Stanley Park Engagement Session /LUNA & AYO

I loved this session with Luna and Ayo. I think it's been one of my favourites thus far. But then again, I tend to say that after every photo shoot! I think it's because after each photo shoot, after all the editing and everything is done, I look back and I think of ways that I could improve for next time. Not that I did a bad job during the shoot or anything, but I just think of new ways that I could improve and change or try different techniques, etc.

I'll be honest, I was a little nervous going into this session because it had been a long time since I'd done a couple's shoot, or any shoot for that matter! I was nervous that my skills would be a bit rusty. But they weren't. I was highly satisfied with the outcome of this session. Throughout the whole thing I implemented different techniques that I had picked up at WPPI or from reading blogs or just things I thought of on my own. I challenged myself to go outside of my comfort zone a bit and it paid off. Big time. Not to get a big head full of ego here or anything, that's not what I'm trying to say! I'm just so thankful for all the amazing knowledge I've gained from such talented people over the last few weeks and that I'm able to start using that knowledge in my own photographs and shoots and editing.

Luna and Ayo picked me up from my hotel downtown and we drove a little ways to some docks by Coal Harbour. It was a little chilly out but that didn't stop these two from being amazing models! A little photography talk now- the sun was so harsh on this day. No clouds in the sky, middle of the day. We were out on the water on some docks. I found a little bit of shade, literally a little bit, coming from this little shed thing beside us. There was light reflecting everywhere around us- off the water, off the white boats, off the dock. It was fabulous actually! At first I was a little intimidated with all this openness and bright sun but when I saw that patch of shade I sighed relief! I was so thankful that I had watched Jasmine Star's creativeLIVE workshop where she did ten poses in a 10 by 10 area.

Anyway, you guys were a joy to photograph. You have so much love for each other and it just radiates off of you! And Luna, you've got some fierce eyes! Love it! You're a Top Model watcher for sure, right?! haha.

Enjoy these photos, and I know I sure do!

This is just my most favourite image of the day, I would say. Love love.

Seriously, they are TOO CUTE!

Yes, Ayo was pretty fierce, too. They make a good match!

Ok, seriously? So stunning! GorgeOUS.

Ayo is from England so this was a fitting backdrop for them!

Mmmm. So much goodness here!

Your eyes are like looking into a pot of bubbling hot dark chocolate! And that's a very good thing!

I adore Ayo's smile!! I couldn't not smile whenever he smiled!


After all the boating we drove to Stanley Park for a variation of nature and city backdrops.

I love the way Ayo is looking at Luna in this one.

Eeee!! This is a close second favourite!

I used a new editing technique with this one, thanks to the noted fashion photographer, Nigel Barker. (If you didn't read that sentence with your best Tyra Banks impression please re-read it now doing that impression. Thanks)

A little impromptu dance in Stanley Park.

Some people say direct sun on a person's face in a no-no, I say I like it in this picture. So there! =)

The End. Thanks for looking! Have a great weekend!


  1. Anonymous11.3.11

    Great job Vanessa!!!! I love the third to last picture, it just moved me. Keep up the great work

  2. Ooooh I want her dress! Super cute.

  3. I know, right?!!! I loved it!

  4. hey. ayo is my friend which i why i am looking.....these photographs are absolutely amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Thank you Sara! Thanks for stopping by and taking a look! =)

  6. Great set, Vanessa! Love the bw ones especially, I'm getting really into the bw lately!

  7. Thanks Rose! BW's definitely work their charm for certain images!

  8. What a gorgeous couple! Vanessa, these are awesome!

  9. Anonymous13.3.11

    Fantastic composition and great colour. You have definitely captured Ayo's soul. Great jo...loving them a lot. Chif

  10. Micah16.3.11

    you gotta say "the sexy nigel barker, noted fashion photographer!"


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