Pavel Kounine is a Toronto Wedding Photographer

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.

Portrait of Pavel Kounine, Toronto wedding photographer.

You’ll benefit from my passionate eye, professional conduct, and honest approach 

Specializing exclusively in wedding photojournalism

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.

Bride smiling as wedding guests take photos with their phones.

The smiling bride is getting her hair done in preparation for the wedding ceremony.

Impeccable service

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 part-time contract photographers—all of whom have no skin in the game. Wedding photography requires great responsibility and I take your day very seriously.



All day coverage of your wedding

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.



Bride and groom kissing beneath the altar with Toronto's glowing night skyline behind them.

The bride and groom smiling and laughing at their outdoor wedding ceremony in Mississauga's Glenerin Inn.

Timeless wedding photography without the trends

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.



Beautifully designed wedding photo albums

“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.




Premium pagemount duo wedding photography album by Queensberry.

Raw format image wedding photography. The happy groom makes faces with two younger guests during the wedding reception at Twist Gallery in Toronto.

NEW! Raw image format wedding photos

Are you a budding photography enthusiast? A tinkerer? Do you want to preserve the unadulterated moments of your wedding day in the most complete and flexibile image format available? Now you can do all that and more with the optional purchase of your delivered wedding photographs in raw image format. 

This option is available to all future, existing, and past clients. 

Wedding photography prices

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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