Talking with Mango Studios about their success and inspiration at capturing vivid and beautiful images at Gagan and Matthew’s Airship37 downtown wedding venue Toronto.
On your bio you say “And the Mango family lives happily every after; just a few passionate artists who photograph really wonderful people, moments, love, laughter and everything that happens in between.”
Mango Studios is composed of a group of talented photographers. How does working together as a group enrich each photographer’s experience.
At Mango, every photographer feeds off each other. We all have varying backgrounds in the Arts, and everyone complements each other in a unique way. There is a degree of competitiveness to the team, and as iron sharpens iron, every team member strives to do better every week. We all work full time, side-by-side at the office and take turns reviewing work, editing and designing with each other’s images so that feedback can be circulated, and the quality Mango is known for can be achieved.
Recently Mango Studios documented the wedding of Gagan and Matthew at Airship37. One could have a sense of the entire atmosphere of the day from the pictures. Two words come to mind relaxed and stylish. How was this achieved through the pictures?
We feel that a good relationship with your photographer is everything. Before this wedding, we made sure that all our couple’s questions were answered, and they wouldn’t have to worry about photos on the day. Our couples put their complete trust in us.
Mango Studio also managed to get fabulous portrait pictures of Gagan and Matthew at Airship37. Were these premeditated shots or opportune moments during the day?
Our desire is for our images to look natural and “uncontrived”. We’ve found that the best way to achieve this is to get our couples close and comfortable to each other (whatever that means for them) and through the excitement of the day they usually just get lost in each other. From there, our job is pretty easy!
A couple chooses a venue based on the type of experience they would like to have, choosing a space where they can create a desired atmosphere. How does the photographer ensure they are in sync with the overall design of the event?
Our approach is tailored to each couple, and we take a great amount of joy in pouring over the details of their day. We try to incorporate all these elements into the overall story of the day.
Mango Studios captures all of the beautiful accents of the day of the wedding of Gagan and Matthew. The pictures have a great feeling to them, one that is not rushed, breathing a sense of space into each frame. What do you attribute this ability to?
We like to take a step back from any given scene, and let the moment happen without any direction from ourselves. Our approach tends to be more unobtrusive, and we do our best to document an authentic story of the day.
The pictures of Gagan getting ready on the Silver Coach are so fun and personal. What skills are required of a photographer to get pictures like this that are so in the moment and not staged.
We don’t like to stage our images, but will do whatever it takes to the find light that will enhance a scene. So, once we’ve found that light, we just let everything naturally unfold, and do our best to remain unnoticed!
Each couple has a distinct relationship and synergy they exude. How does Mango Studios bring out the distinct personality of each couple?
Our objective has always been to tell a story with our images. Our couples all have their own personality and flair, and hopefully, our Mango aesthetic will only enhance their vision for their day. We try to remain discrete and allow the day to unfold naturally, so our clients are free to enjoy their day with all their family and friends.
Airship37 has a lot of natural light that flows into the Hangar, this can be a great asset for photographers to get very beautiful pictures. But natural lighting is a fluctuating entity – the light changes from the Gooderham Lounge to the Hanger to the outdoor urban garden space. To achieve excellent photographs, this is where you would need an experienced photographer with an innate sense of all the variables or photo opportunities can be lost. What is your sense of this?
Every space is different, sure. However, natural light or candle-lit, we are always looking for quality light in every scene we shoot. Every venue has something unique it can offer, and we do our best not to fight the ambiance of a space. We use large-aperture lenses and little bits of flash to keep everything bright and consistent.
Looking though the wedding photos taken at Airhsip37 by Mango Studios one has a sense that quite a number of them could be stand alone beautiful pieces that the couple would love to have framed and hang on a wall. There is the actual necessity to want to chronicle the whole event balanced with wanting to have timeless art pieces. How do your photographers balance all of these functions so well?
That’s the idea! We want all of our couples to walk away with something printed. We’re designers, and we actively pursue moments that we believe can be framed and become a timeless art-piece.
How does Mango Studios manage to make couples look so relaxed and at home at their weddings?
We recognize that every couple is unique, and we want to capture them as naturally as possible. We generally don’t offer our couples too much direction, and try our best to be a fly-on-the-wall and shoot everything as it unfolds.
If the whole Mango Studio team were to go anywhere on an all experience paid shoot of the Studio’s choice where do you think you would go?
We hear Paris, France has some real romantics over there 😉
Thanks so much Mango Studios and Congratulations to the lovely couple!
Venue : airship37