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Stec Photographers

St. Catharines , ON
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St. Catharines, ON L2N 2S7 CA (map)

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ABOUT US

Having photographed over 2500 weddings worldwide, this dynamic husband and wife team stand ready to take on new challenges and raise the standard of wedding photography everywhere they... Read more
Having photographed over 2500 weddings worldwide, this dynamic husband and wife team stand ready to take on new challenges and raise the standard of wedding photography everywhere they go. International awards and celebrity weddings are only a part of what Stec Photographers has been known for since 1994, and with each year, their quality and technical innovation and artistic ideas show no sign of slowing.

Based in a sleepy county tourist town near Niagara Falls in Southern Ontario, Stec Photographers travels worldwide, and with associate photographers and offices in Western Canada and throughout Ontario, they stand ready to serve any location and budget! Your inquiries are very welcome! 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, Prints, Proof CD of All Images, Thank You Cards
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Do you offer special techniques such as hand-coloring or toning?
A quick review of our website will show the techniques we use to enhance our images. A picture is worth a thousand words so I'll stop right here!
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
You name it! :)
Is your media preference film or digital?
Digital - no question
How many photographers do you work with?
4
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
Yes
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
NEVER!
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
Yes - only another senior photographer who will offer exactly the same quality!
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
All digital SLRs with 5 lenses and 2 bodies. We use only Canon Professional cameras and lenses.
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
Absolutely!
Do you charge hourly or full day?
Neither. We charge for a package - usually includes a "full day" whatever that comes out to be.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
ZERO! I'm "in the zone" and would not take a break even if offered one.
Do you charge for travel?
Yes - outside of the Niagara Region of Southern Ontario in Canada.
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
3 - 7 days
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
Either DVD or paper proofs - or both. It depends on what was included in the package.
How long can the client keep the proofs?
Forever and ever :)
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
Yes
Do you reserve the right to publish the photos?
Yes
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
Yes - at an additional cost - unless included in package.
Will images be available for viewing online?
Yes
What kind of albums do you offer?
7 different companies provide us with 40 different styles
When will the client get the final album?
3 - 5 months after submitting the order to us

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Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Peter was excellent! He was a pleasure to work with on the day of the wedding and his work speaks for itself. He was professional and timely with all steps leading up to and following the big day.
Peter was excellent! He was a pleasure to work with on the day of the wedding and his work speaks for itself. He was Read more...
Peter was excellent! He was a pleasure to work with on the day of the wedding and his work speaks for itself. He was professional and timely with all steps leading up to and following the big day. Read less
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Elaine
Wedding:
2/8/2014
5.0/5.0
Pete did a fantastic job at our wedding, he knew our venue so well and knew exactly where and how to shoot. He was also very open to our ideas and suggestions.

I love Pete's photographic style and he was able to capture the essence of our day. The only thing I would do differently is hire him for longer! I only wanted pictures of the first part of the day and our first day, after seeing how good they came out, I wish I would have had him at the dance/reception taking shots of all the fun we had!

I would highly recommend Pete to brides, that like a classic yet modern style and like clean lines in their images. Pete was great!
Pete did a fantastic job at our wedding, he knew our venue so well and knew exactly where and how to shoot. He was also Read more...
Pete did a fantastic job at our wedding, he knew our venue so well and knew exactly where and how to shoot. He was also very open to our ideas and suggestions.

I love Pete's photographic style and he was able to capture the essence of our day. The only thing I would do differently is hire him for longer! I only wanted pictures of the first part of the day and our first day, after seeing how good they came out, I wish I would have had him at the dance/reception taking shots of all the fun we had!

