This special event at Chateau Le Parc was one of my richest weddings I did in my professional photography career in Toronto. Sure, I did a few beach destination weddings where the opulence was memorable but in the GTA, I have yet to see a more luxurious big day.
At the beginning of the special day, both wedding photographers and videographers showed up bright and early at the groom's house. To say that the house was spectacular would be a massive understatement! This is by far one of the most beautiful dwellings I have seen. Where should I start? First, when we parked, we noticed three fast cars waiting in front of the house: a Lamborghini, a Ferrari, and the Porsche on the left. It was, therefore, the perfect setting for a fantastic groomsmen photograph.
I asked the boys to stand around the splendid cars and they were happy to oblige. As a side note, Chateau Le Parc is well known for high-end events and this is one of them. Interestingly, only a month after documenting this special day I was lucky enough to shoot another marriage here, so I'm very familiar with the location.
It is no secret that we work hard to maintain our place is one of the top wedding photographers in Toronto. To be able to do that we can always critique or images once the big day is over. It is an integral part of our workflow and it helps us improve continuously.
The question we asked ourselves is: what works in this photograph and what can be improved? First, the lighting is spectacular! I remember the evening before the special event, the beautiful bride called me and asked me if I could arrive bright and early at the groom's house and I was very happy to do so. If there is one element that helps the professional photographer achieve more just imagery is time. In other words the more time, the better the images.
Working the shot is a photography concept that implies the continuous improvement of the same image by changing the angle and the camera settings. In a matter of minutes, a good wedding photographer can start with an average shot and create a masterpiece. It often takes no less than 50 trials to create the final image that will be delivered to the couple. Still, one needs enough time to take those 50 pictures and often, on the wedding day, time is a luxury. Long story short, I was very happy to show up early in the morning and the groom's house to photograph his preparation for the wedding ceremony.
Because we were shooting in the morning, the light was soft and had a good quality and direction. That was the main ingredient in this gorgeous shot. Second, the background is outstanding carefully manicured landscape, a beautiful house, three sports cars and seven handsome young men make this an unbeatable wedding photo.
Can this image be improved? Absolutely! For example, there is a slight bias of the picture towards the left and that is relatively easy to detect for a professional, but to the bride and groom, this shot is flawless!