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Jamaica!

I had the amazing opportunity to shoot my very first destination wedding this past January in Negril, Jamaica.  I have been to a number of Caribbean destinations and Jamaica has been my favourite so far.  Maybe it was the 5-star resort, or maybe it was the amazing jerk chicken hut on the beach, either way, I can’t wait to go back!

Here are a couple non-wedding related shots from my trip.  Hope you enjoy!

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These birds were everywhere!  Still don’t know what they are called though…

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This was probably my favourite shot of the trip!

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 Thanks for reading!

Until next time…

Chris

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Thanksgiving Camping at The Pinery

Every year my family goes camping for Thanksgiving, usually at The Pinery in Grand Bend, Ontario.  For those of you who have a love for nature, the outdoors and camping, but have not yet visited The Pinery, I suggest you do so!

Just a few shots from the weekend…

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Can’t wait to get out camping again sometime soon….

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Cheers,

Chris

 

Fresh, modern, fashionable, breathtaking and emotional wedding and engagement photography fusing classic and photojournalistic shooting styles. Hamilton wedding photography, Mississauga wedding photography, Toronto wedding photography.

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Thunderstorm in Burlington!

These are just a few of my favourite shots from the thunderstorm that occured August 24, 2011 throughout Southern Ontario.  Apologies for the same location for all of the photos, there was a tornado warning out for the area and I didn’t feel like venturing outside!  Plus my power was out – walking down 15 floors was not very appealing at the time.

Thankfully no tornadoes developed and nature produced one of the most spectacular light shows I have ever seen!

Toronto wedding photography Toronto wedding photographerA firetruck can be seen at the bottom left in this shot.  I would see one every 15 minutes or so traveling around my area

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Chris

 

Fresh, modern, fashionable, breathtaking and emotional wedding and engagement photography fusing classic and photojournalistic shooting styles. Hamilton wedding photography, Mississauga wedding photography, Toronto wedding photography.

 

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DeCew Falls – St. Catharines Ontario

I have been pretty busy lately editing wedding photos and haven’t had much time to put together posts on here, so I figured I would put up a couple of shots that I took last summer at DeCew Falls in St. Catherine’s, Ontario.

The walk down to the falls is…interesting.  After repelling down a vertical rockface using an old rope that had been left there to assist other adventurers, I was faced with really steep slopes and a challenging descent to the base.  There’s also a really creepy old railway tunnel you can venture into if you have some flashlights!  Can’t wait to make it back there!

 

This is a shot from the lower falls

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For more information on the falls, or directions, check out this DeCew Falls information page.

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Chris

 

Chris Liehmann is a GTA photographer specializing in wedding and engagement photography.  For more information, please review the investment, contact and about me pages.

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BC Nature Shots

Recently, I had the pleasure of shooting a wedding out in BC (blog post coming soon).  If you have never been, make sure you get out there at some point in your life.  I didn’t have much time to travel around the area, but here are a few shots that I collected.

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My family has a hummingbird feeder in Ontario and its fantastic to catch a glimpse of one every now and then, but on the Sunshine Coast, they are so numerous you only have to wait 30 seconds before seeing one.  At one point, they kept coming until every spot on the feeder was full, each one shuffling around to make room for the next.  Reminded me of the song ‘Everyday I’m Shufflin’ (click here to see what the heck I’m talking about)

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We found a starfish!

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Chris

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Weekend Photos: Flowers, Vespa and Lightning!

This past weekend I went to Doors Open Toronto.  My fantastic plans for seeing many of Toronto’s architectural sites didn’t quite materialize (only saw one location), but there were still a few shots from the weekend that I wanted to share.

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Saw this on the streets of Toronto… made me very happy!

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An interesting pillar mosaic filled with faces

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My first attempt at lightning shots!  Next time will have to shorten the exposure time

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This was the best one of the evening!

