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I wouldn’t normally blog about a personal vacation….but this was more than a vacation.  It was closer to an exploration of myself, a renewing of creativity and getting out there to do something I’ve never done before.
1.  New York City, by myself.  I ate by myself, entertained myself, did what I wanted to do, when I wanted to do it.  It’s the first time I ever vacationed alone, and my first trip to NYC.  If you’ve never vacationed alone, do it.  Do all of the things that only you would want to do, eat at all of the places that you love, walk as fast or as slow as you want to (except when in NYC get out of the way if you decide to walk a little on the slow side!).  It’s almost liberating, it’s beautiful.
2.  I hired a NYC Street Photographer, Markus Hartel, to take me out to the streets and show me the ropes.  Make me get completely out of my comfort zone.  I am terrified to make pictures of interesting looking strangers in foreign countries.  I highly recommend Markus to photographers, and to anyone with a camera who wants cool NYC photos to bring home.  Super cool guy, tons of photography experience, he knows the streets, who to approach (and who not too!), and is willing to share his knowledge with you.  I couldn’t imagine a better way to start my adventure!
3.  Honestly, I just wanted to do nothing but make pictures for an entire week (or as my husband calls it, geek out with my lens out).  That’s exactly what I did, and that’s why I’m sharing it with you 🙂
I had the great fortune to take engagement photos of my dear New Jersey friends at Central Park during this trip.  See the photos from day here

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Hi, I'm Chrystal (she/her) and I'm so happy you're here! 

If you're looking to feast your eyes on couples in love, raw emotion and vibrant scenes, you've come to the right place.

I'm an Edmonton wedding photographer for couples madly in love, and those who love to laugh right from their hearts (and bellies).  Over the past 10 years I've been very lucky to photograph weddings of all kinds and sizes including Christian, Sikh, Hindu, Muslim, Fijian, Chinese weddings and all sorts of fusions.  I've photographed teeny tiny elopements to grand celebrations, LGBTQ+ weddings and inter-racial weddings, as well as destination weddings in places like Mexico, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Las Vegas, Canmore, Banff, and Newfoundland - in addition to the beautiful Edmonton weddings and Fort McMurray weddings I've had the privilege to be a part of.  

I would love to here more about you.  LET'S CONNECT!