Today’s wedding photographer interview is with Leanne of Drastic Images, based in Toronto, Ontario! Enjoy:

Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

I’ve been taking pictures since I was a little girl in elementary school. At recess time I’d run around with my 35 mm then later on a polaroid . I was bound to be a photographer and It’s been 8 years now. Drastic Images caters to the wedding industry only. At Drastic Images every photograph is art. We consider our work “Wow Factor Wedding Photography”.

Read the full interview after the cut!

How did you get into wedding photography?

I studied photography in college and had the opportunities do try many different types of photography for my assignments. I’ve shot portraits, products, baptism, parties, and corporate events with Galaxy Photoz also then realized I was most passionate about weddings after being hired by my church.

What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?

Locally speaking, getting the bridal party together and shooting the creatives at a park. This is where I get to push the limits and really take Drastic Images. I’ve also used hotel lobby’s to capture this part of the wedding. For destinations the entire thing is amazing, but we tend to trash the dress more often during destination wedding photography and thats my favorite part away from home.

What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?

Ummmmmm awkward…. really? If I think of one I’ll get back to you ;-) Oh yeah I sent my 2nd shooter to the grooms house. Rewind a bit, during the consult the groom specifically said that he wanted pictures of him getting ready in the mirror. He locked himself in the bathroom and refused to let the photographer in. Shortly after my photographer called and said there was a smokey smell coming from under the bathroom door. The smell… Yep you guessed it.

What is your favorite venue and why?

Distillery District because it’s so recognizable and monumental to Toronto. So many couples celebrate their weddings at this historic venue. Although you need a permit to take pictures around the site, it’s well worth it.

Nikon or Canon?

Nikon. It’s what I grew up on. Nothing against a Canon I’ve shot with them too. People ask me which one is better all the time. Or they ask whats the difference. IF you want to get to the nitty gritty details… Canon had the CMOS image censor first while Nikon was still using CCD images sensor. FYI… CMOS handles dark lighting situations better and reduced noise because it forms noise in the same pattern on each picture making it easy to use a filter to reverse the effects of noise. Canons also make less noise when you click the shutter so paparazzi tend to use Canons.

What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?

Dubai. Need I explain? Known for having the tallest building (a hotel) in the world, Dubai is just an amazing city. I will definitely visit the UAE sometime soon.

If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?

Kim Kardasian and Kanye West… Well that would be good publicity for Drastic Images right? The Royal Couple… Michael Jackson…

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?

Have a checklist! As a professional photographer it’s your responsibility to remember to capture the shoes, the rings, hair, the back of the dress, the best man and the groom, the parents…etc BRING THE CHECKLIST WITH YOU! If you miss the kiss that’s huge and everyone will point it out. But if you forget to take a picture of the rings, in my opinion that’s huge too.

What tips or advice can you give to couples who are looking to hire a photographer to cover their big day?

If you do not know someone who can recommend a photographer to you that they had a good experience with then look at online reviews. Get the scoop on your photographer. Meet with your photographer and do an engagement shoot before you commit to hiring them. See if they show up on time, deliver the images on time and most importantly see if you connect. Make sure you get a good vibe with your photographer because this is the vendor that your gonna spend the most time with on your wedding day.

Lovely work Leanne, thanks for sharing! For more information about Drastic Images, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight for their website.

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