Located in London, Ontario, Van Daele & Russell Photography is a company that specializes in capturing the most creative yet timeless images of brides and grooms on their wedding day. Owners and photographers, Shawn and Clint, have documented more than 700 couples on their special day, making them a favourite among soon-to-be-married couples in their area. Van Daele & Russell Photography will focus on the finer details, creating an engaging yet relaxed atmosphere during sessions.
Their use of light and colour in their shots is astounding. They offer packages with 6, 8, and 12-hours of coverage with services that can include a second shooter, additional hours, custom graphics, high-resolution images, liability insurance, and toning. Shawn and Clint also offer a wide spectrum of wedding photography services including engagement shoots, trash-the-dress sessions, and multiple location shoots.
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Chelsea V. · Married on 11/06/2021
Best Decision I Made
Shawn is AMAZING. He has been great since we first starting emailing about booking Van Daele and Russell for our wedding photography!
Our engagement photos had to be rescheduled 3 times due to weather and Shawn made sure to accommodate new dates and made himself available on very short notice to get our engagement photos done!
We finally got to meet Shawn just the other week to do our engagement photos and all I can say is WOW! He is literally AMAZING! Both Kyle and I were nervous and thought pictures may be awkward as we had never done anything like this before! But Shawn made it such a great experience, coaching us on how to pose and letting us be us; capturing amazing moments that we will cherish forever!
Kyle and I are so excited to work with Shawn for our wedding next year and can’t wait to see what beautiful pictures he captures!Sent on 23/10/2020
Natalie F. · Married on 24/04/2021
When we became engaged in November 2018 we had only one photographer in mind and immediately contacted Van Daele & Russel. The time finally came to have our engagement photos this week and we cannot thank Shawn enough for an incredible experience. We felt comfortable throughout the entire session, his creativity and ability to capture our relationship in a fun loving way was outstanding. The resulting photos are more than we could have ever imagined. We are beyond excited to share our wedding day with Shawn and see the beautiful photos to come!Sent on 01/09/2020
Hayley · Married on 05/03/2021
Heartbreaking, horrible experience.
Shawn was our wedding photographer. He took phenomenal photos - so we hired him for my maternity photos when I was pregnant with my first child. We paid him IN FULL up front.
He took my photos March 5th 2021.
On April 5th I asked if they would be ready before my daughters birth and he promised them within the week.
On April 27th (after she had been born) I requested them again and was again told I would have them within the week.
On May 21st I text him inquiring where my photos were. No reply.
Each time I messaged him I would have to send multiple texts to his phone and messages to his facebook account just to get his attention/make sure he saw them. He took WEEKS to reply and often just never did. (Keep in mind I have him on all social media accounts and though he couldn’t find the time to reply to me he could still most multiple times each day on all platforms...)
I messaged him again June 3rd. He once again promised I would have my photos - this time by the end of the day.
It is now June 8th and Shawn has chosen to ignore every message I’ve sent over the last 5 days. I have sent messages to his phone, Facebook, personal Instagram account and photography account. All my messages have been “delivered” and yet no reply to anything.
I became so upset and frustrated I asked my husband to take over trying to contact him. He messaged Shawn many times over the last 3 months and has not received one reply.
We are out $370 not to mention the only maternity photos I had taken. I’m a brand new mom with zero photos of my pregnancy because of this horrible person. He has caused me so much stress and anxiety. He has withheld the photos I was so excited to one day share with my daughter. He is SO unreliable, unprofessional, and OBVIOUSLY DOES NOT CARE THAT WHEN SOMEONE HIRES HIM TO DOCUMENT A MAJOR LIFE MOMENT HE HAS A RESPONSIBILITY TO DELIVER THE PHOTOS HE TOOK or at the very least RESPOND TO A PAYING CUSTOMER.
I cannot stress this enough: DO NOT HIRE SHAWN.Sent on 08/06/2021
Megan · Married on 22/08/2020
Best decision we made!
The only thing I knew I wanted for our wedding was Van Daele & Russell as our photographers! We just worked with Shawn for our engagement shoot and the photos are absolutely stunning! We were so nervous, but Shawn calmed us immediately. I didn't know that a photoshoot could be so fun! He found all our best angles, and the simple, everyday locations we chose turned out beautifully. From our first few emails, it really showed that Shawn and Clint love what they do and care so much for the couples they work with. Best decision we made!Sent on 06/09/2019
Francesca V. · Married on 08/08/2020
Whimsical, remarkable, and magical
There are no words that can describe the level of professionalism, creativity, and raw talent that encapsulates the quality of work that VanDaele and Russell produce. I knew from viewing my friend's wedding pictures on Facebook that these guys needed to capture our special day- and that has been the best wedding decision we have made thus far. We first met Clint at our engagement shoot. Prior to our initial meeting, he was in constant contact with us, trying to understand the vision we had for our engagement pictures. I felt HEARD by him.
Right from the moment my fiance and I met Clint, we instantly hit it off. He made us feel comfortable in-front of the camera and provided us with the perfect amount of direction the fiance and I needed to get the right shots. I wish I had a GoPro to videotape how dedicated Clint was in perfecting his angles-he was crouched in bushes, branches, and swinging over ledges just to ensure he captured the perfect shot for us.
What really blew me away, is how he asked how we met and re-created that moment through a picture (SO CREATIVE!) Emotions took over when we received our engagement teaser pictures. Each picture was absolutely perfect and flawless and Brough us back to that moment when it was just the two of us, together in happiness in our own little world:) Their motto really stands true: whimsical, magical, romantic and timeless. The magic that they create makes my Disney Princess heart BEYOND happy. We cannot WAIT to have them with us, as they capture our special day. I will probably need a box of tissues when I look at our wedding pictures (haha). Clint, you are absolutely amazing, professional, creative, and artistic! For any bride and groom getting married, they are the best of the best! Just look at their galleries and witness the true beauty of their work:) Love you guys! Can't wait for the BIG DAY! xoxoSent on 18/10/2019
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Shawn Van Daele
My now 12 years as a professional wedding photographer, to be quite honest, was unplanned. A student of fine art at Toronto's OCAD, I eventually branched off into Graphic Design, and it was when I fatefully picked up a camera that I fell head over heals in love with being able to not only freeze time – but turn it into art, at the same time. I bring my strong arts background to every frame I shoot, from composition, colour, to most importantly, emotion and story.
Father to 4 (crazy) Boston Terriers, I'm also the dude behind The Drawing Hope Project, which has been showcased on The TODAY Show, ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, Global News, Huffington Post, among others.
As far back as my memory goes, I have always loved having a camera in my hand. Not only capturing the day for lovely couples like yourself – but connecting, having fun, and creating an amazing experience from beginning to end – photography to me...is much more than having a camera in my hand.
A native of Newfoundland, I've spent time between Alberta, New Orleans, and Ontario. When I'm not at weddings, engagement shoots (they're so fun!), or at my computer editing, you can find me in the garden, or anywhere outdoors.
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