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Chris

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Fresh, modern, fashionable, breathtaking and emotional wedding and engagement photography fusing classic and photojournalistic shooting styles. Hamilton wedding photography, Mississauga wedding photography, Toronto wedding photography.

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Fog Photos!

I have been meaning to get out every time it gets foggy and finally last night I took some photos down by the Burlington lakeshore and downtown area.  Fog makes everything so incredibly eerie and quiet.  Absolutely love it!

Check these out and let me know what you think!

Probably my favourite shot of the evening…

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Absolutely loved how this one turned out as well..
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Streets were empty everything was very quiet… a little spooky
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Cheers,

Chris

 

Fresh, modern, fashionable, breathtaking and emotional wedding and engagement photography fusing classic and photojournalistic shooting styles. Hamilton wedding photography, Mississauga wedding photography, Toronto wedding photography.

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Facebook, Friends and Mentors

One of the most common questions people ask me is how I got into photography.  I tell everyone the same story – I just bought a DSLR, started taking photos and the rest unraveled as I went along.  I make it sound as if everyone can accomplish the same thing and I still believe it!  There are, however, a few small things that can help an aspiring photographer on their way to enlightenment:

1) decent equipment

2) the internet

3) excellent photography books

4) a mentor

I want to write today about the influence one of my best friends had on my progression as a photographer (number 4 on the list).  In honour of her birthday last week (she is spending it in Hawaii surfing – ugh so jealous!), I would like to tell you tell you a little bit about her and how she impacted me.

Shortly after I bought my first camera, I was perusing Facebook and noticed one of my colleagues in undergrad had some excellent shots taken.  Recently inspired and looking to get into portrait photography, I naturally messaged the person who had taken the photo asking if perhaps we could go shooting sometime.  Fortunately for me, this was a little before the days of random facebook messages from strange men and she subsequently agreed to meet me at the Williams across from the McMaster hospital in Hamilton.

First impressions of Jin Sol Sohn:

- she smiled a lot

- she had no reservations with allowing a strange man into her car and driving him all over town to take photos

- she was a little different than most people I had met

- she was an old soul

- she was a mover

So we ventured on our way, off to take some photos of her sister and a few horses at a nearby farm in Dundas – my first portrait shoot!

Fortunately, I had just made my first lens purchase after many hours of research and deliberation (a Tamron 18-250mm).  Even now, I recommend anyone who is started out to get a good quality superzoom lens (one that has a wide range of focal lengths).  This allows you to experiment with wide to telephoto settings before investing lots of $$$ into the higher quality equipment that has a more limited range.

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So we got to the place, drove up the hill and excited to try out my new lens and recently acquired polarized filter, I took a couple shots of the horses.

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By far one of the most comical shots I have ever taken….

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Apologies for not including any of the portrait shots – like I said, it was my first time and as you can expect they weren’t that great!  My new found friend Jin Sol, however, was amazing – showing me all these new places around the Dundas/Hamilton area, always coming to pick me up to go on shoots…staying up late to talk about life, love and what really matters.  In addition to becoming one of my best friends, she also became a fantastic wedding photographer – a direction I never felt I would pursue myself, but seem to now have followed in her footsteps.  I have learned an incredible amount from her and have realized recently that she has acted as somewhat of a mentor for me, despite the fact that we have walked through the photography journey together.

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Now out in Halifax, she has removed her website and decided to postpone wedding photography work to pursue other adventures throughout the year.
I can’t stress the importance of finding someone to inspire you as an aspiring photographer, someone who will critique your work (like one of my favourite waterfall shots below) and praise you when its deserved.

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If you can also find someone to walk through your journey beside you, to see what you see, you will be well-equipped to enter the world of photography.  I am lucky enough to have found both in one person.  Turns out Facebook is good for more than just wasting time after all.

She still has a Facebook group up so be sure to check out some of her work (older stuff).  I am going to have to bug her to get a site back up and running.

Thanks for reading, will be adding more recent photos very soon!

Chris

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