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My passion for shooting weddings stems from my passion for human connection, creativity, and capturing authentic moments. I love nothing more than to immortalize special memories – sometimes all you want is to enjoy the moment, and feel assured that the responsibility of capturing it is on someone else’s shoulders for you to look back on and smile for years to come.

I take being chosen as your wedding photographer as an honour, and I strive to capture not just the standard portraits, but an entire day of hidden moments, secret glances, and the love and laughter that’s expressed so strongly without a single word. I always capture a mixture of posed images and candid, raw emotion. Within 6-8 weeks of your event, you’ll receive fully edited, high resolution files of your digital photos –  with no extra charges. This allows you to print whatever you like.

When you hire me, you won’t just get me for the day – you’ll get me for the entire process leading up to the wedding itself. I have extensive connections in the industry and can provide recommendations for ceremony and photo locations as well as musicians and mobile hair and makeup artists. Most packages come with a second photographer, who’ll ensure both sides of the wedding party getting ready are covered, as well as providing the opportunity for wide shots as well as close-ups.

Payment plans are also available – a deposit of $400 is required to secure any wedding date, and full payment can be made any time before the date itself, in one sum or in installments.

if you relate to any of these points, we're probably a great fit!

Let's make magic together

WHY CHOOSE STARDUST?

WEDDING COLLECTIONS

O.

ORION

Up to 6 hours of consecutive coverage

2 photographers

300+ high resolution digital files, edited, delivered via online gallery

$2300

P.

POLARIS

Up to 8 hours of consecutive coverage

2 photographers

400+ high resolution digital files, edited

1 hour engagement session ($300 value) included

$2800

A.

AURORA

Up to 10 hours of coverage; 2 photographers

450+ high resolution digital files + USB

1-hour engagement session

10x10 photo book

large canvas print

$3400

ADDITIONAL OPTIONS

SPARK

An hour's session at a location of your choice - perfect for engagements, family sessions, anniversaries, maternity, etc.

30+ high resolution, fully edited digital files.

$300

METEOR

For when you need ceremony and formals only. Up to 4 hours of consecutive coverage.

One photographer

175+ high-resolution digital files

$1300

STATIONERY

With over a decade of experience in graphic, web and print design, Stardust Photography can also offer a range of stationery to complement your wedding style. Save-the-date cards, bridal shower invitations, seating charts, canvas prints, wedding invitations, thank you cards, holiday cards, or day-of wedding programs can be added a la carte.

FAQs

HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE FOR JUST A FEW HOURS?

We are happy to offer several packages from basic ceremony and formals to full-day, as well as offering custom invitations, engagement session, heirloom-quality albums, canvas prints, slideshows, and more! If one of our packages doesn’t quite meet your needs, simply get in touch with your requirements, and we’re happy to customize something for you. No request is too large or too small. You can view our standard packages above, but if you only require photography for a portion of your day, we’d be happy to accommodate!

DO I HAVE TO PAY EXTRA TO GET COPIES OF THE PHOTOS?

That would be a big NO! Many photographers out there only advertise the cost of shooting for the day, and couples are often surprised with additional costs when they want to have high-resolution, unwatermarked copies of the photos themselves. The price you see is the price you pay, and with most packages, this includes a USB in a custom wooden keepsake box with all high-res, unwatermarked, professionally edited images from the day, as well as a shareable digital gallery. Your photos come with a print release – you can then print as many as you like! Just please don't print them at Walmart. (I can point you in the right direction, or you can order prints through us!)

IS A DEPOSIT REQUIRED TO SECURE MY WEDDING DATE?

Yes. A retainer of $400 is required to reserve any wedding date. This retainer is non-refundable (as we will then be turning down other inquiries on that date), so please ensure your venue is booked before you reserve your date! The deposit will be applied to the total cost of the package, and can be made via cash, cheque, or online (PayPal or electronic Interac transfer). This amount is subtracted from the final balance. Our prices do not include tax - similar to when you look at a pricetag of an item in a store; the tax will be added at the register. All prices are subject to 5% GST as per Manitoba law.

WILL YOU SHOOT A SAME-SEX COUPLE?

Absolutely. Emily has been an LGBTQ ally for as long as she can remember, and has even travelled internationally for Out & Equal diversity and inclusion conferences. Inclusivity is hugely important to us, and we celebrate love in all forms. We believe that it is our responsibility - and honour - as photographers to strengthen the fabric that holds us together by taking photos that celebrate our differences as well as our similarities. Love between two souls is incredibly beautiful, and we are committed to honouring diversity, promoting equality, and documenting authentic love in any form.

WHEN IS THE FINAL BALANCE DUE?

Final payment of the remainder of the balance is due two weeks prior to your wedding date. It's often easiest for most couples to arrange this prior to the day so you don’t have to worry about tying up any loose ends on your wedding day - this is also a good time for us to go over your final timeline for the day, too. No images will be edited, processed or provided prior to balance being paid. Remaining balance can be paid in lump sum or in installments leading up to the day.

