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Q: How long will our wedding web gallery be on the site?
A: The wedding gallery remains on the wedding photography site permanently. Most Toronto Photographers offer this feature for up to one year. The link to your wedding photography gallery is only provided to you, however we invite you to forward the link to your friends and relatives.


Q: For how long after the wedding can we purchase additional photographs or enlargements.
A: We recommend that you purchase additional enlargements within the first year from the date your wedding was shot by our photographer. However, we keep the photographs on file, and will try to keep them indefinitely.


Q: Can we buy a full resolution CD on the photographs taken on our wedding day?
A: Yes, a full resolution CD is available starting at just $150. This seems to be very price competitive in the Toronto Wedding Photographer marketplace.


Q: Do you provide videography services?
A: We are a Toronto Wedding Photographer only, however we work very closely with some videographers and can arrange their services for you.


Q: What is the turn around time to get my wedding photographs delivered?
A: During the high wedding season which spans May to October, it takes 6 to 8 weeks to receive the Wedding Gallery. During slower periods you will receive your photo gallery in 2 to 4 weeks. The turnaround time depends on the number of wedding being shot during a specific time period by our photographer.


Q: How do I go about selecting my wedding photo enlargements?
A: After you wedding gallery is emailed to you by the photographer you can choose your photo enlargements by the unique photo numbers in the left hand margin of the galleries.


Q: Do your photographers take digital or wedding photography?
A: Each photographer has a personal preference, in the recent years, most wedding photographs have migrated to digital. This is also true of our photographers. At this point, the default is to shoot the entire wedding digital. If your preference is otherwise your photographer can shoot film.


Q: Do you charge for consecutive hours or hours worked?
A: A Wedding Photographer is assigned to your wedding for a set of consecutive hours. For example if you have a one hour break between your wedding ceremony and reception, you will be charged for that hour. In certain circumstances, when there are long breaks between shoots, special arrangements can be made no to charge you for hours in between. (Applies to Toronto and area shoots only).


Q: Can your photographer suggest a location for wedding portraits?
A: Yes, we can definitely suggest locations in and around Toronto which are usable for wedding portrait photography.

Q: How many photographers do the packages include?
A: One photographer is guaranteed for wedding packages lasting up to six hours. Anything over six hours, we try to staff the wedding with two photographers at no additional cost. Most Toronto studios offer only one photographer, regardless of time spent at the wedding, and if two photographers are provided they charge extra.

Q: How soon do you require a deposit?
A: We require a deposit at least six months prior to your wedding. This guarantees you the requested date, however we can take up to 2 weddings per day in the Toronto area. Toronto wedding season is very busy, and thus it is usually a good idea to book early to guarantee a quality photographer.

Q: Do you provide samples of other weddings taken by the same photographer we will be using?
A: Yes, we can provide sample wedding photographer galleries at request.

Q: Do you provide wedding references for photographers?
A: Yes, we can provide references for each and every photographer who will be attending your wedding.



Brief history of Wedding Photography:

For centuries people have been projecting images onto surfaces. Some contemporary scholars believe this was done as early as the 16th century. Some, even though disputed, even believe that early artists used camera like devices to project images onto surfaces for tracing.

Photography in its true sense of capturing images did not start until the early 1800s. The first photo was produced by a French inventor Nicée Niéon a copper plate covered with a petroleum derivative (Bitumen). This photo required an eight our exposure in bright sunlight. The earliest surviving photo is from 1826 and it was taken by this French inventor.

Various refinements of photographic technique lead to its popularization in the late 1800s. The industrial revolution and the requirement to product portraits quickly and easily (in comparison to the traditional oil painting) put additional pressure on the industry to refine the process and by around 1880 a studio portrait photography would cost about $1000 USD in 2006 dollars. At approximately that point wedding photography became an accepted form of commercial art. At first all wedding photographs, due to the limitations of technology and the amount of photographic equipment necessary were taken in the studio.

One limitation of early wedding photography was that there was no way of making copies of taken photographs. The photos were exposed on a small copper sheet. Additional changes in technology brought about new ways of capturing images, this included glass plates, tin and copper plates and sheet. In 1884 George Eastman of Rochester, New York developed a dry gel on paper process. This was the first time that photographers could leave the studio without having to carry loads of plates, heavy equipment and dangerous chemicals, also at this time we have the first historical records of early wedding photographers taking photos on location. With the new century came the introduction of color photography. This was achieved by combining various chemicals which responded differently to various wavelengths of light into one mixture in such a way that color would be captured on the surface. This process however, was very unpredictable and even though the original results were pleasing, the colors faded quickly. Between 1907 and 1936 various color films with increasing quality reached the market. In 1936, German photographic firm Agfa released the Agfacolor Neue film. This film is the basis for most modern day photographic films. After World War Two the 'Wedding Boom' and relative affordability gave rise to the first common wedding photography market. It became common place for engaged couples to have photographs taken before and during the wedding ceremony. An interesting phenomenon of those times was the fact that photographers would show up to the wedding unannounced, use their photographic roll film and compact portable flash tubes to take photos of the couple and then try to sell their photos after the event. The 'flash' photographers were at first militarily trained personnel looking to make additional money after the war, however this quickly changed and amateur photographers took up this activity as well. This forced trained studio photographer to go mobile as well, and by the 1950s this practice ceased to exists and the current day, pre-booked wedding photographers became the standard. The next significant change was the invention of the 35mm camera and the subsequent invention of the 'Wedding Photojournalist'. These new smaller cameras were portable enough to be used by journalists in the field and Wedding Photographers took the clue from professional photojournalists and started taking candid shots, known as the photojournalistic style. The next significant change was the invention of the auto focus which further simplified the art of wedding photography. Most recently Wedding Photography has undergone a monumental shift with the invention of the digital camera. What first started as the fringe industry of the digital wedding photographer recently became the norm. As the camera companies began to discontinue film cameras more and more Wedding Photographers switched into digital, leaving mostly the more traditional medium format wedding photographers shooting with Film.