Milijana & Milos Tie The Knot

My first Serbian Orthodox wedding, and hopefully not my last. Warm, kind-hearted, and proud, their wedding days are filled with rich customs and culture. It was truly a great experience sharing Milijana and Milos’ day with them.  Thank you and I wish you live a long and happy life together.

Airplanes and E-Sessions

I’m thrilled to be documenting Milijana’s and Milos’ wedding next month. I got to know them while photographing their engagement session. A great couple who enjoy having fun and head over heals in love. We’re counting the days guys, it won’t be long. Meanwhile let’s have a look at their wonderful engagement session. Enjoy.

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Post Processing

I thought I would include a post on the importance of proper post processing. This is not to be a lesson on Photoshop (perhaps we’ll do that someday in the future), I only wanted to illustrate the fact that when you combine proper photographic concepts, proper lighting, and careful use of Photoshop you can achieve a far superior end result.

Below is an image of Ingrid, a real estate agent who came to me looking to improve her online profile and business card; both very important in today’s economy (click HERE for a post on the importance of your online presence). The first image of Ingrid is straight out-of-camera and was taken in my studio. We had a beauty dish up above, a 47″ octabox behind me for fill, and a strip light behind her and to the right for a little highlight in her hair. I also arranged for a makeup artist for this shoot at Ingrid’s request.

Although the out-of-camera image looks fine the way it is (and probably better than most profiles you see), it needed more, as you can see the finished photograph is much more flattering, yet the changes are subtle.

Here is another sample, this time of Sue

Stephanie & Chadd – Married

As i sit here watching the closing ceremonies of the Olympics, i’m thinking about writing this blog. I think I’ll make it simple and use the words of IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge during his closing speech. It was a “happy and glorious” wedding. The coming together of two people, two families, and two cultures is truly a beautiful thing!

Congratulations Stephanie and Chadd, I hope your life together is as bright, hot, and spicy as the weather was.

Side note, after badly pulling the muscles in my back earlier that day, enduring agonizing pain throughout the day, and later treatment at the hospital, I can safely say that: a) no more stupid lifting for me, that’s it i’ve learned my lesson b) when photograhing a wedding keep your problems to yourself, just suck it up c) have a bottle of robaxicet with you at all times:)

Old Mill Inn Wedding – Erika & Kurt

I had the privilege of documenting Erika, Kurt, & Brian’s wedding recently at the Old Mill in Toronto. But seriously, (only the attendees will get that one) I first met Erika and Kurt back in Feb. 2010 when we photographed their engagement session, see my blog post entitled “A Snowy Day on the Farm”. Since then i’ve had the pleasure of getting to know them much better, and what seemed like eons, their wedding day finally came.

Erika and Kurt, thank you. You’re both great people with kind hearts, this was confirmed during the speeches, many kind words about you both. Kudo’s to your uncle, the MC btw, he did a great job. It was truly an honor to have documented your wedding day, everyone was fantastic and the day was a blast. Have a happy and wonderful life together and I hope to be around to watch your family grow:) Kind regards and much love, JD.

N.B. – The weather gods didn’t quite co-operate, but did give us a small window of time to have a little fun with the camera after the ceremony. A dimly lit ceremony i may add, the most challenging i’ve encountered. A warning to all photographers who will be shooting at the Old Mill Inn, the chapel is EXTREMELY dark and there is nowhere to bounce your flash (it’s true i’m not a fan of on camera blast flash). So make sure your camera is capable of 2500-3200 ISO. And oh yes the Nikon D800 does a wonderful job in these conditions.

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