Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Beautiful Wall Art Canvas by Jessica Lin Photography

A couple of weeks ago, I gave you a little teaser of a creative project I'd been working on.. well - here's the finished result:

I combined a couple of images of us from our wedding trip with some collage-style detail shots from places we stayed and from our wedding party, and I'm totally in love with the final result :) It's 36"x48" and the impact in real life is incredible.. it's hard to show on a blog, so you'll just have to drop by to check it out!

Here are some of the details included:

These birds (which is actually just one bird, included twice to make a little pair) are part of an origami mobile that I made for our internationally-themed wedding party for the family and friends back in Toronto. The purple flower petals are from a shot I took under a tree while we were in Spain - there were these tiny little purple flowers all over the ground and I love how they look scattered across the image :)

One of my favourite parts - Norman wrote our initials in the condensation of the window in our room where we stayed in Cork while driving around the south of Ireland

I made this little postcard out of one of our shots from Spain (believe it or not, we had not only a camera on a tripod on self-timer, but also a light on a stand with an umbrella for this one..) and "tucked" it into the corner of the big frame

We took about five different pictures of our rings in various places on our trip - this was on some rocks on a beach in Clonakilty at the southern tip of Ireland in County Cork (that's a little barnacle in the front).
The orange fan was an awesome find for 2 euros just down the street from where we stayed in Alicante, on the Mediterranean coast of Spain.

This is my lovely husband's handiwork again - this time on a beach in Sligo on the western coast of Ireland (just down the road a bit from where they filmed the Point Break surfing scenes!)

The rose-coloured wallpaper and the gold frame were from our bedroom wall at the B&B we stayed in while in Sligo, and the little vine grows across our tool shed in our backyard in Toronto (it was photographed at the party as well)

Ta-Da! This is the finished file, before I sent it off to be printed on canvas. I love the way this allowed me to include all sorts of pretty and sentimental details, and I really love the whimsical feeling of the end result :) I can't wait to start creating these for the couples we work with, so that they have a totally unique and stunning piece of art that they will love from the images we have created for them! 

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xo Jessica 

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Baby Noah's Debut

I swear that Baby Noah already has career aspirations - he's either going to be a model or a photographer. He studied me constantly, and followed intently everything that was going on. He also made some of the most fantastic faces I've ever seen (examples to follow..). We spent a lovely afternoon getting to know him, and here are some of my favourite images from our session..  :)

Check out these expressions! I especially love the third one :)

showing off his exercise routine..

the sweetest little lips...

sweet little baby dreams :)

I really love this shot of Tamara that Norman took.. She totally glowed in her maternity photos, and I feel like this captures the calm and serenity that she exudes in motherhood :)

We felt honoured to be a part of this amazing new chapter in Tamara & Edward's love story, and can't wait to see the whole family again soon!

xox Jessica + Norman

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Jessica Lin Photography at the Dash Weddings Bridal Show November 13th!

After many years of relying heavily on word-of-mouth referals (which are fantastic), I have finally decided to add bridal shows to my list of ways to meet newly engaged (and looking-for-wedding-photographer) couples. My main reason for avoiding such shows in the past is those huge overwhelming shows where hundreds of vendors and thousands of brides share the same physical space for a weekend, but don't actually leave that space with anything but sore feet and bags full of price lists. Luckily, someone came up with the great idea of fewer vendors in a more intimate space - the "boutique" bridal show concept - which is right up my alley.

So this fall we will be taking part in the Dash Weddings Bridal Show at the Park Hyatt in Toronto. I've been to many shows (wedding and otherwise) as a browser, and even a dozen or so non-wedding shows as a vendor - so it's not a completely foreign concept to me. What sort of caught me off guard is the amount of time it's taken me to assemble all the pieces.. new album supplier = new sample albums need to be made. And since it's a booth at a show, there are things I don't normally have for consultations (such as a big banner and 1.000 postcards) that need to be designed and sent off to various printers. I am actually currently working with 4 different printers (this week) for all the different elements, and trying to keep track of turnaround times and what's already been sent has been exciting to say the least. It's a lot like being a kid at Christmas waiting for all my printed pieces to be finished - except that I already know what I'm getting!

Anyways, we are so excited for our first wedding show :) and would love to see you there if you are planning your wedding or have a sister/friend/cousin/daughter who is planning her wedding - please spread the word! Hope to see you there :)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Sneak Peek of the Most Beautiful Thing I've Ever Made

First of all, my apologies for being too busy to blog lately - I have a backlog of stuff I want to share, but it's just a matter of finding the time..

Anyways, today my mission was to create something totally awesome using images from our wedding trip - because it seemed like a great idea, and because I would love to start offering something similar to my wedding clients - and it was one of the most creatively satisfying days in the history of my life :)

Norman doesn't get to see it until I get it back from the printers, so neither do you ;) but I thought I'd share a little sneak peek of the final image....

I can't wait to see the final printed version! I promise to share as soon as I pick it up :)

xo Jessica

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Andrea + Dave - Lakeview Restaurant Engagement Session

Andrea + Dave are an awesome couple - really creative (she designs jewellery and he does web design and branding) and so easy to get along with :) So it was no surprise that we had so much fun shooting their engagement photos at the Lakeview Restaurant near Dundas and Ossington. What a fantastic location! Check it out..

This fantastic 24-hour diner is usually busy at most hours of the day - we took manager John's advice and came in at 8am the Monday after Nuit Blanche weekend and had the place to ourselves :)

I loved Andrea's shoes :)

Now we can't wait for their wedding at the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse next spring! Thanks for a great morning Andrea + Dave :)

xo Jessica + Norman

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Natalie + Chris - Beautiful Muskoka Wedding

Thanksgiving weekend brings to mind all sorts of cozy fall thoughts.. family getting together, turkey dinners, pumpkin pies, crunchy leaves on the ground, crisp fall air. This Thanksgiving weekend we went up to Muskoka to photograph Natalie & Chris' wedding, and although the air wasn't exactly crisp (at 30 degrees!) the colours were beautiful and the family enjoyed a spectacular lakeside view. This time I'm going to start you with one of my favourites and then take you back to the beginning.. enjoy :)

(I am so in love with this one!)

 Anyways - here's where we began..
Natalie + Chris got married at the Red Leaves Resort on Lake Rosseau, which was not only beautiful but full of friendly and helpful staff (especially important on your wedding day!) 

ready to start getting ready..

I loved Chris' chocolate brown tie and shoes :)

Natalie's veil was made from part of her Mom's veil, which I thought was so awesome..

Baby Jack! (yes, somehow Natalie + Chris managed to plan their wedding during their son's first year - he is now 13 months old and sooo cute!)

get ready for a seriously beautiful ceremony...