Not too long ago, I’ve been a little implied in a story that really touched my heart.
Since then, I’ve told myself that I needed to share it with you guys. So that’s what I’m doing this blogpost for.


The story

A few weeks ago, a couple contacted me concerning their elopement, they wanted me to photograph it!
I’m not gonna share too many details, to keep them anonymous, but I can say that they wanted to do it outside the country, only the two of them and have a little party to celebrate when they’d come back.
I had a call with them, to talk details and have a bigger idea of what they wanted. I was already super happy and excited! During the call, I asked them if they had told their families yet, since I know telling people is often a bit stressful for people that want to elope. They told me that at that time, they had only told two people, but they reacted mostly well and they thought it would be the same with the rest of their family. So it wasn’t too much of a stress for them.
So we ended the call, and its only a few days later that I heard that part of their family did not react well at all when they told them.
A few members of their family got really upset about it, telling them it was not a way to get married and that they rejected their family by doing so. They got really unpleasant and it my couple started to feel bad and doubt their decision. They even thought about having a regular wedding, just to please their families.

When I heard about all of that, I felt helpless. I wanted to encourage my couple to do what THEY wanted to do, but I also tried to put myself in their position and I understood their doubts and how hard it was.
It’s never easy to make a decision that your family does not approve.
I thought about it a lot. And I came to understand that my way of not being helpless was by talking about it.
Talking about it, talking about it, talking about it.
To continue to share what an elopement is and why people can want to do it, so people can start to understand it.

Because I know it can be hard to understand new things. New things do not always make sense to everyone. And that’s totally normal.
We’re so used of seeing big weddings. It’s what we see in movies and everywhere since we’re young.
So the idea of getting married alone, do not make much sense for a lot of people.
And that’s normal.
That’s why I talk about it so much.
So it can start to make sense for everyone, even if its not necessary everyone that would get married that way.
We can understand things even if we would not do them that way our self.

I talk about it that much so that getting married alone can start to make sense for everyone.
To try to avoid that kind of unpleasant situation in the future.
I talk about it that much so that people understand that its not everyone that thinks of marriage the same way.
It’s not everyone that want a big wedding, but it doesn’t mean they don’t want to get married.

Eloping is not a way to isolate themselves or reject their family.
It’s not something negative.
It’s not a better way to get married, but it’s not a less good way either. It’s only a different way.

Why elope?


There’s a lot of reasons why a couple can want to elope.
It can be because they want to live a different experience.
It can be because for them, a marriage is the union of two people and not two families. So their wedding needs to be a reflection of their idea of a marriage. And they do so by having their ceremony only the two of them.
It can be for a lot of other reasons, but the important thing to remember is that eloping is a choice.
As much as the choice to get married in a church or outside.
As much as the choice of having 50 or 150 guests.
It’s not a better or less good choice.
It’s only the choice that reflects best the values of the couple and the way they see marriage.

Eloping is not something negative, its a choice.

So think about that if you have a sister, a cousin or a best friend that wants to elope, instead of being mad or sad at them. And if it’s still hard for you to understand, ask them why they want to get married that way. It’s often the best way to understand.
And also, tell yourself that if they make that decision, it’s because it’s the best way to get married for them. It’s the way that reflects best their values and their way of seeing marriage.

To end this, I want to tell you that my couple kept their original decision of eloping. They’re gonna do it outside of the country, only the two of them and they’re gonna have a celebration with their loved ones when they’ll come back.
They really loved my idea of sharing their little story, because they think that people that elopes do it for good reasons. They want to encourage other couples that could find themselves in the same situation to do what they want, even if it’s not easy.

And it’s my objective too! So if eloping is something you think about but you have doubts, reach out to me!!!
I want to help, support and plan everything with you guys!😊

And finally, if you think elopements are a good thing too, help me sharing this!
It helps me and also ALL the future couples that are gonna elope.



Violaine is an adventurous wedding and elopement photographer based in Montreal, Canada but she travels worldwide. She loves the intimate, authentic and raw moments that happen each second between two people in love. She believes in the craziness of every couples and that laugh is the best medicine. She’s not afraid of freezing in the cold or getting completely wet under rain, as long as her images reflects her clients personality.
“It’s all about YOUR story. Whoever you are, wherever you go.”


THIS is what blocks you from eloping. Is it worth it?!


Ever since we’re young, mostly us girls, we’re surrounded by the world of weddings. We see big castle weddings in our princess movies, our moms tell us how excited they are to help us plan our big day when the time comes, we talk with our friends about how incredible and gorgeous our wedding is gonna be when we’re older.
Ever since we’re young, society tells us HOW we should get married. Society tells us that we should have a big fancy wedding and invite everyone we know. And that, most of the time, without us noticing.

There’s actually two very similar reasons that stops people from eloping.
They’re two really good and understandable reasons, but my questions is: Are they worth it?

Society pressure

Society pressure is the need that we consciously or unconsciously have of wanting to do things the same way as others and conform to “society standards”.
It’s the fear of being judged or not being accepted if we decide to do things differently.
We, humans, all have that little voice inside us that tries to direct the way we feel and take our decisions. And that little voice is often scared. It wants everyone to like us. It wants us to be accepted by others. And the worst is it thinks that to be accepted by others, we need to do things the same way as everyone else.

Since we’ve been seeing big weddings all our life, we unconsciously starts to think that it’s the only way to get married. We start to think that if we do it differently it won’t matter or it won’t be accepted as real.
So our little voice pushes us in the wedding direction.

We, in my opinion, too often listen to that little voice.

