As any photographer and entrepreneur will attest, word of mouth is king! My last nine years as a photographer have featured a LOT of word of mouth and what I like to call, “Random Acts of Networking”. You know – when the cousin of a friend of a friend sees your photos and recommends you to their neighbour’s daughter’s sister for her wedding photography!
Nearly two years ago, Rachael and Jan approached my booth at the Winter Wedding Trends show in Kitchener. We met shortly thereafter for coffee in Waterloo, where we shared stories and got to know each other a little bit. They chose to book me for their wedding which was quite some time away – I love when couples book me almost two years in advance! Rachael and Jan are a bubbly, friendly couple, and I have been looking forward to their wedding ever since!
I first worked with Mikayla a number of years ago through my work with Gemini Models in Kitchener, where she is signed as a model. You may even recognize her from the stylized bridal creative photoshoot that I’ve been sharing slowly on my Facebook fan page and Instagram! It was at this bridal photo shoot that Mikayla told me that she was set on me being her wedding photographer, whenever that day comes! It was only a few months later that her boyfriend Justin proposed to her, and we were on our way with booking their wedding date.
It’s been a gorgeous and very warm fall season and I feel incredibly fortunate to have been able to spend so much of it outdoors. I’ve since been tackling a to-edit list that was growing rapidly as a result, and I’m looking forward to sharing lots of images on the blog in the coming weeks!
Ever since Dana and Eric’s gorgeous wedding this past summer, I have had a few requests for engagement sessions at Rockwood Conservation Area. This location was gorgeous this past summer, and the fall colour this season has been spectacular.
Sabrina and Max were referred to me by my friend and colleague Michelle Maeck, who is a wedding planner and runs A Dream to Call Your Own. They were very eager to book!
I first met Jen and Billy about five years ago when they were guests at a wedding that I was photographing…though we get the feeling that we met even before then at some point, but we simply can’t put our finger on it! Again, a little case of serendipity, which has become a welcome theme in my life and career. In any case, it was at this wedding that they approached me during the reception. Jen and Billy were all smiles as they told me that when they get married, they’d love to get in touch with me for their wedding photography.
I’m a very lucky photographer in that I’ve worked with so many amazing couples and clients – but once in a while I am an extra lucky photographer in that I meet a couple whom I feel like I have already known forever! This was exactly the case with Christy and Justin. Christy found my work through a mutual friend on Instagram (Yay! All my time curating my Instagram profile is actually working!), and reached out to me through this website.
I had a wonderful time photographing Olivia and Jon’s big day in Kingsville, Ontario this past summer!
Their intimate wedding took place at the Canadian Transportation Museum which featured a lovely little village of various houses from a bygone era. Too much fun! I wish we had had even more time to explore the beautiful and expansive property.
A few years ago, I had the honour of meeting Dana – who is now one of my closest friends. We were both involved in the same local events, including the Wedding Trends show in Kitchener, which she had organized. Dana is the type of person who would truly do anything for her friends. She is a kind soul…not to mention absolutely hilarious! It was at one such event where I saw her impersonate a highly exaggerated and incredibly funny runway walk that had me in stitches. It was then that I told her we should definitely be friends – and she agreed! Considering how silly I can be, it was a match made in heaven!
It’s funny how life sometimes works out. I’ve had many serendipitous experiences in my life, and this is one of them!
In middle school, I was a nerdy, quirky kid. When Aamina moved to my town and started attending my school, we became fast friends. Laughter and silliness ensued! However, when she moved across town and to a different school, it was hard to keep in touch – life was very different before the prevalence of cellphones and the internet! Years later, we eventually reconnected online, however we had not seen each other in a very long time.
My photography business grew throughout University, and thereafter. I continued to network and work with many other local businesses. One such business (Sage Naturopathic Clinic) was what eventually reconnected me with Aamina! After a photoshoot for Sage, the owner of this business, Rahima, asked me to photograph her birthday party. Thanks to Facebook, Aamina realized I would be attending. She was engaged to Rahima’s brother, Moe!
We saw each other for the first time in over a decade at Rahima’s birthday party. It was like no time at all had passed.
Aamina and Moe asked me to photograph three days of their Ismaili wedding – and I was honoured to do so! First, I photographed their urban Toronto engagement session, where we toured their favourite date spots. So much fun!
I photographed their wedding over three days in early April in Brampton and Mississauga. The first day was the Mehndi (henna) ceremony, followed by their wedding day, and then the farewell ceremony.
It was still very cold, so they opted to have their bridal party photos done indoors at Mississauga City Hall. Their Ismaili wedding ceremony took place at a nearby Jama’at Khana, followed by a gorgeous reception at the Grand Victorian Convention Centre.
Aamina and Moe’s Wedding Day