Vancouver Club Wedding Green and Gold

MELIA SORENSON
MELIA SORENSON
Lucida Photography
Photography
Vancouver, BC
Maui, HI

“I take inspiration from my clients first and foremost. The mood and aesthetic of the day and place are drawn upon so we can achieve elegant authenticity.”

“They got ready together that morning at the club, there were two dresses– a blush sequin gown with a cowl back and a green silk Chinese dress like her mother wore when she married. The Vancouver Club is always a great spot for portraits but we did a quick run into Stanley Park for some West Coast nature, too. The ceremony was in the University room; I dimmed the lights a bit — kept just a bit of life in them but we wanted to feel the light from the window and the candles too. So many happy unscripted moments made my day.”
See More of Melia’s captivating work here: Website

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Vancouver Spring Wedding

Vancouver Spring Wedding At the Roundhouse

By: Melia Sorenson


Moda Member, Melia Sorenson of Lucida Photography is inspired by good light as well as the love and beauty in the celebrations of the remarkable people she photographs. Her life is currently a balance of photography and parenting two little boys in downtown Vancouver.


“Sarah & Aaron’s wedding was our first of the year and my first after having my second baby– although I was so incredibly sore the following days that I could hardly walk I was so very happy– happy to be a part of an incredible celebration and to be able to document the wedding day of these two wonderful people. A good start to my year. I don’t as a rule post ring shots but this ring comes with a bit of a history– about a week before the wedding the ring was inadvertently trashed with some packaging. Members of the bridal party joined the bride and groom at the North Van garbage facility for a frantic search and after digging through thousands of pounds of trash they recovered this lovely ring. Sigh.”

Melia

Professionals for the wedding day:

Photography: Lucida Photography

Event planning and design: Ashley Bond of Spread Love Events

Floral: Celsia Florist

Make-up & Hair: Beauty By Ai

Reception Venue: Roundhouse Community Center

Vancouver Spring Wedding at the Roundhouse by Melia Sorenson of Lucida Photography

Melia Sorenson: Light in the Shadows


“When I was a newer photographer I put a lot of effort into choosing a string of locations for the sake of variety but now I try to choose a spot that holds several possibilities and spare my people getting in and out of cars and breaking their groove, so to speak.”


Melia Sorenson: Light in the Shadows

You’re walking through the forest at Stanley park, gazing at the beautiful light filtering in through the tall cedar branches seeing it cast an endless scene of light and shadow. The challenge now is how are you going to use that light? Will you fade out the scene and focus on the pools of golden light or create a glow all around by lighting the shadows, creating an ethereal scene?

These are some of the creative decisions photographers make throughout a wedding day. The constant alter of light and shadow and how to paint the scene and subject can make for very different directions in the outcome of a photograph. Moda Member, Melia Sorenson of Lucida Photography is one of the masters of this duel, creating breathtaking yet simplistically elegant images with the game of light and shadow. I have been eagerly awaiting this interview as I have always admired the beauty of Melia’s work. I asked her to share with us her secrets to achieving her signature look and the processes she goes through before and during the shoot.

“I will almost always location scout at the time of the portrait session before the wedding. I want to see what the light will be doing at that time of day and choose my locations largely for lighting — I like to work along the edges of shadows and with filtration possibilities. In one location different moods and looks can be achieved without moving much at all.”

Top: Melia Sorenson Bottom: A great example of Melia’s simplicity and beauty of uncomplicated imagery.

“When I was a newer photographer I put a lot of effort into choosing a string of locations for the sake of variety but now I try to choose a spot that holds several possibilities and spare my people getting in and out of cars and breaking their groove, so to speak. It’s often the case that the more time we have to explore without interruption, the more I discover in the subtleties of light and mood available in one fairly small area. Some of my favourite portraits have nothing to do with the location as such but just the mood achieved through light and gesture.”

“I tend to favour an understated, simple elegance. I’m constantly editing in camera – editing out. Simplicity is not always about minimalism, though. I love forests and so do a great many people who get married on the west coast. Forests are visually busy scenes, generally speaking, and the trick is often finding a way to feature your subject in that setting- of course it has to do with finding and submitting to the light (and maybe the right lens too.) As for the content of portraiture it’s always nice to capture some unscripted warmth between couples but I’m also happy with some quiet, still and classic portraits. I often think of my great grandparent’s wedding photo taken over a hundred years ago in Norway– yes, they had just one wedding photo to reference. It’s so simple and unassuming, technically spot on but not in any way overproduced, just two people on their wedding day standing tall and looking their best. The experience of a portrait session is also important- one of the last wedding portrait sessions I did was on a hot busy Saturday downtown and we just stayed on the top level of a parkade in the shade for the two hours we had allotted in the schedule — we kept cool, had our own private rooftop in the city and weren’t heckled or stared at and just moved with the sun.”

“I tell people straight away that I fully expect the first little while of a portrait session to be awkward. It’s awkward for me and for them and that’s how it’s supposed to be as we’re figuring each other out. I want to observe them a bit without throwing too much direction at first, just to see what their inclinations and body language are, let them set the tone. Ideally I can work from what they give me, build on it to ensure that we have some variation and maybe something a little unexpected too. If people are feeling really stuck or needing direction I will give them a framework (pose is a dirty word, right?) with which to start and then capture the disintegration of it – sometimes this starts by me telling them to ‘warm it up’.”

“I started photographing weddings while in art school; I was working on my BFA from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design back in 2001 and I was so excited with the idea of having someone foot the cost of my film and developing. Outside of my early weddings I would ration one roll of 36 exposures per month. Any more would break the bank. I would be depressed or elated for days after getting my proofs. I shot weddings on my dad’s one old film camera and had to crank a big lever with my thumb to advance each frame. I had a blister by the end of a shoot and lived in intense anxiety until the proofs came back from the lab. Digital is much easier on my nervous system.”

See more of Melia’s beautiful work on her website: Lucida Photography

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