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February 15, 2018
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February 5, 2018

DHillier Park Engagement Photos by Durham Engagement Photographer

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January 26, 2018
For Brides & Grooms

The Wedding First Look: Should You Do One?

The Wedding First Look You don't have to look too far on the internet to find out why the wedding first look has become such a popular part of the modern wedding. There are so many amazing first look photos that they will have the most traditional bride wondering if it's something she should consider. However, deciding whether or not to do a first look may be one of the hardest decisions for a ...

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Toronto Wedding Photographer

Chelsey Cunningham

I believe in capturing couples in a way that is truly unique to them, as no two love stories are the same. My heart and soul are all about producing the stunning dark and moody images that my clients can't stop admiring. My artistic photojournalism approach ensures that your love is captured genuinely and intimately, never being strictly posed. I creates modern engagement and wedding photography for adventurous and authentic couples who are looking for a non-traditional take on photography.

I prefer to go by Chel. I can be an awkward turtle. I kinda like it. I am a proud South Oshawa resident. I spent a significant amount of my childhood in Glasgow. I sometimes use weird Scottish words. I love a Jack Russell named Jack. I did that on purpose. I hydrate almost exclusively with tea or lattes. I wish I could read a book a day but days aren't as long as I want them to be. I have this insatiable love of being surrounded by books. I like the library. My amazing boyfriend let me take the biggest room in our house as my studio. I am in heaven in it and spend as many hours there as he allows. Three days before our first date I booked a one way ticket to Scotland. Photography has been my heartbeat for 9 years. I have awesome immigrant parents that never told me to do something else. Getting away to the wilderness for as long as possible, void of the perks of society, is the most relaxing getaway. The forest re-centres my perspective in a way I can’t describe. I hold two passports and I've been to 10 countries. Which I find is far too little. Seeing the world is life's greatest achievement, in my opinion. I am forever excited to see what the future holds. I love being a Toronto wedding photographer!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is your style?

Chelsey Cunningham is an artistic, photojournalistic Toronto wedding photographer who focuses on capturing your day intimately, genuinely and creatively. She does not heavily pose her couples but instead gives them prompts to promote real emotional responses. If you are looking for a photographer that captures moving, candid imagery Chelsey is your girl!

How many photos will I receive?

You will receive approximately 600 images from an average wedding day. This averages out to be about 65 images per hour of coverage.

Can I get more?

Unfortunately not. I choose the best images in my professional opinion from your day. I include all images that tell the story and capture the emotion. If a photo wasn’t included that’s because it was not a great image for aesthetic, technical or emotional reasons. I provide only the greatest images, not all of them.

Do you have an assistant?

No, I do not work with an assistant. I also only work with a second shooter at the request of the couple. I prefer being the only photographer at your day as I am more than capable and it helps keep your vendors from being too obtrusive on your day.

Do you allow your second shooter to go to a different location?

Yes. I only work with experienced, professional second shooters who are more than capable to handle themselves and the task at hand on their own.

Can we hire your second shooter for one or two hours?

If a second shooter commits to capturing a couple hours of your day that means they would not be able to fill that day with another wedding. Unfortunately, a second shooter will not give up a full wedding day for just one of two hours of work. This does not make business sense for second shooters.

How far in advance should we book our wedding photographer?

I accept a limited amount of weddings per month to ensure I have enough time to dedicate to each client. I usually fill my calendar a year in advance but I would love to hear from you anytime after you get engaged!

Can we get the RAW files?

Absolutely not. Raw files are the unedited digital negative files that can only be opened or edited in select programs. You will receive polished and edited JPEG files of your photography. Not an incomplete product. Under no circumstances is a client allowed to edit or manipulate copyrighted images.

Can we put an Instagram filter on the photos when we post them?

While it’s understandable that some clients will want to add their own editing that they like via Instagram or other programs I ask you to please refrain from doing so. I have worked very hard to photograph and then process that image. I recommend that wedding photography clients seek out a wedding photographer whose capture style and editing style they like so they don’t have to spend their own time reworking the images, which is against copyright.

Can we give you a list of photos that we want?

I understand that Pinterest boards are a great way to share and explain the type of aesthetic and imagery that you love. While seeing what you are visualizing helps me understand what kind of photography you like, I do not accept a list of images in which you insist I capture specifically and exactly. As a Toronto wedding photographer, I am an artist that creates from my own heart and mind while nurturing emotions that are actually present on the day and creates images based on that. I capture your day in a photojournalistic manner meaning I can not falsely recreate the situations of someone else’s day.

We really like this photo. Can we recreate it?

When a photograph is recreated that means it has been staged, set up and highly posed. This is the opposite of the photo-journalistic approach that I use. I focus on creating and capturing real moments between you and your love. If you would like to be posed in every photo I suggest seeking out a more traditional or editorial wedding photographer.

How much is the deposit?

A non-refundable retainer of $500 is due along with the signed contract to secure your date. All dates will continue to be offered to potential clients who inquire until these items are received.

Can we create a custom wedding package?

Custom wedding photography packages can be created for couples having small city hall weddings or a destination wedding. All other weddings are subject to the available packages. If you require more coverage it is available for purchase at $399+HST per additional hour. We do not allow the subtraction of hours in hopes of a lower price. The lowest amount of coverage I allow for city hall weddings is 3 hours ($900+HST).

Do you offer wedding videography?

Unfortunately, at this time I am not offering wedding videography as part of my services. While videographers and photographers may use similar gear transitioning into the different disciplines can be difficult. Videographers require constant movement to keep their films interesting whereas a photographer works in stills. There are many independent videographers that you can hire and I would love to work with. As of right now I am just a Toronto wedding photographer! Also, keep in mind, when working with both a photographer and a videographer many require you schedule time for both to work within. Not a share allotment of time.

We don’t want an engagement session. Can we get something else in exchange?

Awww, you don't want an engagement session?! But Why? A complimentary engagement session is included in all of my packages. My photography relies on us having a bond if you're comfortable with me and I'm comfortable with you we create magic. That's why I include a free session. I find it that important! I hope you don't decide to forgo it. Because it is truly included as complimentary it does not hold monetary value and cannot be exchanged for something that does. For example, an additional hour or second photographer.

Do I get black & white and colour edits?

Yes. You will receive approximately 10% of your wedding photos also in black and white. I choose which photos should be black and white based on their content and impact.

Where should I get my photos printed?

Please don't go to a Kodak Kiosk of any kind! You could take the most beautiful photo ever taken and they would still make them look rough. You can order prints through the online gallery that I send you your images via. If you would like to go another route I recommend Pikto.