Italian Cultural Center Wedding

Italian Cultural Center Wedding

The Italian Cultural Center was the backdrop for Spencer and Alessandra’s wedding which was full of heartfelt speeches, tears and joy. Thank you for allowing us to see a window into your lives and the bond which you have with your families. Italian weddings, Chinese weddings, Persian weddings…any ethnic wedding, I find there to be so much community and celebration which takes place and I love it! There is such a focus on family and being with the ones you love and EVERYBODY gets up to dance at the party.

A little about the center:

“Our Mission is to promote Italian culture, heritage and values and share these with other communities.”

The Italian Cultural Centre, or Il Centro, has been an essential part of Vancouver’s cultural landscape for more than three decades. It opened in 1977 when its founding members, 13 existing Italian Associations, came together “to promote Italian culture, values and heritage and to share these with other communities.

Through their collective love of art, food, wine, design, film, music and literature, they proudly share their culture with the community, and welcome all who wish to be part of this vibrant destination in Vancouver.

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Jasalyn Thorne Italian cultural center wedding st Francis of Assisi parish-1

Jasalyn Thorne Italian cultural center wedding st Francis of Assisi parish-1

Jasalyn Thorne Italian cultural center wedding st Francis of Assisi parish-1

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Fairmont Vancouver wedding photos Jasalyn Thorne Italian cultural center wedding-1

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Fairmont Vancouver wedding photos Jasalyn Thorne Italian cultural center wedding-1

Fairmont Vancouver wedding photos Jasalyn Thorne Italian cultural center wedding-1

Jasalyn Thorne Italian cultural center wedding st Francis of Assisi parish-1

Jasalyn Thorne Italian cultural center wedding st Francis of Assisi parish-1

Jasalyn Thorne Italian cultural center wedding st Francis of Assisi parish-1

Jasalyn Thorne Italian cultural center wedding st Francis of Assisi parish-1

Jasalyn Thorne Italian cultural center wedding st Francis of Assisi parish-1

Venue & Catering: Italian Cultural Centre, Vancouver  3075 Slocan St  Vancouver, BC V5M (604) 430-3337
Stationery: Stunning Stationery
Gown: Alvina Valenta from Bisou Bridal
Shoes: Kate Spade
Bride’s Accessories: Veil and earrings from Bisou Bridal, and bracelet Elsa Corsi
from Jeweliette
Rings: Montecristo Jewellers

Formal Wear: Hugo Boss from Harry Rosen

Hair: Union Salon
Make-up: Makeup by Ai
Design, Decor, & Floral: Flowers by Gilda

Cake: Darlene’s Cakes
Entertainment: Vic Mazzei and Sons
Transportation: Ultimate Limousine

Contributed by Moda Member, Jasalyn Thorne of Jasalyn Thorne Photography

Jasalyn-Thorne-Photography

“We create images full of artistic impression and personal style so every wedding is unique.”

Jasalyn & Jason Thorne approach every wedding with a uniqueness that is clearly their own, specializing in artistic and candid style. Many engagement sessions involve amazing BC wilderness, travelling to unique and hard to reach locations to give their clients stunning images for their big day. They were named as one of the most inspiring photographers by Weddingbells magazine and are winners of the 2015 BC wedding awards for photographic details. After photographing weddings for 11 years, their work has been featured in over 50 publications and media in the last five years and appears regularly in Wedluxe, Weddingbells, Real Weddings, West Coast Bridal Guide, The Complete Wedding Directory and numerous blogs.

 

Italian Cultural Center Wedding

3 Secrets to Dynamic Black and White Images


Jasalyn’s dynamic black and white images have been a staple for every client for the last six years, mastering a style that is easily identified. The richness in the details and her signature bridal portraits are defining elements, expressing movement and texture in the images. 


3 Secrets to dynamic black & white images with Jasalyn Thorne

Many years before we had a solid grip on our photo editing, I would be in awe of black and white images that were so full of life and texture, you could almost reach into the photo and feel the subject. I wanted that! It was something that I was thirsting to know. How did they do it, how did they get such light and life into the images,? I had to find out.

It took years for us to learn and unlock the secrets to dynamic black and white images. I would learn a little here and a little there and soon, it would all come together in this wonderful mix that finally gave me the results I so desperately wanted for my own work.

Photo Credit: Gucio Photography

BC Wedding Awards winning image showing her classic veil technique

A few of the artists that I would look at regularly were Richard Avedon, Ansel Adams (of course), Troy Moth, as well as vintage Dior images. All of these men seemed to know the secrets and after much study I realized it’s not one element alone. It is a beautiful mix of the right lighting, the type of light, positioning, good old fashioned dodge and burning and spending hours in detailed editing.

I believe in the art of the photograph, spending time on pulling out the potential that’s already there. I often spend hours and sometimes days on one image. Like a painter who examines and re-examines, I see different areas that can use a touch here and a touch there. It’s not a one-click wonder. Every photo will need something different and time spent revealing the final image.

Many people ask me about our black and white work and I always tell them, you have to start at the start. If you want great images, not just good one, but great images, you have to start with a solid, well exposed base and then all you have to do is pull out the image, it’s there, it’s only a matter of time and attention. Here are 3 secrets I learned over the years to achieving dynamic black and whites:

3 Secrets to Dynamic Black & White Images:

1. Always, always, always shoot for the details: 

Details, details everywhere on the subject. That is the goal. This can only be achieved if the subject is fully in the shade. There is the odd time when I will back-light the subject but it will usually only be a portion of the subject and mostly on engagements, not when there is a wedding gown involved, it’s too easy to lose detail on white. An image with details will engage your viewer and keep their eyes busy, exploring your photograph.

2. Indirect directional lighting:

This may be a new term for you but it is THE key element to creating the look of the black and white image. This is what will give the dimension and texture to the image. You may be saying,“but there is no directional light when you shoot in the shade”, there actually is! It’s subtle but it’s there. If you can learn to see it, it will be your best friend when composing your shots. Light wraps around and will be stronger shining from one direction versus another, even in the shade. Use a friend and move them around the location, paying attention to where the light is brightest. It helps if you use a darker background to make the highlights more visible. You can also front face the subject to the direction of light and get an all-over light, which I have done before, but I tend to favour the directional method. It gives more opportunity for shade and highlights.

3. Old-fashioned dodge & burn, with a little added contrast:

The old masters of black and white certainly had this down to a “T”. It is the paintbrush to the canvas of your image. This tool is what you use to pull out the details and take your viewer exactly where you want them to focus. Using dodge on the highlights and a little burning on other highlights, bring out the texture, and shade in the fabrics. This is especially useful in defining lace elements on the gown. Use the burn tool, as well as a curves mask, to darken the areas that need contouring, blacking out and as an aid to make the highlights appear brighter. Use contrast to make those finishing touches to the focal areas as our eyes will naturally go to the part of the image with the most contrast.

If you have a question regarding shooting or editing for black and white, I’d love to help. Leave a comment or question below or email me at info@jasalynthornephotography.com

See more of Jasalyn’s work on her website

Learn 3 secrets to dynamic black and white images with Jasalyn Thorne, one of Canada’s most published wedding photographers. Jasalyn & Jason Thorne have been shooting for over a decade and are always looking for the next big adventure. From shooting on a glacier mountain tops to the arid deserts and tropical destinations, their work has taken them to some of the most beautiful places on earth.

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