Today’s wedding photographer interview is with Stéphane Lemieux of Stéphane Lemieux Photography, based in Montreal, QC! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.
I am Stéphane Lemieux and I lead a small team of wedding photographers. With me, there is my wife, who is an excellent photographer and my daughter, who is also a multi-disciplinary artist who excels in both photography and cinematography since she has studied both fields. We work together in the greater metropolitan area of Montreal, Quebec. I specialize in wedding photography since 2006, and I have to my credit more than a hundred weddings. This beautiful job as a wedding photographer has allowed me to live in the last few years countless magical moments and intense emotions that I tried to convert into images for the most beautiful memories of the brides and grooms and their families. I sincerely believe that every wedding is unique and a fabulous story to tell.
Read the full interview after the cut!
How did you get into wedding photography?
I started wedding photography in 2006. This year, I had several acquaintances who were getting married. I offered myself to photograph their respective wedding. I instantly fell in love with wedding photography. Then after, I decided to start my own business of wedding photography, and in a few years, I was working all summers with weddings. As my background was in graphic design and computer graphics, I had a keen eye for graphic compositions and image treatments.
At the beginning of my career, my favorite part was with any doubt the couple session. Given that one could let go his artistic impulses. But eventually, I started to like other aspects of this wonderful day. As well as now, I enjoy every part of the day because each one reveals distinct peculiarities. Even though I start to accumulate some fatigue approaching the end of the day, it’s always possible to stay alert thanks to some excitement!
This one is a very tough question to answer. I don’t really have anything special to say. Perhaps, what is coming to my mind was a difficult situation particularly for the bride and also the groom. This happened at a wedding that was taking place in Cancun. The bride and groom had invited their families and some friends for a small, intimate wedding in the south. Unfortunately, the bride who was pregnant miscarried the day before the wedding. Since the guests and family were invited to spend the entire week for this event, the bride and groom decided to go ahead with the ceremony as planned and to make matters worse, that day was an abominable heat. We were in Cancun in Mexico at the end of August. Finally, the wedding went as planned and everything went well under the circumstances. But the poor bride had to wander in a wheelchair and had to take pain medicine, which greatly reduced the photo opportunities in general.
This is such a tough question because Montreal and surroundings have so many amazing wedding venues! I’ll mention three different ones. The first one is Chateau Saint-Antoine on the south shore of Montreal which evokes French Louis XV-style decoration featuring splendid woodwork and lots of surrounding land for those romantic “outdoorsy” photos that couples love. The second one, L’estérel located in the Laurentians on the north shore of Montreal, with its lakeside setting, windowed reception halls, modern and spacious fireplace suites, fine cuisine, and experienced team, this venue make brides and grooms dream wedding come true and their stunning location guarantee lasting memories. And finally, the InterContinental in Old Montreal is perfectly placed for wedding venues, it’s connected to Montreal Convention Centre and boasts stunning views overlooking Old Montreal and the port. Brides and grooms can have as a bonus the old city of Montreal, including Notre-Dame Basilica as a wonderful surrounding for romantic pictures.
I started with Canon, and still use Canon. So far so good!
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
It would be Bergamo in Italy, this is a medieval city surrounded by ramparts dating from Venetian rule. Really appreciated the location around the fountain of Contarini near the Palazzo della Ragione (Palace of Reason) and the Civic Tower (called “the big bell”).
I would have liked to shoot the wedding of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis which never happened when they were together, and it would have been in Paris. I definitely love both of them, and also because Johnny Depp is my daughter’s idol, and she’s talking about him all the time.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
The best advice I could give to a new photographer is not to try to copy or do anything else like other photographers, but rather to try to find something different from themselves and bring it to the fore. Be creative, and consider different perspectives instead of always staying at the same place when shooting. Ask yourself what you would do if you’d be a second shooter. Be on the move, and when you are not sure about results, do not waste time and move on because, in a wedding, time is the essence.
What tips or advice can you give to couples who are looking to hire a photographer to cover their big day?
Although the price is always a factor in choosing your wedding photographer, it should not be the only thing to consider. Too often we hear horror stories of new brides having made a decision on choosing a wedding photographer solely based on price. This choice is often regrettable. Once your wedding is over, all that will remain of this memorable day will be your wedding pictures. And ask any bride, if she had to redo her wedding, where would she put the most money? Most would say that it would be at the level of photography.
Thanks, Stéphane! For more information about Stéphane Lemieux Photography, please visit his WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to his website.
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