DO YOU TRAVEL OUTSIDE OF WINNIPEG?

Yes! We have a team of photographers based in Winnipeg and Regina, and have shot weddings throughout Manitoba, elsewhere in Canada, and internationally. Prices listed cover locations within the cities of Winnipeg and Regina. A mileage charge of $0.60/km applies to any locations outside their respective perimeters. For destinations in other provinces or countries, please inquire - this is typically the cost of travel/ single-occupancy accommodation, and a small fee for shooting while there.

CAN I JUST HAVE EVERYTHING YOU SHOT, EVEN IF THEY'RE UNEDITED? CAN MY FRIEND SHOOT BEHIND YOU? DO YOU MIND IF MY FRIEND EDITS THE PICTURES AFTER DELIVERY?

No, they cannot, and yes, we do mind. Firstly: it’s difficult to do our job with someone right over our shoulder trying to copy us. It’s also not great when we get home to edit your images only to find cellphone copies taken by friends already on Facebook. Secondly, let’s put it this way: if you were going in for surgery and had spent time getting to know your surgeon, talked long and hard about what he was going to do to you and how he was going to do it, and what the end result would be… how would you feel if you woke up from the anaesthetic and he smiled at you, saying “hey, I didn’t think you’d mind, but I invited my cousin to do the work for me. Don’t worry, I watched the whole time!” You’d be a little more than upset. Same here! The fact is, the images we deliver to you are not just pictures of you, they’re also part of us. We put ourselves into each one. No photographer shoots or edits the exact same way. The composition, colour grading, retouching, stylistic approach… everything came from within us. Having someone else, or even (shudder) Instagram change something is literally like saying “What you did wasn’t enough.” No-one wants to feel that way – especially photographers.

Additionally, our RAW files are of no use to you - they need to be professionally processed in order to even be able to use them. Asking your photographer for the RAW files is like asking your cake vendor for an extra bag of flour on the side. It’s only a partial ingredient in the overall product and is pretty useless on its own. Clients often ask for RAW photos because they think they are a higher quality image than JPEGs; truth is, many professional printing companies require you to submit your images via JPEG. Your gallery is hand-selected to ensure every moment is delivered in the best way possible.

WILL MY PHOTOS BE IN COLOUR OR BLACK AND WHITE?

You can expect a mixture of the two, for different looks, and many of your images will be provided in both colour and black and white versions. We also go through your style and preferences right after booking (light and airy, bold and vibrant, moody, dramatic...) to ensure the mood and final editing style is as you envision.

WE'RE CURRENTLY MEETING WITH A FEW PHOTOGRAPHERS; WHAT HAPPENS IF WE'VE MET BUT THEN SOMEBODY ELSE REQUESTS MY DATE?

We want to accommodate all, however, bookings are based on a first-come, first-served basis. We cannot guarantee reservation of a date that has not been booked with a retainer – this is designed to secure your date. If your date is already booked up with Emily personally, we do have a team of five amazing photographers, and Emily takes on all the editing, post-processing and delivery personally for every wedding.

CAN I PRINT MY OWN PICTURES FROM THE USB YOU PROVIDE?

Absolutely – most couples enjoy this option and can then select whichever images they wish to print at their lab of choice (if going this route, we do have recommendations in terms of print quality!). Images provided are high resolution, and not watermarked. Watermarked images are only used when we post online. When you receive your photos, you also receive full print release. We do however ask that you do not edit the photos yourself (Instagram filters, etc.), and please don’t order prints from images we post on social media. These are web-quality, not print-quality, and the resolution will leave you wondering if you should really follow up on that laser eye surgery consultation.

HOW LONG UNTIL WE GET OUR PICTURES?

Images from any hour-long session are typically ready within 2-3 weeks. A full wedding with images from multiple photographers takes a little longer to edit, but images are provided within 6-8 weeks.

WHAT IF WE BOOK A PACKAGE BUT DON'T NEED AN ENGAGEMENT SESSION?

A one-hour engagement session is included with the majority of packages. These photos can be taken any time prior to your wedding date and are a great chance to get comfortable in front of the camera, to capture this chapter, to dress up, go adventuring, explore favourite haunts, or for Save-the-Dates or holiday cards later in the year. Sorry, there are no substitutions if you do not require this session (e.g. an engagement session cannot be traded for extra time on the wedding day, or the value subtracted from a package), but we can customize a package to suit exactly what you need!

CAN I ADD ON JUST THANK-YOU CARDS?

We do have seasoned graphic designers on staff who have experience designing all aspects of wedding stationery (invitations, programs, seating charts, thank-you cards, etc.), however sometimes all you need is one thing. Stationery as well as photo books after the wedding can all be added à la carte – just mention what you need and a quantity when inquiring, and we’ll make it happen.

ANY ADVICE YOU CAN GIVE US?

