Another beautiful wedding from October 2012! This month was a busy one for us this year, particularly on the day these two lovely people got married. You can see why though as you just can’t beat the colours of the trees at that time of year. We first met Denada and Igli a few months back and they were nothing but big smiles and jokes. They were super excited to get married and their happiness was so infectious you couldn’t help but smile right along with them. Their love for each other definitely shows in these photos and it looks like these guys know how to party and have a good time. Thanks for the memories Denada and Igli and we wish you nothing but the best for the future!
Flower Arrangements: Anthi Floral Boutique
Invitations/ Printed Material: Online
Cake Designer: The Wedding Cake Shoppe
Caterer: The Venetian
What do you love to do together?
“Make babies shop, take long walks with our dog, cook together (I eat, she cooks) laugh and travel.”
Any other info you’d like to share?
“We are high school sweethearts and have been together for nine years! And expecting a baby boy very soon!”
Nikki & AJ were an awesome couple to shoot. Their savvy sense of style and desire to be unique set the tone for this wedding. We absolutely loved Nikki’s headpiece and the bright splash of hot pink throughout the entire decor. It was in all the right places including AJ’s jacket for the reception. We’ve known AJ for quite some time now. He is the very talented singer/owner of a band called Saturday Night Jive and we’ve worked with him on numerous occasions. There’s something about working with a client who knows the business that makes communication all that more efficient. There’s a mutual understanding of expectations that we, as professionals, will not only do the job we’re hired to do, but that we’ll do it well! This understanding allows us to have the creative freedom we’re looking for and, as Toronto wedding photographers, that’s all we ask for. We tell our clients that we get a lot of our energy from them. This allows us to capture each couple’s unique personalities. We all know that every couple interacts with one another in a different way. Some couples love to be romantic with one another, other’s love to be quirky, funny or silly with each other. Some couples love to look like they belong on a VOGUE magazine cover. Whatever it is that makes a couple connect with one another, that’s what we want to capture. Xero Digital definitely has a certain look and flare that we incorporate into every shoot. Our expert knowledge of special lighting techniques keep our work looking consistent. That being said, we ultimately love our job because of our clients and the trust that we will capture the uniqueness of their wedding day with a Xero Digital touch. Congratulations Nikki & AJ and thanks for being you!
Wedding Planner: Jodi Vogelhut – friend of the Bride & Groom
Dress Designer: Pronovia
Headpiece Designer: David Dunkley KC’s Hats
Invitations/Printed Material: DIY by Nikki
Cake Designer: Olivia & Tyrone – friends of the Bride & Groom
Caterer: The Doctor’s House
House of Moments is a great new Toronto location! They’re very new on the scene and have a lot to offer; whether you want to go out for dinner, throw a party, meet up with friends for drinks, host an exhibition or if you’re need of a wedding venue! We had the privilege of photographing the wonderful wedding reception of Negah & Sean at House of Moments, last November 24th 2012.
House of Moments incredible kitchen staff are true artists. Combining Eastern Asian flavors with European influences they spare nothing while creating an incredible Eastern Fusion style cuisine. All menus items are perfectly paired with a selection of wines from around the world.
The Moments lounge offers a great atmosphere for a drink and catching up with friends. Relax on the comfortable couches or grab an elbow at the large bar. Enjoy great tunes and have a dance.
The 12,000 sqft art space is surrounded by incredible artwork, professionally lit and brought in from artists all across the globe.
From the amazing artwork to the one of a kind menu House of Moments is the perfect place to host your wedding, a birthday dinner, or just an exciting place to hang out!
I had the pleasure of being a part of this gorgeous October wedding held at Atlantis downtown Toronto. It was beautiful, thoughtful, elegant and a fantastic celebration for these high school sweethearts. Claudia & Matthew are the kind of people that you know, almost instantly, have no bad bones in their body and make you feel super comfortable being around them – like old friends. I could tell they’ve been best friends for a long time. You can just see by how they interact with each other the kind of love that just gets stronger with time – which makes my job super easy as all of those great moments that a photographer loves to capture just came naturally! Right from the beginning they had an open mind about how their wedding day was going to unfold and just let everything fall into place – and it did, perfectly. Thanks Claudia & Matthew for a wonderful day and congratulations!
Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero
Flower Arrangements: Wildflowers & Company Inc.
