Coffee connoisseur... well not really, I just love it.
I started my career as a photographer in Vancouver working for the Montizambert brothers. They ran a high-end studio which dealt with high-priced products. I learned a great deal from them, and the work environment was something I came to enjoy very much. They played their music loud, (usually classical) and they drank red wine. I loved this, and still do.
When I got to that age when all my friends were starting to get married, I became the go-to photographer. It was still the days of film and it was very stressful. It was also back in the days when being a wedding photographer was something people would snigger at.
When digital photography was making its appearance, I was skeptical. The quality was no match for film, and I naively brushed it off. It wasn’t until 2005 when a friend showed me a few images from a wedding shot on a digital camera, that I changed my mind. I’ve never looked back.
Today, wedding photographers are almost revered, especially among other photographers. My favourite wedding photographers are a Canadian couple; Chris and Lynn Jaska. They go by Chris+Lynn. Their work is truly amazing. If I was to emulate someone's work, it would be theirs. Of course, I like to think that the style I have developed is truly my own. If anyone ever noticed a similarity to the Jaska's work, I would take it as an ultimate compliment.
I’ve been photographing weddings almost exclusively since 2005, and yet I’m always learning. The biggest thing I’ve learned is that you can’t become complacent in this sort of business. Having a presence on the internet has meant becoming savvy with the type of marketing needed to maintain that presence.
I'll be honest though, social media is the one-hour-a-day chore to which I do not look forward. Once it is out of the way, I can get to the best part of my day; I put on some music, grab a coffee (sometimes with a little Bailey's irish cream) and start editing the latest project.
A wedding is fun for me now, as it should be. It’s also a great honour, which isn’t lost on me. It’s something I take very seriously. I take the time to get to know my clients. I help them plan their day, which allows us to relax and enjoy it for what it is.
I can be a bit of a perfectionist. For my friends this can be an annoyance, but for my clients, it means they will be getting my very best effort.
If you are interested in working with someone who has a strong work ethic, and takes a great deal of pride in that work, then I would invite you to contact me. I’m happy to buy you a coffee, and there is never any obligation.