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The Wedding Guide

A Photographer’s Guide to Your Big day

Hey there! Welcome to the start of a remarkable journey! As a wedding photographer, my passion lies in capturing love in its most genuine and vibrant form. My philosophy is simple yet profound: I photograph love. That's where my commitment begins and gracefully ends. This passion isn't just a job; it's a calling that fills me with joy every day.

Embarking on this adventure together, I aim to go beyond just being your photographer. I envision us creating a bond, a friendship that allows us to deeply understand your love story, capturing not just the grand moments but also the quiet, intimate whispers of love that are often overlooked. Your wedding day is a collection of fleeting moments, and my mission is to preserve them, allowing you to relive each one through the images we create together.

As a specialist in intimate weddings and elopements, my approach is tailored to reflect the true essence of your relationship. Every laugh shared, every tear shed, and every tender touch is a story waiting to be told. I'm here not just as a photographer but as a storyteller, eager to translate your unique love story into visual memories that will endure for generations.

Your trust in me is deeply appreciated, and I'm dedicated to ensuring your wedding day is as seamless and authentic as possible. Communication is key, and I'm always available to listen, advise, and support you throughout this journey. Together, we'll create a space where you can be yourselves, unguarded and unscripted.

Bride and groom toasting with champagne in a sunny Ottawa woodland clearing.

What to Expect from This Guide

This guide is your roadmap to understanding how I work and what you can expect from our time together. It's designed to provide clarity, offer inspiration, and prepare you for an experience that's as stress-free and joyous as possible. From the first look to the final dance, my approach is unobtrusive, capturing the essence of your day with honesty and grace. I believe in the power of candid photography to tell a more compelling story, one that truly encapsulates the emotion and spirit of your celebration.

Building a personal connection with you and your guests is paramount. It allows me to capture the essence of your day in a way that feels natural and genuine. These aren't just photos; they're heirlooms, pieces of a legacy that you'll share with future generations.

So, take a moment to relax and let's embark on this incredible journey together. Here's to the laughter, the tears, and the unforgettable moments that await us. Welcome to your wedding photography guide.

What to Expect from Me!

Here’s a glimpse into how I’ll be supporting you on your big day, beyond just capturing stunning photographs:

  1. Beyond Photography: Recognizing that unexpected situations can arise, my "wedding day fanny-pack" is always on hand, equipped with items like tide-to-go pens for surprise spills, safety pins for those little dress emergencies, and extra hairpins for any hairstyle fixes.
  2. Unobtrusive Approach: My method is to capture authentic moments discreetly, allowing you and your guests to fully engage in the celebration without feeling the constant presence of a camera.
  3. Helpful Guidance: When it comes to portraits and group photos, I'll offer the right amount of direction to ensure we capture you and your loved ones beautifully. This includes posing suggestions, picking out picturesque locations, and organizing your bridal party and family members smoothly.
  4. A Calming Presence: I understand weddings are emotional and can be stressful. Expect me to be a source of calm and encouragement, ready to support you throughout the day.
  5. Flexibility: Given the uniqueness of each wedding, my adaptability to various settings, lighting conditions, and schedules is something you can rely on. No matter what the day throws our way, I'm skilled at making the necessary adjustments to ensure we don't miss a beat.
  6. Open Communication: Effective communication is key. From coordinating specific shots to making adjustments to the day's flow, expect me to keep the lines of communication open with you and your wedding planner, ensuring everything proceeds as smoothly as possible.
Photographer Farrah Sanjari, reflection in mirror, capturing rustic Ottawa venue with lush greenery.

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Farrah Sanjari Photography // Ottawa Wedding, Engagement & Portrait Photographer