{review} HRM Photography

Energy, excitement and fabulous love stories are contagious at award-winning wedding photography studio, HRM Photography

Request more pricing, details and info from this vendor!When Heather, Niki or Lindsay walk into a wedding, it’s with pure excitement for their clients’ love story, a contagious energy that gets everyone smiling, and a commitment to capturing the sought-after “goosebump” moments that will most certainly happen throughout your wedding day.

These three fabulous professional photographers, who make up HRM Photography, believe every bride and groom deserve to feel like a celebrity on their wedding day. That’s why Heather, Niki and Lindsay have approached each of the 1000+ weddings they’ve photographed in London, Toronto and beyond, with a combination of shooting styles, including a candid, unobtrusive style (paparazzi, baby!) and fashion magazine feel (gorgeous poses). As a result, HRM Photography has earned numerous awards, thousands of raving fans and more than a few brides who shed tears of happiness at the first sight of their photos.

So, with a reputation that precedes them and the fact that staff at The Ring already knew that HRM was fabulous (we’ve used their services for multiple fashion shoots and events), here is everything else you need to know about hiring HRM Photography for your wedding…

Photo: HRM Photography | Design: Blissful Bookings
Photo: HRM Photography | Design: Blissful Bookings

HRM Photography, in person

HRM Photography is made up of owner, Heather MacEachern, who started the company in 2003. Heather, whose father is a social documentary photographer, and whose mother was a highly esteemed art librarian at Western, doesn’t just have talent in her blood. She has it on her resume too, bringing to the table a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Photography from Ryerson University and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto. But it’s the countless weddings that she has photographed in the past fifteen years that Heather is best known for.

In 2004, Lindsay Ross– who is a Humber College Photography grad and who actually shot Heather’s own wedding! – joined the HRM team so that the company could offer killer wedding photography to more couples in more places. Niki Patel, studied photography at Fanshawe College, and completed her internship with HRM Photography, allowing her to hone her skills working side by side with the HRM team. In 2007, she officially joined the company as their office manager and in 2009 began shooting weddings on her own as an Associate Photographer. This fantastic trio officially completes the HRM team and puts them right where they need to be to capture incredible memories of the clients who love them.

With a long list of raving fans that includes brides, grooms, wedding parties, wedding vendors, families and kids – all who have flashed their beautiful smiles for an HRM camera at some point – it’s no surprise that HRM Photography has earned numerous awards in their fourteen years in business. HRM has taken The Ring’s Brides’ Choice award for #1 Wedding Vendor in Southwestern Ontario, one of London’s Top 20 under 40, earned the title of London’s Most Popular Photographer by Wedbiz three times, London’s Consumer’s Choice award for FIVE years in a row, the Best Photographer title in Best of London awards for SIX years running,  and surely, there are more to come.

In fact, HRM’s reputation for incredible photography is surely why many brides & grooms have set their wedding dates around the company’s availability – they simply had to have HRM. “HRM Photography was the first vendor that we booked for our [May 2014] wedding, just to make sure they were available!” says May 2014 couple, Eileen and Murray. Similarly, October 2014 bride, Grace Smith, explained to The Ring, “We didn’t look anywhere else (seriously, have you seen HRM’s pictures?!)

To meet HRM Photography in person, this video gives you an inside look at who the professional photography team at HRM is are and what make these pro shooters tick from AV Artisan on Vimeo.

It’s always been about rock stars

For the team at The Ring, it’s one of the quotes we took from our first interview with Heather (over ten years ago) that is still our favourite… Heather explained, “I like to think of the couple as the star of the show and their wedding party as their backup band…” This is because Heather actually spent a lot of the early years of her photography career not just shooting weddings, but photographing concerts of the likes of Radiohead and Queens of the Stone Age. At just 14 years old, photographing live music events is where Heather got her start in photography, and says that concert photography “really teaches you a lot about photographing any live event. Live music photography is a fast paced shoot with difficult lighting; you don’t miss a moment since it can’t be repeated.” And with her music documentary work being published in the Globe and Mail, Elle Magazine and the Toronto Star… Heather perfected the art, which translates well into her wedding photography.

Goosebump moments, priceless images

Heather still gets goosebumps when she describes some of the kinds of moments she gets to capture with her top of the line Nikon gear. “The father of the bride tearing up as he gives away his daughter, the look on the groom’s face when he sees the bride for the first time, the intimate look shared between the bride and groom that no one else notices but me…” It is these moments, caught on camera that keep Heather, Niki and Lindsay excited and inspired to capture the next incredible event on their calendar.

Grace was sitting in the market in downtown London when she got the email from HRM containing the link to their wedding pictures. “I immediately opened it and before even looking at the ones of us, scrolled quickly through to see if there were any of my Uncle [who passed away two weeks after the wedding]. Right near the start, there was an absolutely beautiful picture of my Uncle looking right into the camera smiling, sitting on a bench in the sun with my Grandpa. As soon as I saw that picture I burst into tears in the middle of the market. It was my favourite one but there were lots of him (including a great one of him tearing it up on the dance floor with his daughter). If we hadn’t had HRM at our wedding, we might never have captured that last happy time we were all together. I don’t think it’s possible to put a price on those kind of memories and HRM makes sure you’ll have them forever.”

