WEDDING FAQs HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR SHOOTING STYLE?
My career has been focused on telling documentary-style human interest stories through visual narratives. While a single image may tell a thousand words, a series of images will speak volumes. My style is to travel light, blend in and tell your story from the inside, only this way can people truly understand the emotions, feelings and situations.
OK! GREAT! WE LOVE YOUR STYLE, HOW MUCH DO YOU COST?
The investment in your wedding photography begins at $1,000 plus tax. This fee is for me to shoot your wedding for a period of 7 consecutive hours of coverage. If more time is required, the fee is $150 per hour. To get things started I require a $150 deposit to schedule and hold your date in my calendar. Travel and expenses beyond 2 hours travel from Toronto are extra. Once booked, we will sit together and get the paperwork done and speak more specifically about options beyond my photography fee such as albums, prints and other items.
WHAT ARE YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY PACKAGES AVAILABLE?
I have four packages from which to choose. The base price of $1,000 is for a documentary wedding which is very popular with those who value beautiful photography and are interested in capturing emotions, non-scripted moments and give a true visual narrative to your day. This package is primarily black & white and timeless looking.
From the Documentary package, the other three package collections go up in price and offerings to a top price of $5,500. Both ends of the price range fully satisfy what you are looking for, beautiful photography which documents your special day
I WOULD LIKE YOU TO PHOTOGRAPH OUR WEDDING. HOW DO WE BEGIN?
First of all, congratulations! You can reach me through my Contact page on this website. Please give me some initial information such as your contact information including phone number, wedding date and the venue. I will respond by email to introduce myself and to arrange a time to meet you in person. When we meet, you will have a chance to ask any questions you like. At that time, I can go over over the photography contract in detail so that everything is clear. You can sign the wedding photography contract then to hold the wedding date.
WHY DO I NEED A CONTRACT AND WHO SIGNS IT?
Any service you hire will have some form of contract outlining terms, conditions and the scope of work. A contract is there to protect all parties involved and to keep the intent and focus of your special day on track. Your contract will have all the details noted and spelled out in clear, understandable language! Our contract will be between you both and with me. The contract states that you alone are hiring me, not other family members or friends. Your expectations and wishes will be clearly noted and I will go out of my way to see that your wishes are met as outlined.
WHAT IS AN ENGAGEMENT PHOTO SESSION?
Once you have announced your engagement, and any time after, I can provide an engagement photo session so that you may celebrate your exciting news with friends near and far through social media. An engagement session is informal and fun. It is also a perfect opportunity to become more comfortable in front of the camera. I will teach you posing positions that look natural and will show you to be relaxed and comfortable. An engagement session is optional, but a 10% discount on the engagement session is given if combined with your wedding photography booking. Engagement sessions begin at $500 for 3 daytime hours and two locations that are no more than a 1/2 hour apart. Longer sessions with more locations are also available as are night sessions. Permits and or permissions may be required for some locations. I will do my best to secure permits for location and times. Permit fees will be billed directly.
WE LOVE YOUR WORK AND WANT TO BOOK YOU! HOW MUCH DO YOU COST?
A weekday wedding (Monday to Thursday) begins at $1,200 with a weekend wedding (Friday to Sunday) beginning at $1,900 for 8 hours of photographic coverage. If your special day is very simple and a short time duration, please contact me and we can arrange a price based upon your plans and number of hours you wish to hire me. If you are having a civic wedding at City Hall and photos after, the package is $1,000.
IS THERE A BOOKING FEE? A non-refundable booking fee of $150 is required to book and hold the date of your wedding. This is non-refundable as I will have to inform other couples that the particular date is not available to them
HOW MUCH IS THE DEPOSIT? I require a 20% deposit returned with the signed contract. The balance is due on the wedding day.
HOW MUCH TIME IN ADVANCE SHOULD WE BOOK YOU? 6 - 12 months in advance is typical, or as soon as you know the wedding date and venue. If you are excited to be married earlier, great, contact me for availability and we can work something out if I am available. • Details of fees are outlined in the wedding contract.
