Feature // Yinger Fotokrafie Design

We're excited to be featuring Yinger Wong from Yinger Fotokrafie Design. I've known Yinger for a while now, and can only say great things about him. He's an incredibly humble and hard worker, and he's VERY good at what he does. We wanted to get his opinion and advice on getting the right photographer for that event and wedding. 

Tell us about yourself! // I am a Vancouver-based fine art wedding, portrait & lifestyle photographer. I’ve got an insatiable passion for shooting on film, and accompanied by digital. Capturing people and life in the most honest and bona fide way is what’s important to me.

Married to the love of my life, Ellie and she is the backbone of our business. We are also the proud parents of Ayden and our goldendoodle, Rossi.

We are honored that we get to serve and do life with amazing couples that are about to start a significant chapter. We are passionate about marriage. Photography is our ministry.

What made you fall in love with photography? // Don’t we all wish that we had more pictures of ourselves growing up, or with our loved ones? That’s what I get to do; I get to document a piece of history. What an honor.

What advice would you give a couple trying to choose a photographer? // Take the time and meet the photographer. I think it’s very important for the couple to share similar values and vision as the photographer. See the work of an entire wedding, not just the website.

I hear you used to be a fashion photographer, tell us a bit about that. // My mother was a fashion designer, my first big assignment was with a modeling agency, and ever since it has been a skillset that I am able to leverage on whenever I need to add a splash of fashion to achieve that extra impact.

How does this affect your of photography? // One thing I always strive for in my work is to find the balance of honesty and beauty. Styling and creating something beautiful is the unwritten rule in the fashion industry, and authenticity is usually an after thought. Understanding fashion definitely had helped me to be a better photographer, however I believe when authenticity meets beauty/fashion -- you’ll create a timeless photograph. 

Any advice in searching for a photographer? // Photography is an investment, and a good investment is one that will increase in value over time. You need to think that your photos will become a family heirloom, and it will be passed down for generations to come. So invest in a photographer that values and understands the importance of an album, because one day you’ll appreciate the tangible, visceral print experience.

Feature // Madison Ogilvie from M&Him Photography

This week we're featuring M&Him photography! They're a wedding video and photography duo  who have an amazing eye and have a creative flare. We thought we'd ask M&Him about their thoughts on the wedding process in hopes to help you (or future you) to find the right photographer for you and your event. There's lots to thing about when it comes to the wedding process, and photography is one of them. We wanted to go straight to the pros to ask about their thoughts, what they do and why they do it! I (Raelene) have known Madison for a long time and she is a dear friend! Which makes it so fun to be featuring their husband and wife photography (and videography) duo!

Tell us about yourself// Dave and I have been married for almost 3 years. I am a local girl, while Dave is from Australia. We have been married for almost three years and it’s been amazing. We lived in Australia when we first got married and then decided to move back BC. We both love being in Vancouver so much! It’s our home. We work together as a husband and wife team doing photography and videography. Videography is something new to our services, but we love doing it! When you have a videographer everything gets captured! I love that I get to work with my husband, we really do life together everyday!

How did you get started// We started out just doing portrait session and had never even thought about doing weddings. Then we were at Dave’s cousin’s wedding and the photographer had bailed. We stepped up to fill in then I just fell in love with wedding photography! The funny thing is that I actually had to borrow a lense from a guest! After that a friend asked us to photograph their wedding and the rest is history!

What advice would you give a couple looking for a photographer// Don’t be afraid to ask questions. LOTS of them. Also look into various photographers and make sure that you are comfortable with the one you chose. Oh, and also look at their gallery because it will probably be pretty consistent to what you will get! It’s a big choice so take your time making your decision.

What is your favourite shot to take at a wedding// Gosh, that’s a hard one. I love just after they are leaving the ceremony, but there is also the first dance or when the dad gives the bride away. There is just so many choices. I would say it is a tie between those three! I also love when I get to take a photo that isn’t directed, it is just a natural shot of the couple!

Every photographer has a distinct style, flare and way of engaging with their clients. We hope that as you continue to search you're able to find the right fit for your big day!

xox TBL


Feature // Natalie Young from Mint Photography

We're so excited to be featuring Natalie Young from Mint Photography. Natalie and Ron Young are a husband and wife photography duo located out in London, Ontario. Natalie (who also happens to be my sister-in-law) also has a successful, fun blog that she does with her best friend, called Three Little Crowns. It's an amazing blog for that modern mama, and it comes with tips, DIYs, inspiration, etc...

Natalie and Ron took our (Joryli and Sam's) wedding photos, where shortly after their photos got asked to be featured on The Heirloom Magazine.

Even after having twin boys (!), Natalie and Ron are constantly evolving and staying creative to present their clients with the best product. 

We had an interview with Natalie while we were out in Ontario and asked her a few questions in hopes to help that couple that's looking for the perfect photographer. We thought we'd go straight to the source and ask a few photographers for their thoughts on the decision process.  Here we go!

