shooting with intention
As an artist and storyteller, I believe in the power of fluid motion and movement in imagery. Wedding imagery should tell compelling stories, express emotion, and capture genuine moments as they unfold. To create meaningful, cohesive work, we find ways to include the expressions of people and their actions into our imagery.
THE LISA CATHERINE PROCESS
To ensure our clients have our full creative energy, we take on a select number of weddings per year. We place our focus on the organic and the sincere, creating photographs that tell an intimate, genuine story.
We approach all of our projects with thorough preparation, working diligently to acquire a true understanding of our client's personal vision. We are committed to a very hands-on approach, and custom tailor a photography timeline for each of our clients. With attention to every detail, we make recommendations to achieve the best photographic results for your timeline.
Working as an art director and lead photographer, Lisa consciously visualizes and photographs with her client's aesthetic in mind. Lisa applies her years of experience, passion for this art, and her creative enthusiasm, creating collections of images that will provide timeless heirlooms for years to come.
With the same level of care, Lisa's second photographer shoots in tandem throughout the day creating a perfect balance and level of photographic coverage.Throughout our shooting process, we pursue elegant angles and meaningful compositions. Together we are always seeking luminosity, considering shapes and textures within our surroundings, and balancing cohesive colours as we document your individual story.
"NOT ONLY ARE HER PHOTOS BREATHTAKING, BUT SHE ALSO BROUGHT A MYRIAD OF EXPERTISE, RESOURCES, AND CREATIVITY. SHE SCOUTED LOCATIONS FOR US, SENT US A THOROUGH STYLING GUIDE, AND HELPED US NAIL DOWN OUR TIMELINE FOR THE DAY. LISA HAS AN IMMENSE ABILITY TO CAPTURE BEAUTY, WHILE ADDING DEPTH, DETAIL, AND DIMENSION. HIGHLY RECOMMEND FOR ANYONE LOOKING FOR A FINE ART WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER."
- Lisa Catherine Photography Wedding Client
A FINE ART WEDDING
What is a fine art wedding?
A fine art wedding is an event that has come together full of harmony and balance. Nature often plays a role in the overall aesthetic bringing gin the colours and textures of the outdoor landscape and involves artictisc attention to quality details. A fine art wedding is often a collaboration of artists working together to realize their clients vision with the appearance of effortlessness yet involve a tremendous amount of time, heart, and effort.
How can I include fine art elements on my wedding day?
Attention to detail and ensuring the style of your wedding day is recognized in every elemont of your wedding is important when curating a fine art wedding. A few elements to consider but are not limited to would include beautifully styled "undone" organic florals, dewy and rest makeup accompanied by loose windswept hair enhancing your own natural beauty, and invitation suite brought to life by the talent of a calligrapher, beautifully styled tables capes, tailored attire, and a venue with impact, originality, and an abundance of natural light. Overall the main goal is to create a cohesice experience that is both organically beauotfl and timeless.
Who would you recommend for local fine art vendors?
We have been sifting through the community both locally and throughout the country to put together a list of vendors who we feel can help you reach your fine art wedding vision. I have had the pleasure of working with a number of vendors and have selected that I am happy to share with you to help aid your wedding plans.
VENDORS WE HAVE WORKED WITH IN THE PAST
Florist: Janna Brown Design, Blossoms Living, Wascana Flower Shoppe, Michelle's Flowers, Twig and Bloom, Foxglove Studio, Celsia Floral, Soil and Stem
Venue: Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, The Barn at Wind's Edge, The Glen at Crossmount, Local Market YQR, Hotel Saskatchewan, Delta Bessborough, Chateau de Bouthonvilliers, Graydon Hall Manor
Planners & Stylists: Julianne Young, Pretty in the Pines, Vivian Lyttle, Ginny Au, White Events
Hair: Top Knot Brides, The Glam Bar, Capelli Salon, Rachel Stange, Mimi & Taylor, Bespoke Beauty
Makeup: Bespoke Beauty, Face by Meagan, Sara Lindsay Makeup Studio, Lisa Hallam Makeup Artistry, Top Knot Brides, Mimi & Taylor
Bridal Store: Pearl & Dot, White Willow Boutique, NWL, The Bridal Boutique YQR, Blair Nadeau Bridal
Online Store: BHLDN, Noon on the Moon, Bella Belle Shoes, The Mrs Box
Cake: Sliced Decadence, Little Bird Patisserie, Something Sweet by Fadiah, Synies Paris
Stationary: Paper Ocelot, Shasta Bell Calligraphy, Flourish Calligraphy, Art and Alexander
Silk Ribbon: Stella Wolfe, Frou Frou Chic
Inspiration Source: pinterest.com/lisachristoffel
Fine Art Wedding Blogs: Wedding Sparrow, Magnolia Rouge, Once Wed, Style Me Pretty
WEDDING DAY PHOTOGRAPHY SUGGESTIONS
- The best time to photograph outdoors is later in the day. Think late afternoon of early evening for portraits. Though this may not be realistic for all wedding timelines, later afternoon lighting produces optimal conditions for portraits.