WILL YOU BE THE ONE TO SHOOT OUR WEDDING?
Absolutely! You are hiring me for my style and visual story telling. Nobody else will be shooting under my name. I will hire a second shooter on occasion to help cover some of the formal photos and to capture different perspectives, freeing me to stay focused on capturing your special day in my own style. If there is some situation such as medical emergency or other serious reason I am unable to shoot, I will have a selected photographer I know and trust to shoot in my place.
WHAT DO YOU WEAR TO WEDDINGS?
I like to fit in so that guests are not aware I am there as your photographer. I will be wearing comfortable and appropriate clothing that allows me to move easily and blend in. The greatest proof of this is when a guest asks, “Which family are you with”? One of my superhero skills is disappearing so people never notice me while I work! Kind of like a ninja with a camera!
DO YOU EAT AT THE WEDDING?
Absolutely! Being tightly focused on everyone, capturing moments and trying to be everywhere, at all times is tiring and I will need to keep fuelled! I will not be eating with your guests, rather I will take a meal behind the scenes when you and your guests sit to eat. I will always have my trained ear listening so that I can drop my food and respond to something.
DO YOU DRINK AT THE WEDDING?
I need to stay hydrated, so I drink water and other non-alcoholic beverages. While I am shooting for you, I am working and it is inappropriate for me to drink alcohol.
WHERE ARE YOU BASED AND DO YOU TRAVEL?
I am based in Toronto. If your wedding is not in Toronto or within a two hour drive of the city, please see the next question.
DO YOU SHOOT DESTINATION WEDDINGS?
I love to travel! If you are hiring me to shoot away from Toronto, I generally arrive at, or visit the venue 1-2 days ahead of the wedding date to avoid any air travel or weather-related complications. This also gives me time to familiarize myself with your venue and observe lighting and note shooting angles through out the day and evening. Let me know where you plan to celebrate your wedding and we will make arrangements.
WE HEARD SOME WEDDING VENUES REQUIRE VENDORS TO HAVE INSURANCE. WHAT’S WITH THAT?
True! Many wedding venues and locations will require vendors, photographers included, to carry liability insurance. I am covered for up to 1 million dollars at any location I shoot. If your venue requires proof of liability insurance, just contact me and I can send you a proof copy.
WHEN ARE THE FORMAL PORTRAITS TAKEN?
If you are one of the rare couples who wish the formals photos shot before the wedding, fantastic! We can do those before the wedding, allowing you and your family, brides maids and groomsmen to relax after the ceremony with your guests. Most people will have the formals done immediately following the ceremony if there is sufficient time. These are important images for family members and enough time should be allotted for them.
WILL YOU TAKE “GETTING READY” SHOTS?
Yes! These are some of the most intimate photos of the day. Capturing the special moments when the bride, mother and bridesmaids get ready are lovely moments. These will be special images to treasure as are those fun times with the groom and his groomsmen. As well, it is also a peaceful time for you while you quietly go over your vows and savour some quiet moments before the wedding begins.
AT THE RECEPTION, DO YOU SHOOT THE FIRST DANCE AND OTHER DANCE SHOTS?
Who doesn't love a good party! The first dance is iconic and I will be there to capture the euphoric looks in your faces now that the wedding is over and you are relaxed while your family and friends look on. During the rest of the dance, I will be looking for and capturing laughs, tears, expressions and other classic moments. You probably will never see me, but I will see you!
I’M KIND OF A CAMERA GEEK, TELL ME ABOUT YOUR GEAR AND WITH WHAT YOU WILL SHOOT?
Camera geeks unite! You are hiring me to document your special day in a journalistic way. This means I am stealthy and unseen. I gave up my big DSLR cameras and lenses for the more nimble and exquisite image quality of the Fuji X-System cameras and lenses. I shoot with the incredible, and almost silent X-Pro2 cameras. With these cameras I can get much closer to the action & emotions and document your day without being obtrusive or causing your guests to be alarmed or stiff with big lenses pointed at them. The cameras I use are all but silent, unlike the loud DSLRs which means I can be next to the exchange of vows and you will never know I’m there! I shoot all images in RAW format to capture all the detail, subtle tones and shadows of the day. These are massive files which require a workflow that I have streamlined over the years.
