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your guide to the best day ever

We want to thank you both for choosing The MacLeans (Kelsey and Morgan) as your wedding photographers/videographers. We are SO excited to work with you both! We will truly do everything in our power to ensure that your wedding day is the BEST DAY EVER!

Please take a look around at all of our tips, suggestions, and info on how to make your engagement shoot and wedding day photography/videography truly awesome.

We are always happy to meet up over beers, coffee, or pancakes (but let's be real, beers are the way to go), to discuss anything related to your wedding day. Just shoot us an email and we'll make it happen (hello@themacleans.ca). Now, go explore friends.


Our philosophy:

We are a candid-documentary style photographers, ie we want you two to be exactly as you are, don't worry about us, our cameras, or fake smiling because you feel like that's what you're supposed to do. We take that fly on the wall approach to shooting, capturing all the big moments & the little ones that seem to disappear in the blink of an eye by on your big day.

Below are some suggestions on what we found has worked for our past brides & grooms in having the best possibilities for photos and video coverage in a non-intrusive way, but these are just our suggestions, & remember we encourage you to plan and have your wedding exactly how YOU want your wedding to be. We know that you've spent countless hours planning and preparing for this big day, Kelsey was pretty damn pinterest obsessed while we planned our wedding day too.

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Getting ready:
Think carefully about the location that you'd like to get ready at on the morning of your wedding. Our personal preference is an Airbnb, nothing like a little homey unique touch of having a place all to yourselves for you & your girls to sleep in a little, make breaky, & have your hair & makeup artist come pamper you all morning.

We strongly encourage that you set up for hair & makeup in front of a window, in a clutter free (or as much as possible) room. Natural lighting is the bomb digity & setting up in front of a window allows for that soft lighting to hit you all so perfectly.

To make things run a lot faster, we suggest that you gather ALL items you'd like documented before they are on you, such as your wedding dress, shoes, rings, etc. in one place, so that as soon as we arrive we may shoot these items then get back to focusing on you & your girls.

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Where & when you have your ceremony are super important for photo and video. If you are having a summer wedding, we suggest you consider having your ceremony site somewhere with a good deal of shade. If not, then you may be left in direct sunlight, which will have your guests super warm (in the summer time), & will create harsh lines/bright & dark spots on you & your hubby during your vows.

First up, we 110% recommend shooting your family portraits ASAP after your ceremony, close to the actual ceremony site or on the venue. This as well as having your officiant make a brief announcement at the end of your ceremony as to where family portraits will take place, provides a greater chance that uncle bob won't wander off to get a drink and delay the portraits by 10-15 minutes.

About a month before your wedding we'll send you out a questionnaire that goes over your family list, having you list each & every single person that you & your partner want photos with, and a suggested family formal list. Depending on the length of your list we recommend around 30 minutes for these portraits.


Wedding party & Bride/Groom portraits:
We recommend going off-site for the wedding party and bride/groom portraits. Staying on site tends to encourage guests to linger/try to chat/watch you closely during this part of the day, and really takes away from the natural awesome moments that happen with you guys and your gang. We don't want you guys to feel like you are "performing" at all. We are happy to make recommendations based on your venue site as to where we could do portraits as well. We also like to split these portraits up, first we do all wedding party as a whole including both sides of the wedding party (bridesmaids and groomsmen), then we like to take you and your cutie away from the group, again for privacy & that whole ya know less awkward feelings situation. We kindly ask for a minimum of 1 hour for these portraits, any more is greatly appreciated, and any less will make things a bit more stressful to fit it all in & really get the most out of your photos/video.

Sunset portraits:
Remember your engagement shoot? That golden delicious glow of sunrise/sunset? Well we want to bottle all of that up on your wedding day for 10-15 minutes for some bonus portraits. We recommend this RIGHT around sunset, just you & your sweetie, for 10 minutes of some bonus photos. These portraits are some of our most favourite photos/video of the day, the anxiety of the day has worn off, the pressure is off, and you two will look like the most beautiful golden goddesses/gods ever!


For video, we highly, highly, HIGHLY, recommend you provide your speakers with a microphone. This will allow clearly audio recording for us and you for your final video, and will allow your guests to actually hear all the hilarious, heart filled stories that your wedding party and parents cannot wait to share.

We are natural light photographers/videographers, ie we don't want to bust out our lights & take away from the ambiance of the day that you've created. We suggest a venue that has plenty of windows, decorating with lots and LOTS of bistro lights, candles, etc, ya know, those warm, intimate lighting that just makes everyone feel instantly cozy.

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Gimme da goods:

When can we expect our gallery:
You will receive your gallery and/or video approximately 3 months after your wedding day. We put lots of love & care into our gallerys and average around 25-35 photos a year. We edit each new wedding gallery in a chronological order as it's only fair to all of our awesome clients who will get their gallery first. We have been known to deliver galleries ahead of time and take a great pride in this. We also post sneak peaks within the first week after your wedding day on our various social media accounts, so keep your eyeballs peeled!

How will we get our gallery?
We deliver all of our wedding photography galleries via an online photo storage system. You gallery will be delivered in high-resolution, without any watermarks, with all printing rights for personal use, and detailed instructions on how to view, share, and download each & every single photo. Your gallery will be stored on this medium for 12 months after your wedding. We advice that once you receive your gallery you do both of the following steps:
1. Open your gallery and download the entirety of the gallery immediately in high-resolution.
2. Upload your gallery to both an external hard drive, and a cloud based storage system (such a dropbox, google drive etc).

How will we receive our wedding film?
For video files, we deliver this via an online storage system, with detailed instructions on how you may view and download your video. Your wedding video(s) will be stored online for 12 months after your wedding day then removed from our storage. We recommend that you do the following after receiving your wedding video:
1. Download your wedding video(s) to your computer immediately.
2. Upload your wedding video(s) to both an external hard drive, a cloud based storage system (such as dropbox, google drive etc), and a 3 party domain such as youtube.