Green Lake.

I had a really busy February shooting my Whistler elopement weddings, which I really love doing. They are a big part of my business, and one of my favourite types of wedding to photograph. Couples came from all many of places, like Minnesota, North Carolina, and Shanghai China.

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Sara and Brian about land at Beverly Lake, on the side of Rainbow Mountain. Blackcomb Aviation, the local Whistler helicopter charter company is really great at setting up tours and weddings.

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Cindy showing off her wedding dress to her mother.

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Cindy and Richard on a horse drawn sleigh ride, from Blackcomb Sleighrides, around Green lake.

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Melinda and Don in the woods near the Stone Circle. Rather than traditional wedding clothes, they wore Norwegian wool ski sweaters.

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We had a beautiful afternoon with a semi frozen Green lake in the background.

Technical
I’m real minimalist for equipment. Almost everything was shot with my my two Nikon D3 cameras and either a 24-70mm or 70-200mm lens, except for the one inside the helicopter, which was photographed with a 10.5mm fisheye lens.

I like to get a feel for how much the helicopter is banking over, so I’m doing my best to keep the horizon level in the window. It’s a lot harder than it sounds, as the g-force is trying to push you back into your seat and you really have to struggle to lean far enough forward I always feel like I’ve just finished doing 50 sit ups after I come back from a flight. Blackcomb Aviation has as a great new helicopter that they got specially for doing sightseeing tours. It has a huge front bubble window, and a big thing for me, both the bride and groom can sit in the front seat together, which makes for some cool photos.

For the photo of Sara wrapped in the blanket, I shot that after we came back from the flight, so it was almost dark and really cold. You can’t really see it, but there’s a camera flash mounted in a soft box just off to the left of the camera, which kicks just a little bit of light to fill in the early dusk shadows.