The groom swings back the bride and she leans back and laughs during a sunset backyard wedding photograph in Toronto.
The bride and groom are showered with flower petals by guests outside a countryside church.
The bride getting makeup done while her mother leans back in sofa to take photo. Wedding photojournalism inside the Castello Dal Pozzo on Lake Maggiore in Italy.
The bride leans on chair back talking to guests at The Toronto Hunt club wedding reception hall.
The bride and groom crossing a paved country road from the chapel to the barn at Ball's Falls Conservation Area.



Genuine & Unposed Photography

I’m a pure documentary Toronto wedding photographer. I thrive on capturing spontaneous wedding moments, from smiles to tears and everything in between. Wedding photojournalism is honest and full of life, featuring people in their element. As a result, it ages better than editorial wedding photography. While I encourage group and family portraits, the vast majority of my work is unposed, unprompted, and undirected.

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1. Wedding Photojournalism is My Strength

Many photographers who bill themselves as documentary-style photojournalists are contradicted by their portfolios; their best work mostly features posed images that don’t elicit a true representation of the day.

My portfolio and featured galleries consist entirely of unposed wedding photography. What you see is what you get: beautiful documentary photos that capture the genuine wedding moments you’ll treasure. That’s because I don’t pay empty lip service to photojournalistic wedding photography, I shoot it. It’s my strength and I deliver on those expectations.

Photojournalistic wedding photography of bride and groom holding hands as they walk towards Toronto wedding photographer Pavel Kounine after their wedding ceremony.
The bride hugs her father who is visibly emotional in this backyard wedding photograph in Toronto.

2. A Personal Touch

I will be your singular point of contact from the day we first meet to the delivery of your order. No aspect of my business is outsourced. I’ll even remember your family members’ names.

And, unlike the big wedding photography studios, my business is not a revolving door of studio managers, sales associates, photo editors, and contract photographers—all of whom have no skin in the game. Wedding photography requires great responsibility and I take your day very seriously.

3. All Day Coverage

Available all day wedding photography coverage makes life simpler. That’s because it affords you both the peace of mind and flexibility you need for planning your wedding day instead of forcing you to make hard and fast decisions about a vendor’s schedule up to a year in advance.

All day coverage means what it sounds like: I’m with you from the start of the day to its conclusion. This allows me to capture a wide array of moments—and all the moments in between—that showcase the fullest representation of your wedding day. And because I have to be nimble to be an effective documentary photographer, I’m always on the lookout for those fleeting moments rather than being preoccupied with setting up and breaking down equipment.

distant barn and tent during twilight - barn wedding photography
Two flower girls looking the bride's wedding dress on the bed. Photojournalistic wedding photography.

4. Timeless = Trendless

Wedding photography trends come and go with each season. Sadly, many wedding photos end up looking dated well before their time due to how photographers edit them. A thin veneer of the latest filters is used to conceal poor photographic technique.

Wedding photography is unique in that its value increases with time. Two decades from now, your albums and photos should look just as fresh as the day you received them. Sure, fashion will change, and so will your hairstyle, but good photographic technique won’t. I deliver photos that stand the test of time.

5. Wedding Albums You’ll Want to Show Off

“The best” is a term that’s often thrown around casually. This isn’t the case with Queensberry: they’ve been making the best wedding albums in the world since 1969. Their quality is unsurpassed. They’re my exclusive supplier because I believe excellent wedding photography deserves an album made without compromise.

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My opinion regarding wedding photography pricing centres around openness and simplicity. I’m upfront about my fees and don’t shy away from sharing the details because I’m confident in my service, craft, and professionalism. If you like my work and the philosophy underpinning my artistic approach to wedding photojournalism, reach out and contact me even if your wedding is just several weeks away—you never know, I may still be available.

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The following are kind words left for me by just some of the many couples whose weddings I’ve photographed. Click the link to check out more testimonials. These are the words I live for.

Diana & Anton

testimonial - couple walking down aisle

Pavel did a fantastic job capturing our special day! Pavel’s unique approach in effortlessly capturing raw emotion is one of the main reasons we were delighted to have him work with us. He has gone above and beyond to capture every special moment, for which we are very grateful!

Caroline & Jordan

Wedding Caroline and Jordan

We hired Paul to shoot our wedding and couldn’t be more pleased with the results. After being largely unimpressed with most of the photographers we were considering, Paul’s portfolio was really on another level. We met with him ahead of time and were very impressed with his professionalism. Paul is very clear about his style of photography but also worked around what we were looking for. He was a pleasure to have at our wedding and did a great job of instructing people for our staged photographs. However, his candid shots are what really stand out. Paul has a true talent for being in the right place at the right time to capture the perfect shot.

Jade & Justin

wedding Toronto testimonial Jade and Justin.

We wanted a professional photographer that is easy to work [with] and an expert in their field. Paul is this. [He was] very organized, punctual, and incredibly talented. Paul captured the briefest of moments between my Husband and Me, and so many of our guests. Like all wedding days, our day was full of rush and whirlwind. Seeing Paul’s photos brought us back to each moment and allowed us to reminisce and truly enjoy the day that we had planned. We will treasure our wedding album for all the years to come. Thank you so much, Paul, for capturing these memories for us.