The fear of upsetting our close ones


When I talk about elopement, I really often hear this one. The couple would totally love to elope, but they know or think their families would be mad. They don’t want to upset them, so they plan a big wedding instead.

I get that the couple do not want to upset their parents or friends, but there’s one thing I can not understand:

Why would, let’s say a parent, get mad about their son or daughter eloping if that’s what would make them happy?

And the only answer I found is:

Because its different.

People around here are not used of people eloping. It’s not a thing here yet. Most of the time, when I say the word “elopement” it’s the first time ever people hear it, they have no idea what it is.
And you can’t understand what you don’t know, right?!
We’re so used of seeing and hearing about big weddings that we don’t understand why a couple would want to get married alone.

Imagine if since we were young we had been seeing people eloping in every princess or romantic movies we saw.

Imagine how that would change everything.
Big weddings would now be the weird thing, right?!
We would not be used of seeing weddings with guests, so that’d be the kind of wedding people would not understand and be upset about.

A marriage is between two people


Here comes the part where I talk about my personal opinion, but I think a few of you can relate to it so I felt the need to share; a marriage is between two people.
It does not include your parents, it does not include your best friend, your sister, your cousins or anyone else.
So why does your wedding, the very beginning of your marriage, should include them?

OF COURSE you should celebrate that big moment of your life with them.
But it should be like any other big moments of your life.

A good friend of mine is a Birth photographer and I’m telling you, it’s pretty rare than someone else other than the dad(or second mom) is in the room at the moment of birth!
Yes the doctors need space, but not only that, even when it’s a home birth.
The parents want to live that moment together so its THEIRS and no one else’s.
And when the big moment’s over, then the whole family comes to celebrate!
And that’s true with every big moment of your life! First time you get pregnant, buying your first house, etc.

So why should it be different with your wedding?

You deserve that moment to be yours and no one else’s.

I totally get that not everyone thinks that way and that’s TOTALLY FINE!
Tbh, our world would be boring if everyone was thinking the same way ahah!

But if you do think that way, you need to know it’s okay.
You need to know you’re not alone.
My objective is to make this way of getting married NORMAL, for all of you that thinks this way.
So all of you can elope without feeling weird or judged and without making your family mad.

Because HOW you get married matters.

So, is it worth it? Is society gonna stop you from getting married the way YOU want to get married? Or are you gonna help me change things and make that elopement thing a thing ? ;)

Please if you liked this article: leave me a comment below! I love to read your advices!
Thanks :)



Violaine is an adventurous wedding and elopement photographer based in Montreal, Canada but she travels worldwide. She loves the intimate, authentic and raw moments that happen each second between two people in love. She believes in the craziness of every couples and that laugh is the best medicine. She’s not afraid of freezing in the cold or getting completely wet under rain, as long as her images reflects her clients personality.
“It’s all about YOUR story. Whoever you are, wherever you go.”


Why having an engagement shoot is so important?


Engagement shoots are not really “engagement shoots”. Most of the time, couples have been engaged for a while when comes the time to do their engagement shoot. We kinda do it a few weeks/months before their wedding ahah! Some clients like to use those photos on their Save the Date, but I often get asked if it can be removed from their wedding package. I always say “No”. There’s a really good reason why I include it guys, otherwise, imma tell you, I WOULD NOT!

Engagement shoots are an introduction to our team. Because yes, my clients and I, I see us as a team. Of course, I’m the one that works the most 😉 While taking your photos & working the light, I also do/say a lot of silly things to make you guys laugh and relax the mood. But I still need you guys to be ready to give me all of your energy! We 100% need to work together to create the PRETTIEST PHOTOS EVER.


How it helps you

First, having an engagement shoot helps to remove a lot of stress from your shoulders. Most of my clients never had their photos taken before their engagement shoot, so, without it, their wedding day would also be their first experience in front of the camera. They would not know at all what to expect. And as anything new, that can be a little scary. Mostly for the grooms, because let’s be honest; guys usually hate having their photos taken ahaha!!
And even if you had shoots before, but with another photographer. We, photographers, all work in different ways. So, it might not be the same experience AT ALL.
You already have so much going on on your wedding day. You do not need to have a stranger get into your bubble to take your photos. Am I right?! It would only stress you even more.
So, during our engagement shoot, we talk, we laugh, we get to know each other. You see my way of working and learn to get along with it. You get to see there’s absolutely nothing to be scared of or stressed about a shoot with me ahah!
But anyways, we have fun together during that shoot, so when your wedding day arrive, you do not mind me getting into your bubble(because I assure you I will!). Because you already know me & we’re friends.


How it helps me

It helps me understand you guys better. Every couple is different, so every couple needs to be approach in a different way.
Some couples will open to me and get silly pretty fast, while others will stay a bit shy all shoot long. It’s their personalities. I need to understand it and respect it. By doing an engagement shoot, I get to feel and understand your personalities before the wedding, so I already know how to interact with you guys to get the BEST OUT OF YOU for your wedding photos! I also learn the kind of poses you like the most to do the same kind on your wedding day!


As I said at the beginning of this article, the engagement shoot is an introduction to our team. It helps us learn to work together so we’re ready and know how to give our 150% on your wedding day.
Really often, during wedding, we schedule 50 minutes for photos but end up having 20. When that happens, if we had an engagement shoot, we have no worries doing an hour worth of photos in 20 minutes because you guys know how to work with me & how to pose yourself and act when I give you directions. That way, we can work fast without any problem!

