This was my second maternity photo session ever, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, though I often got sidetracked and forgot the whole point was to embrace the fact that Kyla is pregnant. It’s Kyla’s fault though; she wanted a winter scene, and to involve her horse…. So much to consider. This woman is such a joy to work with. Despite being thirty-four weeks pregnant, Kyla was squeezing through fence rails, hoisting herself up onto her horse – with nothing but a blanket on, mind you – and even laying in the snow.

You’re going to make an awesome mom Kyla. If your baby turns out to be anything like you, she’ll be strong-willed and brave. She’ll be beautiful and smart. And she’ll be that kid ever other kid wants on their team. This was truly a pleasure.

Kyla - November 27, 2014 - 4:48 pm

LOVE, I wish there was a stronger word than love! It’s everything I could
have dreamed of and more!!!!!!!
(I love that you say her even tho we have no idea what the baby is haha)
You are a remarkable talented man and I can’t thank you enough!!!

Tracy Sharpe - November 28, 2014 - 5:49 pm

really beautiful

Maggie Bannerman - November 28, 2014 - 7:54 pm

GORGEOUS!!! I love them.

Amy-lee Russo - November 28, 2014 - 7:57 pm

Gorgeous photos! Love them

Melissa Sword - November 28, 2014 - 8:11 pm

Amazing!

Jasmine Clark - November 29, 2014 - 12:43 am

Love them! Wow!

Charlene Clark - November 29, 2014 - 1:23 am

Beautiful pictures!

Deona Thorpe Dynneson - November 29, 2014 - 3:49 am

so beautiful!!!!

Amanda Gasall - November 29, 2014 - 6:37 am

Really lovely Kyla & Neil!

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As I was driving out to Vancouver, (in the rain) I was thinking of all the indoor locations I know of where I could take Stephanie and Travis for their photo shoot. You see, Stephanie and I had emailed back and forth discussing a date which would be good for all three of us to do their shoot. It was a game of date-tag to say the least, and the week leading up to my departure, Vancouver was experiencing some heavy rain days and dark skies. We all had our doubts, but we decided to go ahead on the only date I had available until Spring.

All that worry was for not, as it turned out to be a gorgeous Autumn day and Vancouver was spectacular. Of course, when Vancouver experiences a nice day, everyone has to get out and enjoy. From the pictures you might be inclined to think that Stanley Park was devoid of people, but you would be mistaken. There were a lot of people out and about, and as a result, a lot of waiting, so my hat goes off to Steph and Travis for their patience with me. The result was worth it though. At least I think so.

Stephanie, you are going to make a beautiful bride. I can’t wait! Travis, you clean up nicely. Love the bow-tie. Thank you both for dinner at the Cactus club in Coal Habour. That was very sweet of you! See you guys at Cedar Creek winery in Kelowna for your wedding next summer. I’m looking forward to it!

Nicole Simpson - November 12, 2014 - 1:13 am

OMG Steph……. Such gorgeous photos

Stephanie Halliday - November 12, 2014 - 1:36 am

WOW! Neil, these just brought tears to my eyes and huge smiles to our faces. We could not be more happy with the entire process so far. You not only took the time to meet us for the first time at our wedding venue in Kelowna, but you also travelled down to Vancouver and spent the day with us for our engagement shoot. You have been AMAZING! I don’t think it’s possible to thank you enough for these stunning photos and such a fantastic day taking them with you. We absolutely cannot wait to have you photograph our wedding day!

Phyllis Vandervort - November 12, 2014 - 1:45 am

What gorgeous photos! You look beautiful Steph! :)

Steve Halliday - November 12, 2014 - 3:17 pm

Beautiful !

Neil - November 12, 2014 - 4:45 pm

I’m humbled Stephanie.

Barb Halliday - November 12, 2014 - 8:29 pm

Neil your photography is Stellar! Vancouver’s beauty and romance were captured in such an intriguing way!
Steph and Travis you both look so in love and make such a beautiful couple.

Paula Wurth - November 19, 2014 - 6:17 am

Beautiful pictures Steph! Congrats!

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Sanctuary Gardens is a neat little spot in West Kelowna which is quite close to Okanagan lake, but you wouldn’t know is was there unless you had reason to visit. I had a great reason; Hailee and Greg were getting married. They had an intimate little ceremony and then it was off to the Gellatly Nut Farm for some fun before heading to the Laurel Packing House in Kelowna for their reception. It was an awesome day!

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Sunset ceremonies are tricky, but the payoff is some of the sweetest light you could ever ask for. As good as the sunsets can be here in the Okanagan, I’m sure Hawaii has some of the best. Yet Kelly and Jason came all the way from Hawaii to celebrate their commitment to each other. The view from Bench 1775 winery didn’t disappoint; nor did the food, which was catered by Joy Road out of Oliver. Dessert was a treat delivered by Gorgeous Georgia’s Homemade Ice Cream; best ice cream sandwich I’ve ever had!

All your friends and family were so sweet and kind; it was easy to forget I was there to do a job. The night went on while Jason danced with Kelly under the stars, couples stole away to share romantic kisses; and as the music faded out and the crickets faded in, I wore a smile as I drove home in the warm Okanagan breeze.

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Yet another couple who I now call my new friends, and with whom I look forward to sharing a drink when I next visit Calgary. I first met Carol and David when I travelled to Banff to shoot their engagement session. You can check out their photos here. Thank you for that wonderful gift David. And thank you both for being a dream couple. Working with you wasn’t really work at all, well okay, it was, but a labour of love. I’m better for having met you both. I mean that sincerely.

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