Victoria Wedding Photography

As you can see, my pricing is a little different than most. Essentially, you pay for the exact products and services you want. It’s like, a mix between typical wedding packages and a-la-carte. I think it’s the best of both worlds! You don’t get anything you don’t need, and it’s not confusing! One of your first options is whether or not you would like to hire a 2nd professional or intern photographer. A 2nd shooter is another set of eyes there to cover the wedding. Here are some reasons why it’s an excellent idea to have them!

  1. I cannot teleport. If you know me, you know I love the idea of teleportation! Unfortunately, I can only be in one place at any given time. Yes, the bride will always start getting ready before the groom! But the most exciting things happen in the bride’s room when the guys start to get ready. Like putting on the dress! I don’t want to miss that while running down the street, retuning from photographing the groom. With a 2nd shooter, you know that all the day’s memories are being captured. The brides and the grooms!Victoria BC Engagement by Ebony Logins
  2. Posed shots are important. They are the ones you hang on the wall, print in your album, and send to your grandparents. It is my job to make sure you have these timeless images that you can print, display, and share with family and friends for years to come. But! These are not the real you! These photographs are beautiful and my favourite to capture, don’t get me wrong! The 2nd shooter will also capture the in-between moments. Candid shots that reflect how you really are with your partner, friends, and family.www.redcedarphoto.com » Ebony Logins | Red Cedar Photography | Wedding & Engagement Photography | Victoria, B.C.
  3. The 2nd shooter is also an important asset during the ceremony. They add to the number of images you receive. They also capture additional unique moments and angles.Courtenay Wedding
  4. You’ll get more creative shots from throughout the wedding day, as well! I am focused on the traditional shots and capturing the important images from your shot list. The 2nd photographer has the freedom to explore and be creative. They capture additional perspectives for your album that compliment the main photographer’s work.
    Victoria BC Wedding Photographer
  5. Oh goodness. Now, we hope an emergency will never happen. But! If the main photographer gets injured during the wedding, the 2nd shooter is there to ensure the work continues! Without skipping a beat, the 2nd shooter will be there to photograph all the beautiful moments. Also, we carry more than one camera body and plenty of lenses. Sometimes though, a card can be corrupted or a camera can seize without warning. A 2nd shooter will be right there to capture the moment that could be missed while the main photographer is changing equipment.
    Doug & Janier Wedding, Vancouver, Chinese Garden
  6. Sometimes there is not a lot of time between the ceremony and reception for photos. This doesn’t mean you should have fewer beautiful images! Instead of spending time photographing reception details, the 2nd shooter can take on this important task while the main shooter photographs your couples shots after post-ceremony.www.redcedarphoto.com » Ebony Logins | Red Cedar Photography | Wedding & Engagement Photography | Victoria, B.C.

Vancouver Island Wedding

A Beautiful Vancouver Island Wedding with Katherine & Brad Doyle

Katie and I have been friends since high school. She is one of the nicest people I know, and has always loved photography. When she asked me to be her wedding day photographer, I was so honoured and obviously said YES! Years ago, she moved across the country. From sea to sea! She met Brad, the love of her life, in Newfoundland. I was so happy to hear that Brad and his family was going to head out west for a beautiful Vancouver Island wedding.

When I arrived at the family farm, I was blown away. There were a hundred, perfect little details that Katie’s family had made – by hand – so that her day would be extra special. It looked like a fairy tale! I used to be a wedding coordinator at the incredible Sooke Harbour House, and even there, with glamorous celebrity weddings, I had never seen so much love and detail put into the decor. The chandelier hanging from the tree under which they married. The simple outdoor dining experience. The adorable carnival theme. This Vancouver Island wedding was breathtaking.

Of course, the bride was, too! Katie wore the most beautiful lace dress. I am a total sucker for lace wedding dresses! They are timeless. The wedding went off without a hitch! Everything was perfect for this perfect couple. After the ceremony, we went to the forest at the back of the farm for photos. We only had about 30 minutes, but we made it work! During dinner, there were some hilarious toasts. It was a real celebration of two families joining. One from the East, one from the West.

This Vancouver Island Wedding by Ebony Logins of Red Cedar Photography took place in Duncan, B.C. Ebony Logins is part of the CMPro Daily Project.