- When getting ready indoors, or when choosing an indoor photography location, please choose a space that receives a lot of natural light. Larger hotel suites make for ideal locations for getting ready photos due to the large bright windows and spacious layouts, beds are made tidily, and there are often a number of great areas to hang the dress and take detail photos.
- Please leave sunglasses, cellphones, and drinks in the vehicle. Please pass this on to your bridal party as well.
- Please appoint someone to assist in gathering your family members for your family portraits.
- Consider bringing snacks and water for you and your bridal party to keep in your vehicle.
- You may want to have your wedding day makeup on hand for touch ups between portraits.
- Having an emergency kit on hand is a good idea. There have been countless times when there has been a need for a sewing kit, bandaids, blister pads, two-sided tape, and stain remover
Our goal is for the client to feel empowered, strong, and beautiful in her own skin. We believe that less is more, and so we prefer to remove what we feel is unnecessary to capturing timeless bridal boudoir imagery. We aim to tell a story with our bridal boudoir portraits and look for natural settings. We prefer locations with minimal distraction which directs the attention solely to our subject.
Beautiful hair and makeup is such an important component to any type of portraiture and, as with photography, I feel that less is more. I love a natural timeless look accentuating ones natural beauty without overpowering it. Not only does minimalist beauty photography stunningly, but it lends to a more wholesome, realistic, and elegant aesthetic. To add depth to the shoot, I love to work with beautiful veils, bouquets, and love letters.
Bridal Boudoir Tips
- We would ask that the client go barefoot in keeping with the honest storytelling and natural setting.
- Delicate lace bralettes, robes, and lingerie sets lend to classic femininity. Fabrics such as silk, lace, and chiffon tend to have an ethereal presence on camera.
- Fresh dewy makeup and nude tones with just enough to accentuate and highlight ones features is most flattering and timeless. Lived-in hair allows for a more free and natural compliment to the makeup. Clean and neutral nails and moisturized skin are considered an important wardrobe component as well.
An ideal getting ready timeline for photography would be to have us arrive as the bride is having her makeup done. During this time we would begin photographing the gown, bridal details, photojournalistic candids for the bridal party, and the tail end of the bride's makeup.
Bridesmaids and Mother-of-the-Bride should ideally be fully dressed for when the bride is ready to have help getting in to her gown.
It is helpful to have the bridal details that you would like photographed laid out for when we arrive; the following are items to consider:
- Gown steamed and already hanging
- Veil steamed and hanging
- Engagement ring and wedding bands
- Additional bridal jewelry
- Hair adornment
- Invitation suite
- Special heirlooms
- Corsages and boutonnieres
- Gift from the Groom
- Bridal shoes
- Loose florals from florist for styling
- Additional styling items
an ideal timeline
A TRADITIONAL TIMELINE PHOTOGRAPHY SAMPLE
This wedding day timeline allows ample time to document the main events of the wedding day, while making the best use of time and lighting. Lisa Catherine wedding clients receive help in arranging their timelines as well as a detailed photography timeline for their wedding day to ensure the day runs seamlessly.
1:00 pm - Lisa Catherine Photography arrives and begins capturing bridal details, photojournalistic coverage of bride and bridesmaid's getting ready, and bride getting into her gown.
3:30 pm - Ceremony coverage based on a thirty minute ceremony.
4:15 pm - Family Portaits immediately following the ceremony.
4:45 pm - Bridal party and bride and groom portraits
7:00 pm - Reception Supper
8:00 pm - Reception coverage of speeches, first dance, and cake cutting
SAMPLE PORTRAIT LIST
While we know that each family has it's own unique size and dynamic, we work off of this standard portrait list to curate your family formal groupings on your wedding day. You may edit this list to suit your own personal needs for your family portraits. The family portraits typically take place immediately folloiwing the ceremony while everyone is present and accessible. We generally spend no more than thirty minutes on these portraits to allow more time with the bridal party and bride and groom. We often choose a location for the family portraits within the vicinity of the ceremony site for efficienct and ease of guests.
bride, groom, bride's parents, bride's siblings (including significant others and their children), bride's grandparents
bride, groom, bride's parents, bride's siblings (including significant others and their children)
bride and groom with bride's grandparents
bride and groom with bride's parents
bride with bride's mom
bride with bride's dad
bride and groom with bride's siblings
bride with siblings
bride, groom, groom's parents, groom's siblings (including significant others and their children), groom's grandparents
bride, groom, groom's parents, groom's siblings (including significant others and their children)
bride and groom with groom's grandparents
bride and groom with groom's parents
groom with groom's mom
groom with groom's dad
bride and groom with groom's siblings
groom with siblings
PRODUCTS & SERVICES
Lisa Catherine Photography includes full design services for each album purchased.
