Ghoncheh + Jason

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Since I seem to begin every post proclaiming how much I love things, it is with great pleasure that I begin this new post declaring my eternal and undying love for this wedding. I had the absolute pleasure of photographing Ghoncheh and Jason at the end of June at the Maji Boutique Hotel in Diani Beach (can I get enough of Diani? NO. I SIMPLY CANNOT). The beautiful, clear blue sky that matches so perfectly with the beautiful, clear blue sea; the white sand, the gentle breeze… *sigh* Before even arriving in Diani, I was beyond excited to be part of this wedding because of the amazing mix of cultural elements that the couple planned to include in their day. Ghoncheh is persian and Jason is Korean but both are Americans living and working in Kenya. Can you get any more perfectly eclectic? (The answer, I discovered, is no).

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Ghoncheh and Jason were brilliant to hire wedding designer and planner, Salima Bertoglio (another wonderfully awesome woman conspicuously covered in tattoos not unlike myself). The details in the set up and decor were absolutely gorgeous and everything worked perfectly together. The simple white chairs, the gauzy peach fabric adorned with a single calla lily, the signposts, the twinkling lights – all in complete harmony with the beach backdrop.

There is so much love in this wedding. There were so many perfect moments of thoughtfulness and caring. There was so much emotion in the expressions on everyone’s faces, in the words everyone chose to say about the couple and the words the couple chose to say (and sing) to one another. There was genuine feeling and consideration, not to mention amazing displays of talent (Jason, the groom… I don’t even know what to say… This man not only rocked the guitar and sang beautifully to Ghoncheh, making all the ladies swoon, but he later busted out a perfect Gangnam Style on the dance floor, forcing Louis and I to privately declare him to be a triple-threat and the total package). Ghoncheh and Jason were perfect. Everything was perfect. I LOVE EVERYTHING.

I can say so much about this wedding but – let’s be honest here – I love showing the photos more than I love writing the words. So please ENJOY! I hope I managed to capture even a little bit of the enormous beauty that this day held.

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I want to thank my wonderful second shooter, Louis Nderi, for some of these gorgeous photos!

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Elmenteita + Sunwords

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I love to travel. I love seeing new things. I’ve been quite fortunate in that I’ve had many opportunities in my 31 years to visit new countries and experience new cultures. As is usually the case, I’ve seen more of those other countries and experienced more of those other cultures than I have of my home countries – both Canada and Kenya. I went to Niagara Falls for the first time only four years ago, despite having grown up not 500kms from it. I’d never seen a lake in Kenya until late last year. Sad but true.

I have said this before and I’ll say it again – I consider myself quite privileged to be the one chosen to photograph the Sunwords FFWD classes in action in various venues across this beautiful country. It is because of Sunwords that I have now been to Lake Elmenteita twice. The lovely Mr. Sunny Bindra kept repeating, ‘LOOK AT THE LAKE!’ at every available opportunity the first time was there (those words are permanently drilled into my brain now, whenever in close proximity to this lake. I think by now my compulsive lake-looking is a conditioned response) and it was amazing to see it in a different season, looking like a completely different lake than it did the first time around.Continue Reading

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Cece + Stephan in June

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If I were to use one word to sum up Cece + Stephan’s beautiful wedding at Windsor Golf and Country Club in Nairobi that word would be: DANCING. Also: FUNKY (with a side of funky dancing – see below!). This couple – who came all the way from Australia to get married in Cece’s home country amongst friends and family from all over the world – brought. the. party. And did so with a kind of casual but elegant vintage flair that is very rare to come by.Continue Reading

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Snug Home

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I’m sure it comes as a surprise to no one that I have a slight – very slight – cape obsession. Hand loomed lightweight irish tweed in gorgeous colours, lovingly made into wearable capes? More please. I already own two and I want more…MORE. MORE CAPES. MORE. To be honest, capes never even crossed my mind until I met Snug Home owner, Tessa, and she showed me her creations. I fell in love (as I often do) and took one home and wore the hell out of it (which truly proves my cape love because it is HOT in Kenya and these capes are wool). I got compliments whenever I wore it because not only do you rarely see a young, excessively attractive (*ahem*) woman rocking a cape, but truly these capes are just so damn gorgeous people can’t help but notice. They are. More proof:Continue Reading

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Tinkered By

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I absolutely love Tinkered By.