I would highly recommend Pete to brides, that like a classic yet modern style and like clean lines in their images. Pete was great! Read less
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Stefanie
Wedding:
10/26/2013
5.0/5.0
All I can say about Peter Stec is: WOW! From our first meeting with him, my husband and I were very impressed by his professionalism and eagerness to help us with any questions and concerns that we had regarding our wedding photos. In the months leading up to our wedding, Pete was very responsive to emails and did not once leave me feeling insecure with the service he was going to provide. Come the day of our wedding, even though it was the coldest, most miserable day of the whole year, Pete did not let this dampen our spirits. He captured all the day's moments beautifully and provided his expert opinion at every turn. My husband and I were so impressed with the way Pete ran around all day, changing lenses and commenting on how cool the photos looked and how he was trying different things and getting really excited- which in turn got us pretty excited! I can go on and on about Stec Photography. Pete was truly amazing and gracious every step of the way. We will definitely be recommending him to any friends we know planning a wedding in the future.
All I can say about Peter Stec is: WOW! From our first meeting with him, my husband and I were very impressed by his Read more...
All I can say about Peter Stec is: WOW! From our first meeting with him, my husband and I were very impressed by his professionalism and eagerness to help us with any questions and concerns that we had regarding our wedding photos. In the months leading up to our wedding, Pete was very responsive to emails and did not once leave me feeling insecure with the service he was going to provide. Come the day of our wedding, even though it was the coldest, most miserable day of the whole year, Pete did not let this dampen our spirits. He captured all the day's moments beautifully and provided his expert opinion at every turn. My husband and I were so impressed with the way Pete ran around all day, changing lenses and commenting on how cool the photos looked and how he was trying different things and getting really excited- which in turn got us pretty excited! I can go on and on about Stec Photography. Pete was truly amazing and gracious every step of the way. We will definitely be recommending him to any friends we know planning a wedding in the future. Read less
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JESSICA
Wedding:
9/7/2013
5.0/5.0
From start to finish Stec was there for us. I wish I could put into words how happy we were with everything leading up to the wedding and then how blown away we were on the actual day.
Emily provided the much needed direction that was required. We both felt so relaxed and confident with her. She literally got everything single shot I asked for plus more.
When people ask about my wedding one of the first things I share is how happy we were with our photographer. Our family and friends were also so extremely happy.
We cannot thank STEC enough for being part of our day and bringing a peace of mind before, during and after.
Thank You!!
From start to finish Stec was there for us. I wish I could put into words how happy we were with everything leading up to Read more...
From start to finish Stec was there for us. I wish I could put into words how happy we were with everything leading up to the wedding and then how blown away we were on the actual day.
Emily provided the much needed direction that was required. We both felt so relaxed and confident with her. She literally got everything single shot I asked for plus more.
When people ask about my wedding one of the first things I share is how happy we were with our photographer. Our family and friends were also so extremely happy.
We cannot thank STEC enough for being part of our day and bringing a peace of mind before, during and after.
Thank You!! Read less
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Katherine
Wedding:
7/6/2013
5.0/5.0
We had Pete as our photographer for both the engagement session and the wedding. Our engagement photos were great as we had a couple of locations around Jordan close to his studio all of which were picturesque for the fall capturing the changing of the leaves, just what I was looking for to contrast from our summer wedding. Pete had a great eye for both the candid and posed shots. When it came to our wedding, I couldn't have asked for anything more! We received our pictures back within a week and they looked like they were from a magazine. We had told Pete we wanted fun photos and he delivered. If you are looking for magazine quality with a personal touch Stec Photo's delivers. The quality of pictures you'll receive is outstanding and Pete is genuinely a caring individual who pays close attention to detail. Given you are spending the most time with him on your most important day of your life it is important you can place your trust in your photographer and this was one of the main reasons we chose him to begin with. We had a more reserved wedding party then we were and needed someone who could bring it out of everyone, and that he did. If you can, get the engagement photo album as a signature book for the wedding; its a nice touch for the guests and gives you a great memory piece. They do a great job of making a creative album while making it inviting for people to sign. Helpful tip: Give yourself lots of time for photos and getting to each locations; you'll be able to be more creative and won't leave you stressed when you're rushing back for the reception. Check out their blog for yourself and you won't want anyone else after seeing what they can deliver.
We had Pete as our photographer for both the engagement session and the wedding. Our engagement photos were great as we Read more...
We had Pete as our photographer for both the engagement session and the wedding. Our engagement photos were great as we had a couple of locations around Jordan close to his studio all of which were picturesque for the fall capturing the changing of the leaves, just what I was looking for to contrast from our summer wedding. Pete had a great eye for both the candid and posed shots. When it came to our wedding, I couldn't have asked for anything more! We received our pictures back within a week and they looked like they were from a magazine. We had told Pete we wanted fun photos and he delivered. If you are looking for magazine quality with a personal touch Stec Photo's delivers. The quality of pictures you'll receive is outstanding and Pete is genuinely a caring individual who pays close attention to detail. Given you are spending the most time with him on your most important day of your life it is important you can place your trust in your photographer and this was one of the main reasons we chose him to begin with. We had a more reserved wedding party then we were and needed someone who could bring it out of everyone, and that he did. If you can, get the engagement photo album as a signature book for the wedding; its a nice touch for the guests and gives you a great memory piece. They do a great job of making a creative album while making it inviting for people to sign. Helpful tip: Give yourself lots of time for photos and getting to each locations; you'll be able to be more creative and won't leave you stressed when you're rushing back for the reception. Check out their blog for yourself and you won't want anyone else after seeing what they can deliver. Read less
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Stec Photographers responded with the following comments:

