Awarded as best premium blog 2017, best newcomer blog category photo art 2016, and as best minimalism photography blog and best DIY on black and white photography blog in 2017.


Hi and welcome to a new blog post my cute little kitties,

and also welcome August.
Its been awhile again since I was posting something here on your favorite photography blog.

Well but I was not lazy. I published the 3rd Edition of BLACK IS BLACK - THE MAG (more about that very soon) and I traveled to Toronto in Canada and I did a workshop about wedding photography, so about the same topic like I want to talk about now.

But before I start to talk about wedding photography I wanted to tell you some impressions about Toronto. So Toronto is the capital of the region Ontario with 2.6 million citizens.

What I liked about the city was, that there are some great building turned into a colorful collage that it feels like you are about to enter a dream world. This was like a dream. Toronto has some areas turned into purple and blue lights only, green and red and especially the sunrise and sunset is something really amazing what I did not experience so far in my life. It was an absolutely incredible trip going there and the people, the food the nature, the city, and the photography stores are awesome. One of the best areas in the world so far what I have discovered when it comes up to photography. I also met Anastasia from Olive Photography and a little sneak and peak chat with her about wedding photography.
But the best way to describe what she is doing and about herself is to quote her own words:

"I’m Anastasia – A Toronto-based wedding and lifestyle photographer, and I’m happy to meet you anywhere.
I believe that each day is a gift.
For that reason, I see beauty in the little things, and I value the time we spend together.
I bring my heart to my work and all my interactions. I truly enjoy what I do and I feel so lucky that I get to be there to document life’s happy milestones.
I love connecting with my clients (I also struggle with calling you that since you’re so much more to me!) – and I absolutely love making people happy.
I encourage you to let loose and be yourself, helping you feel completely comfortable in front of my lens."

Inspiring and and cool and short brief about her style when it comes up to photography.

A bit about her photographic style:

I love getting to know your stories – then translating them into genuine, warm, life-filled photographs. I photograph from the heart, clicking my shutter when I *feel* something so that you will too when you look at your photos. Connecting with you brings me joy and I take great care to make sure you feel comfortable and happy. Since learning to develop my own film in high school, photography captivated me. I then went on to study digital photography in university, and I’m continually inspired by the beauty that can be found everywhere. Photography is incredibly rewarding for me – there’s something so exciting about capturing emotive, real moments. My photographs celebrate your life, your love, your happiness in a natural, non-stiff way.
Olive Photography – Why that name?

1. O-Live. I wanted a name that somehow encompasses how I feel when I photograph, and how I want my clients to feel – enjoying the moment, truly living.

2. Growing up Mediterranean, olive oil was considered one of the best things for you and was a staple in the home. So, being associated with something so good is an added bonus.

3. Olive also happens to be my favourite colour – Chances are when you meet me I’ll be wearing at least one item that’s green.
More info about her and if you want to get in touch with her (highly recommended because she is cool girl and a great photographer)
© Olive Photography | Toronto & Everywhere | | 416-520-1093 
 So we had a nice conversation and after that little chat in the early morning on Monday in Toronto I did my first wedding photography workshop.

It was the biggest workshop I have ever done so far with 24 attendance, lunch and dinner with group, and a practical session in the studio of purple tree.

Get some impression about the studio first and then lets turn over to ten wedding photography tips which are helpful for perfect memories and awesome pictures.

Wedding Photography Tips
1. Create a ‘Shot List’
Wedding Photography Shot List
One of the most helpful tips I’ve been given about Wedding Photography is to get the couple to think ahead about the shots that they’d like you to capture on the day and compile a list so that you can check them off. This is particularly helpful in the family shots. There’s nothing worse than getting the photos back and realizing you didn’t photograph the happy couple with grandma!

2. Wedding Photography Family Photo CoordinatorI find the family photo part of the day can be quite stressful. People are going everywhere, you’re unaware of the different family dynamics at play and people are in a ‘festive spirit’ (and have often been drinking a few spirits) to the point where it can be quite chaotic. Get the couple to nominate a family member (or one for each side of the family) who can be the ‘director’ of the shoot. They can round everyone up, help get them in the shot and keep things moving so that the couple can get back to the party.
Wedding Photography Tips

3. Scout the LocationVisit the locations of the different places that you’ll be shooting before the big day. While I’m sure most Pros don’t do this – I find it really helpful to know where we’re going, have an idea of a few positions for shots and to know how the light might come into play. On one or two weddings I even visited locations with the couples and took a few test shots (these made nice ‘engagement photos’).

4. In Wedding Photography Preparation is KeySo much can go wrong on the day – so you need to be well prepared. Have a backup plan (in case of bad weather), have batteries charged, memory cards blank, think about routes and time to get to places and get an itinerary of the full day so you know what’s happening next. If you can, attend the rehearsal of the ceremony where you’ll gather a lot of great information about possible positions to shoot from, the lighting, the order of the ceremony etc

5. Set expectations with the CoupleShow them your work/style. Find out what they are wanting to achieve, how many shots they want, what key things they want to be recorded, how the shots will be used (print etc). If you’re charging them for the event, make sure you have the agreement of price in place up front.

6. Turn off the sound on your CameraBeeps during speeches, the kiss and vows don’t add to the event. Switch off sound before hand and keep it off.
Wedding Photography

7. Shoot the small detailsPhotograph rings, backs of dresses, shoes, flowers, table settings, menus etc – these help give the end album an extra dimension. Flick through a wedding magazine in a news stand for a little inspiration.

8. Use Two CamerasBeg, borrow, hire or steal an extra camera for the day – set it up with a different lens. I try to shoot with one wide angle lens (great for candid shots and in tight spaces (particularly before the ceremony in the preparation stage of the day) and one longer lens (it can be handy to have something as large as 200mm if you can get your hands on one – I use a 70-200mm).

9. Consider a Second Wedding PhotographerHaving a second backup photographer can be a great strategy. It means less moving around during ceremony and speeches, allows for one to capture the formal shots and the other to get candid shots. It also takes a little pressure off you being ‘the one’ to have to get every shot!

10. Be Bold but Not Obtrusive
Wedding Photography Tutorial
Timidity won’t get you ‘the shot’ – sometimes you need to be bold to capture a moment. However timing is everything and thinking ahead to get in the right position for key moments are important so as not to disrupt the event. In a ceremony I try to move around at least 4-5 times but try to time this to coincide with songs, sermons or longer readings. During the formal shots be bold, know what you want and ask for it from the couple and their party. You’re driving the show at this point of the day and need to keep things moving.

 So yeah that's it. Of course there can be so many other tips and tricks about wedding photography, but I tried to collect the ten most important ones, which I think have to be considered.

 Stay tuned on that blog because I am going to talk about a very special edition of BLACK IS BLACK - THE MAG very soon.

Check out my instagram for more photos with and by me and myself.


and so I wish you a wonderful day, have a great weekend and see you soon again.

Be safe, be classy, be an artist. XOXO, Nici.
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