I do things a little different. Being infront of my camera doesn't mean staged, awkward feeling, "posey" shots. Yes, I can take those magazine worthy "vouge style" photos, but to me it's way more than that. I want to bring out the real love, the romance, the goofy, silly side of you guys. I strive for real laughter, not fake smiles.
I am invested in my couples because I care, and I want to be more than just a photographer to you. Whether this is your first time hiring a photographer or not, I can tell you 95% of my couples have never had professional photos taken. If you want your photographer to just show up and get the typical posed and smiling "perfect looking shots", without pulling out your real emotions and connection, we may not be the best fit.
Let's focus on creating together rather than just getting the job done.
DO THINGS YOUR WAY AND BREAK THE TRADITIONS. these photos should be meaningful for you for generations to come. This is what it's all about.
I want to provide comfort and help. My main focus is that you guys are having a good time. I'm not kidding when I say that most of my couples show up with the same line "We're super awkward and hate getting our photos taken" and by the end they always tell me how easy and fun the whole process was. I often even get the "this is like couples therapy" LOL.
I am going to make sure you guys have a great time, I promise to make it a stress-free experience.
So from what you read above, I'm sure it is clear that being a good fit is important for one another. If you don't feel that I am "the one", I would much rather you go with another photographer in order for you to get the best possible experience for such a significant milestone in your life.
The experience you have with your photographer, strongly impacts how you will feel about your photos down the road.
I don't want you to ever have the thoughts of "I wish we went with someone else".
a few things you should know
My style is focused on real moments, nothing is forced. I wont tell you to place hands in exact places making you look like a stiff barbie doll, I will of course guide you so you're not just standing there all akward and wondering what to do next, but it's important you guys are being yourselves and fully present with each other.
I limit my schedule for quick turn around times too. I'm naturally an impatient person and like to think my couples are the same. I don't want you waiting months to see your images, the maximum amount of time you should expect your images back is 6-8 weeks for weddings.
I've been photographing since I got my first camera at 18, so well over a decade now, and I have been a full time wedding photographer for 5 years and loving every minute of it.
I would say I give back an average of 70-80 edited images/hour of shooting at the minimum.
I don't give a cut off number because every session and wedding is different.
For RAW images, no, I do not provide you with those. I promise to never leave out any images that you would want or need.
In order to secure your date, I require a 30% retainer at the time of signing your contract.
The remaining balance is due at the latest one week before your wedding.
I accept e-transfers, cheques and cash.
I do not alter anything when it comes to your body, the only thing I touch-up is blemishes or things like bruises and scrapes that are only temporary. I am here to make sure you look your best, not change how you look in real life. I believe in promoting body positivity and will also make sure to pose you in a way that is most flattering.
If you need me to travel 30km+ outside of the Kitchener-Waterloo area, I do require a travel fee. If you are a Pearle Weddings couple, your travel fee is included for your wedding, however if you need me to go up to your cottage in Muskoka for your engagement session, there would be a travel fee for that.
If you are wondering about destination weddings and elopements, I do require travel and stay to be covered, but I do ask that you reach out as all destination weddings and elopements are different.
For your wedding, I would highly recommend figuring out an incase of emergency "rain back up plan", usually your venue has this covered, but all weddings are different and if it doesn't suit your needs, it's probably best to reach out to some local locations we can go to if needed.
For engagement sessions, I'm all about embracing the weather, we can make some pretty awesome photos with whatever mother nature throws at us. However, if you're not up for that and don't want your makeup or hair ruined quickly, we can make the call on the day of. If the weather network shows 60% chance or higher for rain by noon, then there's a good chance it will rain and we can definetely reschedule.
My style if I were to try and verbalize it would be "true to life", but we learn and grow as photographers and our style evolves every year too. So if you like what you see, you can expect that for yourself. I make sure the editing is reflective to my couple and how things felt in that moment. I also add some black and white duplicates of maybe 5-10% of your images that I feel has a very strong, meaningful and timeless moment to it. I love my black and whites, but not every photos is meant to be in monochrome.
I have had people ask in the past if they can get a special discount for a weekday, Sunday or off-season wedding.
For me it doesn't matter what time of the year your wedding is, I still put the same amount of work and effort into each and every single one.
This was a tough decision for me to make. At one point I offered these 3-4 minute highlight films with my wedding photography packages, meaning I took photos and videos at the same time as one person.
As much as I loved making these films, I found this to not be the best thing for my business, especially during the busy season of the year.
A few reasons I removed this add on: It took away from your day. I found that I had to ask some things to be done twice just to get the shot. Not all my second shooters are trained in video to get the groom getting ready. And lastly, the workload during the busy season was too much and left me exhausted with editing both photo and video.
In my opinion, you hire me to be your photographer and that is the craft that I should be focusing on during the most important moments of your life.
If video is important to you, I highly suggest hiring a separate videographer.
This is different for destination weddings as things are a lot more relaxed and it gives me time to get creative with both photo and video. So if you're booking me for a Destination wedding, then yes, video can be included for you.
Think we're a good fit or have more questions?