Marbella Dish

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I make these Marbella Dishes by hand. I am a photographer with a background in industrial design, and between all the little (and not so little) art projects I take on, traveling to far off destinations, and even just plain old housework, I found that my engagement ring spent almost as much time off my hand as it did on! 

Each time I took my ring off and put it “somewhere safe” or “somewhere I’ll remember” I felt like it was a huge disservice to something so meaningful to me - after all, I was taking it off to protect it, not to hide it away. I wanted somewhere to put my ring (and eventually my other jewelry and trinkets) that wouldn’t feel like I was just shoving it away in a drawer. I wanted something that could sit out on a table and not only show my appreciation for my treasures, but also add to the overall appearance of my home - so I made my first Marbella Dishes!

I made one for my office desk, one for my coffee table at home, one for my bedroom, and even one that I keep on my kitchen counter. Any time someone would come over and see these little dishes they’d ask where they could get one, and I even started using them in my photography to showcase other brides’ jewelry on their wedding day! After enough one-off creations for friends and family, I decided to start making more and offering them to anyone who wants to showcase their most precious possessions - and not feel bad about taking off their ring to do the dishes. I sincerely hope your Marbella Dish will bring you (and your treasures) as much joy as mine have brought me!

Blush Magazine on Film Photography

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In the newest issue of Blush Magazine there is a Q&A with me all about film photography! I am so excited that a local magazine has decided to shed some light on film! I know its not that common of a medium for photographers anymore, especially in Alberta, but its absolutely amazing and I'm so thrilled to share the article with you! There are many benefits to film photography; however, a lot of people are weary or scared of it because its not familiar to people anymore. Hopefully this article will help educate Alberta brides about the benefits of film!

Article written by Carmen Green.

For most of us, our experience with film photography is limited to disposable cameras from childhood vacations-if even that. Film seems archaic compared to the ease and convenience of shooting digital, but much like vinyl enthusiasts, some photographers find film more aesthetically pleasing. Justine Milton talks with Blush about bringing the fine art of film to wedding photography.

Q. What made you decide to get into photography in general, and film photography specifically?

A. I started out by taking a photography course in university as part of my design degree. We had to use black and white film and I took a photo of my great-grandmother's living room, with sun pouring in through a stained glass window above her piano. My professor told me I had a talent for photography and should consider doing something with it. So it was kind of a fluke that I got my way into photography, but once I did I loved it!

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Q. What are the advantages and disadvantages of using film over digital?

A. Personally, I love film because it looks alive in a way that digital just doesn't - it has more depth and dimension to it and looks like you could reach out and touch it. I'm not stubborn about using only film - it captures light differently than digital so there are some situations where digital is more versatile than film and vice versa. Shooting film was a bit nerve-racking at first because you have to be confident...there's no checking the back of the camera to see if it looks good, you just have to know it looks good.

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Q. Can you shoot film in dark spaces such as reception rooms?

A. Absolutely! In fact, lighting dark spaces is one of the skills I'm most proud of. I figured if I truly wanted to say I'm a film photographer I ought to be able to shoot receptions on film. In Alberta most receptions are not in bright, naturally-lit spaces, so I had to learn to shoot film with flash! I practiced for a year with flashed to nail exactly the look I wanted and now I shoot film at receptions all the time.

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Q. Can you describe your film process from shooting through production?

A. Shooting is pretty straightforward: my assistant loads film cartridges while I shoot so that when I finish a roll we just swap cartridges and I keep shooting. It's pretty seamless for me. We overnight FedEx the rolls to the film lab; they develop the film, scan in the photos and send me digital files. I don't edit much; I might crop or straighten some things, tweak the coloring a wee bit but nothing major. Printing is the same as digital, I just send the files to a print lab and they handle that part!

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Q. How receptive have couples been about using film for their weddings?

A. Most of my couples don't know I shoot film until well into the day, if they realize it at all. That said, some couples love that I shoot film and hire me specifically for that.

Q. What advice would you give couples who are considering hiring a film photographer?

A. Chat with them and see exactly how film fits in with what they do. Do they shoot exclusively film or are they "hybrid" (both film and digital)? Ask how long they've been shooting with film - it's not something most people can learn overnight. If you're really concerned, ask to see some examples of shots from darker lighting conditions. Film is pretty forgiving in daylight, but in dark churches or receptions it can be tricky. 

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Q. What do you like best about wedding photography?

A. I love getting to interact with clients and being witness to one of the most important days of their lives. I love the subtle looks, big smiles, tears and anticipation of everyone involved.

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Make sure to pick up your copy of Blush magazine to see the article in print, a bunch of real weddings and amazing styled shoots!

Luminous The Workshop | Welcome Dinner

Scans By: Photovision Prints | Venue: Pearl & Dot | Design & Styling: The Well Styled Life
Candles: Natura Soy | Florals: Fleurish Flower Shop | Table Runner: Pillow Link
Desserts Supplied By: Pretty Sweet | Candle Sticks: Ikea | Tables: Rus Vintage
Calligraphy: Plume Calligraphy | Flatware: Gathered Table Supply | Napkins: Celebration Creation
Plates: Crate & Barrel | Ghost Chairs: Monica Meadows | Glassware: Special Event Rentals
Catering: Visionary Catering | Drinks Supplied By: Village Brewery & 5 Vines

A huge thank you to everyone involved in making the workshop happen, I know it certainly wouldn't have been as amazing with out everyones help! It was an amazing experience getting to teach another workshop! & while right now I don't have any plans to teach another large one I am teaching a bunch of one-on-one workshops this year & next!

Adorn Boutique Calgary Spring Look Book

Scans By: Photovision Prints | Florals by Amborella Floral Studio | Makeup by @megvondee.