Invitations/ Printed Material: DIY by bride and groom
Cake Designer: Maid of Honor (Brides Sister)
What do we love to do together? Travel, watch & play sports, hang out with family and friends
What an awesome experience it was to shoot at Pearson Airport with our own private jet! This is the first of two sessions we did with Marta & Darek, it was all their idea and we accepted with much excitement. I mean, how often do Toronto wedding photographers get this opportunity? And with such animated and fun people? Darek has been a pilot for many years now and just recently finished his exams that will allow him to fly a Boeing 767. So you can imagine that one of their passions is traveling and they love to plan last minute trips around the world. When Darek proposed, they were in Marta’s hometown in Brussels, Belgium last year. Marta had learned to ride her bicycle with her grandfather in Park Cinquantenaire and that’s where Darek got down on one knee. Here in Toronto, some of the other things they love to do together is workout, eat healthy & cook healthy. They love coming up with new, random and crazy party ideas when getting together with friends. For example, planning an “End of the World ” party on December 22, 2012. We at Xero Digital wish them all the best. It was a pleasure working with you and we hope your engagement session was as fun and memorable for you as it was for us!
It has been awhile since I posted a Same Day Edit for you guys to have a look at, so here is one from the September wedding of Sabrina & Roberto! They were absolutely amazing, so much fun to spend the day with, and many of us here at Xero Digital had to chance to be apart of their day, there were 6 of us covering this wedding! A huge Italian wedding, filled with love, laughter, hugs, and of course great food, congratulations to these two, we hope the future is amazing to you!!
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Themed engagement shoots, what a great idea! This vintage photography session was shot in Kleinburg, Ontario with one of the nicest and most fun couple I have ever met. When Chelsea and Bob came to our Toronto wedding photography studio for the first time, I instantly knew they were the creative type. With Chelsea’s bubbly and upbeat personality along with Bob’s friendly and welcoming demeanor (you know, the kind of guy that makes you feel like you’ve know him for a long time), I knew they had to have an arts background of some kind. As we sat down and I learned more about them, they told me they had met taking theatre together. Voila! So I knew their wedding was going to be a little different. I could tell they had put a lot of thought into how they wanted their wedding to feel. Every little detail was going to have a vintage flare so I wasn’t surprised in the least that their engagement shoot would be the same. With the theatre background, props were easy to come by and Kleinburg provided the perfect backdrop. It was a super fun afternoon with lots of laughs. Thanks for the good times Chelsea & Bob! Stay tuned for the wedding pics!
Have a look at this Same Day Edit video from the amazing wedding of Nisha & Raj. They were married on July 21st 2012. Nisha & Raj had a huge wedding with a ton of family surrounding and supporting them on this day, it sure was a celebration of love! They had prepared such a thoughtful and touching ceremony, just look how cute they are when passing each other their garlands! Nisha and Raj were so much fun to photograph and spend the day with, we were able to get a lot of great shots, including the video captured here. We wish them a lifetime of happiness, and congratulations again!
Recently Matt and our good friend Jamieson of Jamieson Dean Photography, two international award winning Toronto Wedding Photographers compared the Nikon D4 with Canon’s new 1DX camera. Matthew Boyce, as most know is the main photographer and head of Xero Digital. Always happy with Nikon’s camera bodies in-past, the new D4 left Matt bothered by what seemed to be a step backwards for Nikon in the form of a green lcd screen that made colour difficult to judge. After hearing much praise about Canon’s new 1DX camera, Matt decided to buy both and compare them. The decision is a big one for a wedding photographer with a decade worth of experience and collection of lenses and flashes…
Matt and Jamieson put both cameras through a series of head to head tests & comparisons, including:
One of the burning questions that many photographers and tech-junkies want to know is: Which camera is cleaner at high ISO’s? We’re going to publish the first part of our test, which is the high-iso studio scene comparison. Below is a series of shots of the exact same scene, under the exact same conditions, with the exact same camera settings for all images. These are 100% crops of iso800 through to the very max iso. They were shot RAW, processed in Lightroom 4 with all sharpening and noise reduction set to zero. The images were then output to the same resolution (12mp) for comparison, then re-imported into lightroom.
For a link to a zip file containing all of the original RAW files, click here!
After comparing the sets of images in Lightroom and comparing the two cameras, there wasn’t exactly a clear winner. The Nikon D4 seemed to have cleaner highlights, while the Canon 1Dx appeared to have better contrast and possibly cleaner shadows. In the end, if we have to award a point here and pick a winner, it’s the Nikon D4 – by a hair. Still, the Canon 1Dx still has slightly more pleasing colour and overall image tone.
One important factor of a camera to wedding photographers is how well it can focus in low light situations. Both churches and reception venues have a tendency to be dark by design. It’s crucial that our camera can focus in these situations both quickly and accurately.
