About a month ago we joined Nicola & Andrew for their wedding celebration at the Drake Hotel in Toronto. While I’ve been pretty much a regular there for the past six years or so, this was the first time I actually photographed a wedding there. It’s hard to imagine a wedding celebration that is more fine tuned, meaningful and beautifully designed than Nicola and Andrew’s. These two only focused on what’s important, which allowed them to experience the day in a relaxed fashion while letting things unfold organically. Absolutely zero sweat – everybody wins.Read More
Earlier this month I photographed Kathleen & Alanna’s wedding at the Storys building in downtown Toronto. Since Alanna is a very talented chef, I will use suitable terminology to describe this ambrosial wedding. The day’s recipe, put together by these two fine ladies is as follows:
1 wonderfully mellow couple
5 scrumptious musicians
1 dulcet, choice florist
a sprinkle of just the right amount of lush guests
Stir it all together for a few hours then serve hot for an unforgettable bouffage!
The photos turned out pretty delectable as well!Read More
As part of my initial communication with each couple, I send out a questionnaire in order to gather a bit more information. See below for a slice of that text correspondence with Amy and Kevin about their Gladstone Hotel wedding:
Me: How did you two meet and how did he/she propose?
Amy: We met volunteering. We proposed to each other in Paris (both of us bought rings and decided to propose w/out the other knowing. Kevin beat me to it, but I pulled out my ring right after).
I'm just going to leave it at that!Read More
photograph. For their couple session, all we did was walk around their neighbourhood and looked for interesting spots to shoot. To me, this is always the best idea for a location to shoot - a place that means a lot to you. It doesn’t matter what it looks like or if it’s (traditionally speaking) beautiful or not. A good example would be the location Laurel and Jared chose for their first look. Wonder where that was? We shot the first look in Jared's parents' apartment that is currently in final stages of construction. Locations are often looked at as something that needs to be beautiful but really, what is beauty anyways? While that's another conversation, choosing a location that makes the moment special and gives it another layer of meaning is something to think about. Years down the road photographs lose their "cool" factor and most of what's left is the feeling you get from looking at them, and that has a lot to do with the historical value of the photograph.
Some food for thought for all ya’ll photographers and couples alike!Read More
A few days ago Rasa, Aleks and myself took a drive out of the city and found a beautiful house that was abandoned for quite some time. Since there were no signs and some of the doors were open, we decided to take a look inside.Read More