Ross Dance Photography

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WHAT I DO

I am a Calgary-based wedding and portrait photographer available for travel assignments. I have photographed dozens of weddings in Alberta and British Columbia, in Toronto, Ottawa, Cape Breton, Mexico and as far away as Hawaii. Wherever I am, I love the process of getting to know a couple, and of telling the story of their wedding day in pictures.

BACKGROUND

I play hockey and bike when I’m not working. But mostly I spend time with the two loves of my life: my wife Jacqueline and daughter Francesca. Whether we’re hiking in the mountains or spending time in Canmore, hanging out with them is the best, and they’re my favourite photographic subjects.

When I was a kid, my parents had a black and white darkroom. They were amateur photographers who worked in colour as well, and I grew up surrounded by pictures of family and friends and fun times.

My family life, then and now, has taught me a lot about people and has a big influence on my photography. I believe you can capture the essence of a day, of a time in a couple’s life, of their relationship with one another and those around them, by paying attention to the fine details—by capturing the small moments that tell the big story.

MOMENTS BETWEEN MOMENTS

At a wedding, what I like to photograph are those in-between times that you and your guests might not notice or remember.

I love shooting weddings in the mountains or in natural settings because I—and my clients—often feel most comfortable there. Whatever the location, I favour using rich colour and glowing light to produce vibrant, lively images.

Part of my job is to harness the inevitable stress of such a significant day and turn it into something special, because out of this stress comes real emotion. My favourite part of a wedding shoot is after the ceremony when the couple can breathe a sigh of relief that the formal part of the day is done. This is a great time to get some natural and unstudied shots.

At every wedding I photograph, I get to be part of one of the most important days in a couple’s life. The responsibility is huge. But there’s also a definite adrenalin rush from capturing special moments and emotions in pictures, from using my own voice to tell the story. It’s challenging and immensely fun work.