Wedding Videography is a great way to capture your wedding day with more than just photos. Of course I love Wedding Photography. I run a Wedding Photography business after all. But there’s some moments that I love seeing in video. You probably feel the same way! That’s why I’ll be sharing some Winnipeg Wedding Videography.
Winnipeg Wedding Videography
Before you start reaching out to Videographers I recommend coming up with exactly what you’re looking for as well as your budget. You may be able to find a package deals with photographers that partner with Videographers. I hate to be that guy but I’m about to plug my own business because I can. My business (White Willow Photography) provides both video and photos for the Manitoba area. Find out more here! Or Contact Us.
Now that we got that out of the way, I’ll also be sharing a list of Videographers that may just fit your needs. But first…
Things to Consider
“Do I want a highlight film of the whole day?”
“Do I want a highlight film as well as a speech film?” (A highlight film is a highlight reel from the day but a speech film shows the speeches without any cuts)
“What’s my budget?’
“What style am I looking for?”
How much does a Videographer cost?
The price of Videographers can be scary. Really scary… They can range anywhere from $500-$2500 for a cheap videographer but $3000-$6000+ for a professional high end videographer. These prices are what push people to hire their cousin Jimmy that just started using a camera but calls himself a videographer. (No offence to all Jimmy’s out there)
But in reality you don’t need to sacrifice your budget or your videography dreams. If budget is a problem there’s plenty of videographers that have the talent but they don’t have the popularity to book out yet.
That’s another important thing to note. If you’re looking into a pricier videographer, they get booked up really fast.
Videographers I Love & Trust
“Why do Videographers Cost so Much?!”
There’s a lot of thought that goes into setting pricing as a photographer/videographer. But what I think is most important to realize is that your videographer isn’t ripping you off by charging what they charge. Here’s just a couple things videographers got to put money into.
- Pc / laptop $2500
- Multiple Cameras $8000
- Subscriptions $150 / month
- Lenses $4000
When you hire a videographer they’re putting a chunk of that away for the next time a camera needs replacing. Another common response I’ve heard is “you didn’t even go to university, why should I be paying so much.” Although it’s true that most videographers don’t go to University for Wedding Videographer (Simply because there isn’t such a course) They are still always putting in time and money into courses to refine their skill.
Winnipeg Wedding Videography
I hope you have had all your questions answered! If not I would love to chat and maybe I can point you in the right direction. Happy Planning!
Assiniboine Park Wedding Pictures
This wedding was nothing short of perfect! I know I say this a lot but this has got to be one of my favourites. The leaves were changing colours and the temperature wasn’t too hot or too cold. I woke up with that distinct feeling that I’m about to shoot some bangers! Here’s some Assiniboine Park Wedding Pictures!
After waking up the morning of the wedding I checked the weather one last time before leaving and I saw 90% chance of rain the WHOLE day. No one wants to see that especially for their outdoor wedding. I bought some extra umbrellas and headed to the brides for getting ready. The morning was really chill and we all had lots of time which meant lots of time for dress photos and getting ready photos.
After make up was done and we headed outside for a champagne pop and some outside photos! These turned out soooo good. Because of the chance of rain there was lots of clouds which gave the perfect lighting.
After everyone was dressed we headed to Assiniboine Park for the First Look. With some quick coordination so the bride and groom don’t see each other too soon we were all set up. As a photographer it’s important I just act as a fly on the wall. Just look how cute this was!
After all the excitement from the first look we moved into couple photos! These two were so amazing and I got to say it was a blast shooting these photos. About half way through these photos we had the first couple drops of rain… I grabbed the umbrellas I brought and we took some photos with those because why not! Right after those photos we moved directly into the bridal party photos. Check them out!
We took a little break from the photos to prep for the Ceremony. If you haven’t seen it, Leo Mol Sculpture Garden has the prettiest ceremony set up! At this point we had next to no rain and the clouds were clearing up so they decided to go with the outdoor venue!
For the reception we went into the Qualico Family Centre. Which was set up beautifully! We managed to go the whole wedding day without rain so the stress was finally over. The reception was very chill and started with dinner provided by the Venue and we then moved to speeches and then the dance.
Assiniboine Park Wedding Pictures
I hope you appreciate this blog post! Thank you for taking the time and reading it! If you want to read more like this check out my blog! Cheers!
Winnipeg Wedding Venues Outdoors
The sad truth is Winnipeg doesn’t have the longest summer. But the little time we have we fill with amazing weddings. Of course as a Winnipeg Wedding Photographer I’ve come up with some favourites that I would LOVE to show you 🙂 Here’s some Winnipeg Wedding Venues Outdoors.
