Safe, Loved, Enough | Winter Engagement Session ( Edmonton, AB )

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Engagement Photos - What are they for?

They’re usually a great way to celebrate and announce your Engagement :)

Engagement Photos can be used for your Save the Dates, Invitations, Guestbooks and as part of your Wedding Day Decors.

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Where’s the best location for your Engagement Photos?

There are many beautiful locations in Edmonton for your Engagement photos - we usually recommend to make a stop at your first or favourite date night locations or play around with your Wedding Theme and find a location that matches that. We can start with getting to know you and your love story and find a way to incorporate that to your Engagement photos.

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When’s the best time to do your Engagement Photos?

6-12 months before your Wedding Date if you’re wanting to use them for your Invitations and Save the Dates.

up to 2 months before your Wedding Date if you’d like to incorporate your Engagement Photos as displays on your wedding day or if you’d like to use them for your guestbook.

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Do you have packages available for Engagement Photos?

Sure do! Here are a couple of options that we can do for your Engagement Photos available as add ons to your Wedding Collection :

(A) Save The Date Collection ($250)

Engagement Session + 10 Digital Downloads +

your choice of a Save the Date Slideshow or a 16x20 Guest Sign Board

(B) Guestbook Collection ($399)

Engagement Session + 30 Digital Downloads + 8x8 Guestbook

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Should you have any questions about your Engagement Photos, you can always reach us at : hello@abotz.net | 5873573161

Ready to book your Engagement Photos? Send us an email with your preferred date & as much details as possible! Chat soon :)

xoxo, Abotz

Edmonton AirBNB : Paul & Grace

I had the opportunity to photograph this beautiful and freshly renovated space for an AirBNB listing here in Edmonton, AB. Located in a quiet neighbourhood, this 2 bedroom basement suite is close to shops, transit and restaurants that guests would definitely enjoy.

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I’d always look for a nice bright workspace whenever I would scout out an AirBNB for my travels - this space would totally make it on my list. (and umm, instagram. hehe)

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This space is hosted by one of our amazing 2018 couple - Paul & Grace. It’s no surprise that they are getting awesome reviews within just a month.

Check out this space and share it with your family & friends who are visiting the area. They are sure to be well taken care of : Spacious 2 bedroom suite in great location - Edmonton, AB

xoxo, abotz

Let's Get Lost : That One Summer in Vancouver, 2018 - part i | Flying with Flair Air

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// So I heard about Canada’s new cheaper flights and thought I’d give it a shot - I didn’t go through the reviews until I was off the plane so I wouldn’t have any expectations. Here’s to applying the no expectation, no disappointment rule.

// Things to know : I got the email before my flight that carry ons and checked in baggages would cost extra - to check in a bag vs carry on is cheaper and to purchase them online vs during check in and at the gate is cheaper. One personal bag that can be stored under your seat is FREEEE :D

// I made everything I needed for the week fit in a backpack, yay!

// Now that I’m double checking the information I’m giving you, they are listed on the website that I also didn’t read through before I booked : flairair.ca/how-to-save/baggage/

// I also paid for coffee. Because coffee is life. It was $4. It was Starbucks.

// Since I would be paying for snacks anyway, I decided to wait until we landed. Also because I wanted a burger. They didn’t carry burgers. nomnomnom

// The flight was delayed for about 30 mins - acceptable. We’ve had worse.

// Overall, not much I can complain about. I thought everything was reasonably priced, I liked having options to pay for services I need and don’t need. I did not get dragged out of a plane. and hey, we landed in one piece.

// Yes, I would fly with Flair again.

// And no, I didn’t get paid to say that.

// Did you enjoy the photos? :)

Cheers!

xoxo, abotz

#WeddingPlanning101 : Engagement Photos - Why do we need them? How can we make the most out of our Engagement Sessions?

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So you're recently engaged ( Congratulations!!! ) and you can't wait to announce your engagement! Now, you're on the hunt for Engagement Photos. But is that really all that you'd be using your engagement photos for? Knowing ahead of time what you'd like to use your Engagement photos for can help determine and make the most of your Engagement Session.

