This image is one of my most beloved photographs that I took not only at Evergreen Brick Works, but in my whole career. It epitomizes the essence of my credo through the graffiti writing on the brick wall behind the couple. It simply states "Tout est possible" or translated in English, everything is possible.
Before I became a Toronto wedding photographer I had worked my way up through the corporate ladder. Despite the fact I was making very good money, I was not happy. As such, I quit my steady job and my six-figure income to jump in this crazy Toronto wedding photography market. I love my clients and I love photography. Hence, I think everything is possible. The same saying applies to marriages. It might sound like a cliché, but love can conquer anything. That is why the graffiti writing in this image is very powerful by itself. Add to it the composition and the brides ecstatic laugh and you have a perfect wedding picture.
The powerful message of this image is that everything is possible when two people love each other!
The most important reason I love wedding photography is to create such images that will last forever. This bride's laughter in front of the wall on which is written "Everything is Possible" in French is just priceless!!!!
I photographed this image with a Canon 70 to 200 mm lens and a 5D Mark III camera. To be able to have both the couple and the graffiti writing in focus, I shot this picture at F5.6. The bride and groom were in the shade and my second shooter illuminated them with a Profoto B1 bounced into a silver seven foot umbrella.
Ever Green Brick Works is an abandoned quarry and bricks factory located just a few kilometres North East of downtown Toronto. In 2016 the site celebrates its 127 anniversary. Started as a paper mill by the Taylor brothers, it was later discovered that the place was sitting on some high quality clay resources, so the Taylor Brothers built a brick factory. Over the years, the Don Valley Brickworks changed ownership several times and now the site has been transformed into a park with a few ponds, while the brick factory has been converted in a cultural area. Among the events held by the venues, interestingly enough the first ever Ladies Craft Beer Festival was organized in April 2016 by the Society of Beer Drinking Ladies.
Also known as Evergreen Brickworks, the complex is very popular wedding photography location. The old brick kilns, graffiti walls, the park and ponds make it easy for a photographer to achieve several looks in a matter of minutes.
This particular wedding photo taken at a Evergreen Brickworks! The photo features the bride and the groom hugging in the front of a wall on which it is written "tout est possible". The brides' veil was caught by the wind and is flying in the air (that often happens when brides approach walls). I asked the groom to nibble on the bride's neck and to tickle her. The bride laughed, the veil was lifted by the wind and that was the second when I captured that shot.
Website: Don Valley Brickworks
Location: 550 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4W 3X8.