After this Toronto Botanical Garden wedding ceremony we left for the creative photo shoot. For any Toronto wedding photographer, this is the most exciting and challenging part of the day. On the one hand, this is a time when photographers craftsmanship come into play in creating visual masterpieces. On the other hand, the time crunch is a known creativity killer. Often we, wedding photographers have to revert to our tried-and-true formulas because of time constraints.
For this image I asked the bride and groom to walk on an arched wooden bridge. Once I set the exposure and composed the image, I gave directions to the bride and groom.
According to one of the best wedding photographers in the world, Jerry Ghionis, to obtain a unique photograph, there are a few elements that come into play.
First we need the perfect light. Here, the light was harsh, so I positioned the couple with their backs towards the sun.
Second, we need a good location in the gardens boast spectacular landscapes. They constitute perfect backdrops for wedding photos.
Third, the technique has to be perfect. The lens choice, the aperture, the direction of light and so on have to match the first two elements. In this image, I use the 35 mm lens to capture not only the couple but also the splendid vegetation and bridge.
Fourth, the posing has to be flawless to create a breathtaking image. In this picture, I asked the groom to hug the bride from behind for a more intimate pose.
Finally, the subjects' emotion has to be genuine. To elicit the right expression, I often "cheat". By that, I mean that I do silly things that make the bride and groom laugh for real.
It is the sum of all the above-mentioned elements that sing in unison to create a perfect wedding photograph.
Location: 777 Lawrence Ave E, North York, ON M3C 1P2.