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Rowell Photography

Barrie , ON

LOCATION

Barrie, ON CA L4M 2B7 (map)
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ABOUT US

Listed as one of the "25 most inspirational photographers"
in Canada by weddingbells.ca
Rowell Photography is located in Barrie, Ontario halfway between Toronto and Muskoka.... Read more
Listed as one of the "25 most inspirational photographers"
in Canada by weddingbells.ca
Rowell Photography is located in Barrie, Ontario halfway between Toronto and Muskoka. Erika & Ryan are a couple in love with photography and each other.

Erika & Ryan are in their 6th year of business. They are enjoying photographing couples in love in some of the world's most beautiful destinations.

Their work has been published internationally in various magazines such as Perfect Wedding, Wedding Bells, Elegant Wedding, WedLuxe, Today's Bride, B Magazine UK, Macleans Magazine Canada, PIE Magazine, as well as online publications such as www.stylemepretty.com, www.weddingbells.ca/blogs, www.arewemarriedyet.com, rockphotoblog.com, trashthedress.com, Distinct Occasions Blog and modernphotographers.com

Rowell Photography only takes a small number of wedding commissions each year.

"We want to get to know our clients, and capture the right moments. You can't do that if you are shooting nearly 100 weddings a year and don't know who you are photographing. Its important to us to create real relationships with our couples and images that our couples will fall in love with, and will cherish for their lifetime."
Erika & Ryan

Erika & Ryan met while working at a family portrait studio. Ryan has a background in graphic and web design and Erika has a background in freelance writing. After photographing over 5000 families and other traditional portraits, they realized that their creativity would never fully take off unless they broke out and started fresh. And so Rowell Photography was born. From the very beginning Erika & Ryan have been focused on wedding photography, and creative portraiture.
6 years later they operate one of the most popular Barrie & Muskoka wedding photography services. Their work has taken them to many cities all over the world. You can follow their travels and images at http://rowellphoto.com Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture, Traditional / Posed
What do your packages include?
Albums, Custom Graphic Design, Digital Files, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images, Matted Prints, Negatives, Prints, Proof CD of All Images, Thank You Cards
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
Yes, we have photographed in almost every lighting situation imaginable. From studio, outdoor, indoor, ambient, high noon sunlight. We have experience with it all, and come out with some amazing images. We love the challenge every new situation brings.
Is your media preference film or digital?
We are digital shooters, but every once and a while we like to play around with film.
How many photographers do you work with?
Just the 2. Ryan and Erika. Depending on situations where the event is much larger then the two of us can handle, we do contract additional photographers.
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
Seriously, that is a stupid question. Yes its us two that will be at your event and yes thats why you hired us, and yes we will come, I mean you want us there after all :)
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
Never, one wedding with two photographers always. Were a package deal and we never split up to take more jobs, it comes back to the personal service we offer.
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
Always, and its not just one set, its two sets of back up equipment, batteries, cards, hard drives, cameras, lenses, the list goes on. I want a second car to put in the trunk too but thats not likely.
Do you charge for travel?
Travel charges do apply but that is something that we can talk about in person or on the phone. Each situation is different, so we suggest you just ask us. Travel fees do not apply to the GTA.
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
Initially we offer proofing on our online boutique website. If you do require a proof book, let us know and we can quote you on its cost.
How long can the client keep the proofs?
Online version is hosted for one year, but the proof book is yours to keep.
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
You have the option of purchasing the Digital Negatives, and they are provided in our packages as well.
Will images be available for viewing online?
Yes, Rowell Photography has an online boutique where you can view your images and order prints, canvas and albums.
What kind of albums do you offer?
We offer the most amazing albums ever! They are a flush mount, waterproof album. Leather covers in a variety of colors and your choice of matte or metallic paper. These albums are best seen in person to appreciate, but we promise you will love them.
When will the client get the final album?
That of course depends on the clients. But the first album proof online is usually viewed by the client within the first month after the wedding.

REVIEWS

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Emma
Wedding:
7/13/2013
5.0/5.0
We used Rowell Photography as our wedding photographers and we couldn't be happier.
Erika and Ryan are such a wonderful couple and very easy to be around and especially work with.
When we needed to find a photographer for our wedding, we considered many others but Rowell Photography's quality stands out by far from all others.
Not only did they take amazing pictures but they were also a huge help throughout the entire evening. Many of our guest had thought they were also our wedding planners by their professionalism and help during every special moment :)

We would highly recommend Erika & Ryan at Rowell Photography to capture your wedding day moments. They captured our important day perfectly.
We used Rowell Photography as our wedding photographers and we couldn't be happier.
Erika and Ryan are such a Read more...
We used Rowell Photography as our wedding photographers and we couldn't be happier.
Erika and Ryan are such a wonderful couple and very easy to be around and especially work with.
When we needed to find a photographer for our wedding, we considered many others but Rowell Photography's quality stands out by far from all others.
Not only did they take amazing pictures but they were also a huge help throughout the entire evening. Many of our guest had thought they were also our wedding planners by their professionalism and help during every special moment :)

We would highly recommend Erika & Ryan at Rowell Photography to capture your wedding day moments. They captured our important day perfectly. Read less
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Kristen
Wedding:
5/25/2013
5.0/5.0
Working with the Rowell Photography Team was more than we could have imagined. We knew that having great photos to remember for our lifetime - both Engagement and Wedding - was one of the most important components for our events. They were excellent with communicating what they needed from us, and extremely responsive to my (never-ending) questions. The quality of their photos is immaculate and the colors are so perfect and real. Their style is absolutely flawless. As someone who is not confident or comfortable around cameras, it was such a joy to have them document and I felt extreme trust/comfort in them.

I would not hesitate to recommend Rowell Photography to anyone who asked; they do not disappoint in quality, professionalism, and enthusiasm for their art. I truly believe that our photos could not be anymore perfect.
Working with the Rowell Photography Team was more than we could have imagined. We knew that having great photos to Read more...
Working with the Rowell Photography Team was more than we could have imagined. We knew that having great photos to remember for our lifetime - both Engagement and Wedding - was one of the most important components for our events. They were excellent with communicating what they needed from us, and extremely responsive to my (never-ending) questions. The quality of their photos is immaculate and the colors are so perfect and real. Their style is absolutely flawless. As someone who is not confident or comfortable around cameras, it was such a joy to have them document and I felt extreme trust/comfort in them.