Details that will matter to you

  • Unlimited high resolution files are included. This means that you can order albums and prints through HRM at reasonable prices or you can put your own albums together and print elsewhere. The digital negatives are yours!
  • Also included is an online gallery of your wedding photos to share with family and friends so that your photos are conveniently available to them to view and order if they’d like.
  • Clients typically book HRM Photography 6 to 18 months ahead of time, but HRM are happy to accommodate later requests is possible – even 1 week or 1 day – at times.
  • A deposit of 50% (of your package price) is due to book; 25% is due 1 month before the wedding; the remaining 25% balance is due when your online gallery is ready (usually 4-8 weeks after your wedding). They also offer payment plans and bridal registry options.
  • HRM also offers fun photo booths for your reception, including props and backdrops!
  • HRM Photography loves to travel and are available for weddings throughout Ontario and beyond. Inquire within for a custom quote.

Weddings are just the beginning

The connection created between photographer and the client in front of the lens, rarely ends when the wedding does. Many of HRM’s clients go on to hire Heather, Niki or Lindsay for numerous life events, from maternity, baby and family portraits to anniversary parties and more. While HRM will travel to you when it’s needed, great portrait sessions (such as a boudoir session) can also take place at the HRM Photography studio in London, Ontario.

Want to know more about HRM Photography?

You can reach Heather MacEachern of HRM Photography by email at info@hrmphotography.com with any questions you have, to check availability for your date or set up an appointment. She is also available by phone at 519-936-8977 (London) or 416-707-3776 (Toronto). For more samples of HRM’s work and information, check out the HRM Photography website at www.hrmphotography.com.

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★★★★★
5 5 1
There are not words to describe how truly amazing Heather is!!!! She listens to every single aspect you want covered on your wedding day. She first does a consultation with you to get to know you and what you like, then you fill out your online questionnaires on your profile, and then another questionnaire just to make sure she truly understands what you want! She is so experienced and so talented its unbelievable!!! She can look at an ugly piece of landscape and somehow make it look like the most beautiful place! While she was photographing us I was thinking how can she even possibly see all these amazing shots! She is such a great person she cares about her clients feelings and cares about your wedding as if it were her own! I never once even had the slightest bit of worry in how the photos were going to turn out! Everyone I spoke to at my wedding said she was amazing her photos were beautiful! She is so efficient and knows how to get amazing poses! Not only is she awesome but her assistants are too! Nikki is always so helpful in answering any questions! Her assistant she brought with her was so nice and did a great job too! I could keep writing about how awesome Heather and her team is but there isn't even enough room to do so! I highly, highly reccomend HRM photography it is totally worth every penny!!! I could not be happier with the photos I have and will cherish them FOREVER!!! Also knowing that the photos came from such a caring person who is passionate about her job and company, makes you feel so great about those photos!!! Thank you HRM photography!!!!!

★★★★★
5 5 1
We had an amazing family photo shoot with Niki a couple weeks after the birth of our 2nd child. The studio is so comfortable and the props that were available seemed limitless! Niki was so patient and had a ton of time just for us (we had a 2 week and 2.5yr old) And our experience was as wonderful as the photo's we have to cherish our memories of this time forever. Thank you Niki of HRM, we'll see you again soon!!! 🙂

★★★★★
5 5 1
I must say when it came to deciding who to select for our wedding photography needs, I was extremely picky. HRM's work stood out from the rest by leaps and bounds so it became pretty clear from the get-go that we were interested in them. Once we met with them our desire to have them photograph our wedding increased even more. Not only were they friendly and personable, they were extremely helpful in helping us organize and plan our day. Not only were they concerned about our specific itinerary but they truly wanted to understand our theme and vision so they could compliment it as well. On the big day the team did a fantastic job. I can easily admit our wedding party was a bit of a rowdy crowd and sometimes we don't do the best following instructions lol. However HRM did a fantastic job of making sure they got the shots that we wanted. There was a part in our day where due to limo issues we were thrown off schedule and as a result we were pressed for time. In order to make up time I was willing to sacrifice some important family portraits. However, Heather pulled us aside and let us know that she was aware of how important these shots were to us, and that she would get them done, and in a timeframe that would get us back on schedule. Sure enough, they did just that, and I couldn't have been more thankful. We were absolutely over the moon with our final photos, both in image quality and the amount we received. The album we received was stunning and everyone who visits us wants to check it out. After being married for a few years and looking back on that day, one sometimes reflects on the things they might have done differently (Clothing, hall, flowers, etc). But when it came to our photographs, there's no doubt we made the right choice. It's the most favourite thing about our day! (Well, aside from actually getting married itself lol) Thanks to the entire HRM Team!

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