We love Philip’s focus on capturing not only the beautiful details at your wedding, but also, the stories, relationships, and the moments that naturally occur on that day. He believes that your wedding day is a love story and wants to tell it through beautiful images. Philip wants to ensure your love story is properly capture by photos-which are always beautiful heirlooms for his couples to treasure for years to come!
MORE ABOUT PHILIP
Tell us about your company and how you got started.
Philip Boudreau Photography is based out of the Moncton, NB area and specializes in wedding and portrait photography. While most of my work is done locally in South-Eastern NB, I do travel for weddings and absolutely love to do so! Recent locations include Punta Cana, the Riviera Maya, the South of France, New York City and Montreal.
As for how I got started, I was always taking photos on trips or randomly while I was in high school and university. Nothing serious – just snapshots of places I’d visit and things I’d do, all without putting any thought or effort into it. When I upgraded my old point and shoot for a DSLR, I wanted to learn everything about it so I took a quick weekend class with a local photographer. After that, I followed her to a wedding, then a second wedding, a third and so on. From that moment in 2008 I knew wedding photography (and photography in general) was for me!
What makes your work unique? Why should couples hire you?
You see a lot of photographers who take on an almost completely documentary approach. While it’s great for some couples, my clients tend to want some direction when it comes to the bride and groom photos. Having your photos taken is already a stressful process so I make sure to guide and pose them, all while making it look natural and not too stiff. Clients also often mention how much they love the vibrant look and feel of my images.
When clients hire me, not only are they hiring someone who will photograph their wedding day with careful attention, but they will also be hiring someone who will be there with them during the whole process. That means helping them with vendor recommendations and planning their timeline, should they need it. I bring the experience of having shot over 120 weddings. That means I know how to put on a boutonnière, how to manage time to make sure we get what we need and helping out grandma take her place for the family formals!
What is your ideal client like?
My ideal clients are couples who value photography and think it’s a very important aspect of their wedding. They want classic, timeless portraits just as much as candid moments that tell the story of their day. These clients trust me and will rather let the day unfold naturally than work off a list of Pinterest images.
How do you describe your shooting style? Are you laid back or aggressive? Do you tell the whole story of the day?
My style of shooting is definitely a mix of traditional and documentary. For most of the day, I let things flow as they normally would without too much interference, especially during the getting ready portion of the day and of course during the ceremony and reception. When it comes time for family formals, bridal party and couple’s photos, I prefer guiding my clients to ensure the best lighting and background. Most people look for guidance when they are in front of the camera, so I certainly help out with posing to ensure everyone looks their best. I keep everything very fun and laid-back, which is really what it’s all about!
In my opinion, weddings are more than just about the ceremony. Yes, it’s what brought everyone together on that day but all the other elements are just as important. That’s why I mostly shoot 12-hour days in order to tell the whole story.
How do you make Brides and Grooms feel relaxed in front of the camera?
Engagement sessions are one of my favorite parts of the wedding photography process and I think they are so very important. That’s why I include a complimentary engagement session in every one of my packages. It’s like a practice run before the big day, which allows us to get to know each other, the couple gets to see how things flow during the portrait portion of the wedding day and I get to see how they take direction. That way I’m not showing up on the wedding day and having to introduce myself for the first time. Clients feel much more comfortable and relaxed because they know what to expect. With that being said, clients shouldn’t worry too much if we didn’t shoot together before the big day – my laid back approach and personality and the fact that I guide them through the whole thing will ensure they feel comfortable!
What trends when it comes to wedding photography are you seeing among Maritime couples lately?
A lot of my clients are opting for a First Look so that they can have lots of time dedicated for photos. It allows us to venture out a bit from the venue and creates a stress free timeline. Plus, the photos are super cute!
What is your favorite thing about weddings in The Maritimes?
Maritimers are very laid back and willing to have a good time. I think that’s the winning formula for a fun wedding! Additionally, while we may take it for granted, there are some very beautiful locations all around us.
Which wedding venues in The Maritimes do you love and why?
When it comes to the Moncton area, I do love Royal Oaks Golf Club for a few reasons. Couples can have their ceremony on site at the outdoor gazebo overlooking the golf course and you have the indoor reception room should it rain. The wrap around patio is also the perfect spot for your cocktail hour. Plus, with such beautiful grounds right there, we don’t even have to leave for photos!
There are a ton of others places that I shot at and absolutely loved, such as the Rodd Crowbush Golf and Beach Resort in PEI and the Inverary Resort in Cape Breton. With so many beautiful places, I cannot wait to add more to my list of venues I’ve been to!
What tips or advice can you give to couples who are looking to book their wedding photographer?
It’s all about the 3 P’s: Photos, Products and Personality! First off, look for someone whose photos speak to you. If you love a photo, try to figure out what you love about it and dig deeper than just loving the dress or the flowers! Is it in the way the photographer captured the light and the emotion or even the way they edit the image (bright and colorful or dark and moody)? Make sure you absolutely love how they tell the story of a wedding day so you can be completely at ease on the wedding day and let him or her do what they do best.
Second, make sure your photographer can offer you the products and services you want. Are they willing to shoot long days and cover the whole story? Will they simply leave you with the digital files and not be able to create a beautifully designed heirloom album? These are all questions you need to ask!
Last but not least, and this is probably the most important, make sure your personalities match up! Your photographer is probably the one vendor who you will be spending the most time with on the wedding day. You want to make sure it’s someone who you not only trust, but someone who you can laugh with and have a good time. That’s why it’s so important to meet your photographer in person or at least over Skype/Facetime if someone is out of town.
Quick! Give us an answer for our lightning round questions…
Favorite wedding flower?
For me, a great bouquet is made up of a variety of flowers but I do love the look of peonies!
Favorite first dance song you’ve heard?
“The Wedding Song” by Angus & Julia Stone. It was one of the very few first dance songs I had never heard before and I love when clients go out of the box and personalize their wedding to make it their own. Plus, I discovered a new artist which was a bonus!