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Jeffrey Ip

14 August 2019

Cole brought a great energy to our wedding, and was loved by all of the guests as he was very fun to be around. He was very flexible, and we really appreciated his direction. If you are debating whether or not to choose Cole, stop thinking and just pick him. We spent weeks interviewing photographers and we have no doubt that he was the right person for the role. More...

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Cassandra Weiss

10 August 2019

Cole was absolutely amazing to work with. His willingness to meet in person before hand and go over all of our questions really quieted our worries. He was so helpful on the actual day of the wedding, calm and in the zone, which was exactly what you need when there is so much going on! Over all he made the day just that much better with how much fun we had with the shoot! More...

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Emily Woods

7 August 2019

Cole is the BEST wedding decision I made (aside from marrying my husband)! We eloped without friends or family, so having great photos to share was incredibly important. I don't have words to describe how blown away we've been by Cole's work. My husband and I are not super comfortable being photographed, but Cole immediately felt like a friend and we had so much fun with him. He captured the emotion of the day perfectly, and was willing to literally lie in the dirt to get the best shot. He planned ahead and fit so many amazing moments into a 2 hour shoot. We've gotten endless compliments on our photos--I've lost track of how many times I've heard "These look like they should be in a magazine!" Cole is a beautiful artist, wonderful person, and an absolute professional. If you need a photographer, just book him and don't look back. You'll be so glad you did. More...

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Andrea Lasby

8 July 2019

If you are searching for a wedding photographer, look no further. We cannot stress enough what an amazing experience Cole provided for us. From our initial meet and greet over a beer, to engagement photos, our wedding day, and beyond - Cole was responsive, attentive, professional, and above all, fun! He'll immediately put you at ease and joke that he can get all the best angles being a head taller than the crowd. All of our wedding guests kept asking how we met Cole, as many assumed he was a long-time friend of ours due to how he interacted with our guests. I have never seen a photographer get so low to the ground on "shake" that he was dancing on his back... cameras and all! This guy just doesn't run out of energy. My family loved him so much we tried to book him again for my brother's wedding, but he was already in high demand. After the wedding, Cole gave us a handful of sneak peek photos the next day, and had all of our photos to us within three months. There were so many amazing shots it took me FOREVER to go through them all. It's impossible to choose! What I liked the best after our wedding was the incredible candid shots Cole was able to get of our friends and family... those are truly the pictures we will cherish forever. Thank you Cole! More...

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Dick Joseph

4 July 2019

He shot both of our wedding and engagement photos. The pictures turned out absolutely amazing! Both my wife and I hate having our picture taken and he made it easy and dare I say fun. During the wedding day he was a calming force, helping us to stay on track and removing stress. He was highly efficient, able to get a six hour session out of two hours. I give him the highest praise. There is literally no one else I would trust for such an important day in my life. More...

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Steph Wan

9 June 2019

Hiring Cole to take our wedding and engagement photos was easily one of the best decisions we made for our wedding. In addition to taking absolutely stunning pictures, Cole was a complete professional, very easygoing, and just so much fun to work with. We're both kind of nervous around cameras, and my husband was especially dreading the process, but Cole joked around with us and helped us relax, which not only made for some beautiful and unique photos, but we even ended up thoroughly enjoying ourselves. Our portraits with our numerous large groups of family and friends went off without a hitch, thanks largely to his efficiency and patience working with everyone. I also never had to worry about him getting back to us, as he returned all our messages promptly and without fail. Cole is a complete gem and we would 100% recommend him to anyone and would work with him again! More...

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Kylie Gadsby

3 May 2019

Cole is an amazingly talented, personable, and professional photographer. He is very quick to respond to emails and was very willing to accommodate our change in plans from a big backyard wedding to an adventure elopement with a challenging hike up a mountain! We really enjoyed working with him, our entire family was raving about him at our reception dinner, and he sent us so many sneak peek pictures on the same day! We highly, highly recommend Cole Hofstra Photography! More...

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Celeste Rodrigues-Forbes

21 April 2019

Cole made the day Having little experience with wedding planning and all that goes with it, my wife and I were totally overwhelmed and really had no idea what we wanted. We googled questions to ask photographers, looked at countless albums, and finally booked a meeting with Cole. After 5 minutes of chatting with him, there was no doubt that he was the perfect choice. His approachable attitude made it easy to talk to him and we were blown away with his professionalism. Before we even had a chance to look down at our questions, he had patiently walked us through his working style, put all of our worries to rest, and gotten us incredibly excited about our wedding pictures to come. During the engagement shoot, we were able to see Cole in action and we definitely not disappointing. We had described what we were looking for, and he helped us choose the perfect location. Despite the freezing weather, we had a great time running around in the snow, laughing, and taking pictures (which was surprising because I normally hate having pictures taken). On the day of our wedding, Cole was a rockstar from he showed up in the morning. He helped to calm both of our wedding day nerves and his ability to wrangle all of our parties took a huge weight off our shoulders. Whether it was setting up fun, amazing group shots or sneakily stealing us away for some romantic, intimate ones, Cole helped us make the most of our wedding day. Even during the dinner, the guests at his table couldn't stop raving about how amazing he was. On top of being a blast at the wedding, Cole was one of the first emails in our inbox the next day, wishing us congratulations and giving us a preview of some of the most beautiful shots you could imagine. In just those few preview shots that he shared, he captured everything we could have imagined and more. Needless to say, there were a few happy tears as we went through those pictures. Looking back on the wedding, we were lucky and most of our vendors did an great. That being said, there was no one there (even counting our maid of honor/best man) who was able to anticipate our needs, fix problems before we saw them, and put our minds to ease, more than Cole. @Cole- If you see this, you were truly the highlight of our wedding and our entire wedding party will be calling you when they get married. :) More...