I would not hesitate to recommend Rowell Photography to anyone who asked; they do not disappoint in quality, professionalism, and enthusiasm for their art. I truly believe that our photos could not be anymore perfect. Read less
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Michael
Wedding:
3/22/2013
5.0/5.0
Erica and Ryan made us feel very comfortable on our special day, they took amazing pictures for us and recommend them to anyone we know.
Erica and Ryan made us feel very comfortable on our special day, they took amazing pictures for us and recommend them to Read more...
Erica and Ryan made us feel very comfortable on our special day, they took amazing pictures for us and recommend them to anyone we know. Read less
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Adrienne
Wedding:
9/8/2012
4.6/5.0
We hired Rowell Photography for our Muskoka wedding and we love the images they captured. Erika & Ryan are amazing photographers and work as a team capturing moments from multiple view points and holding lighting for each other's shots to ensure the shot is perfect.
I planned my wedding from Australia and Erika & Ryan were flexible in coordinating Skype calls, responding to my emails and setting up PayPal for me. They also went above and beyond, providing instant cameras to make our guestbook unique, recommending a cake vendor and personally delivering our wedding album to my parents in Toronto.
Although they are expensive, their high quality work and albums are worth it. I definitely recommend them.
We hired Rowell Photography for our Muskoka wedding and we love the images they captured. Erika & Ryan are amazing Read more...
We hired Rowell Photography for our Muskoka wedding and we love the images they captured. Erika & Ryan are amazing photographers and work as a team capturing moments from multiple view points and holding lighting for each other's shots to ensure the shot is perfect.
I planned my wedding from Australia and Erika & Ryan were flexible in coordinating Skype calls, responding to my emails and setting up PayPal for me. They also went above and beyond, providing instant cameras to make our guestbook unique, recommending a cake vendor and personally delivering our wedding album to my parents in Toronto.
Although they are expensive, their high quality work and albums are worth it. I definitely recommend them. Read less
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Linda
Wedding:
9/7/2012
5.0/5.0
We didn't have it in our budget for a professional videographer, but one thing we did make sure of, is to have a fantastic photographer. Long before we had booked Erika and Ryan, an experienced and dynamic duo, i had been looking at photographs of weddings in Muskoka, and i have to say that it is their photos of Windermere House that first got us interested in that particular venue. In actual fact, it probably wouldn't matter where/what Erika and Ryan are photographing -- all the photo's they have on their website have a beautiful and emotive quality to them. A lightness that i wanted for our wedding. From the start, the emails we received were disarmingly friendly yet professional - i imagine that they were trying to gauge what sort of couple we are, what sort of photo's we wanted. They were definately quick to respond to emails, and paid attention to even the smallest details. On the day of the wedding, there was quite a big storm brewing.. our ceremony took place under the cover or some angry-looking clouds (luckily with some peeks of sunshine). Immediately after the ceremony and a few brief photo's, the wind whipped up and rain came down so quickly and heavily. Always on the ball, Erika and Ryan were able to find a few places for us to take our group photo's (so we actually had a good variety of backgrounds), and when the rain eased up, we went down to the docks to take more shots. While they suggested and photographed a few 'staged' poses for us, they also took photo's of those joyful in-between moments, when my husband and i were just playing around, being ourselves. These, i'll always treasure. I had been worried that with the lack of sunshine and blue skies, that our photo's might end up a little 'dull'.Those fears were quickly eased - when we received our photo's from Erika and Ryan, not long after the wedding, i was so happy to see that the lighting was perfect. The photo's were beautiful, with a journalistic style that sets this pair apart from others.
We didn't have it in our budget for a professional videographer, but one thing we did make sure of, is to have a fantastic Read more...
We didn't have it in our budget for a professional videographer, but one thing we did make sure of, is to have a fantastic photographer. Long before we had booked Erika and Ryan, an experienced and dynamic duo, i had been looking at photographs of weddings in Muskoka, and i have to say that it is their photos of Windermere House that first got us interested in that particular venue. In actual fact, it probably wouldn't matter where/what Erika and Ryan are photographing -- all the photo's they have on their website have a beautiful and emotive quality to them. A lightness that i wanted for our wedding. From the start, the emails we received were disarmingly friendly yet professional - i imagine that they were trying to gauge what sort of couple we are, what sort of photo's we wanted. They were definately quick to respond to emails, and paid attention to even the smallest details. On the day of the wedding, there was quite a big storm brewing.. our ceremony took place under the cover or some angry-looking clouds (luckily with some peeks of sunshine). Immediately after the ceremony and a few brief photo's, the wind whipped up and rain came down so quickly and heavily. Always on the ball, Erika and Ryan were able to find a few places for us to take our group photo's (so we actually had a good variety of backgrounds), and when the rain eased up, we went down to the docks to take more shots. While they suggested and photographed a few 'staged' poses for us, they also took photo's of those joyful in-between moments, when my husband and i were just playing around, being ourselves. These, i'll always treasure. I had been worried that with the lack of sunshine and blue skies, that our photo's might end up a little 'dull'.Those fears were quickly eased - when we received our photo's from Erika and Ryan, not long after the wedding, i was so happy to see that the lighting was perfect. The photo's were beautiful, with a journalistic style that sets this pair apart from others. Read less
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Tracy
Wedding:
8/18/2012
4.9/5.0
Amazing photographers! Erica & Ryan "got" who we were and what we were about. Our photos turned out perfect, and really represented who we are. Super fun and awesome to work with!
Amazing photographers! Erica & Ryan "got" who we were and what we were about. Our photos turned out perfect, and really Read more...
Amazing photographers! Erica & Ryan "got" who we were and what we were about. Our photos turned out perfect, and really represented who we are. Super fun and awesome to work with! Read less
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Melissa
Wedding:
6/23/2012
5.0/5.0
We really loved working with you guys. You were great and very accommodating. We have had so many compliments on our pictures and how well you both blending in with the wedding scene, it was nice to have you there but not feel like there was a camera in our faces the whole time. You were great at capturing the moments.
We really loved working with you guys. You were great and very accommodating. We have had so many compliments on our Read more...
We really loved working with you guys. You were great and very accommodating. We have had so many compliments on our pictures and how well you both blending in with the wedding scene, it was nice to have you there but not feel like there was a camera in our faces the whole time. You were great at capturing the moments. Read less
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ChrisandAnn2012
Wedding:
4/14/2012
3.0/5.0
Hello to you!

We hired Erika and Ryan for our Iceland destination wedding on April 14, 2012. They were lovely folks in personality, researched places for our portrait spots for our engagement session, and provided a great response time before the wedding day. But, their attention to details lacked and left us disappointed and wishing they had captured more in an overall experience. Brides are crazy about all the details we spent so much time planning, right? Hence my disappointment below.

To better illustrate for you, some examples follow:
1.) Welcome bags were given to all of the guests (including them) and not 1 photo of the contents was taken. It was not just a chinsey thing either so we expected photos of it from Rowell - It was a super cute canvas tote, special timeline card we made for the day/weekend events, travel survival kit, Iceland specific items, and other cutesy things like umbrellas that had a "In case you encounter April showers!" ribbon around it.

2.) We had sent them an invitation and they had mentioned they would be taking it Iceland for a shot- this was forgotten about until we asked (upon our return from the wedding). When they did finally take the photo they did not even smooth out the corner creases (you can cleary see this in their blog post too).

3.) All of the images taken during our vows- there were water spots on her lens so the grooms suit looked spotted/gray and not the true black in color.

4.) We had a love letter ceremony and had brought our wooden box all the way from Michigan to use. There were no detail photos of this taken by itself, of the letters, or of our friend who ran back to the bus to get it during the ceremony. We hired 2 photographers, why didn't one of them notice?

5.) There were sunbursts in many of out shots- more than 1 just done for effect.

6.) Other images throughout our outside portraits had what seemed to be a dirty camera sensor (dirt or dust spots) against our blue sky images.

7.) We were a small 35 person intimate affair and did not design our wedding to be a dance party- rather we had a 5 course authentic Iceland sit down meal and I am sad to report that not one photo of the courses were taken. When I asked Erika if there were any taken we received this response, "No we didn't take any of the food, I feel like our lighting at weddings need really does it justice. Plus badly taken food shots look gross so we just avoid it. Sorry :(" Sad face indeed! They knew in advance it was going to be a sit down 5 course and they should have come prepared for that lighting situation. After all our last course (chocolate lava cake) was considered our wedding cake and not one photo was taken by Rowell.

8.) They spent the time taking photos of a few friends (which we appreciated) without being asked at our ceremony but not one photo was taken of the grooms parents formally together, the brides mother and best friend at the waterfall, of the parents all together, etc. And if you read their contract through they "do not accept shot lists" so we had faith they would group couples together.

9.) The candids at our dinner were sparse (~40 images in 2.5 hours - includes the formal dances). We would have appreciated them taking the initiative to gather folks outside of the room knowing it was a small event. Especially since every guest was a couple.

10.) We had engraved luggage tags for our favors (they were banded around the napkin) which had our bridal logo (A&C), the guests name, and the the color of their meal choice. On the back we had each one engraved with "Iceland 2012." They only took 1 photo of "Ryan Rowell's place setting," not a close up even of the tag. They also did not take a photo of my place setting or my husbands place setting which featured my new name (Ann Peters) or notice that the back of ours each said, "Bride Iceland and Groom Iceland."

11.) There were also no close up photos of our Mr. and Mrs. Kate Spade champagne glasses which we had told them they were from a special friend who could not make it to Iceland. Would have loved a shot of them untouched before the reception began.

12.) Guests told us that even while seated next to them the Rowell team were playing on their Ipads the majority of the reception or would be MIA for long periods of time. Which explains why we do not have the candids of the reception we were anticipating and hoping for.

