What is your photographic background and experience?
I am an independent professional photographer, my interest is largely in documenting people and events. I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography from Ryerson University. I also have a Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Media.
I have documented over a hundred and thirty couples on their wedding day in my 11 years as a professional photographer.
What is your style?
My style is intimate and casual. I prefer a documentary style in which the photographer is never obtrusive except when necessary. I always try to make each wedding unique and capture the characters involved. My biggest goal is to provide a visual narrative for you to match your experience. I believe every photo should have a story, whether it’s how a scene came about or what led up to a picture.
I believe every photographer has his / her strengths. I am able to operate very quickly and discretely, in addition my pictures balance the importance of information and timing. I photograph very much like a photojournalist when I need to, and apply an editorial style when I have time to work with couples or groups.
In contrast to most wedding studios, I do not believe in grand setups or production style pictures. My emphasis is narrative and detail, so you won’t see much of the generic look that is popular and trendy with many dedicated wedding studios. My goal is to provide you memories that stand up to the test of time, unique to yourself, and most of all fun. No stuffy photos here, that’s not fun for anyone.
In short, there are 4 principles that I believe make a great photograph.
Design - This is the artistic input of the photographer, which applies composition, juxtaposition, and all the tradition rules of two thirds, OR NOT.
Information - What kind of phone were you using? What were the model of the cars whizzing by as you walk holding hands? Did you shave using a blade or electric shaver? These seemingly mundane details reveal and date your experience, they are important.
Emotion - All great people photographers possess a high level of emotional intelligence, they are required to anticipate what people will do, how they would react and what their comfort zones are in regards to events and social interaction. It's a privilege to document people, and consent is developed on the fly with regard to image making. This gets me in your world.
Timing - There are times snippets of the human movement where we all look like awkward giraffes or when "ugly cry" happens. A well timed shot can stretch the story of a photograph, giving it more depth, information, and meaning.
What exactly is all day coverage?
All day coverage begins when you want me to arrive and ends at midnight of the same day.
What kind of equipment do you use?
I use Nikon professional grade cameras. You will always see me with 2 cameras ready to shoot, I also carry 2x sets of lenses as well as flashes. There is redundancy in my equipment so that a moment is never missed. Occasionally I will shoot analog film on a variety of formats if requested by the client.
What is the role of your 2nd photographer?
The 2nd photographer’s job is to cover additional angles. The 2nd photographer is also able to be at a second location to cover getting ready. In addition, the 2nd photographer also assists in logistics such as setting up group shots and keeping me updated with changes in the day.
The 2nd photographer also reminds me to keep hydrated, eat, and is sometimes required to carry rations for 2 throughout the day. He / She is also a photographer first and foremost and an assistant when absolutely required. We all carry our own equipment and shoot.
How do you edit your images?
I provide 3 sets of images for all clients whether it’s an engagement or wedding. The first set is full-on colour in which I aim to provide you the most accurate colour and edit for you to cherish. The 2nd set of images is black and white, I am a big fan of black and white work and I find alot of clients can find it both beautiful and even discover aspects of their day in a very different way. The 3rd set I provide is a treated look. There are many trends out there right now involving the “look” of a picture and I do provide a more contemporary look. I believe these 3 sets of photos provide many aspects of looking at your day, in addition they are all available to you in full resolution and you can print them however you wish!
Every wedding is unique, you can be ensured that the editing process is done personally by myself and I carry my experience into your day.
Do you provide prints & albums?
The package I have does not include prints, however you may wish to print the images at any professional photo finisher. I do not water mark images nor limit the use of pictures. While many photographers will ask to be the only provider of prints for you, I believe with the ease of the internet and print order systems available today many clients are able to print their own at a very affordable rate.
Do you offer an online gallery?
Yes, you gallery will be online with a personal password so it may be viewed by friends and family only.
Do you offer digital negatives?
Yes, digital negative (RAW) files are available in unedited and unprocessed form six months after your delivery. They are yours for safekeeping and unlimited personal use. There is a fee of $150 for digital RAW files.
Will I be able to share your images on Facebook or social networking sites?
Yes! Go nuts 🙂
Do you use our images online and for social media / self promotion?
Only if we've agreed upon image use for my website / social media. I value and respect your privacy, should you not wish to have images from your day online that's ok too.