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Vancity Vendor: Joel Keddie Photography

May 15th, 2015 by Jeannine

Vancity Vendor: Joel Keddie Photography

Joel Keddie Vancouver wedding photographer Joel Keddie is a self-proclaimed hopeless romantic, so it was just natural that he’d be working in the wedding industry. Once he started playing with his first DSLR, he was hooked and wanted to do more than just take vacation photos. He decided to pursue wedding photography after being inspired by others who turned their own photography hobby into a blossoming business. Joel is now entering into his third year in the Vancouver wedding industry and has been cherishing all the moments he’s shared with his previous and current couples.

Joel Keddie Photography is a Surrey-based small business focusing on engagement and wedding photography. Their packages start at $2,200 and include full day coverage with Joel and an assistant, as well as the high-resolution digital files delivered through a beautiful online gallery. Joel works with his couples to determine how long the “full day coverage” will be because he acknowledges that each wedding is unique. He wants to make sure that their day is fully covered without having to worry about cramming it all in within a set time frame. Brides, in luck, he has created a special offer for Vancity Bride readers!

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A Few Words With Joel…

Joel Keddie Photography What do you have to offer for brides with lower budgets?
“Every bride gets full day coverage and their high resolution digital images at my starting rate. They aren’t stuck with a package full of things they don’t need or want, though the option to add on albums, an engagement session, or a second professional photographer is available should they want those as well. I also offer payment plans to make the payment process a little easier. For brides who are only looking for a few hours, I can definitely customize an elopement package for them.”

What sets you apart from others in the same field?
“My favourite quote, from New York photographer David Alan Harvey, is Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like. That statement resonated with me and has stuck with me from the first moment I came across it. It is the philosophy behind how I shoot now. Anybody can take a picture of pretty things, but it is capturing the emotion between people that is a true skill. When my couples look back on their wedding day (hopefully by flipping through their wedding album) I want them to remember how that day felt. Wedding days can go by in such a rush, that the day tends to be made up of fleeting moments. To capture those moments, and preserve them for eternity, that is my goal.”

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Joel Keddie Photography How would you describe your shooting and photo editing style?
“My shooting style is very photojournalistic. I like to keep my distance and just shoot the day as it unfolds. Often times when seeing their photographs, my clients comment that they didn’t even realize I was there, grabbing the moments as they happened. Of course for certain parts of the day I do get hands on with a little guided posing, such as during the creative portrait time, but for the most part, I shoot very candidly. I like to capture the day naturally as it happens. For my editing style, I stay away from fads.. I want my clients to be able to look at their photos in 20 years time and not just see a style reminiscent of that time period. I aim for a vibrant, yet timeless look.”

What do you enjoy most about your job?
“Nothing is better than the reveal when my clients get to see their images for the first time. Knowing that doing what I do can bring such joy and make people smile is so satisfying.”

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What was the most creative shot you took and how did you come up with it?
“I saw a gap in this blueberry bush looking through to an area with the perfect light. I positioned the couple in the light, and had them get nice and close. I then took the shot looking through the blueberry bush. It framed them perfectly and it is still one of my favourite shots to this day.”

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Which part of the wedding is your most favourite to shoot and why?
“As much as I love spending one on one time with the couple doing creative portraits, I would have to say one of my favourite parts of the day is the speeches. It isn’t often that you get to see people express so openly, and so publicly, their love and admiration for another human being. Being a father of girls, I especially connect with the father of the bride speeches.”

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Joel Keddie Photography Where is your favourite place/part of the city to take pictures for a shoot?
“Vancouver is so full of many beautiful places to shoot with such a variety of backdrops. I would have to say that so far one of my favourites would have to be the Olympic Village. It has just about everything you could need in close promiximity. The city skyline and city lights, Vancouver landmarks Rogers Arena and Science World, a beautiful park for some greenery, and false creek for the water. What more could you ask for in one little area?”

If you had one piece of advice for a bride and groom, what would it be?
“This may seem self-serving, but invest in your photography. At the end of the day when the food is gone, and the guests have returned home, your day has gone by so fast, that it can be tough to remember the little things. Investing in a good photographer ensures those memories and details will be captured for you to look back on for many years to come. Another piece of advice I have to offer, being in the middle of planning my own wedding for June, is not to be afraid to ask for help. Planning a wedding can be so overwhelming and just asking friends and family to help, even with little details, can be such a weight off your shoulders.”

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