13.) We had chartered a bus for our guests and invited Erika and Ryan to join so they would not have to worry about navigating and shooting. No candids were taken from there ceremony on, on the bus (over 3 hours were spent on there in transit). Nor did they take any of the authentic Iceland snacks we had on the bus for our guests or our customized "Chris and Ann - Iceland 2012" water bottles we gave to everyone.

The above lack of details left us with a void within our Iceland destination photography coverage and we now are having to contact the hotel for photos, friends for additional details, recreate some shots that were not taken, and spend time retouching our wedding photos for their lack of attention to detail.

All that being said, we hope you find this helpful and are able to make a decision that is best for your wedding day.

All the best! Ann Rezbanyay Peters
Need more insight to our experience? Feel free to contact me directly: MissAnn1320@hotmail.com

::Update:: June 20th 2012:
Rowell contacted us the day this review was posted telling us our thoughts were petty and further replied by trying to bully us, "We ask that you adjust your review to say that although you love all the photos that were taken you wish we would have grabbed a few shots of some of the small details you had created for the wedding. But overall you love your photos and are happy with the experience."

We responded to this by simply saying, "The intent of that review was not to publically embarrass your company but to provide an inside eye to our specific destination event. It’s how we felt about our captured experience petty to you or not. Reading a review like this would have helped us weigh out our options during our planning stages. But all that being said, we do not want any bad vibes out there so we would be willing to adjust the review if you will kindly provide all of the RAW files of all of our images."

Simple request as we had paid them in full (over $5,500 USD) in advance 60 days prior to our wedding day (and tipped them over $300 USD on our wedding day in good faith) for our package. Our package included their time and high resolution images. Never did it state what type of high resolution files we would receive. They sent JPEG high resolution files (3,000x4,000). But after receiving the USB stick and viewing their mistakes on a larger monitor we thought it would be easier to retouch the mistakes (IE- the water spots, sunbursts, and dust spots) in Photoshop at the higher resolution (RAW files (6,000x7,000 uncompressed files)- straight from the camera versus JPEG's that were processed by them).

!!FINAL UPDATE!!
August 3rd 2012: No other email was received from Rowell after the above June date. They never presented any sort of solutions to our above disappoints or offered to rectify their mistakes.
Hello to you!

We hired Erika and Ryan for our Iceland destination wedding on April 14, 2012. They were lovely Read more...
Hello to you!

We hired Erika and Ryan for our Iceland destination wedding on April 14, 2012. They were lovely folks in personality, researched places for our portrait spots for our engagement session, and provided a great response time before the wedding day. But, their attention to details lacked and left us disappointed and wishing they had captured more in an overall experience. Brides are crazy about all the details we spent so much time planning, right? Hence my disappointment below.

To better illustrate for you, some examples follow:
1.) Welcome bags were given to all of the guests (including them) and not 1 photo of the contents was taken. It was not just a chinsey thing either so we expected photos of it from Rowell - It was a super cute canvas tote, special timeline card we made for the day/weekend events, travel survival kit, Iceland specific items, and other cutesy things like umbrellas that had a "In case you encounter April showers!" ribbon around it.

2.) We had sent them an invitation and they had mentioned they would be taking it Iceland for a shot- this was forgotten about until we asked (upon our return from the wedding). When they did finally take the photo they did not even smooth out the corner creases (you can cleary see this in their blog post too).

3.) All of the images taken during our vows- there were water spots on her lens so the grooms suit looked spotted/gray and not the true black in color.

4.) We had a love letter ceremony and had brought our wooden box all the way from Michigan to use. There were no detail photos of this taken by itself, of the letters, or of our friend who ran back to the bus to get it during the ceremony. We hired 2 photographers, why didn't one of them notice?

5.) There were sunbursts in many of out shots- more than 1 just done for effect.

6.) Other images throughout our outside portraits had what seemed to be a dirty camera sensor (dirt or dust spots) against our blue sky images.

7.) We were a small 35 person intimate affair and did not design our wedding to be a dance party- rather we had a 5 course authentic Iceland sit down meal and I am sad to report that not one photo of the courses were taken. When I asked Erika if there were any taken we received this response, "No we didn't take any of the food, I feel like our lighting at weddings need really does it justice. Plus badly taken food shots look gross so we just avoid it. Sorry :(" Sad face indeed! They knew in advance it was going to be a sit down 5 course and they should have come prepared for that lighting situation. After all our last course (chocolate lava cake) was considered our wedding cake and not one photo was taken by Rowell.

8.) They spent the time taking photos of a few friends (which we appreciated) without being asked at our ceremony but not one photo was taken of the grooms parents formally together, the brides mother and best friend at the waterfall, of the parents all together, etc. And if you read their contract through they "do not accept shot lists" so we had faith they would group couples together.

9.) The candids at our dinner were sparse (~40 images in 2.5 hours - includes the formal dances). We would have appreciated them taking the initiative to gather folks outside of the room knowing it was a small event. Especially since every guest was a couple.

10.) We had engraved luggage tags for our favors (they were banded around the napkin) which had our bridal logo (A&C), the guests name, and the the color of their meal choice. On the back we had each one engraved with "Iceland 2012." They only took 1 photo of "Ryan Rowell's place setting," not a close up even of the tag. They also did not take a photo of my place setting or my husbands place setting which featured my new name (Ann Peters) or notice that the back of ours each said, "Bride Iceland and Groom Iceland."

11.) There were also no close up photos of our Mr. and Mrs. Kate Spade champagne glasses which we had told them they were from a special friend who could not make it to Iceland. Would have loved a shot of them untouched before the reception began.

12.) Guests told us that even while seated next to them the Rowell team were playing on their Ipads the majority of the reception or would be MIA for long periods of time. Which explains why we do not have the candids of the reception we were anticipating and hoping for.

13.) We had chartered a bus for our guests and invited Erika and Ryan to join so they would not have to worry about navigating and shooting. No candids were taken from there ceremony on, on the bus (over 3 hours were spent on there in transit). Nor did they take any of the authentic Iceland snacks we had on the bus for our guests or our customized "Chris and Ann - Iceland 2012" water bottles we gave to everyone.

The above lack of details left us with a void within our Iceland destination photography coverage and we now are having to contact the hotel for photos, friends for additional details, recreate some shots that were not taken, and spend time retouching our wedding photos for their lack of attention to detail.

All that being said, we hope you find this helpful and are able to make a decision that is best for your wedding day.

All the best! Ann Rezbanyay Peters
Need more insight to our experience? Feel free to contact me directly: MissAnn1320@hotmail.com

::Update:: June 20th 2012:
Rowell contacted us the day this review was posted telling us our thoughts were petty and further replied by trying to bully us, "We ask that you adjust your review to say that although you love all the photos that were taken you wish we would have grabbed a few shots of some of the small details you had created for the wedding. But overall you love your photos and are happy with the experience."

We responded to this by simply saying, "The intent of that review was not to publically embarrass your company but to provide an inside eye to our specific destination event. It’s how we felt about our captured experience petty to you or not. Reading a review like this would have helped us weigh out our options during our planning stages. But all that being said, we do not want any bad vibes out there so we would be willing to adjust the review if you will kindly provide all of the RAW files of all of our images."

Simple request as we had paid them in full (over $5,500 USD) in advance 60 days prior to our wedding day (and tipped them over $300 USD on our wedding day in good faith) for our package. Our package included their time and high resolution images. Never did it state what type of high resolution files we would receive. They sent JPEG high resolution files (3,000x4,000). But after receiving the USB stick and viewing their mistakes on a larger monitor we thought it would be easier to retouch the mistakes (IE- the water spots, sunbursts, and dust spots) in Photoshop at the higher resolution (RAW files (6,000x7,000 uncompressed files)- straight from the camera versus JPEG's that were processed by them).

!!FINAL UPDATE!!
August 3rd 2012: No other email was received from Rowell after the above June date. They never presented any sort of solutions to our above disappoints or offered to rectify their mistakes. Read less
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Rowell Photography responded with the following comments:

I am sorry that we did not meet your expectations. We have actively reached out to you via private channels to help resolve these differences.

