Finally done with finals! :D And close-ish to being done with Christmas shopping too. So here's a wedding I shot with Vadim several months ago. I was really excited since this was the first Hindu wedding I got to photograph. We actually received a PDF file with all the detailed steps of the ceremony (I had to google half of the terms on it). Unlike churches with a priest, the bride, and the groom, there was sometimes up to 8 people surrounding Kamalina and Steve, making it challenging to photograph them through the chaos. You basically pre-focus, wait for an opening and shoot as soon as you get an opportunity. It makes you feel like a sniper. It was a big, fun, colourful wedding at the Centre des Sciences in Montreal's Old Port. You can't really go wrong with the Old Port can you?
The highlight for me was working with Ioan Films, the best videographers I've worked alongside with. Robert, Cristina, Mihai and Tudor were friendly, professional and I could tell even before seeing the final result that they were producing high-quality work. Although I may be biased because they're Romanian. Cristina also taught me a few Romanian things to say to my Romanian girlfriend's mom to get some brownie points.
As a kid with a Vietnamese heritage born in the francophone province of an English-speaking country, I've always been drawn to other cultural mixes. It was great to see people from both the bride and the groom side sharing the dance floor unlike some other times I've seen. And these folks stayed on the floor all night! It was the longest working day I've had, but one of the most rewarding and memorable.
I'll end this post by wishing everyone happy holidays. Take lots of pictures and take time to relax!