I SEE YOU SHOOT A LOT OF BLACK & WHITE. WILL OUR PHOTOS BE BLACK & WHITE?
Black and white has its place, as do colour images. My rule of thumb is that for images that are all about colour, then those images will be colour. Imagine the beautiful colours of a Chinese or South Asian wedding, these will absolutely be in colour to do them justice. But when it comes to documenting the emotions and special moments between people, black and white is preferred. This has a classic, timeless quality and focuses more on the moment. In these images, colour acts more as a distraction to a beautiful look, a tear or a kiss.
DO YOU RETOUCH THE PHOTOGRAPHS YOU SHOOT?
In rare cases a simple retouch may be done if absolutely necessary and on a case by case basis. You are hiring me to journalistically document your day. It is my job to record the events and moments as they happen, unscripted, raw and honest. I will not prop prop to make them look “prettier” nor will I alter a scene so the composition is more “pleasing”. Months after your wedding I want you to look over your photographs and know that the images you are viewing truthfully represent the way they were.
WHEN AND HOW WILL WE GET TO SEE OUR WEDDING PHOTOS?
Within 24 hours I will have a small section of images for you to share with family and friends in person or on social media. Your remaining photos will take 3-4 weeks to be edited and processed, often quicker than that! All images will be processed individually and put into an online password-protected gallery for you to download and share. These images will be enhanced JPG images.
HOW MANY IMAGES DO YOU SHOOT?
The number of photos shot and the number delivered vary. A typical 8-hour wedding may yield 1,000 - 2,000 images. After tightly editing, the number of delivered images can be around 300 - 500. When I see a particular scene, I will often shoot it several ways. When I edit, I will choose the best image of a group and that image passes to you. The other redundant images are stored as back-ups and as images that fill out a PhotoVideo (see below). If the wedding is longer than 8 hours or it is a multi-day wedding, the number of images is much greater as are the delivered images.
HOW ABOUT VIDEO? DO YOU SHOOT VIDEO?
As I am a documentary photographer, I do not shoot video. It is also my experience that video, for its cost, is rarely seen more than a few times. What I do provide are PhotoVideos where you will have a 2-3 minute film that highlights the big moments, small details and all the other moments between guests and the venue that you will never have seen! This is also a time to see many of the images that may not have made the final edit. Almost like a behind-the-scenes reel. Carefully chosen music and image pacing will make this a video that you will watch over and over as well as share. It also has the advantage of being much smaller in size so that all can view it, even those with slower bandwidth or on mobile devices.
CAN I SEE AN EXAMPLE OF A PHOTOVIDEO?
Sure thing! Here is an example of a wedding PhotoVideo.
DO YOU OFFER PHOTO ALBUMS?
Yes! I offer custom hard bound albums with heavy, lay-flat high quality stock to show off a selection of images from your day. Pricing depends on size and volume. The number of images you choose will affect the number of pages in your album and the cost.
WILL OUR PHOTOS BE PUT ONLINE?
Aside from your own private gallery, I will put a small portfolio selection of highlight images on my own site and social media platforms to celebrate your wedding as well as for attracting future clients.
WHAT ELSE SHOULD WE KNOW ABOUT YOU?
I have two different coloured eyes! My musical tastes range from opera to Guns ’n’ Roses and everywhere between, though Moby is a fave! The Chinese Government is a fan of my documentary style and sent me to Tibet to freely document life there – A rare thing for a working journalist at the time! I have also lived in an Indian slum to photograph a feature. As for films, I can never watch The Hunt For Red October enough! I have 52 screws and lots of structural scaffolding in my left leg which is always fun at the airport – so if you see me limp a bit the odd time, that's what it is!