I know engagement shoots are not always possible. Sometimes my couples live very far from me or they book me like a month before their wedding, so we don’t have any time to do it.
But when they are possible, I seriously highly recommend them!
It’s seriously a gift I make you guys by including it in my packages, SO PLEASE TAKE THE GIFT ahahaha!!! 


I really hope it’s all more clear now & that you’ll be ready to do that shoot with me !
We’ll rock it!

Please don’t forget to leave a comment below to share your thoughts with me! 😊


Violaine is an adventurous wedding and elopement photographer based in Montreal, Canada but she travels worldwide. She loves the intimate, authentic and raw moments that happen each second between two people in love. She believes in the craziness of every couples and that laugh is the best medicine. She’s not afraid of freezing in the cold or getting completely wet under rain, as long as her images reflects her clients personality.
“It’s all about YOUR story. Whoever you are, wherever you go.”

How I followed my heart!


Nov 2014. Many, many years ago, if 4 years can count as so ahah! I bought myself a used camera from Kijiji. I’ve always been interested in photography; how it worked, the behind the scenes kinda thing. But, for many reasons, my parents never wanted to buy me a good camera, so as a grownup I had to buy one myself.
If any of you reading this are photographers, well, I’ve started off with an old Canon 1000D.
YUP, THAT OLD AHAH! The max ISO it could go to was 1000. I’m not even kidding ahaha!
But, it was in perfect shape and made the job, so what are you gonna do!
I’ve started off by taking a few shots of people and things around me. Like my cats, a few trees and family and friends. But when I bought that camera, I had in mind to really LEARN to use it, and not just clicks on the buttons hoping it would make something pretty.
I jumped on Youtube and that’s where I learned all the basics.
YES GUYS, you can learn literally EVERYTHING there is to know on Youtube & Google! You do not always have to go the easy way and ask people to tell you what they spent hours trying to learn themselves! 😉
So! I learned what ISO, aperture and shutter speed were. I learned how to use them altogether and
March 2015. I found it so interesting to be able to control the light in all these different ways, that I bought myself a one-day class on photography for beginners with a professional photographer.
I learned A LOT, during that class, but I mostly fell in love with photography.

For the first time in my life, I had found something I could do and read about EVERY DAY without getting tired of it.


At that time I was still in school, in cegep (or college for those who doesn’t know what cegep is), and I was studying in human science. I had in mind to get into psychology when I’d get to university. I’ve gotta say that my psychology classes were the only classes that really interested me. I was spending all my other classes on my phone or doing homeworks so I would not have to do them at home. To be honest, I hated school, I just didn’t want to admit it at that time! I really thought I wanted to work in psychology and knew I had to go through school for that. I thought you’d have to go to school for any job.
I had just started cegep, I still had 2 years ahead of me if I’m not mistaken. But I never finished them. Nope, nope. But we’ll get to this later.

Spring + Summer 2016. After a year and a half, mixing school + my work in a pharmacy + photography on the side. I learned more and more about photography. Doing mostly portraits of my friends, friends of my friends and a few of models I found on Instagram.
And after a while doing portraits, I tried couples photography, with a few friends also, and OH MY GOSH, I loved it.
I absolutely loooooooooooved
to create and capture the emotions and connection between two people in love. I found it absolutely magical, so I decided to get into it more.
At that time, I also started having my first paid gigs!
AAAAAS! I started having people I didn’t know contacting me for portraits, couple & family photos!
I even shot my first wedding at 200$ LOL!
I had never been to a wedding ever, and it was ugly.(for me, my clients were actually really satisfied with the result! But well, they actually got what they paid for I guess ahah!!)
I didn’t know HALF of what I know right now, I was still a beginner at that time. But I knew I loved it.
I literally could not stop talking or thinking about photography.



Fall 2016. I started school that fall, and the day after I already had enough. I was not only doing my homeworks during my classes anymore, I was skipping all the classes I could without getting kicked out. I even skipped a few tests, I really didn’t care at all anymore.
Yuuuuuuuuuupp, I was at that point lol!
The summer before I had learned how I could make a living from photography and that I didn’t have to go to school for that. I only had to be good hehe! And I knew I was!
So, after about a month into my semester, I had a burnout from school and quit.
Yup, I literally had a burnout. After quitting, I could not think about school for months without having anxiety. No joke. I told you I was not a school person ahah!!
I then started working full time at my pharmacy job.
But after working 9 to 5 there for a few months, I started getting bored. I’ve gotta say that for A WHOLE MONTH I was checking the dates of ALL THE PRODUCTS in the pharmacy. ALL OF THEM. Just checking to remove all the expired product in the shelves. Sounds fun, right?!
Anyways, I was working full time there only because I knew I needed to save a little money to start as a full-time photographer.



Feb 2017. So, in February, I quit my job. YAAAAAAAS, in February 2017, I made THE BIG JUMP!


I was lucky, because I didn’t have that much money saved, I made the jump because I was sick of my job and that’s it ahah! It was kind of a last-minute decision. But I knew my boyfriend and my family were behind me to support and help me if needed. I seriously never could have made that big jump that early without them.
For a big year, I worked my butt off to start my business and make it work.
To this year, I still think that if you really want something as big as a company to work you need to put ALL YOUR ENERGY IN IT. It is soooo cool to have a company as a side job, but if you want it to fly off, you need to stop being afraid. The “right” moment will never come, you need to create it yourself.
If you’re passionate and work hard, there’s NO REASON why it would not work!
And heyyy IT IS working !

