It was a really funny morning and Donny was such a great host to the 5 winners who got to have breakfast with him.
Blog - Portrait Photographer Travis Allison
It was a rainy day in pizza-ville...
It was, but it was still great day for Liza & Andrew's wedding at the Gardiner Museum. I had a great time being a Toronto Wedding photographer for the day. When you shoot the wedding of two architects you spend the day around cool buildings. I was in heaven.
Letter-pressed and stamped invitations made by hand:
First stop Liza's parents for getting ready pictures. Liza and the bridesmaids did their own flowers and the make up was done by Al Fortier from A List Beauty.
Second stop (after a little short moment of the small towners getting turned around in the big city...) Hart House at U of T - an amazing space to shoot!
And lastly the Gardiner ceramic museum for the ceremony and food. The ceremony was held in (and catered by) the Jamie Kennedy at the Gardiner Cafe. The food was brilliant! The turtle tarts put me in chocolate heaven.
The ever beautiful Allison - her wedding was the first professional wedding I ever shot and some of those pictures are still on my business cards to this day. Allison and Ian are getting ready for baby #2!
Thanks to Liza and Andrew (and wee Maeve) for a wonderful wedding.
It's a great resource for budget planning - and making sure that you don't forget anything.
How Much Should We Budget for Photography?
Clients often ask the "should" questions - and they are great questions. The thing with weddings is.... (surprise!) they are expensive. It is incredibly important that a bride and groom (or bride and bride, groom and groom) set a firm budget and stick to it. Not only will this relieve some after-matrimony stress from looking at credit card bills but it will cut back on money arguments during your preparations.
Obviously, your total budget is a discussion for the two of you. The best I can offer is a look at what percent of your budget "should" go to photography. Within a tight budget it is often tempting to de-value photography.
Now my bias is pretty obvious, but I firmly believe that photography should be one of your most thoughtful considerations. When you wake up the day after your wedding you will have three things by which to remember the day that you spent so much time preparing and getting absolutely perfect:
- the one you wake beside
- the ring on your finger, and...
- the pictures
After your wedding day you won't have the flowers or the meal but you will have your photos.
Should the pictures, therefore, be worth as much or more?
Beth and I just got back from a wonderful trip to London England to shoot a wedding. It was a beautiful trip and we felt completely at home over there. It was a brilliant mix of city and country with the wedding in a church in Shenfield who's first recorded wedding was in 1536. In the second half of the trip we went into London proper and fit as much touristy things as we could into 2 1/2 days.
It was an amazing adventure.
Pictures from Joanna & Phil's wedding will be posted here soon but I thought I'd put up some of our more touristy shots.
I had a funny "old" experience when I got home. I was excited to take my film camera - the Lomo - with me and had that old experience of dropping of the film and having to wait a day to see what my pictures would look like. It was fun!
Arriving at Gatwick.
Red-eye flying, apparently, gives me the wavey-est hair.
This was in Hyde Park, near Kensington Palace. Part of the park's Diana Memorial, it's an old tree trunk that has been carved with elves and birds. From a distance I thought it was a parrot cage.
A "Diana" figure for the girls of this school.
St. Paul's Cathedral.
The London Eye was a definitely a highlight for us. Here's Beth looking West toward Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.
Merchant Mariner war memorial across from the London Tower.
The rest of these shots are from the Lomo.
"Look kids: Big Ben, Parliament..."
Have you been to London? What was your favourite part?
This afternoon of shooting was great fun (as always with Alicia and Conor). We drove out to the camp of a friend of ours' near London and shot around this great old mansion that is the centre piece of the property. Alicia was brave out there in her strapless dress... after doing a 15 km run in the morning.