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

Sarah is one of the sweetest people you will ever meet. I met her through Victoria Women of Weddings and enjoy her positive , uplifting personality.  When she asked me to photograph her maternity photos, I was thrilled. Her husband, Rob, is just as sweet as she is and they were a joy to work with.  Sharon Rai Hair and Makeup Artistry brought out the best in the already lovely mama to be. We met at Hatley Castle on the Royal Roads University Campus one Saturday for our portrait session.  Haley Castle Maternity Portraits Husband and Wife at Royal Roads Pregnant belly Expectant Mom Mom Sitting on picnic blanket Couple hugging at RRU

Fran and James are both members of the Canadian military, each having served for several years. They wanted to incorporate their military heritage in their wedding. And they did so with style! Fran arrived at the Japanese Gardens at the Gorge Park in a vintage UN military jeep on loan from the CFB Esquimalt Military Museum and chauffeured by veteran military personnel. Despite the unexpected rain that started about an hour before their outdoor wedding, Fran’s spirits remained unconcerned, and she took it all in stride. She waited patiently in the jeep while James and a few friends quickly set up a tent to protect them during their ceremony. Bride in a military jeep Ashton Armories Jeep Wedding in a park Wedding guests in the rain UN jeepThese two nearly stole the show. Serious cuteness right here.  Flower girl and ring bearerThen a miracle happened. Just as the tent was assembled and Fran was given the all clear for her walk down the aisle, the rain stopped and the sun came out in full force.  Bride walking down the aisle The brideThey tied the knot in an lovely ceremony with Unitarian Chaplain Liz Graham at the helm. Wedding at Gorge park Esquimalt First kiss Wedding Flowers Flower girl with umbrellaThe Japanese Gardens at the Gorge Waterway Park were a spectacular backdrop for their wedding day photos.  Flower girl looking at reflection Bride and Groom at Gorge Park Bride and groom on bridge Bride and groom in Japanese Garden Bride on a bridge at Gorge Park The groom The brideJames’ son and best man, Keegan, was not very excited by the portrait session, but he was more than willing to participate when his turn came to be photographed. Boy playing video games at wedding Father and son Bride and groom Once the photos were done, the bridal party hopped into the UN Jeeps and were taken a short drive to the NOTC Gun Room for the reception. Bride Flowers on a military jeep UN Military JeepWe were greeted at the reception by this guy, who had just come off the grill as we arrived. A roast pig, expertly done by Little Piggy Catering, was the only thing James insisted he had at his wedding.  Roast Pig More appetizing treats were also available. Candy Bar at a wedding Wedding Rings on a piano Wedding rings in an orchidIsn’t this cake topper darling? Fran had it custom made from an Etsy shop owner, in tribute to their love of martial arts.  Fran and James are two of the nicest lethal weapons I have ever met. Cupcakes were done by Sugarholics. Wedding cupcakes The decorEach vendor who helped with their wedding received these awesome t-shirts. I still wear mine; it’s super comfy.  Bride and Groom at CFB Esquimalt Bride and groom at CFB EsquimaltIt was a fantastic day! I loved being able to capture these moments for you both. Thank you again for being fabulous to work with.

A girl and her horse.

“Forget the glass slippers. This princess wears boots.” I saw this on Pinterest the other day and thought it perfect for Jessica. Girls and horses go together like cookies and milk. They just belong together.

A couple of weeks after prom, we met again at a beautiful property in Metchosin – big open field, a forest and a creek. What could be more perfect for her portrait session with her horse, Java?  Java is a lively,  young thoroughbred mare with famous race horses Seabiscuit and Secretariat in her pedigree. She’s quite stunning. This was such a fun evening session!

Grad hugging her horse Girl Hugs Horse Grad with her horse Jessica on Java Girl on cantering horse We headed down to the creek for a bit. Java loves to splash and play in the water.  Horse in a creek Girl riding a horse in a creek Horse and rider in a creek We went back up the path for more pictures in the field. And this time, with Jessica’s incredible grad dress.  Victoria Grad with her thoroughbred Girl in grad dress walking her horse Girl in grad dress on a galloping horse Girl in a gown on her thoroughbred Girl in grad dress on a horse Girl in grad dress on a horse

I loved working with Jessica and Java. It is a joy to try something new and work with youth. If you have a fun idea for your grad photos, or would like unique grad photos like these, please feel free to contact me. I’d love to hear from you.