Julie and Jess

What do you do when you are in a long-distance relationship but want to do a couples shoot? You enlist the services of your best friend as a stand in obviously. That is exactly what Julie did with her best friend Jess, and this is their story…

Jess and Julie in Calgary
Before they met, the felt alone, as though they were missing a part of themselves.
Friendship in Calgary
Cautious not to believe their luck, they saw something special in each other.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Julie and Jess in Calgary
Despite all their trepidation, they couldn’t deny how comfortable they felt with each other.
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They quickly became best friends, completely inseparable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friend photoshoot in Calgary
Until they decided to embrace what they had found and enjoy it to the fullest.

Here are some other shots from the photoshoot!

Girls in Calgary

Julie and Jess in Calgary

Friends in Calgary

Spring and Summer Plans.

Spring and Summer are easily my favourite seasons and now that the weather is warming up, I am planning the places I want to see this spring and summer. As the year proceeds, I will be revisiting this list marking which ones have been completed.

  1. Hike to Sunshine Meadows
  2. Hike around Upper Kananaskis Lake
  3. Hike to Rawson Lake
  4. Bike the Legacy Trail (Canmore to Banff)
  5. Bow and Peyto Lake
  6. Hike up Ha Ling Peak
  7. Lake Louise Gondola
  8. Hike up Galatea
  9. Hike Mount Indefatigable
  10. Do a Horseback ride in the mountains (Any suggestions anyone?)

Lets see how many I can manage!!!

Ucluelet and Tofino

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to head to Ucluelet and Tofino out on Vancouver Island for some rest and relaxation. To me that means an opportunity to take travel photos and explore the peninsula both towns reside on. Needless to say, a large portion of the week was spent doing the various walks with a sea kayaking trip at the end.

Tofino and Ucluelet are on the west side of Vancouver Island, about 2 and a half hours outside of Nanaimo if you take the Pacific Rim Highway. With many things to do in both towns, from hiking to surfing, kayaking to whale watching, there is something for everyone.

I had to opportunity to play around with the Extral HD Action camera on the hikes so at the end of the week I had 150gigs worth of images and video to go through. I still have most of it to go through but here are some teaser shots and a bit of an introduction to the place.

Half-Moon Beach Hike

Rainforest Trail Walk

Chesterman Beach

Cathedral Grove Walk

If you would like to see more shots, be sure to follow me on Instagram too where I will be posting the vast majority of pictures. @gj_hull

Tanya and Nick’s Engagement in Calgary

Having known Tanya for a few years, I was so excited when she asked me to take engagement photographs for her and her fiancée Nick.

This was definitely one of the most memorable engagement shoots I have ever had the pleasure of being apart of. Part of that is because Tanya and Nick had the great idea (if not a little out of the ordinary) to use a battle axe, sword and shield in the shoot. The idea only added to the fun and definitely gave the shoot some uniqueness that defines these two amazing people.

I wish them all the best in their future, although they definitely seem to have found the best in each other.

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Gul

Graduation can be one of the biggest accomplishments for anyone and some people want photographs to remember it by. I was, very luckily, asked to do a graduation shoot for an incredibly smart and beautiful young lady named Gul who recently graduated from the University of Calgary with a Biological sciences degree and has just started her masters program.

I want to wish her all the best in her future endeavours and thank her so much for letting me be a part of this wonderful milestone in her life.

The shoot, which was an absolute blast to photograph with such a fun and natural person, was done down at Princes Island Park in Downtown Calgary.

Below are a few shots from her shoot.

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Calgary Stampede

On July 6th, I was given permission to run the Calgary Stampede Instagram account for the day. The awesome people in the marketing department of the organization provided me with tickets to all the events and free reign to photograph the day. Everyone goes for the rides and the interesting and unique foods but as I got to explore more, I found some pretty cool displays and demonstrations I never know they had. Things like chickens that had hatched less than a day prior, or blacksmiths making various works of art. Obviously the rodeo cannot be forgotten either. however, I think the highlight of my day was the police-escorted wagon ride from The Stampede grounds to downtown Calgary. Below are a few photos from that day, the hardest part was only picking a few shots to showcase the sheer amount of events and things to see at the Stampede.

Equipment Used:

  • Nikon D800
  • Nikon 24mm F2.8D
  • Nikon 50mm F1.4G
  • Nikon 180mm F2.8D

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Canada Day at Two Jack Lake

Hey guys,

Canada Day, the one day when all Canadians celebrate their stereotypes and embrace all things Canadian. What better way to celebrate it staring out at what, in my opinion, one of Canada’s most jaw dropping views. Two Jack Lake is about 2 hours outside of Calgary and basically directly across the Transcanada Highway from Banff. One thing that I was not able to get a picture of as I was driving, is the fact that while driving up to the lake, I saw my first wild grizzly bear up close. I’m used to seeing lions in the wild but man are bears big, some very impressive animals, thats for sure.

Equipment Used:

  • Nikon D800
  • Nikon 24mm F2.8D
  • MeFoto Globetrotter Tripod
  • Hoya ND1000 10-Stop Filter

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The Northern Lights

Hi there,

Well last night was supposed to be the best Aurora show in quite a few years so I went to see what I could capture. I did get some pictures, especially over Calgary, which is what I was looking for, but the lights could just barely be seen by the naked eye. Hopefully my pictures made up for it but we shall see. Either way though, the sight of the city at night is something I treasure. It is a really beautiful view from the Anne and Sandy Cross Conservation Area.

 

Regards

Equipment Used:

  • Nikon D800
  • Nikon 50mm F1.4G
  • Nikon 24mm F2.8D
  • MeFoto Globetrotter tripod
  • CustomSLR M-Plate.

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Lake Minnewanka

Lake Minnewanka is one of the numerous stunning lakes in Banff National Park. The first time I had been there was two weeks ago and I completely fell in love with it. After being there for sunrise the first time and seeing which way the mountains lay, I knew I had to come back for sunset as well. I was finally able to return last night, where I was able to see the lake in a completely different light (excuse the pun) and I was able to get some interesting shots as well, including my first ever selfie. Have you ever been?

Gear Used:

  • Nikon D800
  • Nikon 24mm F2.8 D lens
  • MeFoto Globetrotter Tripod
  • Hoya Pro ND1000 10-Stop Filter
  • Yongnuo Rf-603c Triggers
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My first ever selfie

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