A Cinematic Wedding

As a photographer who shoots the “same” cookie cutter weddings every weekend, it is always a nice treat to see something new. The Eglinton Grand reception hall in Toronto was exactly that surprise. What used to be a movie theater is now a banquet hall while keeping the character of theater. The warehouse session was completely unplanned and some trespassing was required. The unexpected is always welcomed in photography.

One of my major goals in shooting weddings is to convey a cinematic mood to the audience. The main method is to shoot in landscape format since that is how video is shot. Landscape is also more calm to the eye than portrait, which is tall, grand, and energetic. Portraits usually limit photographers into thinking it has to fill the frame with the subject, but if you’re willing to color outside the lines, you will discover a lot more interesting composition throwing the subject off center and to the side.

3 Comments A Cinematic Wedding

  1. Ruby September 10, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    tony, i really must say you seem to outdo yourself every time. the pure artistry you capture in these photos is so breathtaking and clever down to every detail in the lighting, angles, composition, content and narrative. i don’t even know these people but i feel like i know them now solely because of your portrayal of them. it’s never just point and shoot with you, it’s more like capture and re-live life which i love. whether you enjoy what you do or not, your work shouts mastery, fun and so much enjoyment. and i absolutely love mr. duck!! Awesome! and Bravo! always a fan, tony! <3 i’ll see ya around again sometime!

  2. kat September 10, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Wow, such a unique location! The photo with the couple in the middle of the rising bleachers is my favorite :).

  3. Gwyne Owens February 11, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    Wow, amazing work. That reception site….an old theater….what an AWESOME location! I do almost all beach weddings so we are thrilled to get to shoot anywhere else. It’s my dream to shoot a wedding in NYC with the buildings, skyline, architecture…ahhhh. Ok back to reality! Thanks for posting!

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