*This is a paid post from an APW Sponsor*
One of the highlights of last year was getting to introduce APWers to Toronto wedding photographer Wild Eyed Photography (don’t worry, she travels, keep reading). That’s because the lady behind Wild Eyed Photography, Alex Neary, is the full package: jaw-droppingly talented, hilarious, kind, and on top of her shit. I mean, if a quick glance at her wedding photos doesn’t tell the whole story, then this personal-project-turned-viral-sensation should do it (Alex nannies when she’s not shooting, and recently started a project where she lets the two-year-old she hangs out with all day direct photo shoots between the two of them. It’s everything you want it to be and more.)
In fact, it’s Alex’s personal projects that tell me everything I need to know about what kind of wedding photographer she is. First there is the funny faces project, where Alex shouts things at you during wedding portraits (such as, “You’re a bunny!” or “You’re home alone!”) and you react to them (hilariously, of course). And then there is “Advice to Newlyweds,” an interview project with couples who have been married for forty or more years, which is basically all the best parts of When Harry Met Sally, except in real life. All of this tells me that Alex is someone who understands the balance between the serious business of documenting a hugely important occasion like a wedding, and the fact that life is short and you might as well be having fun. Or in her own words, “I am a wedding photographer travelling the globe in search of a new perspective and an excuse to play.” Plus, if you have even one kid attending your wedding, Wild Eyed Photography is possibly the photographer to capture why you love them.
I can tell from one second of looking at Alex’s photos, though, that all that fun you see comes from a deep trust with her clients, not from being one of those wedding photographers who yells at you and pretends it’s fun. In fact, here’s what Alex had to say about her approach to weddings:
There are so many aspects of my job that I like. I like that I get to meet new people and see new places in the world. I like being embraced by my couples and their families and invited into their lives. I like that I get to make art and create pretty pictures and use my natural talent as a job. I like that I get to be outside a lot using natural light. I like that I get to tell stories. I am an extroverted introvert or introverted extrovert… I like to go out and meet new people and socialize but I am a woman of few words and don’t often have a whole lot to say. I like that I get to tell a story visually instead of with words, because I find that I often can’t convey what I want to say through words but can through pictures. Does that make sense? I also really love that being a wedding photographer means you get to not only capture the wedding, but usually other milestones (engagement, wedding, maternity, newborn, family portraits). Being a part of a couple’s life like that is really amazing!!!
I have been told that I am a calm presence on what is often a stressful and hectic day. I have also been told I am like a secret ninja because my couples don’t often notice me (I’m a tiny little woman) and don’t know I’ve captured what I have until they see the photos. Being behind the camera is very instinctual and intuitive for me. I am often not thinking about anything because I am fully and wholly in the present moment. I am super easy going and laid back when I shoot, and I think my couples really like that. My clients often remark that they can tell I’m having fun by looking at my photos, and I’m really happy that that comes across because I do. I have so much fun.
It may seem obvious, but “fun” isn’t always at the top of priority lists for super talented photographers like Wild Eyed Photography. But Alex’s unpretentious attitude coupled with the practically jumping-off-the-page energy of her images are what makes Wild Eyed Photography‘s pictures look exactly like the wedding felt. (Did you see this super unplugged wedding a few weekends ago? I die.) Alex says:
I did a sponsored post last year and it ended up being one of the best decisions I made. I knew that APW couples would be different than, say, SMP couples, and I knew that their weddings would be different too. I want to shoot weddings that are about the love, emotions, and storytelling and not so much about the centerpieces, flowers, and décor. I want to shoot weddings in unique natural settings, and I know that APW couples can provide that. I am proud that I have always stayed true to myself and to what I want, and I am proud that I have learned to say no. Not every couple that contacts me is going to be the right fit for me, and I think it is really important and sometimes very hard, to say no. I don’t look at my clients as dollar signs, but rather I look at how well we will work together and if they will respect my artistic ability.
Alex keeps her pricing and packages simple and bullshit-free. She offers eight hours of wedding day coverage in Toronto for $3800, with the option to add on an engagement session for an additional $500 or additional hours for $475/hour. Her destination package (which is for weddings that are more than 2.5 hours drive outside of Toronto) is $4200, and this includes twelve hours of coverage plus a pre- or post-wedding portrait session at your location. (This does not include travel and accommodation costs.) All of Wild Eyed Photography’s packages include a digital copy of the best photos, non-watermarked and high res.
Passionate about travel and nature, Alex is even offering to waive all travel fees as well as 10% off her regular package prices to the first ten couples who book her for weddings that are taking place outdoors, outside of Toronto (not including accommodation). For local weddings, Wild Eyed Photography is offering 20% off the wedding rate of $3800 to the first ten couples to contact Alex who are getting married in Toronto. Alex also really wants to shoot elopements, so for anyone who contacts Wild Eyed Photography to shoot an elopement outside of Toronto, Alex is offering a 30% off deal. Finally, Alex says, “I also have a wish list here and if anyone can make my wishes come true… I will make a special deal for them.”
Not too long ago, APW didn’t have any sponsors servicing Toronto and its surrounding areas. And now I think we have one of the best in the biz. So give Wild Eyed Photography a call, guys. And then keep coming back to show us what kind of magic y’all make together.