Jaclyn and Claude

When I first met with Jaclyn and Claude, our personalities jived almost instantly. We were in a busy coffee shop. I had arrived 20 minutes early. Jaclyn arrived before Claude, and was very pleased to see that I was a punctual person. Claude, in the other hand, was fashionably late. He was quick to justify his tardiness with his assumption that me being latin american, could only mean that I too would be late. 

We quickly bonded over the story of how they met. It was at a masquerade ball and I know what you are thinking.. what a fairy tale! I thought the same thing, but  as soon as I made a gesture of excitement they were very quick to tell me that the story did not quite start there. It actually started two months after that day when they began spending more time together and eventually became a couple. 

You have no idea just how fun and outgoing these two are. They are so willing to take on my direction, no matter how silly my propositions can get at times. Every time that I see them, they have a smile on their faces, it is contagious. 

For this shoot, there were four of us with cameras in front of them. The videography team, Simon and Jacob from Capture Productions http://captureproductions.ca/ and my lovely second shooter Isabella from This Is It Studios http://www.thisisitstudios.com/ joined us. Jaclyn and Claude were busy laughing, slow dancing and showing us their catwalk that they probably forgot we were there. 

I can't wait to meet their family and friends, who from the sounds of it, are just as fun and easygoing as these two are. Their wedding is sure going to be filled with laughter and entertaining stories. Cheers to many more memories ahead.

July 2, here we come! 

 

Yenny Paez Photography

Portland 2016

Welcome to the YP Travel Series! 

Travel travel travel... travel!! You see, ever since I was little, I have been lucky enough to travel lots. And so, I thought it would be interesting to share all of my adventures while showing you another side of my photography. 

At the beginning, my photography was geared towards landscapes and architecture. I did not like having people in my shots, however, that quickly changed, and now I love taking photographs of beautiful couples and their newborns. 

You will notice that all the photos of this post are black and white. I do shoot in colour, but I would be lying if I told you that I don't love the dramatic feel that turning a photo black and white does. 

Anyways! My trip to Portland was rather spontaneous. Unplanned to say the least. The weeks prior had been stressful for me. Next thing I knew, I was sitting at my dining table booking a trip to Portland for the following day. I did not have a clear idea of what I wanted to do during my stay there, but I did know for certain that whatever I did, I wanted to do it on my own. It's funny how my thoughts about travelling solo have changed over time. If you had asked me a couple of years back if I would enjoy travelling alone, I would have given you a weird look followed by a serious no. Now, it is an idea that is exciting for me. I still like to travel with other people of course, but travelling alone is different. It triggers curiosity to interact with strangers, to get to know them and to step out of our your comfort zone. 

When I got to Portland, I hopped on a cab and headed to my cute little "Artist Nook", an Airbnb owned by an artist who decorated the place with her gorgeous paintings. 

I also found my way the Food Trucks on a mission to find a Colombian food truck that some friends had raved about. After searching for what it seemed to me like a decade, I saw it. With a big smile on my face, I greeted the lady. She quickly realized two things. 1) I am Colombian, and 2) that it had been a long time since I last ate Colombian food. I stayed talking to her and her husband for quite some time while eating almost all of the food they had in the menu.

I walked the streets of Portland photographing people, interesting murals and its gorgeous architecture. I found myself walking into a movie theatre (http://pdx.livingroomtheaters.com/) and ended up watching the next movie that was showing, which happened to be The Big Short. And let me tell you, it did not disappoint. 

I stumbled upon this gorgeous french place named Maurice (http://www.mauricepdx.com/) It was small, white and beautifully decorated. If you know me, you know that I have a soft spot for unique little restaurants and coffee shops. I walked in and ordered what the couple next to me were having. They complemented my choice of dessert once it arrived and I smiled as I realized that that was indeed an ahh-mazing choice! That was one of the best desserts I have ever had! I will never forget that Lemon Souffle Pudding Cake *sigh*. 

I wanted to experiment staying in different places. I left the cute airbnb and headed over to the Society Hotel in Downtown Portland (http://www.thesocietyhotel.com/). The decor of this hotel reflected my taste in pretty much everything. So simple, yet different. It had character with it's rustic elements and exposed brick walls. 

Walking the streets of Portland was truly entertaining. I met some very interesting and welcoming people. I had a ton of sweets, donuts and amazing food. I walked until my feet hurt and found some incredible little nooks.  Highly recommend it! 

Cheers to spontaneous little trips! 

 

Yenny Paez Photography

 

 

 

 

Rylan

Rylan

Meet Rylan. The cutie who behaved ever so perfectly for our photo shoot. I have never witness a baby his age be so well behaved while awake, being moved around, and even licked. Don't worry, it wasn't me who licked the baby.

