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Santa Portraits for Alyvia’s Fundraiser
Below are all the Santa Portraits that were taken during a fundraiser for Alyvia at Britton Images Photography Studio. I was so thrilled with all the parents who turned up to support this cause & all the others who just popped in to make a donation.
ESSEX COUPLE READY FOR THE HUNT
Cathy & Chuck
Cathy called the studio one day to ask if I could go out to their property in Essex to take some lifestyle shots of them participating in their hobby of hunting with bow & arrow. I was quite surprised when I saw their equipment as I was expecting an old fashioned bow & arrow. Instead the weapon was huge & very high-tech, as you will see in the shot below. We wandered around their property as they talked about their hunting hobby & how much they enjoyed going out as a couple. The shot below was one of their favourite ones. It was an interesting day & a pleasure to get to meet these two experienced hunters.
A Holiday Smile Producer
I so loved this children’s photo of Ruby…..she looks like a professional on a model shoot! Children are so much fun to photograph 😀 I just couldn’t stop laughing though when I got this one, as will the lucky recipients of this card. She’s just so cute!! I wonder what she’ll do when she gets a year older – will she be funny like this or will she get a little shy? Only time will tell.
marguerite & jesse
October 1, 2011
BRIDE: Marguerite, 30, Correctional Officer
GROOM: Jesse, 30, Slot Tech, Casino Windsor
HOW THEY MET: Schoolmates
HOW LONG ENGAGED: 1 year
THEIR WEDDING STYLE: Modern with a hint of Tradition
Mixology can seem a hard art to master, but with dedication everyone
can become a msestro of love’s heartwarming cocktail. Take:
2 measures trust
1 measure commitment
1 measure friendship
3/4 measure understanding
2/3 measure patience
1 dash of laughter
1 teaspoon romance
Blend well together, pour out a generous glassful, and serve stirred,
not shaken. Sprinkle with kisses, and top with a slice
of passion fruit!
The wedding of Marguerite & Jesse was so much fun! I remember how she giggled a lot & how beautiful she looked with her long dark hair flowing down over her shoulders. She and her handsome husband were perfect together savoring all the joy & good-natured fun throughout the day. And even though wild & crazy winds visited Windsor that day they both took it in stride deciding to take a chance anyway to head to the Peace Fountain for some playful picture taking. Marguerite had to hold on tight to her veil but we managed to squeeze a few in before the wind had a chance to sweep us away.
Marguerite planned her day all herself & did a fantastic job, loving every minute. She chose a stunning strapless gown from Bridal Couture with a beautiful back reveal, a panel insert train with stunning embellishments that perfectly dressed up the loosely tiered front. Finishing off her look was a really feminine pair of ivory heels, an ivory bouquet, a finely embellished veil, a band bracelet, chandelier earrings & a delicate necklace just to add a little bling in the right spots.
Again I had the pleasure of feeling like family at this wedding & consider Marguerite as another friend I met while doing what I love to do. Congrats to you both Marguerite & Jesse. I have dedicated a poem to you both as I’m starting to do for all my couples. Enjoy!!
PHOTOGRAPHY: Amy Britton
CEREMONY SITE: Freed Orman Conference CenterOfficia
GOWN: Bridal Couture
WEDDING RINGS: Precision Jewellers
BRIDESMAID DRESSES: It’s Your Day
FORMAL WEAR: Monty’s
FLOWERS: Towne Florist
INVITATIONS: DIY Michael’s
RECEPTION SITE & CATERING: Riverside Inn
DECOR: Towne Florist
CAKE: The Cake Lady
TRANSPORTATION: Royal Limosine
HONEYMOON: Gulliver’s Travels ( Australia, Fiji, Hawaii)
karen & aaron
September 24, 2011
river deep, mountain high
Love bubbles up as a spring high in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
It streams over pebbles, translucent and showered with golden coins of sunlight falling through emerald leaves.
Little by little it is always widening, deepening, maturing; always following its star.
