The pictures you took at Berkeley Fieldhouse have great elements of depth in them as you played with focus and movement. Is this something you prioritize and work with?
I tried to include different angles and different depth of field to make my collection more interesting. If I shoot in the same way the whole day, when the couples see the images, they may be bored.
You so vividly captured the beautiful set up for the wedding ceremony with the flowers and decor elements on the patio of the Berkeley Fieldhouse. What was your thinking behind this?
Every couple puts a lot of effort on decoration but they usually don’t have time on the wedding day to see everything. So, I am always telling myself that I have to capture all the details and present them nicely for the couple. So when they go over the pictures, they can see how their effort paid off.
You have created some very interesting compositions in your wedding pictures. How would you describe this stylistic choice?
I like to try out different compositions and angles at each wedding. Of course, I will have all the “safe” shots as well.
The beautiful wedding pictures of Daniel and Cameron at the tables with the reflective decor surfaces worked out so well. Was utilizing the elements of the decor to achieve these stunning pictures something you had thought out or was it spontaneous?
In all weddings, I am always looking for things that I can use or include to create creative images. At that time, I was trying to get the reaction from both of them during a speech and the reflective decor was right there. So, I just utilize it and got the image. It was spontaneous but when I see the reflective surface, I know I have to use it to my benefit.
What picture did you take a chance on with trying something that really worked out at this wedding?
I really like the ones with the reflective decor. This was the first time I had couples putting a reflective decor right in front of them and I had a chance to get close to them without interrupting anyone. They were sitting in middle of the hall.
The picture of Daniel and Cameron seated in the midst of the wedding reception with all their friends and family gathered is such a great picture as it portrays all the energy and excitement of the day. Is this something you consciously work to achieve?
Yes. Not only I will focus on the couples, I always pay attention to their guests’ reaction. I believe wedding is not just about the couples but a celebration of the families and friends.
On quite the opposite spectrum you have some beautiful pictures of their big day in the Berkeley Fieldhouse venue where you feature the couple alone within the frame and mute the background for a stunning effect. What would you call this?
Let the couple be the stars of the day! Although wedding is a celebration of the families and friends, the couple are still the main focus of the day. With having the focus only on the couple in a picture, no one will get distracted by other elements.
All the decor and presentation elements of Daniel and Cameron’s wedding are beautifully archived in your stunning pictures. How important is this aspect to your photography of a wedding?
It is very important. You can see couples are now using Pinterest and other online tools to get inspired. They spend so much time and effect to get everything the way they want. By getting pictures of all the decorations and details, the couple can see how beautiful they are when all decor are put together. Sometimes, couples don’t have time to see all the details during the day, so my job to capture them is essential.
What were some of your priorities for the outcome of the photography of this wedding and how did you arrive at this point?
My priorities were to capture the love between the couples. By having them casually posed for pictures and capturing candid shots, I believe I had achieved it.
What features of the Berkeley Fieldhouse venue worked in your favour as a photographer?
Berkeley Fieldhouse has many different areas for great pictures. The tree house, the patio, the brick wall in the backyard area, the red wall just outside, the themed bridal suite, and the reception hall that allows natural light to come in. It’s a great place to take pictures! Because it was raining heavily before the ceremony on that day, I wished I could spend more time shooting for the couple in there.
When you switch to black and white for the photo presentation it allows the eye to approach the photography in a different way. How do you make your choices between colour and black and white?
If it is an emotional image or there are elements which will distract the main focus, I will turn the image to black and white.
What three words would you use to describe this wedding?
Stylish, romantic, joyful.
What planning went into getting the beautiful portraits of the couple around the Berkeley Fieldhouse venue?
Since it was raining heavily before the ceremony, the only chance I could take the couple for pictures around the venue was during the reception. I was just trying to get all the pictures done in 10-15 minutes before the sky turned dark. It was just using my experience and directing them whatever came to mind. It was quick.
What is your favourite picture from this Toronto Wedding?
My favourite picture is actually the one I took for the “First Look” session when Cameron was approaching Daniel and Cameron was about to put his hands onto Daniel’s shoulders. I loved Daniel’s facial expression. He was happy, nervous and excited.
Photographer: Knotting Tree Photography
Florals: Designs by John Paul
Venue: Berkeley Fieldhouse