Our albums come with a minimum of 20 pages printed on soft fine art paper, and are available as 8x10", 9x12", and 11x14" sizes. The option to upgrade album size and number of pages will be presented to you at time of ordering.
Our albums come in a variety of colours and fabrics to perfectly match your weddings aesthetic. The current available swatches will be sent to select your album cover at the time of ordering. Our album cover materials include French velvet, suede, silk, linen, cotton, and vegan leather. For an additional fee we may include customized name embossing and gold foil stamping, both beautiful options to personalize your album cover.
Our unbound albums are beautifully crafted linen cases and feature 100 4.5"x6" carefully selected prints to highlight your wedding day. Unbound albums include a slot to store the USB of images and include the USB of images as well.
Please inquire for more information regarding print orders, enlargements, custom name embossing, parent albums, and additional USBs.
real client questions
Are you available for travel?
Yes, in fact the majority of our weddings and portrait sessions require us to travel. We love destination weddings and intimate elopements as well as the growth and challenge involved with working in new and beautiful locations. We are available for travel within province, Country, and Worldwide.
What are your booking procedures?
Once you contact us, we will arrange a complementary consultation with you to discuss the style, location, and pricing details for your photography services. When you are ready to reserve your date, a retainer as well as a signed contract are required to secure your date. We accept bookings and payments online through a secure invoice via Paypal, Credit Card, Interac Email transfer, or in person.
Do you offer custom wedding packages?
Absolutely. Our wedding collections include structured package options varying from basic coverage to an all-inclusive option. In addition, I offer a variety of à la carte options that allow you to customize any package. I always welcome custom requests and would be pleased to create a collection tailored to your specific needs.
Do you offer albums?
Yes, we offer beautiful fine art albums and believe in turning your images into heirlooms. To view a list of our products, simply contact us to receive more detailed information, or your may schedule a meeting to see samples in person.
What is your approach on the wedding day?
Our main goal is to make you feel comfortable and to capture your authentic selves in the season of life you are currently in. We offer guidance and direction with everything from wardrobe styling to posing. Having learned from some of the industry's top photographers and stylists worldwide, I put those teachings to practice with every new client and project I take on.
How soon can we expect to see our images?
Completion times vary depending on the style and type of session. You may expect to see a preview of your image within 1-2 weeks from your portrait session dates, and within 4 weeks from your wedding date. Portrait session completion times may the 4-6 weeks,. Please inquire for current wedding completion times.
How far in advance do we need to book?
Summer weddings should ideally be booked 6-12 months or more in advance to secure your date, however, please inquire to see if a date is still available. We offer flexibility in our calendar for portrait sessions and weddings so please inquire at any time to see if we are available on a specific date or to schedule a portrait session.
May we make our own prints with the digital images that are included in our wedding package?
Yes, but please let us guide you where to go to have your prints made. You may also purchase prints directly through your Lisa Catherine Portrait gallery to ensure your images are being printed by professional standards, and for ease and convenience in ordering. I use the best Canadian labs for all of my print products and albums.
What are shared printing rights?
Lisa Catherine Photography and the client reserve shared printing rights to the images, meaning we may both make prints out of the digital images. Lisa Catherine Photography retains copyrights to all photos. Your printing rights do not include permission to modify, sell, or enter the images in any contests or competitions. When posting online, please be sure to credit Lisa Catherine Photography.
What should we do if it rains on our wedding day?
We always hope for the best but plan for the worst. There is always a backup plan discussed at our final pre-event consultation, which includes backup photography locations in the event of increment weather.
What if our reception runs late, is there an option to add on additional hours?
Yes, additional hours may be added on for our current rate per each additional hour.
What are the formal portraits and how much time is needed for those?
Included in the formal pictures are your family portraits, bridal party, and bride and groom portraits. We recommend approximately 2 hours for your formals to allow time for travel and to get the most diversity our of your portraits, however, we can work within any time constraints.
When do we schedule our pre-event consultation?
The pre-event consultation may take place any time up until the week before the wedding date. At this meeting we finalize all of the details regarding the timeline, photography locations, and the remaining balance is due at this time as well.
What is a second shooter?
We are a husband and wife team with Lisa acting as the lead photographer. Lisa's husband, Marc, acts as the second shooter providing an additional candid perspective towards your wedding photography.