Karen & Aaron first met in grade school, lost touch when Karen moved away. Serendipity brought them together once more many years down the road when they began working for the same company. Aaron eventually moved to Toronto where he & Karen bought their first home. Could it be their union was in the stars? Somethings just fall into place don’t they.
Their wedding brought lots of friends & family from Windsor to share in their day. This couple is so much fun & so easy going!! They really are such a perfect match. I loved shooting this wedding because, of course, I love to travel & Toronto is my hometown but more importantly, Karen & Aaron have become friends since they first came to my studio last year.
Karen looked so beautiful & radiant alongside her handsome husband. And they thoroughly enjoyed every minute of their celebration as per all their beaming smiles. Congratulations to you both!! I am so honoured you chose me not only as your photographer but also as a friend.
OFFICIANT: Enduring Promises
GOWN: David’s Bridal
CAKE: Karen Richards
FAVORS: For the Love of Cake
DJ: Joell Yelle
PHOTO BOOTH: Pam Breese
Natalie’s hometown of Leamington was the setting for her wedding to football coach Jamie on Friday, August 26th. Following the church ceremony the whole wedding party headed over to Natalie’s uncle’s house to take a few pictures. The scenery was absolutely beautiful with landscaping & view of the water to die for. These two were so much fun!!! At the Ciociaro Club they participated in “Jumping the Broom” a custom brought down from Jamie’s side of the family. Congratulations Nicole & Jamie! I was just thrilled to be a part of your wedding day.
July 2 was the big wedding day celebration for Nathalie & Chad. These two are dog lovers just like me so we clicked right away. We started the day at their house, moving over to St. John Vianney, then to the Art Gallery & finally to the Ambassador Golf Club for the reception. What a happy couple!!! with a large number of family & friends coming from Europe to share their day. Congratulations on your very special day! May you share many years together of love, happiness & good fortune.
Thought I would shoot some dramatic photos for the fashion section of the Bridal Confidential Magazine. Caesars Windsor was the venue providing some interesting backgrounds. The beautiful gowns were provided by Bridal Couture, hair by Classic Recreations, bouquets by I&F Designs, makeup by Makeup by Klaudia & jewellery by G & G. Thanks to our models Madison & Nadya!!
April 16th finally arrived for a determined Jennifer Darmon to walk down the aisle to her awaiting finance, Mike Belawetz. When the ceremony ended Mike whisked her off the floor to the joyful applause of everyone there.
Their first dance was just as touching!
Take a peak at their amazing memorable moments done by Brian of Green Gecko Photography: link below.
Words hardly come close to explaining the emotions of the day! As you can see, Jenn is just beaming from ear to ear. And what makes this event even more memorable is the fact that Jenn worked extremely hard, for quite some time now, to take those time honored steps down the aisle.
It was a privilege and honor to be chosen to document their day, as it is with all my couples.
Please enjoy their story.
Special thanks to Brian Stephens of Green Gecko Photography www.greengeckophotography.com as well as Jaymz van Hees of Jaymz Fotografie www.jaymz.ca for helping me to capture their eventful day. It wouldn’t have been the same with out you!
here’s a quote I found and wanted to share, ~ how fitting
Whatever setbacks you encounter, don’t give up on your hopes and dreams.
Imagination is stronger than knowledge…. dreams are more powerful than facts, and hope can triumph over experience.
April 16th finally arrived for a determined Jennifer Darmon to walk down the aisle to her awaiting finance, Mike Belawetz. Historical Mackenzie Hall in Olde Sandwich Town was packed with invited guests & media to watch this feisty woman overcome adversity & make her life-long dream of walking down the aisle on her wedding day come true. With twinkling eyes & a glowing smile she looked like an angel. The energy was electric as all eyes were on the beautiful bride. When the ceremony ended Mike whisked her off the floor to the joyful applause of everyone there. It was hard to keep a dry eye while witnessing this beautiful love story unfold knowing all they had both endured. May your marriage be blessed with much love, happiness & good fortune!!!!
