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From Day To Night - A Wedding Photography Workshop with Lisa Mark Photography in Ontario, Canada

From Day To Night Photography Workshop

Friday February 20, 2015 | 12 pm – 9 pm | Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

I’m very excited to announce something that’s been in the works for a while now.  I will be hosting a wedding photography workshop in the new year for intermediate to advanced & professional photographers.  This super fun day of learning will take place on Friday February 20, 2015 in a beautiful vintage heritage building in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.  The workshop will begin promptly at 12 pm, finishing up at 9 pm at night, with a few short breaks in between.

I called this workshop From Day To Night, because that’s what I plan to do – take you from day to night with photography tips and techniques for all kinds of lighting scenarios.  Here’s an overview of what students will take away at the end of the day:

  • Learn how I use natural light during a wedding day
  • Learn about off-camera lighting techniques using flash & video light to create dramatic night time images
  • Hands-on shooting challenges with a couple in both light and dark scenarios
  • How to interact with your clients while shooting to catch the best moments
  • Tips on marketing, branding, and how to book weddings

There will be dedicated time for student portfolio reviews where I want to give you positively directed critique to help you improve your images.

On the business side of things, I’ll be sharing my personal marketing strategies on how I built my business & brand, and how we book our wedding clients (we choose to shoot approximately 25 weddings per year).  There will also be time for a question & answer period where you can ask anything you want to know.  While we will touch on business, this workshop is primarily based on actual shooting.  I want you to walk away with amazing images for your portfolio!

Don’t forget to bring your laptop, because at the end of the day, students will be asked to show their best daylight image, and best night time image so we can all inspire each other.  I’m so excited to see what everyone creates!

We are only opening 10 spots for the workshop, so if you want to enrol please visit the link below.  Please note that tuition is non-refundable, but it is transferable.  The tuition fee for this workshop is $500 plus HST per student and includes the full day workshop (9 hours), food & drinks & free parking.

Please click here to enrol in the workshop – spaces are limited!

Thanks and I’m excited to see you in February!  If you have any questions, please email me at lisa@lisamarkphotography.com or get in touch via the ‘Contact’ form in the menu above.

Cheers,
Lisa

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Canadian Wedding Photographer of the Year, Canadian Wedding Industry Awards, 2014, Best Photographer in Ontario

Well, I’m speechless.  Seriously.

Justin & I recently had the rare pleasure of a night out on the town at the 2014 Canadian Wedding Industry Awards, which was held in downtown Toronto at the gorgeous Ritz Carlton Hotel.  The whole place looked amazing, and there were hundreds of our fellow wedding industry professionals, all decked out and looking great!  I read on social media that many folks even flew in for the awards from all over Canada.

For those who are not familiar with it, the Canadian Wedding Industry Awards are dedicated to recognizing and awarding the best of Canada’s influential and innovative wedding and events industry.  We got to meet tons of awesome new people, and got to catch up with lots of old friends too.

I had entered 4 photography categories, but honestly wasn’t expecting to win anything because Toronto is jam packed with talented and creative wedding photographers.  So you can imagine my surprise when I won the category of ‘Best Photographer in Ontario’!  Surprise actually barely covers it.

Once all the regional award winners were announced, they began announcing the national winners.  Basically this means that the ‘Best’ winner from every category in each province is put up against the other ‘Best’ category winners from the rest of Canada, and whoever’s work was scored the highest by the judges was announced as the national winner of their category.

I was absolutely FLOORED when they announced that I had won the national award for Canadian Photographer of the Year!!!!  I had to go up and make a speech, which I hope was coherent during!  I really just thanked my husband (and partner / second shooter) Justin for all his love, support and for being an amazing Dad to our 2 kids.  Without him I may not have my dream job, and I just couldn’t thank him enough.

So I’d also love to say a huge thank you to the hardworking team who put on the awards (Wedluxe Magazine as well as many others), and I’d also like to thank the  judges of this prestigious competition for their support.  Here are the names of the esteemed panel of judges:

  • Randy Fenoli, Fashion Expert, Designer & Television Personality
  • Rebecca Grinnals, Engaging Concepts
  • Marcy Blum, Marcy Blum & Associates
  • Francis Guindon, Maison Birks
  • Ellen Black, Lehr & Black
  • Laura Gutkin, Etsy Canada

I wanted to share with you the body of work that was submitted to this category.  Shared in this post are 15 of my favourite images from our 2014 season (although it was so hard to choose what to submit to the competition!)  THANK YOU to all our happy couples!  We would not be here without you!