So let’s get into it!
I’ll attach links to all these venues as well!
Leo Mol has to be one of my favourite and least favourite at the same time. It’s soooo pretty but at the same time a little frustrating. I won’t put together a Pros and Cons list but I will list some haha. Like I said it really is a stunning outdoor venue. With a pond in the background you get those amazing reflecting shots. You also have the vines growing above which in Fall they turn orange. So pretty!
But it does have some draw backs. Which of course are probably just because I’m a photographer and you might not mind if you’re a bride or groom. The large wood pillars can get in the way especially if you have a guest sitting behind one of them. The venue only has a small number of seats it can fit and it does get a little squishy which means I wasn’t able to get all the angles I normally get. A part from that the only other downside is all the “flower photographers” following you around the park taking your photo. (I got stories haha)
10/10 would recommend this venue! I personally haven’t had the privledge of shooting an outdoor wedding at this location YET. But I can’t wait till I do because the views are amazing. I’ve seen some stunning weddings here. They also have one of the prettiest wedding tent set ups I’ve seen. Although this venue is a short drive outside of Winnipeg I do think it’s worth it!
Star Lit Point is on a beautiful property with a pond and dock as well as a cute little house for those stunning getting ready photos! I would attach some photos however you’re better off just checking out their gallery!
If you’re looking for a perfect outdoor setting in the woods for your wedding then Kinloch Grove might be for you! I really sounded like a sales man there…
ANYWAY, Kinloch Grove is located 35 minutes outside Winnipeg to the north and I got to say they have one of the prettiest outdoor settings for a venue. Like Star Lit Point they also have a great wedding tent set up. Don’t take my word for it, go check out their website!
Okay hear me out. The wind can be kind of annoying but mosquitos are worse. The one thing I hate about outdoor weddings is already being hot and sweaty but having mosquitos attack from every side! It’s definitely a minuscule aspect but the Gables Wedding Barn has an open enough are that the most beautiful breeze came through and there was 0 bugs.
Whether you hate mosquitos as much as I do or not it’s a beautiful venue! The Gables Wedding Barn has a stunning set up for your reception afterwards. It’s everything you need and more!
If you’re into history or you just like the backdrop, Fort Gibraltar might be the perfect outdoor venue for you!
Fort Gibraltar has these big wood gates with a pretty isle up to the main building where the reception can take place. Fort Gibraltar also has access to the pathway behind through the woods. Which is perfect if you want wedding photos in a forest setting!
Definitely worth checking out!
Here to Help!
If your search comes up with nothing appealing to you, I would be happy to give a bigger list of outdoor venues! Or if this blog post helped you find your dream venue I would be thrilled to hear about it! Either way if you’re getting married I’m here to help! I’ll attach my wedding guide as a little bonus for reading this far.
If you ever wanted to know what gear I recommend or what gear I use day to day as a Winnipeg Wedding Photographer then I’m about to give you all the details! I’ll attach all the Amazon links below for you guys 🙂 Anyway here’s what’s in my camera bag 2022!
Peter Mckinnon Nomatic Travel Camera Bag
First of all we got to start with the bag and boy oh boy do I love this bag. At first I was scared dishing out this much cash just for a bag but it’s 100% worth it. Both Peter Mckinnon and Nomatic worked miracles with this bag. It was rated Camera Bag of the Year 2021. This bag lets me carry everything I need for each wedding without needing an extra bag. This bag is made to carry all the gear needed for a trip as well as clothes for 2-3 days! So much space.
My favourite part about this bag is all the magnet clips. No more velcro or bad zippers. But with it being such a big bag what happens if I just want to take one camera out on a little walk and take photos? Great question! I don’t want to take this big bag along with me if I don’t need to. Which leads me into the Nomatic Peter Mckinnon Camera Cube!!!
Peter Mckinnon Nomatic Camera Cube
This combo with the Travel Bag is my favourite! This small backpack folds into a small little cube which fits into the Travel Bag. Then when I need a small bag I take it out and unzip it and there we go! It really comes in handy when I go on a 3 day trip where I need a big backpack but once I’m there I can go on walks and hikes with this small bag.
I literally go around showing people because of how sick it is! If I didn’t explain that well there’s tons of great videos on this set up. I’ll attach one below!
