From excitement to anticipation, and from joy to authentic love, your wedding will be filled with a wide range of emotions. To tell a truthful and visually interesting story through photographs, it’s important that all of that is captured in the most honest way. Heather from This Is Photography takes her 10 years of experience and her creative storytelling and applies it to your big day, documenting it in the most honest, emotional, and interesting way possible.
Heather believes that you deserve to have your day chronicled with beautiful images that will allow you to relive the moments, people, and details that make it so uniquely yours. Whether your wedding is a free-spirited event in your backyard, artsy and modern in a museum, or a classic hotel ballroom soiree, Heather will capture it in an intimate, breathtaking way that you won’t soon forget.
MORE ABOUT HEATHER
Tell us about your company and how you got started.
I started This is Photography officially the year after I got married. I actually was working as an associate for another amazing photographer – Alex MacAulay when I realized in 2008 that I wanted to be able to offer my clients a more personalized service, and went into weddings through my own company. I have been photographing since I was a child and was that person who took photographs of absolutely everything before Instagram was ever invented. I got my first professional camera for Christmas when I was twelve. I am so thankful that my parents recognized my passion and invested in me!
What makes your work unique? Why should couples hire you?
Because I love weddings. I love people. I love photography. What a trifecta! In all honestly though, the day is all about the couple and the goal is to have them absolutely in love with their photographs. We have a lot of fun and invest a lot into a couple’s day, helping with the schedule, direction and whatever else we can.
What is your ideal client like?
Fun, genuine and adventurous. The best photographs always seem to happen with real emotions and authentic couples! Laughter, tears, joy. They are magic emotions! The couples who are interested in working with us often trust us enough to massage their timelines to afford us all the best opportunity for photography. The more willing to walk through fields or climb up ladders or whatever else may make the best shot the better! We don’t ask anything we wouldn’t do!
How do you describe your shooting style? Are you laid back or aggressive? Do you tell the whole story of the day?
I always say that we do it all!! Variety is the spice of life! So about a third of the images we take are completely candid, moments as they happen, photojournalistic style.
Another third are posed images to capture the people who are there to celebrate with our couples. Some are more casual and then we do semi-relaxed family portraits. I make a list with my couples so that we are as efficient as possible but still capture the important groupings, and don’t leave it up to guesswork on the day of.
The last third of the images are posed to look less posed, the artistic, creative, unique lighting, create art, make magic and have fun! We move quickly and use our expertise to capture the moments and try to be as fly on the wall as possible until us giving direction is needed, then we rock at that too!
We’ve photographed almost 200 weddings now so we have lots of experience and we’re happy to share it and help the day run smoothly!
How do you make couples feel relaxed in front of the camera?
I think my willingness to be real, silly, direct or whatever else needed. To be honest I am not sure exactly what it is, but I know whatever I do, it works! Or so I am told! I have created some great relationships and friendships with wedding couples and I love it! We also include engagement sessions in all of our packages because it ends up being a great way to get to know each other better, and then it makes everything more relaxed on the wedding day and gives us more insight on how to make them comfortable.
What trends when it comes to wedding photography are you seeing among Maritime couples lately?
Natural light, which I love! Some moody mattes and lots of first looks. In terms of styles or themes though, I am not sure if I can pin anything down in terms of trends!
What is your favorite thing about weddings in The Maritimes?
Often the scenery, but always the people. That and often past wedding couples are guests and friends from high school and if not, people are always so great. If I believed in luck I would knock on wood and say that we don’t have a lot of bridezilla craziness! But there is always a lot of fun!
Which wedding venues in The Maritimes do you love and why?
I love outdoor and personalized locations! So when a couple gets married at a family farm, at the Ocean or a private vineyard I am in love! But Oceanstone, Grand Pre and Shining Waters are great venues that offer outdoor ceremonies and are some of my faves.
In the city I still love to be outside as much as possible, and love unique venues like Lot 6 and the rooftop at the Seaport Market. Oh so many beautiful locations in the Maritimes!
What tips or advice can you give to couples who are looking to book their wedding photographer?
Meet with your potential photographer! They will be around for pretty much all of your special day and you want to make sure that you like and trust them. If you’re not sure about their portfolio, ask to see a couple of full weddings, it will give you a better idea of what you can expect from your day.
And even if you they don’t book us, I always tell couples to not be afraid to stretch the budget or truly invest in their wedding photography. I have heard way too many horror stories of couples who didn’t want to invest, or had a family friend, or a favorite uncle, and it’s something that they can’t go back to. You spend a lot of time and money investing in your wedding day and photographs are how you will re-live it for years to come, and generations after that! Find a photographer that you love and make it work! (And of course we hope it’s us!)
Quick! Give us an answer for our lightning round questions…
Favorite wedding flower?
Favorite first dance song you’ve heard?
I’m really bad with music! I love it, but I am so often focused on making sure that I capture the image, and watching the emotion unfold that I don’t truly hear the songs!