The start of my 2016 Ontario wedding photography season

The start of my 2016 Ontario wedding photography season

May 14th marks the start of my 2016 Wedding season with my first Engagement session scheduled in Toronto.

Having just recently arrived in Tillsonburg, Ontario 2.5 months ago (where does the time go), I'm pleasantly surprised how many couples a) booked me whilst I was still in the UK and b) booked me for 2016. I was so sure that I would be 'too late to the game' for 2016 but I've happily been proved wrong. 

My 2017 calendar is also starting to fill up nicely.

So...May is the month when it all begins*. 5 engagement sessions this month and I can't wait! The 'off season' has been long but I have been filling my time (aside from moving countries!) with other photography including:

 - Headshot sessions

Google Street View tours for businesses in Tillsonburg and Woodstock

Event photography

My commercial photography continued with several new shoots over the winter period.

I have added several new pieces of equipment to my kit bag and look forward to using these to take my photography to the next level over the coming months.

 

*Technically, my 2016 season started in the UK just before I left with the weddings of Kamel and Rania and Jennifer and Mike:

 

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Moving from the UK to Canada..finally!

Moving from the UK to Canada..finally!

After a year long immigration process and 8 years in London, I'm spending the last night in my apartment before heading to Gatwick airport for my (one-way) flight to Toronto. 

This ends 12 months of paperwork, medicals, transatlantic mailing of documents and waiting...lots of waiting... 

At least in the UK. 

I have already made a spreadsheet of 'actions' I need to do when I arrive in Canada. Thankfully its not as intensive (or expensive) as what I had to do in the UK, but I will certainly be very busy for the first few weeks in my new country; at least I'll be able to familiarise myself with Ontario when I'm dashing from place to place.

The final month in London has been the busiest. For the best part of a year, the idea of moving to Canada was long way off and I didn't have to consider the logistics in too great a detail. That changed in January. 

After hours of research and personal recommendations, I opted to use Anglo Pacific as the shipping company to move my belongings to Canada. 6-12 weeks via sea container.

A few days later, and at the unfortunate hour of 0600, what seemed like an endless supply of cardboard shipping boxes arrived. "Best to have too many and return the ones you don't need", Anglo Pacific said. 

Now it was hard to move in my apartment...

Over the next few weeks we packed up our worldly possession in boxes, ruthlessly disposing of things that we didn't need, wouldn't work in Canada (TVs and other electric items), or were better to replace when we arrived. 

eBay became our friend.

Finally after all this, our 'London life' came down to 14 boxes - 3 of them just for my photography equipment. 

14 boxes may not look like a lot but after carrying them down 2 flights of stairs, I can tell you they are heavier than they look! I hope to see them again in 6-12 weeks.

Once the boxes were collected by Anglo Pacific, it was time to experience London for the last time; cue 3 days of visiting our favourite places, cafes and restaurants! Certainly not the greatest for my diet.

Now with only a short time to go I find myself getting especially reflective. (I'm sentimentally anyway so this is bad..). There was so much I loved about London - my friends, the city life, my photography (both professional and personal) - but after 8 years its time for a change! I'm excited to start a new life in Ontario, I just wish I hadn't had 12 months of waiting to get there.

But what's another 2 days...

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2015 - A Personal Year in Review

2015 - A Personal Year in Review

Yesterday I wrote my 2015 - Year in Review post, a task that many a photographer feels the needs to do at the end of each year! I thought I would compliment that post with a 'Year in Review' for my personal photography - I'm not all EngagementsWeddings, and Senior Portraits

This year I have found myself especially reflective as 2015 is my last year in London before emigrating to Canada in early 2016. 

I've been fortunate that my work has taken me to some interesting places this year, including two places on my 'bucket list': India and Pripyat, Ukraine (more can be seen on my personal website - www.ianmessenger.co.uk). I've worked with some great artists and actors, including Joe Taylor and Zara Kershaw, where my images have been used for their EPs. 

This year I invested in the Profoto lighting system when I purchased a B1 moonlight. I have started to use this for some Senior Portrait and Studio sessions but I am looking forward to using it more in 2016 in Canada.

I also began experimenting with using a GoPro for Behind the Scenes footage - and creating a YouTube channel to go with it.  

For more of personal and commercial work, check out my other website at www.ianmessenger.co.uk

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