Gallery of Destiny Dawn Photography
Destiny was amazing, she made a stressful day feel effortless and fun. I struggle with getting pictures and feeling comfortable but Destiny made sure we felt special and beautiful on our special day. Her communication was timely and professional, her suggestions for photo ideas took a huge weight off my shoulders for trying to navigate timing and places on our day. She responds quickly and you feel like you’re texting a friend. Cannot recommend her highly enough.
Destiny photographed our wedding back in 2016. Before hiring her, we looked through her portfolio and then did a virtual meet to go over some questions/visions. I remember telling her that on my wedding day I didn’t want to be leading the photos or providing directions. I wanted to enjoy the day and have someone else run the show. She said that she would do that no problem. We discussed photo styling to see if it was a good fit. I told her I liked photos that had a natural feel but were still thought out and organized behind the scenes. She was friendly and we both seemed to agree on an overall plan and vision. We did engagement photos and they turned out beautiful. We were very pleased. Prior to the wedding Destiny was provided with a list of different group shots we wanted and she brought a second photographer along. The day of the wedding, we took groups shots before the ceremony. She gave very little direction and they felt disorganized. During the groomsmen photos, one groomsman spoke up and started arranging the group (and those photos turned out to be the best ones). The wedding party photos were my least favourite. We ended up doing the traditional stuff feeling long line photo, something I mentioned I disliked very much. However, she wasn’t giving any direction and since I didn’t want to have to take over the photo shoot that’s how it panned out. I regret not speaking up. To this day, many of our friends from the wedding party still talk about how awkward that experience was. When the reception started, she approached me and asked where her seat was. I went to my wedding planner who informed me she had forgotten to include her at a table. I was apologetic and unaware of this mistake. A seat was then set up for her but it wasn’t ideal. From that point on I felt a tension and didn’t see her taking many photos. Not sure if it was related but when we received our gallery there were few reception and guest shots available. I did specify wanting these shots in our gallery. We received our photos back in a timely manner. The bride and groom photos were gorgeous…BUT the group photos were disappointing. For instance, including myself and the bridesmaids we were 7, yet the best photos would cut off the person on the far left/right entirely or just half their body and face. When I questioned the images, she responded that she was a “documentary style photographer” and doesn’t stage photos which is why she didn’t provide direction to the group. When I asked why the bridesmaid photos had 1/2-1 person missing from the frame she said part of the documentary style is to focus on the bride in these shots and capture what is happening directly around her, which means some people don’t make the frame. I was confused when I heard this. If this is the case, I don’t feel this was properly explained to me beforehand. Thinking back on it now, I don’t recall seeing group shots in her portfolio and galleries. Mostly just beautiful couple photos and editorials which is what drew me in. At the end of the day. Would I hire Destiny again? No. Would I recommend her to a friend? It depends. If you’re looking for couple photos, such as engagement photos? Yes. But for wedding photos and large group photos, absolutely not.
We can't say enough about Destiny! There is no one else we would trust to document our most important moments. After the incredible pictures she took of our wedding, there was no doubt in our mind that we needed her to document our daughter's first photos. Destiny is so kind, and makes you feel so comfortable while she's taking pictures; she truly made us feel at ease during the sessions. We are so blown away by how perfect the pictures turned out. I would completely recommend Destiny to anyone looking for a photographer!
Destiny has done the photography for my wedding, family photos after my first son was born, and is all lined up to do our next set of family photos for our second son. Our house is unofficially the Destiny Dawn Photography gallery. Not only does she take beautiful photos, but she is so easy to work with. As someone that does not love having my picture taken, it was wonderful to work with Destiny because she puts you at ease, and gives fantastic direction along the way. I always recommend her to friends getting married or needing family photos. Her work is dreamy and romantic, without having that filtered look you see elsewhere. She makes everyone feel and look beautiful!
Destiny (and her husband Jamie) are, firstly, just wonderful people. They care about their wedding couples and really connect with you before, during, and after your shoots for your engagement and wedding. Secondly, they are immensely talented and have a knack for capturing perfect candid and stylized photos. She is highly organized and capable of handling all the logistical groupings for portraits but still make everyone feel super comfortable and natural. It was an absolute joy having our photos taken and those moments were some of our favourite of the day. Destiny will make you and your guests look their best while still capturing the perfect and small but magical moments. I can't recommend Destiny enough. <3
Not only are Destiny's photos absolutely stunning; but I had the pleasure of meeting her during my clients wedding. She's such a sweet person and the bride and groom absolutely loved her. In my experience, it's always an amazing and unique thing to find a photographer who can make the subject of their photos feel at ease and completely comfortable in front of the lens. With this and her amazing eye for the perfect shot, I would recommend Destiny for your upcoming wedding!