Photographer: Jonni Super
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, it was a thing to do with a camera, but now, I finally had subjects to shoot that spoke to my heart. I initially worked with a wonderful photographer and friend, Franc Natale, whom I credit as an inspiration, and thereafter opened my own studio. I then gradually moved towards event photography, specifically weddings and bar / bat mitzvahs, still using the studio for headshots and maternity sessions. I think I enjoy the creativity, the fast pace, the constant action, and the ability to tell a complete story of the day through my pictures. I can draw on my previous photographic experience, get into my zone, and stay there all day. I love it, I feel as if I can stop time… pretty cool!! My style is simple yet elegant, finding the in-between moments that could easily be missed. Clicking the shutter transforms me from a casual observer into a documentarian.
I understand the inherent value and power 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. Time and time again I am reminded what a wonderful gift they offer me; to bear witness to a most intimate and special day, and 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 check them out here. (we get to have photo-fun every few months)
Photographer: Ben Gaum
Ben and Jonni have worked together professionally for since 2011. Ben is always in the right place to capture that special moment, to go well beyond what is expected, and to deliver fantastic photographs each and every time. He has a natural ability to bring the best out of his subjects, to tell their story simply and elegantly, and to offer beautiful work. Ben has placed in several photo competitions and has been published in the Toronto Star, The Nature of Things with David Suzuki, and has placed in the top 100 in the Metro magazine global photo contest with over 10,000 entrants
“My passion for photography started at a very young age. My father, although not a professional photographer, was a very accomplished amateur. He had a vast and impressive camera collection as well as our own darkroom in the basement. From a very young age, I remember helping him develop colour and enlarge his prints, eagerly watching as the paper slowly changed from a blank white sheet to a fantastic image. The smells of the alchemy that transpired in that little 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 thoughtful as well as thought provoking. Growing up in an age before digital photography, I was taught by him to treat every shot, every click as a special work of art. The advent of digital photography hasn’t taken away from that early philosophy for me but has allowed me to push the boundaries and be more exploratory and adventurous when I shoot. This is probably why you will likely see me at your event jumping up and off stages, benches, chairs and tables as well as rolling along the ground or whatever it takes to get the most interesting creative shot I can. I live in Toronto with my wife and two young children who are often the subject and influence for my creative spirit.”
Videographer: Mitch Belman
Mitch has spent years carving out a distinctive videography niche, ultimately separating him from the rest. His videos faithfully recreate the beauty and elegance of the experience. He has worked for over a decade producing, shooting and editing television, corporate videos, documentary films, weddings, and bar / bat mitzvahs. He has shot, edited and produced for over a dozen networks, including YTV, CBC Kids, Family Channel, CTV, and CMT. 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, Mitch was ready to produce his own project. Finding himself about to go on the trip of a lifetime, he felt compelled to bring his 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.
So… planning a wedding or bar or bat mitzvah can be stressful, I get it...
You have one chance to get it right, there are no do-overs. I know that your time is precious, so it’s important to hire a professional to photograph the day. You should not be worrying about anything other than having an amazing time on one of the most special days of your life. Leave it to me and my team to capture all the special moments and infectious giggles. Your time and money will be well spent when you see photos of the day, and you’ll remember it as being even better than when you first experienced it.