Choosing a wedding photographer is a huge decision and one that should have a lot of thought put into it. There is so much information to take in and so many questions that need to be answered. Below I have compiled a few questions that I feel can assist you in this decision and see if I may be the right fit for your celebration. I apologize for the length, but hopefully it helps!
Your images seem to have a very nature based feel to them. Can you tell us a bit about this?
Yes they do! Every photographer develops their own style over a course of time, and my style started to head into a very outdoorsy direction quite quickly. I have always loved the beauty of nature, and as I grew in my photographic career, I began shooting more and more adventure style images. Many of the couples that get married in Whistler are not from here, but instead choose this area and travel from all over the world to be here. I believe a huge part of that reason is the beautiful landscape, from the rugged outdoors of summer to the winter wonderland that is winter. I strive to show this beauty in my images, and remind the couples why they chose this place to begin the rest of their lives together.
Who are your ideal couples?
I would say that my ideal couples enjoy nature and aren’t afraid to explore and adventure a little bit on their wedding day. I love it when I get to take couples into a forest, or up a mountain or by a river, and have them enjoy a few minutes alone, away from everyone else, and focus on each other and the beauty that surrounds them. Wedding days can be pretty hectic, and I find that for those few moments away, couples are able to relax a little bit and connect with each other, sometimes in ways that are not possible at the venue surrounded by their friends and family.
I also love to work with couples who value the importance of photography and hire me because they truly identify with my work.
We are not models and feel a bit uncomfortable in front of the camera? Will that be ok?
Of course! All of the photographs you see on my website are of real couples on their special day. I have a very calm style of shooting and more or less create a space for you and your partner to relax and enjoy each others company. Some moments may be quiet while others are fun and playful. I also build a relationship with couples before we shoot so that they are comfortable and able to be natural around me. By the time we have spoken a few times on the phone, met for a drink and shot some engagement photos, I am more like an old friend that has come to hang out on their wedding day!
Do you use a second shooter?
I have an amazing network photographers that I occasionally work with if a couple requests it, but I generally prefer to photograph weddings on my own. During some moments of the day, I ask couples to be close and experience the moment together. When it is just the couple and myself, they feel like they can open up a bit more and feel comfortable with each other at that time. If I have another photographer, it feels more like there is an audience, and people tend to be a bit more reserved in that situation. I know some photographers have a second shooter, so that one covers the bride while the other covers the groom during the prep. In the city, where locations can be so far apart, this is helpful. I find that in Whistler/Squamish/Pemberton, places don’t take too long to get to and I am able to cover both the bride and groom prep on my own. I feel that a couple hires me because of my work and style, and I like it better when I can provide both with that quality and style.
How many images will we get and how long do they take to receive?
I would say on average I deliver 50-80 images per hour that we are together. I try to send a few images as a sneak peak within a week or two of your wedding, with the final gallery delivered 4-10 weeks later.
Do you edit all the images?
All of the images I deliver are edited to look like the ones you see on my website and blog. I believe all of your images should be a finished piece, so I will never send anything out that has not been edited.
Do you travel for work?
I absolutely love travelling for work and am honoured when couples ask me to join them across the world. Having a family and two young kids, I only tend to accept a few weddings abroad each year. Send me a note and let me know your ideas and I would love to chat about them!
We are thinking about an engagement session. Can you tell me a little bit about them?
I truly believe in engagement sessions for a number of reasons. First, it is a wonderful way for us to get to know each other and have you get used to being comfortable in front of my lens. I find that if I have shot engagement sessions with couples before their wedding, they are way more relaxed on the wedding day and it is more like hanging out with friends. The second reason I love these sessions is for the amazing photographs we are able to create! Because we don’t have the time and location restrictions that come along with a wedding day, we are able to plan the sessions around the best light in the most beautiful spots. I have hiked to glaciers, flown to ice caves, hiked across lava fields and snowboarded to a burnt forest, all to be able to create amazing images for adventurous couples. I truly love this style of photography and am always looking to see what I can do next with each and every couple. There are also a few of my bucket list locations that I would love to shoot, so if you are up for an adventure and willing to travel for your engagement session, let’s chat!
What other kind of photography do you do?
Even though most of my work revolves around people, I do enjoy all aspects of photography. I do some commercial and editorial work for local companies and magazines, as well as portrait, lifestyle and family sessions. I used to shoot ski/snowboard and mountain biking for a living and still go out to shoot these adventures from time to time.
What kind of gear do you use?
I currently use a Nikon D850 and a range of lenses as my main camera, with a Nikon Z6 as a second camera.
I am in the early stages of planning my wedding. Do you have any recommendations for other vendors?
I would love to help you out with finding other vendors! Whistler is a pretty small place and we have quite a close group in the wedding vendor community. Planners, hair and makeup, commissioners, videographers and photographers…we are like a family here. Each weekend we get to see a lot of the same faces and we even hang out outside of our work. There are so many wonderful vendors here in town and I would be happy to introduce you to them!
Do you attend conferences or take courses?
I believe the best way to stay at the top of your field is to always want to continue to improve your craft. I take courses and attend photography conferences every year, to meet and learn from other creatives and be a part of the amazing community.
Do you make albums?
In this day and age where everything is based around social media and likes, I find we are so desensitized to beautiful imagery and photographs tend to get lost in a post, or burried in a gallery on a phone in your pocket. On a wedding day, there is so much going on and there are so many moments in between that help tell the story of your day, a few images posted here and there just aren’t the best way to remember it by. I believe wedding albums are truly the best way of showcasing your unique day and help you to look back and see and feel it years later. Can you imagine, 20 years from now, gathering your kids or family together, and huddling around a phone to scroll through your wedding day? It sounds laughable, but really, without an album, that can be the case! Please click here for a bit more information about the albums I use.
What do we look for in choosing a photographer?
The most important thing in choosing your wedding photographer is his or her style. There are so many different photographers with so many different styles out there (dark and moody, light and airy, documentary, fine art etc). It is important to find one whose images speak to you and make you feel something inside. Once you have found the style that you identify with, the next step is to talk to the photographer! Weddings are one of the most important days of your lives, and your photographer will be beside you for most of it… probably more than almost any other person on the day! It is important to talk to them and see if their personality is someone that you can relate to and basically spend the day hanging out with.
How can we book with you?
If you enjoy my style and would like to chat further, I would absolutely love to meet you. Please send me a note via my contact form and we can arrange a time to meet in person, chat over Skype, or even a phone call, whatever is easiest for you. That way we can see if we are a good fit for each other, and begin discussing your perfect day. I love meeting new couples, making new friends, and ultimately being there to capture those special moments that will last a lifetime!
Thank you for taking the time to read through this and I hope it has offered a bit of insight into planning your wedding. Again, if you have any other questions at all, please feel free to let me know and I will be more than happy to answer them for you.