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Wedding Photography

It’s really trendy for photographers to label themselves with a specific style. But darn, I struggle with this. I shoot to create beautiful memories of your story. I love documenting human interaction. I love capturing the emotions and the connections between us. I guess if I was really pushed I would be a candid, documentary photographer with twist of fine art. Weddings are a huge portion of what I shoot and I absolutely love every crazy minute of them and I spend a good portion of the time encouraging everyone to just be themselves;  let the tears flow;  giggle and laugh as loud as you want, hug and hold hands, forget about all the what “ifs” and “should haves”, and just be present in the moment.


On your wedding day...

What happens on your wedding day?
Let’s start with getting ready. This is a super crazy time;  lots of laughs, probably some tears. There could be a huge crew or just yourself and your beloved;  I tend to take a hands off approach;  I may direct you to better lighting or move clutter and I will encourage you to let the emotions flow; but other than these subtle touches I let everything unfold without direction.

Are you doing a first look?
I do have a favourite way to have a first look unfold, that I am happy to share with you and help set up. During this moment I try to slow things down. I want you to feel everything. I want you to be fully present.  I don’t want you to hide the tears, let them flow. It’s wonderful to see you laugh nervously, get sweaty palms, in my books it’s all ok. Just be there; in the moment. My style here is purely documentary. I want you to look back on these photos and remember every emotion.

The ceremony.
I am mostly documentary. I capture the aisle walk. If you haven’t done a first look, I do have a little request that ensures I capture his face the moment you hit the bottom of the aisle; but otherwise, I am floating around searching for the stories. As you walk back down the aisle I will slow you down. I want you to take a moment and absorb the pure excitement and joy that is flowing from your guests.   Then I am stealing you;  for just a few minutes;  to capture those “holy crap we just got married” vibes.

Portrait photos.
For the portrait photos, I help you to find a good location or spot for your family photos. We work through the important family photos, then move onto your wedding party and then finally to you as a couple. These are your first photos as husband and wife. I will do a loose pose for several but I much prefer for a couple to just interact;  to touch, to kiss, to laugh, to snuggle and just be together.

The first dance.
Your first dance together as a married couple. It’s pretty special and kinda scary. Have you been putting in the time to choreograph an amazing dance? Let me know ahead of time so that I can ensure I am in the right place to capture all of your epic moves. But you know holding each other close and laughing at private jokes is pretty spectacular too. I will be moving around; capturing these moments from all angles.

The reception.
The final piece of your day. I rarely direct anything and spend my time capturing the stories that are unfolding. During cocktail hour; I mix and mingle; snapping interactions as they happen. When you eat;  I eat. No one likes food eating photos, but if you do have speeches during dinner; I will quietly capture your speaker and your reactions. The dance floor time;  I capture your significant dances and then love to stay for the first couple of dances once your dance floor opens. Then I will slip away and leave you to celebrate your amazing day. 

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