Nicki and Scott’s Country-Chic Wedding / Candra Schank Photography

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Wedding Photography by Candra Schank Photography

Nicki and Scotts Country-Chic Wedding

Cowboy boots, suspenders, pink dresses, and a barn full of saddles and signs.  What does that make?  The best Country-Chic wedding I have ever had the pleasure of photographing.

Nicki and Scott held their wedding at the gorgeous Sure-bid Auction property in Hepworth, also known as Spring Creek Gavel Farm.  It was the perfect location because it was truly an outdoor venue.  The bridesmaids spent the morning in town getting their hair and makeup done and then finished getting ready in the old homestead house that is on the property. Energy and excitement filled each room.  And then the excitement reached a high when some of the bridesmaids realized that their dresses were a little see-through. Hehehe, but not to worry…everything was covered up in the end.

Before Nicki knew, time had flown by and she was going to be walking down the aisle in 30 minutes…and she hadn’t started getting into her wedding dress. Heheh, the hustle and bustle really began.  Nicki’s bridesmaids surrounded her, hands went up to put earrings on, necklace clipped, feet slipped into cowboy boots, dress tied up, garter belt slipped on and then the veil elegantly weaved into her hair.  It was a fun time indeed and Nicki looked gorgeous.  Then down the stairs everyone went…and within minutes Nicki’s father stepped into the house.  And that’s when I saw the first tear from Nicki…and her father.

The girls hurried and got into their pick-up trucks! Yep, the girls were driving their trucks down the aisle…okay down the path to the aisle. Such an amazing part of the wedding ceremony!  Plus, Nicki was driving Scotts big Ford pick-up truck that purred. And yes, Scott shed a couple tears of joy and love for his daughters and bride as they walked down the aisle. It was a beautiful ceremony!

The afternoon was allocated to photos and capturing shots of everyone there.  The wedding party was a riot to photograph too. Everyone was eager to have fun with the photos and pose for the camera.  Nicki and Scott loved the old driving shed and thus we used it as a back drop. But, they also wanted vegetation so we snuck away and did some in a near by area that had some amazing trees and long grass.

The night was a blur for everyone.  This is because they enjoyed a festive feast made by Kay’s Katering, great desserts, fabulous speeches, and a night full of dancing and storytelling. And lots of dancing!

Congratulations Nicki and Scott.  You and your adorable daughters are fabulous and I wish you lots of love and happiness in your marriage.

If you would like to speak to me about photographing your amazing wedding day, please contact me today.

 

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Chester’s Studio Pet Photography Session / Didn’t even know he was blind!

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Pet Photography by Candra Schank Photography

I do a lot of pet sessions outdoors in naturally lit areas. Areas such as parks, hiking trails, open fields, and along rivers and lakes: outdoors spots are always full of picture perfect backdrops.

As of September 1st, I am sharing an amazing studio space with other photographers. Now, we are still running our own businesses separately, booking our own clients. We just share the same amazing studio and use an online calendar to book our clients. It’s such a fabulous way to collaborate.

So I am offering outdoor, in-home AND studio pet sessions. Mind you, all three locations can give a different ‘look’ to your images. Thus, I like to book your pet photoshoot at a location that works best for you and your pet. Each pet photoshoot is custom created just for your pet.

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Pet Photography by Candra Schank Photography

Now, what better way to tell people about my new studio space than through a Facebook contest. I posted a contest and had so many people participate – thank you to all those whom entered. And boy it was hard to decide which two dogs would be the winners. So, I did what anyone would do in my situation; I pulled two names from a hat!

I drew Chester the Gordon Setter and Leonard the Great Dane’s names.   And had two fabulous pet sessions.

 

Chester had his pet photoshoot first, so I wanted to blog it first.

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Pet Photography by Candra Schank Photography

 

When Chester first poked his nose into the studio and sniffed the air, I swear he smiled at me. Right away I had his ‘human mom’ unleashed him so that he can explore the studio and feel at home. He explored the studio with his nose and then nuzzled me with his nose. At this time I found out that Chester was blind. Really?! But looking at his eyes or the way he maneuvered around the room, you couldn’t tell. He held his head high with pride. Throughout the pet photoshoot continued to show me his fabulous relaxed and friend demeanor! And I smiled and giggled out loud when I saw him back up and sit on his ‘human mom’s’ lap. I soon learned that he loved to do that.