So How can we make the most out of our Engagement Session? Here are a few ideas : 

1. Save the Date cards / Invitations 

2. Save the Date Slideshows or a Slideshow to play on your Wedding Day to share your love story with your family & friends. 

3. Wedding Day Decors/Display.

4. Wedding Day Guestbook / Matted Print for your Guests to sign on. 

5. As Wall Art in your future homes. 

& How does knowing ahead of time what we'd be using them for help with our photo session? 

1. It can help determine your outfit for your Engagement Session. 

2. You can co-ordinate with your photographer to create photographs that are designed for whatever you'd like to use your Engagement photos for - if it's for a Guestbook, we're likely to photograph a story session. If we're using your photos for displays/decors on your wedding day, we would suggest that you wear the same "color theme" as your wedding day. If we're using your photographs as a way to announce your engagement or for save the dates, we'd make sure that we include that in your session. 

3. It will save you TIME. a whole lotta time. a whole lotta last minute time & disappointment. Planning ahead of time helps to make sure that you will receive your photographs in time for when you will be needing them. While prints don't usually take weeks to order, processing times for other items may vary - it's best to get them done ahead of time than have everything rushed last minute & to end up not having them as you would've wished for. 

So, in hopes of helping you make the most out of your Engagement Photos & Session, this is one of the things that we do go through when we meet with you on our Complimentary Consultation. 

I hope that helps with your Wedding Planning! 

xoxo, abotz

Edmonton Photo Locations #5 : Mackinnon Ravine Park | YEG Wedding + Lifestyle Photographer

For this Edmonton Photo Location, I got to explore with Jaeden (my 7 year old) - Field trip!! 

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Obviously, I had taken advantage of the beautiful mood this guy was in and got some updated portraits for him. We all know how rare and challenging that can be with growing boys. 

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Ok, there may have been some sugar bribing involved. 

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He also asked nicely if I could let him roll on the grass. 

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I had agreed, with a fair trade. 

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& as much as I'd like for them to stay away from the screen as much as possible... this guy is pretty awesome at that musical.ly thing. 

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So, this is Jaeden at 7... 

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a little grown up now.. 

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but still makes faces and everything. 

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👍Recommended for : Engagement Sessions, Couple Sessions, Portrait Sessions, Family Sessions, Mini Session, CrashingDateNight Sessions, Summer Shoots, Bridal Party Portraits, Wedding Photo Location - West Side 

⭐️Abotz' Rating : 5/5 - lots of greens. big open space. beautiful light. don't forget the bug spray!

☀️ : Summer - July 2018 - 8pm-9pm 

xoxo, abotz

// Thank you Angel for recommending this beautiful location! Since we won't be offering newborn sessions anymore, please see this wonderful lady & their amazing work - they're a husband and wife team & do cake smash sessions too! - www.twentyfourphoto.com

#WeddingPlanning101 : Wedding Vendors | Edmonton Wedding Photographer

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Wedding Planning can be pretty overwhelming, we get that! I hope that sharing with you some of these amazing vendors & what they do could help with your search for your Wedding Dream Team. xoxo, abotz

[ Photobooth ]

M3-tainment Mirror Me Booth

FB : m3tainment | # : 780-719-0129 ( Mhy Mangaliag )

[ Hair and Make Up ]

Glamouré Touch

FB : Glamouré Touch

[ Wedding Venues ]

Polish Veterans Society - Hall Rentals

W : www.polishveterans.ca | FB : Polish Veterans Society - Hall Rentals

[ Film ]

Aldrich Cinematography

W: www.aldrichcinematography.com | FB: aldrichcinematography

Save this link as we’re still adding to the list!

Vendors that are listed are either recommended by brides and vendors that we truly believe can provide your special day with great service <3

Edmonton Photo Locations #4 : Graffiti Walls | YEG Wedding + Lifestyle Photographer

Cameras and Kickass Walls? With no time to stop for coffee, this could possibly be the only exception that I could ever get up for a 7am shoot on a Sunday. 

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The art and colors on these walls was heaven, you guys! It's definitely going on the top list of my favourite photo spots in the city 😎

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@cassleighephotography is super awesome for organizing this shoot with amazing YEG models, Talayna (@tally_dancer) and Connor (@realconnorhogg). Totally worth the Sunday AM! 

