This album spread contains two Black Creek Pioneer Village wedding photos. The image on the left features the main subjects, the bride and her son. To give the image dimension, there is a third person smiling in the background. The second image, on the right page of the album spread, presents the bride looking down through her dress.
Selfies are omnipresent these days and a selfie with your mother on her wedding day is priceless. Still, despite the fact this shot looks natural, I staged it. When I saw the bride's son taking selfies with his mother, I asked one of the bridesmaids to stand behind them. My request was so unexpected that the bridesmaid started laughing. As a wedding photographer one has to improvise to get the right shots. By placing the bridesmaid in the background I added a new layer, which gives the image more dimension. If you wish, it makes it three dimensional.
This shot of the bride looking down her dress is super fun, especially if you can see it behind the scenes. Seconds before the bride got into her dress, I laid on the floor on my back and asked her to bring the dress above my lens. The result? The dress became a tunnel and I asked the bride to look down at my lens through the tunnel. The photographic composition in this frame is impeccable. I placed the bride in the middle of the golden spiral.
For a photographer, events are also opportunities to bond with the clients and have fun. Once the bride and groom relax, the quality of their wedding photos increases. The unknown side of a Toronto wedding photographer is this. Besides taking images we are event coordinators, confidantes and eventually, best friends.