Named Vancouver's best wedding photographers in 2009, 2010, and 2011 by Georgia Straight readers and listed as one of the 25 most inspiring Canadian photographers in Weddingbells Magazine, Blue Olive Photography's married shutterbug team Reilly and Miranda Lievers has expertly framed families, couples, and kids for more than 9 years. In between publishing their work and presenting lectures and instruction to photography peers, the Lievers set up shoots at clients' homes or locations of their choice to capture each subject's individuality. They also assist their patrons throughout each step of the process by dispensing tips on clothing, pre-session preparation, and how to advance from bunny ears to elephant ears.
The Lievers then rendezvous with customers for post-shoot image-review meetings, where they can scrutinize each image and decide which shots suit Blue Olive's line of pictorial products, such as gallery wraps, custom-designed holiday cards, and gift books. In addition to a signature 8"x12" print, Blue Olive Photography grants half-price discounts for all returning patrons as well as séances to retrieve any camera-snatched souls.
Staking a space inside the Doctor Vigari Gallery, framing ace Wendy Berry activates her longtime artist's eye while preserving clients’ mementos in technically sound and visually pleasing styles. When customers bring their special items and works to Wendy, she uses knowledge culled from her master's degree in fine arts and her background as an artist of more than 20 years to creatively build framing solutions for every project she takes on. A seemingly boundless assortment of framing options lines the walls of her framing area, inspiring visitors with styles that can help safeguard or beautifully hang anything from sports memorabilia and diplomas to family photos.
Beyond framing, Wendy's experience and education enable her to execute a number of other services, such as digital printing and creating 3-D shadowboxes. She also performs home consultations to help customers aesthetically sort out decor choices and help them choose the most unassuming portraits for concealing secret safes stocked with smaller secret safes inside.
Jozef Povazan is living his dream. After finishing his law degree in his native Europe, he moved to the United Kingdom and began to delve further into photography, studying black-and-white techniques at Newbury College and mastering journalistic skills through BFP photography courses. The globe-trekking shutterbug then travelled the world for years with his wife, Maria; they visited more than 30 countries, living as free-spirited nomads with their cameras as their metaphorical passports and their passports as their actual, legal passports.
Today, the husband-and-wife team is busy with family portraits, maternity shoots, and complete wedding packages. The artists capture kids with a soft, dreamy focus and rich saturation of colour or render captivating candid shots in striking black and white. Students of all skill levels study under the two photographers to master everything from simple digital-camera operation to focusing a DSLR lens under the cover of night.
After graduating from Capilano University's cinematography program in 2005, Alex Waber decided to freeze his motion-picture sensibilities into non-moving pictures. Using the knowledge he gained during his post-Capilano photography studies at Focal Point, he's led a distinguished career capturing striking eye-level portraits of actors, designers, and drag kings, and producing gripping fashion editorials and long-exposure, movement-oriented creative work, some of which has been featured in various publications and galleries throughout Vancouver. During photo shoots, Alex harnesses his unique blend of motion- and still-picture experience to tastefully immortalize his model's images onto digital images, canvas prints, and pieces of toast.
A bride and groom, in their wedding day finery, wander through a cornfield. A woman lounges on a couch in a strapless corset. After working as a photographer more than a decade, Kari's team of photographers can expertly capture each scene, whether it’s a candid shot or a formal occasion. Originally a wedding-only photographer, Kari and her team have expanded their stylistic repertoire to include boudoir and maternity shoots. Photo shoots occur inside the team's Mount Pleasant studio loft, and to keep them as personal and uninhibited as possible, clients work with an all-women team. As they shift between shoot styles, however, their basic philosophy stays the same: they strive to capture natural images infused with authentic emotion, rather than cheesy camera smiles or “surprise” visits from a local television personality.
Robert Marlow has navigated the rapid evolution of photographic art since 1981. He specializes in straightforward studio and beach photography for families, capturing images "that people will want to use" with his simple, modern aesthetics and eye for classical composition and lighting. Making his subjects feel at ease, he draws out natural expressions that highlight their personalities through varying sessions, resulting in images of fun and goofy families, a newly engaged couple's tender embrace, or a tasteful close-up of Dad's baby bump. In 2007, he hired on photographer Heather Jean, who supplements Robert's skill with families and children with a dynamic take on actors' headshots and modelling photography.