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Nordica Photography.
Document You // Amber & Bryan


Up until now we’ve been offering engagement sessions as a part of our wedding photography packages.

Engagement sessions are very popular in Vancouver, as well as pretty much anywhere in North America, and the idea is to get photos done together before you’re getting married.

That’s all fine and dandy, and we dig the idea of doing a photo shoot before the wedding. It’s an awesome way for us to get to know couples and it’s a great way for couples to get an additional set of photos, as well as to get comfortable with us.


What we don’t like, however, is the term ‘Engagement Session’. We think it’s lame, to be honest, and the notion of an “Engagement Session” feels contrived and fake.

Another thing we don’t like is that so many people get the photos done in a place that has no meaning to them, doing things that mean nothing to them. Like awkwardly posing in a park they’ve barely even been to just because it’s nice, it’s safe and it’s what people are “supposed to do”.

That’s not what we want to offer couples.

But we do want to do photo sessions with couples before their wedding. So that’s why we’re replacing the engagement sessions with another, slightly different kind of session. Taking the good parts of engagement sessions and getting rid of the bad ones. Starting with the name.

We call them “Document You“.

We want to photograph people in their element. Document them.

So basically, “Document You” is a photography session where the couple and their personalities are in focus (mind the pun). We document the things that matter to the couple. We join them in their element, in something that is meaningful to them.

It can be as simple as having a beer together at the bar you always go to. Or go bowling together. Or spend an evening on your boat. Or go to a hockey game.

It can be anything, really, as long as it’s real.

That brings us to the experience we recently had at the Sundance Guest Ranch, just outside of Ashcroft in the British Columbia Interior.

Amber and Bryan live at the ranch so we decided to do pictures with them in their element, where they spend so much of their time together, doing the things they usually do. We were thrown into a situation that’s far from what we’re used to, but Amber and Bryan felt totally comfortable doing their thing. Which is exactly the point.

We want to document you and the things you do together. We don’t want to take posey photos of you in a park.

Document You.

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Amber and Bryan’s western Document You session was featured on The Lane.