2 years later,
I am a wedding photographer! 😉


Anyway guys, you’ve got one thing to remember and get out of all this: to follow your heart. If you’re in a place in your life where you’re not happy, find the “why” and get out of it. Life is short, so we need to live it well! It can take a lot of time to find your true calling, but you’ll know when you find it. And when you do, do everything in your power to do it everyday of your life.
It is SO AMAZING, to have a job that DOES NOT feel like a job.
Every time I’m off to shoot, my heart is happy. Some days I cannot even BELIEVE that it is my job. And there’s too many people in the world that does not feel that way about their jobs and It seriously makes me so sad.
Nowadays, the possibilities are ENDLESS! You can do WHATEVER you want to do! So, try everything there is to try until you find that one thing that makes you want to learn more and more every day. That one thing that hunts your dream, but in a good way. That one thing that when you talk about it, your eyes sparkles and everyone around knows you’re doing the right thing. Find that thing and




I’m telling you, it’s gonna be the best decision of your life.
Because quitting school to follow my photography journey, WAS the best decision of my life.

So see ya! 😉

Because no, I am not at all where I want I want to be yet. And it’s still so exciting! My journey is far from over!

And pssstt, don’t forget to leave a comment below if you liked it!


Violaine is an adventurous wedding and elopement photographer based in Montreal, Canada but she travels worldwide. She loves the intimate, authentic and raw moments that happen each second between two people in love. She believes in the craziness of every couples and that laugh is the best medicine. She’s not afraid of freezing in the cold or getting completely wet under rain, as long as her images reflects her clients personality.
“It’s all about YOUR story. Whoever you are, wherever you go.”


Why I would ELOPE if I ever get married


Before getting in, you need to know…


The term elopement comes from a while ago, when couples suddenly decided to run away together to get married, away from their families.
But in the last years, eloping has become more and more common and the meaning of that term has come to some changes.
People now mostly choose elopement to get out of all the wedding stress and planification. It can go from a super small and sudden wedding in a backyard with only close family, to the couple leaving completely alone to get married on a cliff in Ireland or on top of a mountain.
It’s the perfect way to get married for the couples looking to live an adventure and have an intimate and nontraditional wedding.

*I need to tell you guys that despite everything I’m gonna say in this article, I’m not at all against traditional weddings. I actually LOVE THEM! I would not be a wedding photographer otherwise!😉 Traditional weddings and elopements are just so different and filled with so many different emotions. But they are all wonderful!
This article is only my way of thinking about my own wedding someday.*


Now, why would I want to elope?

I’ve never been the kind of girl that DREAMED about getting married. My parents never got married. Actually my mother always said to me that she’d burst into laughter if she ever got to the “I do” part, so she never wanted to get there. I never doubted her to be honest ahah! Knowing her the way I do, I’m pretty sure that’s exactly what would happen!
So, I’m not at that point ahah. I would actually enjoy saying “Yes” if the moment came. But it’s not something that I absolutely want to happen in my life. It’s not something I need.
For me, it would only be a “plus” to my life.

But why would I choose to elope.


For me, a marriage is between two people: The husband and the wife.
They are the Team, they are the one that make the decisions, together.
As much as I ADORE my whole family, they would not be a part of the Team.
So why should they be a part of the wedding?

Now I’m hearing you guys say: “But by joining you both together, you’re also joining your families together.”

Yes, but no.
And again, that’s MY way of seeing things.
Yes, we’re kinda joining our families, but how many times will we really ALL get together again? Once? Twice? Never?
Truth is, not often. So are we really joining them together?
I feel that years ago, marriage where actually used for that, to join families together. Well, it was one of the reasons why people got married. So they could become a bigger family and have more people to rely on. They really became one big family.
But it’s not like that anymore.
Marriage is not joining families together anymore, it only joins two people in love.

I totally agree to the fact that we should celebrate that union with both our families.
Yes! 100%! I’d want to celebrate it with mine and the family of my loved one!
But I just said it. We should celebrate that union with them. Not live it with them.

For me, marriage is private between two souls in love.
So the wedding should be too.

The wedding ceremony should be the reflection of what the marriage is gonna be.


With that said, I would probably love to have my closest friend on my side as support. Because even in the greatest of marriage we sometimes need another shoulder to rely on. And my closest friend being there would be the absolute proof I could rely on them at any time.
But I’m sure I’d enjoy it as much if I was completely alone with my love (and an amazing photographer of course, duh.).


Other than that, I’m also a TERRIBLE planner.
Seriously, each time I have to plan something I just get overwhelmed, anxious and I get into a denial phase where I try my best to forget I have to plan something and do everything else instead of plan. Yup I’m that bad LOL!
I actually prefer to be spontaneous. I don’t really mind not knowing what’s coming. It scares me but feeds my soul at the same time. It reminds me that life is full of amazing surprises, surprises you had never thought of!
And things almost never happen the way we thought they would anyway, you know?! Why should we plan something if we have no idea if it’s gonna work out that way? Ugh. I do not have that time to lose ahah!!


So, I would SO ENJOY not having to plan anything for my wedding. Only having to find our outfits, photographer, location for our elopement and letting everything else just fall into place. That just sounds so dreamy for me!!

And finally, my photographer heart cannot NOT think about the photos.

Just imagine your fiancé/e and yourself on top of a mountain or a cliff.
All dressed up (with boots maybe though).
Smiling and saying to each other how excited you are to get to share your lives together.
All you can see around is nature; mountains, forests and/or the ocean.
And all you can hear is the sound of the wind, the singing of birds and the waves of the ocean.

Just picture that for a minute, it sounds amazing right?
Well with an elopement, you would not have to imagine it anymore, it would become real.
Only that is enough for me to choose to elope ahaha!!!

