Nancy & Jason were the sweetest couple and their elderly pooch named “Diamond” walked down the aisle to make sure these two were happily joined under the arch at The Cove Lakeside Resort. It was a beautiful Okanagan summer day and one of their loving family members took Diamond for the ceremony to keep her in the shade.
Nancy wore designer Badgley Mischka peep toe wedding shoes (Gillian Ankle Strap Evening Shoe) that were just to die for! An amazing arrangement of pink peonies, O’hara garden roses (my favorite), and white dahlias made up her gorgeous bouquet.
Both the ceremony and reception were held at The Cove (a great wedding venue in West Kelowna). The Cove is a great option in the Okanagan that combines a lot of services for wedding ceremonies, receptions and hotel accommodation for wedding guests.
All the best to Nancy, Jason, and Diamond!
Note from the bride:
“We just looked at the pictures and we love them!
The USB packaging is so very cute too.
Thanks again to you and Jake for taking such beautiful photos of our wedding.”
West Kelowna Wedding Photography Info
All the following photos were taken at The Cove Lakeside Resort in West Kelowna BC, Summer of 2017. Pentax 645 medium format Film Camera | 75mm
Second shooter: Jake Hodder
Wedding Full day coverage
With 3 full day wedding collections to choose from you are sure to find just the right fit for the coverage you need. 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. Wedding day collections starting from $3,000.
World wide travel packages are available for all locations and prices are subject to plane tickets and lodging accommodations at time of booking.
Currently booking 2019 & 2020 weddings (remaining available dates in 2019 are limited).
You love each other and your tying the knot in the most intimate way possible – with an elopement! Contact me today to discuss a completely custom elopement package. I am also available for travel so if Paris, Scotland or Greece is your destination wedding location my bags might already be packed!
Currently booking 2019 & 2020 weddings (remaining available dates in 2019 are limited).
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.
This engagement session is 1 hr long & at a location of your choice* (Travel fees apply to locations outside of the Okanagan).
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.
Portraits & Lifestyle $500
Newborn Studio session $350+
Everything from maternity, fashion & even in studio newborn sessions. You can do an “on location” shoot, anywhere in the Okanagan. It can be styled or un-styled you will also have the opportunity to do a wardrobe change. Or you can choose to do your session in my studio, conveniently located in Rutland, Kelowna BC.
A newborn studio session starts at 2 hrs, more time can be added at an additional fee of $150 per hour. Please book your session when your newborn baby is 7-10 days new.
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
Whether you shoot digital, film or a hybrid of both this package is designed to help you get further in your photography business. I will cover a lot of the things I wish I had known before I started, marketing & SEO, social media, portfolio/website review, shooting in different natural light, posing & direction I can even cater to more niche subject like studio lighting, newborn photography, off camera flash.
This one-on-one mentoring session is designed for someone who already knows how to shoot with their camera in manual mode and understands the exposure triangle. if you are not quite there yet, not a problem I offer a intro to photography class here.
Portfolio Review $200
Book a session with me to review your portfolio via in person or Skype/phone. I will go over everything a potential client sees when they first view your site and how you can improve your brand, user experience or conversion rate.
Currently booking 2018
one-on-one Mentorship $800
Portfolio review, business practices, shooting & editing workflow. Start and end times can be adjusted depending on availability and time of year for lighting.
6hrs of mentoring time includes:
11:00 am Meeting
We start off with coffee or tea and discuss where you are at with your photography business, what do you think you are struggling with and what is the one thing you want most out of the mentorship. I will also go over your about page because who you are is a huge part of your service.
12:30 pm Lunch
Vegetarian options are available.
1:00 pm Marketing
Now that you know who you are and what separates you from everyone else I will go over how you can sell yourself & how to get your name out to the people who are going to book you.
2:00 pm SEO
An introduction to SEO – What is it? Organic vs paid? How can you use it & is it worth it?
3:00 pm Social Media
Facebook, Instagram & twitter; what ones should you be on? Social media do’s and don’ts, algorithms and tricks.
4:00 – 5:00 pm Shoot Time
Rain or shine, high noon or golden hour you need to be adaptable to the different conditions you are going to be in. This is where we can completely customize the day to what you want to learn. A model will be booked depending on your needs (bride, groom, fashion, newborn, boudoir)
5:30 pm Editing Workflow
I will go over my backup process and editing workflow. I will go over what I do in Lightroom and final touches in Photoshop. If you would like a more in depth class on editing you can book that here.
I have been lucky enough to find myself living in one of the most beautiful places in Canada, photographing some of the sweetest people you could ever hope to meet – and this event had a LOT of wonderful people.
One of those wonderful people was Yuriko, she runs Vintage Origami – a styling company here in Kelowna BC. The outrageously talented Yuriko was inspired by a classic French farmers market and she executed it with grace. Honestly one of my favorite themes as I love everything French. From gingham napkins to custom brush lettered calligraphy, Vintage Origami brought together a perfect baby shower for Max.
I was so fortunate to cover the photo booth for Tori’s baby shower as I got to meet her & her sweet family. Her cousin Jillian is definitely as sweet as they come, she hosted this beautifully decorated event all the while ready to pop at any time!
Kind-hearted Tori was simply glowing with pride as she held new little Max. Have a look over at Jillian’s blog to see all of the amazing photos that Daniel Han was able to capture!
The event was catered by CrAsians food truck, paired with Jillian’s mouthwatering secret lavender lemonade and wine from Sandhill Wineries.