If you are reading this response, thank you for making all the way to the bottom of this review. There are always two sides to every story. Rather than try to dispute all of the points, all I ask is that you look at all the other reviews we have. Thank you.

See Chris & Ann's Wedding Here:
http://wp.me/p7ryJ-3hT


Update: August 3rd 2012

Until now we have chosen to not confront Ann & Chris in public. We do not think it is fair or constructive to discuss these matters in a public forum. But there comes a point where we have to defend what we do, and I have no doubt that Ann will continue to write comments about us on weddingwire long after we post this. The intention of this (below) is to show an open conversation between us at Rowell Photography and Ann & Chris Peters. This reply by us is made here so that pieces of the story will not be taken out of context as they have in the past. But this will be our last public response to this matter.

Ann & Chris,
I really wish that if you wanted to speak with us and explain all the issues that you are having with your photos that you would just call or formally email us. I don't understand why you continue to report on wedding wire but refuse to actually talk about the issues with us. I would have responded sooner but I was afraid my private emails to you would end up in a public forum like wedding wire like they have in the past. But this will be our last public response to this matter.

Given the opportunity to review any issues you had with the photos privately and professionally before you started reviewing us would have made this situation a lot smoother and perhaps would have ended with you having more positive results. Since you have continually called us out in public I have no choice but to just accept that you will always feel the way that you do, and that you really do not care about your photos but more so about publicly complaining about our efforts. You did not even hint at a problem. You mentioned to us that you printed some of your favourite images as enlargements and decorated your house with them, and also that you printed a professional album on your own with the images from the wedding, you also put a large number of them up on Facebook and submitted them to wedding magazines.

By the way; it takes 6-8 months sometimes to get a response from magazines regarding real wedding submissions. Last week our company was contacted by Grace Ormond magazine asking us to send them more images for a submission of your wedding. Grace Ormond Magazine does not typically ask for images unless they are sure they want to consider them, they also apologized for not getting back to us sooner as they have been very busy finishing up their latest issue, and they very much want to see more from your wedding. This is a very uncommon email to be receiving, most magazines do not email you personally requesting images. They must have really liked the preview of images we sent in at your request. In one of your last emails you mentioned that you no longer wanted your images submitted to any online blogs or magazines. If you wish to have me forward the Grace Ormond email to you, I can definitely do so.
The venue in Iceland Hotel Ranga has also requested images to use for their in house promotions of your wedding. At your request we have also given them images. They also expressed to us that they liked them very much and look forward to using them to show more couples who come to Hotel Ranga.

But before I close this email, there are a few points I wanted to stress before I forget about this whole thing, because seriously, enough is enough.

1. You paid $3500.00 for your wedding package which included 8 hours of consecutive wedding day coverage, a 2 hour engagement shoot, 2 photographers and a USB of all the wedding and engagement images in high resolution, $500.00 for the car rental fee, and then you gave us a $300.00 tip on your own accord. You did not pay $5500.00 for your photos. You may have paid $2000.00 for travel, but that was your choice, and we certainly did not bill you as part of your package.

2. We started working at around 730-8am (my timestamps on the first images of April 14th 2012 show this start time of 730am), and then we returned to the hotel for the reception just after 3pm. Dinner was very long and dancing did not start until 7. Thats a 12 hour day not an 8 hour day, an 8 hour day would have ended at 330pm. You did not pay for the additional hours and we did not bill you for them, but because dinner was so long and you wanted to have us there for dancing we stayed. It is a requirement for us to be given a meal as per our contract signed by you and Chris, another reason why we stayed. During this un-billed time we captured speeches, decor, dancing and your guests at the reception. During the first hour we all arrived back at the hotel guests were scattered everywhere, most, including Ann & Chris were not even present for the first 30 mins as everyone was tired and went to their hotel rooms first, in that time we set up our lights and captured the few details of decor present. During dinner whenever there was a speech we photographed it. There are 166 images from the reception. It may not have been to your specific liking or to your standards, but technically we were off the clock for your reception and we stayed just to be nice, and because we genuinely like you guys and wanted to photograph this part of your day for you. All the photos you complained about were taken at the reception, and you got all that for free.

3. During the reception when your guests say that we were playing around on our iPads and no where to be found, what we were actually doing was working with the hotel to colour balance our lights in the area you would be dancing in, because the walls are all an orange wood colour and the lights are a florescent blue colour we didn't want the skin tones to be unnatural. So we spent extra time setting up our lighting gear so that we could capture the dance with your mom that you wanted us to stay for. When we were on our iPads during dinner, while everyone was eating we were editing a preview of your photos for you to share with all your guests during the reception, which you did and they loved them.

Not all photographers have the same methods to shooting an event. We have been shooting events our way for close to 10 years now. This is what we do, and we will not apologize for being different, unique, uncommon, or apologize for our creative process.

4. Regarding the special bags you made for guests . These were given out to guests the day before the wedding at the rehearsal dinner, and you told us to not bring our cameras to the rehearsal dinner and to just come along and eat with your friends and family. These things were not photographed because you told us that we did not have to bring our cameras that day, even though we offered to. This was not an event that we were hired to cover in our contract.

5. You did not purchase the raw images. You purchased the high resolution jpegs with minor edits. When you told us that you would alter your review if we gave the raws to you (a whole other product) it was a form of blackmail.

6. When we asked you to rewrite your review , we only asked you to write it to also include the positive comments and response you had been giving us for months regarding the photos, and the products you were happy to make using. As mentioned early, for months you told us how awesome the photos were and you had all your photos 2-3 weeks after your wedding and that you had already used them to print large images and an album. Telling couples on weddingwire all of your negative concerns regarding our performance and our product and then telling us how much you loved them doesn't make sense. Reading your negative comments on wedding wire was the first time we were informed that you had an issue.

There are so many little things I could touch on but I think this is as far as I would like to go with reviewing your comments. We are not the type of people to find fault in people who have given us such a wonderful experience. No one is perfect, no company is perfect, weddings are most definitely not perfect. But given the chance to make YOUR wedding a little closer to perfect, without being publicly taken through the ringer like we have been, we would have. I really do wish things had worked out differently, and that you would have come to us first and formally with any concerns or issues, instead of using weddingwire to introduce us to your concerns. Our company has always had an open door policy and we will continue that effort.

Sincerely,
Erika & Ryan
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App
Wedding:
10/14/2011
4.9/5.0
Erika & Ryan capture such great pictures of us... Natural and simply beautiful. They just depict the true self of us; all smiles and laughter. Engagement and wedding album portray contrasting themes - engagement is light-hearted, cute & cheerful; wedding album is formal, grand & pristine... They have great ideas on the perfect place and scenery for each shot... We hail all the way from Singapore, and we will think flying to Canada for the shots is one of the best thing we did.
Erika & Ryan capture such great pictures of us... Natural and simply beautiful. They just depict the true self of us; all Read more...
Erika & Ryan capture such great pictures of us... Natural and simply beautiful. They just depict the true self of us; all smiles and laughter. Engagement and wedding album portray contrasting themes - engagement is light-hearted, cute & cheerful; wedding album is formal, grand & pristine... They have great ideas on the perfect place and scenery for each shot... We hail all the way from Singapore, and we will think flying to Canada for the shots is one of the best thing we did. Read less
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Rowell Photography responded with the following comments:

See Kelly & Wayne's Wedding Here:
http://rowellphoto.com/kelly-wayne-niagara-falls-wedding/
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DSAlexander
Wedding:
10/1/2011
5.0/5.0
We were very lucky to have Rowell Photography for our wedding and engagement photo shoot. They are both brilliant at what they do. Our engagement and wedding photos are something I will cherish for the rest of my life, especially our wedding album which is more than I could have ever imagined. The quality, creativity and experience that both Erika and Ryan have will give you the confidence that this is the best and easiest decision you could make. I hope to be able to work with them again in the future!
We were very lucky to have Rowell Photography for our wedding and engagement photo shoot. They are both brilliant at what Read more...
We were very lucky to have Rowell Photography for our wedding and engagement photo shoot. They are both brilliant at what they do. Our engagement and wedding photos are something I will cherish for the rest of my life, especially our wedding album which is more than I could have ever imagined. The quality, creativity and experience that both Erika and Ryan have will give you the confidence that this is the best and easiest decision you could make. I hope to be able to work with them again in the future! Read less
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Rowell Photography responded with the following comments:

