Another Year of Documenting Feelings - 2018 Year in Review

bride and groom read from ketubah during their jewish wedding ceremony

It’s hard to believe 2018 will be over in less than 6 hours! For this “Year in Review” post, I wanted to make sure I stayed away from what most people in this industry are doing. This, in fact, has been my goal for the last few years with everything relating to my wedding work. This carefully curated collection is not the best, or most epic photos we took this year. Not at all. They’re actually the photos that I feel are some of the most meaningful. To either my couples, myself, or anyone in or out of any of these captures. Sounds obscure but I promise you that if you’ll think about it for 5 minutes, you’ll understand where I’m getting at here. I really believe that as the years go by we learn what’s really important in life and on a professional level I feel that the more I photograph people, the more I try to focus on making sure I document honest, long lasting memories for the people who hire me.

Not to go full ‘Dad Mode’ on you guys but we all know that we live in a time of constant documentation, over sharing of everything, and fabricated online personas turned idols. So, what’s left for us? This guy posts videos of himself firing M16s with a posse of naked Instagram models, that girl lectures body-positive vibes in one video, and posing in a specific way to appear slimmer on camera in the following post, and so many wedding photographers’ accounts consist of over 85% of “in my element”, or “Hi, this is me” type imagery. It’s a trendy world out there!

So here they are. Meaningful moments that might mean nothing to you, but mean the world to someone else. Isn’t this the whole purpose of us going out every weekend to document these celebrations? I think so. Happy New Year to all of you and thanks for stopping by!

 

group of men lined up during jewish wedding in toronto

While chatting to my dear friend Avital Zemer during an orthodox Jewish wedding I was shooting for him, I noticed a scene that reminded me of something a great street photographer named Garry Winogrand always talked about – the battle between form and content in a photograph.

A portrait of bride Cassidy leaning on her late mother’s red Chevrolet Monte Carlo

A portrait of bride Cassidy leaning on her late mother’s red Chevrolet Monte Carlo

Candid moment of bride and groom reflecting in the car window

Candid moment of Natasha & Kes

Boy sleeping during reception party at a wedding

Boy sleeping during reception

Bride's reflection through a drawing of her mother

Bride Carly’s reflection through an old drawing of her mother

jewish bride and groom during recessional

Shawna & Jon seconds after sealing the deal

Mother of the bride taking a moment to look in the mirror while getting ready for her daughter's wedding

Mother of the bride taking a moment to look in the mirror

two men dancing during wedding reception

Dads Gone Wild

Brides Catherine and Bree’s first kiss as a married couple

Brides Catherine and Bree’s first kiss as a married couple

grampa wearing purple wig during wedding reception

Winner of ‘Coolest Grampa of the Year’ award (at least in my books!)

 

bride and groom's first look moment by a colourful street corner

Carly, Ben, and a colourful street corner

Mother and Son getting ready for vow renewal ceremony together

Mother and Son getting ready together

bride and groom portrait in a small patch of light

Dana, Justin, and a few slivers of light

Groom accidentally ripping the arm off of the chair during the Horah dance

Groom Gray accidentally ripping the arm off of the chair during the Horah dance

Bride gifting her mother earings that she handmade her for the wedding

Bride Shawna gifting her mother earings that she handmade her for the wedding

Kids playing Frisbee in the yard during a vow renewal celebration

Kids playing Frisbee in the yard during a vow renewal celebration

bride and groom walking down queen street west with ice cream and inflatable flamingo

When couples genuinely know how to have spontaneous fun

Bride vailed during her wedding ceremony

Bride Kayla during her wedding ceremony

wedding guest with large black hat and red lipstick

Wedding guest posing for a portrait after asking me to take a photo of her with her cellphone

bride and groom read from ketubah during their jewish wedding ceremony

Jon and Shawna reading from their Ketubah

Early bird ring bearer waiting for the festivities to begin

Early bird ring bearer waiting for the festivities to begin

groom dipping bride as the grand finale move of their choreographed dance at their wedding

Alfred dipping Yayoi as the grand finale move of their choreographed dance at their wedding last summer

Bride Kayla at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto looking through window

Bride Kayla at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto

first dance filled with paper airplanes thrown by guests

Airplane Mode type first dance

bride hiding from groom right before their first look

Danielle hiding from Gray right before their first look

wedding ceremony held on a boat

First wedding shot on a boat!

Multi kissing action on and off stage

Multi kissing action on and off stage

Portrait of bride and groom in purple sunset

Portrait of Samantha and Andrew with a sunset that looks like a 1996 Toronto cityscape sky

bride and groom on chairs during horah dance at jewish wedding

Horah moment

3 brides in on shot

Almost broke a recored of how many brides I can squeeze into one frame

groom on friends shoulders during horah dance

Mike on Mike

jewish bride with veil before ceremony

Shawna during a quiet moment before walking down the aisle

 

 

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