Yes. Have fun. Your wedding shouldn’t be a headache. You’re celebrating, with your closest friends and loved ones, a love that you and your fiance share. That’s something that no one can ever take away from you. Revel in it. Will you get a bit stressed? Probably. Will you be close to tears at times? Possibly. But… you won’t be alone. We’ll be there with you, not only taking pictures of your day, but helping in any way we can ahead of time to make things run smoothly, on time, and stress-free. Don’t worry! You’ve got this! It’s a good bet you’ll never have a day like this again. Enjoy it. Live it up. Dance until you can’t stand. Hug and kiss until your cheeks are redder than an alcoholic at Christmas. But most of all, just HAVE FUN.We’ll try not to post the embarrassing shots on Instagram from the reception.

WHY IS THERE SUCH A VAST DIFFERENCE IN PRICING WHEN IT COMES TO WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS?

Every photographer brings something different to their craft, and some may offer things another may not. In our experience of over 50 weddings, we've learned that some photographers - especially those just starting out - may be cutting costs in certain areas to secure bookings. Insurance, extra hard drives/batteries/cameras, storage for backing up files, professional backup gear, additional shooters, lighting... these things are all part of a photographer’s cost of doing business. If you’ve found someone whose price seems too good to be true, it might be because something is missing behind-the-scenes that could put your images at risk. Beware the "natural light photographer" - in the industry, we read that as "not familiar with using flash" - something usually imperative in dark reception halls!

WHEN SHOULD WE BOOK?

Typically, we book up 12-18 months ahead of a wedding date, with the months of May to September booking up the most quickly. That being said, please let us know if your date is sooner than that - we may still have it open, or still have some team members available!

CAN YOU GIVE US A DISCOUNT?

We're pretty sure nobody would ask their hairstylist, grocer, or lawyer for a discount, and the same applies here. Over a third of what you pay goes directly to taxes (yay!), with additional costs for advertising, file storage, extra staff, equipment, insurance, and the hours of editing that go into ensuring your images are perfect after the day itself. While we do not typically discount our listed prices as we believe them to be competitive for the quality and experience we bring, we are happy to tailor something to you. We also offer specials throughout the year - keep your eye on our social media! - as well as a small discount for our "bucket list" locations - inquire for more details.

from our couples:

TESTIMONIALS

Emily and Rammy were AMAZING! I can't say enough about them! They were both so kind, easy going and accommodating. They had great ideas and captured every moment! The pictures are absolutely beautiful! They made me cry!! I would highly recommend them!! Emily is not only an amazing photographer but has also become a friend!

KELLEY SHUSTER

Emily was absolutely fantastic to work with. From start to finish, she provided exceptional service. Emily, along with her second shooter Jensen, were able to capture amazing, creative photos that we are so in love with! They were total professionals and able to be flexible to our needs throughout the day. We are so happy with our decision to work with Emily. Her prices are extremely reasonable and the results are incredible. Thank you, Emily, for capturing our day perfectly!

JANELLE BANVILLE

Wonderful company! Quick answers, I never waited long for a response. The photos are gorgeous and all of our friends and family love our photos! We will definitely be coming back in the future. Thank you so much Emily and Rammy for all your hard work and capturing our special day!! :D

JENNIFER BARR

Emily with the company of her assistant Jensen did a fantastic job of capturing our beautiful day! If you want a friendly, personable, caring, positive, motivated and extremely patient photographer for any special occasion my husband and I strongly recommend Emily. She not only took the time to keep in regular communication with us during the whole process, she went above and beyond for us without hesitation to guarantee we felt special. Emily was such a joy and honour to have capture our wedding day, and we are now both using Stardust Photography for all our upcoming special life events. She is not only exceptionally talented she is very genuine, and has a soft heart which you can see in her smile. If your looking for a photographer please consider Emily, you won’t be dissatisfied!

RACHEL BLAIR

After working with Emily, I have a new standard for photographers. There aren’t enough good things I can say about her, the attention to detail, her caring spirit, creativity, sense of humor, love of art and people, willingness to work around schedules and patience… her style is adaptive but consistent, her editing is emotional and she has given us the gift of memories that we will cherish forever.”

NICOLE LAWRENCE

We have never done photos before and I was a ball of nerves. Emily made the process of having our engagement photos amazing. She is talented and genuinely cares about the people she is creating long lasting memories for. I can’t wait for the beautiful work I know she will do for our wedding. If you are unsure about choosing a photographer go with Emily! You will not be disappointed!

MEGAN BURDA

My fiancée and I were so fortunate to have Emily as our photographer for our engagement photos this fall!! She is so extremely dedicated and passionate about her work, and it shines through in our beautiful photos! She was able to capture so many natural laughs, smiles, and truly tender moments between us that we will cherish forever.

Additionally, Emily made the extra effort to make sure that our photos turned out just right! Whether it was by incorporating a variety of creative techniques at the time, providing us with photo “sneak peeks”, or through our beautiful final photos, she goes above and beyond in all she does!

DANIELLE PARADIS

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