Nikon Z6 ii & Z6
My two cameras I use are the Nikon Z6 and the Z6 ii. I’ve used Sony a little bit and not to offend anyone but these are by far the best mirrorless cameras I’ve used! I’ll leave links to both cameras below. With the FTZ adapter I’m still able to use my old DSLR lenses with it! If you’re a beginner photographer these are likely out of your price range and I would encourage you to do the best with the camera you have. Sad reality is your work won’t get that much better (if at all) just by upgrading your gear. Just so you don’t break the bank and realize nothing changed. Anyway… Mirrorless is amazing and these cameras are my bestfriends haha.
I’m going to list the lenses I have and why I like them and which I would recommend to you! Starting with the…
Nikon Z 35mm f1.8
There’s a lot of hype around the 35mm and honestly once you start using it it’s hard to take off your camera. I don’t like going any wider than 35mm for portraits because of the distortion. I’m 100% comfortable only using this lens for a photo session.
Nikon 85mm f1.4
Here’s my second most used lens and honestly I wish I used it more! I splurged a little and got the f1.4. If you don’t know what that means it basically means the lowest aperture the lens can go down to. The times I do get a good photo with this lens it’s always my favourite. Sometimes I find it hard to use such a zoomed in lens, but that’s just something I have to learn.
Nikon 70-200mm f2.8
I bought this lens more as an investment. I found it basically brand new on Facebook Marketplace for dirt cheap. So one day I’ll plan to re sell it. This lens is often called the “Wedding Lens”. I use it mainly for ceremony’s when I want to get nice and close. I also used it a lot to get landscape photos when I want lots of compression. I don’t use it as much as I would if I didn’t have an 85mm.
If you’re in the wedding business like me or just like taking photos of people I would highly recommend the 35mm and 85mm combo. This gives you a great range of compression to wide angle. Also since they’re both prime lenses (Don’t have zoom) they have a lower aperture. If you’re just starting out I would recommend a 50mm. This is a great option for a cheaper lens. Another option if you only want to buy one lens is the 24-70 lens. This lens is great all around and is also perfect for video. The downside is the high aperture. All depends on your budget and what you’re looking to shoot.
Things that just make sense!
With the expensive gear aside here’s some of the other things I keep on me!
A good tripod goes a long way. I take a lot of self portraits so it’s great to have a heavy tripod with a ball joint mount. This one isn’t the lightest or smallest but having a nice quality tripod means you don’t have to worry about your expensive camera crashing to the ground.
Honestly one of my favourite purchases! All it is is a pouch with slots for your camera batteries. But what makes me love it so much is that first of it keeps all my batteries in one place but also I can tell which battery needs charge and which one is full. The batteries full of charge I have facing down and the one needing to be charged face up. That way at a glance I know which batteries to charge and which to use! For $17.99 it’s worth it!
The Small Rig is a tool that comes in handy so many times. It’s helped me do everything from put my camera on my tripod to assemble IKEA furniture. So handy!
Cameras are expensive so make sure you clean them… Enough said.
Sd Card Case
I’m using this less and less because of my switch to XQD Cards. But if you use Sd cards then this is perfect for you! Keeping them safe and all in one spot for $20.00.
What’s in my Camera Bag
If you have questions about any of the links I have listed or just about the gear I use let me know! These links are affiliate links and I do earn a percentage. So if you do want to support me you can use these links 🙂
I hope this helps you crush your photography journey!
A business with core values is a business with direction. Core values help point you in the direction you want to go with every decision no matter how small. Which is really important when you try to grow your business and implement new ideas! Now you’re probably wondering… “What core values could you possible have for your Wedding Photography business.” Well… I’m glad you asked!
White Willow Photography is here to Bless Others
The best advice I’ve been given for running my photography business is to serve others. The best way to grow in a service based industry is to serve your clients. One core pillar of my business is to always serve my clients. This could look like any number of things. I try to get my couples a gift for booking me and a wedding gift! Anything to make them feel loved!
Help Others Reach Their Goals
White Willow Photography is here to Help Others Reach Their Goals
I get the privilege of interacting with different people every year! Some of those are wedding photography clients, and others are photographers needing help! They all have goals. Some have the goal of planning their wedding without stressing, others just want to learn to use their camera. One of the best parts about what I do is being able to help people. I have and will continue to put out different resources like guides and blog posts to help others trying reach their goals!
Pursue Quality Content
White Willow Photography is here to Pursue Quality Content
The great part about photography is I get to create content day after day. (Some days it feels like a bad thing) This might be someones wedding photos or it might be a blog post like this. Either way I want to commit to putting out quality content. It can get easy to get lazy with certain things but that doesn’t help a company grow. People trusting me to take their wedding photos shouldn’t have to worry If I’ll slack off. I’m here to try my best!
