Van Daele & Russell
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Marc Raffa · Getting married on 21/08/2021
Next-level service through pandemic
We postponed our August 2020 wedding to 2021, and through the uncertainty, Shawn was extremely responsive and kind. He offered a variety of dates which helped us form a new plan. We're certainly looking forward to celebrating next year, but my wife and I just couldn't let our original date pass…
It started as an ordinary backyard BBQ for our immediate family. When they least expected it, we had our officiant and string duo crash the party – we were having a pop-up backyard wedding! And Shawn was there to capture all of the shock, confusion, tears, and pure joy in the moment!
We can't thank Shawn enough for his role helping us pull off our surprise wedding! Not only did he capture everything beautifully – a mix of emotional candids, fine details, family group shots, and romantic newlywed moments – but he was responsive, flexible, dependable, and simply the nicest human being throughout the entire process, especially when the plan was unravelling. (Backstory: my brother-in-law had major car troubles on highway, so I sprung it on the vendors if we could delay our surprise ceremony time with very short notice. Shawn was incredibly accommodating and prioritized our special event over his own personal plans that evening, a testament to the professionalism, sense of duty, and high-touch service he provides.) Our afternoon ceremony became a golden hour ceremony and went off without a hitch.
Shawn’s passion for what he does and who he serves is palpable. It was evident that he was invested in our love story, our family, their emotions and their experience. As Shawn posted and blogged about our special day, I proudly shared his recount with family and friends who couldn’t attend – at a time when we’re forced to be distant, his storytelling has never been more valuable.
I can’t recommend Shawn strongly enough. We’re beyond excited to have him on our team for 2021!Sent on 09/09/2020
Jenny Shu · Getting married on 08/08/2021
We had a wonderful time doing our covid wedding shoot with Clint - he took a lot of time and detail to help us get comfortable and the teasers look amazing ! Highly recommended. We really look forward to working with him next year and appreciate the flexibility Clint and Shawn extended during covid. Our family was also very very impressed.Sent on 02/09/2020
Sydney Lapaine · Getting married on 10/07/2021
The best photographer ever!!
We hired Van Daele & Russell to do our engagement photos as well as our wedding photos next year. He was recommended to us by our venue, and WOW, he did NOT disappoint. Having recently done our engagement shoot with Shawn, we can honestly say that he makes the process as easy and fun as possible. He was also willing to travel so that we could get the photos done at our favourite location. We just got our engagement teasers back from him, and if they are any indication of how beautiful our wedding photos will be, we already know that we made the right choice in our photographer. We feel extremely confident that Van Daele & Russell is the best photographer we could have chosen to capture our relationship and love. Thank you so much for your care and attention to what we wanted from our photos, and for exceeding our wildest expectations!Sent on 20/08/2020
Chelsea Verhoeven · Getting 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 Floriancic · Getting 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
Natasha Caldwell · Married on 14/11/2020
The best decision EVER!
Easily one of the best decisions we made for our wedding!! Shawn was absolutely INCREDIBLE to work with and the photos are absolutely INSANE. We are not the kind of people who are comfortable in front of a camera and to be honest, we were a little intimated based on the amazing photos we had seen from his previous shoots. All of that anxiety immediately disappeared during our engagement shoot! He made us feel SO comfortable and captured who we are perfectly and I knew we made the right decision. We fell in love with the (many many) photos we were sent from our engagement shoot and I knew we would be in good hands for the wedding day. I was right - Shawn captured the wedding day so perfectly (and so far we only have the teasers). We are a 2020 couple, but the photos capture the love, happiness and hilarious moments from the day...not the restrictions, masks and distancing. There are so many moments that I didn't even know that happened that Shawn was able to capture for us to see. I can't tell you how many times during the wedding and now sharing a few photos how many people told us how much they loved his work, his attention to detail and his overall personality. Shawn customizes his style to each couple and is so thorough...but if you let him run with his creative styles and freedom you will be shocked at the type of pictures you receive! He is also incredibly responsive and just an overall pleasure of a human being. I could honestly go on and on about Shawn's work and who is as a person, but I will just leave it at: stop looking for a photographer and hire him. I promise it will be one of the best decisions you make!Sent on 28/11/2020
Eva S · Married on 07/11/2020
These two are masters of their craft!
We will be recommending Clint for years and years and years to come to EVERYONE with an upcoming wedding seeking a photographer. Clint is insanely talented, incredibly professional and supremely approacheable. We had so much fun, and were absolutely blown away by the photos. These are not “just” wedding photographers, they are talented masters of their craft.Sent on 14/11/2020
T K · Married on 09/10/2020
Fantastic fabulous amazing perfect
Clint and Gord are simply the best photographers. They arrived early. Set up and 10 hours later they left. They never stopped taking pictures. The ideas they have for photos are amazing. 3 day’s after the wedding they sent us 60 “teaser photos”. Every picture was spectacular. We can’t wait to see the rest. We emailed these photos to our friends and families and they were all equally impressed. They were very professional, easy going and fun ! Due to covid our venue, time of the wedding, guest count etc all changed, however Van daele and Russell just rolled with it. No problems for them @ all. I would absolutely recommend them to anybody !Sent on 23/10/2020
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 Vessio · 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