Photography Journal

Kelowna Woodland Bridal Session

Such a pleasure to finally work with Sylvia Hajdu from Top Notch Art of Makeup! We had been talking about collaborating for a photoshoot for quite some time. Sylvia is a super talented makeup artist and really fun person to be around. Can’t wait for our next project together!

Thanks to Wild Ginger Floral Design for your GORGEOUS floral crown and Devon from DejaVu Model Management for your mad modelling skillz.

Makeup: Sylvia Hajdu of Top Notch Art of Makeup – Facebook | Instagram

Floral crown: Wild Ginger Floral Design – Facebook | Instagram

Model: Devon Nagle from DejaVu Model Management – Facebook | Instagram 

Dress: David’s Bridal

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Tin Poppy Elopement

I have been intrigued by the Tin Poppy Retreat ever since I picked up one of their brochures a couple of years ago. I started following them on Instagram and then decided to reach out to Maggie Shook to see if she wanted to collaborate on an elopement styled shoot. Maggie and her husband Jeremy are the most interesting and creative people and I wanted to spend way more time talking with them.

Each unique and inspired accommodation on this beautiful, 160 acre property in the Larch Hills has incredible character and style. It has three rentals available – the Lavender House, Violet Cabin and its namesake, the Tin Poppy. It’s eco (solar-powered!), rustic yet luxurious and an absolutely perfect place for an offbeat couple’s elopement or intimate wedding. If I could do it all over again, this is the just kind of place that I would absolutely get married. Thankfully there are always vow renewals, right?

I collaborated with these fantastic artists/vendors from the central and north Okanagan:

Dress/Veil: Bliss Bridal Kelowna – Facebook | Instagram

Hair/Makeup/Bridal Model: Tanisha Langner of T. Langner Lashes and Makeup – Facebook | Instagram

Groom Model: Zach Langner, Artist – Instagram

Suit/Shoes: J.Crew / Gucci

Floral: Katie LaRone 0f Sweet Pea Flowery – Facebook | Instagram

Jewelry: JC Bradley Jewellers – Facebook | Instagram

Catering/Styling/Venue: Tin Poppy Retreat – Facebook | Instagram

Thank you to everyone involved! It was a beautiful day and I can’t wait to come back and spend a cozy weekend by the fire at this forested retreat in the hills.

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Brooke & Dalton

Brooke + Dalton. Celebrating love, everyday.  |  Makeup by Arisa Davis.

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Kate & Callum | Squamish, BC | July 2016

“We came across Paulina through a friend and instantly fell in love with her work. She was the perfect choice of photographer for our Squamish woodland wedding. Being a little camera shy, I was nervous about the idea of working with a photographer. In the end I was grateful to have had Paulina’s calm and reassuring presence with me throughout the day. Callum was hesitant about the expense of hiring a professional photographer – we both agree that it was truly invaluable. We continually re-live the magic with all of our family and friends through Paulina’s talented lens.

We can’t thank Paulina (and her fantastic assistant Jeff) enough. They worked tirelessly and passionately to capture the emotion and excitement of the big day in a unique and stunning way. Far exceeding our expectations. The visual story that Paulina tells includes artistic attention to detail and many candid moments. We thoroughly enjoyed her company and appreciate that she provided us with a fun, authentic and intimate portrayal of our wedding. We would highly recommend Paulina to anyone looking for a photographer!!!”

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Collecting the details | North Vancouver, BC

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Collecting the details before they blur. You fell in love with these details. The gold dipped roses. The monogrammed purses your mother sewed for you and your bridesmaids. Your grandmother’s handkerchief. The expression on your father’s face when he first saw you. The anticipation. The jitters. People that love you by your side, calm and reassuring. Despite the rain, everything would be as you had hoped.