I know that many people are afraid of what their families and friends are gonna say if they eloped alone. But it should not stop you.
Your wedding day should be about you and your significant other, that’s it.
You should decide to do what makes YOU guys happy, no matter what is it.

And if you really want to do an elopement but are so afraid to tell your family, nothing stops you from inviting the ones that are closest to you and do a super small ceremony on top of the mountain!
Or even sending them a little card, explaining the reasons why you decided to elope and inviting them to a celebration when you’ll come back. You know, a dinner with speeches and photos of your elopement. That way they won’t feel left out and won’t feel like they missed everything. 😉


If you read it all, I’d love to have your advice on all of this below!
Would you be up for an elopement or are you 100% traditional wedding?
Let me know in a comment! I cannot wait to read you! 😊


Violaine is an adventurous wedding and elopement photographer based in Montreal, Canada but she travels worldwide. She loves the intimate, authentic and raw moments that happen each second between two people in love. She believes in the craziness of every couples and that laugh is the best medicine. She’s not afraid of freezing in the cold or getting completely wet under rain, as long as her images reflects her clients personality.
“It’s all about YOUR story. Whoever you are, wherever you go.”




Since I’ve started my photography business two years ago, I think I offered a total of 6 days of mini sessions.
A few in the lavender fields, a few in the blossoming apple trees, one in studio and that’s about it.
It’s not much, right? When I think that a lot of photographers offers them for every season and every holidays.
I often have clients asking me when will be my next ones and my answer is often:
“I do not plan on having some for a while.” Or “I do not know.”

The reason for that is that I HATE MINI-SESSIONS.
I do hate them.

I KNOW that photography is expensive (for good reasons, but it still is) and not everyone has the money to pay the full price for a regular shoot.
I get that.
I really do.
But as much as I want to please my clients, for me mini-sessions are just a pain in the ass.

I’ve been looking for the reason why I hated them for quite a while and it’s just recently that I understood.



Each day I’m finding more and more things that makes me fall in love with photography. Each day I’m working more and more to make my brand fits me and the way I think.
And one of the big thing I’ve really been working on for the past months to achieve that is to build a relationship with my clients.
I’ve noticed that to make the greatest photos of you guys, I need to know you.
I need to make you feel like my friends.
I need to show you the silly me so you’ll show me the silly you.
But I need to KNOW YOU GUYS.
I need to understand your personalities and the kind of relationship you have.
It’s only once I understand that, that I know how to make my photos about you.

Because I do not want to just take cute and pretty photos in a field that you appear on.

You know what I mean?


And you’ve got to understand that it’s still a work in progress for me. It’s something I’ve discovered and started to work on it a lot for the past weeks/months only. So I’m not quite where I wish to be yet.
But I’m working on it A LOT. And I’m getting there. 

SO, to achieve that, what do I do?
 I talk to you before and during the shoot.
I ask you guys how you met, what you like to do when you’re alone together and what you do for a living or in your free time.
I ask you guys a lot of questions and also, I GET SILLY.
I try to make a lot of jokes, I gesture the poses I want you to do, I dance on the music, etc.
I make you guys laugh.

When I do that, it takes about 10 minutes before you guys start being comfortable and another 10 to 15 mins(depending on the couple) before you start being silly too. That’s when you start showing me the real you.
And by that time, the mini-sessions is already done.

During mini-sessions, I do not get to capture the real you.
Most of the time, the shoot ends before you guys get there.

That’s why it does not fit my brand.
That’s why I don’t like them.

And I think it makes a lot of sense, doesn’t it? 😉

When I have 15-20 families/couples, sometimes even more, coming in front of my lens in only a few hours and I barely have the time to talk with them and get to know them, I literally feel like a robot.

So, I guess mini-sessions are totally appropriate if you want cute photos of your kids with a Halloween or Christmas backdrop.
But that’s not me. I won’t ever do that. #sorrynotsorry

As I said earlier, I want my photos to talk about you guys. I do not want to just take cute and pretty photos in a field that you guys appear on.

I want you guys to feel the craziness of your couple in my photos.
And for that I need to spend some time with you guys! 😊


With all that being said, I’ll probably gonna continue to offer them once in a while, because I always love to please you guys. But don’t wait too much for them. ahah!😉

See ya guys !



Is one photographer enough to cover my wedding?
Will he/she alone be able to capture everything?
Should I invest in a second shooter or it is not necessary?

You probably have these questions in mind when you’re thinking about the photography part of your wedding, right? You’re already spending SO MUCH money on that day and photography is a big part of it, so you want to know if you should invest even more.

I totally feel you. You’re right to ask yourself that.
So today I’m gonna help you make that decision by telling you how having a second shooter can be totally great, but not necessary. And also in which cases I highly recommend it, sometimes even obligates it. Yup yup. That happens sometimes!

 Before jumping in, you need to know that I always choose my second shooter myself to make sure their shooting style fits my style.
I also cull and edit their photos myself to keep constancy.
So you do not need to worry about that 😊


Now, let’s start with the purpose of the second shooter:

He’s there to support the first shooter, obviously.
His job is to shoot the important moments with the first shooter but with different angles, and also to help cover when a few things are happening at the same times. ‘Cause no one can duplicate themselves ya know (if you can, you’ve GOT to show me how lol!).

That’s actually one of the main reasons why having a second shooter is GREAT.
While the first shooter follows the newlyweds really closely all day,
the second shooter can be part of the smaller moments where the couple cannot be but would still love to have pictures of.

I personally love to have a second shooter from the first look (when there’s one) until the entrance in the dinner hall.