Wow Katherine! I'm honoured! Did I pay you for this?? - KIDDING! My most sincere blessings to you in the future.
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Ruth
Wedding:
5/26/2013
5.0/5.0
If I could give 10 stars or even 100 stars I would. Pete and Deb were outstanding from the start. We could go on and on and on and probably on again about how accommodating they are, how professional they are, how astonishing the photos are, but there isn't enough space!
We were a little nervous at first inquiring about their wedding packages since we had such a small (under 20 people) wedding but we knew we wanted top quality photos from our wedding. We are so happy we went with them. They worked with us to help custom make our own package that could fit our day perfectly.
Pete was amazing on the day of our wedding. He coordinated us in poses but also let us do our own thing when we wanted. He also connected with our 3 year old daughter/flower girl which helped make those photos a breeze!
Like I said, I could go on and on - but the quality of the photos and the quality of Stec's service speaks for itself.
Go with Stec - you'll be happy for the rest of your life that you did!
If I could give 10 stars or even 100 stars I would. Pete and Deb were outstanding from the start. We could go on and on Read more...
If I could give 10 stars or even 100 stars I would. Pete and Deb were outstanding from the start. We could go on and on and on and probably on again about how accommodating they are, how professional they are, how astonishing the photos are, but there isn't enough space!
We were a little nervous at first inquiring about their wedding packages since we had such a small (under 20 people) wedding but we knew we wanted top quality photos from our wedding. We are so happy we went with them. They worked with us to help custom make our own package that could fit our day perfectly.
Pete was amazing on the day of our wedding. He coordinated us in poses but also let us do our own thing when we wanted. He also connected with our 3 year old daughter/flower girl which helped make those photos a breeze!
Like I said, I could go on and on - but the quality of the photos and the quality of Stec's service speaks for itself.
Go with Stec - you'll be happy for the rest of your life that you did! Read less
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Ashley
Wedding:
5/18/2013
5.0/5.0
My husband and I had both our engagement and wedding photos shot by Pete Stec. The reason for choosing Stec Photographers is I loved the natural and soft look of their portfolio. I found this contrasted greatly with the dark, saturated look of other popular photo studios in the GTA.

Our booking appointment with Pete Stec was very comfortable and laid back as it took place in his home. We were having so much fun answering the thorough questions being asked about our upcoming big day that we were there for almost three hours. Pete was very personable and evidently knew what he was talking about. We both knew we had made the right choice after we left that day and couldn't be more excited.

