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Three Sixty Photography

March 30th, 2012 by Jeannine

 
Vancity Vendor: Three Sixty Photography

Photography was supposed to be just a hobby for Justin Lam. The SFU grad pursued a different career but he soon realized it wasn’t as fulfilling as he thought it would be. He found joy behind the lens. For years he’s been immersing himself in the art, often photographing of people, something he was really fond of. It was just a natural progression that he would document love stories for a living. It was in 2002 when he decided to form Three Sixty Photography.

His team is comprised of 9 members that include photographers, editors, and videographers. They are a fully-functioning photography studio that provides wedding photography, videography, photobooth rentals and more.

Photography

Both a la carte and package options are available with Three Sixty Photography. A la carte is $260/hr for 8 hours of coverage or less, but if you want them for longer, it costs $230/hr. This includes 2 photographers, edited images on disc, and a web gallery for 3 months. If you wish to add other products to the mix, Justin is definitely open to that and can create a custom quote for you.

Their wedding packages include a variety of extras like an engagement session, photobooth rental, albums, canvas prints, or videography. These packages start at $3,672. Albums may be ordered separately and options are available for all types of budgets.

Every client has different needs and Three Sixty Photography can accommodate that. Photographers will be assigned to couples based on their strengths, whether it be photojournalism or portraiture, to achieve the best results as possible.

Videography

Videography can be part of a package or done by the hour. It costs $460/hour for the first 8 hours and includes 2 shooters and an assistant/editor. You will get a cinematic video cut (1 hour or less) and 4 copies on disc with this rate, but if you wish to add on other products like a Same-Day Edit, an extended cut, or if you like the raw footage on a hard drive, those options are available as well.

See sample Same Day Edit

Photobooth

If you need some entertainment for your guests, Justin can provide that too! They provide a closed concept photobooth and rentals start at $275/hr for the first 2 hours and then $200/hr after that. The rate is all inclusive of props, set-up, teardown, your choice of backdrop, a custom designed footer, automatic printouts, and an attendant to ensure everything is running smoothly.

Justin has film photography experience, which he says is beneficial because it focuses him to think before he shoots and get the shot right the first time. He also likes to develop a great rapport with his couples in order to bring out the emotion and intimacy he’s looking for in order to give life to the images. If you want to connect with them, check out their website, be a fan on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

A Few Words With Justin…

Why did you choose wedding photography?
“Because I love people! I love photographing people. I guess it’s the connections, and I like sharing in somebody’s special day. When I go on vacation, I can photograph still life but I don’t get nearly the same type of joy as I do when capturing people when they’re happy, when they have those intimate moments where they’re sharing something very personal with you. And I really enjoy that. I’m a people watcher. I’m the type of person who’ll sit there with a cup of coffee on a Saturday afternoon on a corner Starbucks and watch the people go by, and it fascinates me. Photography is like an extension of that, now I get to document it!”

Describe your style of photography.
“My particular style of photography is really a capture of traditional portraiture, candid portraiture or photo journalism, but at the same time, I wanna make it look natural, I want people to be in their best light. Photojournalism can capture that and we work hard to capture the angles. In their portraits, we still want it to not look so posed, we still want it to look natural and have that real high that you get when they’re laughing or that real intimacy that you get when they’re connecting with one another, and we work really hard to make every session intimate.”

What do you have to offer to brides with lower budgets?
“One of the things that really help brides on a lower budget is the ability to pick and choose what they want. I wanted people who really appreciated the art to be able to get the art and not bust the bank. If they wanted more, like albums or post-processed pictures, they can choose and we don’t have to pigeonhole them into one package or give them something they don’t want.”

What do you enjoy most about your job?
“The people, I love meeting people during the consults, I love talking to them about their special day, all their special events that are happening and the excitement that comes with it… I love asking how the proposal happened because to me, that speaks volumes of how the couple is like to begin with, asking lots of questions during the consultation so that I really have a good idea whether this couple is people I would resonate with.”

What was the most creative shot you’ve taken and how did you come up with it?
“It’s freezing cold at the end of November, and the wind’s blowing so rather than staying out in the open, we went back in the shaded area and in that particular photo, there’s really no sunlight coming in except for above them, but we wanted to make it feel like there was some sort of light that trickled through the trees. So we set up some flashes that are really light, more so blending into the actual photo itself and doesn’t look like it was from a flash, but if you look at it, it looks like sunlight trickling through onto their pants. We wanted to maintain that enough to highlight them.”

Which part of the wedding is your most favourite and why?
“I like the preparations. I like spending time in the morning, seeing the bride and groom going about their day and interacting with their friends in a very, sort of nonchalant manner. Just the way they would normally interact with them. There’s so much more on their mind after that point that the interaction diminishes a little bit until they get to the reception and everything sort of relaxes back out, but I really like the casualness in the morning. We capture a lot of great moments there. At the reception, right near the speeches is some of my favourite parts because we really get to see and feel how they impact other people’s lives and all the different connections they have with all the other people who are attending, those are two of my favourite parts.”

What’s your favourite part of the city to shoot at?
“Anywhere where nobody has taken photos! I really try to avoid going to really common places. A lot of people fall in love with other people’s photos in these places but at the end of the day, try to find a place that fits the style of the bride and groom.”

What one piece of advice would you give to a bride and groom?
“Choosing your photographer is a super important part of any wedding. It’s really easy for a photographer to shoot lots of different events and choose one from each event to showcase on their website or in their studio but releasing a full body of work for a wedding is important. Make sure you look at more than one full wedding. Ask them for lots of samples.”

To contact Justin, visit his website.
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Comments

  • March 30th, 2012 at 1:16 pm
    Vinnie says:

    Great vendor! Thanks Jeanine. I love affordable and customizable videography.

     
  • March 30th, 2012 at 1:18 pm
    Vinnie says:

    Oops! Excuse my typo, Jeannine. 2 n’s :)

     
  • April 2nd, 2012 at 3:55 am
    Wedding Venues Ireland says:

    Beautiful pictures, have to admit I love how wedding photography has evolved, the compositions are so natural looking

     

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