Here’s why:

1. During the first look, it’s seriously such a big help.
First look usually goes REALLY fast, so I can focus on the emotions of the bride while my second shooter focus on the emotions of the groom.
Capturing both emotions is totally doable alone, but it gives a lot to think about.
It’s a lot easier to do it with two photographers, it gives time to think about the best angle shots instead of focusing on being certain to capture the emotions from both the bride and groom.


2. Then, during the ceremony, once more I can focus on the bride while she comes down the aisle and my second shooter can focus on the groom.
It also gives the chance to have more photos of the guests enjoying the ceremony.
Mostly for nonreligious ceremonies, they are usually really short (around 20mins) so with only one shooter, it does not give much time to capture the guests reactions.
But a second shooter can take care of that!
You’ll also have a lot more angles of your ceremony with a second shooter!
While I mostly stay in the front to be close to everything that’s happening, my second shooter moves around a lot. He can take pictures from the balcony if the ceremony is in a church, or from way back to capture the landscape around if your ceremony is outside.


3. During the cocktail hour, I always leave with the newlyweds for a few couple shots. We’re sometimes gone for a half hour and sometimes for the whole cocktail(If you’re wondering, I usually recommend to schedule 45mins or more for the couple photos, but sometimes it just cannot be that long and it’s okay.) . I leave my second shooter with the guests during that time so he can take lifestyle shots of them enjoying the cocktail, a shot of each groups so my clients can have photos of everyone that was there and also take all the details shots in the dinner hall before everyone enters!
Alone, even if we’re back before the cocktail ends, I might not have the time to photograph everyone. Mostly if you guys have a lot of guests.



And finally, here’s the reasons why I HIGHLY recommend to take a second shooter:

1. If you’re having a really big wedding, like 175+ guests.
Otherwise, there’s no way one photographer is gonna be able to capture everything that’s happening AND take a photo of every groups of guests. There again, if you do not mind having only a few pictures of your guests, you’re good to go with one shooter only.

2. If you have a lot of transportations between each locations.
Mostly if you are far for both your preparations.
If I have to travel more than 30mins between the preparation of the groom and the preparation of the bride, I’ll suggest to send my second shooter with the boys while I stay with the girls otherwise we lose a lot of photography time since transportation time is included in it.


Of course, these are all my personal preferences and opinion.
Other photographers could have different thoughts and you should talk about it with yours, because none of us work the same way. If you’ve got a good photographer he’s gonna suggest what would be best for you guys.
But, with all of this in mind, a big part of that decision still comes from YOUR personal preference. I’m not writing this to make the choice for you at all, but only to guide you through everything there is to know so you can decide what is best for YOUR wedding.

And I really hope this is gonna help !

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Violaine is an adventurous wedding and elopement photographer based in Montreal, Canada but she travels worldwide. She loves the intimate, authentic and raw moments that happen each second between two people in love. She believes in the craziness of every couples and that laugh is the best medicine. She’s not afraid of freezing in the cold or getting completely wet under rain, as long as her images reflects her clients personality.
“It’s all about YOUR story. Whoever you are, wherever you go.”



So, you guys probably know how much I LOVEEEEE in-home shoots. (If you didn’t know, you should join the fun on my Instagram!)
Well, today I want to explain to you guys, why I love those sessions so much. I assure you, you’ll want to do one as soon as you’re done reading this.
I’ll spy on ya jumping into my DMs! 😉

So, the first thing I need to tell you guys is that you DON’T need a Pinterest looking house to do an in-home shoot. You don’t. As long as you have windows and your house is clean when I arrive, well there’s NO problem!
I know people often stop themselves from shooting in their home because they think their house is so “regular” and has “nothing special”.
Well, that’s NOT TRUE GUYS. Your house IS SPECIAL.
It’s the place that you call Home. The place you chose to start your family. The place that makes you guys feel good and safe.
So, YES. Your house IS SPECIAL.


Now, I hope you’re ready! ‘Cause it’s time to JUMP IN!😉


FIRST, when I do in-homes shoots, it’s a LOT easier for me to get you guys comfortable in front of my camera. WHY? you’ll ask.
For a really obvious reason: You’re in an environment you love, enjoy and feel good in. You’re already a LOT MORE RELAXED than if we were shooting in a place you do not know.
It makes sense, right?!
I know it does. And it’s true!
That part of my job to make you guys comfortable is already half done when I arrive!

I’m 100% sure that you guys have habits in your house. Small things you often do together, a way to sit when you watch TV, a place around the table, a routine. Am I right ?!
Well I know I do! So I’m sure you have AT LEAST one too 😉.
We’ll try to use that.
It seriously makes you guys even more relaxed to include elements of your everyday life.
We can even use an activity you guys do together and transform it into a shoot!
Play scrabbles for example,
or take a bath with wine,
order a pizza and eat it on your living room floor,
 even bake a cake AND COVER YOUR FACES WITH DOUGH!!!!!

It will represent your couple a lot more than just shooting in a park! And that is SO important. I want my photos to talk about you guys and tell YOUR story!!


THIRD: It’s soooo COZY !!
Just imagine yourself cuddling and playing around on the couch with your lover, with a nice cup of hot chocolate while it’s snowing outside.
How sweet does that sound?!
Well it could turn out as great photos too!


Your house is also usually the place where you guys get the most intimate, if you know what I mean 😉, so it’s easy for you to (almost) forget I’m here and get into your bubble.
(You won’t be able to completely forget I’m there anyways because I’ll say too many silly things! WHOOPS AHAHA!)
But mostly for couples that do not like to be demonstrative in public. There won’t be anyone around you guys (just me thirdwheeling as always).
It’s only gonna be another cuddly & playful time! Yay!
& The photos are gonna turn out A LOT more intimate and cute because of that!

