Who is the talent hiding behind the lens of the Ten·2·Ten Photography camera? 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. My approach to a wedding day is simple: tell the story of your wedding day by creating meaningful and memorable art. I’m the lead photographer; we have 3 other super amazing photographers as a part of our team too: Jennifer, Gillian and Sarah.
Although I’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, I truly take pride in my continually evolving style and creativity that I achieve through continuing education and true dedication to my craft. Although some may say it’s cliché, I 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!
I am a true believer in not only continuing education as are our associate photographers (I love attending workshops and learning new skills) but also teaching others. For several years I have been offering wedding photography workshops in Toronto as well as one-on-one mentorship sessions that are both short and long-term.
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.
1. 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
2. How many photos do we get?
Although it’s impossible to estimate precisely (since every wedding is different), you can anticipate between 500-600 high resolution digital files when we’re shooting a full day wedding with 2 photographers. Of course, this number varies depending on the length of coverage, amount of photographers hired and amount of action and details on the wedding day.
3. Why do some studios provide 1,000-2,000 images for a wedding day?
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 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.
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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
This number varies year-to-year and is based on anticipated workload. If you’re considering choosing Ten·2·Ten Photography to tell the story of your wedding day, contact us as soon as possible to inquire about availability.
6. 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 to individually edit each of your images. We ask that our clients refrain from re-editing any of our images.
In lieu of using filters on professional images, we suggest that if you continue your search for a photographers whose editing style you love so you do not feel the need to re-edit yourself.