Real Talk: Candid Wedding Photography & Why We Love ItHow to let it go and take truly amazing wedding photos

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When we ask our couples what attracts them to Mango Studios, the most common answer is they love the way we shoot. Our candid wedding photography feels polished, yet authentic. Even when we take editorial portraits of the bride and groom it feels genuine, and we make sure it’s not too posed. This has been our unique approach to weddings since the very first nuptial coverage we did 14 years ago. We always take great care to photograph the authentic moments, the candid moments, and the really great in-between moments.

You may find that other photographers may lay their camera down at some point, but we won’t. This means we are attuned to the emotions and the flow of what’s happening all day. There is a story to tell in every waking moment of a wedding, and we’re always sure to capture it.

Some of our couples ask us how they can help us deliver a truly genuine, beautiful and emotional coverage of your wedding day. These are always the tips and tricks we give:

  1. Be in the moment
  2. Move, don’t pose
  3. It’s all about trusting and letting go. 

And honestly, these are words to live by! Having a truly trusting and close relationship with your photographer will lead you to look and feel your best. Instead of second-guessing yourself or trying to control the shots on the day of, you will instead be able to let it all go and be in the moment. There is truly no better recipe for beautiful photographs than a relaxed, confident and happy couple.

Kristin and Keller’s wedding gallery is the perfect example of what we at Mango Studios believe makes great candid wedding photography. 

Throughout their day, Kristen and Kelleher were the embodiment of “being in the moment”. These two enjoyed their wedding to the fullest no matter what little hiccups happened along the way. Their calm, cool, and carefree attitude were what made their candid wedding photography possible.

As creatives, we love when our couples give us room to experiment and express our creativity. This is what we live for and what keeps us inspired. We always make sure to take all the must-have photos and fulfil our couple’s dream shots. But, we also really appreciate having an open space and dialogue where we can collaborate with our couples, be spontaneous, and create something truly unique. 

Kristen and Kelleher met back in 2010 when she was completing her undergrad at UofT and he was studying for the New York bar exam. These two smarties were introduced by mutual friends and, so the story goes, it was love at first sight. Due to Kelleher just accepting a Masters of Law offer in London (like we said, smarties!), Kristen and Kell had a long-distance relationship that kept going as they both jumped from school to school, placement to placement, and city to city.

This did not deter their love at all. After years of long distance, the two finally were able to spend enough time together to get engaged. They were meant to be, no matter the miles apart!

When they both finally ended up back together in Toronto, Kristen and Kelleher were thrilled to begin wedding planning. With dreams of their special day finally coming to fruition after almost a decade of dreaming, we were ecstatic that they chose us to help document the solidification of their love for one another.

Together they envisioned a day that would be filled with love, excitement and happiness that they could share with their family and friend. They wanted to feel as “in the moment” as possible, and they definitely got that! We loved every minute of photographing their genuine, candid moments. Especially the moments where they danced the night away with all their nearest and dearest.

Kristen and Kelleher’s lives have always been full of unexpected adventure and excitement. Their wedding was no different, and we couldn’t have asked for a better example of the beauty that candid wedding photography can be. We hope the rest of your life together is just as thrilling and meaningful as the moments that brought you to where you are today. We are so excited for you two!

Planning: Tanya at Rebecca Chan Weddings & Events
Florist: Quince Flowers
Wedding Dress: Lea Ann Belter Bridal
Beauty: Dawna Boot Makeup

  • Yes, I'm totally agree with you. Candid photography has its charm and most of the couple like it. I also suggest candid photography to most of the new couples. Thanks for sharing.