And LASTLY: No weather problems.
That’s kind of a great one too.
You do not even have to think about the weather!
There’s no weather reasons why the shoot could be delayed!

In-Homes are so great during winter, when it might be so freezing outside you don’t know if you’ll still have all your toes at the end of the shoot!
If you’re from a northern country, you know that feeling right ahah!!! It’s not a fun one!
Well with in-home shoots, you can stay warm at home and hang out it front of the chimney!

Are you ready to shoot in your house?
I know I am ! 😊



Violaine is an adventurous wedding and elopement photographer based in Montreal, Canada but she travels worldwide. She loves the intimate, authentic and raw moments that happen each second between two people in love. She believes in the craziness of every couples and that laugh is the best medicine. She’s not afraid of freezing in the cold or getting completely wet under rain, as long as her images reflects her clients personality.
“It’s all about YOUR story. Whoever you are, wherever you go.”

5 tips to find THE wedding photographer FOR YOU


Photography is for most brides and grooms one of the most, if not THE MOST, important thing for their big day. NO DOUBT RIGHT?!
They spend SO MUCH time planning their wedding and so much money on everything, that they want to keep the most wonderful memories of it, for sure!!
And the way to do it, is to have THE best photographer. The one that is gonna capture their day in such a perfect way that they’ll feel every emotion when looking at the photos, even YEARS after.
I want everyone to feel that way when looking at their wedding photos, everyone SHOULD. That’s why I’m gonna share here a few tips to help you find THE photographer FOR YOU guys.
I Just want you guys to be happy 😊.


There is SO MANY photographers out there, with SO MANY different shooting and editing styles. The first step to find the photographer for you, is to identify the style you want:
Do you prefer a style classic, moody, lifestyle, journalistic, etc?
For that, you’ll need to do A LOT OF RESEARCH.
My advice here would be to start on Instagram. As a photographer myself, it is my FAAAAAAV platform to share my images.
Go through hashtags, locations close to you and when you find photographers you like, try to figure out why you like them and keep them in mind.

You need to be IN LOVE with your photographer style.
You need to love EVERYTHING about it.

Then, you should send inquiries to at least 3-5 photographers that you LOVE.


It is totally normal to have a budget.
Either it’s $1.5k or $5k, you should know what’s the MAX amount that you can spend.
If you have a small budget, it could be best to take a great photographer for less hours than hiring a cheap one!
Think about it for a minute,

Would you rather have:
AMAZING PHOTOGRAPHS THAT WILL MAKE YOU CRY from the three most important hours of your wedding day(ceremony + time for couple and family photos)
Okay images from all day ?

Remember that your guests will WITHOUT A DOUBT, take okay photos all day too. 😉



I cannot tell you how many times I got inquiries where the couple only wrote me this :
-Hi, we’re getting married this date. What’s your rates?


I want to know you guys.
What kind of couple are you? What kind of wedding are you gonna have? Where is it gonna be?
I want to know what you guys like about my work.
Why do you want ME as your photographer? What in my work attracted your eye?

Of course you should not tell me all of this in your first message. But tell me something.

Because between this kind of inquiries and another one for the same date where the couple tells me how wonderful their wedding is gonna be or how excited they would be to have me as their wedding photographer, the choice isn’t hard to make.
You should sell me your wedding AS MUCH as I should sell you my services.

Even if your email exchanges are perfect and you guys are already having fun talking about your cats and favorite TV shows (mine’s Friends btw, what’s yours?).
You cannot know a person before meeting with them.
So, even if it is only for a cup or coffee, or AT LEAST by videochat, get to know your photographer before hiring them!!!
Be sure you guys get along and will become friends !





This is, I think, THE MOST IMPORTANT tip I’m gonna give you.
When making your final choice, TRUST YOUR GUTS !!!
You should NOT feel any pressure from your photographer when hiring them.
If you do, RUN, RUN, RUN !!!
I’m telling you, professionals find it so important to have a great connection with their clients, and for that connection to happen, both parts should be excited to work together!!
I, more than once, turned down a bride if I felt we were not a good team. In those cases I always send them references of colleagues with styles similar to mine. I still want to be sure they get the photography style that they want, but if I do that, it’s because I know they’ll probably “click” more with someone else. We can not become friends with everyone and that’s normal.
When making your final choice, you should not have any doubts that this person is THE ONE photographer for you guys.
You should feel 100% SURE about your decision.



And share this article to all the brides-to-be you know!

Violaine is an adventurous wedding and elopement photographer based in Quebec, Canada but she travels worldwide. She loves the intimate, authentic and raw moments that happen each second between two people in love. She believes in the craziness of every couples and that laugh is the best medicine. She’s not afraid of freezing in the cold or getting completely wet under rain, as long as her images reflects her clients personality.
“It’s all about YOUR story. Whoever you are, wherever you go.”

A few tips to help plan yo dream wedding !!


