First kiss photos


 The most challenging part about photographing a wedding can be the ceremony.  If it's outside it is less difficult as I have room to move around.  In a church you are very limited to where you can stand and move, not to mention they are poorly lit. But that's how it goes and it's part of the job.

Whatever the case the ceremony for a photographer involves a lot of darting in and out, being careful not to block peoples views and not to be in the way. The importance of making yourself nearly invisible cannot be overemphasized.  

It’s your first kiss as Mr & Mrs and your officiant is photo-bombing you. Unfortunately it happens all the time, it’s the nature of the set up. To avoid this you can have your officiant step off to the side quickly so you can have your photographer(s) shoot your “kiss”, without your officiants head right between yours.  Or, ask the officiant to perform the ceremony beside you, not in-between you. The examples below are photos that I wish the officiant had moved.  Yes, I can photoshop them out and I often do - but still.

 Not a first kiss photo, but this photo would of been more successful had he moved.

Not a first kiss photo, but this photo would of been more successful had he moved.


Where the officiant DID move for the first kiss.


 Or do what we did have the officiant perform the ceremony on the side, we are not very traditional nor religious so it worked great for us.  Look how amazing the second shot is - the photographer would of never got that had our officiant been between us! I use photos of my own wedding as an examples as I have never shot a wedding where the officiant stood off to the side and don't think couples are thinking about the photography every step of the way like I would of course. It's in my blood, I can't help it.

 Steve Gerrard Photography

Steve Gerrard Photography

 Steve Gerrard Photography

Steve Gerrard Photography

 Steve Gerrard Photography

Steve Gerrard Photography

Don't hire Walmart to shoot your wedding

I don’t usually like to fill my blog with a lot of talk. This is a photo blog.  We all know the bride was beautiful, the couple was special and you could feel the love in the air.  However, today I do have something to say about wedding photography.  Recently, a friend of mine hired a photographer who was completely misleading about her skills and ended up being totally inexperienced. This photographers website had a number of natural light photographs that appeared to be cute and nice.  At first glance perhaps they knew what they were doing. They had a Facebook page with thousands of followers and categorized it as a professional service. The service was anything but professional.  My friend cried and fumed upon arrival of her photos.  After almost 8hrs of shooting, this photographer barely produced 100 photos of her wedding. They were badly composed, poorly lit and look as if a child took them.  During the day there were so many missed moments and photo mistakes.  Family shot in front of big screen tv? Yikes.  Cut off faces in the wedding party photos. Terrible.

In this new digital era, where photography and photo editing is at everyone’s fingertips, and darkrooms are almost a thing of the past, everyone can be a photographer (or at least they may think so).  “Professional photographers” are on every corner now, dozens in every town, thousands in every city. When cruising the world wide web looking for information about this- I found funny definition: 

MWAC (noun): 1. a mom with a camera;  2. new moms with new half-way decent cameras suddenly thinking they are pros and charging for their half-a$$ work undercutting real photographers; 3. a shoot-and-burner who spends little time figuring out the science, art and finer mechanics of photography or the industry and charges below industry-standard pricing.

Although a generalization and somewhat harsh, it’s kinda true.  Where I live these MWAC are everywhere undercutting me. Don’t even get me started on “mini sessions” and everyone copying each other.   (Haven’t we all seen enough babies in baskets, fur, toques, crowns and buckets. And who invented cake smash?)  I recently heard from an acquaintance that she hired this type of photographer for family photos and was told by the photographer that it had to be done outside as she did not know lighting.  Ummm what?  They didn't hire me because this photographer was super cheap. Wonderful. 

Essentially, what it boils down to is that these MWAC that are competing with companies such as Walmart and Sears for family photography. They have their mini session marathons and pretty much give every client the same photo. For the most part I think their clients are okay with it. Those who value photography and want something different will look for more. BUT when it comes to wedding photography do you really want to hire Walmart to shoot your wedding?  No.

So who do you hire? Higher or lower prices do not determine if someone is a professional.   If someone is extremely high priced, it does not necessarily mean they are the best in the area either.  Sometimes price will mimic skill set and abilities, but often times, it will not.

 There is something that I tell brides that contact me all the time.  Photographers put their best work on their sites.  Anyone who shoots a 1000-2000 photos at a wedding will have two that worked out and be able to add to their portfolio.  Ask to see a wedding from start to finish, not just the greatest hits. I have one on my proofing site to show potential clients at all times. You’ll weed out the wannabes, hacks and lazy fauxtographers.   


Purple Hill Hoedown

Purple Hill Country Hall Wedding - Thorndale, Ontario

This cute country couple suited their venue perfectly.  Cowboy boots and big buckles, cows and bullet boutonnieres. And a horse riding bride for the win.  


Sweet Summer Duo


Port Stanley, Ontario Engagement Photos

On a hot day in Port Stanley I shot Jessica and Adam's engagement photos. We caught the late day sun and it was total dreamboat.

They are getting married in May at the Elmhurst Inn.

Woodsy Woowee

Port Dover Engagement Photos

Here is Krystal and Anthony's engagement shoot.  It was green, lush and romantic. I feel like I should of made them dress up like Disney characters.  There's an idea! Any Disney fans out there?

They are getting married next summer.