An Engagement Shoot at Sparkling Hill, Headshots & Anniversaries
The Engagement Photos at Sparkling Hill
I've shot a wedding or two at Sparkling Hill, and it remains one of my favourite places to shoot. Just outside is the gorgeous Predator Ridge, full of long grass and golf games. It's a beautiful area full of comfy little spots to take photographs.
This session, of ...
May 25, 2016
Family Shoots, Family Photos, Headshots & More Family Shoots
So first off, the website redesign. Oh man. Was that ever tough! Things still aren't quite where I'd like them, but there's a lot of improvements.
I'm doing what I can to keep this blog updated, but it won't be as frequent as before. The gallery pages now have descriptions on them. I try to make the descriptions about 300 words. ...
May 6, 2016
Last Chance for Lessons, The Balloon Dock Engagement, and a Puppy
Last chance to sign up for photography lessons!
There we go. We're on round 8 of classes, and we've got 3 spots left. Click here for info and to sign up. I can't stress this enough - these classes are incredible and jam packed with useful tips that will give you the guaranteed looks you're going for. Students so far have been ravi ...
April 25, 2016
Baby Shoots & Engagements in Kelowna and Silver Star
Another great week of photographing families and engagements. It's almost wedding time! Also, I JUST updated my family photo & portrait gallery. Click here for some really fun and interesting photos.
But, let's get to our engagement shoot!
Silver Star is one of my favourite places to shoot, especia ...
April 19, 2016
What Do the Advanced Classes Entail?
So I've updated the FAQ...
You folks in Scotland and big cities in the states should be stoked. I've added a provision for overseas and american family portraits and workshops. To have me come to your city and conduct a two day workshop, you've got to sign up 8 people. For me to come to your city and take family photos, you've got ...
April 12, 2016
I use google analytics. I know why you're here. The special is, if you book your grad shoot before May 1, you get 50$ off. That means you'll end up paying $200 for a one hour shoot. It's a pretty awesome deal, and mostly pursuant of you allowing me to use the images on my mega popular instagram and twitter. Keep ...
April 8, 2016
Vernon Photography Lessons Round 8
I've got to say, the last few rounds have been amazing. I'm always tweaking the lessons, trying to figure out how to teach in the most effective way. The students have come through like rockstars!
The last few rounds have been large, but fun! We've sold out of almost every class we've offered. People are telling th ...
April 4, 2016
Baptisms, Photo Walks, and Thank you Cards
Saturday's photo walk was, of course, a complete success. To see all the photos, click here.
They even did well on my 500px! Which is amazing, I don't submit to that place enough. Photo walks are one of my favourite parts of the photography classes. We can really get out and use all the things we've learn ...
March 29, 2016
Smoke and Colour at Polson Park
A few days ago I chatted about testing out a few smoke bombs. This is important, always make sure you have one, if not more, tests. Pyrotechnics can get pretty unpredictable. In my case, I found my white smoke bombs lasted pretty long - up to three minutes! Where my coloured ones last a little bit under a minute.
March 23, 2016
Almost ready for busy April shoots
Grad photography and sparklers and shoots oh my!
Every weekend in April is booked! Hooray!
Which means I should bring some new ideas out. See that kid up there? That's my little brother Liam. He's a ton of fun, when the smoke doesn't scare him. He's learned a few new words, but he just seemed to like running around today. Which ...
March 18, 2016
Vernon Photo Walk at Kal Park
On Saturday, we had our Vernon photography lessons photo walk. It turned out grand!
If you'd like to skip straight to the gallery, head to http://www.drahtphotography.com/portfolio/vernon-photography-class-walk-march-2016/#17.
Otherwise, stay tuned!
It was a little more rainy than usual, and so some s ...
March 14, 2016
Turtle Mountain’s Low Lying Fog
On Monday morning (3-6am to be exact), Vernon's Turtle Mountain experience a low lying fog. Probably one of my favourite things to photograph, and so I created a 73 megapixel (yes, that is 73,711,552 pixels) panorama.
Click the image for the full 73 megapixel file. There's quite a bit of detail in it. Use ...
March 8, 2016
A Few Extra Photos From Kauai
Being a destination wedding photographer is fun. I get to visit places I'd never get to see ordinarily, with people who know the area well. Of course, the downside is that you have to pack light - probably four lenses at the most, and two camera bodies. Always have a backup camera body, kids. And always have it with you.
black and white
February 29, 2016
Vernon Photography Classes are Full!
Vernon Photography Lessons sold out and I'm stoked on it.
Although I don't have as much time as I'd like to teach (especially during the summer, when I'm busy shooting weddings every weekend), I do enjoy teaching immensely. It's nice to get in touch with people, and understand what they see on the other s ...
February 23, 2016
How to Properly Give a Toast at a Wedding
Nearly every weekend, you can find me in Vernon or Kelowna photographing a wedding. In that time, I've heard some hilarious speeches, some terrible speeches, and there's a few speeches that simply made me want to cry. I love this moment, because it gives me a real insight to whom I'm shooting.
Writing a s ...
February 20, 2016
Engagement Photos at Sparking Hills, and Maternity Shoots
Well the photography lessons have been killing it! We maxed out the monday class, and the Wednesday class is quite large too. Hooray! Although it certainly isn't the most lucrative area of my business, I really do have a lot of fun. And I love seeing what my students produce over time.
I always ask them on the last cla ...
February 16, 2016
The Kauai Destination Wedding Teaser
I enjoy being a destination photographer. I get to photograph amazing weddings in places like Hawaii, Mexico, Jamaica, during the coldest months of the year. That's part of the reason my higher end packages include travel - I like to travel, and photographing a wedding just makes it better!
You might recognize these two lovebird ...
February 12, 2016
I love you, not for the way you speak….
"I love you:
Not for the way you speak
or the way you smile
or the way your beautiful eyes stare into my soul.
I love you because every time
I think of you I feel like
a lost traveller, who has finally
found the way back home."
-Ji Tesh Khanna
You can see the rest of this beautiful shoot here
February 2, 2016
Vernon Photography Lessons & Family Shoots
I've got some killer shoots coming up. It's kinda depressing, though, because the lights I ordered last week just got shipped today! I've got a shoot coming up on the second that I'd like them for.
But that's okay. I simply don't want boring shoots. Part of the enjoyment of my job is keeping everything sp ...
January 26, 2016
“I have an idea that this is what enduring love really means.”
“I have an idea that this is what enduring love really means. Your memories of a girl at seventeen become as real and vivid as the middle-aged woman sitting in front of you. It is a happy sort of double vision, this seeing and remembering. To be seen this way is to be known.”
― William Landay, Defending Jacob
January 21, 2016