 

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Pet Photography by Candra Schank Photography

 

 

Chester was a natural in front of the camera. We started him on the black ‘leather’ couch, and finished the pet photoshoot doing some great headshots. Voila! He gave me so many ‘Chester’ expressions that I felt like I knew his personality and character quite well at the end of the session.

A big thank you to Miss K and Chester for coming to the studio for a fabulous pet photoshoot.

 

 

 

If you would like to book a fabulous pet photoshoot with me, click the link to inquire/book your session today.  LINK: CONTACT ME TODAY

 

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Pet Photography / Hazel / Candra Schank Pet Photography

Hazel, a rescue that has stollen so many hearts.

I first met Hazel during a family photoshoot when she was just a puppy.  She was full of energy and very smart as she followed simple commands.  Sit, Stay….Tweet Tweet….LOL, birds caught her curiosity though.  But when she sat and looked at the camera, Voila.  The camera loved her.family.

Then, fast forward a year and a half.  Oh my, sweet Hazel got bigger.  Duh!  LOL, but she is as loving and fun as I remembered.  This time we had a pet session that was just based around her.  Yep, she was pampered and spoiled with lots and lots of yummy cheese balls.  Yep, cheese balls.  I cracked up laughing when I found out that she loved those.  And would do almost anything for one.  Our favourite pose…a cheese ball on her paw.  So cute.

We had a lot of fun posing, jumping, and peering out the window.  A big Thank you to Hazel and Tiffany for coming out to my studio for a fun Pet Photography session.

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Teresa and Dave’s Wedding / Candra Schank Photography

Teresa and Dave’s Beautiful Wedding

September 2nd was more like a mid summer day. Warm summer air a light breeze and people laughing and sharing stories. It was Teresa and Dave’s wedding day!  A day everyone excitedly anticipated.

Teresa and Dave spent lots of time grooming their fabulous property for their wedding. Fences put up, barn received a face-lift, cows moved, brush cleared and decorations made. It was a busy summer! And oh my the property looked amazing!

The day of the wedding, Dave got ready with his ‘groomsmen and groomswomen’ his brother and two sisters.  They all looked sharp.  Then down the road Teresa was getting ready at their homestead. She had her three brothers standing up with her.  They all looked amazing side-by-side with great big smiles. I loved how Dave had his family stand up with him and Teresa had her family stand up with her. And even better, all of their nieces and nephews stud up in the wedding. It truly was a family affair!

Teresa looked like a Greek Goddess in her gorgeous wedding dress.  The way the light hit her, her big contagious smile and the glimmer in her eyes showcased her excitement for the day.  In 45 minutes she was walking down the aisle towards Dave.  EEEEEEKKKKKK. She was super happy.

Oh my goodness, Dave’s look when he saw Teresa walking down the aisle made me smile and tear up.  He was full of happiness and excitement too.  As Teresa got closer and closer, Dave’s expression got better and better. And then they reached out to each other and held hands.  It was a beautiful ceremony and service.  Smiles and laughs, a beautiful ‘I Do’ and then the kiss was shared between Teresa and Dave!  They were married and so in love!

The afternoon escaped everyone! Family and Friend photos were taken, the wedding party snuck away for some photos and then Teresa and Dave enjoyed a quite time with only themselves…and me and my camera. The moment was always captured…for all to see.

Before dinner, guests enjoyed a fun cocktail hour as Teresa and Dave made their rounds and said hi to everyone!  And then dinner was announced and everyone enjoyed amazing food and dessert; the reception was in full bloom.

Here is a little testimonial I received from Teresa and Dave:

“Candra did an amazing job of capturing our wedding day just perfectly. She was very professional and easy to work with, the whole experience was a pleasant one start to finish”

Congratulations Teresa and Dave. You two are amazing together. You bring out the biggest smiles on each other.

