Rob and Lauren,the photographer
We are Rob & Lauren, also known as The Wedding Travelers. We are two
young, energetic and flat-out fun photographers who call Edmonton our
home and the world our workplace. We discovered our passion for
photography on a trip to Europe and never looked back. We finished up
our degrees and went full time into being wedding photographers. Two
years later and we are traveling all over the world to provide our
clients with fun, fresh and dynamic images. We have recently combined
our two passions - travel and photography - and created The Wedding
Travelers. We hope to spend our careers taking the time to travel to
new countries and learn about their unique wedding customs. Our first
trip to Vietnam and India was very successful and we can't wait to hit
up our next destination: South America!
What cities do you cover?
We are based out of Edmonton , Alberta , Canada , but have shot all over
the world. A few locations that we've shot in include Delhi , Punjab,
Assam , Mexico , Vietnam , and all over Western Canada . Soon we'll be
traveling in the United States and the Caribbean to take more awesome
photos. We are happy to travel anywhere our clients wish! As long as
there are people in love, we'll go there.
Your Photography Style
Our style is fresh, fun and colourful. We love to provide candid
coverage of all the events of an Indian wedding, remaining unobtrusive
and quiet. But as soon as it is time to do some stunning portraits of
the bride and groom everything changes. We're making jokes, having
fun, and just enjoying spending time with our couples. The result is
relaxed, fun and vibrant images of our brides and grooms. We also love
to combine elements from fashion and editorial photography to make our
couples look like supermodels. Our clients walk away having had a ton
of fun, and wanting more time to shoot with us! It's fantastic!
Your choice of camera/ lens
We shoot all digital, using full frame cameras from Canon. Our lenses
are really what we love, as we shoot essentially completely prime,
allowing us the highest quality images with a unique shallow depth of
field quality. What does that all mean? Quite simply: our photos are
cool. These high quality lenses also let us shoot without flash as
much as possible. This gives a very unique and real quality to the
photos, allowing us to capture the true essence of the event. We also
use flashes when needed, and can have a ton of fun with those all
well. Whatever works!
Black & white Vs. Color photography - your thoughts
I gravitate towards bright colour, and Rob loves the look of a really
well done black and white. As we process each image individually, we
always determine the perfect choice for the unique picture. Some
photos deserve nothing but bright colour, and others gain an intense
impact as black and white. We love to mix it up and do a black and
white with grey overtones, or perhaps a colour with a muted sepia
wash. There's so much room for experimentation to give our clients a
unique and distinctive look to their wedding images!
Indian wedding photos suffer from excessive use of flash - what's your
When we were shooting a wedding in India another group of
photographers covering the same wedding had set up no less than 10
studio lights to shoot the bride and groom's shagan and ring ceremony.
Overkill! The couple was blinded and stunned, and none of the guests
could see what was happening as all the lights were in the way. We do
everything we can to be as unobtrusive as possible, so that your
guests can enjoy the ceremony they came to watch. This means using
on-camera flash and avoiding big lighting setups. Here at home, a lot
of photographers cover Indian weddings with an excessive use of *poor*
flash techniques. Using your flash intelligently and artistically can
result in unobtrusive and natural looking results even in the darkest
of rooms. We do try to avoid our flash as much as possible because
honestly, there is nothing better than soft, natural light. But when
we do need to break out our lights it's always subtle and beautiful.
It can be done well!
Post processing and Album design
Our post-processing style is constantly evolving. At the moment we're
a big fan of moody and dreamy black and whites, and vibrant colours.
Our constant goal is to create clean and timeless imagery, while still
providing the clients with something modern and fun! As for albums,
that's our true secret weapon. We design with unique layouts, great
colours, and huge photos. Jaws literally drop when they see these
books. Nearly all of our clients get an album from us because it's
really something special that they've never seen before. We use
graphic design concepts and strive to avoid any fads to make a book
that your grandchildren will love to look at!
Your favourite wedding photos
It's a funny thing. Our favorite wedding photos seem to come from the
most recent wedding we've shot. After every shoot I find a photo that
is my current favorite. Then next week we'll get something that
becomes a new favorite. We always strive to do better than our best at
each wedding, and I love every shoot. It means I have a really hard
time picking out photos for our studio!
A wedding photography experience that you wont forget
Our most memorable experience was when we did a wedding portrait shoot
for a couple at the Taj Mahal in Agra , India . We arrived ready to
shoot with our gear, and were told that we couldn't bring in our
camera bags. So we put some lenses in our pockets and took only what
we had in our hands. We began shooting and our couple was doing an
amazing job even with tons of tourists standing and watching their
every move. To be standing there with a gorgeous couple and the Taj
Mahal in the background was an absolutely surreal experience.
Afterwards, when we all got back to the hotel totally exhausted, we
went through a few of the photos and were just floored. There couldn't
have been a more fitting setting, with Emperor Shah Jahan's tribute to
love looming over a couple so completely smitten with each other. The
photos remain some of our most distinctive and memorable ones ever. We
have a canvas print in our studio that is 5 feet wide of one of the
images, and every person who sees it stops and stares. It was a
stressful, tiring, and absolutely mind-blowing experience that I will
never trade for the world.
Advice for to-be-wed couples on how to pick venue, lighting, decor,
makeup, clothes etc that contribute to beautiful photos.
The way to get the most beautiful photos from your wedding day is to
be constantly thinking of how the setting will photograph. Picking
venues with gorgeous natural light is always ideal, as it allows your
photographer to get the most beautiful shots without having to rely on
flashes. A great idea to get the best makeup is to have a trial done
before your engagement photos with your photographer. That will let
you see how the makeup photographs, and whether or not you like it!
Remember, makeup always looks different in person than it does in
camera. Always consult with your photographer when making choices
about decor, lighting and venue. They will know your locations the
best, and will be able to give you great advice. Another tip: having a
huge centerpiece right in front of you at the head table makes it
really hard for people to see you, and your photographer to get great
shots of you!
Rob & Lauren Photographers