Monthly Archives: January 2010

A Chilly Start to 2010

Some of us were hung over. Others were busy having brunch. Or maybe, some people kept the party going well into the next day (you know who you are). However nearly 2,000 clinically insane people braved the frigid waters of English Bay for the annual Polar Bear Swim.

The New Year’s Day Polar Bear Swim originated in Vancouver with the inaugural plunge taking place in 1920, coordinated by Founder and President Peter Pantages. In those days, you had to register to become a member of the Polar Bear Swim Club, which started out with only 10 members. The Sylvia Hotel housed the club’s headquarters until popularity around the event grew, forcing the club to move to the Vancouver Swimming Club just west of the English Bay pier.

Today the event attracts thousands of participants and spectators, spilling onto the beach in complete pandemonium, some decked out in costume, others simply rocking a speedo or a bikini. Youch.

Over the years the Polar Bear Swim has been covered by major media giants like CNN and National Geographic Traveler as well as countless other media outlets around the world. This year, the team at Jonathan Cruz Photography made their way to English Bay armed with a crew of nutball participants that took the plunge while we captured the chaos. Check out our YouTube vid below:

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Happily Ever After

Disclaimer: Bridezillas, please disregard this post.

Attention all brides-to-be, wedding planners, bridesmaids and stagette coordinators.  Wedding season is quickly approaching and what better way to start than to secure a fabulous photographer. Someone who understands your needs, but also adds a creative edge, transforming your photos into memories that will last a lifetime. Look no further ladies.

Contact the studio for details on how we can arrange your custom bridal photo package. Let us capture each moment while you’re busy enjoying them!

Aside from the romantical, we’d also like to announce a little something we’re working on to help out all the gals gearing up to host stagettes this year. This can sometimes be as challenging as planning the wedding itself, so let our team alleviate some of the work with our Pre-Party Stagette Package!

Available for Stagettes planned after February 15th, our team has put together a fun-filled start to any stagette. We guarantee this will help your bride get her boogie on.  

Planning a big night on the town in and around downtown Vancouver? Kick things off with a pre-party at our funky Gastown studio on Water Street, crawling distance to several fine eateries, bars, nightclubs or a quick cab ride to Granville Street (as the walk would be hell in heels). Learn how to pose for the camera, get style tips from a well-known local stylist, receive beauty tips from our hair and makeup artist, all the while the event will be captured by a professional videographer. Complimentary cocktails are included as well as an 8×10 group shot for the bride to take home as a keepsake from her last wild night as a single gal!

More info to come. Click here if you’d like to receive further details.

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