Today’s wedding photographer interview is with Sébastien from Sébastien D’Amour Photography, based in Montreal, Canada! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company
I am a wedding photographer based in Montreal, QC, Canada. I love the positive energy and the story that unfolds during a wedding day. I capture every wedding or event in a unique way since it’s based on your story and your personality. I have been photographing weddings since 2006 in a photojournalistic fashion to capture real, unique and emotional moments. Every couple is unique and every photo story is a true reflection of their wedding story. I believe in not getting in the way of your event, but watching and capturing your day naturally. This allows me the great opportunity of photographing the day as it was and allowing people to be themselves and capture their true human emotion. I have covered weddings in Cuba, in Mexico, in the USA, in Portugal and in various cities of Canada. I am genuinely interested in people and I feel this gives me an edge to make you more comfortable in front of my camera during your wedding day.
See the rest of the interview and examples of Sébastien’s work after the cut!
I am a simple man. I love psychology, nature, sports, life in general, love, stories and more. I am pretty laidback and make funny. I talk a lot…a whole lot. I love having discussion with people since that is makes us a unique species on this planet.
I love kids. I have one that will come to our world in mid October 2013. After wanting kids for over 10 years, I have finally found my great life partner in a fabulous woman. I can easily relate to people living their love story since I am living one on a daily basis.
How did you get into wedding photography?
I started photography in 2005. I have a passion for cars and I wanted to capture my own vehicle. I started capturing weddings in 2006 when I started shooting as a second photographer for a fabulous wedding photographer in Ottawa, On, Canada. I fell in love with wedding photography since it offers a unique point of view to a fabulous day, unique event and a great love story.
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
The best moments can happen during the preps, during the ceremony, couple photoshoot or the reception hence I have no particular favorite time of the wedding. I just love capturing images that are true, emotional and unique for my clients.
What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
I actually have a couple of awkward moments like my pants ripping in between my legs but the most awkward that comes to mind is having my client drunk at 7pm and their parents disciplining them like when they were children.
What’s the best thing you ever ate at a wedding?
The best meal I have ever had at a wedding was a lobster tail with a filet mignon. I must say that you usually eat very well at weddings.
What is your favorite venue and why?
My favorite reception venue is the Montreal science Centre. That location offers you to do the photoshoot in Old Montreal and Old port. This allows me to shoot more urban or nature look images depending on the taste of the clients.
Nikon or Canon?
I use Canon equipment. I personally don’t care much about the equipment. I can shoot with either and my decision comes back to 2006. I decided to shoot canon since ISO performance was better at the time. They are both great system. I still shoot film (35mm and medium format).
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
Having captured a wedding and spent 2 weeks giving photography lesson in Hawaii, I must say that it’s a hard to beat. (Too bad that I don’t have the right to showcase the images due to the demand of the client when we signed the contract)
If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
Dustin Johnson and Paulina Gretzky. I am a great golf player and just love the game.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
Offer your clients variety in your photography. Tight shots, wide shots, minimalist shots, details, various style of lighting all while capturing real moments and not faked pose. I would also add, clean up your backgrounds…Less distractions the better.
Thank you Sébastien! For more about Sébastien D’Amour Photography, visit his WeddingPhotoLove Profile or head straight to his website.
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