Cheers,
Lisa

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  • December 17, 2014 - 11:16 am

    Sebastien Auger - Good job Lisa!

  • December 17, 2014 - 7:25 pm

    Lisa French - Absolutely spectacular… If I ever get married again you are taking the pictures.. Xo

  • December 17, 2014 - 9:15 pm

    Kathryn McGean - Gorgeous pictures!! Congrats again on winning such a competitive and prestigious award!

  • December 18, 2014 - 2:41 pm

    Lisa Mark Photography - Thank you so much Kathryn!

  • December 18, 2014 - 2:41 pm

    Lisa Mark Photography - Aw thanks Lisa xo

  • December 18, 2014 - 2:41 pm

    Lisa Mark Photography - Thanks Sebastien!

Horseback riding engagement photography, Wildwood Manor Ranch, Georgetown, Ontario, country, rural, romantic, soft, autumn, fall, stables, equestrian pre-wedding photos

I am in love with this shoot.  No really.  I think it might be the beautiful couple Jackie & Nik, or it might just be the fact that we got to spend their engagement shoot in the company of the most beautiful horse at Wildwood Manor Ranch in Georgetown, Ontario.  She was gorgeous!

When I met with Jackie & Nik to chat about their wedding plans and their engagement shoot, Jackie mentioned that she rides horses in her spare time, so what could be more perfect than an equestrian themed engagement shoot?

As for a favourite moment, our cute little horse managed to sneezed all over poor Nik’s sweater, which he & Jackie laughed off (and lucky me it created quite a hilarious moment as the horse stuck out her tongue for the photo!)

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Well, it’s that time of year to be thankful for what we have and all of the wonderful people we’ve gotten to know over 2014.  It’s been a big year of changes for us over at Lisa Mark Photography.  Justin and I were kept busy with our son Liam growing like a weed (he’s now a very busy 2.5 year old!) and we welcomed our baby daughter Jillian into our family last January (and again, shot a wedding 2 weeks after I gave birth – we had lots of backup just in case but I was able to do it for a lovely couple)!

2014 was also a stellar year creatively, and got to photograph weddings at many venues that were new to us.  I’ve also been able to create some of my favourite wedding images to date!

Justin & I would like to thank each and every couple that asked us to be a part of their wedding day and capture their moments.  It’s truly an honour and something we know you put a lot of thought and time into.  We hope you enjoy your wedding day memories and albums for generations to come.  Thank you for choosing us and CONGRATULATIONS to all of our 2014 newlyweds!

Cheers,
Lisa & Justin

Toronto wedding photographer Lisa Mark Photography - 2014 Year End Review

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Greek, Macedonian, Wedding, Photography, Toronto, Pig Dance, Bread Dance, Traditional Breaking of the Bread, Traditional Greek Orthodox Wedding Ceremony, Church, Yonge & Dundas Square, Ryerson University campus, St. George

It’s been a very busy year and here I am trying to blog it all!  But that’s okay because it means I get to re-live all the love and happiness that my clients got to experience in 2014.

Today we take a look at Andrea & Michael’s wedding day in downtown Toronto, and some of the best wedding photos at Yonge & Dundas Square that I’ve shot to date!  A note to Brides & Grooms who are looking at shooting here – it’s not for the faint of heart!  It take a great deal of patience and running around to get those perfect images in between the huge crowds!  But, when you get THAT image, it makes it all worth it.

We actually began Andrea & Michael’s wedding day at the Renaissance Hotel in Toronto so the ladies could prepare, then we headed over to St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church on Bond Street for a traditional Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony.  Once pronounced husband and wife, we took the wedding party over to Ryerson University campus as well as Yonge & Dundas Square for some fun before the reception.

The gorgeous reception was held at Hazelton Manor in Vaughan, and everything was so decadent and beautiful!  So much amazing detail went into the planning of this wedding and you could see it everywhere.

There were some wonderfully fun traditions we got to capture, including the Greek Macedonian Pig Dance and Greek Macedonian Bread Dance & Breaking of the Bread.

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