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The Nickersons // Vancouver, Victoria & Destination Wedding Photographers

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Category: Engagements

Connection Shoots (are the best)

You’re engaged! Congrats–let’s celebrate! You’re going to love having some amazing portraits taken of you and your love in this season of life. A lot of couples opt for taking engagement photos to celebrate this season, but if that conjures up feelings of deep awkwardness and images in your mind of couples perching on top of logs and doing a weird leaning over kiss, don’t worry! We’ve got just the thing for you–our Connection Shoot.

This is our non-cheesy spin on the traditional engagement shoot and boy, is it fun. We’ve created our Connection Shoots with intention: we wanted to give our couples a chance to get comfortable with us and our cameras before their wedding day, get some fantastic photos of theirselves in their home/neighbourhood or somewhere special to them elsewhere, AND have the opportunity to connect and strengthen their bond as a couple. Life gets busy, wedding planning can be crazy, and we want to help our couples remember why they dived into all of this in the first place. A Connection Shoot is perfect for that. The photos you receive are natural, honest, and beautiful.

 

“…we felt like we fell in love all over again!” – Shauna & Jeremy

We aren’t putting our couples in cheesy or canned poses–we’re getting them to share and connect with each other. Sometimes we cosy up in your home and make waffles or take a morning stroll in your neighbourhood, other times we hike through the forest and mountains or hang out on the beach to catch the sunsrise or sunset. We always have a ton of fun together and all the awkwardness about having your photo taken is over in about 5 minutes. And then, when your wedding day rolls around you know that you are mega photogenic and that we’re awesome to hang out with–what could be better?

“Thank you so much for such a great day! You made us feel so comfortable and happy!” -Anna & Paolo

“I just wanted to send a quick note thanking you both for yesterday again. Seriously, I don’t know if you know how much your kindness and openness meant to me (and Andy).  I am not the best at having attention on me and have been worried about that a lot with the wedding. But after yesterday, I feel like a big weight has been lifted off my shoulders. You made us feel so amazingly comfortable and relaxed and you truly made it feel like we were spending the day catching up. Andy and I came home so excited about having both of you as part of the celebrations.” -Caitriona

Wow! Thank you so much- you are both magical photographer geniuses! We are so in love with them- you captured our personalities and the fun day perfectly- we cannot thank you enough.” -Meg & James

We hope you enjoyed a little peek into the magic of our connection shoots. If you’d like to see a few more examples, check out the Related Posts below!

Sunrise at the Sea

“When I first moved to Vancouver I lived in a little basement suite on the far end of Kits, on 1st ave. For one of our best dates, Andrew and I walked to Jericho Beach and watched the sunrise over the mountains (there was coffee). Then, we figured since we were up, we might as well make the day of it. So we followed the Kitsilano train tracks all the way, past Kerrisdale to where the grass is wild and over our heads. It was best because we were the only people around for so long. Plus we were tired which made us extra silly. Sunrise at the beach reminds me of this.”

Meet Sarah & Andrew. We caught the sunrise with them at Wreck Beach for some pre-wedding photos and it was just wonderful.

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Rachael & Ayman // Portraits

As often as we can, we have couples over to our home when we meet them for the first time. We love hosting folks and allowing them to get to know us in the home we’ve created together. It’s not always possible though, and on those occasions we’ll arrange a little Skype date–which is what we did with Rachael & Ayman.

We’ll save their full story for the wedding post, because believe me, it’s coming and you won’t want to miss it.

Until then, enjoy these pre-wedding portraits. They flew in from Toronto a few days before their wedding shindig went down and we were lucky enough to get some of their precious time to make these. And it was good. After we shared fish and chips together and before we actually started photographing them, Ayman confessed that they were a bit nervous and not photogenic, but that they trusted us to do what we do and make them look good. I said, “You know, when we meet a couple on Skype, it’s never fully clear how good-looking they are, but when you walked up, I breathed a huge sigh of relief. You’ve got nothing to worry about.”

Two incredibly good looking people + the remarkable love they share + gorgeous sunset light + a little bit of wind. All the ingredients for pure magic.

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