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Nico Revnic

19 March 2019

We met Cole few years back at our friends wedding.He is very friendly and I just love his work!

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Megan Luhtala

5 February 2019

Cole was such a huge part in making our big day a success. His fun, friendly and outgoing personality makes everyone feel comfortable in front of the camera. He loves what he does and this is apparent in the way he runs his business. Cole arrived early, scoped out potential locations, and helped us stay on track of time. He ensured we got all the shots that were important to us. He is willing to go the extra mile in order to get that "picture perfect" moment. Our guests adored Cole and loved that he joined the party at the reception. We absolutely recommend Cole Hofstra Photography not only to those of you getting engaged or married, but to anyone who is looking for an amazing photographer. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you Cole! More...

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Jessica Bush

5 February 2019

Cole Hofstra has done a number of our friends weddings now - and I am constantly blown away at the energy he brings to the events and the passion he puts into his photos. We all love the mountains, and he genuinely brings to life not only the couples he is taking photos of, but also the backdrop where the photos are being taken.

For our engagement session we went on a hike, and his eye for when to take a shot is incredible. Photos while we were just wandering along ended up being some of my favorites. Though the epic vistas are totally worth it too. We had an absolute blast together, but I think what makes Cole so great at the mountain photos is how truly happy he is while wandering along the path himself.

When it came to our wedding, I realized just how hard he works. Somehow always being professional, but also able to kick back, relax and enjoy the party too. He had pre-selected a bunch of sites he thought would fit us well. Which was very helpful when it ended up raining on our wedding day (which was in winter... so very unexpected) and we had to make a bunch of last minute changes on photo sites. We were driving along and the rain stopped - so he immediately kicked in a back-up plan and we pulled over to an absolutely stunning spot he knew of and took advantage of the moments it was clear to capture photos I am totally thrilled with.

Would certainly recommend Cole - having a photographer who is fun, but also puts forth a great product is worth every penny.
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Danielle Stout

5 February 2019

Cole was an amazing photographer! My husband and I got the pleasure of doing our engagement and wedding photos with Cole. The first time we met I knew that this was the person I wanted to photograph the most important day of our lives. Both my husband and I were slightly nervous about getting our photos taken but Cole made it so easy! He made us laugh and feel so comfortable while telling us silly jokes and singing. This made the photos looks amazing with natural smiles. We got married at Heritage Park and there were lots of different options and locations for photos. Cole has a very creative imagination and was able to think of the perfect spots in the park to get the most amazing photos! We would highly recommended Cole to anyone looking for a photographer. More...

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Gabrielle Alexa Blatz-Morgan

5 February 2019

After searching for days for a good wedding photographer, I stumbled across Cole's website. As soon as I saw some of his photos, I knew he was the perfect photographer for us. He had that free spirited, adventurous indie flare that I was looking for, and it connected instantly with me. I got really excited to hire him, and immediately emailed and asked for packages and prices. He emailed back quickly, and was very accomadating when I explained to him that we are on a budget.
After emailing back and forth for months, we finally got to meet him the week before the wedding. His easy-going, fun personality made the meeting less intimidating, and more like grabbing coffee with a friend. He pays attention to what you want, and ensuring that he doesn't miss any important details.
On the day, he made everyone laugh and feel comfortable, and just had fun the entire time while being professional. He joined in on the dance floor, conversed with my guests, and took the best photos of things I didn't even think of. The sample photos that he sent us that night made us cry and laugh, and I turned to my husband and said, "he's worth every penny."
Overall, the quality of his photos is unbeatable, and his personality makes the experience even better. He's a great guy, and a truly wonderful photographer.
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Mike Holland

5 February 2019

Hiring Cole was the best decision we could have made in planning our wedding! My fiancé and I were quite nervous about being in front of the camera and he made us feel comfortable right away! He gave good direction, made it fun & really catered to our style in photography... we wanted it to be natural and candid. He was also quick to get the right shot & like any professional, really knew how to play with angles and the light to his advantage. Best of all, he sent us about 20 images the NIGHT of our wedding!!! We got all of our prints back within a month of our wedding which is SO quick! He gave us sneak previews along the way too! Cole even helped us find a videographer within our budget. He became a great friend by the end of this experience. We cannot recommend Cole enough! More...

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Karen Angnatok

5 February 2019

I can't express enough how fantastic our experiences with Cole have been. He did our Engagement photos (which I didn't know were engagement photos at the time) and now our wedding. I would recommend Cole 200%. He is professional with a side of comic relief, creates the most relaxed and fun atmosphere, and the product is the most beautiful art. His photography is beyond anything I expected. Photographer, Friend, Family. More...

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Lynn Hemming

5 February 2019

Cole, This is Amanda’s mom. Clint and I just want to thank you for making our daughter’s wedding day perfect. Your enthusiasm was contagious and if we are absolutely in love with the photos that we’ve seen so far. Thank you for making their day so special More...

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Asha Moyo

5 February 2019

Cole was nothing short of amazing. He was so energetic, friendly, organized, punctual, and directed our big family so easily. His shots were creative and turned out beautifully. I would recommend Cole to anyone looks to capture life's moments in a natural and artful way. We love Cole! More...

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Ali Willshaw

5 February 2019

We've never seen a photographer have so much fun and take such amazing photos all at the same time! Cole is a rare combination: an exceptionally professional, fun-loving, party animal who catches people in their happiest moments in the most beautiful way! As two people who shy away from having our photograph taken, we wanted our wedding photographer to be someone who was playful and energetic and allow us to enjoy the day without feeling like we were "on show" and Cole is the best at that! His candid photos really capture the energy and the love of the day. When you work with Cole, don't be surprised if all of your guests want to be his best friend by the end of the night! More...

