Calgary Bride Photographer

I absolutely LOVE shooting weddings. I thrive on chaos and spontaneity, and produce some of my best work under wedding day pressure. However, there is typically not a lot of wiggle room in a wedding timeline. So whenever I have the opportunity to photograph a bride on a random day, and not have to stick to a schedule, I jump at the opportunity.

On a cold and foggy morning, Brynn and I headed out to a nearby field to capture some bridal portraits. We had no time constraints (other than making sure we didn’t get frostbite). We got to just play and create together, and Brynn got to wear her gorgeous wedding gown a second time. These types of photoshoots are sometimes called “Trash the Dress” or “Day After” sessions. They are completely customizable and allow us so much creative control.

And why not? You spend so much time and money on picking out the perfect wedding dress. Why should it sit around in your closet collecting dust? I’m always happy to photograph brides and couples after the wedding is over.

These creative sessions can happen in some awesome locations that you would never have time to go on the wedding day. We can shoot at the top of a mountain, climb into a canyon, or just play around in the city and get your dress a little dirtier than you did on your wedding day.

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Photography by Carlin Anquist – based in Calgary and available for travel! Keep in touch by email: hello@carlinanquist.com and on social media:

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Central Park New York Couples Portraits

One of the most amazing things about the photography community is that you have friends wherever you go. On my recent trip to NYC, I was able to connect with a New Jersey photographer, Lauren Ashley, and her boyfriend PJ for some Central Park New York Couples Portraits. We met at the incredible Bethesda Fountain & Terrace and spent some time together on a beautiful November day.

The air was filled with accordion music and the streets were lined with horse-drawn carriages. Street performers breakdanced for the crowds, and Buddhist monks wished blessings on those that passed by. It was an amalgamation of culture and history that is the beauty of New York City.

Lauren & PJ were so stunning together and they drew the attention of all the tourists in Central Park. Everyone snapped a few photos behind me as we laughed and danced our way through the gorgeous autumn light.

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Thanks for visiting! My name is Carlin and I am a Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer based in Calgary, AB, Canada. I have a bad case of wanderlust and my recent trip to NYC inspired me so much and has me anxious to explore more of this amazing world! I am currently booking 2017 weddings and sessions in Calgary, Kelowna and other awesome places! Check out the main site, contact me at hello@carlinanquist.com and make sure to follow me on social media for my most recent work. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Emerald Lake Elopement Photos

It was a chilly fall day in Calgary when we made the drive out to Emerald Lake. As we ventured further into the mountains the snow began to fall, and when we arrived at Emerald Lake Lodge, the lake was barely visible due to the fog and snow. Gillian kept warm and cozy in her room as she had her hair and makeup done.  Her mom and grandmother looked on with excitement as they painted each others nails.

Everyone bundled up with blankets and covered themselves with umbrellas. The snow softly fell as Chris watched his radiant bride walk towards him and become his wife. Exuberant joy beamed across the faces of the family members that were there to witness.

After they said their I Do’s, it was time to explore! We spent some time capturing their love in front of the incredible, your-jaw-will-drop-cause-it’s-so-amazing lake, and then we ventured over to the Natural Bridge. To say that I was in awe of the beauty of this place would be such an understatement. It is truly a spectacular sight and I would welcome any opportunity to visit again.

Chris & Gillian – thank you both SO much for the privilege of getting to know you this year and capturing the love that you share. I hope that you can look back at these photos many years from now and be transported back to the love and joy that marked the beginning of the rest of your lives. Much love, Carlin

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Emerald Lake Lodge is located in Field, BC, in Yoho National Park. It is set on a 13 acre peninsula on Emerald Lake in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. It offers incredible views and a cozy, intimate setting for an elopement or for a weekend away.

Photography by Carlin Anquist. Calgary and Emerald Lake Elopement Photographer. I am available for weddings all over the Rocky Mountains and in the Okanagan Valley. I absolutely LOVE small, intimate elopements, and am happy to provide special pricing for short, mid-week weddings. If you would like some more information please contact me at hello@carlinanquist.com and be sure to follow along on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google Plus!

Venue | Emerald Lake Lodge, Field, AB
Marriage Commissioner | Kim Chapman
Hair and Makeup by Karen
Special thanks to Casey Knoll for assisting and second shooting!

Want to see more of these two? Check out their Kelowna Engagement Session at Knox Mountain!

 

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  • Wow, Carlin! These are stunning images! The bride and groom look so happy, and the bride’s gown is gorgeous! How perfect that light snow looks! What a breathtaking view of the mountains- such a great location for a wedding ceremony. Love the black and white images too.

    BRB while I go plan a vow renewal in the mountains…ReplyCancel

    • Carlin Anquist

      I know hey? Makes me want another wedding (to the same guy of course!) – and this time keep it super low key but in an incredible place like this! These two were such a treat to photograph and made it such an amazing day in the mountains. Thanks so much for commenting!ReplyCancel

  • Wow!!! Absolutely beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • These are GORGEOUS!! I love the snow-tinged details and the fact that they still had their ceremony outside, despite the weather. Their smiles say it all!ReplyCancel

    • Carlin Anquist

      Thank you Andy! I was SO happy that they still had their ceremony outside! The soft snow created such a quiet, peaceful atmosphere for their intimate ceremony.ReplyCancel

  • The story and the snow and EVERYTHING! It’s all so fairy-tale. Happy years ahead for the couple!ReplyCancel

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“Listen to the MUSTN’Ts, child,
Listen to the DONT’s
Listen to the SHOULDN’Ts
The IMPOSSIBLE’S, the WONT’S.
Listen to the NEVER HAVES
Then listen close to me –
Anything can happen, child,
Anything can be.”
-Where the Sidewalk Ends, Shel Silverstein

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Photography by Carlin Anquist. I am a Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer based in Calgary, AB. The early years go by so quickly and it’s easy to forget the little things as your children grow. I am passionate about capturing families at every stage and preserving those little moments for long after your children are grown. If you would like more information or would like to book a session, please email me at hello@carlinanquist.com.

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  • Look at that little sweetheart! These photos are great! Lovely setting, lighting, and editing.ReplyCancel

    • Carlin Anquist

      She’s SO cute and such a little personality! Thanks for your comment Britney!ReplyCancel

  • Absolutely beautiful family photos…ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    THESE ARE SO PRECIOUS!! Love the expressions, the joy and the love that you captured! These pictures must’ve brought so much happiness to this family 🙂 Great work!ReplyCancel

  • Such an adorable session, wonderful job!ReplyCancel

Whispering Pines Bible Camp Wedding Portraits

“Because I could watch you for a single minute and find a thousand things that I love about you.”

Anthony and Simonne’s family and friends all teamed up and put together a beautiful wedding out at Whispering Pines Bible Camp. They rented the whole camp out for the weekend and Anthony’s mom spent several weeks before the wedding making all the food, desserts, and activities for their guests to enjoy. While I only got to spend about 45 minutes with them for some formal portraits, it was so evident that these two are so in love and are surrounded by love on every side.

Anthony & Simonne – thanks so much for having me out to your beautiful wedding! I wish you a lifetime filled with amazing memories and pray that you continue to grow deeper in love. Much love – Carlin

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Whispering Pines Bible Camp is located 90 minutes Northwest of Calgary, in the beautiful Albertan foothills.

Photography by Carlin Anquist – If you are recently engaged and are getting married in Calgary or the surrounding area, I would love to chat with you! I am also available to photograph weddings in the Okanagan Valley and destinations. Check out my wedding and engagement galleries and be sure to follow along on social media to see my most recent work.

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