Not just because they bring wine along for their models and photographers on photoshoots (be still, my heart). Not just because those aforementioned photoshoots are often done in kickass locations in beautiful light, with the hood of a red Prado serving as our perfect table, shelf, makeup vanity and jewellery display. Not just because their products are made from recycled and repurposed materials and handcrafted by – and in support of – artisans all over Kenya. I love them because of all those things.Continue Reading

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Sit still? No thanks, mum

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We needed passport pictures taken for O. And instead of hauling our lazy buns all the way to Narok to have them taken at Mara Photo, which has literally the WORST front desk woman in existence EVER, we decided to take them at home and send them for printing in Nairobi. You would think because I am a photographer and I have studio lights and my gorgeous progeny is so generally well behaved that this would be a straight-forward task. NO. I can’t say it enough: NO. No no no no no. To get this three-year-old to sit still with his head straight and his arms down and no goofy face was a herculean task that took two days and lots of chocolate popsicle negotiations.Continue Reading

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Lake Elmenteita

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I am incredibly lucky. Not only do I get to do what I love for a living (while still having enough time to be a very fit and very present wife and mother), I get to do it in places and with people that not only pay me but INSPIRE me. Now, I’m a little offbeat in a lot of ways (okay, in every way), which you would think would make corporate photography not my thing but the truth is some of my favourite jobs that I do every year are for Sunwords, working for the wonderful Sunny Bindra, photographing some of Africa’s top business leaders taking part in his Fast Forward program. Week-long, full-day in-conference-room seminars be damned! With Sunwords, not only do I get to travel to gorgeous places likeMount Kenya and Lake Elmenteita, and take pictures of the aforementioned leaders doing fun, interesting (and sometimes goofy) things, I’m encouraged to do my own thing photographically outside, in nature. To be as creative as I like.Continue Reading

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Mombasa + Styled Shoot

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This is Serena Beach Hotel and Spa in Mombasa. Do you want to get married here? Of course you do. It’s spectacular. In fact, I got married here myself, eight short years ago. Is this my wedding, you ask? I wish! While my wedding was absolutely wonderful, it came to pass long before wedding designer and stylist Catalina Bloch created this bunch of gorgeousness. Catalina was invited by Serena Beach to create a signature wedding that combined beachiness with Swahili style with elegance with glamour and came all the way from Canada to do it. Mission accomplished? Pretty sure that earns a solid yes. I was the lucky chosen photographer that got to photograph all this beauty. I even got a taste of styling myself when I got to help Catalina assemble the bridal bouquet. (Let it be known that tightly closed flowers can be opened if you have the lung power and stamina).Continue Reading

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Husband + 40

It is what I consider to be an easy thing to completely avoid a mid-life crisis when your life at mid-life is pretty fantastic. Take this wonderful man, for example: 40, awesome job as a hot air balloon pilot, amazingly bright, wonderful son and the kind of wife that makes everyone who meets her think, “HOW IN THE WORLD IS THIS WOMAN SO GORGEOUS/FABULOUS?! OMG! MY MIND IS BLOWN BY AWESOMENESS.” (This man in question is my husband, just in case you hadn’t figured that out yet).

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Snug + Miranda = GORGEOUS

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CAPES! Gorgeous, gorgeous Irish wool capes. Hand-loomed, elegant, warm, unique wonderfulness. Anyone who knows me knows I’m a complete and utter cape fan (note: I’m wearing a Snug cape in my ‘About Me’ photo. Let it be known I wore wool capes long before they became the raging trend they’re about to. I’m on the cutting edge, people).Continue Reading

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