Look for their story on Inside Edition today at 4:30 or check out their website.
Another post will follow with more photos of their day.
Jennifer Darmon was Person of the Week on Diane Sawyer’s ABC News, with their story appearing on several news sites including WXYZ with Carolyn Clifford, Inside Edition, CBS,The Morning Show & a video diary on you tube. Check them out.
Most video companies will send either a representative or camera crew to your ceremony site during the rehearsal to check out placement and entrances. They’ll then be able to determine the best equipment setup and how many cameras are needed. Remember, though, that this is a wedding ceremony, not a movie set; question suggestions of more than two to three cameras.
Generally you need at least two cameras for the ceremony — one in front and one in back. The second camera also can serve as backup to a failed camera.
Provide your videographer with a copy of any restrictions your clergy may have. You may even want to schedule a meeting during which you all can discuss the rules and any exceptions that may need to be made. Consider another venue if yours has too rigid limitations and find a different videographer if you sense tenseness or hostility.
Avoid conflicts all around with a specific written contract. Make sure you and your videographer agree in writing about what his duties are and what you’re expecting for your final tape.
The contract should cover all these issues related to the job:
- Schedule of coverage
- Depth of coverage
- Features of the finished product
- Payments and contingencies
The contract might also cover who the actual cameramen will be. There’s no such thing as a standard contract, and verbal agreements aren’t binding. Put everything down on paper so you won’t have any surprises on your wedding day or afterwards.
Mike will get the unbelievable gift of watching the love of his life, Jennifer …..walk down the isle to his waiting arms to exchange vows & share their wedding day with friends & family. I am so thrilled & honoured to have been chosen to document their day. Jennifer is such a beautiful person & role mode!! With incredible strength of determination & will she has worked faithfully, against all odds to walk down the aisle & dance with her husband at their celebration. And kudoos to Mike for setting such a strong example of what the words “through sickness & in health ” really mean. Their touching story appeared in the Windsor Star, February 14 so for those who missed it you can click on the following link:
True & lasting love is still wonderfully alive!!!! Look forward to your special day!!!
When you’re looking for the right photographer, you want a professional who’ll understand and work toward the outcome you envision. To hire the right person for the job, decide on your likes and dislikes and discuss them in detail with all prospective photographers.
Look for a photographer who you feel comfortable with among the crowd. Find one who you believe will have a good rapport with your friends and family; he/she must be a team player and willing to work with everyone involved. Any abrasiveness you sense at your meeting will be worse on your wedding day.
When inquiring about prices, don’t ask, ‘How much do you charge?’ Rather, because your expectations and individual needs influence the final cost, ask, ‘How much should I spend to get what I want?’
Insist on a full disclosure of prices for additional prints and albums so you won’t have any surprises. Inquire about ways you can save money, too. For example, if your wedding is smaller, consider getting professional portraits done during the week rather than on the weekend.
There are some differences to consider between a large studio and an independent photographer. Some couples are more comfortable dealing with a large photography studio, as they offer backup if your photographer gets sick. However, most large studios employ subcontractors who may be new at the trade or for whom photography is a source of supplemental income. You’ll receive more personal attention with a small studio or independent and likely will deal directly with your actual photographer at all times. Therefore your album will better reflect your wishes.
Whomever you choose, sign a contract before your wedding date. Make sure everyone involved understands and agrees upon the conditions outlined in the contract. Too often couples are disappointed with their results because they assumed their verbal, not written, instructions would be followed.
Above all else, find a photographer who acts professionally and interacts well with both of you as a couple. Hire someone who appreciates the importance of your day and is eager to capture it all.
You know your photographer will snap plenty of pictures of you posing, smiling and enjoying the attention. Why not get creative for some wedding photos to remember?
