What is a Slow Motion Video Booth and why should you have one at your wedding?

Weddings are fun, but some are just simply more fun. We have been to a wedding with a photo booth, and they are great. We get to act silly, play dress-up and interact with different people at the reception.

So, what is a ‘slow motion video booth’? Well, its kind of like a photo booth, but much more dynamic, interactive and generally more fun. Guests choose their props for their time in the booth (or not). The props can be similar to ones you would find in a photo booth, but some are meant to be dynamic and interactive! Like silly string, balloons, bubbles or confetti poppers. The guests then enter the open booth alone, in pairs or in a small group and have 8 seconds to dance, jump around and just plain be silly. 8 seconds doesn’t sound like a lot of time, but once the playback is shown, it is closer to a minute and a half in slow motion.

The camera used is specific for shooting in slow motion. We shoot at 240 fps (frame per second) rather than traditional 30 fps. They playback is love for everyone in the room to see son as the recording is done and viewable on a large screen elevated T.V.

Typically we have a line up guests waiting to for their 3rd, 4th, or 10th round in the booth.

In the end, rather than small photo strips that most often are left on the floor or on tables, the Bride & Groom receive a fully edited video of all the best highlights from the booth with noncommercial music (so you can share on Youtube without having them take it down). We also deliver every groups clip with music which the Bride & Groom can share with all the participants.

Have a wedding reception that people will talk about for years!

Check out our sample and see what you think?

First Look

In Wedding photography, the first look or sometimes referred to as a ‘reveal’. What is it? and should we do it?

Traditionally, at least in western culture, the groom is not supposed to see the bride in her wedding dress until she walked down the isle. This , although not the intended reason, offer wedding photographers a great opportunity to capture raw emotion from the groom as sees his bride for the first time in her beautiful white wedding dress. I personally love that…in theory.

The problem with this is, well…we are guys. We often don’t want to show a lot of emotion in front of large crowds of people, our buddies and strangers. So what happens more often than not is capturing a groom who is making the best effort NOT to show his emotions. Sometimes for fear of teasing by his buddies for years to come. Heck, recently there was even a photo of a groom crying at the alter as he watched his bride walk towards him that went viral as people made fun of him. (Crazy, I know).

A great solution to the this is the first look. A short private moment between the bride and groom just before the ceremony. In this time (about 5 minutes) the groom will see the bride for the first time and meet. They can hug, kiss, talk, cry etc… without interference from the officiant or judgment of others. The photographer then captures the moment (best with a long lens from afar).

Every first look I have done with my clients has been just plain awesome sauce! The bride and groom love the private moment, which is often the only one they get for the entire day and we get the ‘moment’ we were hoping for traditionally done at the alter.

While the first look is not for everyone, it should be considered if anything I have said here sound appealing to you.

What do you think?

Cheers,

Oshawa Engagement Session

This E-session almost didn’t happen with the bride and groom to be only having one weekend available together before their upcoming wedding. The scheduled day was cancelled due to heavy downpours, but just 20 minutes before the original set time, there was a magical break in the clouds that looked like it would last for about an hour. I quickly called them and asked if they were able to make it to the lake within the next 15-20 minutes and give it a go. They were game and brought their best. The session went so perfect with ever changing skies. I’m so glad we were able to complete the session and look forward to the wedding soon. Congratulations Melissa & Tom.

The Headshot

Awesome! You finally have that new business that you’ve been working you ass…ets off for for the last year up and running. Congratulations.

Now what? Well, Branding, that’s what. You realize you probably should get a headshot right? Let’s Google local headshot companies and call around. You found one that jumps out at you, you love the look of the all the headshots on the website, you’re not quite sure why, but you like them.

A good headshot is a business essential.

It gives you a leg up when it comes to publicity, a professional web presence, or a potential speaking contract. A strong business portrait personalizes your business. People see who you are and are more likely to want to work with you. In contrast, an unflattering, badly posed or technically inferior headshot can work against you.

Your headshot is part of your brand. Be sure it is sending a message compatible with your professionalism.

We are the leading headshot photography studio in Oshawa and the Durham Region with a unique fusion style of commercial and corporate looks.

