A little about me...photographer x wanderlust
My name is Nadia and I am a film photographer based in Vancouver. I love to travel world wide for beautiful weddings and I use an artful approach in photography to compose images that are soulful, luminescent and boldly natural. We are all made up of stories and my job is to capture your fleeting moments for years to come...
behind the scene
this is when the magic happens..
“I approach photography with a romantic, fine art sensibility. My imagery is understated yet evocative, resulting from clear and polished creative direction that elicits light-filled, painterly portraits. I am a fiercely dedicated medium format film photographer and my creative process is imaginative, industrious and detailed.”
And the adventure begins...
Do you shoot film or digital?
I shoot the majority of my work on medium format and 35mm film. I find that film gives my photos a classic, fine art look, and sets my work apart. Most photographers do not shoot film anymore, which I find to be such a pity as it is extremely beautiful. I also deliver some digital work in monochrome as the high ISO in digital cameras allows for beautiful tones in low light and will not look out of place alongside colour negative film.
How do I know which wedding or portrait package is right for me?
Weddings: While every wedding is different, my most popular wedding packages are the ones that include 9 or 10 hours of wedding coverage. I find that brides and grooms like to have me begin in the early afternoon and depart just a little after sundown - but of course that changes with seasons and locations. I can advise you on package choices after reviewing your preliminary wedding schedule.
Portraits: For classic portraits, maternity, boudoir or engagement sessions, I usually recommend two hours. For pre-wedding bridal portraits with multiple locations and outfit changes I recommend booking a 3 hour editorial session. For family sessions with young children, I recommend booking one hour a la carte.
Is hourly coverage continuous?
Hourly coverage is continuous for both weddings and portrait sessions. For example a 4 hour session would begin at 1pm and end at 5pm regardless of travel time between multiple locations.
What is the best time and location for a portrait session?
I shoot quite a bit of destination portrait sessions so depending on the location, I will advise you on the optimal timing for our shoot. Usually, outdoor shoots are scheduled in the afternoon right before the sunset for the best lighting.
Do you recommend that I hire a hair and makeup artist?
I do. A talented hair and makeup artist can make you feel more confident and carefree so you can make the most out of your portrait shoot. I would be happy to refer artists that I know and love.
What is a styled pre-wedding shoot and how is it different from an hourly portrait session?
Hourly shoots are great for engagements, newborns, and personal sessions. They are simple and straightforward and can usually accommodate up to two locations and up to two outfit changes. "Styled Pre-Wedding shoots" are more intense and last about 3 to 4 hours depending on lighting and location. The styled shoot rate includes a talented local hair and makeup artist and floral from my personal team. I also create a cohesive story/mood board and editorial concept for your shoot. For example, I advise on wardrobe and location and prepare an overall look for the session. I communicate with you throughout the planning stages so we can make sure your session is styled exactly the way you'd like. I've been asked quite frequently to travel internationally for sessions at beautiful destination locations. In the past styled sessions have been photographed at destination locations such as Sunstone Villa and Greystone Mansion. Styled sessions are wonderful if you're looking for more of an elopement story, a pre-wedding shoot, or if you have many outfit changes and want to experience a longer, editorial photoshoot.
How do you handle low light situations, what if my wedding has limited natural light?
Colour film looks best when there is plenty of natural light. However, black and white film and digital monochrome have an equally soulful quality. You will receive more monochrome images on rainy/cloudy days and after sundown during your reception. I always choose the best film type for every situation and shoot what I think will create the best image.
What if we have inclement weather on our scheduled date?
For portraits: In the case of rain or heavy clouds, I always recommend rescheduling for an alternate date as colour film looks best when there is plenty of natural light. However, if there is no option to reschedule, high speed black and white film will be used in lieu of colour negative film as it has a classic and romantic feel and excels in low light.
For Weddings: Rain or shine, the show must go on! If we cannot shoot outdoors, I recommend that you secure a backup location for formal portraits that is indoors with plentiful window light. I am happy to advise you on locations during the planning stages. If natural light is severely limited, high speed black and white film will be used in lieu of colour negative film as it has a classic and romantic feel and excels in low light. No matter what, your wedding will be an amazing experience and your photos will reflect the unique beauty of your day.
Do you shoot alone or do you bring additional team members?
For basic wedding and portrait packages, I shoot with my assistant. At times my assistant will take photographs, but their primary job is to stay by my side to help with set up, organization and film preparation. Longer wedding packages will include additional assistants, second shooters and associates.
Will you advise us on our wedding timeline?
I always try to provide a proposed photography schedule for your consideration and approval. I also work closely with your venue/caterer/planner to ensure that all your important moments are happening at the optimal time with regards to the available natural light.
Can I add on a la carte items to my package later on?
Yes. A la carte items can be added on to a package either before, on or after your event date.