Wedding preparations are some of my favourite moments to capture. I was delighted when my cousin-in-law asked me to photograph her and the closest women in her life while they got ready. Thank you for inviting me, Jana. The day was beautiful from beginning to end. Wishing you and Vince a lifetime of happiness!
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Hair: Denise Elliott Beauty Co.
Make Up: Rebeca Coloma – Make Up
Wedding Dress: Blush Bridal Boutique
Bridesmaids Dresses: Bari Jay

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Michelle & Chris | Victoria, BC | August 2015

“We asked Paulina to photograph our wedding after a beautiful outdoor family photo session the previous year. We were so impressed with her eye for capturing such beauty in simple candid shots, and natural ability to work with our children, we absolutely had to have her photograph our wedding.

We were a little worried about how things would go, as our little ones were 1 and 3 years old at the time and not big on standing still! Paulina did not disappoint! She managed to capture the most precious moments in a truly authentic way, allowing the unique personalities of our children to come alive in the photographs.

Paulina has such skill and professionalism, and she played a huge role in helping to create a truly enjoyable and relaxed experience for everyone involved. We chose to have a casual, intimate, family only ceremony and Paulina fit in seamlessly.

We are so thrilled with the quality and natural beauty captured in our wedding photographs and would highly recommend Paulina to anyone!”

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Ayren & Earl | Vancouver, BC | May 2015

“We had such a lovely time working with Paulina and her lovely assistant, Jeff. I so enjoyed splitting up the photo day into two days, that worked so much better for weather, timing, and keeping a certain toddler involved. I found Paulina to be very professional but relaxed in her approach, she took every opportunity with the lighting, timing, and mood to get the best picture possible. There were some posed photos, but we loved the spontaneous, involved, voyeuristic shots. I never felt I had to “hold a pose” during the wedding, as she blended into the crowd so wonderfully to fully capture the moment. I loved the way she got photos of guests, musicians, and events that were happening at the wedding and the focus wasn’t entirely on the bride and groom. Paulina’s generosity and time was so appreciated to document a momentous occasion for our friends and family.”

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Anne & Victor

Otylia Photography {Weddings}

Two beautiful, brilliant friends were married in Boston, MA last summer. While many friends and family members captured happy moments over the course of their wedding day, they didn’t have the opportunity to have any professional portraits of the two of them.

Anne and Victor brought me to the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University and there, with the luxury of time and a beautiful sunset, we were able to create images they will delight in for a lifetime.

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Emma & Matt | Toronto, ON | August 2014

“We asked Paulina to be our wedding photographer after meeting her through a friend and admiring her work online. She is a wonderful photographer to work with – professional, passionate, friendly and skilled. During our wedding, she captured all the important moments with artistry and authenticity. She communicated exceptionally well, went out of her way to accommodate our ideas (for example, getting up before sunrise to do a waterfront engagement shoot) and impressed us with her polished final product.”

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SYDNEY & KEVIN | VICTORIA, BC | JUNE 2014

“My husband Kevin and I hired Paulina to photograph our June 14, 2014 wedding, and this was by far the best decision we made regarding our wedding. We were unsure whether we wanted to spend the money to hire a professional photographer because our wedding was small and casual, but looking back on all the photos and moments that Paulina captured… having her there was the best investment we made.

Not only were we blown away by the quality of Paulina’s work (there was not a bad photo in the hundreds we received!) she was also so personable and friendly and fit right into our small wedding as if she were part of the family. I don’t think people realize how much time you spend with your wedding photographer… it’s important to like them! We thoroughly enjoyed Paulina’s company and she made us feel completely at ease which resulted in the most natural, candid photos possible.

Paulina managed to get us past the “fake smiles” and had very creative and unique suggestions for taking photos. She was so thorough and prepared; she even took the time to find out “our love story” in advance so she could personalize the shoot and weave in meaningful pieces of our lives. She was incredible. She captured every magical moment and her attention to detail was evident. The photos from our special day tell a story; they are full of emotion and every time I look at them I feel like I’m reliving each moment again. I cannot imagine any better person to have documented our wedding day than Paulina.”

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