A part of what I try to do as a Toronto wedding photographer is tell a bit of the story of who my clients are, and how they came together, if possible. Most of my couples met sometime in university, or occasionally in high school… but public school? Now this is rare! I knew we absolutely had to at least make an effort to do a part of their engagement photography shoot at the elementary school that they went to. This was made easier by the fact that Julia’s mother is a part time teacher at Maurice Cody Jr Public school!
As soon as we began shooting at the school (shit, I really shouldn’t use the term “shooting” here…) – I mean, photographing – there was a constant flood of cool ideas and visuals around us. We even managed to discover that there is currently a Julia AND a Samuel sharing the classroom today!!! I hope they don’t mind that we borrowed their name-tags for a couple of shots.
The first couple of images here show Julia and Sam holding their original class photo. It was such a thrill watching them experience the nostalgia and Déjà vu of returning to their childhood. It actually made me want to visit my old public school, just to walk the halls for the sake of memory.
Now, for the technical perspective for the wedding photographers out there. A little while ago I picked up the new Sigma 35mm f1.4. I have been using it for a couple of months now, and noticed that this lens is getting a ton of use. I was never a fan of the 35mm focal length, but for some reason my affections have changed. I’ve found myself grabbing for the 35mm more often than I thought I would, and a quick look through the meta data after most shoots tells me that the 35mm has become one of my most used lenses. I’ve never been a fan of Sigma lenses, as I always thought of them as second rate lenses. This is Sigma’s first lens in their new premium level of lenses, and I can say with certainty; the Sigma 35mm f1.4 is better than the Canon 35L in pretty much all regards. Gone are the loose AF thresholds that plagued Sigma lenses with higher than normal miss-rates; this lens nails focus, dead sharp, wide-open from edge to edge. It’s actually surpassed any other lens that I have in terms of my “confidence factor”, and believe me, edging out the 24-70 II in this regard is an amazing achievement. I can’t wait to see what Sigma comes out with next!
I decided to keep the off-cam lighting to a minimum on this engagement shoot. I wanted the lighting in the school to look the way it looked. This was to preserve the integrity of the new memories, in hopes that they perfectly match the old. Hey, Julia and Sam, how about we meet back at the school for a 50th golden anniversary shoot, if I manage to live to 85?!