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MEGHAN HEMSTRA

IT'S MORE LIKE A PARTY THAN A PHOTOSHOOT, REALLY.

My work is an outlet, a means to express how I see the world… and it’s a love language. I want to create imagery that is rich, romantic, CINEMATIC and full of depth. The kind of photos where the light is delicious and the story telling is genuine. Even more importantly, I want to create the kind of photos that strike you on a personal and emotional level. That speak to you and reflect who you are… that draw you in. 

But here’s the thing… it’s a collaborative process. It’s relational. There’s give and take. The magic happens when we meet in the middle, getting to know each other. The more open you are, the more you invest in the process, the more magic we can create. Think of it like a mirror, where the more authentic you are, the more authentic the imagery that I create for you will be. 

And I know that can be a hard ask in some ways, to trust a stranger that much and to be yourselves in front of them. But it's far easier to get there than you think, because I’ll be here for you every step of the way. Guiding you, drawing you out, building those connections, making you do strange and hilarious things. And by the end of the process we’ll be like old friends, laughing together and horsing around. All I ask is that you’re open to it, that you meet me in the middle and really give it a go. 

If we work together (and honestly I hope we do because it’s so f*cking fun) it’ll seriously be more like a party than a photo shoot. Tickling, tackling, weird shit with your hands and long walks into the distance. Hair will be flying and we’ll laugh. A lot. Add in a little bit of Fireball and we’ve got a party. 

I'LL BE THERE FOR YOU EVERY STEP OF THE WAY. GUIDING YOU, DRAWING YOU OUT, BUILDING THAT CONNECTION. 

Heck yes I do! Every couple is unique and as a result every couple needs a slightly different type of direction. Some couples really relax when they receive step-by-step-head-to-toe instruction. Some couples are the opposite and really come alive when I back up a bit and give them space to go for a walk or simply talk and cuddle. It's slightly different every time and you can be sure that the entire time we're working together I'll be giving you feedback, chatting about life and laughing with you as we work the nerves out. ***PRO TIP: An engagement session is the perfect space to work through those first-time-photo-jitters and I guarantee you'll be SO much more relaxed on your wedding day afterwards. 


I edit all of my weddings image by image. No outsourcing, no batch editing. This is a point of pride for me and I pour over every gallery with a fine tooth comb. I'll import your photos after we shoot and back them up so that there are multiple copies on different hard drives. The next step is to cull and then I begin editing in waves. The longer that I work as a photographer the pickier I become about colour, so I edit in waves to ensure that the color gets exactly where I want it. Edits include adjusting exposure, white balance correction, colour adjustments, correcting verticals and horizontals, It's not uncommon for me to photoshop out distracting objects or swap faces in family photos. 

I never photograph a wedding or elopement without a second shooter. They're like walking, talking insurance policies. Just kidding, but seriously. Not only do second shooters provide an invaluable second perspective on your day (think candids, candids, candids), they also ensure that you have a second experienced photographer on hand if something was to happen to me. Additionally, they have their own gear which means MORE backup gear! 

We definitely have our own gear and always bring both our flash system and some bangin video lights. We use them when necessary and switch between the two options depending on the venue and reception set up. Having said that I LOVE working with available light whenever possible because it provides the most genuine representation of your day. Lighting is a huge part of what brings a wedding to life when the sun goes down and so often it's overlooked even though it's SO IMPORTANT. I always ask my couples to consider investing in uplighting, cafe lights, candles, lanterns and even spot lights. ***PROT TIP: Whatever you think you'll need, double it... then you should have enough ;) 

Sunset is going to give you that iconic golden hour glow, and if I could have my say I'd schedule bridal portraits during that hour before sunset EVERY. SINGLE TIME. Having said that, all light can be beautiful. The key is balancing your location selection with the time of day that you'll be shooting. That's what I'm here for. ;)

F.A.Q.

we've never had our photo taken before, how do you guide us?

WHY DO YOU USE A SECOND SHOOTER?

HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH DIFFERENT LIGHTING SITUATIONS?

WHAT'S THE BEST TIME OF DAY FOR PORTRAITS?

WHAT'S YOUR EDITING PROCESS?

AN INDUSTRY PACKED WITH TALENT...

It can feel overwhelming to put together your vendor team, to find people that will understand your vision and make your day a success. Below is a list of trusted vendors in BC that are incredibly talented and devoted to their clients. 

FLORISTS

-Platinum Floral Designs 

-Bespoke Decor

-Emma McCormick Creative

-Jane Rhyan The Collection

-Rituals of Love Bridal

-Everly Fine Bridal 

-Bisou Bridal

-Dream Big Event Planning

-Filosophi

-Say Events

-Trend Decor

-A&B Partytime Rentals

-Pedersen's Event Rentals

-Celsia Florist

-Society Floral

-A Fox in the Flowers

RENTALS

PLANNERS

STYLE

It can feel overwhelming to put together your vendor team, to find people that will understand your vision and make your day a success. Below is a list of trusted vendors in BC that are incredibly talented and devoted to their clients. 

FLORISTS

-Platinum Floral Designs 

-Bespoke Decor

-Emma McCormick Creative

-Jane Rhyan The Collection

-Rituals of Love Bridal

-Everly Fine Bridal 

-Bisou Bridal

-Dream Big Event Planning

-Filosophi

-Say Events

-Trend Decor

-A&B Partytime Rentals

-Pedersen's Event Rentals

-Celsia Florist

-Society Floral

-A Fox in the Flowers

RENTALS

PLANNERS

STYLE

AN INDUSTRY PACKED WITH TALENT...

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