 

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Ashley and Dan’s Waterfront Wedding / Candra Schank Photography

Ashley and Dan’s Wedding

Owen Sound Waterfront Wedding

 

When two people meet and start seeing each other, there’s excitement in the air! For these two, the excitement grew and grew, and it’s still in the air! The way they look at each other makes everyone smile! And I was told that when Dan first met Ashley, he wouldn’t stop talking about her.  Now that is so darn cute!

I met Ashley when she was working at the Downtown Shoppers Drug Mart and I remember the day she told me about Dan. She lite up, and couldn’t stop talking about him! I knew she had found her man!  And before she knew it, she made the big move…she moved to Huntsville to be with the man of her dreams!

Fast forward a year and some and it’s August 26th, 2017, their wedding day at The Best Western Inn On The Bay!

Their wedding was romantic-chic with pale pink accents, white linen and elegant vintage runners.  Their flowers were absolutely stunning with off-white roses and pink flowers.  And Oh my goodness, Ashley looked like a queen in her wedding dress! It was perfect on her!

They day was full of smiles, loving words of praise, happy tears and fun!  The ceremony looked onto Georgian Bay, a slight wind was in the air and people gathered into their seats for Ashley and Dan’s wedding.  Suzanne gave an elegant ceremony service all the while, Ashley and Dan held hands and looked into each other’s eyes.

During the photo session we had fun posing by the water, in the playground, and under a fabulous willow tree! Everything was picture perfect!  And then afterwards everyone enjoyed an amazing dinner and speeches that left people in tears.  It sure was evident that Ashley and Dan are loved by a lot of people…and they love each other.

A big CONGRATULATIONS to Ashley and Dan.  Best wishes to you and your family!

 

Photography: Candra Schank Photography

Makeup: Jenifer Matthews and Mallory Collins

Venue: Best Western Inn On The Bay.

Officiant: Suzanne I. Myers

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Family Mini Sessions with Pets and People

Fall Family Mini Sessions: Saturday Sept 30th.

Family time is so precious, so why not freeze time with a photograph! Photographs are not just a photo on the wall, but a piece of art that is full of great memories and experiences.

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Family Photos

Don’t miss this year’s Fall Family Mini Sessions held on Saturday September 30th at Harrison Park or up the road at the Conservation Authority!  This year mini sessions are for both people and pets! So if you have a family pet feel free to bring him or her.  Or, you can take this opportunity to just have a pet session 😉

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Pet Photography

This is a great time to get your family together to create lasting memories of everyone laughing and playing…and yes posing for the camera. But don’t fret as my family portrait style is more candid as I am a lifestyle photographer; so you don’t have to be posey-posey.  Well unless you want too 🙂

This year’s Mini Sessions are 30 minute sessions and you will receive TEN digital files sized to 5×7.  All for only $185.00 And there’s always the option to invest in some amazing prints and albums and Holiday cards. In fact, I will be have a promotion on my albums.

Call or email me to book your spot today. Plus, if you encourage another family to book a mini session, both you and the other family get a FREE 8×10 print from your session!

Speaking of Family Sessions, I had the opportunity to photograph a lovely family, the McIntyre’s.

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Family Photos

The McIntyre family loves to cover their home and walls with memories.  Whether it’s a candid picture from a recent trip, their children playing outside, or a posed shot with people saying ‘cheese’, they have these memories all over their home. And as it turned out, it had been about 7 years since they had a portrait taken of the whole family.  When I say ‘the whole family’ I mean Jenifer and John and their two daughters families and all their grandchildren, and grand-pup Tessa.

This is an incredible family with lots of energy and smiles.  I was so happy to take their 2017 family portrait.  Capturing all of them at their individual times of their lives is so meaning full.

Jenifer is a proud mother and grand mother. She told me stories of each of her five grandchildren and how they would call her all the time.  As she told me these stories she would get a big smile and her eyes would light up.

I hope to see you and your family out for my Fall Family Mini Sessions this year on Sept 30th, 2017


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Michelle and Brent’s wedding under a Willow Tree / Candra Schank Wedding Photography

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Tara Wedding by Candra Schank Photography

Michelle and Brent are two of the funniest bride and groom’s I’ve had the pleasure of working with.  They are full of laughter and giggles.  Oh my goodness, Brent would make Michelle laugh and smile everytime they got together. Their connection is so strong.

