The boys prepped by washing Darryl’s truck. The girls prepped by shooting Sour Puss and Golden Wedding. If there was any nervousness between these two, it was hard to tell. The air hung with excitement and anticipation. We all loaded into speed boats and were brought just off the coast of Newtown to Pinchard’s Island. While this name may not be familiar to you, it’s a name that holds over a hundred years of history for Deanne’s family and she was about to have the first wedding on the island since the the island was resettled in the early 1950’s.
The chariot awaited us.
Have you ever seen a more joyous bride?
The day was a bright one, the sun did it’s best to stay hidden but the sky was just hurtin’.
They were married on the very spot the old Methodist Church stood, which is where the last wedding on the island was held.
But wait, not only is Darryl a dashingly handsome man – he’s a man of service too.
This wedding ended in a courtyard frolic. I’m not kidding. There’s a picture of it on the internet if you look hard enough. When you take a break from dancing to go be ridiculous with your friends and photographer for a few last minute shots, you’re more than okay in my books. Michael and Maggie are the kind of people that once you meet them, you know they were meant for each other. They’re fun, they’re athletic and they rounded up the best group of friends and family to help them celebrate their wedding day.
The other side of the cake was sent to Maggie’s location, they’re affectionally known as M&M.
Awfully handsome in this shot Mike.
Texting each other is perfectly acceptable on your wedding day. The one below this ended in RAWR XOXOX. Loves.
The Sheraton courtyard is a beautiful indoor location for a wedding.
They walked straight out of a bridal magazine, I love it! So beautiful, all of them!
While taking the above shot, the Groomsmen (all of which were M&M’s brothers, minus the little guy!) BY THEIR OWN DECISION decided to rest in this particular formation, Mike ran down to join them!
Love, LOVE, LOVE this shot!
And in case you haven’t figured it out yet, Maggie is STUNNING.
Phenomenal cake by Jessica Best (Cupcake Gourmet!)
The most passionate skinnamarink performance to date.
Getting a bit of manly advice of course.
Two words come to mind when I think back to this wedding, and the first one is hilarious the second is sweet. Ed & Erika are head over heels adorably in love , which we found out at their engagement session,
Erika has the classic old Hollywood beauty with a heart of gold, Ed is a soft hearted hopeless romantic. Both of them are the cutest geeks, being one myself I knew there was no chance their wedding wasn’t going to be adorable. (Video game references, star trek and Etsy finds! Can’t get better than that!!)
Where it all began…
Congrats Ed & Erika, thank you both for a wonderful day – and for letting me into your family for a while. You’re blessed to be surrounded by such amazing people.
I’ve known Johnny for as long as I can remember, back when he had long hair flowing down his back. His family and mine have been intertwined since as long as I have lived in this province, through so many different routes. I was more than happy to be a part of his marriage to the beautiful Heather, whose love of music is matched perfectly with Johnny’s. Their entire wedding centered around their careers, life long obsession and love – music. It was a wedding aimed straight at my heart.
The day was more than beautiful, as we reached our final location Fort Amherst we were greeted by the end of a rainbow, and completely surrounded by fog. This wasn’t your a-typical grey fog you see everywhere, this was St. John’s fog – which had the sun BLASTING behind it.. giving the most softest, dreamy light you could ever imagine. It was at that moment their wedding felt like we were living a dream.
I wanted Johnny and the guys to be comfortable in front of the camera, so they broke out the instruments and as you can see… it worked.
Heather’s hair was stunning, I love the wild nature to it – and it stayed perfect throughout the day!
Heather’s niece, Jane, had the best room – naturally I loved the color!
Managed to catch the ferry! This was just outside Atlantica, where they had their engagement supper and where they were going to be staying that evening. Stunning area, especially in evening light.
Heather changed into something a little more comfortable to make the hike in, so by this time the three of us were in chucks.
There was no pot of gold at the end of this rainbow – but a rockin’ bride and groom were.
Band name tables!! Custom Jones bottles!
He: A Planner, thinker and scholar – very cool and calm.
She: A collector, a lover, a bright soul – bursting with life.
Together over Coffee their love grew from a childhood friendship into this day. Their wedding day.
From their engagement photos to their wedding photos.
Their fur baby.
Haha, and this is what happens when you steal the b&g away for a few alone portraits, the groomsmen set up a bar on a hill.
Mark, surprised us with a serious swag in his wag.
Amazing, within 5 minutes the sky had changed so much.
Remember when I shot that engagement session in Harbour Grace with fantastic light and two really good looking people that made you really jealous of how cute they were together? They decided to go ahead and get married and let me tell you – they sure do know how to throw one kick ass wedding. In short; a beautiful bride, a beautiful brunch, Swarovski bling, STUNNING dress, a handsome groom, lots of love and laughter, a Stanley cup champion, incredible bridal party, smokey the bear.. and oh hell, I’m gonna just show you the shots!
Lori’s smile killed me – she smiled from the moment I got there until the moment I left, absolutely stunning!
When we arrived at Lori’s parents house, a feast awaited us!
Don’t get me started on my absolute LOVE for these shoes, Lori definitely hit a soft spot in style with me and Emily.
Mark surprised Lori with a stunning Swarvoski bracelet – serious bling! (I’d be crying too if I opened up a box to see that!)
This adorable little guy kinda gave way and got a little bored half way through the ceremony.
So did these little guys.
Ladies and gentleman, I love bridesmaids. I love them even more when champagne is involved.
Mark apparently likes to burn down cabins?
