2020 Year In Review

Toronto Wedding Photographer // 2020 Year in Review


Toronto Wedding Photographer – 2020 Year in Review

Oh 2020 – what a ride! 2020 started off slow, hopeful and full of sessions with clients as a Toronto wedding photographer. Having planned a cross Canada trip over the last 2 years, you’ve probably heard me rant on about it if you had stepped in front of my camera. For my 35th birthday in March, I was going to buy a van and fit it out during the summer so that I could finally drive across the country slowly to enjoy and take photographs along the way. Working for two years straight towards this goal, I barely took any breaks. Reconnecting with myself & nature, and disconnecting what was this trip was all about. Front loading the 1st half of my year with 10 weddings and multiple shoots, I was ready to go and my plans were falling into place. If only I could have seen what was coming. Safe to say, I didn’t buy the van as a week after my birthday we entered into the pandemic.

We have all struggled and faced loss this year in many different and difficult ways. The first half of the year was hopeful then tuned bleak, turned hopeful again and just continued in slow waves of disappointment, joy, frustration, anger, hope and a myriad of different emotions. Being hit with unclear guidelines as a small business owner, postponements and no income coming in, it was a tough ride. Did you know that Ontario was one of the only provinces to shut down photography at the beginning of this? Having a more process and rule oriented/following brain, I felt like I was standing in the eye of a hurricane, frozen in time & unsure of what to do. Filled with confusion, anxiety & uncertainty, I felt like a complete failure. All the plans I had worked so hard for to come into place, just up and vanished.


People being photographed by Caitlin Free Photography in Toronto, OntarioJust married couple in the falling snow after getting married at Markham Civic Center taken by Toronto wedding photographer Caitlin Free PhotographyCouple getting their wedding photos taken after getting married at Toronto City Hall by Toronto wedding photographer Caitlin Free Photography



I’ve been in business as a Toronto wedding photographer for 8 years. Iit’s so weird to have your business come to a complete standstill, because of the government. Once we were allowed to work again it felt like I was starting from scratch with my business. As shoots were being booked over the summer and fall months I felt a little more at ease. I even booked a few new weddings for 2020! In total, I photographed 6 weddings as opposed to my usual 18-22 weddings.



Virtual maternity session with couple viewed on a phone, and the phone photographed on a bed of flowers taken by Toronto wedding photographer Caitlin Free PhotographyLiberty village bride and groom getting married during covid and celebrating virtually with family taken by Toronto wedding photographer Caitlin Free PhotographyVarious families being photographed in the Greater Toronto Area by Caitlin Free PhotographyVarious families photographed at Jack Darling Park in the summer in MississaugaAsian couple being photographed at Cherry Beach for their engagement session by Toronto wedding photographer Caitlin Free PhotographyFamily of three taking family photos during golden hour at Princess Point by Hamilton wedding photographer Caitlin Free Photography



There were many wedding postponements in 2020. Some people decided to wait until things got better and they could have more family & friends in attendance. I can’t wait to photograph these weddings, and see all of the joy come together. Others pushed through for this year and they were absolutely incredible. They decided that no matter what their wedding was going to happen. We made it work by choosing new venues, reducing the guest lists and learning how to use zoom! My clients stepped up to support me, get new photos of cherished memories and also shared pandemic stories. The cancelled showers, weddings, life celebrations and events. The journey to motherhood in the middle of a pandemic, the job promotion with no celebration, the birthdays with no parties and seeing friends. The disconnects they felt in their own lives, they joy felt working from home, the family health stories the shared moments of happiness & encouragement. It felt incredible to connect on an even deeper level and I appreciate every single moment I got to spend with those who stepped in front of my camera in 2020.



Bride and Groom get married at the Oakville club during their windy summer wedding by Toronto wedding photographer Caitlin Free PhotographyIndian family of four engaging with each other at Bronte Harbour in Oakville during their family photos taken by oakville Family Photographer Caitlin Free PhotographyDogs being cute at outdoor wedding in Toronto taken by Toronto wedding photographer Caitlin Free PhotographyFamily of three getting their family photos taken at Jack Darling Park by Mississauga family photographer Caitlin Free PhotographyToronto wedding photographer takes photographs of young couple getting married at Belcroft Estates during their autumn weddingFamily dressed in yellow walking around at Adamson Estate in MississaugaToronto wedding photographer captures proposal at pumpkin farm during covid-19 pandemicToronto maternity photographer takes photo of expecting couple at Trillium Park in TorontoOakville family photographer takes photographs of family of 3 at 16 Mile creek in Oakville during the autumnToronto wedding photographer captures proposal at pumpkin farm during covid-19 pandemicToronto family photographer takes photos of newborn boy with mother and father in late autumnVarious families and couples posing in the Christmas Trees at Merry Farms, Hamilton Ontario taking by Toronto Wedding Photographer Caitlin Free Photography



So I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who supported me & continues to support me and this small business of mine. I am always honoured to photograph your proposals, engagements, weddings, families & all of the businesses you’ve created. You stepped in front of my camera for full & mini sessions, micro weddings, and advocated to make things work with all the safety precautions in place. Your smiles, heartfelt emails, hand written cards and reviews truly got me through 2020.



Toronto wedding photographer captures in studio photographs of family of 4 at Mint Room Studios for their Christmas set upToronto wedding photographer takes photos of a man and woman in a relationship for their holiday cards in Liberty Village, TorontoToronto wedding photographer captures maternity session of clients with dachshund at Edwards GardensToronto wedding photographer captures a couple in red plaid shirts hugging and kissing each otherI am looking forward to what 2021 will bring and what amazing things I’ll be photographing this year. You saved me in 2020, and I am ever so grateful.

Wishing everyone a safe & happy 2021.

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