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Welcome to another Behind the Lens post where I interview a talented wedding photographer whom I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with. Every photographer has their own distinct style so the purpose of this series is to help you choose a photographer whose style best represents you. Thus I want you to meet them not as “vendors” but as potential friends who just so happen to have the skills to creatively chronicle your special day in pictures.
Meet Shane and Jenny Reed of Niagara-based Reed Photography
I first came to know about Reed Photography’s work via Sheri & Denis’ Black & White Rock and Roll Winter Wedding sometime last year and from then on I’ve been a fan of their artistic non-obtrusive photography. Since then I’ve showcased a couple more weddings shot by them which you can see here.
There’s something about Shane and Jenny’s pictures that draw the viewer in and make her/him feel a sense of calm. The images, as you’ll see below, have a quiet and timeless beauty that don’t rely on trendy Photoshop effects — which says a lot about the husband and wife photo team really. It’s clear that they are dedicated to capturing moments as they happen in real life, skilfully framed and beautifully bathed in nature’s light.
I’m delighted to introduce you to Shane so you can get to know the photographers behind the gorgeous photos better.
* All photos on this page are copyright Reed Photography (except where indicated) *
Hello Shane & Jenny! Please tell us more about your wedding photography business.
We’re a husband and wife photography team with three amazingly beautiful kids including a 4 year old son and almost two year old identical twin girls. So home life is hectic but we wouldn’t want it any other way. We freelance out of our home in the beautiful Niagara Shorthills area of southern Ontario (near Niagara Falls). We’ve only been shooting weddings for a few years now and absolutely love it.
I initially started shooting bands, models and families when I got into photography and weddings were never a direction I wanted to go in. It’s funny where life unexpectedly takes you. Likewise Jenny never expected to be a photographer. She is a certified teacher and due to lack of work around here in her field I started to train her as my second shooter to save money as I branched into weddings. We fell in love with weddings and gained a fresh love and appreciation for each other in the meantime. It’s amazing to spend most of our weekends celebrating others joy and love with them and we’re happy that life took this unexpected twist. As far as our style we are natural light shooters because we believe God’s light is the best light. I would say our style could be deemed photojournalistic, however we have such a mix of styles it’s difficult to attach labels.
What’s the quirkiest wedding you’ve photographed?
It would have to be the campground wedding mentioned below as it was unexpected and such a blast.
The most unusual or unexpected location you’ve shot a wedding at?
The most unusual place was a campground only minutes from our house known for it’s massive one acre pool. It’s not a place you’d expect to shoot a wedding at, however at the end of the day it was surprisingly an awesome venue. The mix of quirky campground stuff, arcades, and natural wooded areas made it a interestingly unique and diverse place to shoot.
A wedding photography fad you will never follow?
We will never edit images with selective color because it makes us want to poke ourselves in the eye with a sharp stick. With that being said we don’t hold it against those who enjoy desecrating photos.
Can you tell us what your wedding was like?
Our wedding was great as far as the celebration goes and the marrying of each other. We had a beautiful late lunch reception at a stunning winery restaurant in Niagara on the Lake. Most importantly we were surrounded by our loved ones which was amazing even if we do have some quirky family members. Our photos were sadly another story… hate em! We’re considering renewing our vows this year for our 10 year anniversary and getting some stellar photos from someone with mad crazy skills.
Barring budget, logic or reality, what would your dream wedding (to shoot) be like?
We are into simple things and love the outdoors. So we’d probably like something up north in the woods at a cottage on the lake with strings of lights and patio lanterns hanging everywhere. It would be an intimate affair with live acoustic music playing in the background of soothing songs from artists like John Mayer, Jack Johnson, Sarah Harmer and Seal (his soul album). There would be one massive wooden table that would be shared by everyone. Add to that some sparklers, dancing under the moon and stars by a bonfire and some s’mores and you have yourself an amazing time.
Please name at least 5 songs off your dream wedding / reception playlist.
It Takes Two – Rob Base and DJ Easy Rock
For Once In My Life – Stevie Wonder
It’s A Man’s World – Seal
Gravity – John Mayer
Lodestar – Sarah Harmer
A book, movie or tv show you’d love to base a styled shoot on?
A Lord of the Rings shoot would be cool. Did that sound too nerdy?
Which celebrity or fictional couple’s wedding do you think would be a blast to photograph if you could?
This question is a tricky one as we don’t get too fired up with celebrities and don’t really get all of the hype. Those Duck Dynasty guys are pretty hilarious so I guess one of theirs.
If you weren’t a photographer now, what would you be?
