Rachel & Jay – Graydon Hall Toronto Wedding

His name is John, and mine’s Jamieson, but both of us go by Jay to anyone who sticks-around beyond a handshake. This was was a fun cluster of confusion from time to time as we both would sling our attention to anyone who called that magical letter between “I” & “K”. Really, just like in public school, we actually got a kick out of having the same name.

Rachel & Jay had their wedding at the beautiful Graydon Hall Manor. I think every Toronto wedding photographer has at at least a couple of weddings there. It’s a popular venue for lunch receptions. Although I had shot there quite a number of times in-past, it had been a year or two since. I like to think I’m always evolving my style and technique, so I made the conscious decision to avoid looking back at anything I’ve shot there in past as part of my preparation. I also wanted to avoid looking at anything that any other wedding photographer in Toronto has posted about the location. The thing is this; I’ve seen a ton of weddings shot there from dozens of wedding photographers, and there are just too many recurring images produced from the venue. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with having a great photo opportunity captured similarly by different photographers. I simply want to be free from any creative influences that could potentially cause me to mimic.

In the end, I realized that not every location has to be different for a wedding to be unique. It’s really about the couple and their guests. Also, I don’t think I’ll see too many storm trooper helmets in future!


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  • stacy squiresAugust 18, 2012 - 6:28 pm

    these are great!! nice work!!

  • WilsonAugust 20, 2012 - 2:34 pm

    Very nice!

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