Nordica Photography

Date & location

October 3, 2011

Ashcroft, Canada

  1. Andria Lindquist - incredible concept. so simple really, but genius. this post was KILLER. man that light and just everything, BRAVO.   
  2. Brian Davis - I'm blown away. Probably one of the most unique and timeless engagement sessions I've ever seen. The scenery, the skulls, and the natural beauty and love of the couple is just unreal. You guys rocked this.   
  3. ryan flynn - brb, let me grab my jaw off the floor.   
  4. Johanna Hietanen - Maybe it's just one of those days when everything makes me cry. Or maybe you're just that good.   
  5. Tyler Branch - standing ovation here guys.   
  6. hugh - not. fair. amazing.   
  7. Phil Chester - Theres no compliment or comment I can make that would do justice to how incredible this set it. So inspiring. So refreshing.   
  8. benj haisch - absolute domination.   
  9. The Awkward Photographer - Gorgeous. I just died a little. My favorite image: ranch-wedding-010.jpg - the composition is amazing. You must have been laying on the ground. Freakin' fantastic work guys.   
  10. Kristi Wright - You guys are amazing. These images are stunning and romantic.   
  11. Rachel Pick - Gorgeous. Light, tone, horses and love.   
  12. John Bello - Sensory overload. So sick. oh man. speechless.   
  13. Dennis Pike - SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good!   
  14. Stephen Rotondo - totally awesome evocative images - i love it!   
  15. Rik Pennington - I can't stop looking at this. Just brilliant.   
  16. Ryan Brenizer - So good it makes me angry. The stars aligned here.   
  17. Cassie - Wow these are amazing!! There are so many of them that I love. The lighting is so great and your composition is simply amazing! Great job   
  18. Joey Chandler - Nice Cart Wheels! And the dead tree shot is amazing. Great work.   
  19. Shyann - These are amazing, growing up with horses only made me love it more!! :)   
  20. todd hunter mcgaw - ye shall be rewarded.. i need to buy you fellas a drink... now.   
  21. tobiah - True art, so mesmerising! I have to get you to take me and my wires photo one day!   
  22. gabe aceves - next level shit my friends.   
  23. Kat Braman - this is like something out of a movie. so dope.   
  24. fer juaristi - speechless guys, love it!   
  25. Girish - That's a great idea of getting the real "feel & emotions". I am sure this is going be a superb idea liked by all couples. Their everyday environments and locations will make them more comfortable and help get better pictures. Fantastic photographs. Beautiful landscape, horses and the couple. Amazing use of the light and back light specially with Amber's pictures. Always good to see your posts. By the way, the overall site looks a little different, any changes.   
  26. Sam - So much goodness here...Awesome!   
  27. nadine - so beautiful.   
  28. Chelsey - Stunning, really. As a horse lover myself, this made me feel at home while I looked at it. Great coverage, and such an awesome concept!   
  29. J Shoda - Phenomenal. Love the concept and it's not hard to see it resulted in some amazing images.   
  30. Caroline Ghetes - This is so legit, it's scary.   
  31. eadwine - superb series!!   
  32. Kellee Walsh - The light, the horses, the dust. Magic!   
  33. Eric Yerke - I agree with your words regarding the terms engagement session. Anyways, this set is killer. You guys find the radness in everything   
  34. sam hurd - what ryan said.   
  35. Amari Kenoly - The use of light in this set was amazing.   
  36. olivia leigh - what?! awesome.   
  37. Alyssa Schroeder - Ahhh. Too many amazing photos. I cannot handle it :)   
  38. Andreas - Brilliant guys! So good!   
  39. Jakub Majewski - Gentlemen, I really like your philosophy of photography. Your thinking about people and photography ... Thank you for another lesson !!!   
  40. michele bowman - love, love, love these. so beautiful.   
  41. Darin Collison - Just. Freaking. Amazing.   
  42. scotty - mf. how its done boys.   
  43. john benavente - man the horse shot. i want one :)   
  44. ryan chan - too good for words...........   
  45. Jacek lovely - brilliant as usual !!!   
  46. Andrea - Mind officially blown.   
  47. Maximiliano Barros - Nice pics   
  48. Jamie - Um, yeah. Awesome. Love your reasons too. I really have no words that express what I think about this, so I'll stop now. :)   
  49. Eric Kotara - So full of win. Genius idea and outstanding work.   
  50. Blake Burton - this is probably one of my favorites I have seen from you guys. Truly amazing work the entire way through! very inspiring.   
  51. andy stenz - um. WOW! this is so amazing i don't have words. my mind is blow. the shot from the ground with her on the horse. oh my.   
  52. Michelle - Wow, wow, wow!   
  53. TianChad - I like this photo the most!! The wind~ the color and the golden time   
  54. Hilary Mercer - oh my goodness. This is probably one of the best sessions I have ever seen. Everything about it is perfect. You need to submit this to someone. Seriously amazing!   
  55. Mike Cassimatis - Holy sh*t you guys. This is absolutely amazing. These photos are stunning and I can only imagine how important and meaningful these must be to Amber and Bryan. What a beautiful documentation of their lives. Bravo.   