This was an extremely simple and quick test for us to perform. Both Matt and Jamieson stood beside one another, picked the same target, and continued to shoot as we continuously dimmed the lights. Both cameras performed incredibly well, blowing away expectations, however there was one clear winner; the Nikon D4. The 1Dx just couldn’t grab focus in the final stages of dimming the lights. The Nikon D4 wasn’t snapping into focus at lighting speeds by any means, but after a few pumps of the AF button it would finally grab focus and snap.
Jamieson, who has used pretty much every Canon body released in the last few years did note that the 1Dx is a huge step forward for Canon in this regard. It should be noted that in 2011, Matt and Jamieson held a similar test comparing Jamieson’s Canon 1D Mark IV with Matt’s Nikon D3s. In that test, it was pathetically clear that Canon had very poor AF performance in low light with the 1D Mark IV. This poor low light AF actually sparked an inverted scenario to the one we have today; It was Jamieson who was considering switching from Canon to Nikon. Now here we are over a year later, and though the Nikon D4 just edged out the Canon 1Dx in this area, Jamieson is officially giving the 1Dx a big thumbs up for the improvement over it’s predecessor.
Fast AF is imperative for wedding photojournalism. Since much of what we do consists of this style of shooting, this can determine whether or not we catch a moment. It’s when we see that bridesmaid doing a spontaneous drunken touchdown dance in the corner of our peripheral vision, who will certainly stop when we point our lens at her. It’s the fly that the best man thought was a bee. It’s that couple laughing before they realize your lens is pointed at them and they instinctively stop, put their heads together and smile as if to say “no candid shots of us”. If a camera’s AF is too slow, none of these moments will ever become images.
In order to determine which system had the faster AF, Matthew and Jamieson took the cameras to the roof, finding two targets; one near, and one far. They bounced the focus from the near to the far, snapping a succession of images as quickly as the cameras would let them. The lenses used were the newest 70-200 f2.8 II image stabilized lenses from both Canon and Nikon, which are the lenses most likely to be used in a photojournalism scenario, and generally offer the fastest AF.
The previous tests were close to call. This wasn’t. The Canon 1Dx ABSOLUTELY DESTROYED the Nikon D4 in the AF speed test. It was almost three times faster than the Nikon. Where the D4 was yielding an average of just under one image per second, the 1Dx was handily snapping three. Even more telling was the hesitation that the Nikon D4 seemed to display, at times not knowing if it should continue to focus forward, or head back. In contrast, the Canon 1Dx just ripped it to shreds, launching it’s AF like a shotgun, sure and confident, every time.
Matt, who has over a decade of experience with Nikon cameras & lenses was absolutely blown away by the Canon performance here. He echoed himself over and over again for hours afterward, saying “I can’t believe how fast that Canon can drive those lenses…”
A clear winner in the Canon 1Dx
I’m going to skip the explanation as to why this is important to a wedding photographer, and assume a certain level of reader intellect.
Now, one might assume that if I said that one camera was more consistent, that it wins, right? Unfortunately, this test yielded results that were not so cut & dry…
This test was performed using two of the most popular top-end portrait lenses, the Nikon 85mm f1.4-G, and the Canon 85mm f1.2 L II. We wanted to shoot wide-open, however since the Canon lens offers an extra 1/3 stop over the Nikon, Jamieson and Matt set both to f1.4. A succession of 12 images was shot with each with the goal being to hit the subjects eye as accurately and often as possible. We figured this would be easy if we simply took the 12 images from each, opened the files in Lightroom, and counted how many each camera delivered with the eyes in focus. It wasn’t that easy.
The Nikon D4 delivered 12 of 12 images in-focus. 100%.
The Canon 1Dx gave us 9 images in focus, 1 on the nose, and two on the ears.
So, where’s the confusion? Well, when we describe what is “in-focus”, it looks like the Canon 1Dx has a different definition of the term. Those 9 images that the 1Dx delivered in-focus absolutely destroyed the Nikon D4 in terms of detail and accuracy. In fact, that one that hit the nose seemed to be a bit more like what we saw from the D4 in every shot.
We stopped the lenses down to f3.2 & f3.5 in order to gain a bit more depth of field and give the camera’s no excuse by way of lens softness. The story was the same; the Canon just delivered sharper, clearer images than the Nikon.
We performed this test with the 70-200mm lenses as well. Similar results. The Nikon seems “consistently good”, while the Canon is “more often great”.