A few words from Kari, the owner of the fabulous Adorn Boutique in Inglewood, Calgary. We collaborated with some seriously talented Calgarians for this latest look book and we couldn't be more excited to share it with you! This season at Adorn we're seeing plunging necklines, low backs and a ton of pretty maxis and rompers! Our gorgeous models for this latest look book were all local Calgary bloggers and designers! We asked each of them to give us some insight into this season's trends!

See the entire look book here.

Adorn: What are some of your favourite pieces this season?
Brittany (@LifeSetSail):  I’m really loving rompers, especially the cutout ones that tie at the front, like the Show Me Your Mumu ones at Adorn! I also am really loving strappy lace up sandals like brown leather sandals, and as always, oversized sunglasses!

Adorn: Are there any items you absolutely CANNOT live without this spring? 
Ashley (@ashleylnesbitt): An item I can't live without this spring is rompers, because you can dress them up for an evening out with heels, or dress them down for a casual day with a jean jacket. And, I’m really loving bangles with gemstones. I love that - they’re just so dainty and work with everything!

Adorn: If there was one thing you would suggest to buy this season, what would it be?
Lindsay (@elle.peters): I think it’s a great season to kind of have some fun with different graphic prints and patterns. Always balancing them with neutrals and more statement pieces. But, it’s a great year to experiment and be a bit more fun!

Adorn: What’s your favourite trend this spring? (ie. off the shoulder tops and dresses, fringe, bell bottoms, bodysuits, etc.) 
Dayna (@withlovedayna): I definitely would say bodysuits! They’re really great for wearing with anything. A bodysuit in a neutral tone creates a really grown up approach to spring!

Adorn: What inspired you to start your own clothing company?  
Evan (@whiskeyweekend): Well, I’m really into fashion and basic white tees is a major staple for me. I love the trend right now of bold sayings on tees. I could find similar products but could never find one with a quality tee and a nice blend. Liking a saying isn’t the same as wanting to wear it so I decided if I can’t find one, I’m just going to do it myself.

Field Trip

Scans by: Alpine Film Lab

When I got to Field Trip I was a little nervous, I stuck close to Chelsea, we registered, and they gave us our bunk assignments. Now, since I bought a ticket off a guy named Nick, two days before the event started, my woven friendship bracelet said “Nick” and my cabin mates were four other guys. Now as terrified as I was about this, they ended up being the coolest guys on earth! They were a little confused when I first walked up tot he cabin and said hey I’m Nick, I’m your roommate. From then on some of them only called me Nick for the rest of Field Trip. While I was at WPPI, at one of the parties I ran into SO many people that were going to Field Trip, so it was fun to catch up with them in California! I met such amazing people on this trip and had so much fun I cant even being to explain how amazing Field Trip is! I hope they have one every year! Once night around the campfire, introducing ourselves etc, I was like am I the only Canadian around, then someone pointed me in the direction of all of them. It was then I met a bunch of my new close friends! The rest of the weekend went by so so quickly, I wish I could have stayed in California forever & I can’t wait to go back next year! & while WPPI is only for wedding photographers, what makes Field Trip so much more amazing is its for all kinds of photographers! I learnt so many amazing things about all other aspects of photography and it opened my eyes to so so much more that I had no clue about!

Shout outs to some of the amazing people I met while I was there (pictured above!) KirbyBen ChernivskyChad BraithwaiteTyler FriesenPosy QuartermanBrittany MahoodSherman McCainJames Bitz & there were a million others that I don’t have photos of too!

Epiphanie - A Wedding Photography Workshop

Scans by: PhotoVision Prints | Flowers by: Akiko Floral Artistry | Hair & Makeup by Elizabeth: Blushed Beaute
Linens by: A Chair To Remember | Bridal Boutique: Delica Bridal | Dress Designer: Trouvelle
Grooms Attire from: The Helm Clothing | Styling by: Birds & Honey | Jewellery by: Kate Szabone
Calligraphy by: Rachel Jacobson | Pottery by: Teresa Milton | Rentals: Special Event Rentals |Cake: The Art of Cake
Flatware & Glasses: Crate & Barrel | Venue: The Royal Glenora Club | Model Sasha Bilida: Numa Models

I am so incredibly flattered and honored that so many talented individuals wanted to learn from me. I can’t thank all of you enough for your love, support and eagerness to learn! It was such a pleasure having you all at the workshop and I can’t wait to see all of the incredible things you do this year! & a HUGE thank you to all of the vendors involved in this! It was such a task to put this on, so much more than I had ever imagined & I could not have done it with out the help of every single vendor, my family, and Alan & his family!

I am hosting more workshops in the future, if you are interested in learning from me, give me a shout and let me know, I can add you to a list so you will hear about any workshops before they are publicly announced! I’ve also started doing some one-on-one mentoring this year & I would love to chat with you about that!

Packaging

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With our full day wedding photography packages comes our gorgeous unbound albums. A collection of 4.5 x 6" fine art prints, tied with silk ribbon and placed in our hand crafted walnut keepsake boxes. These allow you to share your images with friends and family, place a new one on the refrigerator everyday, mail them out with thank you cards, and best of all it is a tangible product that you can hold and look through. I strongly believe your wedding images should be experienced in print of some form rather than just on a computer screen.

Are you recently engaged and planning a wedding? Justine Milton, Calgary based destination wedding photographer is currently booking for 2016 & 2017 dates! We book weddings all over the world & love to travel so no matter where your wedding is taking place, if you love our style, give us a shout! We only take on a limited number of weddings each year to ensure we are giving each couple our absolute best! If you would like to chat with us about possibly photographing your wedding, get in touch with Justine here: e-mail me