Their wedding was held on Brent’s mom’s homestead, a kilometre from one of my favourite little towns, Tara. Brent’s mom has an amazing old home that is full of character and fabulous little deco. And even better, an big yard with an AMAZING and BEAUTIFUL old Willow Tree. The willow tree was wrapped with soft white drapes and flower lanterns and little glass balls with gems hung from her sturdy and strong limbs! Michelle and Brent was married under this magnificent tree.

The home was full of busy friends and family doing last minute things for the wedding. Laughter was heard coming from every room and even outside.  Amongst the busy people, Michelle found a quiet room to go over her vows.  This was an intimate and quiet time for Michelle as she reflected and pondered.  And the excitement grew and grew within her.  She was about to marry the man of her dreams and the father of their son.  A great day!

After all the hustle and bustle, Michelle stepped into her room and moments later came out in her wedding dress. She looked radiant! I peeked outside to see what Brent was wearing and he too was dashing is his suit and tie. But oh my, their son was super adorable in his outfit. Once Michelle was in her dress time flew by and she was walking down the aisle and I looked back at Brent and he had the biggest smile I have ever seen on him; click. They had a wonderful ceremony and their vows were super sweet!

After the ceremony I took the wedding party to a couple locations for photos.  And boy did we all have fun. Each and everyone in the bridal party had a great personality and we laughed and joked the whole afternoon.  Then we made our way back to the willow tree for more family photos and dinner and dance under a beautifully decorated tent.

Michelle and Brent, it was an honour to have attended  your amazing wedding and I am so happy to have captured all of these memories for you.

If you would like to see Michelle and Brent’s engagement photos head over to their blog post.

 

Hair: Heather Fraser of Kathy’s Hair Boutique

Photography: Candra Schank Photography

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Queen Bee Boudoir Event Oct 14 / Candra Schank Photography

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Boudoir Photography by Candra Schank Photography

Ladies! Get ready to be a Queen Bee! 

Time to be empowered, be confident and show yourself who you really are. FABULOUS!

So what’s a boudoir shoot all about? It’s about you! It can be anything you want it to be.  Boudoir photos are something that I feel every woman should do at least once in their lives…and even twice. It is such an amazing empowering self-esteem boost. It makes you see yourself and your body in a way you don’t normally see it, it’s such a healthy and positive experience. I encourage all women to not only do this as a gift for their partners, but just do it for yourself! You deserve it!

Every woman who leaves my studio thanks me for making them feel comfortable and for turning what they thought would be an uncomfortable experience into something fun. We try to make all of our boudoir shoots fun and relaxed.

Different Types of Boudoir Shoots

Not all boudoir shoots have to be filled with lingerie and sexy poses. Sometimes some of the most beautiful photos are the natural, carefree ones…and these tend to be my favourite. That comfy sweater falling off your bare shoulder or you wearing your guy’s favorite jersey can actually make for some very sexy and intimate photos. Plus, you tend to feel more comfortable in these.

I create your shoot to match your personality. So if you want your shoot to be super sexy, I make that happen with wardrobe suggestions, props, and poses. Or if you want your shoot to have a more fun and playful feel, then that is easily accomplished by wardrobe and poses too.

The Why?

Every woman that walks into my Boudoir studio has her own reason for doing this. As each woman has her own story to tell, path to be taken, and motivation. Boudoir photos make great gifts but they are an amazing and empowering experience to do for yourself.

Here are some ‘reasons’ ladies have done Boudoir sessions with me:

1)   For YOURSELF. It’s a fun, empowering and liberating experience that will stay with you forever.  It’s a chance to feel truly glamorous. This is your chance to be as girly and as over the top as you want to be. The moment you start your Boudoir Journey with me you will feel amazing, will be pampered, will be done-up to the nines with professional hair and make up…and then you will have a fabulous photoshoot that will have you feeling like a million bucks.  And you are worth it.

2)   Bridal Gifts! You are about to marry your best friend…so why not get some fabulous ‘Bridal Boudoir’ photos .These are great Wedding Night gifts 😉

3)   Bachelorette Party: These group boudoir sessions are a great event and are A LOT of fun to do at a bachelorette party

4)   Milestone. Ladies who have reached a milestone in their lives will have a boudoir session to celebrate.