Our engagement photos rained out two times and Pete was very accommodating when it came to rescheduling. When the weather finally cooperated, our fall engagement photos couldn't have gone more perfect. We put our total trust in Pete when it came to picking the locations. He selected picturesque spots around his home in wine country. He also encouraged us to use a few props, which allowed us to add our own personal touch to our pictures and, more importantly, have fun. We had our pictures in our hands less than a week later. We were so excited to get them that we left the house at 11 p.m. after receiving an email from Pete saying he would leave the disc in a bag on his porch. Talk about speedy clientele service!

When our wedding day came, we had the most amazing time taking our couple/ bridal party photos at Van Wagners beach in Stoney Creek. We had a second location on the schedule in Burlington, but things were going so well that we trusted Pete when he said he was getting amazing shots. We didn't even make it to the second spot and we don't regret it at all. Our wedding photos are beautiful and he even made it a priority to get amazing shots with our families and bridal party. As a bride, I didn't feel stressed for time and am forever grateful we went with Stec.
My husband and I had both our engagement and wedding photos shot by Pete Stec. The reason for choosing Stec Photographers Read more...
My husband and I had both our engagement and wedding photos shot by Pete Stec. The reason for choosing Stec Photographers is I loved the natural and soft look of their portfolio. I found this contrasted greatly with the dark, saturated look of other popular photo studios in the GTA.

Our booking appointment with Pete Stec was very comfortable and laid back as it took place in his home. We were having so much fun answering the thorough questions being asked about our upcoming big day that we were there for almost three hours. Pete was very personable and evidently knew what he was talking about. We both knew we had made the right choice after we left that day and couldn't be more excited.

Our engagement photos rained out two times and Pete was very accommodating when it came to rescheduling. When the weather finally cooperated, our fall engagement photos couldn't have gone more perfect. We put our total trust in Pete when it came to picking the locations. He selected picturesque spots around his home in wine country. He also encouraged us to use a few props, which allowed us to add our own personal touch to our pictures and, more importantly, have fun. We had our pictures in our hands less than a week later. We were so excited to get them that we left the house at 11 p.m. after receiving an email from Pete saying he would leave the disc in a bag on his porch. Talk about speedy clientele service!

When our wedding day came, we had the most amazing time taking our couple/ bridal party photos at Van Wagners beach in Stoney Creek. We had a second location on the schedule in Burlington, but things were going so well that we trusted Pete when he said he was getting amazing shots. We didn't even make it to the second spot and we don't regret it at all. Our wedding photos are beautiful and he even made it a priority to get amazing shots with our families and bridal party. As a bride, I didn't feel stressed for time and am forever grateful we went with Stec. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.9/5.0
We were married in January and had the wonderful pleasure of having Emily as our photographer. She was so kind, calm and I (and the wedding party) felt 100% comfortable with her. She did a fantastic job! :)
We were married in January and had the wonderful pleasure of having Emily as our photographer. She was so kind, calm and I Read more...
We were married in January and had the wonderful pleasure of having Emily as our photographer. She was so kind, calm and I (and the wedding party) felt 100% comfortable with her. She did a fantastic job! :) Read less
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Nikki
Wedding:
12/1/2012
5.0/5.0
Pete Stec was an absolute pleasure to work with! Any time I had questions before the wedding he (or Debbie) were always quick to reply and happy to help. On the wedding day he made me feel so comfortable and beautiful. We've had soooo many compliments about our photos and I love them so much. Pete had teaser photos on Facebook the day after our wedding, a post on their blog a few days later and the USB with all the digital files (with over a 1000 photos and lots were optimized) was waiting in our mailbox when we returned from our honeymoon a week later! Pete suggested we do a first look before the ceremony as well as a few other suggestions, including locations for a ready room and many different poses. We are so happy we took his advice- not only did we get tons of fab photos but my husband and I were able to enjoy lots of time with just the two of us (plus Pete :-) ).

