Today’s wedding photographer interview is with Jimmy Chan of Pixelicious, based in Montreal, Canada. Enjoy!
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.
My name is Jimmy Chan, the wedding photographer of Pixelicious from Montreal, Canada. Ultimately I have decided to use Pixelicious and not my personal name for branding reasons. I got many compliments from clients for using the catchy name!
We offer wedding photography services to exclusive, privileged brides who want a no-compromise experience. This involves a strong focus on high-quality imagery, impeccable customer service while keeping the cost reasonable.
Read the full interview after the cut!
I got into the industry by chance, by shooting a family or friend’s event, something that many photographers can relate to. Eventually, I worked as a second shooter, acquiring valuable behind the scenes knowledge that way, while further honing my craft.
The Pixelicious brand was born to bring some honesty and transparency into the wedding photography experience. We all have friends of friends who suffered from horror stories and whenever that happens, it’s often too late. By dedicating ourselves to a smaller number of weddings each year, our clients get the attention they deserve.
My favorite part is the preparation because this phase sets the tone for the rest of the wedding day. It tends to be very emotional too as the parents (or grandparents) see the bride wearing her gown for the first time.
It’s unfortunate that we are always pressed for time! Sometimes I wish I could slow things down such that the bride can experience her emotions without being worried that she will arrive late to the ceremony.
I had one instance where the mother of the bride attempted to “take” (wording it nicely here) the money collected during the receiving line. A bridesmaid caught her on the spot and arguing ensued, leading to shoving and pushing. Security guards dropped by but they were unable to contain the situation, ultimately the cops arrived so things went pretty wild from there. Luckily this occurred very late during the reception so there was no impact as far as wedding photography is concerned.
The bride’s backyard. To be fair, I have been to quite a few and although 5-star receptions look glamorous in the images, there’s nothing like celebrating with your closest family and friends at home. Weddings are about people, not the space.
No one can tell the camera’s brand or model by looking at the images and clients don’t care. Modern cameras have become so powerful and capable such that it no longer matters.
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
I love to travel so I have a very long list of dream locations which can be overwhelming.
If I need to pick one, then let’s go with Antarctica. If there’s a bride out there who wishes to tie the knot in a colony of penguins, please give me a call.
I had a bride who picked the 50’s as the theme for her wedding. The entire Team Bride bleached their hair blond, in honor of Marilyn Monroe.
If someone out there has access to a time machine, please give me a call as well.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
Your first 100,000 shots will look terrible. A nice shot simply means that you were lucky. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, I cringe when I look back at my older images so just keep shooting.
With experience, you will start to develop your own style and vision for wedding photography. You will also capture such shots in a consistent manner. This will help you market to brides who are precisely looking for what you have to offer.
What tips or advice can you give to couples who are looking to hire a photographer to cover their big day?
The images will be yours forever so is it worth saving a few hundreds of dollars to settle with the second best? That is such an insignificant amount in our lifetime and too many brides make the same mistake, only to regret it later. Listen to your heart and work with the wedding photographer that you resonate most with.
Thanks, Jimmy! For more information about Pixelicious, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to their website.
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