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How'd you like these Pretty Walls? I'd definitely be back to shoot here again. 

👍Recommended for : Engagement Sessions, Couple Sessions, Portrait Sessions, Mini Sessions, Anything and EVERYTHING!!! 

⭐️Abotz' Rating : 101243110014214219999/5 - Kickass Walls. 'nuff said. 

☀️Early Sunday Morning : June 2018 - 7am

Til' our next stop... 

xoxo, abotz

Fun Finds : Vi's for Pies | YEG Wedding + Lifestyle Photographer

Do you like cakes? Pies? All the good stuff? 

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Located in the corner of 13408 Stony Plain Road is... *drumrolls* HEAVEN for all the CAKE & PIE LOVERS of the world !!! 

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I met with the wonderful Tiffany Claire of Click Heart Photography on a late Saturday afternoon. There were drools all over and a very indecisive tummy as I saw the selection of dessert that they had in store. My tummy was definitely doing a happy dance in there - they all looked mouth-wateringly-tasty! 

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Decisions, decisions. On my side of the table, arrived the Blueberry Crumble Cheesecake & a Chai Latte. Tiffany had the Chocolate Pecan Pie. If my 30 year old body wouldn't hate me, I'd have a bite of everything. 

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We sat on the pretty & instagrammable patio to enjoy what's left of the sun for a bit and then later moved inside... #patio #cakes #weekend. 

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Would I go back again? You bet!

Best things in life, people. Now, to make more cake loving eating friends :) 

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"Life is uncertain... Eat Dessert First!" 

xoxo, abotz  

🍰Have You Been to Vi's for Pies? What was your favourite? I'd love to try it out! 

❤️Unsponsored Post - Just sharing the good things in life! 

Edmonton Photo Locations #2 : End Of The World | YEG Wedding + Lifestyle Photographer

Ohla YEG Location number two! I've heard about this place way too many times now that it had to be next on the list. 

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Graced by YEG's Freelance Lifestyle Model - Mochiryoko, the best part of this really was that neither of us has been here before. 

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The sun was still a bit high up when we arrived so we went for a walk around the area before heading into our main location. 

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There's the steep way to get into this "off-limits" location.. but if you ask around, you'll find an easier/safer path to get in. 

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I guess you'll never really know until you go.

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The sunset. The view. Oh, the heart was happy :) 

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Have you been to The End of the World ? 

" The world will try &amp; change you.&nbsp;I hope you never let them &lt;3 "

" The world will try & change you. I hope you never let them <3 "

⭐️Abotz' Rating : 4/5 - View + Sunset, hell yeass!! Enter at your own risk. Enjoy responsibly :)

☀️Chasing Sunset : Spring - May 2018 - 8pm-9pm 

xoxo, abotz

Edmonton Photo Locations #1 : Capilano Park | YEG Wedding + Lifestyle Photographer

We're exploring Photography Locations in the YEG! Many times, I get asked for recommendations on locations for photoshoots. Well, why don't we check them out together? 

There's so many beautiful spots here in the city. Last weekend, we hit up Stop Numero Uno :) 

Edmonton Photography Location #1 : Capilano Park 

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We had originally planned to hit Gold Bar Park but if you miss the right turn and drive straight ahead, you'll end up finding a parking spot to Capilano Park. 

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Winter had just left the building. And all the white stuff had just cleared out. 

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It was a beautiful day. Sunsets are always love. 

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We did our shoot from 8pm-9pm to catch the beautiful sunset light. 

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I can only imagine what this will look like in the fall! 

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Overall, it was a fun location to explore.

👍Recommended for : Engagement Sessions, Couple Sessions, Portrait Sessions, Family Fall Sessions, Mini Session, CrashingDateNight Sessions. 

⭐️Abotz' Rating : 4/5 - Sunset was gorgeous. Lots to play around with. Adventure Feel, yeass! 

☀️Chasing Sunset : Spring - April 2018 - 8pm-9pm 

xoxo, abotz

<3 Many many thank you : Julianne + Branden