Watching Sylvia and Dan interact with their first baby was precious. They are very loving parents and Rylan is truly lucky to have them. 

Welcome Rylan! 

Yenny Paez Photography

Francisco, Gastown

Francisco, Gastown

Fashions fade, style is eternal
— Yves Saint Laurent

Fuentes, Francisco fuentes is his name. For this photo shoot we walked the streets of Gastown, ventured into hidden alleys and ran into very interesting people. Francisco is so photogenic, that posing was effortless.

In the middle of our session, it suddenly started to rain. Thinking that the rain would signal the premature end of our photo shoot, we were please to know that it stopped in just a matter of minutes. I didn't know that though, so even as I was rushing to get the photos done, Francisco's poses were still on point. Francisco's stylish ways merged perfectly with the sophisticated look of the streets of Gastown.

Not only does Francisco know how to work a suit, but he also cooks amazing Spanish food. He truly truly makes his country proud with such delicious plates. A major plus is that he has taught me how to make these too.  

Family Photo Shoot, Delta BC

Family Photo Shoot, Delta BC

I had the pleasure of working with this beautiful family. They were having a birthday party for Jorge and brought me in to take family photos of them all. As soon as I walked in the door, I could smell the delicious beef on the BBQ and heard the bursts of laughter coming from upstairs. It was such a warm and inviting environment, that once the photo shoot was done, I did not want to leave.

The whole family was great in front of the camera, even the children. This was indeed one of the funnest photo shoots I have taken.

Gabriela | Coquitlam, BC

Gabriela | Coquitlam, BC

Gaby knew just how much we all wanted to meet her, so she took her time to let us see her gorgeous eyes. Following several weeks of impatiently waiting for her, Gabriela graced her family with her lovely presence and personality.

Gaby has her family and everyone else around her (including me) wrapped around her tiny fingers. During our shoot, she kept her eyes wide open. I must admit, when I saw her wake up, I automatically assumed that our time had ran out, but to my surprise and everyone else’s, Gabriela was a total trooper. She kept her cool despite the hot weather and did not put that much of a fight when her outfits were being changed.

It was a pleasure shooting Gaby, cannot wait to take more photos of her!



Angie and Rod

Angie and Rod

Endless anecdotes, laughter and overall happiness were the foundations of this wedding. Angie and Rod complemented each other in their sense of humour, laid back personality and the love that they expressed for each other. 

The gorgeous Britannia Shipyards in Richmond added such a classic touch to their rustic wedding. 

“This is definitely a family wedding” said the father of the groom as he was giving his speech. That very same thought is what went through my mind when I came in to the venue to find that all of their friends and family were the ones that were setting up the decorations and ensuring that everything was in place for the lovely couple.

Observing, as I often do, I noticed how everyone had their own role in setting up the decorations, with smiles and jokes,they quickly finished the decor and transformed an otherwise empty venue into a reflection of Angie and Rod’s personality.

Then, as the intimate ceremony commenced, I looked at the Ron, the groom, who with his eyes wide open, was eagerly expecting the arrival of his bride. He had seen her before in her wedding dress, during the first look, but that did not seem to matter as his face reflected as much shock and happy surprise as if he had not seen her prior.

The speeches during the ceremony and the stories that yielded both tears and bursts of happiness filled the room with long-lasting memories. 

It was truly a pleasure to have photographed this wedding with E. Fraser Photography. 

Congratulations to both Angie and Ron! 

Katya | Vancouver, BC

Katya | Vancouver, BC

Vancouver continues to amaze me with it’s gorgeous scenery. Yes, I know.. I have been living here for over 13 years and I still find myself in awe of the breath taking places that Vancouver has to offer. I love to feel like a tourist in my own city. Mind you, often times get lost, more often than not, so that forces me to explore this city even more.

I shot with Katya until there was literally no more light. I find it hard to put my camera down when my subject and the background go along so well. Katya’s soft pink dress and the sun setting in the back was indeed a gorgeous mixture.

A few days after our shoot, Katya took off to Paris for six months. Lucky her! I know! but hey, I will just have to pretend I am in Paris by going to Oui, a gorgeous, and beautifully decorated Paris themed bakery in Burnaby. If you need me, I will be stuffing my face with macaroons.

Anyways, here’s to exploring and connecting with beautiful people such as Katya! Wishing you all the best!


Laura I Coquitlam BC

Laura I Coquitlam BC

"I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls."

- Audrey Hepburn- 

 

Eager to soak up some sun, White Pine Beach served as the gorgeous backdrop for this photo shoot. Laura's contagious laughter, willingness to do anything that I asked, and complete disregard for other people at the beach, allowed us to create beautiful and effortless shots. 

Model: Laura Baracaldo

Hair: Elizabel at Remix Hair Studios

Be sure to contact her for your hair!  http://remixhairstudio.com/

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