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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
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
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
Tayler Musclow · Married on 08/02/2020
So grateful to have worked with them for our wedding day!!!
We had the absolute pleasure of working with Shawn and Clint for our wedding day. They made us feel so comfortable and were a ton of fun to work with! In addition, our guests and wedding crew also commented how organized they were and how much they also enjoyed the experience with them. Upon receiving our sneak peak album, we were absolutely blown away with the photos we had received. It was truly beyond our wildest dreams. What we loved most is that they captured us perfectly as a couple, while also adding an artistic element. This not only made our wedding photos so incredibly unique, but also made you feel like you had just stepped out of a magazine. So grateful to have had them capture our special day. Highly recommend!Sent on 22/02/2020
Lindsay Toman · Married on 19/10/2019
If you're recently engaged and you're NOT booking your wedding around Van Daele & Russell's availability, are you even wedding planning yet?!Sent on 01/10/2018
The best decision (other than your forever plus one) you will make during this process is booking Van Daele & Russell!
When we set out on our wedding planning journey, my fiance and I decided that we weren't willing to compromise on two major things - our rings and our photographer. The way we see it is that once the day has come and gone, those are the things we will have forever (other than each other, of course!!).
Van Daele & Russell are WORTH. EVERY. PENNY. And then some.
We have the most beautiful engagement photos from Shawn and I had the absolute pleasure of working with him again as a bridesmaid in my cousin's wedding.
You've already researched him on social media - his work speaks for itself - but what you don't know (yet) is how absolutely WONDERFUL and EASY he is to work with!!
We CAN'T WAIT to work with him again on our wedding day!!
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!
Anonymous User · Married on 15/10/2019
Shawn is an incredible wedding photographer, I cannot recommend him enough!! My pictures look magical, I couldn't be happier with them. Shawn was very helpful before the wedding by answering any questions I had and having me fill out a survey so he knew what kinds of photos and photo styles I liked. The day of the wedding went super smoothly. Shawn is so calm and really helped me to stay relaxed and not get stressed out. He was so reassuring throughout the day and really worked hard to make sure he got all the photos that were important to me. He was dressed super professionally and all my guests loved him. Taking pictures with him was my favorite part of the day. Usually my husband hates being photographed but we had so much fun with Shawn. Shawn gives you great direction so that everyone of all shapes and sizes looks great in the pictures. He sent me lots of photos in my preview which is amazing. I can't stop looking through my photos. They completely exceed all of my expectations. Thank you so much Shawn!!Sent on 04/09/2019
Anonymous User · Married on 15/10/2019
Once we picked our venue we knew we had to find a photographer that was phenomenal with lighting. We got married at Steam Whistle, downtown Toronto with the CN Tower in the background, we saw Van Daele & Russell’s Instagram and knew instantly we had found our photographers!Sent on 30/08/2019
We were not disappointed. The teasers from our wedding have blown our mind, the lighting, background, poses are all perfect.
We then really put them to the test by doing an elopement ceremony on Toronto Island a few days before and WOW the teasers from this day are so dreamy, romantic and absolutely beautiful! We initially picked them for their amazing work with lighting but are so blown away with how versatile and talented they are in all settings! Over the two days we had night, day, clouds, rain, sun, nature, city, everything (including mud and water) and Clint worked his magic with spectacular results!
Clint was able to take two awkward people who were dreading having their photo taken and make us feel completely comfortable with him and with each other behind a camera. We both actually felt sad when it was over and we wouldn’t have another reason to work with Clint again (how soon is too soon for a vowel renewal)
We can’t wait to see the rest of our photos. We are blown away as are all of our family and friends and we are so happy we chose Van Daele & Russell!