Check out Shelby's wedding & engagement here: http://rowellphoto.com/shelby-derrick-gibson-center-wedding-alliston/
http://rowellphoto.com/shelby-derrick-old-montreal-quebec/
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Kristine and Alan
Wedding:
8/20/2011
5.0/5.0
Erika and Ryan were absolutely fabulous on our wedding day, as well as during our engagement shoot. They made us feel very comfortable in front of the camera - something we aren't so used to! They were friendly, personable and professional. They take their work seriously, which is great. The pictures turned out amazing and we couldn't have asked for a better set of photographers. Everything from the candid shots, to the posed family shots to the lighting were incredible. We couldn't even pick out ONE bad picture because there were none. I would strongly recommend them to everyone I know and actually, already have!
Erika and Ryan were absolutely fabulous on our wedding day, as well as during our engagement shoot. They made us feel very Read more...
Erika and Ryan were absolutely fabulous on our wedding day, as well as during our engagement shoot. They made us feel very comfortable in front of the camera - something we aren't so used to! They were friendly, personable and professional. They take their work seriously, which is great. The pictures turned out amazing and we couldn't have asked for a better set of photographers. Everything from the candid shots, to the posed family shots to the lighting were incredible. We couldn't even pick out ONE bad picture because there were none. I would strongly recommend them to everyone I know and actually, already have! Read less
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Rowell Photography responded with the following comments:

Check out Alan & Kristine's wedding and engagements here:
http://rowellphoto.com/kristine-alan-blue-mountain-wedding/
http://rowellphoto.com/kristine-alan-canada-day-barrie/
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Jessica
Wedding:
7/30/2011
5.0/5.0
As a wedding planner planning my own big day, booking a top notch photographer for my wedding was a priority for me. Working with Rowell Photography throughout my wedding planning was one of the best decisions I made. From the creative engagement session thought up by Erika and Ryan themselves, to the wedding day and beyond, we never felt like "just another client" to this dynamic team. We felt like we were working with friends! Although there are many good photographers out there, after our first meeting with Erika and Ryan we were sold. The quality of their work speaks for itself, but their personable and professional attitudes is what made the whole process fun and enjoyable.

When our friends and family saw our engagement photos that were shot in front of live fireworks, they were absolutely blown away. The response was overwhelming. Rowell came up with the concept, while we just had to follow their lead, and the result was astounding.

We've had the same reaction to our wedding photos as well, as Erika and Ryan's artistry and experience captured our day in the best way possible. I hope to work with Rowell again in the future and would happily recommend them to my clients, friends and family.
As a wedding planner planning my own big day, booking a top notch photographer for my wedding was a priority for me. Read more...
As a wedding planner planning my own big day, booking a top notch photographer for my wedding was a priority for me. Working with Rowell Photography throughout my wedding planning was one of the best decisions I made. From the creative engagement session thought up by Erika and Ryan themselves, to the wedding day and beyond, we never felt like "just another client" to this dynamic team. We felt like we were working with friends! Although there are many good photographers out there, after our first meeting with Erika and Ryan we were sold. The quality of their work speaks for itself, but their personable and professional attitudes is what made the whole process fun and enjoyable.

When our friends and family saw our engagement photos that were shot in front of live fireworks, they were absolutely blown away. The response was overwhelming. Rowell came up with the concept, while we just had to follow their lead, and the result was astounding.

We've had the same reaction to our wedding photos as well, as Erika and Ryan's artistry and experience captured our day in the best way possible. I hope to work with Rowell again in the future and would happily recommend them to my clients, friends and family. Read less
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Rowell Photography responded with the following comments:

See Jessica & Neil's Wedding Here:
http://rowellphoto.com/fireworks-television-shows-happily-afters/

See their engagement photos here:
http://rowellphoto.com/canada-day-engagement-session-barrie/
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Tara
Wedding:
7/3/2011
5.0/5.0
We wanted beautiful wedding photos that captured the day and our personalities. A "typical" photographer was not going to cut it. We loved the photo-journalistic style of some of their pics, and the sense of humour infused into others. They made the groom (who is camera shy) comfortable. From our engagement shoot to our wedding day pics we felt like we were heard, and were understood.
We wanted beautiful wedding photos that captured the day and our personalities. A "typical" photographer was not going to Read more...
We wanted beautiful wedding photos that captured the day and our personalities. A "typical" photographer was not going to cut it. We loved the photo-journalistic style of some of their pics, and the sense of humour infused into others. They made the groom (who is camera shy) comfortable. From our engagement shoot to our wedding day pics we felt like we were heard, and were understood. Read less
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Rowell Photography responded with the following comments:

Check out Tara & Gary's wedding and engagements here:
http://rowellphoto.com/tara-gary-romantic-farm-wedding-innisfil-on/
http://rowellphoto.com/engagement-session-niagara-lake/
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Denise
Wedding:
5/7/2011
5.0/5.0
Finally! It's taken us some time to write this feedback but it's we would not be doing Rowell photography any justice if we didn't. The day was perfect and they captured it incredibly well. I look at our pictures all the time and I can recall how I was feeling and that is the magic behind their skill. Our guests candid expressions were captured beautifully. We cannot thank them enough!!

Adrion and Denise Smith
Finally! It's taken us some time to write this feedback but it's we would not be doing Rowell photography any justice if Read more...
Finally! It's taken us some time to write this feedback but it's we would not be doing Rowell photography any justice if we didn't. The day was perfect and they captured it incredibly well. I look at our pictures all the time and I can recall how I was feeling and that is the magic behind their skill. Our guests candid expressions were captured beautifully. We cannot thank them enough!!

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Melissa
Wedding:
12/27/2010
5.0/5.0
I absolutely love my wedding photos by Rowell Photography. They were very professional and, more importantly, friendly and very easy to work with. I felt at ease with them on my big day and trusted them to make my wedding photos perfect.
We booked them and that was the only thing we had to worry about and they were always there to answer any questions we had very promptly.
I would highly recommend them. Not only are their photos fantastic but they are very easy to work with and I got my wedding photos very quickly afterwards. Something I very much appreciated.
I absolutely love my wedding photos by Rowell Photography. They were very professional and, more importantly, friendly and Read more...
I absolutely love my wedding photos by Rowell Photography. They were very professional and, more importantly, friendly and very easy to work with. I felt at ease with them on my big day and trusted them to make my wedding photos perfect.
We booked them and that was the only thing we had to worry about and they were always there to answer any questions we had very promptly.
I would highly recommend them. Not only are their photos fantastic but they are very easy to work with and I got my wedding photos very quickly afterwards. Something I very much appreciated. Read less
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Rowell Photography responded with the following comments:

Check out Melissa's wedding here:
http://rowellphoto.com/melissa-rob-berkeley-church-toronto-wedding/
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Shiri
Wedding:
12/5/2010
5.0/5.0
Its hard for me to give Ryan and Erika of Rowell Photo anything less than a 5 out of 5. They made everything really easy leading up to the wedding, from booking our engagement shoot and choosing the locations (which were awesome), we had beautiful photos which we created a guest signing book out of. The engagement photo session was so much fun and it really shows in the photo. My husband really doesn't like having his picture taken and they really made it light and easy for him, we were both very very happy with that.

Leading up to the wedding, the correspondence between them was really easy and they were always there to answer any of my questions and go through the time line to make sure the day of the wedding flowed.

They were really able to capture the feel and energy of the wedding. The photos turned out really great, from the ceremony, family portraits, to Union Station and the reception. It was hard to narrow down which to choose for the album, which I ended up narrowing down close to 300 photos. Our wedding album was a 35 page spread album, it's huge! I love it. I am only getting compliments, my family and friends are very impressed with everything.

