When Luke and Jess contacted us and wanted to arrange a consultation with us at their favourite local pub we already knew we were going to love them. Dallas and I were secretly freaking out when we met these two cool cats with their unique style and amazing personalities. We knew they would be amazing to photograph and that we would really be able to push the boundaries and get some really unique shots from their wedding. We were really looking forward to working with these two and our day with them was nothing short of our expectations. So off we were for a mini destination wedding photography adventure to the small town of Sechelt, British Columbia.
Dallas and I love photography (slightly obsessed) and our love for it pushes us to always try new techniques, learn new things, and find amazing locations. Luke and Jess gave us free creative range for their wedding so we were going to run with it! We love unique locations, but that definitely requires a good amount of time to find them and find what Dallas likes to refer to as the “non-obvious shot.” We can always get the obvious shot, (that solo rock out on the beach, the sweeping panoramic ocean view etc.) but every photographer to have ever got to that location will probably have seen and taken that shot. To really create something unique it takes time to find that special place. This is our goal, not to just take a photograph but to create something amazing that you would want to put on your wall as a piece of art and have there forever. It is also our goal to really bring out the personalities of our couples, and since many of our couples are such out of the box people, we work hard to let their photos reflect that. Dallas and I spent the day before their wedding driving up and down through Sechelt to find that special location, and after a few hours, finally, there it was. Hidden away down a slightly blocked path was an amazing forest of thin birch trees, and the perfect spot to get a willing couple to hike into for some amazing shots, it looked like a dream. Luke and Jess were ecstatic and so were we.
If you have ever been to our house you will likely notice the absurd collection of film cameras. There is something fantastic about film that we have been finding out lately and we would love to slowly start incorporating film photography into what we offer. Dallas and I decided with our creative free range this will be a perfect opportunity to bring along some of our fantastic film cameras. Dallas brought his much loved medium format Mamiya 645AFD, and I decided to bring along the first camera I ever owned, my Minotla XG-M loaded with some brilliant Fuji Pro 400H (for those that know film, yea I know it’s pretty fantastic.) Since we were already packing up a ridiculous amount of cameras why not bring one more camera with the coveted “free lens” that Dallas hacked apart himself from an old 50mm lens. To those that are unfamiliar with free lensing it’s a technique where the lens is not connected to the camera. Rather you hold the lens and patiently find your focus point which creates a completely unique look that I personally describe as a dream rather than a photograph.
We are so very excited to feature this beautiful wedding on our blog and we hope you enjoy this collection of photographs!
– Sabrina & Dallas K. // Dallas Kolotylo Photography
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– This wedding has been published in WeddingBells
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