When approaching this lovely Berkeley Church wedding what were your considerations and aspirations?
I have three goals for every wedding:
- To see my subjects for who they truly are – loving, amazing humans taking a leap of faith;
- To make sure they feel comfortable, so that they can be themselves and enjoy themselves;
- To capture the wedding day FEELS with love and realness – both how people are feeling (emotionally), and the atmosphere of the day overall.
I wanted the brides and their folks to look back at the images and remember how it felt that day – the anticipation, the emotions, and of course the immense loving energy that happens when you are in a room surrounded by your loved ones.
The Wedding ceremony was in the daytime and you fully understood and utilized the beautiful natural light source in the Berkeley Church. How did you prepare for this and what was the key to your success?
This is one of the main reasons I adore Berkeley Events – the abundance of gorgeous light!
Since all of my photography is based on natural light, I made sure to review the timeline with the Allia and Alison, to make sure we’d have enough light at the most important times of the day.
The pictures of Allia and Alison’s wedding preparation have such an intimate beautiful quality to them. What are some of your skills and experiences that enable you to capture these moments so effectively?
The engagement shoot! I believe in choosing clients I genuinely click with, and insist on doing an engagement shoot to help us get to know each other.
That way, on the wedding day they are already comfortable with me… And they also feel relaxed because they’ve seen their engagement photos and they know I’ve got their back (i.e. they know they’ll have fun and look great).
You captured the beauty and character of the wedding guests as they were enjoying the day. What are some of your techniques for this?
In order to capture natural, candid moments, I move around a lot. Like, a lot. I try to be gentle and discreet at quiet times, like during the ceremony. For other times it’s more about anticipating people’s actions and reacting quickly so that I can capture a moment without interrupting it.
There was a lovely colour palette and decor choices in the wedding of Alison and Allia. How did capture these choices so beautifully?
Allia and Alison had such creative, gorgeous DIY décor at their wedding. I tried my best to capture it as it looked in real life – from the bright afternoon sunlight, through golden hour, to the dusky purple of the nighttime party.
The lovely portrait photography of the Alison and Allia and their wedding party in the Berkeley Church mezzanine have such a timeless and romantic quality to it. What was the inspiration for these series of shots?
For the wedding party portraits, the brides specifically asked for a “Vanity Fair-style” shot, so I researched ahead of time. I looked at a lot of famous portraits by Annie Leibovitz mostly, and definitely learned a thing or two about arranging groups. It’s more formal than my usual style, but I am always open to suggestion… I mean, it turned out so well!
What emphasis do you put on experimenting with your equipment and techniques?
One of my favourite things about wedding photojournalism is the spontaneity. I use available and natural light as much as possible. Every situation is different, so it’s about experience and practice – learning to assess each situation individually, and choosing settings in my camera that will make it look as close to real life as possible.
The image of the wedding couple and their guests in the mezzanine is such a striking picture. What is your go to check list when capturing a moment on a wedding day?
Oh my gosh yes! This image highlights the importance of having two photographers on the wedding day. It was directly after the ceremony, so while I was capturing the brides being hugged by their [crying and laughing] family, my second photographer ran downstairs and set up for that shot. Both of us had an important role! Apart from that, it’s totally about projecting my voice, and being able to yell while still having a friendly look on my face – honestly, that’s a real skill. 🙂
What are the personal projects you are working on?
Right now I’m developing my couple’s photography into more of a fun workshop experience for couples. I’m using techniques I already employ for shoots (to help people relax and have fun), but adding more mindfulness, connection, and joyfulness tools. I want it to be really meaningful for couples and families, and on an individual level too. I’m super excited, and feel privileged that photography has led me to something so unique.
What words of wisdom do you give your wedding couples about their big day?
Hmm, great question! Okay, here goes:
Some parts of the day are guided by logistics – based on practicality and experience – so hire people you trust and let them do what they do best.
(Other things are steered a bit by family, and that’s okay too, because family is family…)
But otherwise, only do what touches your heart. If a flash mob is your style for a first dance, or no dance at all, DO THAT! Who cares what everyone else is doing?! Who cares what the neighbours think!
Which image from this wedding would you chose that really communicates the essence of the day?
First, a moment from the ceremony, of quiet love and sureness – just knowing. It’s more serious than most of the day, but so raw and real – I love it. The second one represents how the day felt overall – the photo of Alison and Allia running outside on Queen Street. They are carefree and joyful and funny, and most of their guests were too, so I’d say it’s a good representation of how that day felt for all of us involved.