Maxwell Maydaniuk

I have spent the last half an hour attempting to type this. I write a few lines, rewrite them, delete them. And start all over. And I am afraid, as cliche as it sounds, there really are no words to describe how amazing today has been. Chris was the best man at my wedding, and has been as close to me as family for my entire adult life. When he and Obe approached me about being the godfather for their – then – soon to be son, I was speechless. Those that know me realize how rare of an occurrence this is, and will attach the appropriate significance to any situation that renders me mute. I was honoured, and was incredibly thankful for the chance to be there today to hold Max. As I was sitting in the chair, Obe drifted off for some much needed sleep, and Chris lay back, the coffee I had brought him obviously having no effect on his weariness. I sat there for over an hour, listening to the breathing of this little miracle.

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Its not often I post personal things on this site, but it was truly a pleasure to be able to grab a few quick snaps of Max. While I, and many others, potentially lost money on the betting pool in regards to his hair colour, the nurse informed me that babies hair colour can change, so our hope for a ginger baby is still alive and well.
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Congratulations Obe and Chris. You two will make wonderful parents, and thank you for allowing me to be there.

 

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Jess and Chris | Married | Poet’s Cove

There’s always that moment as a wedding photographer, as you walk up to meet a client for the first time. A thousand questions are running through your head. Wondering what the couple is like, how they met, what they are looking for. I met Chris and Jess last year, and since then, through engagement photo sessions and planning meeting and countless idea swapping sessions for our wedding with Jess, I came to the realization as I rode the ferry from the lower mainland to Pender Island, that this wedding I was shooting was not just for clients, but for friends. That realization, coupled with the joy of being asked to come back to Poet’s Cove, made this weekend one for the books. I once described Poet’s Cove as a deep place on the earth. This isn’t in relation to its physical proximity to well; anything. Rather it describes the feeling it induces in its guests. Much like Jess and Chris are much more to us than strangers, Poet’s Cove made us feel as welcome and comfortable as if it were our home. It is a place that I can imagine, quite easily inspires the Poet’s that give it its name. What an unbelievable wedding, and a couple we are fortunate enough to have met and been blessed with the opportunity to be there for their big day.
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Jess and Chris, thank you. It was a journey, and we are happy to know it didn’t end after your wedding day, but created friendships that will last a lifetime. Thank you, and best wishes!
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- Andrew and Emily

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Drew and Nicole | Married

I remember sitting on a beach in the Philippines with Drew, many years ago,and he said then, over the sounds of music and the warm winds blowing off the ocean “Andrew, I am going to marry Nicole one day. And I want you to be there to take the photos” I promised him I would. We laughed then, as I was just an automotive photographer, talk of shooting a wedding was as tangible as those same winds that kept us up to watch the sunrise. We gave our San Miguel beers a cheers and the conversation turned to more immediate concerns. Like where we were going to eat, and what. As I slung my cameras into place on the wedding day, clicking lenses and checking / rechecking cards and straps, much like I imagine a soldier rechecks his gear, finding that place inside where stillness exists. I couldn’t help but remember that night, half way across the world, and a promise made what seems a lifetime ago. I admit I was nervous, for the first time in a very long time.
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Congratulations Drew and Nicole. you two are amazing together, and it was not just a pleasure, but also incredibly humbling, to be a part of your day.

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1974 Porsche 911 Carrera

Teaser image from todays shoot with this gorgeous Porsche.

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Brianna and Reece | Engaged

With a relationship that writes like a fairytale, Brianna and Reece are two of the most genuinely kind hearted people I have ever met in my life. Even though Reece has hatched a plot to destroy me at tennis, I still like the guy. Jokes on him however, when he finds out I only moonlight as a photographer in lieu of my professional tennis career.
However, with only 8 weeks until we celebrate their wedding in Kamloops, Brianna and Reece decided to step in front of the camera for a few quick snaps. We still aren’t sure if it was more of a test run for them, or for me, but either way, it was a beautiful evening in Kamloops, and these two gigglers created some wonderful moments together. What a pleasure to be asked to capture their big day. Congratulations Brianna and Reece. See you soon!

 

 

 

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