They did a great job!
Its hard for me to give Ryan and Erika of Rowell Photo anything less than a 5 out of 5. They made everything really easy Read more...
Its hard for me to give Ryan and Erika of Rowell Photo anything less than a 5 out of 5. They made everything really easy leading up to the wedding, from booking our engagement shoot and choosing the locations (which were awesome), we had beautiful photos which we created a guest signing book out of. The engagement photo session was so much fun and it really shows in the photo. My husband really doesn't like having his picture taken and they really made it light and easy for him, we were both very very happy with that.

Leading up to the wedding, the correspondence between them was really easy and they were always there to answer any of my questions and go through the time line to make sure the day of the wedding flowed.

They were really able to capture the feel and energy of the wedding. The photos turned out really great, from the ceremony, family portraits, to Union Station and the reception. It was hard to narrow down which to choose for the album, which I ended up narrowing down close to 300 photos. Our wedding album was a 35 page spread album, it's huge! I love it. I am only getting compliments, my family and friends are very impressed with everything.

They did a great job! Read less
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Rowell Photography responded with the following comments:

Check out Shiri's wedding and engagement here:
http://rowellphoto.com/shiri-jon-union-station-hazelton-manor-toronto-wedding/
http://rowellphoto.com/engagement-session-wasaga-beach/
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OctoberBride
Wedding:
10/23/2010
4.6/5.0
My husband and I would definitely recommend Rowell Photography to any couple looking for a wedding photographer. While they are not cheap (!), you do get two photographers for the price of one (one male, one female), so on your wedding day, you will have the luxury of having a photographer anywhere at any time. Rowell travelled 6+ hours to shoot our engagement photo session and only charged us for gas which I thought was very generous. They are a truly laid back pair who will do their best to make you laugh so if you are looking for someone who is very serious and intense, these may not be the photographers for you. They are true artists- we were blown away by our engagement session photos and we knew that these guys were well worth the investment. They are the real deal in photography!!
My husband and I would definitely recommend Rowell Photography to any couple looking for a wedding photographer. While Read more...
My husband and I would definitely recommend Rowell Photography to any couple looking for a wedding photographer. While they are not cheap (!), you do get two photographers for the price of one (one male, one female), so on your wedding day, you will have the luxury of having a photographer anywhere at any time. Rowell travelled 6+ hours to shoot our engagement photo session and only charged us for gas which I thought was very generous. They are a truly laid back pair who will do their best to make you laugh so if you are looking for someone who is very serious and intense, these may not be the photographers for you. They are true artists- we were blown away by our engagement session photos and we knew that these guys were well worth the investment. They are the real deal in photography!! Read less
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Rowell Photography responded with the following comments:

Wedding: http://rowellphoto.com/wedding-season-toronto/
Engagement: http://rowellphoto.com/seance-de-fiancailles-vieux-montreal-quebec/
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Kelly&Lee
Wedding:
9/4/2010
5.0/5.0
The Rowell Photo team (Erika and Ryan) were not only our photographers - they became a huge part of our expereince leading up to and the day of our wedding! They shot our engagment photos and our wedding photos and all I can say is WOW - they both knew how to capture each perfect moment and make it special for us. I think what sets them apart from any Photograher(s) is the chemistry they have with each other - it allows them to feed off eachother's ideas and make decisions quickly! Erika and Ryan are Professionals - I had full convidence in them and never had to worry once that they wouldn't capture the right moments or be there for us if we needed some guidance. That is one of the biggest things you need to think about when hiring Photographers - especailly since you will cherish these photos for a lifetime. Having Rowell at your event or special occasion - you will laugh with them and enjoy every minute from the first click of their camera to opening up the amazing album they will create for you! Kelly & Lee Whitaker
The Rowell Photo team (Erika and Ryan) were not only our photographers - they became a huge part of our expereince leading Read more...
The Rowell Photo team (Erika and Ryan) were not only our photographers - they became a huge part of our expereince leading up to and the day of our wedding! They shot our engagment photos and our wedding photos and all I can say is WOW - they both knew how to capture each perfect moment and make it special for us. I think what sets them apart from any Photograher(s) is the chemistry they have with each other - it allows them to feed off eachother's ideas and make decisions quickly! Erika and Ryan are Professionals - I had full convidence in them and never had to worry once that they wouldn't capture the right moments or be there for us if we needed some guidance. That is one of the biggest things you need to think about when hiring Photographers - especailly since you will cherish these photos for a lifetime. Having Rowell at your event or special occasion - you will laugh with them and enjoy every minute from the first click of their camera to opening up the amazing album they will create for you! Kelly & Lee Whitaker Read less
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Rowell Photography responded with the following comments:

Kelly & Lee's wedding & engagement:
http://rowellphoto.com/lee-kelly-engaged-collingwood/
http://rowellphoto.com/windermere-house-wedding-muskoka/
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j&tj
Wedding:
8/28/2010
5.0/5.0
From the moment we found Rowell photography's website online we knew they would be a perfect team for capturing our wedding day photos. We were traveling to Canada for our wedding and were a bit crunched for timing on engagement photos. Erika and Ryan accommodated us and had our guest book ready in time for our wedding date. Rowell made our planning simple since they had answers to all our question and were personable and friendly to work with. They have taken beautiful photos for our wedding which will last us a lifetime. We highly recommend them!
From the moment we found Rowell photography's website online we knew they would be a perfect team for capturing our Read more...
From the moment we found Rowell photography's website online we knew they would be a perfect team for capturing our wedding day photos. We were traveling to Canada for our wedding and were a bit crunched for timing on engagement photos. Erika and Ryan accommodated us and had our guest book ready in time for our wedding date. Rowell made our planning simple since they had answers to all our question and were personable and friendly to work with. They have taken beautiful photos for our wedding which will last us a lifetime. We highly recommend them! Read less
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Rowell Photography responded with the following comments:

Wedding: http://rowellphoto.com/native-wedding-bala/
Engagement: http://rowellphoto.com/engagement-session-bala/
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Cargo
Wedding:
8/21/2010
5.0/5.0
This was the one thing I was prepared to spend my money on and Rowell didn't disappoint. You can only remember so much about what happened and they captured the day perfectly. The photos are beautiful and Erika and Ryan were very easy to work with. They even let me change my wedding date without a fuss. I highly recommend them.
This was the one thing I was prepared to spend my money on and Rowell didn't disappoint. You can only remember so much Read more...
This was the one thing I was prepared to spend my money on and Rowell didn't disappoint. You can only remember so much about what happened and they captured the day perfectly. The photos are beautiful and Erika and Ryan were very easy to work with. They even let me change my wedding date without a fuss. I highly recommend them. Read less
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Rowell Photography responded with the following comments:

Wedding: http://rowellphoto.com/military-base-wedding-kingston/

Trash the Dress session: http://rowellphoto.com/waterfalls-trash-dress-cara-hugo/
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Andrea
Wedding:
8/7/2010
5.0/5.0
Erika and Ryan were fantastic. I was so pleased with the photographs and how professional they were for our special day. We were so surprised to find our first photos the day of -- two polaroids -- tucked into our napkins when we sat down for dinner. I absolutely recommend them.
Erika and Ryan were fantastic. I was so pleased with the photographs and how professional they were for our special day. Read more...
Erika and Ryan were fantastic. I was so pleased with the photographs and how professional they were for our special day. We were so surprised to find our first photos the day of -- two polaroids -- tucked into our napkins when we sat down for dinner. I absolutely recommend them. Read less
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Rowell Photography responded with the following comments:

Check out Andrea's wedding here: http://rowellphoto.com/inn-christies-mill-wedding-port-severn/
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lbell12
Wedding:
8/6/2010
5.0/5.0
talented, personable, professional, funny, creative, outgoing, friendly...I could go on forever! This talented team has produced photos that are timeless! We worked with Erika and Ryan for over a year...engagement photos, wedding and honeymoon photo session. Erika and Ryan offer a service above and beyond the regular wedding photographer. Their work speaks for itself! They are passionate about their work and ensure that they offer quality over quantity! Working with Rowell photography has been one of the best aspects of our wedding, and we could not even imagine having had to work with anyone else!