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Andrea Genevieve

5 February 2019

Cole met and exceeded our expectations a million times over! From the initial time we met with him to making sure the day was photographed to the fullest and organizing our crazy large families for pictures the day of the wedding! He really made our wedding day wonderful and captured so many amazing memories for us. He was very friendly engaging and personable with not only us but our guests as well. Words cannot describe how pleased we are to have had Cole photograph our wedding day! Thanks again Cole for everything!! More...

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Betty-Ann Koopmans

5 February 2019

Hiring Cole was by far the easiest wedding decision we had to make. As soon as I saw the work he did for a friend's wedding, I knew right away I wanted him to be our photographer. The entire process with him went smoother than I ever could have imagined. From fitting us into his super booked schedule to accommodating last minute hiccups along the way, he was definitely calm, cool and easy going throughout. Everyone loved him, the wedding party and all of the guests had something nice to say, whether it be his funny sense of humor or entertaining with his silly poses/antics. He really added to the fun that was had that day. When the photos came back we were blown away! The images he captured for us will be treasured for years to come. He loves what he does and it really shows. Cole truly is the best and if you are considering hiring him, just do it. He will not disappoint!!! More...

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Alyssa Willoughby

5 February 2019

Cole is THE BEST! We met with several photographers before Cole but immediately knew that he was the one we wanted to shoot our wedding. Cole has a great personality – he is easy to talk to, has a great sense of humor and is very professional. Cole was very organized and great at giving direction, so we felt at ease in front of the camera and didn’t have to worry about a thing on our big day! Also, we couldn’t be happier with the photos - they are stunning!! Cole made sure every important moment was captured and gave us such a great variety of posed and candid shots throughout the day. Also, Cole sent us a handful of photos that we woke up to first thing the next morning!! He truly went above and beyond for us and we are so thankful. I highly recommend him! More...

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Sarah Charlotte

5 February 2019

My husband and I had the most incredible experience working with Cole! We did both engagement and wedding photos and both exceeded our expectations. Cole has such an amazing personality that immediately draws a crowd in. Our guest still talk about how fun and entertaining he was throughout the day and evening. Cole has a way of catching the perfect moment in one photograph. My husband and I highly recommend hiring Cole for capturing your next special day! Thanks again Cole.
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Traci Nagel

5 February 2019

I was fortunate to stumble across Cole's work through Instagram and I immediately cancelled our photographer to work with Cole for our family's photo session. There are no words to describe Cole's talent as he is beyond spectacular! His personality and fun nature had my family completely at ease right from the get go. His eye for landscape and nature shots blew us away and I am thrilled of his artistic ability in capturing both my family and our backyard, the mountains. We were actually disappointed that our photo session had ended as it felt like we had just begun. We will look at our photos and fondly remember the experience shared as a family and how awesome Cole was. More...

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Amber Lynne Eades

5 February 2019

Finding a great photographer for our wedding was very important to us. I spent a long time researching for a photographer in our area and was stunned when I came across Cole's exquisite work. After having the opportunity to meet, it was clear how Cole's personality and passion matched his talent. We knew right away that we made the right choice. Cole was excellent at giving direction to us and made us feel comfortable throughout the whole process. We loved Cole's focus on the details and the candid shots. He went above and beyond just being a talented and fun photographer. He even provided us with some shots the night of the wedding and we LOVED each and every shot!! I would recommend Cole to anyone and everyone! Thank you for the unforgettable experience and we can not wait fo future photo sessions with you. Love the Eades. More...

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Natasha Jane Sgambaro

5 February 2019

Cole photographed my wedding July 23,2017 saying he was a blast to work with is an understatement. Everyone at my wedding was blown away with how he really got into the reception and captured all of those great candid moments. He is definitely one element of my wedding that guests will be and have been raving about since. If you're looking for someone to help you and your wedding party feel relaxed and have fun while still capturing every important moment of your special day Cole is your guy!! More...

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Jessica Anna

5 February 2019

Cole was one of the best decisions we made with regards to our wedding. His photographs are absolutely wonderful and really captured the feel of the wedding. I felt like I was just laughing the entire day, and looking back at the photographs I really was!

Cole is truly an expert at what he does, and also a really awesome guy to be around. He really helped put us at ease and enjoy our day, whilst getting all the shots we wanted. Everyone loved him and he just became one of the guests. We couldn’t recommend him enough. Thank you so much Cole!!
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Sarah Weasley

11 January 2019

Cole was by far one of the best choices we made leading up to our wedding! We used him for our engagement photos and he made my very nervous fiancé feel so comfortable that we got so many amazing shots. Mexico tho wouldn’t of been the same without him he was such an amazing energy to have around and went above and beyond for every single guest to take any photos they were wanting . He captured our wedding so perfectly we truly cant say enough good things about him. BEST WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER EVER More...

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Jada Shewchuk

26 December 2018

Cole is Amazing! HIGHLY RECOMMEND! I first met Cole when I was a bridesmaid for a mutual friend of ours. It felt like we got to spend the day with an old friend, so when it came time to select a photographer for my own wedding, I knew exactly who I wanted to capture our special day! My husband is not the type of person who likes to pose for the camera, but during our engagement session Cole put him at ease and the photos turned out beautifully - it was such a great way to prepare for our wedding photos. Since then we have done maternity and family photos with Cole, and even worked with him for another friend’s wedding! I would recommend Cole to anyone – his eye for detail is spot on and he captures the emotion of the experiences he shoots exquisitely! More...

