If things run a little behind schedule or you decide that you want us to stick around to get some great shots of Aunt Beatrice crowd surfing at your reception, you can always hire us for a few more hours on the day of the wedding and we’ll just invoice you after the wedding.
Our style of working is a mixture of photojournalism blended with contemporary portraiture. Our goal is to make sure that everyone involved in the wedding day has fun and feels relaxed around us. We take the time to learn the names of the most important people involved in the wedding (bridal party, parents, etc) and we listen to what you want us to capture.
Pinterest boards can be a blessing and a curse for photographers. On one hand they provide us with an idea of the style of photography that you prefer. On the other hand, many of the most popular images you see on Pinterest aren’t typically from real weddings. Many of the beautiful images you see brides pinning come from styled shoots utilizing professional models and photographing under the optimal lighting conditions so they can setup unrealistic expectations when it comes to your day. Pinterest boards are great for inspiration but don’t expect your photographer to copy another photographer’s work. Put your trust in your photographer and allow them to capture your day as it unfolds using their artistic talents and vision.
All of our wedding collections also include a folder of web-resolution files. These files are optimized for sharing on social media and contain a small watermark. We ask that you use these versions of your files when sharing your images online and we’d also appreciate it if you provide a credit for our hard work. We kindly request that you do not alter or modify our images (e.g. Instagram filters) as these modifications likely won’t represent our editing style.
And the process of protecting your memories doesn’t end with the gear we bring to your wedding. Before our heads hit the pillow, we take extra steps to ensure that while you’re still enjoying your reception, your images are safely being backed up on multiple hard-drives and onto our cloud storage system. By the next day, your images are safely stored in multiple locations to prevent loss from hardware failure, theft, fire, or other natural disaster.
With regards to insurance, as a professional business licensed by the City of Edmonton, we carry complete liability insurance which covers ourselves, your guests, and our equipment!
You may hear our shutters clicking away on the wedding day. Photography is a process and sometimes we’re experimenting with exposure and composition to get the look we want. Sometimes were just taking several photographs of the same setup to ensure that we capture everyone with their eyes open and looking at the camera. Nobody wants to have to go through 1000’s of images so while we may shoot a lot on the wedding day, we spend time to go through and select the best images that tell the story of your day. That might mean 100-300 photos for a small wedding to 500-1000 for a multi-day ethnic wedding.
We also try to have the first draft of your wedding album ready for you to review at this time as well. Once the album review process has started, the ball will be in your court to send in your changes. Once you’ve signed off on the final design, production and shipping of your album normally takes between 6-8 weeks.
Like any profession, wedding photography is an art that takes years of experience to become proficient at. Weddings are fast moving events that often take place under challenging lighting situations. Chances are that your friend or family member doesn’t have backup equipment, lighting, or the range of professional lenses required in order to properly deal with these situations. Hobbyists and others offering inexpensive or free photography on sites like Kijiji are typically not your best choice when it comes to choosing a wedding photographer. A wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event and you should hire an experienced professional to tell your story.
You probably wouldn’t hire someone to cater your wedding or bake your wedding cake just because they have a nice oven. You wouldn’t hire someone who enjoys gardening to design your floral arrangements. Why gamble on something like your wedding photos? What if the images your friend or family member takes don’t turn out? Now you’re left without photographs from one of the most important days in your lives and you’ve likely ruined a friendship in the process. Let them relax and enjoy your wedding with you and leave the photography to the professionals.
If you’re planning an outdoor ceremony, speak to the venue coordinator to see what they suggest as a backup location. In terms of other indoor locations for formal photographs, we’re happy to recommend some great locations but it is your responsibility to secure an indoor location. Many of the best indoor locations require you to pay a fee and they often book up pretty far in advance so make sure you secure your backup location as early as possible. If you’re working with a wedding planner, they can also suggest some venues for you as well.
If the weather isn’t too bad, our gear can stand up to the cold and a bit of moisture provided you’re up for it. Wear appropriate footwear, bring along some nice umbrellas, and be prepared for your dress to get a little dirty. If you’re planning a winter wedding, make sure you & your bridal party dress appropriately. Warm boots, cute scarves, fur wraps, and matching mittens can make it more comfortable for everyone to stand out in the cold and they can look super cute in photographs.
At the end of the day, if the weather was less than perfect, all you can do is just embrace the weather and make the best of the situation. As long as you’re having fun and are surrounded by friends and family, the photographs of your day will reflect that.
Trends in photography come and go like trends in fashion. You don’t want to look back on your images in 5-10 years and hate them because they are over processed using some trendy technique. Remember when big hair and acid wash jeans were considered cool? Clean and clear images will always stand the test of time so we tend to go light on the Photoshop stuff and avoid chasing trends too much.