Like most Wedding Photographers in Toronto, we sometimes get weddings outside of the GTA. Ania & Maciej’s wedding had me travelling to Hamilton, Burlington, and Cambridge. Travelling outside of my regular local area is often rewarding, and such was the case for this wedding. I had heard of the Cambridge Mill before, but had never shot there. It’s quite a nice venue..although I have to admit that it is a bit difficult to obtain consistent lighting – even with a bounce flash. I had Alex Ordanis assisting me, and our plan for the reception lighting was to use on-cam bounce flash with a CTO gell and wide maximum aperture. What the CTO (Colour Temperature Orange) gell does is convert the daylight balanced colour of a flash’s light to something close to the warmer interior ambient light. The result is that both the flash lighting and the background lighting then both closely match. This makes life easier when colour correcting in post production. The only other issue was the inconsistent ceiling that we were trying to bounce our light off of, which created other colour shifts in the light. It was truly the type of venue that I was temped to either abandon flash altogether, or just convert everything to black & white! I don’t give up that easily though, and I have standards that I try to adhere to at all costs. In the end, Alex and I decided to try our best to bounce our light off of the white parts of the ceiling, and avoid the wood coloured panels that hung from the ceiling as much as possible. This meant that we were pretty much watching where we stood at all times. I hope this trick comes in useful for any other wedding photographers reading this!
I can’t say enough great things about Ania & Maciej. They treated us like guests and friends, and they toughed-out the cold weather for the photo shoot. The truly deserve one another, and I am so glad that I made the trip out to Cambridge for them! There are some couples that a wedding photographer truly wants to keep in-touch with after the wedding, and Ania & Maciej are one of those couples.