About Monique Dykstra
My name is Monique Dykstra. I am a wedding and portrait photographer in Montreal, Canada. I have a cozy studio studio in NDG called Studio Iris Photography. Drop by if you are in the neighbourhood!
I photograph everyone from babies to businessmen, from homeless people to world leaders, but mostly, I photograph weddings.
I always get butterflies in my tummy before every wedding.
I've been a photographer for over 20 years. I've photographs literally hundreds of weddings. But when I wake up on a wedding day, the butterflies are always there.
Luckily, they don't last long.
As the photographer, I know people will relive their wedding day, over and over through my photographs. My pictures will become part of people lives, and their family history. They might even be passed down for generations.
It's wonderful and terrifying at the same time.
Q & A With Monique
(Adapted from an interview on My Wed)
How would you describe your photography style? What inspires you?
Wedding photography is all about emotion. It's a huge day in someone's life. Maybe the biggest. My goal is to capture all that emotion so you'll never forget how you felt that day.
Another goal is to get gorgeous family portraits. Family is the most important thing in the world. Everyone is so rarely together - weddings are such a great opportunity to get photos of everyone.
I also enjoy taking bridal party photos. Everyone's always in a great mood. There's usually lots of silliness going on. I love capturing the energy and fun.
How did you get into wedding photography?
Like most things in my life, I came to wedding photography backwards.
Usually photographers start out in wedding photography, then branch out to other things.
Me, I started out by publishing two photography books, then I worked for the Montreal Gazette newspaper, then I taught professional photography at Montreal's Dawson College – and THEN I got into weddings.
What do you like most about being a photographer?
I love that I get to be creative every day and I love working with people.
I like all kinds of photography, but weddings are quite special. There is so much joy, so much hope at weddings. Being around couples in love is amazing - it reaffirms your faith in love and in life.
What should be the criteria for a bride and a groom to choose their wedding photographer?
Don't get distracted by wedding packages. Choose a photographer whose work you like. Most photographers will make you a custom package if they don't have a package with everything you want.
Also, choose a photographer who you won't mind being a few feet away from the entire day – because that's where I'll be all day – right beside you!
How long will it take us to receive our images? How will they be sent?
Depending on what time of the year your wedding is, it can be anywhere from 3-6 weeks. I do your pictures as fast as I can. Your pictures will arrive in a private online gallery, where you can download them all at once, share them on social media, and order high quality prints.
How many images will we get?
It depends on the length of time you book with me, but generally between 700-1,000 images. Sometimes more.
Do you have backup equipment that you bring to weddings?
I have three camera bodies, three electronic flashes, several lenses, as well as mountains of backup batteries, memory cards, a change of clothes, water, snacks, spare shoes, lipstick (which I usually forget to reapply), a hairbrush… and a huge bottle of Tylenol. I rarely never need it - but when I do, I’m prepared!
When I get back to the studio after the wedding, I save your photos to three different hard drives. You'll never have anything to worry about.
I guess that’s all of our questions, we'd love to book you! How do we do that?
Great! Just fill in the form below and I'll get back to you. I'm excited to hear from you!
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