As you probably know, I am not a wedding planner. In fact, I do hate planning and usually am the one that just go with the flow. BUT as a wedding photographer, I am, most of the time, the closest provider to my clients. I’m often the one they’ll ask all their questions to, the one who’s gonna help them make the schedule of their day, I even often put boutonnieres on groomsmen, NO KIDDING!! I become their friends. I’m there for everything, and I WANT to be. So I do know a thing or two that could totally help you guys plan your big day. And so you guys do not end up all lost, crying and wanting it to be over already, I feel like I need to tell those things to you. That way you can enjoy the most of it instead of worrying. How thoughtful of me, right?
Of course, you do now have to follow these steps. You should plan your wedding the way it works best for you. I just hope this guide will help you to find your way of doing!
So here it goes:


1.     The first thing to do is to establish your priorities and desires to have the wedding YOU want. Before jumping into anything, you should take some time to think about what you want and do not want. Maybe you already know all of this because you’ve been thinking about it since you were 5yo, but if it’s not the case, here’s a few pointers:
-Do you want it to be big and filled with people, do you want it to be small, with only family & close friends?
-Do you want your ceremony outside, inside, in a church?
-Do you want it close to your home or do you want a destination wedding, even an elopement ? (That last one would be my choice if I ever get married btw ahah 😉)
-Do you want to charge your guests for their meal or prefer to pay for everything?
-Do you want your decoration to be DIY?
List what is importano YOU guys.

2.     When your priorities are established, set a realistic budget. (If you want to have 150 guests and pay for everything, it might not be realist to set a 5k$ budget. It could totally be for a small wedding though, depending on your priorities of course.)

3.     Find which providers are the most important for you

-Is it the photographer to have the greatest memories of it?
-Is it the DJ to drive the party all night?
-Is it the food, the venue, the cake, the florist, your dress, etc?
Number them in order. And divide your budget between all your providers. Set approximative numbers, even if you do not know the price of everything yet. You’ll adjust while doing your researches ! 😊
Also, always KEEP IN MIND this part while finding your providers. I’ve got to tell you that if the photographer is number 1 on your list, and the one your really want is outside the budget you established for it. Well HIRE HIM ANYWAY AND CUT SOMEPLACE ELSE. I could tell you many stories about brides that regretted not taking their first choice, I do not want that happening to you!


*Before starting your shopping, I’d like to remember you a certain rule that could be helpful. The rule of Three. This rule says that when you’re looking to buy something or hire someone, you should always look up AT LEAST three different places or persons. (Even if you have, let’s say a photographer, in mind that you really like his/her style, it doesn’t mean you guys will get along! So you should not JUMP on them already. Get to know them before!!)
So, the first person you’re gonna meet, you might be a bit lost, you might not know which questions to ask and what the hell you’re doing there. If that first person is the provider for you, they will reassure you, make you feel good and confident and you’ll get out of that meeting with the biggest smile. If that happen, it doesn’t mean you should not meet the others. Meeting the others will only confirm your choice.
If that first person is not your guy, well that meeting will have taught you all the questions to ask and the way to act for your next meetings.
I assure you, after meeting three persons, you’ll know which one to hire. There’s always one that steps out from the others, at least a little bit. And sometimes it is not the one we thought it would be! 😉


Now’s the time to start shopping ! YAAAAAS!!!!


4.     Find your venue + your wedding date. You should do these two together. UNLESS you have one provider that YOU KNOW YOU ABSOLUTELY WANT and want to book your date according to their availabilities.
But if that’s not the case, you should not choose your date ONLY because it has a signification. Do it if your dream venue if available that day. But any date you choose will become important and significative after your wedding day. With that said, you should not block yourself from a venue just because of a date.
-Base yourself on your needs and priorities (point #1) to find your venue, start by looking on the internet.
-Go visit 3 of them, talk to the owners and ask them a lot of questions. (Is the food provided in the price? Can you taste the food beforehand? Can you come to decorate the day before or does it have to be on the same day? Do they have a planner that can help with everything? If it’s outside, is there a plan B in case of rain? How many weddings is there on the same day? Etc)
-Choose your favorite one. For sure between these three places there is one that made you smile more than the others.


5.     When you’ve got your date + venue, now’s the time to find your photographer, videographer, DJ/band and wedding planner (if you want one). The providers that work as a team during your wedding.
One of the best tip I can give you here is: MAKE THEM EXCITED ABOUT YOUR BIG DAY. Tell them why it’s gonna be memorable, what’s gonna be different from other weddings or how great of a couple you and your significant other are. Tell them what you like about their style, why their job catched your eyes.
I often get inquiries where the couple only tell me their wedding date, asking me if I am available. I can tell you that between that inquiry and the one for the same date where the couple is gonna tell me about themselves and how excited they’d be to have me for their big day, the choice isn’t hard to make.
All the providers listed above work really closely during your big day. When booking them you’re building a team around your wedding and it is SO IMPORTANT for that team to work well together. For that to happen, getting everyone excited to work with you guys is the first step!

6.     Find your other providers. As you get to this step, your wedding is gonna come as a whole really fast you’ll see!
- Go shopping for your dress and suit!
- Find your celebrant if you’re not getting married in a church.
- Determine the colors/theme of your wedding if is hasn’t been done while finding your venue.
- Find your florist, your baker, your hairstylist + makeup artist.
- Buy/make your decorations.
- Buy your details (shoes, tie, jewelry, etc)
- Make and send your invitations.

7.     After that, you can take a deep deep breath. It’s almost over! All there’s left to do is:
- Make sure everything stays in order
- Pay for everything (yup lol, it hurts the bank most close to the date, be ready!


- GET.


MARRIED !!!!!   



And share this article to all the brides-to-be you know!


Violaine is an adventurous elopement and wedding photographer based in Quebec, Canada but she travels worldwide. She loves the intimate, authentic and raw moments that happen each second between two people in love. She believes in the craziness of every couples and that laugh is the best medicine. She’s not afraid of freezing in the cold or getting completely wet under rain, as long as her images reflects her clients personality.
“It’s all about YOUR story. Whoever you are, wherever you go.”