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Kassie Zacharias

15 December 2018

I was familiar with Cole's work through friends who have had him capture everything from Family to Wedding photos. What my husband and I both loved was that his photos weren't overly staged & had plenty of candid shots, because we wanted the real us captured in our wedding. He worked with us to get the package that worked best for our day and our budget - and there was no hidden fee for the files! We had a pretty lively wedding party, and Cole didn't miss a beat with any of it, all while making sure we were getting everything we wanted. Simply put - you won't regret choosing Cole as your wedding photographer. More...

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Dr. Alyssa Willoughby

30 November 2018

Cole is THE BEST! We met with several photographers before Cole but immediately knew that he was the one we wanted to shoot our wedding. Cole has a great personality – he is easy to talk to, has a great sense of humor and is very professional. Cole was very organized and great at giving direction, so we felt at ease in front of the camera and didn’t have to worry about a thing on our big day! Also, we couldn’t be happier with the photos - they are stunning!! Cole made sure every important moment was captured and gave us such a great variety of posed and candid shots throughout the day. Also, Cole sent us a handful of photos that we woke up to first thing the next morning!! He truly went above and beyond for us and we are so thankful. I highly recommend him! More...

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Lisa Bélanger

13 October 2018

After comparing a lot of different photographers, their portfolios, and pricing, we chose to work with Cole because we loved his photography style, his previous work looked amazing, he was very professional, adventurous and willing to go the extra mile to capture special moments and our personalities. Capturing our wedding day with great photos was an important aspect for us, and we liked that Cole is a full time professional photographer. We did our engagement photos with him first, and even though we are pretty awkward in front of a camera and had no idea what to do, Cole guided us to make everything look natural, captured candid moments, and made it super fun. On our wedding day, Cole was efficient, knew what needed to happen, and adjusted on the fly to unexpected changes so that we had one less thing to worry about, all while being laid back and really fun to work with. He checked out locations ahead of time and even with a short time frame we got photos in 4-5 different places for a variety of backdrops. Our photos turned out to be the best wedding photos I've ever seen, all of our friends and family were blown away even by the few "preview" photos he sent us. He captured so many details, intimate and candid moments, and also amazing backdrops for really breathtaking photos. We could not be happier with our whole experience working with Cole, and I would 100% recommend him and work with him again. More...

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Marzena Iskra

30 September 2018

Your work is 'oooh' and 'aaaah'able because that's precisely what everyone was saying at brunch this morning as we perused some of the photos you sent. It wasn't even my wedding and I can't wait to see all the images you took of Ania and Jamie. Should I ever decide to marry, I'm calling ya to capture it. More...

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Natalie Penney

28 September 2018

We were lucky enough to have Cole join us in Mexico for our big day. Cole has an eye for detail and catches some of the most amazing candid photos. He has a fun personality that you quickly admire! Cole picked out places to shoot pictures prior to the wedding. He was prepared for rain or shine in the Caribbean. His ideas were fun and he makes you feel comfortable. We are so thankful he joined us and happy to call him a friend! You will not be disappointed! Just look at his work! More...

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Laura Sydenham

19 September 2018

Cole Hofstra is a magnificent photographer. We were fortunate enough to book Cole for both our engagement and wedding photos. During the engagement shoot we learned that, as Cole puts it, he simply loves love. Working with him, this sentiment really shines through. His photos captured all of the love, joy and warmth we felt on our wedding day, not to mention all the fun we had. Cole has the perfect mix of enthusiasm, professionalism, and humour, putting everyone at ease when they know the camera is focused on them which is no small feat. He just seemed to know all the right times for either encouraging people to keep hamming it up or when to step back and let the quiet moments play out, resulting in beautiful, candid shots. His level of experience really shone through when our day kept switching between rain and sunshine. While his style is relaxed and fun, his mind is 100% on task, quickly shifting directions to take advantage of a momentary sunbeam, noticing when a groomsman has his umbrella blocking a bridesmaid, or capturing your little nephew doing something adorable. Cole was amazing at taking our zany idea of going climbing and turning it into the most wonderful shots. Even while suspended several metres off the ground, Cole was still making us laugh and providing directions to make sure we looked beautiful and were having fun. This is stating the obvious but any wedding is a once in a lifetime event, so no do-overs on the photos; and is full of very intimate and personal moments. Who your photographer is matters as they will be part of all those moments and they have a big responsibility to capture them. Cole is an outstanding photographer and just a wonderful person to be around. Having him capture our wedding was the best decision we made. I cannot recommend Cole enough! More...

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Paris Torres

10 September 2018

We were very pleased we chose Cole as our wedding photographer. We had so much fun with him all day and it is very evident he loves his job. He arrived earlier than expected and stayed later than expected just to snap a few extra pictures which was much appreciated. So far the teaser pictures he sent me are incredible. He’s very talented at his work and I would definitely recommend him. Many guests also commented how great he was! More...

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Nick Owen

30 August 2018

Cole was great to work with. Considering how this was our first time doing this sort of thing. (I am sure it is and will be for many.) Cole’s amazing high energy made it comfortable for us! Even his cheesy jokes helped a lot! We really enjoyed the photos he took for us and we appreciate the short turn around time! We would be more than happy to recommend him to anyone for any occasion! Thanks again Cole! More...

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Nick Owen

23 August 2018

Engagement Session Cole was great to work with. Considering how this was our first time doing this sort of thing. (I am sure it is and will be for many.) Cole’s amazing high energy made it comfortable for us! Even his cheesy jokes helped a lot! We really enjoyed the photos he took for us and we appreciate the short turn around time! He suggest a great spot for us to take the photos! He was unfortunately booked for our wedding day but he made an amazing recommendation! We would be more than happy to recommend him to anyone for any occasion! Thanks again Cole! More...

