Rhythm Photography in conversation about photographing Megan and Dane’s happy and beautiful Berkeley Fieldhouse wedding venue Toronto.
How are you impacted by working as a team and what strengths does this bring to photographing a wedding?
There are huge benefits by working as a team when photographing a wedding. With a two photographer team, it allows us to capture different perspectives of the day such as one photographer can focus on the bride as she walks down the aisle and the other can focus on the groom’s reaction to see his bride for the first time.
As team members of Rhythm Photography you both have degrees in engineering. How does this training come into play in your work as photographers?
We strongly believe that the engineering degree has helped us with improving our attention to detail. Paying attention to the subtle movements of hands, direction of wind, background, hair, etc. can change an image drastically.
The wedding of Megan and Dane at Berkeley Fieldhouse as seen in your pictures has such a strong sense of a story. How in your practice does storytelling fit in?
We love capturing the little glances they share with each other, their body language, movements, details. We find that these images are essential in documenting their wedding in a story telling manner.
The colour palettes in the decor and design of this Toronto Wedding were skillfully chosen and adeptly implemented throughout the style of the wedding . How did this impact your photography that day and how did you accentuate it?
We are huge fans of pastel and soft colours so we were really happy to see that they’ve chosen this palette for their day!
You managed to create many different looks and feels for the wedding party and couples wedding day pictures in the setting of the Berkeley Fieldhouse venue. What was involved in preparing for this?
It is important for us to know how much time was allocated for the photo session with the wedding party and the couple. This way, we can plan in ahead how much time we want to spend with the party in various settings.
You as photographers show a great range in your style throughout this wedding shoot. You artfully shift depending on the setting as seen between the romantic natural portrait style in the garden of the venue and the urban street style photography set in the alleys and against the surrounding buildings. Is this range of settings something that is important to you?
Offering this range and diversity for our clients is very important to us. All our clients take a lot of time to carefully select their venue for this one special day and it is important for us to make sure we capture the essence and the beauty of the location and incorporate it during the shoot. Megan and Dane selected this venue because it was absolutely stunning and also because of the unique buildings and structures surrounding the venue.
There are a series of shots of the venue with an sense anticipation that comes when everything is ready and just before things get started. Considering all the preparation, thought energy and creativity that goes into a wedding these pictures become very significant and important for a wedding couple to have. What are your thoughts on what your must-have list of photographs and how do you approach this list stylistically?
We go into a wedding with some must have images in mind (e.g. wedding details, first kiss as husband/wife, first dance, etc) and it’s really up to us to capture these images creatively. The venue and available settings definitely help with this stylistic process. Our goal is to create works of art that other brides would love to pin onto their Pinterest board.
You were able to capture the quiet moments of the bride getting ready in a very soft documentary style. What skill set is required as a photographer to be able to achieve this?
Being able to set proper expectations and just letting the bride know what you are doing is very important. For example, upon arrival at the bride’s place, we will tell the bride what images we will capture first (e.g. dress, florals and other details) and then we will go capture her “getting ready” moments. The bride knowing exactly what you are doing will help gain her trust as well. As the bride is getting ready (e.g. putting on her dress), we take images from further away and walk around the room to find different angles. We prefer not to be intrusive. If we were to take some closer up shots of the bride getting her makeup/jewelry on, we will let her know that’s what we’re doing so she’ll be comfortable with us there up close.
The wedding party, family and guests and their subtle interactions, individual personalities are a big part of the storyline your pictures tell at this wedding. How did you manage to capture all these unique moments?
Throughout the day, we try to get to know the parents’ wedding party. This helps them to be more comfortable around us and would allow us to capture more intimate moments.
How would you describe this wedding?
This wedding was filled with so much fun and energy! Everyone partied hard and danced throughout the night!
The wedding flowers and their beautiful floral styling played a big role in this romantic wedding. Who was the florist and what was involved in translating the beauty of their work into the wedding pictures?
Fran Sackler Floral Design
Florals: Fran Sackler Floral Designs
Wedding Dress: Felicia Bridal