Vendor Spotlight Series
Toronto Wedding Photographer Thomas Zitnansky
Here at Whim Event Coordination and Design we pride ourselves on working with great vendors, and in an effort to show you some of the connections that we’ve made and their talent, we’ve decided to launch a vendor spotlight series! We have a list of questions that we ask each of our vendors when we interview them, and we’ve decided to share their answers, along with samples of their work, with you! We love our vendors because they consistently give our clients a great experience, and when they work with us, they always go above and beyond, and we appreciate that so much! Enjoy the first of these interviews, with one of our favourite Toronto Wedding Photographers, Thomas Zitnansky!
How did you become a wedding photographer? What initially piqued your interest?
My introduction to wedding photography was a very unusual yet organic. I studied music since I was seven years old. I always wanted to be a songwriter and I did just that. I was scoring for independent films and producing for hip hop and pop artists, but I always had a camera with me. I never made the official decision to be a photographer but when I wasn’t behind the keyboard or the music console I was capturing moments and documenting the works of my friends. After years of being the unofficial photographer and videographer for my musician friends I became that go to guy for album covers, live shows and music videos. At this point photography was just another passion that allowed me to express myself. That all changed when I was in New York while my friend was mastering one of his albums. I was in the studio with Tony Dawsey and I happen to snap a portrait of him that I shared on social media. Masterdisk, the studio where the pictures was taken, ended up buying that portrait from me. That is when I realized I was spending more time behind the lens then behind the music console. My work started to get
published in music magazines. I kept seeing my work on websites like CBC, my music videos started to get airplay on MuchMusic. Before I knew it I lost interesting in music production and all my creative efforts became focused on photography.
Tell us about your very first gig in wedding photography?
My first wedding photography gig was for a non-traditional wedding for a friend of mine. The couple were two artists that never conformed to societies expectations. They wanted the wedding pictures to look more like album covers I photographed for their musical projects. It’s the most unusual wedding I ever photographed and it’s still one of my favourites.
If you weren’t a wedding photographer, what would you be?
I’d be in the recording studio working on music.
When you’re not shooting, what could we find you doing?
I’m a loft enthusiast. I buy lofts, furnish them and rent them out. I’m a huge dog lover so you’ll also find me in the dog park playing with Zoe.
What’s your absolute favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?
With music I was able to evoke an emotion through my music. When I wrote a song, I had the ability to play it back and know exactly how I felt at the time when the song was written. With photography I’m able to capture moments and when my clients look back at their pictures they know exactly how they felt the moment that picture was taken.
What’s something you don’t think many people know about wedding photographers?
Wedding photographers don’t start off photographing weddings. We all start photographing something different. My background is in portraiture and photographing album covers. The fundamentals and photography styles I learned as a creative photographer are the same fundamentals and styles I bring to my wedding photography
What are some of your other passions (or hobbies)?
Lofts and more lofts.
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