Sanctuary Gardens is perfect anytime of the year, but August is sunny, warm, and bright. It is truly a perfect location for your summer wedding. If your day turns a little gray fear not, because with the new addition of the “Rose Room” Sanctuary Gardens has you covered in any weather condition the Okanagan can throw at you.
I am so blessed to be a photographer that has access to such great Kelowna wedding venues. Every time my husband and I photograph up at Sanctuary Garens we look at each other and say “let’s get married again – it’s so beautiful here!”.
My bride Kasi & her groom Wilson were as sweet as they come. Wilson was so attentative towards Kasi and I knew from the moment I met them to do their engagement photos that they were meant to be.
The bride chose the perfect tule and lace dress from David’s Bridal, finished with a personal pink silk ribbon that matched the bridesmaid dresses. I also adored that she wore her grandmother’s pearls and matching bracelets for her girls.
It’s no secret at this point that I love animals, so I was super excited to here that sweet, shy little Meeka (a beautiful Keeshond) was to walk down the aisle and stand witness to her loving owners vows!
Dinner and dancing was held at the Cove in West Kelowna. The party was bumpin, the cake was delicious and the speeches were heartfelt. A lone Charmeleon even popped by and made everyone who was playing Pokemon Go yell with joy.
It was a perfect, fairytale wedding!
West Kelowna/Westbank Wedding Photography Info
All the following photos were taken at Sanctuary Gardens in West Kelowna BC, Summer of 2016. Canon 6D | 50mm | 35mm | 24mm – 105mm | 24mm – 70mm
Second shooter: Jake Hodder
Cake: Kaleena Cakes
Dress: Davids Bridal
Suite: Hugo Boss
Florals: Village Flowers
Decor: Drapping by: Stage Right Chair covers by: Flair Chair Covers
DJ: Lets Dance DJ Services
Officiant: Ann Carter
Ceremony: Sanctuary Gardens
Reception Venue: The Cove
Part of being the best photographer you can be is by learning, experimenting, and challenging yourself to try new things. So that’s why when I saw that Fiona Hook from Image Studios was offering a class on family, maternity and newborns I jumped on it. Fiona is truly a great person, warm, inviting and informative – the perfect combination for a photography instructor.
The day started at 10:00am with introductions of the other students, where they were from and how they got into photography. You all know my story, but it was interesting hearing everyone else and what they were hoping to gain from Fiona’s knowledge of studio based family, maternity & newborn portraits.
Once the beautiful little baby girl showed up at the studio Fiona started to show us her tips & trick on how she does what she does. Of course she made everything look so effortless but she made sure that everyone was taken care of and knew what to do next.
Throughout the day Fiona had different families with different age groups come in to make sure we all got a wide variety of experiences and knew what things might pop up in a shoot.
Lunch was followed by an educational slideshow and a maternity shoot to end the day.
So I am now a bona fide Image Studio trained, family photographer who can cover any age from, newborns, infants, pre-teens, teens and even adults! Thanks again to Fiona Hook for offering this amazing educational experience.
Okanagan Family photographer
So Valentine’s Day has just passed and with it a ton of new engagements for the new year! Even if the question was popped on another day, all of you lovely ladies are probably wondering what to wear for your engagement photos – not to worry I have you covered. I would also like to take this time to point out I am by no means sponsored by these stores, these are just a few fashion ideas to help you out.
Casual Engagement Photos
I like to play this one up a little more than just your street cloths, it’s more of a “nice dinner out” wear. Try not to be too matchy-matchy and bring in colour, patterns and textures that go well together. A little summer dress with a cardigan and flats works wonders as a pairing as well. Go for outfits that compliment each other, and colours that reflect your personalities.
Formal Engagement Photos
You’re all about that bling, the glamour, the lights. Your love for one another is the star, so get dressed up and show it off. Anything long and flowy or sparkly for the ladies is perfect. The guys will do best with a suit, but its up to you how formal you go with this – you don’t need to go over the top if that’s just not you.
Themed Engagement Photos
You might be wondering what the heck “Themed Engagement Photos” are. Well they’re just that, a theme, or costume. The genre should mean something to you as a couple, so if you both love Mad Men then go ahead and incorporate a few props, or styles from that era. Wear something fun, and make this photo shoot reflect your shared passions and interests.