If you want to spend your wedding day feeling like the happiest model ever and have your wedding documented in a beautiful way- hire Stec Photographers. We look forward to maternity and baby photos from them down the road.
Pete Stec was an absolute pleasure to work with! Any time I had questions before the wedding he (or Debbie) were always Read more...
Pete Stec was an absolute pleasure to work with! Any time I had questions before the wedding he (or Debbie) were always quick to reply and happy to help. On the wedding day he made me feel so comfortable and beautiful. We've had soooo many compliments about our photos and I love them so much. Pete had teaser photos on Facebook the day after our wedding, a post on their blog a few days later and the USB with all the digital files (with over a 1000 photos and lots were optimized) was waiting in our mailbox when we returned from our honeymoon a week later! Pete suggested we do a first look before the ceremony as well as a few other suggestions, including locations for a ready room and many different poses. We are so happy we took his advice- not only did we get tons of fab photos but my husband and I were able to enjoy lots of time with just the two of us (plus Pete :-) ).

If you want to spend your wedding day feeling like the happiest model ever and have your wedding documented in a beautiful way- hire Stec Photographers. We look forward to maternity and baby photos from them down the road. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
10/13/2012
4.8/5.0
Pete Stec is phenomenal.

We had a TERRIBLE experience with the first photographer we hired, which left us lacking faith in not only photographers/artists, but also in the integrity people have these days. We decided to fire that photographer, go out on a limb and hire Pete just a few short weeks before the wedding. He was so understanding of the dilemma we were in, he provided excellent service, responded to me faster than I could comprehend (he answered every email right away ALL THE TIME - I'm talking lightning fast, he must not sleep!).

The day of the wedding we had unexpected terribly cold, rainy/hailing/snowy unseasonable weather, which meant many of our guests for our outdoor wedding piled into our house, turning it into a very chaotic environment; yet Pete Stec pushed through, despite the freezing temperatures, and ran around gathering items for photos, and getting the job done.

Many of the photos Pete took very much encompassed who we are, and because of the weather (and by no means on any part of the photographer) we didn't get all the shots we were hoping for, but Pete wowed us, and our friends, with one spectacular shot, that captured us radiating love and joy, while at the same time summing a great display of the weather of that day.

I would recommend Pete Stec in a heartbeat. He has so much integrity and professionalism desipte chaotic and stressful situations, it astounded me. Thank you Pete, you were a wonderful gift for us to have found.
Pete Stec is phenomenal.

We had a TERRIBLE experience with the first photographer we hired, which left us Read more...
Pete Stec is phenomenal.

We had a TERRIBLE experience with the first photographer we hired, which left us lacking faith in not only photographers/artists, but also in the integrity people have these days. We decided to fire that photographer, go out on a limb and hire Pete just a few short weeks before the wedding. He was so understanding of the dilemma we were in, he provided excellent service, responded to me faster than I could comprehend (he answered every email right away ALL THE TIME - I'm talking lightning fast, he must not sleep!).

The day of the wedding we had unexpected terribly cold, rainy/hailing/snowy unseasonable weather, which meant many of our guests for our outdoor wedding piled into our house, turning it into a very chaotic environment; yet Pete Stec pushed through, despite the freezing temperatures, and ran around gathering items for photos, and getting the job done.

Many of the photos Pete took very much encompassed who we are, and because of the weather (and by no means on any part of the photographer) we didn't get all the shots we were hoping for, but Pete wowed us, and our friends, with one spectacular shot, that captured us radiating love and joy, while at the same time summing a great display of the weather of that day.

I would recommend Pete Stec in a heartbeat. He has so much integrity and professionalism desipte chaotic and stressful situations, it astounded me. Thank you Pete, you were a wonderful gift for us to have found. Read less
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Stec Photographers responded with the following comments:

For anyone reading this... I promise you this is a real person! She is a very kind and generous bride from Central Ontario who seemed to have nothing but bad luck in her wedding planning process. It was an absolute pleasure to offer 110% of my effort to help her and to bring some measure of goodness to her wedding experience!

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