Be Financially Stable
White Willow Photography is here to be Financially Stable
Okay this might sound like a weird one to have. But there’s a reason I don’t offer photo shoots for free. Charging the appropriate amount for my services is the reason I can wake up and call myself a photographer and a business owner. With out bookings and proper pricing I would resort to doing photography as a hobby and not be able to shoot so many weddings. It’s important for me to gauge what I need to charge for and what I can offer for free. It also means I need to be smart with the money that comes in.
Make A Difference
White Willow Photography is here to Make A Difference
Looking at the big picture It makes me wonder the impact my business can have not just with each individual that passes by but also on a larger scale. I truly believe even a photography business can change lives and that’s something I want for my business. It might be something small like making someone smile or giving them amazing wedding photos to look back on, or maybe just maybe my business can impact people on a larger scale. It’s not something I expect to happy but instead something I purse with my business.
If you read this far then I got to say thank you for the support. Even just reading this blog helps. I enjoy what I do and I’m able to do it because of the people that support me. Even if It’s just liking my Instagram post! You’re pretty awesome!
Aw Heck Ya! Wedding photographer turned NHL Mascot Photographer.
Let’s start at the beginning. I was minding my own business (probably editing photos) and I got a call from Toronto. The man asked if I shoot cooperate events, in which I replied that I do! He went on to ask if I was free and some other details. I then budded in and asked what this cooperate event was? He said he is with Bud Light and they need someone to take photos of their mascot at the next Winnipeg Jets hockey game. I’m no mascot photographer but of course this sounded interesting so I said I would do it!
I had some emails back and forth between Bud Light and myself and they told me to meet in the stadium about an hour before it was open to the public. I was told to use the side door. I’ve never been to a NHL game before and I was definitely not confident where the side door would be. With no reply to the email I told myself “Screw it” and thought I would find it myself
I won’t bare you with the details about how the power steering in my car suddenly stopped working and how I had to drive the families old farm truck through downtown trying to find a parkade that had room for a tall truck. I managed to get there with some time to spare and I walked over to what I expected to be the side door. It was not… I asked around and managed to find it. It was these two unlabeled metal doors hidden around the corner. I went in and the only thing they checked was my vaccination card. I walked down the stairs and found myself wall to wall with what felt like hundreds of people. I went through security and I was the only person with a giant backpack. So they pulled me aside and searched the backpack but again no one asked why I was there. I simply just walked in…
I found the Bud Light team and we got to work. I met the mascot and got some shots before the fans were let in. After a couple photos we were given a break and so I went into the stadium and sat down for a bit. This was actually one of the biggest highlights. The stadium was empty… So cool!
As guests started to flow through the gates, the mascot Seltzy got busy! Meeting fans, Playing Games, and Dancing. I basically just followed up around for this! This is where I got a little peak into the mascot world. Turns out there’s something called a mascot handler. This persons job is to keep the mascot on track and in the right place. Between reading the schedule and radioing with the cameras and telling Seltzy which way to look and wave, they had their work cut out for them. I went with Seltzy from the Nose Bleeds to the VIP section.
Of course I wasn’t about to go to an NHL game with all my camera equipment without getting some action shots. I made sure during every free moment to get some hockey photos. I thought they turned out pretty good!
Overall it was just a very fun / weird experience. Definitely one I wont be forgetting. I can’t wait for the next memorable shoot to come around!
It’s that time of the year! But maybe for you it’s your only child graduating! That’s so exciting! Big moments like that deserve to be hung up on your wall! I offer Grad Photos Winnipeg and Manitoba for that exact reason!
Some Things to Consider
- Booking in advance! Sometimes Photographers book up all their grad sessions in January! That’s crazy. You don’t want to miss out on the photographer you want. So make sure you book far enough in advance.
- Pick your photographer accordingly to their style. There’s lots of things to consider when booking a photographer, one of the main things to consider is their style. A photographer can’t/wont change their style so your photos look good on your wall. Each photographer has their own style, make sure you book the right one for you!
- Location: Your photographer can totally help you out with this! Your blue dress might look really good with the downtown background! Or a white dress with a forest setting. Your photographer will likely have an answer for you!
- Time of Day: If possible an evening shoot would be best! Lighting will be softer and so much nicer.
