About Monique Dykstra (Official Version)
Monique Dykstra, an internationally-published Montreal photographer who specializes in weddings, business portraits and corporate events, anywhere in the world. She brings exceptional knowledge, enthusiasm and good humour to every photo-shoot.
Her photography has been called “stunning,” (Globe and Mail), “breathtaking,” (Ottawa Citizen) and “superb,” (MRB), while Wedding Bells magazine called her “one of Canada’s 25 most inspiring photographers.”
Books & Newspaper
Air Canada, Bell Media, Blue Metropolis, BMO Nesbitt Burns, Bombardier, Canadian American Business Council, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Canadian Diabetes Association, Empire Life, The Gazette, International Civil Aviation Organization, Lockheed Martin, MasterCard, Mad Science, National Film Board of Canada, Old Brewery Mission Foundation, Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation, Philips Lifeline, Quebec Writer’s Federation, Roots Canada, Tecsys, Telefilm Canada and more.
About Monique Dykstra (Unofficial Version)
Besides being a photographer, I'm married, I have two boys and dog names Charlie. I love baking bread, polar explorers, a great book, being outdoors - and I'm OBSESSED with water polo, which both our kids play.
How would you describe your photography style? What inspires you?
I want you to cry the first time you see your wedding photos. Is that a style?
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.
Whom can you name as the best wedding photographer in Montreal?
....well, me :)
I've been shooting weddings for 16 years now, and every year, I get a little bit better. Weddings are the ultimate training for a photographer. Forget National Geographic photography - weddings are CHALLENGING!!
The day is fast paced, high pressure, and there are so many different lighting situations to deal with. You need a photographer who can create gorgeous photos in everything from pitch black churches.... to blazing sunlight... to pouring rain...
.... and can adapt to the millions of crisis' that pop up on a wedding day
.... and just keeps on smiling, chatting and making everyone feel included and welcome.
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.
I did it because i had young children at the time, and it worked perfectly with my schedule.
What do you like most about your profession?
I love that I get to be creative every day and I enjoy working with people.
There's also so much joy and hope at weddings. It reaffirms your faith in love, and in life.
What do you like least about your profession?
One month you are running around like a crazy chicken because you have so many jobs... the next month, you're counting freckles on your forearm because you have nothing to do.
I wish the profession was more consistent – but it's a small price to pay for doing work that you love.
What is special in wedding photography?
The ability of a metal box – the camera – to capture emotion and freeze time. It's crazy when you think about it.
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?
Absolutely. 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!