Our goal is to make you look confidant and professional while maintaining a bright approachable presence with genuine smile and facial expressions. We don’t sit you down, pose you and say smile. That almost always results in an awkward and uncomfortable fake smile which can lead to looking untrustworthy.

You can see more of our work on our mail website in the headshot area using the link to the left. Sawyer Photography, Oshawa headshot photographers, oshawa head shot, Toronto headshot photographers, Toronto head shot photographers, toronto photography, Oshawa photography,

 

3 tips when Hiring a Wedding Photographer.

Who ever said planning a wedding is easy? Well, it actually can be if you don’t fall victim of some very common mistakes. As a wedding photographer, I can’t (or won’t) go into other areas such as Videography, DJ services, catering etc… But I can tell you many of the mistakes are the same across the board.

When We get wedding photography inquiries we often get an email like: “Hello, you were recommended to us so we were looking at your website and LOVE your work. We hope you are available on our date. Can you please send us your packages and pricing?”

Ok, so…It’s wonderful that we were recommended, and we think it’s great that they love our work, but…The only question asked was about pricing. Not “How long have you been in business?” or “these images are great, but can we see an entire wedding…or two?” or even “Are all the images on your website yours?”

Yes, people have been known to use images shot by other people, maybe someone they have worked with in the past.

My point is, when you are shopping for a single person to single handedly be responsible for capturing every moment and detail of one of the most important days of your life…Don’t shop by price.

We know that every bride and groom has a budget and we of course want to be within that budget, but sometime the old adage “You get what you pay for” is true.

When I meet with potential clients I often give this advice;

1: Never shop by price, find a photographer who’s work and style you like, meet them and then discuss pricing. Often the photographer can customize the packages to suit your individual needs.

2: Always ask to see at least 1 full wedding the photographer has shot recently. It is easy to put the absolute best shots we have on our website and say “yup, all my work looks that good”, but I guarantee  you it doesn’t. We put our best images up, maybe one or two from every 4th wedding. If you want to see how the photographer shoots normally, look a t 2 or even 3 recent full weddings. If they refuse or can’t do this, walk away.

3: Invest in an album. The average wedding in the Toronto area is between $15,000 and $20,000. That’s a lot of money, of which is all spent on services and consumables.

Think about it, after all is said and done, the day after the wedding, what is there left to hold on to? The dj? music was enjoyed, but gone. The food, eaten. The beautiful wedding dress right? It goes into the closet rarely to be seen again. You get my point right?

The photography, that is what will last, that is what will bring back memories, tears, and laughter. Any ‘good’ wedding album costs around $1000 and up. This is a small chunk of the wedding budget for being the sole item with that power.

Always invest in a ‘good’ wedding album, it is worth it when you can show your children and even grandchildren the amazing day that was your wedding.

 

First Dance

Toronto Engagement Session

This Toronto engagement session started in a colourful alleyway in Kensington Market before we all hopped in my car and drove down to the Port of Toronto where we waited for the set behind our beautiful downtown skyline. Danielle & Matt were great work with, we can’t wait for the wedding day!

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Trinidad & Tobago destination wedding.

We just returned from shooting this stunning destination wedding in Trinidad & Tobago. We were able to visit and shoot in some very unique locations and were not limited to the traditional beach style photos that usually accompany destination weddings.

Facebook destination wedding image

 

 

Headshots on-location at Rental City in Oshawa.

We were contacted by Rental City to create headshots for the 12 store location mergers and 3 other staff. We were only able to shoot in a back storage room as they were shooting television commercials in the showroom all day. We enjoyed the day, there were lots of laughs. Here is a short video of our day…

Pamela & Brent / Eganridge Inn Golf & Country Club

While we love and enjoy every wedding we shoot, this particular wedding stood out as one of our favourites.

Everything about this wedding begged to be photographed. From the early morning golf at Eganridge Golf and Country Club, to the small and intimate Our Lady Queen of Peace Church and of course the beautiful venue at Egan Ridge Inn providing us with one opportunity after another for portraits and candids alike.

The folks over at The Wedding opera seemed to agree and honoured us by featuring this wedding in their online wedding magazine.

 

Here are some of our favourite images from the day, enjoy…