Nice to meet you!

Founded in 2007, we knew if we were to become wedding photographers...we didn't want to be "just wedding photographers".
We wanted to do things differently, have fun while doing it, and document weddings in a way that is unique in the industry.

Our mission has always been to be the most trusted and referred photographers in the area – and we're proud to say that over 80% of our bookings come from referrals.

We can feel the love!



Clint Russell
Photographer, Studio Manager

As far back as my memory goes, I have always loved having a camera in my hand. Not only capturing the day for lovely couples like yourself – but connecting, having fun, and creating an amazing experience from beginning to end – photography to much more than having a camera in my hand.

A native of Newfoundland, I've spent time between Alberta, New Orleans, and Ontario. When I'm not at weddings, engagement shoots (they're SO FUN!), or at my computer editing, you can find me in the garden, or anywhere outdoors. 


Shawn Van Daele
Photographer, Studio Manager

My now 12 years as a professional wedding photographer, to be quite honest, was unplanned. A student of fine art at Toronto's OCAD, I eventually branched off into Graphic Design, and it was when I fatefully picked up a camera that I fell head over heals in love with being able to not only freeze time – but turn it into art, at the same time. I bring my strong arts background to every frame I shoot, from composition, colour, to most importantly, emotion and story.

Father to 4 (crazy) Boston Terriers, I'm also the dude behind The Drawing Hope Project, which has been showcased on The TODAY Show, ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, Global News, Huffington Post, among others. 

There are not enough words to explain how incredible our experience with VD&R was for our engagement and wedding sessions! The quality of their work speaks for itself. As soon as we stumbled across their portfolio we knew they were the photographers we wanted at our wedding. As soon as we met Shawn, we quickly realized he was the photographer we HAD to have at our wedding. Professionally, Shawn is a different caliber of photographer, his vision and creativity are second to none and we trusted him fully to capture our biggest day. He fully embraces your vision and personality and then puts his own magic to it. Personally, Shawn is one of the nicest guys you will meet and after getting to know him from the engagement shoot, we felt honoured to have him at our wedding not only as a photographer but our friend. We could not have asked for anyone better and we will cherish his work for the rest of our lives.
— Jordan & Melissa, Fanshawe Pioneer Village Wedding 2017

Assistant Photographers

Gordon Hawkins

Joel Yum

Victoria McKinlay

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