Thanks for being here.
I have been capturing photos and making videos since high school (circa 2001). I knew that photography was something that was going to be a lifelong interest when I was introduced to black & white photography in grade 10, where we developed our film and made prints. Comm-tech class showed me the possibilities of story telling through video creation. This love of the creating and documenting lead me to complete a three year course in Broadcast TV & Radio after high school.
I worked in news-media, sports broadcasting, and for YTV (childhood dream come true). Even though my office was steps from the studio where they filmed "The Zone" (millennial reference), I felt that there was a personal creative outlet that I wasn't exploring from my day-to-day. So in 2009 I picked up my first digital SLR and started to take street photos, live music, portraits and everything I thought was interesting.
In 2012 I decided to leave the traditional broadcast world in the rearview and started working as a creative director for a tech start up in Waterloo whose soul focus was to improve the healthy and happiness of employees within organizations. There I created 3D graphic explainers, customer testimonials, social media content, and was heavily involved in building a brand from the ground up. My now friend Taylor Jackson, stopped by our office one day to film our CEO's for a documentary he was making called Startup Community. After a few visits to our office to film, he noticed my camera bag on my desk overflowing with camera gear. We became fast friends and it wasn't long before he asked if I wanted to second a wedding with him. That summer I filled the weekends of my calendar shooting alongside Taylor and learning the ropes of a wedding photographer on a wedding day.
It wasn't long until my side business of shooting weddings became my main focus for my creative outlet. I made the transition to being a full time wedding photographer & videographer in 2015, and have been building my business and learning new techniques ever since.
Current life consists of spending time with Kelly (my gal), our Bajan-rescue-dog (José), and creating photos and videos at the Studio on King. I appreciate if you have read this far into my abridged self-written bio. If I sound like someone you would want to have around on your wedding day, send me a note and we can chat.
Do you have a Covid-19 policy?
Yes. 2020 has been an interesting year. With 99% of my couples postponing to 2021 and beyond, I was able to work with them and their venues to find new dates that I am available for. We transferred their deposit towards their new contract & date. In a few rare cases where I was not available for their new date, I matched them up with a photographer who has a similar style (and that they approved), so they were covered for their new date.
What is your style of photography?
I am constantly learning from new couples, discovering what works for them, and which lighting & scenes make pleasing photos. I prefer to offer posing suggestions to my couples and photograph what I like from those moments. Ideally, my couples are comfortable, happy, and easy to laugh.
How do we pay and book with you?
You can reach out through my contact form to check for availability, pricing and to schedule a chat to make sure we are a good fit. I always prefer to meet up in person or schedule a phone call. After that, I will send you a contract and invoice. The deposit is 50% of your total package, with the remainder due a few weeks before your wedding.
How many photos can we expect in our gallery?
I typically deliver between 500-700 print-ready images to an online gallery... while we are on the subject, I always urge my couples to print their photos, whether it be through the online gallery, or on your own. Photos are meant to be printed, held, and displayed proudly in your home. You can order prints directly from your online gallery. I also offer discount codes seasonally, just ask :)
Do you take formal group & family photos
Yes, absolutely. I have a checklist template that I like to send out to my couples well in advance of their wedding date. Filling out this list helps us stay organized on the day, as well as ensures we don't miss that photo with your great aunt.
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes I do. Let me know if your venue needs to see proof, and I can email it over : )
Can I show you my Pinterest board of images that I love?
Of course you can, I love looking at Pinterest for inspiration too. While I enjoy the photos of other photographers, my couples trust me to create can capture images that are as unique as they are. I like to use inspiration boards as a starting point and work towards images that are as unique as you.
Is it cool if my aunt takes photos during my wedding?
Yes, as long as she does her best to stay out of the way of my frame. I do offer discounts for unplugged ceremonies.
Can I bring my dog, and will you take her photo?
Yes! Please bring your cool dog (venue permitting) and we will definitely include them in your images from the day.
Who will be there on my wedding day?
Every wedding I book, I am there for. When you hire me, you hire myself (and maybe a second) to be with you on your wedding day to capture the important moments.
If I missed something
Please don't hesitate to reach out with more questions. I'm happy to talk about your day, and how I would capture it.