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Karen Winter

30 July 2018

Cole is absolutely amazing. He was the professional photographer, the comic relief, the in-pool entertainment, the newest member of the family and of course the best artist. He created the perfect atmosphere and made everyone comfortable. I am 200% perfectly happy with everything. Cole is a must-have photographer! More...

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Jesse McCue

30 July 2018

Cole Photographed our special day back in 2013, he made the most memorable day of our lives even more memorable! The photos he captured that day are our favourite wedding gift! I can’t thank Cole enough!

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Hanna Kabzems

30 July 2018

We were so lucky to have Cole as our wedding photographer on July 7 2018. From initial contact and planning to check-ins throughout the day, Cole continuously made sure our expectations were met (and exceeded!). He did a fantastic job of keeping us organized while still allowing for fun, especially regarding the rowdy groomsmen. Cole found unique and beautiful spots for our photos while using spontaneity to capture how much fun we were having with family and friends. We also appreciated his constant directions regarding posing so we didn't look as awkward as we feel we are!A number of wedding guests commented to us  about the photographer's skill and ability to capture candid moments without disruption. This was especially evident at the reception when Cole seamlessly fit into the party, camera in tow.We absolutely love our sneak peaks which we received early the following day and cannot wait to see the rest of the photos. Cole was an absolute pleasure to have as our wedding day photographer! More...

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Erin Petley-Kerr

30 July 2018

Cole was the first photographer that we met, and right away Daniel and I knew he was the one (cliche, no?). When Daniel and I met Cole for our engagement photos, we had no clue what we were doing. We were not ourselves and just felt silly the entire time. Cole instantly put us ease, telling us pretty lame but awesome jokes, and guiding us throughout the evening. I was hesitant that any photo would turn out okay, but was blown away with his skills to make us awkward folk actually look good. When he showed up into our room on our wedding day, singing and dancing, he made me feel that much more relaxed. He took us to a stunning picturesque spot in Canmore for photos, guided us, but also just let us be in the moment. You almost forget that he’s your photographer because he just seems like a friend. He fit in with everyone, and is up for anything. Cole is such an easy-going guy, but is so incredible at what he does. He has an eye for the beauty in the small things, and can capture intense emotions and feelings in the photographs that he takes. He continues to amaze me with his photos, and I can’t wait to see the finished ones from our day! More...

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Bailey Percheson

30 July 2018

Cole was our photographer for our wedding a month ago and I am still absolutely blown away! Cole's photos always look amazing and I was so excited to have Cole do our engagement photos and our wedding photos! I am even more happy after the wedding, even after only seeing a couple of photos. My husband is not a person who does not love to have his photo taken but Cole was able to make him, and many other people, comfortable enough to take candid and fun photos of! Cole was able to find the most beautiful spaces in the spots that we were unsure of. Throughout the entire day it felt as though Cole was our friend and having a good time with us rather than our photographer who was there to take some pictures and then get out. Many times throughout the night, and in the month after the wedding, our guests have told us home much they loved our photographer because he was so much fun and still captured fun and beautiful photos! Cole is a fun and professional person who loves what he does! I would recommend him again and again! More...

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Sarah Stewart

30 July 2018

Cole was our photographer at our wedding in February 2018 in Banff. He really captured our wedding perfectly and our photographs are gorgeous. Cole has a wonderful personality and is a talented photographer. I found Cole through reading reviews online and I am glad I chose him to be our photographer. He communicated with us very well and arrived to our location very early on our wedding day to scout out the area. It had snowed overnight and he found several beautiful scenic locations. Several of our guests and family commented on how wonderful Cole is and we enjoyed having him at our wedding. The photos we have seen so far, are just amazing and elegant. I could not be happier! Thank you Cole so much for these special memories, I will cherish them forever. More...

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Jason Stout

30 July 2018

Cole was an amazing photographer! My husband and I got the pleasure of doing our engagement and wedding photos with Cole. The first time we met I knew that this was the person I wanted to photograph the most important day of our lives. Both my husband and I were slightly nervous about getting our photos taken but Cole made it so easy! He made us laugh and feel so comfortable while telling us silly jokes and singing. This made the photos looks amazing with natural smiles. We got married at Heritage Park and there were lots of different options and locations for photos. Cole has a very creative imagination and was able to think of the perfect spots in the park to get the most amazing photos! We would highly recommended Cole to anyone looking for a photographer. More...

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Jess Carey

30 July 2018

My husband and I are currently travelling the world on a 4 month trip, and we were going to be celebrating our 7th wedding anniversary during the trip. We thought we’d do something a little different and get some photos taken in Banff so we’d have an amazing souvenir from the trip of a lifetime, and found Cole’s gallery online. Right from the first email, he made everything super easy! We’re based in Australia, but booking him in for our time in Canada was no problem. On the day, we had a blast! We’re both pretty camera shy, but working with Cole was like hanging out with a friend - we laughed and joked and had a great time, and it showed in the photos. Cole asked what kind of settings we like and took that into account - he brought us to some beautiful locations; we even hiked up to a waterfall!The day after the session, Cole had already emailed us a few sample photos to enjoy before the full gallery was ready. Overall, for 2 people who aren’t great at being in front of the camera, we had a really fun time and couldn’t recommend Cole highly enough if you want to capture some special memories! More...

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Julianna McKinnon

30 July 2018

Hiring Cole was the best decision we could have made in planning our wedding! My fiancé and I were quite nervous about being in front of the camera and he made us feel comfortable right away! He gave good direction, made it fun & really catered to our style in photography... we wanted it to be natural and candid. He was also quick to get the right shot & like any professional, really knew how to play with angles and the light to his advantage. Best of all, he sent us about 20 images the NIGHT of our wedding!!! We got all of our prints back within a month of our wedding which is SO quick! He gave us sneak previews along the way too! Cole even helped us find a videographer within our budget. He became a great friend by the end of this experience. We cannot recommend Cole enough! More...