  56. nirav - Incredible idea and love how amazingly well done this is guys!! Way to set the bar higher and higher.   
  57. Jenn Stark - Incredible set of images. Like, among the most stunning I've ever seen. What an incredible gift to this couple & I'm guessing a very true representation of who they are. Well done.   
  58. Amber - just a wee post eh guys?! You guys rock, seriously rock. From the depth of my heart, thank you.   
  59. Krystal - A beautiful couple, breathtaking landscape, wonderful photos. I'll admit I was a little disappointed to see the photo of Amber leaning into Bryan against the fence line blurred to focus on the fence post... That looked like a beautiful moment and could have been my favorite shot of them - instead of a piece of wood. I love the documentary style, but feel like they got a little lost in some. Nevertheless, there's something about the "West" and horses that is eternally romantic and pure. Something to be said for the eye that captures it in a lens - very talented. Great use of the light!   
  60. Andria - Your guys' work is beyond superb.....the B&W with the tree is divine. Well done!   
  61. Mathias - Brilliant. Truly an inspiration to follow your work. Several pictures in this session is just so out of this world I would be happy to take one of them in a lifetime!   
  62. Chris - W O W . . . . . amazing.   
  63. Jakub Majewski - Gentlemen, I really like your philosophy of photography. Your thinking about people and photography ... Thank you for another lesson!   
  64. Paul Krol - wonderful job on these photos as they did a great job of having almost a life of their own with the mood and atmosphere they created in my mind.   
  65. Sean - Amazing work boys. Beautiful, warm, tons of soul. Congratulations to the couple and yourselves.   
  66. Ã…smund - The BW portrait with her eyes closed. Damn.   
  67. Lynnie Genho - Stunning pictures. Now I'm saving all my money to get you guys out here to our farm to document my families lives. And I thought the Iceland pictures were amazing.   
  68. Casey - I like what you wrote about the "Document You." I'm not a fan of those "posey pictures at a park" either! Great work as always!   
  69. Adam Cavanagh - Yep... One of the best sessions I have seen :)   
  70. David Josué - Killer set, It really sets a diference, I love the concept my nordics you nailed it!   
  71. leon - nice work!   
  72. ed peers - un-frickin'-real.   
  73. Natalie Champa Jennings - The best in the biz. Thank you for your inspiration! Love this blog :)   
  74. Josh Mitchell - Amazing series.   
  75. shipra - I'm taken back by the raw purity of these images. Simply superb and truly important work. Well done!!   
  76. Moving forward has a rhythm « - [...] can see more here if you would like. Nordica [...]   
  77. sarah black - SO very beautiful.   
  78. Javier Abad - Wonderful photos!!   
  79. Sachin Khona - frickin frackin bad ass .. I love the light around the horses in these shots .. Top drawer as always.   
  80. Miguel Jimenez - Love the concept! Time to bring that to Spain before cheesy e-sessions take us over ;)   
  81. Linnea | Perhekuvaus | Lapsikuvaus | Vantaa - Häävalokuvaaja Espoo | Wedding photographer Finland | Johanna Hietanen Photography | Hääkuvaus, kihlakuvaus » Häävalokuvaaja Espoo | Wedding photographer Finland | Johanna Hietanen Photography | H - [...] set of photos from one (well, two :) ) of my favorite photographers, Nordica Photography is this one. Their “Document You” pretty much sums up everything I’ve had on my mind since we [...]   
  82. OscarRuizTome - Fantastico, buenisssiiimo. Felicidades   
  83. Leah Thue - love it!!   
  84. Mark - The shots of the horses wouldn't look out of place in an art gallery. Absolutely stunning.   
  85. Deborah Boots - Very cool shoot.   
  86. Chris Mee - Completely off the scale of awesomeness...mind blown!   
  87. zdenek - you are the best!   
  88. Bartlett Pair Photography - The dust from the horses is lit up so beautifully by the sun. Amazing!   
  89. Oli - Speechless dudes. Wow.   
  90. Victoria - I've been ooggling for at least 30 minutes now.. Simply gorgeous, beautiful talent. Well done   
  91. Johna - Looks like a beautiful place. Great pictures!   
  92. Juan Justo - Simplicity, tranquility ... many incredible things these photographs convey. Above all, says exactly who they are and how they are. Congratulations guys!   
  93. Hanneke | Oh Beautiful World - Wow! Amazing!   
  94. JK Blackwell - This blew me away - wow.   
  95. Mike - Wow, what's some amazing scenery and great images too of course   
  96. Rob - You dropped an awesome bomb!!!!   
  97. Anda Alexandra - That is so lovely and full of life! Original and so very natural :) Loved each shot! And the light is amazing...   
  98. Rik Raats - This is a most touching piece of great art. You have got keen eyes and the incredible talent to write poems with a camera.   
  99. Lorenzo Poli - Absolutely amazing story! Congrats guys   
  100. Genevieve ( Miss Gen ) - Beautiful work guys, I love this concept.   
  101. Danny T - Great set of photos. Especially love the black & white shot of the couple next to the tree.   
  102. Daniel López Pérez - Speechless, absolutely amazing concept and perfection at capturing it! You guys are just the best of the best.   
  103. Darek - What a girl:) awsome story. Shot with horses is amazing!