Try these great shots of the bride and groom for a wedding album you’ll treasure forever:
- Dressing for the ceremony
- Full length solo
- With mother, father or both
- With grandparents, and brothers and sisters
- For the bride, pictures with maid of honor, ring bearer, flower girl and attendants
- For the groom, pictures with the best man and groomsmen
- Putting on the garter
- For the bride, a picture with her father walking down aisle
Don’t forget about the different opportunities for photos of the bride and groom together. Imagine all the possibilities and ways to remember these treasured moments:
- Father giving bride’s hand to groom
- Exchanging vows
- Ring ceremony
- Formal bride and groom shot
- Newlyweds with parents and bridal party
- Bride and groom’s hands together
- Bride and groom cutting cake and feeding each other
- Newlyweds toasting each other and the first dance
- Newlyweds getting into limo
- Groom removing garter
Capture every little detail of the atmosphere of your wedding. Looking back, you’ll want your photos to help you remember the:
- Bridesmaids walking down aisle
- Ring bearer and flower girl
- Receiving line
- Cake table and cake
- Punch servers and musicians
- Guests dancing
- Toss of bouquet
- Guests throwing birdseed
- Post-reception party
Come up with ideas of your own, consider your options and then discuss your preferences with your photographer.
Check out the following list of photography techniques to help you decide what types of pictures are going to best represent your big day.
- Set-up or stock shots: These photos include those classic poses, like the toast of the bride and groom or the bride and her mother. These shots are indispensable to any wedding album. Your photographer probably will be familiar with these timeless poses.
- Portraiture: The most common style of wedding photography portraiture is the formal, posed picture. Portrait-based photography carefully controls lighting and posing in a studio set-up. A well-planned pose can make for a perfect wedding photo, but getting the perfect pose can be time-consuming. Consider having these shots done before the wedding.
- Soft focus: The photographer uses a special lens that produces a hazy, romantic, dream-like effect. A couple of these shots work well in an album, however, use this effect sparingly or it loses its effectiveness.
- Natural light: This is photography without the flash. The photographer finds the needed natural light instead. If this technique is done well, the picture looks like a piece of fine art, more painted than photographed.
- Photo essay: This style is gaining popularity because it uses an arrangement of your wedding photographs to tell a story, similar to the way a photojournalist uses photos in a newspaper. This is a great way to capture emotions and the more natural, spontaneous moments of your day. The wedding photographer captures movement, mood and atmosphere on the fly. Many photojournalist photographers set aside a short amount of time for formal group pictures but take most of their pictures without any prompting or commands. Plan on having a lot of pictures in your album to take advantage of this style.
Know your moment, pose and style options for wedding photographs and discuss your preferences with your photographer. You’ll be much happier with the results if you contribute your thoughts about your wedding photographs prior to the big event.
I’m developing a new concept using fusion video to offer to my clients in the new year. Here’ a little taste of what it will look like complete with original music.
A very special & ginormous THANK YOU to Michael Bunn for his musical talent in putting this together!!!! You can check him out at www.creative-harmony.de
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE!!!
Lisa wanted to get a mother & daughter portrait on canvas for Christmas. I always love capturing mothers & daughters….there’s nothing like a mother’s love!!! And Maddy makes a beautiful teen model!!
Check out my work as it appears in the September 16th issue of the Windsor Star.
Thanks to my recently wed couples, Pam & Rob, Angie & Jay and Caroline & Terry– you look beautiful!
Also thanks to my fabulous models Meagan, Liz and Julie and also, Pelee Island Winery.
More images to come!
Charlotte & Alex’s Wedding at Toronto’s The Old Mill– September 11, 2009 – Toronto Wedding Photographer
The Old Mill, located in Toronto, proved to be nothing short of a wedding photographer’s dream–multiple garden locations, stone staircases, serene waterfalls, a romantic terrace and of course, the rustic interior.
Charlotte and Alex had a lovely evening wedding in the chapel and celebrated late into the night, both on the dance floor and out on the terrace, under the stars. Congratulations, you two!