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  • Welcome to the JCLAYPHOTO Toronto Wedding & Engagement Photography Blog

    Hello everyone, and thanks for stopping by - My name is Jeremy, a Toronto wedding photographer & photojournalist. www.jclayphoto.com is dedicated to creating some of the highest quality wedding works in Canada; focused on capturing gorgeous, fashion-forward images that not only tell the story of a wedding, but push the creative boundaries of the industry as a whole. From their engagement to their wedding day and beyond, it is here you will find the imagery of our clients, their families, and sometimes ourselves, as well.

    Enjoy your stay.


    - Jeremy Clay. Lead Photographer

Sara-Jane & Luke – Wedding Photos at The Ancaster Mill Toronto

Our work has always been something we strived to keep a seamless blend of modern, stylish editorial wedding photography coupled with impactful, storytelling photojournalism – I don’t like to paint a broad stroke on any wedding, nor couple – however, I think it wouldn’t be unfair to call this wedding at the Ancaster Mill with SJ and Luke a triumph.

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Gotta shake it up for the dress shots.

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This absolutely gorgeous, perfect light. I wish I could bottle it and keep it for later.5D3_9988-Edit5D3_9938-Edit

These are the wedding photojournalism shots that I’d like to think hold a special place in an album, and heart.

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Can’t really take a bad wedding photo of SJ.

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Just a few quick shots of the gents – my secondary shooter, the always amazing Nathan, covered the boyz, but I don’t want to post up too many shots not direct from my camera, if possible.

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This one is mine, groom at the Ancaster Mill. Classic, dignified, and lookin’ handsome.

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SJ and mom.

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The gorgeous ladies of the day.

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This crop just felt appropriate for the image – bride getting into a limo + cinematic angles = best presented in letterbox.

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I don’t even need to caption this, but I am anyways. I look at the shot of Luke, eyes reddening and glassy, and I am teleported back to my own wedding day – as a groom, your mind and heart are racing with emotion, while your body struggles to maintain compsure. These shots make me so happy.

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The next two are both Nathan’s. Killer shots as always.

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Immediately post ceremony, you can feel the love.

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My group for the day. Wedding party formal photos are always a fun take, racing against time to put together something original while remaining classic. We nailed it here, in my opinion.

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…not everyone has patience for photographs, of course.

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Between frames.

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Step back, take in the scene. There are a lot of wedding venues in Toronto, and The Ancaster Mill is one of the best.

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Getting away from the cliched locations for a few snaps indoors.

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For the life of me, I can’t remember if this bridal photo was shot by Nathan or me. Talk about a sign of being in sync with your second shooter – we both shot our own compositions here, but this one worked best. I wish it was mine, but I think it wasn’t…if you’re looking for wedding photographers in Toronto and I’m booked? Call this guy up, he kills it.

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This dance was about perfect.

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Just a candid of a groomsman during a speech. Just felt so connected to this shot.

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Fin.

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Rhonda Hussey - August 22, 2015 - 10:42 pm

We both love the pictures!!

Patricia Mac Donald - August 17, 2015 - 12:18 am

Beautiful pictures!!!

Leslie McGill - August 15, 2015 - 12:40 pm

Beautiful pictures!

Roz Bradshaw Hunt - August 15, 2015 - 12:39 pm

My son Luke and Sara Jane our No 1 Daughter-inlaw great pictures very well done thank you Mr. Clay

Alma Hussey - August 15, 2015 - 2:37 am

Amazing photography…two beautiful people to work with, and the bride is really a princess….congratulations JCLAYPHOTO. I look forward to seeing the other photos:)

Judy Squires - August 14, 2015 - 11:53 pm

Jeremy your work is amazing and so were your subjects! Absolutely breathtaking and beautiful pictures!

Harold Bradshaw - August 14, 2015 - 10:33 pm

loveley photos

Jane Smith - August 14, 2015 - 6:57 pm

You have captured the beauty and love of this very special couple and their wonderful day exquisitely! Well done Jeremy!

Dorothy & Leo – Pre-wedding Engagement Photos at Centre Island Toronto

It’s time for a Monday (!) blog post – this time with the perfectly adorable Dorothy & Leo. We have shot twice on Centre Island this year (the second one coming), and thankfully there is a ton of scenes to shoot to keep things fresh; though this was certainly an enjoyable shoot, it was also an educational one – did you know that a) cotton candy in the heat melts just as youw ould expect a sno-cone to? Additionally, that b) it is about 100x harder to get off of a dress…a shirt…or a camera lense…then the aforementioned sno-cone? It’s true. These shots are a bit out of order relative to our day, but I just had to lead off with the balloon sales-guy…he definitely helped us out with playing a role as the unimpressed vendor, and it kicks off today’s post. Enjoy!

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I’ve shot a variety of clients from different backgrounds; for this shot, we channeled a Korean pre-wedding photo style with it’s muted tone and more carefree posture. When shooting an engagement photoshoot in Toronto, sometimes it’s nice to apply a unique style to a different location.

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Didn’t I tell you that this stuff melts with a quickness? You can almost see the sloppy mess of sugar and food coloring sticking all over..well, everything. Ducks in the foreground because ducks are awesome.

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The last shot before we gave up completely on dat ‘floss.

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A quick stop by the attorney’s. 😉  Just felt this engagement photo had a really warm vibe…the spot reminds me more of an olde tyme train station.

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Undoubtedly, this shot is made by the questioning, almost disapproving glare found on the little girl in the matching colored sweater. I laughed pretty hard at this one.

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No one ended up soaking wet for the cration of this image.

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Awwwwwwww!

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Earlier on, I had Dorothy and Leo go for a little run together – these skills came in handy at the end of our session as we raced to make the boat ride home…

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I had to run backwards, downhill, for this.

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…and yes, we did end up making the boat.

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Engagement photos in the Distillery District and Beyond With Irwin & Dorothy

Two blog posts in two weeks? What is this madness?! Since we shot Irwin & Dorothy’s pre-wedding photos in the Distillery District, I got to thinking about how important attire for these kind of shoots truly are. Certainly, a suit and tie aren’t required necessarily; however, a properly vetted outfit (with help from your photographer, naturally! 😉  never hurts in yielding the best possible results!

These lovely people are former Toronto mainstays; after moving overseas a while back, they booked us to shoot their pre-wedding photos in Toronto and flew a mere 10,000kms to do so…talk about pressure..! -_-;; Luckily, we knocked it out of the park and came up with some absolute magazine-ready imagery. Was an absolute blast working with you both!

Jason Smelser - August 25, 2015 - 3:12 am

Fabulous work as usual from you! I love your classy and high fashion style! Your images always have amazing lighting!