Another Year of Documenting Feelings - 2018 Year in Review
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!
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
Candid moment of Natasha & Kes
Boy sleeping during reception
Bride Carly’s reflection through an old drawing of her mother
Shawna & Jon seconds after sealing the deal
Mother of the bride taking a moment to look in the mirror
Dads Gone Wild
Brides Catherine and Bree’s first kiss as a married couple
Winner of ‘Coolest Grampa of the Year’ award (at least in my books!)
Carly, Ben, and a colourful street corner
Mother and Son getting ready together
Dana, Justin, and a few slivers of light
Groom Gray accidentally ripping the arm off of the chair during the Horah dance
Bride Shawna gifting her mother earings that she handmade her for the wedding
Kids playing Frisbee in the yard during a vow renewal celebration
When couples genuinely know how to have spontaneous fun
Bride Kayla during her wedding ceremony
Wedding guest posing for a portrait after asking me to take a photo of her with her cellphone
Jon and Shawna reading from their Ketubah
Early bird ring bearer waiting for the festivities to begin
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
Airplane Mode type first dance
Danielle hiding from Gray right before their first look
First wedding shot on a boat!
Multi kissing action on and off stage
Portrait of Samantha and Andrew with a sunset that looks like a 1996 Toronto cityscape sky
Almost broke a recored of how many brides I can squeeze into one frame
Mike on Mike
Shawna during a quiet moment before walking down the aisle