my art, my approach + my business
elopement, wedding & lifestyle photographer
I'm Chantal, the person behind the lens
Born in Ontario I was raised between Victoria, B.C and Niagara, Ontario. I never spent longer than three years at the same school until university. I am a pro at packing, road trips and travelling in general. These skills have served me well being a Niagara wedding photographer that travels across Ontario and Canada.
I attended the Aegean Center for the fine arts for silver and digital photography. Located on Paros, Greece we spent a month in Italy travelling to learn about art history using a more hands-on approach and I discovered my love of Botticelli paintings. My approach to small weddings and elopements came from my time in Greece. This is where I fell in love with storytelling, using light and shadows within a photo. I learned that landscapes can be used to help tell a story and that photographing people is more capturing their emotions, their movement and their essence than getting them to stand still and yell cheese.
I'm based in Kitchener + Niagara, Ontario, yet also available for work within + outside of Canada
B+W Film, Medium Format Cameras, Exploring New Places and Visiting Old Favourites, Astrophotography and The Ocean
How it started
I have travelled to 11 countries, 9 provinces and over 30 states before attending university. I went to the University of Waterloo studying business, peace and conflict studies. During university I worked for other photographers as second shooters and associate photographers, I have photographed over 150 traditional weddings.
While finishing up my last year of university, I got carbon monoxide poisoning and fell down a flight of stairs fracturing vertebrae within two months. I suddenly had time, space, my thoughts and my camera for my recovery.
Starting my business came out of that time-period and niching down to small weddings and elopements was a non-negotiable for me.
About Chantal Davidson Photography
What My Business Stands For + What It Is All About
The purpose of Chantal Davidson Photography is to help couples create photos that they will want to look at for years to come. I help people see themselves so that they feel empowered and inspired in their lives.
All relationships are based on trust & common values
it's crucial that we connect and see beauty in the same things. we will have a call or meeting before signing any contracts.
Explore the site
Choosing a photographer is an important decision. I want you to feel like you have all the information you need to make a decision you are excited about and that you trust. Trusting your photographer is so important. So take a look around my website and let me know how I can help.