Kelowna Photography & Vendor Info
All the following photos were taken at Sanctuary Gardens in West Kelowna, BC, Summer of 2016. Canon 6D | 50mm | 35mm
Momma of Max: Fraiche Nutrition
Hostess: Jillian Harris
Decorator: Vintage Origami Weddings
Venue: Sanctuary Gardens
Photographer: Daniel Han
Video: Daniel Abraham Films
Food Truck: CrAisians
Signage & laser cuts: Blush Type
Giant balloons: The Confetti And Co.
Photo Booth: Jennifer Hodder Photography
Wine: Sandhill Wines
Fruits & veggies: BC Tree Fruits
Candles: Coal and Canary
Rentals: Avalon Rentals
Gift bag goodies: Natures Fair Market
About Jennifer Hodder
When I get asked why I started doing wedding, engagement, family & lifestyle photography I always start off by telling them a little bit of my design background. I loved connecting with people and helping them design something that fit their brand and who they were as a individuals. Everyone always said that I had a knack for seeing what people were about, and being able to bring that to light in design was my gift. The move toward photography was me really just wanting to do more of that, but with an elegant timeless media.
It really all began with love. When my husband and I got married I fell in love with the idea of helping other brides on their wedding days feel the way I felt. You wouldn’t think that someone who isn’t a fan of having her photo taken would jump at the idea of being a photographer; but It was when I got my wedding photos back and saw how beautiful the light was, how I smiled at my husband that I knew I wanted to share that feeling with others. My approach to taking photos stems from that very moment, I make sure to place you in the most flattering light, and give you opportunities to show me that special glimmer that the two of you share so I can capture it. I blend fine art photography and candid photo journalistic styles to capture your wedding day. Storytelling with real emotion is key to having a great wedding album that will last generations. Have a look at my Heirloom Albums to see how your day can be beautifully hand bounded with care.
These are the following events & occasions I cover:
Wedding & Engagement Photography, Boudoir, Maternity & lifestyle photos, Newborn in Studio Sets & Cake Smashes.
Soft, romantic & timeless fine art photography with candid emotion
One of my fondest memories of planning my wedding was the day before the big event, standing in my kitchen. My husband-to-be and I had just picked up all of the flowers for the wedding that still needed to be arranged. Every square inch of counter space, was overflowing with roses, hydrangeas and peonies – it made the house smell amazing! It even made my fiancé laugh and say “wow it smells great in here – we should have this many flowers in here all the time!” hence why I have flowers in my logo – to have flowers around all the time.
I am a sucker for a great hot drink. I personally think that Starbucks should have a “customer of the month” plaque because I would definitely be a contender, especially in the fall with the Pumpkin Spice Latte. However it might be a better idea to keep my addiction under wraps….but really how can you resist a warm hug from a frothy taste of heaven? I also have an entire cupboard dedicated to tea… but I won’t embarrass myself by going into it.
My most recent passion project has been the inclusion of film into my workflow. It’s exciting incorporating a format that seems to bring new life to the photos I take. Film photography has to be taken slower and for that reason the photos become more of a painting, a perfect moment with meaning and intention. Light is captured differently and photos seam more alive, its hard to explain so you will just have to have a look at my gallery to see.
Jennifer Hodder Photography has been featured in top wedding publications & contests such as
Shoot & Share, Magnolia Rouge, Love and Lavender, B Loved, The Knot Scotland, Boudoir Collective,
“How He Asked” by the Knot, and The White Wren.
Okanagan Wedding Vendors
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.
Courtney and I had the pleasure of working together in the past when I was still a graphic designer for a local Kelowna company. She was always a ray of sunshine and although we both no longer work together I was so excited when she contacted me and asked me to be her wedding photographer!
The engagement photo session took place at Cedar Creek Estate Winery. Fall was setting in and Mother Nature gifted us with some cloud coverage that gave us the perfect even lighting us photographers lust after. Deer came grazing through the vines behind Courtney and Alex to photobomb the session quickly before making their way through the vineyard. Courtney wore an elegant black dress with heels while Alex wore a dapper black suit. I love when my couples get really dressy for photoshoots! The couple purchased a bottle of the Cedar Creek’s amazing Gewurztraminer wine and shared a toast for their many years to come. Love these two!
Kelowna Engagement Photography Info
All the following photos were taken at Cedar Creek Winery in Kelowna BC, Fall of 2016. Canon 6D | 50mm | 35mm
I live for a good love story. I get the all caps LOVE kind of feeling for the journey that my couples go through before I meet them. So when Meagan & Brian told me their story I think I actually squealed with joy over how adorable it was.
How They Met
It all started with a Christmas party and a coworker in need. Meagan is a registered nurse (pretty much Wonder Woman) and one of her fellow co-workers wanted to find someone to accompany her boyfriend’s friend to a firefighters Christmas party. There was no way that she was going to pass up the opportunity to hang out with a bunch of firefighters! So her co-worker sent this mystery man Meagan’s number. One text lead to another… one lunch date and a Christmas party later they were engaged just shy of a year to the date.
How He Asked
Brian decided to take Meagan and their adorable little puggle ‘Abby’ up to Silver Star Mountain after a fresh snowfall. Little did Meagan know that Brian had purchased a new collar and tag that read “will you marry me?”. Meagan held Abby to look at her new tag and with the softly falling snow and lights overhead Brian went on one knee and asked the question with a stunning emerald cut halo diamond engagement ring.
A true fairy tale engagement proposal! How can you not grin from ear to ear after hearing about their beginning?
I was so immensely touched that they chose me to photograph their engagement session and cover the wedding photography in September. Watching this couple grow and having them choose me to capture all their family milestones has been a highlight of my photography career. I am truly honored to be able to capture these amazing mile marker moments.
Kelowna Engagement Photography Info
All the following photos were taken at Knox Mountain in Kelowna BC, Summer of 2016. Canon 6D | 50mm | 35mm
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.