Father and Daughter dances have a little place in my heart, and when I can capture shots like this I get a little emotional.
Thank you Mark & Lori for letting me and Emily become part of your family on your wedding day, and hopefully for years to come. xo.
I stumble across great articles throughout my day, and this one really struck with me. I’ve been asked why certain photographers charged X amount for their weddings, and to be honest all the fully professional photographers I know in Newfoundland, charge a fair deal less than if you were to get married elsewhere in Canada.
The ceremony and reception venues are booked. You have an idea of the style of dress you want, colors and who will be your maid of honor and best man. The excitement is building! Next up is photography. You know you’re going to want wonderful pictures of your big day. But a cursory glance at wedding photographers and their prices can be an exercise in sticker shock. Photography without a doubt is expensive. But why? They’re just pictures for pete’s sake!
Here are eight reasons good wedding photographers are so expensive:
- They are qualified – When considering photographers and their fees it helps to remember you are not paying for merely a photographer’s time on your wedding day. You are paying for the ten, 15, or 20 years of commitment which is required to create wonderful images in the handful of hours they will shoot pictures during your wedding day. By paying more than you might have expected for a qualified, experienced photographer you are granting yourselves the extra reassurance you will enjoy your wedding memories for years to come. Like most professions, becoming a consistent quality professional photographer requires years of hard work. Many photographers attended college in photography, cut their teeth working for years as assistants or as newspaper staff photographers. They also spent countless nights surfing online forums talking about the latest and newest ways to improve their work. They are always networking and reading countless books just to keep up to date. They have shot many millions of pictures of a myriad of subjects. Your wedding shouldn’t be a long slog up a steep learning curve for your photographer. Your wedding pictures and overall experience ultimately will suffer.
- Important one-time events require serious responsibility – This is a once-in-a-lifetime event that is a culmination of months or years of work. There is no chance for a reshoot, not with so many important people in your lives coming from so many far away places to be with you and your future spouse for this one day. What happens if your photographer drops their camera? What happens if one of their camera disks is corrupted? What happens if your photographer breaks their ankle two days before your wedding? At each wedding, a truly professional wedding photographer has to be prepared for the risks of covering a one-chance event. That means keeping multiple disks on hand, image recovery software, multiple good quality cameras and a list of contacts that can fill in for them in the event they can’t shoot. The contingencies are numerous. Such preparedness can be costly and time consuming to maintain, hence the higher fees for clients.
- Seasonal nature of work – Photographers can only reasonably expect to have one wedding per week. These almost always take place on a Saturday. For many markets, including the market my business serves here in Kansas City, the winter months are not a popular time to hold a wedding. Weather can be very unpleasant and make travel downright hazardous. Hence photographers outside of the Sun Belt can expect to be busy only seven to eight months of the year. A photographer is having a very solid year if they have 20 to 25 weddings. In order to provide you and future clients an excellent service, photographers have to protect their business’ margins for the entire year with those 20 to 25 weddings.
- A single wedding represents a major time commitment – Your wedding is more than a commitment by your photographer for working the day of the wedding. They will pour many hours into the planning, editing, processing, presentation and shipping of the pictures, not to mention albums and other photography products included in their quoted packages. Your wedding will easily require 80 hours of your photographer’s time if not more.
- Tools are expensive – A qualified photographer will be carrying $10,000 or more in equipment on their person during your wedding. The digital camera gear will usually have to be replaced every few years. That’s expensive, considering professional caliber camera bodies cost more than $2,500 to replace. The photographer must also upgrade computers and software just as frequently. Add to that burden the normal wear and tear on all equipment and the costs become eye popping.
- Commitment to you – As a wedding photographer I can tell you it is much more pleasant to explain prices to clients once rather than apologize for the quality of their pictures forever. Ten years from now when viewing your wedding album, you will not be concerned with how much the photographer cost but you will be concerned with the quality of their work. Good is almost never cheap and cheap is seldom good. A good photographer understands this and builds their business with a priority placed on a commitment to your pictures and experience first and foremost.
- Growing the business is costly – A wedding photographer does not receive much repeat business from our clients. If we did that would mean a lot of failed marriages! Referrals to family and friends are not uncommon but there are only so many friends and family about to be married. Word-of-mouth business from happy clients is important, but it rarely is sufficient to fill a photographer’s calendar. Photographers, more so than other businesses, have to invest more into marketing plans that introduce their businesses to new potential clients. Many of these advertising efforts are expensive. A page 1 placement on The Knot’s photographers website listing costs more than $5,000 annually. That’s not cheap.
- Integrity – Imagine trying to decide between two photographers for your wedding, one photographer plays by the rules and doesn’t cut corners to save a few extra bucks but they have a higher price. Another photographer has a lower price but cheats the rules and cuts corners so they can low ball the competition. Which one is more likely to have your back when you need it? For some photographers integrity is sacred. They understand the long-term success of their business is impossible without it. Integrity requires them to deliver on their promises on time and exceed expectations. Their internal business affairs are conducted with integrity also. They pay their fair share of income taxes like you do and carry adequate liability insurance. Integrity requires them to collect sales taxes and pay them to state governments in their entirety on time. Such ethical practices are not always easy to maintain and often require us to pass on some of those costs to clients. Unfortunately for some integrity is seen as an inconvenience or an impediment. While these issues may not seem relevant to your decision in photographers, a person or a business which honors all of their obligations is much more likely to honor their obligations to you. A more expensive photographer doesn’t guarantee such integrity but it makes it far more likely.
This article was originally posted here by Chris Cummins, a photographer in the industry for over 18 years.