Wedding Photography Locations and a New Resource Page

I’ve always been a bit of a tech nerd, experimenting with websites on and off for years, I had my first site, (no longer working) up and  running 15 years ago. It had a pretty good following and I was profiled in a few magazines. I never made any money on it but kept it updated daily with stock market briefs. Fast forward, and this past weekend I decided to make “” and Dayian Photography and more meaningful site for today’s bride and groom. Not just a showcase for my photography. I’ve included a Resource page on “” and first up is a “Wedding Photography Locations” page and a “Vendors” page. I’ll also be adding a few editorials now and then and may ask a few knowledgeable people out there to write articles as well. It will be a dynamic process and will never be complete so please feel free to make suggestions, it would be appreciated. If you’re interested in contributing please send me a note.


A Ritzy Engagement Session – {Rebecca & Rob}

It was a blistery, blustery day when I headed out to meet Rebecca and Rob for their engagement session. It was our first meeting and they turned out to be fantastic couple. Both really nice people and I took a liking to them immediately. But I digress, back to the shoot. The recent flash freeze had turned all that slush left over from the mild weather into a skating rink outside. We braved the snow, walked slowly and got in a few some great shots.

About an hour went by when we decided to head on over to the newly opened Ritz Carlton for a look-see. As fate would have it, Brooke, who was working at the guest services of the hotel and Rebecca knew each other. You see, Rebecca is a wedding planner and Brooke interned with her a while back. So guess what, we got a grand tour, the bars, the restaurant, a view of a guest suite, and the 7400 sq. ft. ballroom. Needless to say we weren’t disappointed. For those interested I’ll post a few images of the hotel in my next blog post.

Rebecca and Rob, I wish you best of luck and much happiness.
As always, please feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of this post, thank you.

Ritz Carlton Toronto - Engagement Session - Dayian Photography

Engagement Session – { Erika + Kurt } – A Snowy Day On The Farm

I met Erika and Kurt at a farm north of Toronto for their engagement session. It was a perfect day, the warmth from the sun made me forget winter for a short period of time. Although the snow was a bit deep and it made for wet socks, it was a pleasure spending a few hours with Erika and Kurt who are getting married next year. They were a great couple and a pleasure to shoot. Congrats on your engagement guys, enjoy the photos.

Please feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of this post, it would be much appreciated.


FREE ENGAGEMENT SESSION: Dayian Photography is offering a free engagement session to a lucky couple this holiday season. To qualify: a) you’re scheduled to get married in 2011 and b) friend us on Facebook and send us a message ( That’s it. Slated for a Jan/Feb shoot in and around the GTA.

The Engagement Session

Engagement sessions (also know as e-sessions) have been a growing trend with soon to be married couples in the past few years and will likely continue in popularity. Why are they important? and what can I expect from one?

You’ll be spending a lot of time with your photographer on your wedding day so it’s really important you guys get along. An engagement session is the perfect opportunity for the couple and their photographer to get acquainted and get comfortable with one another. You get to know each other and the photographer gets a really good idea of what the two of you like and don’t like from your photos. Do you have a good side, a bad side? Is there a certain pose that makes you cringe? The photographer should take note of your personalities and quirks and you can give feedback about what you really loved, and what you only kind of loved.

The photographs taken during the session are used in a wide variety of ways, guest books, a framed photo to sign, a slideshow for the cocktail hour, save the date cards, holiday cards, a framed gift to parents, or just a large canvas to place above your mantle. Regardless of how you use them you should come away with a few really nice professional photographs together.

The Location:
The location can be anywhere you choose. You can pick the place where he proposed, the place where you had your first date or some other location that holds nostalgic, personal value for you. If you like, just pick a scenic spot; a recent trend has been urban scenes such as alleyways. It’s strange at first but you get to have fun and fool around. The wedding planning can be stressful so take this time to relax and let go.

The Dress:

Wear something you love and that suits your personality. The last thing you want on a casual engagement session is to feel uncomfortable with how you look. Make sure your dress fits your style.

Wear something that is comfortable. It’s best not to wear overly tight pants that restrict your movement.  Many times during the session you may be sitting, standing, kneeling, …
Choose outfits that are complementary in style; no need to match each other exactly though. Along with style, make sure you choose outfits that are comparable in dress.

You may wish to bring a change of outfit for a different look, your photographer shouldn’t object.

It’s a good idea to bring a pair of shoes that are comfortable to walk in because there may be times during the session when you will walk from one location to another. You may opt for more than one pair if you have a change of outfit.

Most important, HAVE FUN!