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Abigail Dering

30 July 2017

Cole is a fantastic photographer! Extremely easy to work with, organized and communicative, and always gets great shots. You have nothing to worry about with Cole as your photographer, he is professional and fun, and will make you feel at ease! More...

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Jessica Tran

30 July 2017

When deciding which photographer to choose, Cole was a no brainer. He was extremely professional when we first met him. We weren't too sure what we really wanted for the photoshoot but with his guidance and expertise, he helped guide us to what we wanted for our special day. He's very flexible, outgoing, funny, witty, laid back, and willing to accommodate to your needs. He's great at creating candid moments and lasting memories. We highly recommend Cole as he would make any day feel very special. Thanks Cole, you're the best!! More...

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Janessa Bremner

30 July 2017

Cole is an incredibly talented photographer and is a lot of fun to work with. When we met him we knew he would be a great fit at our wedding, and could blend in with the crowd to capture lots of candid moments. He killed it! He worked with us to build a photo package that would work for us and we are so happy with our final photo gallery! We will definitely recommend Cole & look forward to working with him again! More...

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Kaley Sproule

30 July 2017

Within the first 3 minutes of just meeting Cole, I=We knew he was our photographer. We were instantly impressed by his out-going personality, humor, knowledge, and professionalism.....and he did not disappoint!! I cannot stress enough how important it was for us to relax and enjoy our day....thank god for him! Not only did he have the perfect location for our wedding photos (by taking initiative and seeking out hidden gems on the days he is not shooting), he made the day go by smooth and was able to capture our personalities and relationship in the photos while doing so. He rocked it at the reception....every single guest came up to me in awe of how great and fun my photographer was. He was able to work, and entertain my guests at the same time. Just an all around nice, outgoing, energetic, and chill guy who also happens to be fantastic at his job. We would HIGHLY recommend Cole Hofstra and will be hiring him for any upcoming photo sessions in the future. More...

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Laura Schwarz

30 July 2017

We had so much fun taking our engagement photos with Cole. It was a great opportunity to connect and have fun with my fiancé while getting gorgeous, candid, fun photos taken! He made us feel comfortable, and have fun with each other, almost like the camera wasn't there! He also made sure to include important elements to us, like photos with our dog and our VW camper van to add personalization to the photos. He used a variety of beautiful outdoor settings so that our photos have lots of personality. Cole is a wizard with lighting, the dreamy, beautiful, natural lighting really captured the intimate feeling of the photos. I highly recommend Cole to couples who are looking for beautiful, intimate, and candid photos set in the wonderful natural landscape that we have in the greater Calgary area! More...

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Daneille Kanamala

30 July 2017

Cole makes photos enjoyable to be in and to look at afterwards. I can't say enough about how much my husband and I appreciated his presence and the photos we got for our wedding and engagement. Cole made my husband, who hates photos, enjoy them. There's nothing that tops that. We had many positive comments from the wedding party and the attendees about Cole. Cole made everyone feel comfortable and made us enjoy the day even more. Not only are his photos stunning, but his easy-going and fun personality really added to the day. I had drama with my makeup lady and when we got to the venue and met Cole (we wanted him to start later), I felt at peace. We never noticed a camera in our face and he was never intrusive. If anything he was light and uplifting. My husband and I still agree that hiring Cole was one of the best decisions we made when planning our wedding. As for the photos, I am still speechless at how our day after photos turned out. There are so many excellent photos that I can't choose which ones to frame. We are forever grateful. More...

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Connie Ha

30 July 2017

Cole is amazing! Very professional, great personality, very energetic with a great sense of humor. He showed up early to scout out good spots for photos based on the current lighting and conditions. When he got to work photographing, my husband and I can see right away that he was very experienced. All his recommendations on which specific spots to photograph and how we should pose for them were excellent. He is very detail oriented, and put in the extra effort (e.g. climbing up to get an overhead shot, laying on ground to get that angle, etc) to capture the right shot. He definitely went above and beyond! All our wedding guests were impressed with him and his work as well. We will highly recommend Cole to any family and friends who will get married in the future! More...

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Soz I

30 July 2017

Where do I start?Cole made our wedding day so special. He is the nicest person to have around you on your wedding day. It feels like you've been friends forever and he's just hanging with you. He is so utterly talented. He makes sure to be friendly with everyone (it comes natural to him), and really knows how to make your vision come to life all while joking around and making sure everyone is comfortable.He has such an eye for everything and all of your pictures come out so organic and beautiful! He is also super super tall so, he can maneuver around everyone and everything during the wedding to ensure you get the best photo.It was such a pleasure working with him. We have been recommending him to everyone we know. His photos left us speechless and emotional (mostly me on the second one). lolCole, thank you so much for everything. You took such a special day and left us with the most beautiful memories to last forever. Can't wait for more opportunities to work with you.Soz & Salam More...

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Dawna Fleury

30 July 2017

Where do I start. Cole shot my friends wedding, my cousins wedding and I knew the minute I get engaged I am having him shoot my wedding. Cole drove out of his way to shoot the most beautiful engagement photos in Canmore, AB. It was a cold day but it did not even phase Cole at all. He was so professional, very punctual, and just amazing. He acts as if we have been friends for years, so easy to get along with and just so easy going. Our wedding day was SNOWY, RAINY and COLD, but some how with all elements against us Cole was able to take some of the most amazing photos I have ever seen. Once again no complaint about being cold, or not wanting to shoot outside. He was down for whatever we wanted to do and made the day so perfect. He made everything we wanted come true, and went above and beyond. I would recommend him to anybody needing professional photos done not just wedding photos. He is an AMAZING photographer. More...