Now keep in mind that these are only ideas, make your engagement your own by incorporating something only you and your significant other have. You could do the shoot at the first place you met or bring in a favorite activity you two share – racquetball anyone? Pets are always welcome at my engagement photo shoots, so bring the well behaved Pooch along for the photos.
I wanted to create this section to help brides with a few questions I get asked from time to time. Every wedding is a little different and every couple share something unique, but I’m hoping these frequently asked questions are able to help someone through the wedding planning process.
Q: Do you need a deposit to book? & When should I book you as my wedding photographer?
As soon as you have your date set and your venue booked, we can start making plans to chat about the photography coverage of your day. The sooner you find/book your wedding photographer the better. I was shocked when I went to book a photographer for my wedding, almost everyone was booked a year in advance! If you find a wedding photographer that you love – lock them down. I require a 40% non refundable “save the date” deposit and a signed contract to hold your wedding day. As its a first come first served style of booking make sure you book quickly.
Q: When do I receive my images?
I always shoot to have your photos edited by your 1 month anniversary of the shoot date, but this is subject to season. I want you to have your photos as soon as possible so I will let you know as soon as they are ready + I always send out a sneak peek photo on Facebook/email up-to 48hrs after your event. The images you receive will always be high resolution, un-watermarked .jpegs on a disk or USB (depending on what session you have booked).
Q: Do you offer an online gallery?
I offer a personal online gallery that is securely backed up for 10 years, is mobile friendly, easy to share with family & friends + you can order prints directly from the site. I have included it for free for my 2 top wedding day collections (7hrs & 10hrs). It is also an “add on” to any of the sessions I offer for $50.
Q: Do you travel for weddings?
Travel is something that is near and dear to me, so if I can combine it with my love of photography too them I’m all in! Paris, Scotland, Mexico, etc… – destination weddings here I come! I currently cover the Okanagan area with no extra charge, up to a certain radius. If your wedding is a little out of the way, its not a problem, a travel fee can be a little as an extra $50 all in.
Q: Do you have backup equipment on the day of?
Yes I do! I shoot with a professional, full-frame camera and my backup camera is the exact same so if something should fail on one you wont loose quality if I have to use the backup.
Q: Do you shoot in RAW…and what is RAW?
This is one of those buzz words you have probably come across when looking for a photographer. RAW just means that the photographer can drastically make changes to the photos colour and image information. It’s really a safety net for your big day – So yes, I shoot RAW.
Q: Do you shoot video?
Though photography and videography have similarities, they are not the same. I am a photographer and my attention is on you and taking photos you will be proud to have in your wedding album. If you are looking to have someone cover the events of your day and your guests, I have a list of professionals that I love to work with.
Q: Do you have a second shooter…and do I need a second shooter?
Your wedding day is one of the biggest, happiest days of your life. You finally get to spend the rest of your life with the one you love, so there is no way that I would want to miss anything. I personal have a second shooter that I work with on every wedding and it is included in my price. I make sure he is available on your wedding day so you don’t miss the guys getting ready, different ceremony angles, or grandma on the dance floor. However other photographers might only have this as an add on to your price, don’t be afraid to ask who it is and how long they have been working together.
Q: Do you offer albums?
I am a strong believer in the “print” realm. I work closely with a Canadian company that hand makes every album I design custom to suit you and your day. These albums are really an heirloom piece that you will be proud to show off in your home. Now when I say “heirloom” I know that sounds expensive, but I am also a believer in affordable, because everyone deserves one of these keepsakes.
I also offer wall canvases and memory boxes with loose prints from the same company.
Q: Where are you based?
I live in the wedding capital of Canada, Kelowna BC but I love to travel. I have had shoots all over the Okanagan; from Salmon Arm, Lumby, Vernon, West Kelowna and Peachland. I have even created affordable wedding packages for Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary that include, travel, food and lodging in the price.
Q: What equipment do you use?
