Below you’ll find everything you want to know about our team of tremendously talented Toronto wedding photographer team that is Ten·2·Ten Photography, including our style, our approach, our team and some of our favorite posts! Still have questions? No problem! Contact us using the form on the website or send an email directly to [email protected]
A Little Bit About Us
Who is the talented team behind Ten·2·Ten Photography? Glad you asked – my name is Erika Hammer and I’m a Toronto wedding photographer whose modern style is a combination of photojournalism and fine-art. I’m the founding photographer of Ten·2·Ten Photography and Jennifer, and Sarah are a part of the amazing team we have.
Our approach to a wedding day is simple: tell the story of your wedding day by creating meaningful and memorable images that are reflective of real individuals and real emotions. We are a team of experienced wedding photographers. We understand that every wedding day is unique; every couple is different and every relationship has a flair of individuality. We approach each and every wedding with one goal: to tell a story that is reflective of the couple. We pride ourselves on being not only modern in terms of our approach and editing style but continuing to produce timeless images that you’ll still love 10, 20 or even 30 years from now.
Although we’ve been honoured with multiple publications in prominent wedding industry platforms such as Brides, Project Wedding and Elegant Weddings Magazine and have been the recipient of several awards, including being voted one of the Top 30 Under 30 Wedding Photographers in Canada, we truly take pride in our continually evolving style and creativity that we achieve through continuing education and true dedication to our craft. Although some may say it’s cliché, we find most of my inspiration in my clients and their love for each other.
You’ll find an enormous variety of my work throughout our website and blog but if you’re looking for most recent photos, they’re hiding out on my Facebook page in the sneak peek galleries and also on our Instagram page!
We are true believers in not only continuing education as are our associate photographers (we love attending workshops and learning new skills) but also teaching others. For several years, Erika (our founder) has been offering wedding photography workshops in Toronto as well as one-on-one mentorship sessions that are both short and long-term.
We also believe that brides and grooms should have full access to wedding photography prices which is why we proudly link our service PDF of wedding photography prices in many areas of our website, including our “invesment” link.
We are Toronto wedding photographers but we also photograph weddings in Peterborough, the Muskokas, all of southern Ontario and are available for select dates worldwide.
Toronto Wedding Photographer: FAQ
What is your style?
The Ten·2·Ten Photography approach to the wedding day is that of a storytelling nature mixed with creative imagery. We like capturing the wedding day as naturally and unobtrusively as possible; creative images are captured by gentle coaching (when appropriate) and careful planning on the part of the clients. Our clients take pride in planning gorgeous wedding days with awesome photo opportunities and we are happy to provide a plethora of information to help guide our clients towards achieving their goals
How many photos do we get?
Although it’s impossible to estimate precisely (since every wedding is different), you can anticipate about 50-60 images per hour of shooting (which can be around 700-800 images for a full day wedding with two photographers and lots of action). Of course, this number varies depending on the length of coverage, amount of photographers hired, amount of action, the amount of details, how long we have for photos, how much time we’re spending traveling, the willingness of the participants to be photographed as well as any restrictions that may be placed on us by venues (such as officiants that do not allow picture taking during the ceremony or reception venues not allowing the photographer to set in the reception room).
But I’ve heard that some studios give 2,000+ images, why can’t you do that?
We cull our images; this means that we go through the images after the wedding and discard the test shots, the (many) photo bombs, the weird faces (that weren’t intended on being weird faces) or the images that just didn’t turn our quite right either technically or stylistically. We send only the highest quality images through our editing process and include those in your final gallery. We also pride ourselves on not overshooting each scene; rather we approach each frame with an idea on mind and execute it with a plan. This means you’re not going to do 50 pictures of your shoes all as slightly different angles simple for the purpose of increasing your image count.
Some studios include a very high image count because they either do not cull with high quality in mind or because they feel like the quantity of images may distract you from the overall quality of images. Clients of Ten·2·Ten Photography appreciate quality which is what we choose to deliver.
We never hold back beautiful images from you; all the beautiful images pass the culling process.
Do you have an assistant?
Each of our photographers operates differently; some have assistants some do not. If we do bring an assistant with us, please remember that an assistant is different from a second photographer – an assistant is there to help us in a non-shooting roll while a second photographer is there to benefit the client by capturing additional candid moments. The assistant will help us achieve a variety of lighting techniques and will help ensure that gear moves safely and quickly from location to location. Some of our photographers travel lighter than others and do not require the use of an assistant.
Do you offer a second shooter?
Yes, we do! Any client can add on a second shooter into their package for a small fee. Our second shooters are also experienced photographers (never newbies) who have experience with weddings.
We truly believe that there are just as many pros to having a second photographer as there are cons which is why we allow our clients the choice to add in the extra talent if they so wish.
How far in advance should we be booking our wedding photographer?
We secure a limited number of commissions every month in order to ensure a top-quality product for our clients. We typically fill our calendar a year or more in advance although we are always happy to hear from you at any time during your engagement.
Can we edit the photos on Instagram (or ourselves in Photoshop)?
While we appreciate the wonderful world of iPhoneography and easy access to photo editing programs; please bear in mind that we have worked very hard to establish our style and have spent countless hours individually editing each and every one of your images. We ask that our clients refrain from re-editing any of our images. In lieu of re-editing your images, we encourage all couples to find a photographer whose style they love so that they do not feel the need to re-edit images or apply filters.
Do you offer wedding videography?
We do not offer videography. While photographers and videographers use some of the same equipment, videography is a totally seperate specialty from photography and requires a different skill set. We do have information in our client exclusive magazine regarding our list of favourite videographers and are happy to provide that to you upon booking.
There is no need to hire a company that offers both photo and video – any photographer or videographer who is skilled and professional can work in a team with someone else regardless of the fact that they are from different companies. I would caution any couples looking for a videographer to keep their style in mind, though. Hiring a documentary style photographer means you should also hire a documentary style videographer. If your photographer is documentary but your videographer is more classic and posed then your photos will be affected as your behaviour will be coached by the other vendor.