5)   New Outfits! Yes this is a great time and excuse to buy lots of sexy outfits! Use this shoot as an excuse to treat yourself to something special. And don’t be afraid to buy something out of your comfort zone. You will be happy you did

Everyone woman deserves to have one photo of themselves that they look at and think “WOW! Is that really me?!”

So, now that you are feeling empowered and excited, sign up for my Queen Bee Boudoir session on Oct 14, 2017 and be the woman you are! Click HERE to book your session!

If you want to check out some past boudoir sessions, click the links below:
Miss T’s Session
Miss R’s Session
Miss B’s Session

Thanks, your friend,

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Boudoir by Candra Schank Photography

 

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Sam and Mark’s Gorgeous Outdoor Wedding / Candra Schank Photography

Congratulations to Sam, Mark, and their 3 fantastic children!

Rewind 7 months and we are at the Bayshore Bridal Show this past January.  Around the corner comes walking this sweet little blond girl holding her parents hand…she stops and smiles up at me. I will never forget that moment!

Her parents and I started talking about their summer wedding in the country.  As we spoke, they beamed from head-to-toe and the little girl’s smile grew larger and larger too.  She was excited to be the flower girl.

We instantly connected. And I was so excited to photograph their wedding.

Here are a few words from the bride and groom, Sam and Mark.

When we first started to think about planning our wedding…it was a year and 7 months after being engaged and only 7 months till we were getting married 🙂 Talk about cutting it close 🙂

We met Candra at the Bayshore Bridal  show in owen sound and knew right away that she was the one that we wanted to capture one of the most important moments in our life next to the birth of our three hooligans:) not even sure if thats a word but im saying it.  She had a family reunion that day so she told us she was unable due to bad timing. I was pretty bummed out and just started to look into other photographers. It must of been my luck that Candra decided to do our wedding… ( i also have the luck of finding a perfect wedding dress for $99.00 🙂 )

She was so amazing with keeping us on track with everything, not to mention our kids were totally in love with her! She’s like family to us, and we couldnt imagine anyone else sharing this amazing experience with us. Our wedding was absolutely perfect, and we couldnt have done it without Candra. She’s an exceptional photographer and always went above and beyond ❤ Thanks so much Candra!

Yes, when Sam and Mark told me the date of their wedding I was so sad because it fell on the same day as my family reunion. So I sadly said that I was unavailable.  But, you know what? I couldn’t stop thinking about that incredible family and the excitement they had for their wedding day.  So I spoke with my family and told them about this amazing family and their wedding day. My family fell in love with them too… without hesitation, I contacted Sam to see if she had found another photographer, and she hadn’t! Happy Dance

And oh my goodness, their wedding was nothing short of AMAZING! Their friends and family came out to watch the couple exchange vows and become husband and wife.  Samantha and Mark weren’t just getting married, but Mark was also legally adopting Samantha’s three fabulous children.  That melted my heart and everyone was there to witness the signing of the papers.  On August 05, 2017, this family was united together.  What a fabulous day!

It was my honour to have spent the day with them and capturing all their memories for them. Here are some of my favourite moments and images.

 

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Engagement session on the farm / Candra Schank Photography

There’s something magical about getting married on your own property. The connection you have with your home makes everything so much more amazing. You have created so many fabulous memories there and will continue to do so afterwards. And having your friends and family are there to see you marry your best friend just makes things even better.

Terese and Dave’s home is without a doubt one of my favourite spots. It has a willow tree (which is an amazing and romantic tree), a wooden fence that has character, apple trees that fruit every year, an old brick home that radiates ‘look at me and come inside’ and much much MUCH more.

And then there’s their fabulous front yard, which is where the wedding will be held.  I can just imagine how wonderful Teresa will look…and my goodness, Dave will have the biggest smile when he sees his bride walking down the aisle.

I had the pleasure of doing Teresa and Dave’s Engagement session on their property. Here are some highlights from their session that I just adore.  They loved them so much they even invested in a matching photo book to their wedding book they ordered.

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