As we searched for a wedding photographer, we sorted through a lot of websites but always kept coming back to Luster Studios. We were impressed with the blend of traditional wedding photos (formals, etc.) and more photojournalistic ones that captured moments most would have missed. We also liked that Craig’s work treated ceremonies and bridal portraits with a sense of respect and dignity. This was important to my mom and we were very shocked to find that this was not always the case on other photographer’s work! After much research we met with Craig and one other photographer and decided to go with Luster Studios. We actually called him from the car immediately after meeting with the other photographer to book! In the end we appreciated Craig’s professionalism, quick response to our questions, and LOVED his work of course!
During our engagement session, Craig was very generous with his time and went out of his way to make sure the entire experience was unique and meaningful to us. He took us to Camp Kanata where my husband and I had met. As we strolled through the camp and reminisced about our time there as counselors he put us both at ease. It was a fun a walk down memory lane for us and the final photos were truly gorgeous. Craig created some wonderfully romantic photos of us in a canoe on the lake and even our camp director commented how he had captured the camp more beautifully than he’d ever seen! My family loved looking at those, as well as the bridal portraits. The variety of bridal poses were wonderful and the session was fun for me, my mother and my mother-in-law.
Our wedding day photos were just as meaningful. They fit our personality and sense of style perfectly and allowed us to see moments we had missed at the actual event. It was so touching for me to see the moment Jay’s family shared before the ceremony as they remembered his father in prayer and then to see our friends and family having fun at the reception. The “wardrobe malfunction” series (where the strap of my dress kept falling off off my shoulder during our ceremony) made us both laugh really hard! Craig captured every “major” event of the entire day, from the exchanging of vows to our first kiss as a married couple, and we treasure those memories.
We were so excited when we saw or photographs online and also received them on disc (a wonderful option!) Selecting photos for our album was a challenge because there were so many wonderful ones from which to choose. In the end, I think we have a nice mix of traditional posed shots and photojournalistic shots and I know that our album and the parent albums will be lifetime heirlooms.
On a personal note as one who does not consider herself photogenic, I was especially pleased with Craig’s work! I rarely like photographs of myself (okay – I usually hate photos of myself and hide them) but when I saw the pictures he took, from the engagement session to the wedding day, I was so relieved and eager to share them with family and friends. He had this wonderful ability to set me at ease so I could just enjoy the day without worrying about the camera. Simply put we are so grateful we found Craig and have such wonderful memories to share with others!
Ann and Jay