Deanna McCollum Photography » Wedding & Portrait Photographer in Victoria B.C.

Dylan contacted me after seeing his friend Jessica’s graduation photos. He is an up and coming local actor who needed some head shots to share. We chose the gardens at Hatley Castle for some environmental style shots. Teens are so fun to work with. Their energy, drive and optimism shines through. And it is so nice to see the selfie generation knows the value of a professional portrait. Teenage boy Portrait Actor head shots Head shots at Hatley Castle Boy on Bridge at Hatley Castle Actor Head shot Teen in Italian Garden at Hatley Castle

Meet Meghan. This gorgeous girl is what I would call accomplished. She is a talented competitive swimmer, speaks multiple languages, travels to third world countries to help others in need, and was her class valedictorian, graduating from Claremont a year younger than most of her peers. And to top it off, she is one of the sweetest teenagers you will ever meet. I was honoured to photograph her with her family and friends at a pre-graduation party at her family home. Claremont Grad Victoria graduation photography Girl in prom dressThis is Jeff, the lucky young man who was Meghan’s date for the evening. Boy ready for Graduation Girl getting a corsage Pinning on the Boutiniere. Couple before prom Victoria Graduation photographyMeghan is supported by an incredible, loving family.  Family with grad Grad hugging her dadJust a few of her lovely friends before Claremont’s prom. Girls in prom dresses Friends laugingIsland Swim team grads, showing off their hard earned muscles.  Island swimming Friends at prom DeannaMcCollum 15They all managed to fit into a giant limo from Alpine Limousine Services In the limo - Alpine Limo Services

This is such a wonderful milestone. And SO fun to photograph. If you would like unique grad photos like these of your Victoria Graduation, I’d love to hear from you.

Matt’s mom knew Ashley was perfect for him when she found the two bookworms asleep together in the backyard hammock, with books open in their laps. Ashley and Matt are perfect for each other. Their smiles, laughter and way of being together leaves no one in doubt. They were married on a perfect day at Kildara Farms on the Summer Solstice.
Ocean View from Kildara FarmThe bridal preparation room above the reception barn is one of a kind. Sarah Hughes, of Fresh View Events, has made this spot spectacular. Bridal Room at Kildara Farm Bridal Room at Kildara FarmAshley’s dress! Simply wow. She managed to let Matt know he had to get this colour green for his tie, without letting him know that she had green in her dress. She kept it a secret from him. As her dad said, “I’m not the least bit surprised she chose a unique, one-of-a-kind dress. It’s just like her.” Green and white wedding dress Bride getting ready Bride getting ready Bride getting ready Ashley and Matt wanted to be with their guests for most of the day, and did not want the day to be interrupted with time away from them for portraits. I suggested a first look and doing their pictures before the ceremony, and they loved the idea. Matt’s reaction to seeing Ashley  is why I love when couples choose a First Look. First Look First LookRight here, Matt says “Wow.” It was perfect. Groom Groom Bride and groom hug Bride and groom kiss Bride and groom hugAshley, you are just the cutest! Your soul shines through your smile. Bride laughing Bridal Party at Kildara Farm Bride beside tractor Groom smiling Bride and groomInside the barn at Kildara Farms is this darling vintage style “living room.” Being the bookworms they are, this moment had to happen. Inside Kildara Farm Inside Kildara farmBefore heading down to the ocean, Ashley wanted to do a first look with her dad when he arrived. Again, it was a perfect wow moment. Father of bride sees daughter Father of bride sees daughter Father of bride hugs daughterAnd to add to the perfection of the day, a horse and rider were walking by the farm as we made our way to the beach for  more pictures.  Bride with horse couple on beach Birde and groom on beach bride looking at groom bridal party kisses brideAshley and Matt chose their siblings to stand with them as their bridal party. Matt’s sister travelled all the way from Australia to be at his side.  Bride and sister Groom kisses bride Giant Chalkboard Sign Ocean View at Kildara Farm Pretty florals done by Sarah of Fresh View Events. Bride floralsAnother moment I loved. Ashley asked her sister, Rebecca, to walk her down the aisle.  Groom kisses bride Some of the pretty at Kildara Farms barn. Reception Room at Kildara Farm Teacups Wedding decor Reception set up After the ceremony was a casual gathering with champagne, complete with croquet and other lawn games. Bride plays croquetIn high school, Ashley worked in a Turkish restaurant. While it is no longer open, the family agreed to do the food for their reception. I have to say this was the best food I have ever had at a wedding. So good. The fun and laughter was non-stop all day.  Mom laughiung Bride with wedding cakeThis gorgeous cake was made by a friend of Ashley’s. She is surrounded with amazingly talented people. Pink wedding cake Pink ombre wedding cakeJust before the sun set, we went out to the garden for a few more pictures. The first dance. First dance Brother and sister dancingAshley and Matt, thank you again for a wonderful day. Your joy together is inspiring.