I truly love photographing weddings. It is an honour and a privilege to be asked by a couple to document their special day. I can still remember how fast my own wedding day went by, and having beautiful photographs to look back on is so important to me.
My style of photography could be described as documentary, photo-journalistic, or reportage.
What does this mean?
It means that I strive to tell stories with my camera. This is true not just in my wedding photography, but also in my street photography, travel photography and when I am working on personal projects.
I always love creating a beautiful image, but my goal at a wedding is to create a collection of images that tells the story of your day.
I feel the best way to do this is by watching for those special (and often fleeting) moments that have strong emotions attached to them. It could be a gaze, a tear, a laugh, a smile… but it is almost always a moment that will be remembered. Shooting in a documentary fashion means that I won’t be lining everyone up against a barn wall with balloons. What it does mean is that I am constantly watching, waiting, and observing, so when the time presents itself I am ready to capture those special moments.
I am at my best when people forget there is a professional photographer at the wedding. This is difficult to do during the ceremony, of course, but during the reception I try my best to blend in, be unobtrusive, and shoot. I work with cameras that are smaller in size and use shorter lenses that require me to be closer to the action. I want to create photographs that give the viewer a sense of “being there”, and I want to capture real moments without directing or interrupting anything that is happening.
I don’t want to direct you cutting the cake, I don’t want to pose you for a specific photograph, and I don’t want to interrupt a moment to re-arrange something on the table or to move you to better light right when a magical moment is happening. You enjoy your day, and I’ll do my best to document it so you have beautiful photos to remember it by.
This last point is important. Your wedding day is yours, not mine.
I already had mine. 🙂
Here are some examples of my wedding work. Let’s start with some detail shots, captured throughout the day during various weddings:
And some from various ceremonies:
In many traditional weddings the time right after the ceremony is when people are brought together to shoot the wedding formals, but this is where documentary photographers tend to differ from some of the more traditional ones. I don’t shoot a lot of formals at weddings, and I don’t bring a shot list with me. The portraits I make at a wedding are usually spontaneous, captured when a moment presents itself.
As an example, here are a few portraits from one wedding, all taken spur of the moment throughout the day when the moment, the touch, the emotion, or the humour caught my eye:
Now, the reception is where the magic happens for me. From the couple’s entrance, to the speeches, and all the way to the dance floor, there are so many joyful moments happening for me to capture.
Here are some examples of images I have captured at various receptions. Watch for the emotions: humour, tears, and genuine love:
Engagement sessions are also available upon request. I like to work collaboratively with the couple in these sessions, and try to bring out their true personalities. For instance, here are two photos from recent engagement sessions that I shot: one is a more traditional engagement photo, but for the second, the couple had booked the famous Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver and we did something a little different.
As a visual story teller, I cannot guarantee a specific number of images as each wedding story is unique. I can say, however, that I shoot approximately 900 images at an average wedding and deliver between 250 – 350 photos to most of my clients. This is an area where quality should always trump quantity. I want you to have a series of images that evoke an emotional reaction when you see them. I don’t want to add filler.
It is my goal with all weddings to provide you with a small selection of images as soon after the wedding as possible (usually 10-15 images, within 2-3 days) so you have something to share right away, and then deliver all the final edits within a month of the wedding. Images are delivered as high resolution jpegs and will be sent via digital download to provide immediate access to them.
My fee for a wedding starts at $2,250 for 8 hours of wedding coverage, usually bridal prep until about 30-60 minutes after the first dance (additional time is available for a fee). I am currently offering a discount of 15% on all bookings made prior to June 30th, 2017 (weddings booked and deposits paid… the actual date of the wedding can be any time), which brings the wedding fee to $1,910.
A non-refundable retainer of $750 is required to secure the booking. This retainer is not payment for work provided, but confirmation that I will not book any other work on your wedding day. I am all yours. 🙂
The remainder of the fees are due one week before the date of the wedding.
Engagement sessions are $250 when booked with your wedding. The average engagement session is 2-3 hours in length.
If you like what you have seen and read, I would love to discuss photographing your wedding further. Please fill out the form below and I will contact you as soon as possible.
I look forward to speaking with you!