Welcome to my story...
My parent’s Wedding Album manifested my photography career. Sounds a little crazy, but it's true...
They were married on a cold day in January. In Poland back then, wedding photographs were mostly done in a studio setting. You got about 5 photos and that was that. Believe it or not, at that time candid photographs were considered a waste of film and most of them ended in the garbage. My father, hired a photographer for the entire day. Naturally, everyone thought he was nuts and that it was a huge waste of money as there were many candids and for the record & on top of it he purchased a beautiful 10x10 Album.
I’m really grateful he did.
Through my eyes as a child, it was my favourite “book” and I loved being lost in the magic of their wedding day.
I became a photographer because I really wanted to create beautiful and memorable photographs for my clients.
It's an incredible feeling to know that my clients wedding story is forever told in a beautiful family heirloom so they can go back at any time and relive the wedding day for generations to come.
This is why, to this day I include an album with every wedding collection.
Initially, I structured my wedding collections as every other photographer in the city with a 6 hour, 8 hour or 10 hour options (respectively) and making some extra money billing overtime. By having time restrictions, I could not be creative or deliver unique images because I was constantly being pressured by brides to hurry up.
The insanity had to stop...
So, I changed my entire business model and took the 6-8-10 hours completely out of my wedding collections. Now if it takes us 12 hours to photograph your wedding day, so be it!
Today, my clients can enjoy and relish every moment of their wedding while I create beautiful photographs; no one is stressed for time and no one receives a huge overtime invoice either.
In fact, I spent over 10 years refining the Ultimate Stress Free Photographic Experience included with any of our three wedding photography collections to meet any brides needs or budget.
Of course, it goes without saying that all of our Wedding Photography Collections include a luxe wedding album to cherish your wedding memories forever.
Here are some images of past brides sharing their Heirloom Wedding Albums with their kids.
I wonder if one of them will be inspired to become a photographer like me.
Kinga Studios is an award winning photography studio in the Okanagan.
This image was taken at the Jerry Ghionis workshop. We needed to submit one image for critique showcasing our new skills & this was mine. Jerry's comments uplifted my confidence.
My highest praise to date.
Received best in class in the wedding photojournalism category.
Brides Choice for Best Vernon Photographer at the Vernon Bridal Show.
This was the first EVER candid portrait I took of my dad ... I was 6.
and it means the WORLD to me.
We went for a photo walk, and that means I'd have the opportunity to take a photo (or two) under my dads direct supervision.
We took a break to enjoy the day. I remember feelling how nice he looked and my gut told me to take the shot -
Years later he told me how much he liked it (even though at the time, I got in trouble for wasting film).
My dad passed away in 2018.
My grandfather sold his motorcycle back in the day to buy a camera. That sparked an interest in my dad who taught me all he knew about the craft. This was an amazing start to my photography career, but I needed more.
Photography programs in College didn't offer what I needed so, I took workshops from the top wedding photographers in the world. Education never stops. In fact, I commit to taking one every few years to keep up with the latest trends.
Thank you to all the photographers that helped me on my journey.
I grew into the photographer I am today because of you.
This weeklong workshop in Vancouver was one of the TOP photography workshops I have EVER taken to date.
This man changed my life & my only regret is waiting so long to have the guts to sign up for it.
To be photographed by Jerry is a bucket list item.
The, "Balls Out" workshop in Canmore was incredible.
Taught me to think outside the box, go for it (from a photo perspective) & made me restructure my whole client experience.
This workshop experience was sky high & exceeded expectations on every turn.
Japan here I come! The flight alone was about $5,000 (hotel, meals & actual course was extra, but worth every penny!)
Scott was the best guy teaching, 'off camera flash'. Back then it was black magic to me and I had no idea where to start.
Scott and I were talking about my transition from corporate into a full time photographer. Still remember everything he said...
The list of celebrities Matthew photographed is soooooo long that we'd be sitting here for two weeks just naming them.
If I ever ask you about your favorite color, it's because of this guy.
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