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this is how we do it.
part of the reason why we love this job so much is getting to know the people.
we are documentary style photographers — meaning that we don’t do a lot of posing or interrupting of what’s going on. we purposefully avoid becoming immersed in the latest trends in wedding photography so that we can approach each unique day with a clear mind & heart.
our aim is to catch the looks, emotions and genuine cheer that make up the day for everyone present. we want you to feel all that good stuff.
we will take the photos that will help you remember it.
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you often hear of photographers being described as ‘fly-on-the-wall’ but actually, we hate that.
flies either creepily lurk on the outside, invisible, or they’re annoying pests you wish would go away.
flies can’t tell good stories.
we document with huge smiles on our faces all day, we’re a part of the crowd & getting to know you and what you love is what helps us get those photos that feel in the moment, and that will capture what’s most important to you.
lots of people are into the more posed look & that is great but it’s just never been us — on wedding days we will of course take a few more ‘posed’ group photos with your families but most of all we want to enable the people we work with to fully enjoy the day & the people who love them.
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if this resonates with you, we hope you’ll be in touch.
pop us an email or use the contact form. we’d love to hear your story.
the things that are close to you are the things you can photograph the best -- sally mann
i was born in england while dave was born and raised in toronto. we'd always been fascinated with taking photos growing up, but it was only after transplanting ourselves back to my homeland of england shortly after getting married that the cameras made their way into our hands on a more permanent basis.
it was here that we had a few stunning experiences, like roaming the rugged hills north of madrid on a sunny february day, driving through mist covered devon dotted with long haired ponies out to the coast, and cold, with our breaths on the air in the deserts of egypt, under blankets and rugs and endless stars. it was here that our cameras became more permanent fixtures in trying to capture and remember the things, people and experiences happening around us.
and honestly, it was also in the loneliness and doubt that creeps in when you're miles from home in your bare apartment, between jobs, trying to make the next rent cheque — the camera makes a fine companion and photography a subject to lose yourself in. and we really did. we checked out so many photography books from the library that year. like, hundreds.
growing up, i was encouraged in my art, but i always had a sneaking suspicion that this was the territory of the ‘hobby’, the ‘pastime’, not possibly the thing that you could do as your work. we moved back to canada, i started a business 'on the side'.... and it amazes us that eight years on, we do get to do this as our work, and we get to do it together.
it also amazes us the amazing wonderful people we’ve met through photographing their stories. our deepest hope is that our photographs can help remind people of the good, that they can capture authentic memories and feelings, that they can be found twenty years from now and make people want to crawl back inside of them and relive their wondrous stories… that’s what the best photos feel like to us. we feel that our early travel experiences together still make their way into our photos today... we make a point not to imerse ourselves in all the wedding photos that are out there but instead just approach the day thinking about the people and what we can help them remember.
we are believers in choosing the path less taken, in wearing it all on our sleeves and that the best we can all do in this life is to follow that thing that lights a spark in our hearts.
we’re really thankful to be living this story.
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if you’re looking for a photographer for your wedding, to make photos of your family, or are simply another fellow creative person —
we’d love to hear your story, and maybe get to those face-to-face drinks we were talking about earlier.
use our contact form, or send us an email.
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huge thanks to our friend jenny linquist for the photo of us above.
© 2010-2017 JENN & DAVE STARK PHOTOGRAPHERS / toronto & muskoka documentary photographers