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Amanda Lippert

30 July 2017

Cole was so fun and easy to work with!I had no worries that he would capture every moment of our special day!The Bridal party had a blast working with him and the wedding guest we're so thrilled with his communications, excitement and willingness to capture all energy and atmosphere of the wedding! Thanks again Cole!

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J Garvey

30 July 2017

Cole is an absolutely amazing photographer! We had seen his work and spent time with him at two of our friends destination weddings. He is timely, organized and professional while being spontaneous, fun and creative! We knew as soon as we got engaged that we wanted Cole to be our photographer. He absolutely did not disappoint. He went along with all of our crazy ideas and always came up with a way to make them happen. He was great about incorporating personal details and captured amazing moments! He has a great eye for candid shots and so many guests positively commented on his work and positive attitude. We strongly recommend Cole as a photographer. More...

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S Thomas

30 July 2017

My husband and I have had the pleasure of working with Cole for both our engagement photos and our wedding photos. Cole is so effortless, easy and fun to work with, and has pure talent in making you feel at ease and completely yourself. Going into our engagement session my fiancé (now husband) wasn’t overly excited because he’s not really comfortable in front of a camera; however within seconds Cole quite literally made it feel like an average day of us goofing around, and us being us. His photos are not just perfect smiles, or cheesy posing, but real life, fun, and most importantly capturing those special moments showing our love. For our wedding we loved the way he interacted with us, our wedding party and our guests to make everyone feel comfortable and at ease throughout the entire wedding. Our wedding party couldn't stop talking about how much they loved him! He captures emotion at the most candid moments, so that when you look back you can easily relive those special moments. When planning our wedding, finding the right photographer was so important to me, even more than the dress or flowers, because our photos will last a lifetime, something we can keep and look at forever. We absolutely loved working with Cole, and we're so incredibly happy with our choice of using him as our photographer to capture one of the most important days of our lives. We highly recommend him! More...

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Clarence Chai

30 July 2016

Cole was absolutely awesome! We can't say enough about him and his work. We used him for our engagement and wedding photos and both turned out great. Even friends of ours were interested in his services. The weather wasn't cooperative but he still made the most of it and we still got great pictures. He was open to our ideas and had great ones himself. We will definitely look at him in the future for our family photos. More...

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AJ Traspaderme

30 July 2016

I have known Cole for over a decade. His passion for his craft is showcased through his originality and unique style. Definitely check out his portfolio, you're bound to be impressed.

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Dave B

30 July 2016

Cole Hofstra was absolutely amazing on our wedding day this August! Cole is very easy going and we would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a photographer for their engagement/wedding. He was such an easy go lucky guy, super fun to work with and made our day completely stress free! The bridal party absolutely loved him. He captured amazing moments and has a great eye for photo ideas. I would look no further if you're reading this review and trying to find a phenomenal photographer for your special day, you found him! More...

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Mike and Sarah

30 July 2016

Cole is the best photographer we have ever worked with! He captured who we were in our engagement photos and creatively collected everything we wanted during our wedding day and even more than we expected. Our photos show laughter, emotion, depth and character in every shot. He was there from start to finish and was professional with everyone from the kids to the grandparents. By the end of the night, he was family! Thank you a thousand times Cole for your amazing personality, creativity and your fantastic charisma! More...

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Sara Superkoski

30 July 2016

Cole did an amazing job with our engagement and wedding pictures. He made my husband and I feel comfortable in front of the camera and truly did an amazing job capturing our special day! Have recommended him to my friends and will continue to do so! Thank you cole! More...

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Susan Buckle

30 July 2016

5 stars + !! If you are looking for a phenomenal, professional photographer for your upcoming event, Cole Hofstra Photography is who I would highly recommend. Cole was referred to me to do the shoot for my daughter and son-in-law's recent wedding. From the moment he arrived, he comfortably and naturally fit in with the wedding party and all the guests. From only a small preview of some of the "shots" that he took, he has definitely encaptured the fun and beauty of the people amidst the natural surroundings during this special day. I will definitely use Cole again and will refer him to my network of family, colleagues and friends. He is truly amazing at what he does. More...

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Devin Measures

30 July 2016

We booked Cole to do both wedding and engagement photos, so far we have completed the engagement shoot and received our photos back. The photos look great, not only from his knowledge with the camera but also from his creative ability to think outside the box and be original. We were expecting to hold a lot of awkward poses and have a very unnatural feeling and Cole provided a very opposite experience. Most of the shots he took were candid and it was a really fun day! We look forward to having Cole join us at the wedding, not only as a photographer but as a friend too! I highly recommend his services to anyone who wants great photos and enjoy the whole process! More...

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Linda and Clarence

30 July 2016

I definitely recommend Cole to anyone who needs a photographer. We used him for our engagement photos and I can't wait to see what he'll do for our wedding photos! Cole was great, professional and lots of fun. Cole also made us feel comfortable and talked us through it all, he took our ideas into consideration and also offered some. We will probably use him for all our important events! Thanks again Cole for the beautiful pictures! More...

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Tyler Parrent

30 July 2016

Cole is very talented and passionate about his work, which truly shows through in his photography. He is a professional and has an energy about him which really added to the fun of our wedding day. We LOVE our wedding photos and have already had friends ask for his info so they could try and book for their events. We will continue to recommend Cole to anyone looking for professional photography. More...

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Lara Anders

30 July 2016

Just saw sneak peek pictures from our (extended) family session with Cole and am so incredibly pleased with the pictures!! Cole did a fantastic job with our large group, and was great with our 10 month old baby. Would highly recommend him, and look forward to working with him in the future for different events! More...