Unemployed haha. My wife is a teacher and I originally went through for computer engineering but never finished. Thank goodness! I would have been miserable doing that. I think I would still be into something that gives me a creative outlet. I currently do a little graphic design so perhaps I would’ve gone in that direction. My wife would be making the best goodies in town using her gift of baking. Excuse me I need a cookie…
I hope you all enjoyed meeting Shane of Reed Photography! The beautiful, dreamy images on this page are just a taste of what he and his wife Jenny can offer!
If you want more info on this talented husband and wife photo team, please visit the following pages:
* See all our previously featured weddings & shoots by Reed Photography
* Meet other featured photographers in our Behind the Lens interview series
* While you’re at it, do check out the site map to browse our real wedding/engagement/styled shoot features by photographer and by location.
Happy Wednesday and welcome to the (almost) regular roundup of funky wedding ideas gathered from all over the www!
If you’re a longtime reader of this site, you already know that I love sharing playful, sweet, and personalized e-sessions, the quirkier the better! In fact I recently rounded up 20 Creative, Fun & Unique Engagement Session Ideas from among those featured on the blog in 2012.
Well San Diego-based Studio Sequoia (who gave us Julie & Johnny’s Rainbow-Colored Rock & Roll Wedding and Faith & Jared’s Flight-themed Engagement last year) also did a roundup of the e-sessions they shot and ended up with a mammoth list totaling 100 — yes, 100! — unique and fun engagement photo ideas!
*All photos by Studio Sequoia
My favorites include #15 A Candle-lit Dinner, #26 BBQ Time, #33 Go Surfing!, #56 Become Art, and #64 Inside Out. Oh my gosh so many fantastic ideas! Click here to see all 100 ideas. Go ahead and pin / bookmark the page so you can refer to it as you plan yours!
Back in 2011 I shared a lovely Scottish wedding in England which happens to be among the very first I featured on here actually. I’ve kept in touch with the bride, Gillian, through Twitter and she informed me that she listed down 10 Money Saving Wedding Tips on her blog and of course it would be a waste not to share such a helpful resource with you so here you go!
See Gillian and Andrew’s North Yorkshire wedding (my blog had a narrower width back then so the photos are smaller than what you’re used to seeing here these days).
Thank you to everyone who joined our giveaway! Here are the six winners of the $30 vouchers:
- Denise Lewandowski
- Laurie Emerson
- Lyly Tee
- Isabel Almeida
- Jasmine Nicole
- Hannah Eve M
Congratulations! Don’t forget to use your vouchers before they expire on February 28!
Centering your wedding around a favorite children’s book or story isn’t anything new, judging by how many Alice in Wonderland weddings we’ve seen in the past 5 years. Kiddie stories make for a playful motif as you can go nuts decorating your party with eye-catching details. I can just imagine how fun conceptualizing, sourcing and DIY-ing those elements will be!
Here now are examples of Kid Lit (and Young Adult) themed celebrations that you can (a) consider for your own wedding, or (b) serve as a jumping off point for your thought process. Let your imagination run wild!
1. The Owl and the Pussycat-themed Wedding, full feature on Ruffled / Photos by Melissa Jill Photography
2. A Dr. Seuss-inspired Wedding, full feature on Rock ‘n Roll Bride / Photos by Laurel McConnell Photography
3. Winnie the Pooh-inspired Wedding, full feature on Green Wedding Shoes / Photos by Plum Jam Photography
4. Shel Silverstein-inspired Wedding, full feature on Capitol Romance / photos by Abby Grace Photography
5. The Tale of Peter Rabbit wedding inspiration, full feature on Elizabeth Anne Designs / Photos by Andrea K Photo
6. The Secret Garden inspired Wedding, full feature on Snippet and Ink / Photos by Aneta Mak
7. Wind in the Willows-inspired wedding, full feature on Monty Manatee Weddings / Photos by Yvonne Lishman
8. Thumbelina wedding inspiration, full feature on Green Wedding Shoes / Photos by Christine Farah
9. The Little Prince-inspired Wedding, full feature on Ruffled / Photos by Lovely Leaf Studio
10. Ladybug Picnic-inspired Wedding, full feature on Polka Dot Bride / Photos by Richard Amora
Some other children’s / YA literature wedding theme inspiration for you:
* A Snoopy / Peanuts wedding theme. There are tons of sweet, cute songs you can find in Snoopy: The Musical and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown for the ceremony music. “Happiness” is one!
* A My Neighbor Totoro-themed wedding. Or a wedding inspired by any Studio Ghibli film for that matter. Love those!
* Here’s something challenging (and a bit nerdy) — a wedding inspired by Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time series.
* A wedding inspired by Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. Think Amy and Laurie! (or Jo and Prof. Bhaer if you ‘ship them)
* A wedding inspired by the book Miss Spider’s Wedding
* A wedding inspired by Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes. Take your pick from tons of fun rhymes like Hey Diddle Diddle, Jack and Jill, and Little Miss Muffet!