#Makingmagic all over town that evening with Jessica and Ken. In nearly ten years of working with couples, I've never seen two people stopped more times by strangers on the street for autographs, a quick selfie snap, and general praise and interest than Jessica and Ken. Their Montreal Adventure Session was full of surprises, and it didn't take long to understand these two have a crazy-fun level of energy I can't wait to witness again on thier upcoming wedding day. #BaBam.
Hello allo - Today I have another video interview for you, and the focus of this one is all centered around documentary wedding photography. It's a way of thinking and seeing many photographers use, yet brother and sister photography duo Dom and Liam, of Yorkplace Studios in the UK take it five steps further than anyone I know of. It's a great watch, and I'm sure you'll take away many tips to help you create images with more emotion and rawness than you have before.
Check out more interviews with photographers making big waves below.
I've just written a helpful and easy to follow guide I hope will help engaged couples find a photographer that is perfect for them. Over the years I've talked with dozens and dozens of couples who gave up looking for a wedding photographer after looking everywhere with no success.
Can you relate to that? I totally get you, and I know that there are literally hundreds of photographers in any given city, and planning a wedding is already a big task as it is. You don't need any extra stress.
Take a minute to read my thoughts and insight in the guide here. If you found it helpful please share it with anyone you know going through a similar situation because I've written this guide as a professional Montreal based wedding photographer in the industry for nearly a decade, and know this guide will save you time, energy, and potentially a bit of money. Actually, you might end up spending more money but that's probably a good thing in the end.
It's a fact ~ a heatwave couldn't stop these two from getting tangled up. Katrina & LP travelled from their home in Brooklyn to finish up wedding preparations in advance of their upcoming party time, and the weather couldn' have been hotter. On the Brooklyn side LP is keeping it fresh at The Fader, and Katrina is uping the quality over at TED. Whoa!
Lucky for us the Parc Ave Dairy Queen was fully stocked, and we ordered a few chocolate dipped cones to make the most of the hazy, humid evening that was last Sunday, aka Montreal engagement session.
These two winners are fantastic.
If you are engaged or perhaps hitting the ice cream lineup with someone you love? that's awesome! You need a record of these days. Take a minute to learn more about my adventure sessions here, or check out some previous sessions below.
It's one thing to witness a wedding day as a photographer, but it's really special and a privilege actually to hear my clients talk about their wedding day, looking back at their image collection, and what certain photographs means to them.
Last summer I was invited to photograph an Ottawa wedding at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, and it was a gorgeous day. Through heavy rain and sketchy weather I tried my best to keep the mood upbeat, but truly I didn't have to try to hard because Jenna and Karl weren't even a bit upset with the wet weather and danced through every bit of it. I'm super happy to share a chat Jenna and I had about her wedding day experience, and talk about the images that are the most meaningful to her, and even more importantly, why those images stand out.
"When we look back at our photographs, this photo stands out to us the most. This photo captures the very first moments of our marriage and captures our glow in that moment. Whenever we look at this photo it takes us back to the small church and the beautiful hymn that was playing as our maid of honour and best man witnessed our marriage. We remember feeling pure joy at the thought of finally being able to start our journey together."
"This photo reminds us of why a wedding is so special besides the obvious reasons. It captures the genuine reactions of our family and friends coming together for us and to witness our love. All of the people in this photo shaped our relationship in one way, shape, or form and we could not have gotten married without them. It is a beautiful candid photo of all of our loved ones."
"Micheal was definitely the cause of this photo! We were very camera shy during the bride and groom portraits but he helped us relax and be ourselves. Here, Micheal got Karl to whisper sweet nothings in my ear and all I could do was laugh! It was such a memorable moment that I can still remember what Karl whispered and probably will never forget."
"These pictures depict our relationship perfectly. Karl and I are always laughing and goofing off and Micheal captured many photographs with us just being our genuine selves. When we look back at these photos, it reminds us to keep laughing like we did on our wedding day no matter what comes our way. "
It was fantastic to hear Jenna's thoughts about these images and portraits with her handsome man Karl, how she remembers each moment, and why these photographs have become her favourites. It's also a reminder that a single photograph is still very powerful, each one has the ability to transport us right back to special times and experiences, recent or far, and remind us of what's truly important in our lives.
Thank you Jenna and Karl ~ it was total magic working with you.
The more I think about it the more it becomes clear to me. What I've always been after as a photographer are frames that capture something undeniable. Whether it's the way one person looks to another, the way one's hands affectionately and carefully hold on to the other, maybe it's an expression so transparent and honest to see, it's beautiful how obvious the intentions are. Authentic, vunerable, and real images with a vibe so direct, and at the same time quiet, and intense, you can nearly hear the whisper in your ear, asking questions, confessing secrets, wondering how did we get here? How did we manage to find each other, how could I live without you?
Speaking of instant classics, here is one of them ~ Clara and Mike, celebrating a sweet 20 minutes of marriage during their Canadian destination wedding at L'Auberge Saint Gabriel in Montreal's Old Port.
Instant classics. So much more coming from this one.
Hey Guys ~ Big Announcement.
It's nearly summer time in Montreal and that means being outdoors a ton more, eating outside as often as possible, and roaming the streets with thousands of others taking it all a little easier. But seriously, what's one of the best areas of the city to do hang? Old Port. Naturally, I made sure my new office was right in the middle of it.
Clients, friends, and colleagues, I'd like to invite you all to come visit me at my new office space in Montreal's Old Port. Floor two is all ours, and it's a gorgeous and bright space. I'm super thrilled my friends at RAP Design Studio invited me to share thier space and I couldn't ask for better place to work, meet clients at, and vibe off my crazy talented office mates.
You’re always invited, so feel free to come on down to 467 Saint-François-Xavier (office 205), Montreal, H2Y2T1, Quebec, Canada. See you there ~