Book a Grad Session
I would be honoured to take your grad photos! Want to see if I’m still available? Fill out my contact form on my Contact page!
Grad Photos Winnipeg
The Year My Life Changed
2021 was an interesting year to say the least… but for me it was especially interesting. You probably aren’t here to listen to me get sentimental about my summer so I’ll spare you the time. But I will say that through everything God had a plan for me.
This is where I was really blown away. The year 2020 was my first year shooting weddings and I shot 4 that year. In 2021, I was hoping for 7 which was a stretch, but I wanted to really push myself. At the time, I was working full time at a trucking company and working on photography in the evening. Here’s the crazy part. I ended up shooting 18 weddings this year!
I’m so so blessed to be able to turn my hobby into a job. I won’t get into how I was able to use the pandemic to market my business. I’ll just say it’s been a blessing and a curse.
I was able to quit my job and work for myself full time. This came with its challenges, you see by nature I’m a procrastinator and learning to work from home was one of my biggest challenges.
This year I was able to meet so many people and go so many places. But like I said, let’s not get sentimental. Maybe this will help put it into perspective. I took 60,983 photos this summer!! Of some of the most amazing people from Manitoba, I might add. That’s a lot! And yes I did go through each of those photos and picked out the ones to edit. There’s a couple shoots that stick out specifically. If I could, I would share all the photos I’ve taken, but I simply can’t, so here’s a couple 🙂
Zane & Taylor
The day from start to finish was as close to a perfect day for a photographer as you can get! Beautiful weather, bottomless poutine, and of course an amazing couple. These photos will forever be some of my favourite. Want to see more photos? Check out this blog post.
Cinthia & Josiah
This wedding had a bumpy start with some car troubles on the way to the wedding and then needing to find a ride. However the rest of the wedding was nothing short of stunning. Check out some of these!
I’m going to start sounding like a broken record but this engagement session was beautiful. I always love when the couple starts by saying they are bad at taking photos. Gives me a chance to prove them wrong. This session we went around Birds Hill during golden hour getting some cute pics.
Shout out to this couple for agreeing to drive to Steep Rock for their engagement session! And boy oh boy was it worth it. Spent some time during sunset taking some photos on the cliffs. Check them out!
This has got to be one of my favourite winter shoots! Like come on! There was literally a hallmark movie being filmed down the street. These two brought the vibes too. Such a great time!
Justin & Carmen
Winter weddings can be so beautiful. This couple had their wedding plans change again and again but were able to have their wedding at the Centennial Concert Hall. This winter day ended up only being -2. Had a great time shooting in the Exchange with this amazing couple.
Amanda & Pavel
Yes, the perfect fall wedding does exist and I got to take photos for it!!! These are two of the nicest people I’ve met and also models. I couldn’t be more happy with how the photos came out!
Makoy & Danica
It was an amazing experience being able to be a part of this wedding. I knew the groom from church, so it made it extra special. This was one of my first 10 person weddings and I got to say, there’s something special about them.
We will end off with another amazing engagement session. This one took me to Stoney Mountain Quarry. These two braved the cold fall day for these photos so props to them! We had fun exploring the area and getting some fun photos!
New Things to Come
I really wish I could have shared more sessions with you guys. But seeing as 2022 is coming up I figure sooner is better than later. In 2022 I have a lot of big things coming and I can’t wait for all the new adventures I’ll have. If you want to continue to follow what I’m up to you can follow my Instagram.
First of all, thank you to all of you that trusted me with your wedding photos and couple photos. And second of all, thank you to all of you that have supported me along the way!
Happy New Year!
Gift Certificate for Photography
Want the perfect gift for the person that has “everything” or doesn’t need anything? Gifting a photo shoot is a great present for your Mom or significant other. Get a well designed Winnipeg gift certificate Photography.
Photos are something they can look back on 2,4, or even 10 years later and still smile.
Get your Gift Certificate or ask your questions.
What kind of photo sessions are available?
There’s a lot of different options for different sessions you can buy your loved ones. The most common is probably a family session for your parents. Ya your mom will appreciate a new pot or pan, but no present will mean more to your mom than family.
Family / Couple / Grad
Another great option is buy your parents or grandparents a couple session. I love asking couples that have been married 30+ years how long it’s been since they have had a photo taken together. For most of them they say years and years. A lot of times it takes a little push to get them to get some photos together.
Frame Those Memories for Years to Come
If you’re considering a Gift Certificate for a photo shoot as a preset than first of all thank you, second of all I your family will love you. It’s a great way to support local and get new photos on the wall.