Interview with Natalie Young from Mint Photography

Tell us about yourself // I married my high school sweet heart. We’ve been married for 5 years. We have twin one year old boys and reside in Ontario. I have a teaching degree, but with jobs being so sparse in Ontario, upon graduating, I decided to pursue something else I was interested in – photography. I was mentored by a photographer for several years before I branched out and started my own business. I’m currently a stay at home mom and run my business from home, shooting portrait sessions during the week, and weddings a few weekends a month. My husband and I shoot weddings together, which I absolutely love! Through the years, we’ve really found a groove of working together and I feel so blessed to have him by my side.

What made you fall in love with photography? // It wasn’t until after my own wedding that I started to get more interested in photography. I got my first SLR camera as a Christmas gift while I was half way through university, and I started to play around with it and practice when I had spare time. But it wasn’t until after I graduated that I really started to shoot. I started by practicing with friends and family, and eventually I started to get real client inquiries. Four years ago I shot my first wedding and I haven’t turned back! I love love love everything about my job from the initial consultation to giving my clients their images back and seeing their reaction.

 What’s your one favorite thing about shooting weddings? // Probably my favorite thing about shooting weddings is building relationships with the couples we shoot. It’s one thing to photograph two strangers, but it’s another when the people in front of your camera become your friends. We love seeing their story unfold during the time we get to work with them, and we often build lasting friendships.

What advice would you give a couple trying to choose a photographer? // Look around A LOT. Every photographer has a distinct style. Bright and whimsical, dark and moody, natural and raw etc.,  It’s important that you find a photographer who is able to capture your day in a way that portrays YOU and your personal style. Years down the road, your photos are all you will have to remember your day. Once you have narrowed down your choices, take the time to sit down and chat with the photographers you are considering. Make sure that you connect and get along well because after all, you have to spend and entire day with them!

What’s your favorite shot to take of the wedding day? // I would have to say my favorite part of the day to shoot is the getting ready shots. There is something so magical about the bride and her girls spending that time preparing together for the big day. There is so much anticipation, emotion and excitement  as the bride get’s ready to meet her groom. I love it.

We'll be doing a few more interviews with a few more amazing and diverse photographers. We hope that this helps you either with your present, or future decision in looking for a photographer! There's so many talented artists out there, and there's nothing greater then finding the one that was the right fit for you. Stay tuned for more upcoming interviews!

xo Jo

Photo of Natalie and Ron // Raw Footage Photography
Remainder of the photos by Mint Photography

Fall Weddings // The Perfect Fall Dress

Last week we headed out to Muse Social Fashion House at Morgan Crossing to have a fall style shoot with them! Our goal was to find some cute outfits that can be worn as a guest to some upcoming fall weddings! Sometimes it's not as easy as those summer weddings. So we contacted Muse to look into it a bit deeper. What's in this fall? And how can we look cute while we're at it? We were so happy with what we found! 

For those semi-formal weddings, Joryli chose this cute navy dress. She loves it when a dress hits her around the waist and goes into an A-line. She chose a long necklace to pair with this dress to work with the higher neck line. It paired so nicely together! She threw in a nude coloured clutch, with some black heels and her outfit was done. Throw in a black or nude wool jacket on there, and her outfit is fall ready!

Elizabeth (Manager of Muse) picked out this bright pink dress for me to try on. Bright colours are not what I am naturally attracted to, BUT after putting on a black statement necklace with a pair of simple black heels to tone it down I felt comfortable and ready to go! A nice reminder to always test new waters, you might just surprise yourself! Also, if you're tight on time, throw on a top knot, and you're good on your way! 

Muse had lots of cute necklaces and shoes for us to browse around and try with different outfits. Joryli and I (Raelene) are both huge fans of statement necklaces so we were beyond happy with having so many to choose from! I love a store that I can get an entire outfit in one visit :)

For our next dress, we are both in the same style, Joryli is in purple and I am in my favourite colour (black)! Joryli made the dress semi-formal by wearing a long gold necklace, with a pair of black flats, and a large purse to add more of a casual tone to the style. I dressed it up a bit with leopard print heels and a pink statement necklace (I really do love them!)

If you're trying to look for a few different ways to keep off the brisk air (or in Vancouver more likely the rain!) A blazer or an open front jacket, a thick scarf and a pair of booties can help keep you warm and trendy this fall. 

The last dress was my favourite! It was more of a formal piece. This gorgeous black dress had a small train at the back and it was definitely my favourite dress! All this dress needed to make it complete was a long and delicate one piece crystal necklace. I paired it with black heels and it was complete. I felt red carpet (wedding) ready and it was so simple to do!

Huge thanks to Muse Social Fashion House for being so welcoming and hospitable to us! We had so much fun shopping around and styling a few perfect wedding outfits. 

Let us know what you're go-to fall outfit is! How do you stay warm and classy on a chilly/rainy day?

XOXO The TBL Girls

Make-up by: Jedicca Law @jediccasarah
Photography by: Joshua Laplap Media @talkingtojosh
Muse Social Fashion House: Located in South Surrey, BC @musefashion