3 Steps to Becoming an Artist

We always hear that we are on our “own journey” as artists. Why is this person’s journey short and another’s long? Where are we at in our journey? There are countless unanswered questions. I’d like to share the three steps I have identified by watching my father’s life as an artist.

Three Steps to Becoming an Artist as Told by the Red Cedar Burl

Step One: The Artist
Offers: $0
Value: $0
Lesson Learned: Do what you need to do to create when you need to create.

This is my dad (middle) at about 43 years old. He jumped from job to job his whole life (all self-employed positions) until a logger friend of his dropped off a giant 800 year old Red Cedar burl aka Big Burl. I was really young, but remember it took some very large trucks and a backhoe to get it up our long road on the mountain to my dad’s newly built airplane hanger wood shop. The day this burl arrived, my dad quit all his other jobs to become an artist.
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That’s right. An artist. I strongly believe that the day you commit to art is the day you become an artist. Commitment can be purchasing a camera body, spending a weekend with a paintbrush and canvass, going to some Tai Chi classes… pretty much anything that involves personal expression.

The definition of art is “The expression or or application of human creative skill and imagination”. But don’t be fooled! Skill in art is inherent. Imagination is skill. The human ability to create is skill. So no matter how “good” you are at the very beginning, you always bring your unique skills to the table.

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This is my dad at the beginning of his journey with the Big Burl. He has, at this point, only made small cedar boxes, pens, and letter openers. This is where his “skill” kicked in. Had he ever worked on something this large before? Not even close. So he jumped in (literally), started carving away at it with the vision he had (inherent skill of imagination).

 

Step Two: The Tub?

Offers: $1.5 Million
Value: $1 Million?
Lesson Learned: People like you and your work and are willing to support you.

This stage lasted 15 years. It was torture, because it wasn’t finished. The offers started rolling in, because people were starting to see his vision! He was creating every day. Thinking about it every day. The energy was out there! EVERYONE wanted it.

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My dad had many visitors to his studio (let me pause for a moment and tell you that this so-called studio was literally a giant box made out of plywood): A Middle Eastern Princess. George Lucas (Dad walked into the house after George showed up and said, “Oh, you’re home. That Star Wars guy was here.”). A Tibetan Rinpoche. Isabella Rosselini (they are now BFFs). Stanley Marsh, creator of the Cadillac Ranch.

Word had gotten out around town that my dad had something amazing in his shop that all the tourists had to see. The only problem was, it wasn’t finished. You see, it looked finished, but the vision wasn’t complete. So even though the Big Burl was a hot commodity, all the offers did was make my dad wonder even more about what he was creating. At first it was a tub he valued at $300,000. Then, it was a love seat valued at $500,000. Then, it was a [insert mumble mumble about what it may become] worth $1 million? Or 1.5 million? … You get my point.

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I’m sure y’all enjoy this picture as much as I do, since his head is so obviously photoshopped [right] onto whoever’s body that is! You know you’re successful when people start photoshopping your head onto their bodies…?

 

Step Three: The Time Machine

Offers: $0
Value: Priceless
Lesson Learned: Pause. Value time in your surroundings and emotions.

My family went through a very traumatizing move. I was a teenager, and didn’t understand it, but it hurt my parents very much. It involved a lawsuit with my dad’s cousin, a cheap buyout of our property, and a 30 day deadline to move. Fortunately, we found a home on the ocean that would inspire my father to complete the Big Burl.

He spent 5 years sanding the burl, and every day in the summer months he would pause to watch the killer whales from his living room. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer (and won the battle in the long run). He was hospitalized for alcoholism (he is recovered and won that battle) He started to garden again. It was during these moments of rest that he had his greatest ideas. He was inspired by the ocean and the Big Burl was ready to be completed.

It was not a tub. It was not a bench. It was, simply, art from the heart.

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That is my cute little niece-in-law, Payton. Everyone is encouraged to touch and smell the burl and to find a connection with it.
My dad no longer has offers on the Big Burl. It sits in his studio and acts as a salesperson for his other work. But it sits there because it is amazing. It moves people and makes them cry and laugh. It evokes emotion, because 20 years of emotion has been poured all over it.

It is now called “The Time Machine”: http://sookescoop.com/2015/03/the-time-machine/ and you can view my dad’s website here.

In our work, we need to remember these lessons and not work to become masters, but instead work to become whole. We are all artists from the start and need to put more value on the process of creating than becoming.