“Welcome to our…very small…but very close family”
I’ll never forget the words that Billy’s only brother spoke during his (very short) speech. It was one of the most simple, yet heartfelt and powerful speeches that this wedding photographer has ever heard. Stacey & Billy’s wedding accomplished something that is almost impossible by today’s standards; it was intimate, emotional and honest, but it was by no means a small wedding. There were hundreds of family and friends in attendance, but Stacey and Billy were never once distracted by the commotion. There was a closeness and sincerity between not only the two of them, but also their best man and maid of honor; Billy’s brother and Stacey’s twin sister. It’s difficult to explain, but being a part of their lives for even just one day, I could clearly see it…These four people have got each other. They’re more than just family; they’re best friends. I don’t want to over-step my place, so I won’t go into anymore specifics of the Bride & Groom’s family, but I did want to put into words some of the emotions felt at Stacey & Billy’s wedding. It truly was what a wedding is about.
The weather teased us all day. This comes with the territory for October wedding photography Toronto. It’s often a taunting display of perfect, easy to work with overcast lighting with a catch; cold winds, unpredictable showers, and a very early end to the daylight. Despite all of this, we managed to snap everything we were hoping for. In fact, the rain actually served to suit the mood of the few shots that it impacted. One little trick that many wedding photographers use to highlight rain is to back light it. This involves the use of off-camera flash placed on the other side of the subject, either hidden behind the subject in the frame or just slightly outside of the field of view. This is the technique that I used for some of the outdoor shots below. I think that one of the keys is to keep the effect subtle, and to keep the flash power down, otherwise the image becomes too “processed” and fake looking. For the two shots where the bride & groom are walking under the umbrella, the first is just available light, with the second shot employing backlighting. I’ll often shoot the same scene both with and without this type of lighting, as it simply doesn’t always complement the shot. They only way to tell is to try it both ways!