I love taking pictures. I’m not exactly sure when it all started for me, but I think it was just before my first daughter was born that I REALLY got into it, around 2006. Before then, I took a lot of photos, but now, it is about capturing images that speak to my heart. I gravitated towards weddings and mitzvah photography, but continue to photograph many projects. I enjoy the creativity, the fast pace, the constant action, the emotion, and the ability to tell the complete day’s story through pictures. I love my job, I feel as if I can stop time!
My style is simple yet elegant, documenting the in-between moments that could easily be missed. I understand the inherent value of the photograph to preserve a memory and capture a feeling. I feel honoured to participate in ceremonies that bring two people together, or usher a boy or girl into adulthood. What a wonderful gift they offer me; to bear witness to a most intimate and special day; to play a role in the moments that will forever shape a family’s life. I am not just content to see with my eyes but also with my heart, as that is where I find passion, where I seek truth, and where love resides.
I live in Toronto with my fabulous wife, Hilary, and our three ‘super’ children; Marley, Indie, and Jude. Bundles of joy, every one of them, you can see them growing up HERE, we get to have photo-fun every few months. More about me at the bottom of the FAQ.
Jonni and I have worked together professionally since 2011. I like to capture the special moments, go well beyond what is expected, and deliver fantastic photographs to our clients. I feel I have a natural ability to bring the best in my subjects, to tell their story simply and elegantly, and to offer beautiful work. I have placed in several photo competitions and have been published in the Toronto Star, The Nature of Things with David Suzuki, and placed in the top 100 in the Metro magazine global photo contest with over 10,000 entrants.
My passion for photography started at a young age. My father was a very accomplished amateur photographer. He had a vast and impressive camera collection as well as our own darkroom. I remember helping him develop colour and enlarge his prints, eagerly watching as the paper slowly changed from a blank white sheet to an image. The smell of the alchemy that transpired in that room are forever burnt into my memory, both philosophically and literally. I developed my style from watching my father; his shots were always detailed, clean, and thought provoking. Growing up in an age before digital photography, I was taught to treat every shot as a work of art. Digital photography hasn’t taken away from that early philosophy but rather, it has allowed me to push my boundaries and become more adventurous. This is why you will usually see me jumping up and off stages, benches, chairs and tables as well as rolling along the ground to get the most creative shot I can.
I live in Toronto with my wife and two children who are often the subject and influence for my creative spirit.
Mitch Belman: Videographer
I have spent many years carving out a distinctive video-graphic niche, ultimately separating me from my peers. My videos faithfully recreate the beauty and elegance of the experience. I have worked for over a decade producing, shooting and editing television, corporate videos, documentary films, weddings, and bar / bat mitzvahs. I have shot, edited and produced for over a dozen networks, including YTV, CBC Kids, Family Channel, CTV, and CMT. My producing credits include TVOntario’s International Children’s Day of Broadcasting, and editing for Corus Entertainment’s television networks.
After having worked on other people’s documentaries for a decade, I was ready to produce my own project. About to go on the trip of a lifetime, I felt compelled to bring my camera along to capture the experience. The resulting film, Paper Clips: A Ride to Remember premiered in Toronto in 2007, and went on to play at film festivals around the world. I love what I do, and always bring that passion to what I produce.
I live in Toronto with my wife, Natalie, and our two beautiful (and very spirited) young children.
Well, it’s quite simple really, it takes a LOT OF WORK to plan such an event. There are many items to check off from the ‘to do’ list, and one of them is PHOTOGRAPHY. Why not hire someone who knows what to do from the get-go. From the first time we talk, I become a resource, a go-to person, a trusted professional with whom you will share, and finally the documentarian of this celebration. I live for these moments. You are hiring a professional, well-oiled team, who will laugh with you, cry with you, dance with you, and will capture the essence of the event for posterity. Bring it on!!!
The Path to Fantastic Photography Starts Here.
So you want amazing photos of your celebration, correct? Because after all, this is all that will remain ten years from now. What to do? There are many excellent photographers out there and the choice can be over-whelming. However, just follow the steps below to determine if we are the right studio for you.
Step 1: Explore the galleries.
You need to decide if you like the photos, the style, and the approach. Do you see yourself in the photos, do people look relaxed and having fun? Do the girls look gorgeous and the boys striking? Do they look like they are having the Best Party of their Life. If this is true, proceed to step 2.
Step 2: Tell us about your day.
Go to the contact form HERE and answer some questions. You can also send us an email of call us… just get in touch and chat. The first thing you want to know is, are we available on that date. Then come with me, on to step 3.
Step 3: Let’s meet for coffee.
So this is where we get together and discuss photography. I’ll bring some albums and some examples, we will discuss what is the best coverage for you to make sure you have what you need; nothing more, nothing less. If we can’t meet in person, then let’s just meet over the phone or Skype. Ok, we’re still looking good, now what’s in store, on to step 4.
Step 4: You decide to work with us.
You will NOT regret it. We go the extra mile to deliver, and have fun doing it. Our clients are the most important people to us, and we will do whatever is needed to help make this the most special day of their lives. So, we are almost there, look alive, proceed to step 5.
Step 5: Fill in a contract.
There’s only one more thing to do, fill in a contract and send us a deposit. Once I have those in hand, you are booked. Simple. Should you have anymore questions, please shoot me an email or go HERE.
What’s in Jonni’s Bag
Quite a bit of thought goes into my gear before every shoot. The selection below is my standard equipment. I may add something here or there, or leave out a lens or two if I know it’s a quick session, but usually this all comes along. The number one rule when photographing an event is to have redundant gear, meaning if something malfunctions, you have a similar spare; lens or body. There are always two long lenses, two medium, and two wide, and two similar bodies.