I have a Canon 6D. It’s a professional full frame camera with great low light capabilities (great for those getting ready shots). I also have a few off camera flashes, reflectors, filters, multiple lenses etc… the list grows every year as I like to be able to offer my clients the best I can.
Wedding | Full Day coverage Starting from $2,500
Everything from getting ready in the morning to dancing at night. Don’t miss anything, because every detail is important. Download the “Wedding Pricing Booklet” for more info about the packages and whats included in each. Currently booking 2017 & 2018 weddings (remaining available dates in 2017 are limited).
Engagement | $300
This shoot is all about you and your love for one another – So shout it from the rooftops with a personal engagement shoot. A great opportunity to warm up to the camera and a perfect compliment to your invitations.
Boudoir & Bridal Wedding Boudoir | $300
Look and feel great in a professional, laid back setting with natural & external lighting. Whether it’s just for you or the perfect gift for the one you love; you wont regret having these done. Professional hair & makeup booked upon request. “True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul.” -Audrey Hepburn.
On location Family session | $300
1 hr photo session. More time can be added at an additional fee of $150 per hour.
Portraits & Lifestyle | $250
1hr photo session. More time can be added at an additional fee of $150 per hour.
Maternity | Starting from $250
You are positively glowing, book your 1hr – 3hr maternity photo session today. You can do an “on location” shoot, anywhere in the Okanagan. It can be styled or styled you will also have the opportunity to do a wardrobe change. Or you can choose to have your baby bump documented in my studio, located in Rutland, Kelowna BC. More time can be added at an additional fee of $150 per hour.
Newborn Studio | Starting from $300
Congratulations you are about to have a beautiful new addition to the family – make sure you capture all of those fleeting moments as they wont be this little for long! A newborn studio session starts at 3hrs, more time can be added at an additional fee of $150 per hour. Please book your session when your newborn baby is 5-10 days new. The studio is located in the heart of Rutland, Kelowna BC.
* I require a 40% non-refundable retainer at the time of booking any of the photography packages.
Travel is something that is near and dear to my heart, so I now offer wedding packages to brides and grooms who might not be in my area.
* Travel packages are available for all locations and prices are subject to plane tickets and lodging accommodations at time of booking.
Vancouver Wedding Package | Starting from $2,000
Oceanside views, Whistler Mountain heights or even a Stanley park setting – Vancouver has it all. Travel, food, lodging and full day photography coverage are all included in this price. Contact me today to go over the Vancouver wedding package.
Calgary Wedding Package | Starting from $2,700
Calgary holds everything from urban to rustic in its fine city limits. Book a full day wedding photography package with us today to make sure you get the photos you want in the city you love. Food, travel, lodging and photography are all included.
Edmonton Wedding Package | Starting from $2,800
If Edmonton is your special place, then no where else will do. The cost of travel, food, lodging, and full day photography coverage have been worked into this starting package for a wedding hosted in Edmonton Alberta. Contact me today.
My name is Jennifer Hodder and I currently live in Kelowna BC. I grew up in a little town called Lumby and have always had a camera near by. I have been a graphic designer for the past 9 years and photography has always been apart of my creative process – I felt it was time to make the switch fully to photography official. I am eager to capture the special moments in your life as you share them with your family and friends.
These are the following events & occasions I cover:
Wedding & Engagement Photography
Newborn in Studio Sets
Lifestyle & Corporate Photoshoots
Contact me today for schedules & pricing
1 (250) 801-7820
I have worked hand in hand with some of the best vendors that the wedding industry has to offer, I have even become close friends with a lot of them! Its important that your vendors work well together on your big day so there are no surprises. Since I have worked with so many amazing people, drop me a line if you need any help choosing someone.
Honestly… I just want to smother you with xoxoxoxox hugs and kisses!!!! I don’t know if I’ve ever met a workaholic (in a good way) to the capacity you are.
So admirable how diligent and driven you are. You’re going places and I’m so fortunate to know you and have your creativity by my side.
Kelowna & Okanagan Photographer
Jennifer Hodder is an established Kelowna based photographer specializing in wedding, engagement photography, but covers everything from family, portraits & lifestyle to maternity. Hodder Photography is there to capture those special moments that will last a lifetime.