Forcing Matt and Jamieson to pick a black & white winner with such grey results, both picked the same winner:
Without hesitation, the 1Dx.
We shoot Raw. What this means is that there’s generally a little wiggle room in post production if we want to change the colour, sharpness, and in particular the exposure of an image. Sometimes we choose to grab a shot before we have the chance to set the ideal settings on the camera. The dynamic range of a camera is what determines how much headroom we will have in a file, and therefore how far off our shot settings can be before it becomes unsalvageable.
First Matt and Jamieson shot the same scene overexposed by about three stops. When bringing the raw files into Lightroom and dropping the exposure by three stops, both cameras performed exceptionally. The resulting image was void of any highlight clipping or colour channel clipping on the subject. Incredible.
We’ve heard that the Nikon D4 has a more advanced analog to digital converter, which places the ADC on-chip and preserves analog signal by digitizing it earlier in the processing chain. In contrast, the Canon’s analog signal from the sensor has to travel a bit farther to a separate processor to become digital. This means that the analog signal, having farther to travel, is more susceptible to picking up noise before it becomes digital. Signal to noise.
How does this geek talk translate to shadow recovery? That deep shadow noise that you don’t see in a normal image becomes more obvious when the exposure is pushed a few stops in-post. When examining a shot that was underexposed, then rescued by pushing it three or four stops, the Nikon D4 showed a clear advantage over the Canon 1Dx. There was noticeably more noise in the 1Dx shadows after the rescue, whereas the Nikon D4 still maintained a very clean image.
Shadow recovery: Win for Nikon, though it should be noted that Matt actually still preferred the overall look and colour of the Canon image, even after the shadow recovery. Jamieson disagrees, and has given Nikon a full point for this.
As mentioned in the opening paragraph, the bone that Matt has to pick with Nikon is over the greenish colour cast present on both the Nikon D4 LCD screen as well as its images. After using a handful of Nikon’s top end cameras over the past decade, this is the first time Matt has seen an issue like this with any Nikon camera. Matt is not alone in noticing this issue with the Nikon D4, as a simple internet search will instantly reveal many others complaining of the same green screen issue. Matt has actually called Nikon about the issue and feels that Nikon may have been a bit coy in their response when they claimed that this was the first they have heard of it, and boldly claimed that the D4 has a more actuate screen than its predecessors. Maybe Nikon doesn’t have the internet?
Needless to say, the greenish cast that the Nikon D4 exhibits is enough of an issue to put Matt into a big decision scenario; stay with Nikon or switch to Canon? Though there have been reports and claims of fixes and work-arounds to counter the green screen issue, we found that none have been effective in resolving it. Canon has an incredibly enticing system in the 1DX…is it enough to sway Matt away from his beloved Nikon system after over a decade of professional loyalty?
Check out the video review with Jamieson and Matt, where Matt makes his decision!
A head to head comparison between the two flagship cameras. In the end, a decision is made!
And here is the wedding! As mentioned in our previous post, Jennifer & Omar were married this past October. All the events leading up to this perfect day including the wedding were themed based on Omar’s proposal in Las Vegas. The same evening as the proposal the couple went to see the Beatles “LOVE” show and, as you will see, The Beatles were an undertone in all the centerpieces and colours including the famous catch phrase “All you need is love”. Each table setting had the word “love” in a different language. The main theme was “Royally in LOVE” as they got married at the King Eddy however, to keep the Beatles theme alive throughout the ceremony, the bridesmaids walked down the aisle to Black Bird and Jennifer, with her father, walked down the aisle to All You Need Is Love.
Just like the Bridal Shower every detail was taken care of including their massive savoury and sweets table. They had everything from popeye sticks, to fun dip, to saxon marshmallows and chocolate covered pretzels, to prosecco gummy bears brought in from Italy, to mini packs of nerds brought in from the Disney Store in NYC! They gave everyone little mason jars so they could reuse them once the wedding was done. And it didn’t stop at the savoury table where they had a fountain of cheese and gravy for the poutine station!
This was a wedding to remember and we at Xero would like to give a big thanks to Jennifer & Omar and their families for such a wonderful experience. Hope you enjoy the post!
Dress Designer – Pnina Tornai
Suit & Cufflinks – Berdorf Goodman
Flower Arrangements – Pink Twig
Invitations & All Printed Material – So Pretty in Print
Cake Designer – The Wedding Cake Shoppe
Caterer – The King Edward Hotel, The Sultan’s Tent, Cafe Moroc & BerBer Resto.Bar.Lounge
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