Okanagan Yoga Photography - Megan

I met Megan almost two years when I was pre-training for my Ashtanga teacher training in March 2016. She was one of my Ashtanga yoga instructors in Salmon Arm, British Columbia, helping me prep for the gruelling and arduous task of waking up at 5am every day for 8-hours of yoga-related training. I ended up training at the same training centre she trained at in Mysore, India!

Yoga wasn’t foreign to me at this point, but Ashtanga yoga certainly perplexed me every time I took a class. It’s a set of 71-asanas, done entirely sequence, from beginning to end, taking 1.5-2 hours to complete. The classes however usually hone in on sections of the sequence where we go deeper into each movement, understanding the posture, our breathing cadence and the use of our bandhas.

Megan had a very fun, easy going and engaging style. Soft, loving and inspiring, never judgemental and always helpful. I was honoured when she asked me to help her to do a photoshoot to make posters to help her fill her classes.

Megan has incredibly peaceful, feminine energy to her so when we had to do an indoor photoshoot in the middle of January with artificial 3-point lighting, it was a delicate balance to strike, between her muscular physique and who she actually is as a person.

As you can see from our first attempt for posters, they came off as too intimidating. They showed an emphasis of her muscles which could dissuade some clients. We played with it, thought of ways to make it feel lighter & approachable.

This year for her posters, we decided to use softer images for her Hatha poster and an Ashtanga-specific posture for her intermediate class, adding a smiling picture of her face made it feel approachable. This is what we came up with,

This is how the posters look when put beside common yoga posters,

If you’re in the Shuswap/Salmon Arm area, don’t hesitate to give Megan a call. Her classes are every Monday morning and Monday evening for the next 6-weeks. You won’t be disappointed! She’s a lovely person and a fantastic instructor.

And out of interest, here are a couple more images from the photoshoot!

This is sort of an outtake but I thought it was fun,

Megan & Jarid - Okanagan Wedding

I love people that have a zest for life.

There are dreamers who say “one day,” optimists who say, “I will,” and then there are doers who say, “I’m doing this.” Megan and Jarid are doers. They’re the type of people you watch from afar and say, “man, I wish I was doing what they’re doing.” They’re the type of people you hear stories about, triumph or tribulation, they are memorialized by the act of trying. Questions get in the way of a good idea. They move on gut instinct. What feels right to them.

They travel, they explore, they live where they want to live. They make out of life what they want to make out of life. And they came together in those tiny moments that happen in between plans and actuality.

They fell in love in the Prairies, lived in Australia, have travelled all over the world and, after their incredibly thrilling honeymoon, will be back in beautiful British Columbia to build the next chapter of their life.

I couldn’t be more proud to have been blessed with the honour of representing their wedding day and couldn’t be more humbled being surrounded by their incredible network of friends and family. Here’s to your adventure guys and everything that lays ahead!

These two were married in the incredibly beautiful area of Sicamous, British Columbia. Second photographer photos provided by the very talented Nas of Perla Photography. Check her out!

Don’t forget to check out more behind the scenes footage where I snapped some photos of the groomsmen during a session of male bonding ;)

Vesta & Chris - Vancouver Wedding

I’m incredibly grateful to have met Vesta and Chris in Vancouver at the beginning of their relationship. To be honest, when I met them, I thought they had been dating for years. Apparently, that dinner we hosted in 2014, that was one of the first public appearances they made together.

I knew that they would get to this point. They were solid, trusting and in love. They supported each other, inspired each other and made each other feel warm and welcome with who they truly were.

It’s my honour to have been requested to shoot their wedding at Capilano Golf & Country Club for them and more importantly, but involved in such a momentous occasion for them. Chris, Vesta, thank you so much for involving me on your day. I’m incredibly grateful and I’m excited to see where life takes you two, with every day that passes.

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