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Scott Bennet

30 July 2016

Cole is an amazing photographer and so wondeful to work with. If he says he will do it, consider it done! Cole, we can't thank you enough for being so fun and easy to work with and documenting our wedding with such amazing photos. You really helped make our day amazing! Your passion for photography is very evident and is one of the reasons why the result of your work is so wonderful. We highly recommend Cole to anyone looking for a photographer for their wedding or other special event. More...

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Lisa Clements

30 July 2016

Cole was absolutely amazing to work with. He is very fun, yet very professional and has a warm and comfortable demeanor. We had not met Cole prior to working with him for our wedding but, on the wedding day, felt as though one of our good friends was taking pictures for us. He's already sent us some preview pictures and we couldn't be happier with them. They look so genuine and really capture the feeling of the day. Cole is incredibly accommodating and willing to do what it takes to get the right shot. I would not hesitate to recommend Cole to anyone - for wedding photos or otherwise. More...

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David Campbell

30 July 2015

I was lucky enough to be in the wedding party for a wedding Cole shot and the pictures were absolutely incredible. We loved his work so much we hired him to take all our corporate shots for our website and they look amazing. Next he will be shooting some family portraits with us and I can't wait to see his work with my family as the subject. He is a very talented and creative individual and one heck of a nice guy!! More...

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Cathy Watt

30 July 2015

Cole was super easy and fun to work with ... and got our two crazy kids to cooperate for some priceless images!! He provided exactly the photos I was looking for to remember this stage in our family's journey. The pictures are now canvas mounted in our family room and get complimented all the time.Will be working with Cole again in the future for sure! More...

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JJ Vinet

30 July 2015

Cole shot our wedding in 2013. He was extremely professional, getting all the shots we wanted and very personable with us and our guests. He didn't make the photo's feel like work, and instead was very playful. He has an amazing eye for candid shot's and really captured our day. Cole was very timely in processing his work and getting us a quality finished product. Jonathon Vinet More...

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Teri Hrdlicka

30 July 2015

We have used Cole multiple times, to do photos for every reason, from new puppy photos, to new baby! He is so easy to work with, makes the sessions fun, and we are always in love with our images. I've recommended him to many friends for weddings, and they have all been over the moon in love with his work. More...

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Samantha MacLean

30 July 2015

Cole did our 2015 engagement shots in Canmore. The experience itself was super fun and relaxed. Cole made us feel extremely comfortable and captured some really special and candid moments. I'm so excited to print and frame our favorite pictures, and will be using our favorite pictures on the invites (if we can narrow it down to 2, because I'm in love with all of the pictures he took). We're really excited that he is going to be our photographer for our wedding in Mexico. He's the perfect combination of professional, artistic and fun. More...

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Adam Pawlak

30 July 2015

Working with Cole was a fantastic experience. He shot our wedding in 2014 and we couldn’t have been happier with the photos. We spent months looking for a photographer in Calgary and were lucky to connect with him. The engagement shoot was a fun experience and a great way to get comfortable working with him and being in front of the camera. He managed to produce a ton of great content from our wedding and the value we got was great (around a thousand photos, digital copies of photos, video of reception and ceremony). We would highly recommend Cole Hofstra Photography. More...

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Kim Vinet

30 July 2015

Cole shot our wedding in July 2013. He made the entire day feel totally natural and really embraced our interests and our lifestyle. Neither my husband nor myself love getting our pictures taken and rarely have a decent shot of the 2 of us up until our wedding day! Our photos are beautiful and Cole caught a lot of candid moments that perfectly portrayed our wedding and our guests. He's fun to work with and is also a very talented photographer - I would highly recommend him to anyone! More...

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Suzanne Brown

30 July 2015

We seriously couldn't have asked for a better wedding photographer. All of our wedding pictures really capture what my husband and I are all about. Cole was always there during the right moments, snapped pics of all the right details, and we LOVE every single shot. He is very talented and has a very artistic eye. Not only were his photos the better than what we had hoped for, Cole was a pleasure to work with. Would recommend him to anyone to capture those special moments in their life! More...

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Robin Feagan

30 July 2015

We absolutely loved our experience with Cole - from the moment he came into our home to do our newborn & family photo session - to the moment we received our gorgeous photographs.Cole's flexibility around time and location were much appreciated, especially since we were taking newborn photographs, and having him come to our hame enabled us and our baby to be natural and comfortable. He took gorgeous photographs of us together as a family, of our little one as the perfect bundle that he is, and allowed us to be ourselves but also give us guidance where needed for specific shots. He was extremely professional, but also warm and fun to work with (which reflected in the joy on our faces in the pictures). Our shots were perfectly cropped and edited with gorgeous black and white and tonal options. Cole had them to us so quickly we were amazed, and were able to view them online. Cole also provided us with an app that allowed us to view our shots directly from our phones, order prints in an instant, and also share them with loved ones with just the touch of a finger. Overall an amazingly talented photographer - contemporary, professional, creative, passionate and fun. Our experience was so wonderful we have hired Cole for our upcoming wedding, and can not wait for him to capture our special day. More...

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Chris Conner

30 July 2015

It's easy enough to see from Cole's webpage that he's a great photographer. What sets him apart is his personal skills and how much fun he is to be around. He's engaging, funny, and has the social awareness to approach every situation with tact. When it's business time, he's 100% dedicated to getting the shot right. When there is down time, he's the type of guy you'll want to go for a beer with. Not only will he capture every memory, you'll look back at your time together fondly.I've been at weddings with Cole as the photographer. He completed a stunning engagement shoot for us and when the time comes he will shoot our wedding. I couldn't recommend Cole enough. More...

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