Thanks Erika and Ryan! :D
talented, personable, professional, funny, creative, outgoing, friendly...I could go on forever! This talented team has Read more...
talented, personable, professional, funny, creative, outgoing, friendly...I could go on forever! This talented team has produced photos that are timeless! We worked with Erika and Ryan for over a year...engagement photos, wedding and honeymoon photo session. Erika and Ryan offer a service above and beyond the regular wedding photographer. Their work speaks for itself! They are passionate about their work and ensure that they offer quality over quantity! Working with Rowell photography has been one of the best aspects of our wedding, and we could not even imagine having had to work with anyone else!

Thanks Erika and Ryan! :D Read less
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Rowell Photography responded with the following comments:

Check out Lisa's wedding: http://rowellphoto.com/capitol-theater-wedding-toronto/

Engagement: http://rowellphoto.com/greg-lisa-engaged-muskoka/

Honeymoon shoot: http://rowellphoto.com/iceland-destination-honeymoon/
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Sporteous
Wedding:
4/10/2010
5.0/5.0
This couple has an eye for color, light, detail, and for capturing genuine moments. As with all things creative, Erika & Ryan impressed us with their keen eye and brilliant work — by far the most talented and original photographers we've ever worked with. Our wedding day was perfect; with a big thanks to Rowell Photography.


Shauna & Shane
This couple has an eye for color, light, detail, and for capturing genuine moments. As with all things creative, Erika & Read more...
This couple has an eye for color, light, detail, and for capturing genuine moments. As with all things creative, Erika & Ryan impressed us with their keen eye and brilliant work — by far the most talented and original photographers we've ever worked with. Our wedding day was perfect; with a big thanks to Rowell Photography.


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Services Used: Photography
Rowell Photography responded with the following comments:

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tperera
Wedding:
1/5/2010
5.0/5.0
The perfect photographers that will go to any lengths to capture that special moment. Make them travel by plane, train, or automobile and they will only improve on their talent and expectations of what real photography is about. A picture is worth a thousand words, and these two photographers are worth many more!
The perfect photographers that will go to any lengths to capture that special moment. Make them travel by plane, train, or Read more...
The perfect photographers that will go to any lengths to capture that special moment. Make them travel by plane, train, or automobile and they will only improve on their talent and expectations of what real photography is about. A picture is worth a thousand words, and these two photographers are worth many more! Read less
Services Used: Photography
Rowell Photography responded with the following comments:

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Priscilla
Wedding:
11/7/2009
5.0/5.0
Amazing, phenomenal and stellar---> these are the exact words that describe the photos that they are capable of producing. They did my engagement photos and all my family and friends were very impressed with what they did--all the lighting, the colors and the creative aspect of the photos. I highly recommend ROWELL Photography. All my friends who are getting married are wanting to book with them. Despite their "godly" work, they are very down-to-earth and nice people to work with. So I give them 5 gold stars!!!!! :)
Amazing, phenomenal and stellar--- these are the exact words that describe the photos that they are capable of producing. Read more...
Amazing, phenomenal and stellar---> these are the exact words that describe the photos that they are capable of producing. They did my engagement photos and all my family and friends were very impressed with what they did--all the lighting, the colors and the creative aspect of the photos. I highly recommend ROWELL Photography. All my friends who are getting married are wanting to book with them. Despite their "godly" work, they are very down-to-earth and nice people to work with. So I give them 5 gold stars!!!!! :) Read less
Services Used: Photography
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Jonathan
Wedding:
10/30/2009
5.0/5.0
We were initially referred to Rowell Photography through a colleague of mine who works in the industry part-time and highly recommended Erika and Ryan for our special day.

Ever since our first phone call with Erika and Ryan, Rowell Photography has been the epitome of creative vision, professionalism and approachability. They took the time to get to know my wife and I as people before we even began to talk about services for our fall 2009 wedding.

When explaining our personal style and vision for our wedding, Erika and Ryan really understood our personalities and the overall theme that we were going for. They understood that we wanted this vision to flow through to our wedding photos. Along the way, they provided great advice and input into our vision and we felt very comfortable working with them.

In the days leading up the to the wedding Rowell Photography was proactive with emailing us to confirm times and locations for the shots. Since we opted for a Friday wedding with a morning service and lunch reception, timeframes were less than �traditional� and Rowell Photography worked around our tight schedule. They were patient and friendly to us and our guests and the photos are up on their blog now and are stunning.

Erika and Ryan are a great team and they have a real passion for what they do which shines through in their work.
We were initially referred to Rowell Photography through a colleague of mine who works in the industry part-time and Read more...
We were initially referred to Rowell Photography through a colleague of mine who works in the industry part-time and highly recommended Erika and Ryan for our special day.

Ever since our first phone call with Erika and Ryan, Rowell Photography has been the epitome of creative vision, professionalism and approachability. They took the time to get to know my wife and I as people before we even began to talk about services for our fall 2009 wedding.

When explaining our personal style and vision for our wedding, Erika and Ryan really understood our personalities and the overall theme that we were going for. They understood that we wanted this vision to flow through to our wedding photos. Along the way, they provided great advice and input into our vision and we felt very comfortable working with them.

In the days leading up the to the wedding Rowell Photography was proactive with emailing us to confirm times and locations for the shots. Since we opted for a Friday wedding with a morning service and lunch reception, timeframes were less than �traditional� and Rowell Photography worked around our tight schedule. They were patient and friendly to us and our guests and the photos are up on their blog now and are stunning.

Erika and Ryan are a great team and they have a real passion for what they do which shines through in their work. Read less
Services Used: Photography
Rowell Photography responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much for your review! We had such an amazing time at your wedding.

See Their photos here:
http://rowellphoto.com/jonathan-emma-married-mclean-house-sunnybrook-estates-toronto/
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Rahmanian
Wedding:
10/11/2009
5.0/5.0
We had Rowell Photo do the photography at our wedding. We were so pleased with them and their work! :) Ryan and Erika are fun, creative and extremely talented in what they do. We felt as if they were part of our wedding. They made great use of the venue and outdoors. Our professional wedding photos are just amazing! I would highly recommend them to anyone planning on seeking photographers.
We had Rowell Photo do the photography at our wedding. We were so pleased with them and their work! :) Ryan and Erika are Read more...
We had Rowell Photo do the photography at our wedding. We were so pleased with them and their work! :) Ryan and Erika are fun, creative and extremely talented in what they do. We felt as if they were part of our wedding. They made great use of the venue and outdoors. Our professional wedding photos are just amazing! I would highly recommend them to anyone planning on seeking photographers. Read less
Services Used: Photography
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Giselle
Wedding:
9/11/2009
5.0/5.0
Erika and Ryan were fantastic wedding photographers! We couldn't have chosen better people to work with! They knew exactly what we wanted, and now we have breathtaking photos that we love and will last a lifetime. We are absolutely in love with our photos!
Check out some of our photos and their stunning work!

http://rowellphoto.com/cody-giselle-married-kariya-park-brampton-badlands/
Erika and Ryan were fantastic wedding photographers! We couldn't have chosen better people to work with! They knew exactly Read more...
Erika and Ryan were fantastic wedding photographers! We couldn't have chosen better people to work with! They knew exactly what we wanted, and now we have breathtaking photos that we love and will last a lifetime. We are absolutely in love with our photos!
Check out some of our photos and their stunning work!

