Continuing along our Behind The Scenes series for 2018 as a Toronto wedding photographer. This post covers the second part of 2018, but be sure to check out our previous Behind The Scenes post for 2018.
Below you’ll see us working at Nancy and Peter’s traditional Egyptian wedding ceremony at the beautiful The Church of The Virgin Mary and Saint Athanasius in Mississauga. On the right-hand side, you’ll see how my husband Elliott helps me take care of making sure our photos are picture perfect by even cleaning up the ground with twigs, stones and old leaves at The Estates of Sunnybrook for Lucy and Parker’s wedding.
Above, you’ll see me competing with a sea of cameras at Rescelle and Stephen’s wedding at Claireport Place and even getting on top of a chair to photograph the beautiful bride, Kristine on her wedding day to Andre. I was a little nervous because by this point I found out I was expecting! But I had to get this beautiful shot of Kristine!
Below, I’m helping Rescelle and Stephen when it came to cutting their wedding cake and on the right, helping Lucy at The Estates of Sunnybrook fix her bouquet while photographing her bridal portraits.
We also had a great time at Kristine and Andre’s wedding in Brampton. Elliott and I worked together to capture some romantic bride and groom portraits in Chinguacousy Park under the beautiful willow tree and as well as our famous flying veil shot! Kristine and Andre ended up loving the flying veil shot so much, they chose it for their wedding album cover.
At Kate and Kyle’s wedding in Elora, I made sure the all the bridesmaids were looking glam and Kate’s veil was always perfect! Even though I was pregnant at the time, we hiked down to the bottom of the Elora Gorge and back up for their ceremony. It was a long day!
At Carmen and Alex’s wedding, we photographed their tea ceremony in the morning and then headed over to Humber Bay for some photos of the Toronto skyline. This means making sure Carmen’s dress stayed clean and looked good for all the photos.
On the right, you’ll see that we don’t just take care of the bride – we also take care of the bridesmaids! I noticed her hair was sticking up so I made sure we fixed it.
On Tara and Drew’s wedding day, Tara got ready at home and read a lovely card from her groom. It was so touching! We later captured their first look and bride and groom photos at the Distillery District. You can see how busy it is and how difficult it was for us to capture their portraits!
In the morning of Samantha and Richard’s wedding, we captured their Chinese tea ceremony at her family home and then headed over to Vaughan Estate for their bridal party and bride and groom photos. Here’s Elliott again helping with the flying veil again!
We had some extra help later in the year with the addition of our assistant (also named Samantha!). She helped us a lot with bride dresses and our gear. This was so helpful as I progressed with my pregnancy. You can see her above and also below!
Please welcome Samantha to our team! You’ll hopefully likely see her more and more as time goes on.
But even still, I still got down and dirty with everything! I still fixed dresses, Elliott still tidied up scenes, and I still photographed the same way as I normally would. Above-right, you’ll see me at the very top of the aisle getting ready to capture everybody coming down the aisle at Joelle and Ernest’s wedding.
Even at Caitlin and Steven’s wedding, I got right in there organizing the bridal party and even the whole group of people for a huge group shot out on the beautiful grounds at Credit Valley Golf Club.
Below, you’ll see me working at Natalie and Charlie’s wedding at The Doctor’s House, capturing the classic bridal party portrait outside their iconic chapel. On the right, my assistant Samantha helps me with lighting during Wendy and James’ wedding in a dark church after the sun had already set.
Back at Natalie and Charlie’s wedding, below you’ll see me capturing some family and friend photos and their bride and groom portraits.
By November, I was about four months pregnant and getting a little bit more fatigued on wedding days but worked hard to make sure my clients didn’t see this at all. I still got right in there capturing and coordinating family portraits at Ramiya and Kumaran’s traditional Hindu wedding and the bride and groom exit out of the chapel of The Doctor’s House.
In November, I was around four months pregnant by now and we were back at The Distillery District to capture Erin and Alex’s wedding day. It was during the Toronto Christmas Market so it was even more busy with lots of people celebrating the holidays. It was tricky but we managed to capture some of my fav shots of all time!
Above, you’ll see me working at Wendy and James’ wedding capturing their bride and groom exit after their ceremony at the beautiful Timothy Eaton Memorial Church and then backing up photos later that evening.
We always always always back up on-site so we have a copy of your photos in THREE places before we leave. Back ups are a huge priority for us so once I get home – I copy it to three more places. So in total, it is in SIX PLACES before we even begin working on your images! A bit excessive but it’s how I can go to sleep at night knowing your photos are safe and sound.
But enough of weddings – let’s talk about engagements and lifestyle sessions for a second! I love capturing them and my husband has been so wonderful helping me out on shoots late last year due to my pregnancy.
It was super helpful when it came to making sure Joelle’s hair was perfect during her engagement session with Ernest, and even carrying balloons during Vanessa and Vito’s engagement session in the sunflower fields.
Lately, Elliott has been helping me more out with capturing engagement sessions while allowing me to get closer to clients by directing them up close rather than behind the lens. Below, you’ll see me directing during Suzanna and Brian’s engagement session at Guild Park.
When it came to the fall, we had a lot of demand for our annual fall mini sessions! We had a full day booked with very little break in between each session so it was helpful to be able to switch between photographer to a director and back to the photographer with my husband.
Above, you’ll see me having fun with the kids! I love our fall minis since we hardly get the chance to capture families during the year and I love kids! They are so fun to capture. We had a great time capturing the fall colours and will hope to run our fall mini sessions again later this year.
During Sheena and Amar’s engagement session, we hopped around Yorkville and the Distillery District. I made sure to continue to get up close and personal for directing which really helps my clients get comfortable in front of the camera.
We then had the pleasure in capturing Aileen and Jordan’s romantic engagement in Tobermory. It was cold, windy and wet so it was great that we both were able to work together to keep them warm while keeping their coats on as much as possible until we were ready to photograph. We had to be super careful since it was slippery and so so windy and safety is our utmost priority!
And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed coming along this journey with us behind the scenes of Samantha Ong Photography. 2018 was a tough year for us since I had to deal with my pregnancy at the end of the year but we made it through everything without our clients knowing – which was my goal! I didn’t want to let my pregnancy affect our work and what we do for our clients.
Thank you to everyone for trusting us and allowing us to capture their special moments! Doing this Behind The Scenes post every year really allows me to reflect on what a great year we had and how much I appreciate being a wedding photographer.