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Karen & Duane | Ottawa, ON
January 28, 2017
POSTED IN: Weddings

There have been a few things I’ve been trying to do a bit differently as a wedding photographer these days. Those of you who know me on a personal level know that I am my worst critic when it comes to judging the photos I capture… and of the ones I eventually decide to post. You might say I’ve turned into a perfectionist. And I can’t blame you for thinking so. If only you could hear the things that run through my mind while I shoot:

“Gah, that’s off centre/asymmetric… dude, com’on! That shutter speed was too slow… dumb! Her eyelash is out of focus… whaaddya doooin’???”

And it wasn’t until Karen & Duane’s wedding this past December that I truly told myself: “Stop it Tsone. Does all of that really matter?”

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After spending months discussing their wedding plans, I learned something about their visions of their wedding day: it didn’t have to be perfect. And then it instantly clicked for me: I didn’t have to be perfect. I didn’t have to be at the exact right spot at the right time, my camera clocks didn’t have to be synchronized within milliseconds of each other… and I didn’t have to shoot 10 frames to capture that 1 ‘perfectly’ composed photograph.

Karen & Duane, even though you may not have realized it, you brought me back down to earth. You reminded me of why I got into this thing I do as a passion in the first place and what it is all about. It is about looking back at your photos with your beautiful daughter and your future family 10, 20 or 30 years from now and reliving the moments. It is about the laughter, the happy tears and the quick glances you give each other subconsciously. And on that big day, I discovered that it was not just about the moments of love between the two of you, but also about the countless expressions of love from others towards you. I was amazed to watch all your friends and family come together and actively participate in making sure your intimate ceremony was what you had envisioned.

These are the things I believe matter above everything else.

You two are meant for each other and thanks for being amazing humans. Congrats.

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  1. Karen

    Tsone, as I had told you from the minute we decided to get married, you will be a part of this. You came as a friend first then photographer and did an INCREDIBLE job. Everyone loved you. Keeping it simple but beautiful is what we wanted on our special day. I did not care of the dress didn’t fit an I’d have to walk down the aisle with a swagger in my step in some fly sneakers. It was all about WHO was around. I knew that no matter what happened or how it happened, every single person there would laugh, cry, enjoy the simplicity of us as a couple. Thank you for capturing a beautiful day. It was worth freezing my arms off

  2. Natalie

    Wonderful job!! That shot infant of the striped wall is a STUNNER!!! Amazing photos of a beautiful day!

  3. Jenny g

    Amen, Tsone. Love your mental shift and perspective with this wedding set of gorgeous images. It’s so true, it’s so easy as a photographer to get caught up in all the technical details versus the emotive story telling details. And you’re sharing their love story. You told it so beautifully in your images. Well done as always my friend!

  4. 01.30.17

    I really love the sentiment at the beginning of the post. Just so you know, each and every image IS perfect!! You captured so many amazing moments for this couple AND you totally rocked those portraits! I cant even pick a favorite!! Awesome job Tsone!!

  5. Laurie

    Oh my word, these two are just incredibly sweet together! You captured their quiet, real love so beautifully! That outside walking one – with the smile back at his bride, and the wind – swoon! And inside snuggled under the chandelier – cannot get enough! You keep doing you, we all get hung up on the perfectionist nonsense but I think we use it as a distraction/procrastination sometimes – and you don’t need to! These are gorgeous as always friend!

  6. 01.30.17

    You are ROCKING it my friend! And what an amazing couple to get the opportunity to work with. I am so in love with the airplane photo. GORGEOUS!

  7. 02.01.17

    These are gorgeous! Love this great looking couple! My fave is the little girl with her hand on her heart when she sees Karen walk in! Great job TB!

  8. Chrissy

    Love all of these SO MUCH, Tsone!!! Beautiful set!!! And I can relate to being my own worst critic!!

Boyo Photography is a storyteller based in Ottawa, Ontario – sharing genuine and expressive photographs during Weddings, Engagements & among Families.

613 322-7410 //