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Services Used: Photography
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tsales
Wedding:
9/5/2009
5.0/5.0
A wonderful couple to work with! We really enjoyed having our engagement pictures and our wedding pictures done with Ryan & Erika they are amazing and the photos aren't bad either :) Just kidding they are FANTASTIC!!
A wonderful couple to work with! We really enjoyed having our engagement pictures and our wedding pictures done with Ryan Read more...
A wonderful couple to work with! We really enjoyed having our engagement pictures and our wedding pictures done with Ryan & Erika they are amazing and the photos aren't bad either :) Just kidding they are FANTASTIC!! Read less
Services Used: Photography
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Paola
Wedding:
9/4/2009
5.0/5.0
Erika & Ryan are phenomenal photographers and so great to work with. They are fun, easygoing and all the while are capturing beautiful images when you don't even know it. They took the most beautiful pictures of our wedding, which were also published in the most recent issue of WedLuxe magazine. We highly recommend Erika & Ryan. Just go to their website to see the art they create. Once you do, you'll know what we're talking about. They're a fantastic team.
Paola & Lawrence.
Erika & Ryan are phenomenal photographers and so great to work with. They are fun, easygoing and all the while are Read more...
Erika & Ryan are phenomenal photographers and so great to work with. They are fun, easygoing and all the while are capturing beautiful images when you don't even know it. They took the most beautiful pictures of our wedding, which were also published in the most recent issue of WedLuxe magazine. We highly recommend Erika & Ryan. Just go to their website to see the art they create. Once you do, you'll know what we're talking about. They're a fantastic team.
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Services Used: Photography
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christie_paquin
Wedding:
6/20/2009
5.0/5.0
We could not have made a beter selection for our wedding photographers than Erika & Ryan! We knew that we wanted young and fun, but professional and creative photograpers, and after speaking with Erika and Ryan and seeing their portfolio (not to mention the quality of the albums provided), we were sold. We truly appreciated the time they took to get to know us as clients and personalize our wedding photos and album with that knowledge. We trusted them implicitly from the very beginning to provide us with perfect memories of our wedding day, and they certainly delivered!
We could not have made a beter selection for our wedding photographers than Erika & Ryan! We knew that we wanted young and Read more...
We could not have made a beter selection for our wedding photographers than Erika & Ryan! We knew that we wanted young and fun, but professional and creative photograpers, and after speaking with Erika and Ryan and seeing their portfolio (not to mention the quality of the albums provided), we were sold. We truly appreciated the time they took to get to know us as clients and personalize our wedding photos and album with that knowledge. We trusted them implicitly from the very beginning to provide us with perfect memories of our wedding day, and they certainly delivered! Read less
Services Used: Photography
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jschwartz
Wedding:
5/16/2009
5.0/5.0
I hired Erika and Ryan immediately after viewing their portfolio and being enticed by their unique style. Other photographers I researched for my wedding didn't compare. My wedding pictures came out beautifully and the album they created for my husband and I is top quality and different than anything I have ever seen.

Aside from being incredibly talented, they really care about their clients. They made it a priority to know my husband and I prior to the big day and wanted understand exactly what we wanted in terms of documenting our big day. They also made us feel incredibly comfortable behind the camera.

With all the stresses of planning a wedding, this was a decision I was confident in and their performance was beyond my expectations!
I hired Erika and Ryan immediately after viewing their portfolio and being enticed by their unique style. Other Read more...
I hired Erika and Ryan immediately after viewing their portfolio and being enticed by their unique style. Other photographers I researched for my wedding didn't compare. My wedding pictures came out beautifully and the album they created for my husband and I is top quality and different than anything I have ever seen.

Aside from being incredibly talented, they really care about their clients. They made it a priority to know my husband and I prior to the big day and wanted understand exactly what we wanted in terms of documenting our big day. They also made us feel incredibly comfortable behind the camera.

With all the stresses of planning a wedding, this was a decision I was confident in and their performance was beyond my expectations! Read less
Services Used: Photography
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purdy
Wedding:
3/19/2009
5.0/5.0
The albums are perfect. We new the pictures were good when we first saw them on the website after the wedding but the layout and design of the album, they look just perfect. The attention to detail, the backgrounds, we are speechless. They are memories that we can share with friends and family forever. And judging the quality of the album it looks like it will last that long too!

We can't say enough nice things about Ryan and Erika. They perfectly captured that moment in our lives.

We were so lucky to have them do our wedding.
The albums are perfect. We new the pictures were good when we first saw them on the website after the wedding but the Read more...
The albums are perfect. We new the pictures were good when we first saw them on the website after the wedding but the layout and design of the album, they look just perfect. The attention to detail, the backgrounds, we are speechless. They are memories that we can share with friends and family forever. And judging the quality of the album it looks like it will last that long too!

We can't say enough nice things about Ryan and Erika. They perfectly captured that moment in our lives.

We were so lucky to have them do our wedding. Read less
Services Used: Photography
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Jacqueline
Wedding:
2/14/2009
5.0/5.0
They are amazing to work with. They made the day an absolute pleasure. We have so many amazing pictures that deatiled every moment.
They are amazing to work with. They made the day an absolute pleasure. We have so many amazing pictures that deatiled Read more...
They are amazing to work with. They made the day an absolute pleasure. We have so many amazing pictures that deatiled every moment. Read less
Services Used: Photography
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Meredith
Wedding:
10/24/2008
5.0/5.0
What can I say about Ryan and Erika, the 2 photographers behind Rowell Photography?! They were BEYOND our wildest expectations! The pictures were breathtaking and they were sooo much fun!
They shot our wedding, as thier first destination wedding, and let me tell you--you would be LUCKY to have them shoot yours.
The price was right, the pictures were gorgeous, and i seriously barely noticed them around and about when we were there.
So talented and so professional--i couldn't believe how lucky we were to have chosen them. HIGHLY recommended!!! I would book with them for double, what we paid, and they would be worth every penny!
You will not be sorry!
What can I say about Ryan and Erika, the 2 photographers behind Rowell Photography?! They were BEYOND our wildest Read more...
What can I say about Ryan and Erika, the 2 photographers behind Rowell Photography?! They were BEYOND our wildest expectations! The pictures were breathtaking and they were sooo much fun!
They shot our wedding, as thier first destination wedding, and let me tell you--you would be LUCKY to have them shoot yours.
The price was right, the pictures were gorgeous, and i seriously barely noticed them around and about when we were there.
So talented and so professional--i couldn't believe how lucky we were to have chosen them. HIGHLY recommended!!! I would book with them for double, what we paid, and they would be worth every penny!
You will not be sorry! Read less
Services Used: Photography
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Jovian
Wedding:
9/28/2008
5.0/5.0
I had worked as a wedding photography assistant in Australia. When I went to the bridal show in Toronto, Canada to choose my own wedding photographer, Rowell photography popped up as the best one among hundreds of photographers. I was very passionate and picky about choosing the perfect photographer for my wedding, and Erika & Ryan�s work impressed me the most. They have an amazing ability to capture the real time living moments of the people in the photo with superior lighting and color effects. I love their work. When they took photos for my wedding, my husband and I felt very relaxed with them. They are highly professional and trustworthy. The perfectly captured one of the most important moments in our lives and created some very imaginative photos for us. My husband and I felt grateful for their superb work.
I had worked as a wedding photography assistant in Australia. When I went to the bridal show in Toronto, Canada to choose Read more...
I had worked as a wedding photography assistant in Australia. When I went to the bridal show in Toronto, Canada to choose my own wedding photographer, Rowell photography popped up as the best one among hundreds of photographers. I was very passionate and picky about choosing the perfect photographer for my wedding, and Erika & Ryan�s work impressed me the most. They have an amazing ability to capture the real time living moments of the people in the photo with superior lighting and color effects. I love their work. When they took photos for my wedding, my husband and I felt very relaxed with them. They are highly professional and trustworthy. The perfectly captured one of the most important moments in our lives and created some very imaginative photos for us. My husband and I felt grateful for their superb work. Read less
Services Used: Photography
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Carley
Wedding:
6/21/2008
4.9/5.0
An amazingly creative and energetic team, Erika and Ryan captured every detail of our special day. We loved their photography so much that we have had 3 other family photo shoots with them!
An amazingly creative and energetic team, Erika and Ryan captured every detail of our special day. We loved their Read more...
An amazingly creative and energetic team, Erika and Ryan captured every detail of our special day. We loved their photography so much that we have had 3 other family photo shoots with them! Read less
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