Today’s wedding photographer interview is with Paul from Paul Steward Photography, based in Toronto, ON! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.
I’ve been shooting for over 10 years, starting with a film camera in 2001. It’s taken a long time to figure out what I wanted to do and focus on that. I really only started taking the business side of things more seriously this year. Thankfully I have enough of a portfolio to basically turn on the business over night.
See the rest of the interview and example of Paul’s photography after the cut!
How did you get into wedding photography?
My first wedding was 7 years ago, in Portugal for two really good friends of mine. I couldn’t really take a bad picture if I tried. It was by the beach, and they are beautiful people, so I couldn’t really say no. After that it just became easier and easier to capture the day no matter the location.
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
I think the ceremony. It’s where all the real emotions come out. Father handing off a bride, groom smitten, nuptials making everyone cry. It’s a great time to capture all those different and heartfelt moments candidly. I’m not a fan of taking lots of posed shots.
What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
Bad speeches are the worst. I feel bad for people who think they’re funny but they’re really just…not. Wedding Crashers (the movie) had the best advice on speeches.
What’s the best thing you ever ate at a wedding?
Always a steak fan. I’ve had some delicious indian food as well. Butter Chicken. Amazing.
What is your favorite venue and why?
I’ve seen some amazing venues! I think my favorite so far was probably this year in Port Colborn on Lake Erie. Backyard of a cottage looking out onto the lake. Love the low budget stuff that has natural beauty.
Nikon or Canon?
Does it matter? I use Canon, but I’m not a fanboy. Camera brand/equipment doesn’t really matter. Although most will tell you it does. It’s all preference. Do Coke or Pepsi quench your thirst any differently? They just taste differently. It’s up to you what your taste is.
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
Bahamas. Nov 3rd this year! Stoked.
If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
It’d have to be a comedian couple. With lots of comedian friends. I think the pressure of shooting a celebrity would only be easy if I was laughing all day.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
Obviously there’s some moments that only happen once so you have to be prepared, but often the best happen when you least expect it. I was always caught up making sure I had every shot in the book, and forgetting to really focus on making them beautiful. Then it all kinda clicked one day when I just started to breath and take my time. Let the moments happen and just frame them right.
Thank you Paul! For more about Paul Steward Photography, visit his WeddingPhotoLove Profile or head straight to his website.
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