Azure Blue Photo+Cinema has an instantly recognizable wedding style, which is born of the combined experience of our award winning team of photographers and continued development of new post production techniques. Our style stems from contemporary narrative photography, photo journalism and portraiture. This means that the images of Azure Blue focus on the art of visual storytelling, illustrating the physical and emotional landscape of their subjects.
Years ago, Charles and I recognized that our customers had a need for frank and emotional photography, that was natural but also beautiful, that were often not being met by other photographers. Azure Blue fashions a personal photography style which is based upon customers’ ideas and preferences. When observing our work, people comment that Azure Blue images show real emotion. In short, they are confident and refreshing, but always immediate; the style is light and flowing, unobtrusive but intimate. Relax and let Azure Blue’s talented team take care of you on the big day, help you plan your time and locations, and create beautiful images for you on your wedding day. We are here for you before, during and after.
Here are some of the common questions we are asked:
Before your wedding day we meet with you at the Azure Blue studio in Toronto to look at portfolios and discuss various aspects of your wedding. This meeting helps us to develop a comprehensive understanding of your needs, especially relating to the style of your wedding and how best to shoot it.
On the day we will generally shoot a variety of styles, depending on your personal preferences. Often these are a balance between a more animated and candid style of photography and a more directed graphic style. From this vast collection we will create a comprehensive album that you feel best reflects your wedding day.
The art of wedding photography has many dimensions. It is often a balancing act—the photographer must ask on the day: is the bride better when she moves or is posed? What is her best feature? When does she look her best? What is the best light to complement her face? What makes her smile?
How many weddings has Azure Blue photographed?
We are approaching 1000 weddings at Azure Blue, but we remember all of them in one way or another. The faces, the dresses, the shoes (always the shoes!). Once you are a client, you become part of the family.
How many photos do you take at a wedding?
Once all of the images are edited, you will receive 1000 to 1500 images that are ready for printing, depending on the length of the day and the number of guests. We find that brides and grooms see details in photographs that have significance to them. Being able to choose from a wide variety of shots helps to create an unique album filled with wonderful photos.
We also shoot in the much superior RAW format. For Cinema, we always shoot in 1080P format.
Do you create an online gallery?
Yes, we have a secure, online, shopping cart enabled website called The Azure Boutique, from which you can view, sort, and catalogue your images.
We offer a wide range of album lines that can be seen in our showroom. They include flush mount, photo paper and fine art paper with cover options in canvas, acrylic, metal, genuine leather and vintage leather. The albums are custom designed with layouts in the story-telling style and created to last a lifetime.
Do you travel?
We travel, without surcharge, to within an hour drive of our studio, but will travel as far as you desire for a small additional fee
How many locations do you go to?
As many as you wish that fits within your timeline
Do you go to the groom’s house? Do you take family photos? Do we get hi-res images of everything?
Yes. Yes. Yes. And we do not watermark our photos.
Are you obtrusive photographers and videographers?
Most definitely NOT! We wear all-black, use professional-grade, 2.8 zoom lenses, and are always mindful that your wedding day is for your family, friends and guests. You will never catch us blocking the ring exchange or asking you to do embarrassing things. We give direction where needed, especially during family photos. But mostly we ensure that your wedding day with us is an enjoyable experience.
What type of gear do you use? Are there always 2 photographers?
Each of our photographers carries 2 professional DSLR cameras, multiple professional lenses, lighting and much more. Our cinematographers carry the latest DSLR and audio equipment (currently, Canon 5D Mark III, shooting full, uncompressed 1080P video with L lenses). There are always at least 2 photographers for photo and at least two videographers for cinema.
What are your prices?
They range quite a bit, but we will guarantee you this: You will never think it is too much and the fee you agree upon in your initial contract will be written in stone. Like we said earlier, you will be a member of our family. We want you to be happy with everything we do.
What about Special Requests?
We have a team that includes Graphic Designers and Art Directors (Stacey and Martin), Video and Photo Editors (Meg and Kyla), and a Computer/Web expert (Charles). If you have something you’d like us to do, from a Slideshow to a Same-Day Edit to a Love Walk Video to a Red Carpet with full Photo Studio and onsite printing to Invitations and Thank-You Cards, we can accommodate your every whim. The best part of our job is surprising our clients with something cool.
Stacey and Charles