Darby Magill – Canadian Top 30 Wedding Photographer


Darby Magill is one of our Top 30 under 30 featured photographers.

Here’s a little bit more about her, what she does, and some of her best advice:


Tell us how you got started in photography.
Photography was introduced to me at a young age. My grandfather had a darkroom in his basement and as a child I remember always wondering what it was all about. Finally in high school I started to take a couple photography courses and begin understanding how to expose and develop my own images. My neighbour at the time was actually a wedding photographer and allowed me to assist him a few times. Of course this was over 10 years ago. I still have fond memories of changing out rolls of film for him on his medium format camera. Never would have thought that years later I would be doing it myself!


Now that you are one of Canada’s top 30 under 30 wedding photographers, what’s next for you?
I am still very much growing my business and trying to network as much as possible. I would love to start photographing more so within Canada and exploring the provinces. This country is so beautiful and there are so many inspiring photographers right here at home. I would really love the chance to see the country through my own lens.


How has attending photography seminars or photo conventions such as the Canada Photo Convention benefited you as a photographer?
CPC is actually the only convention I have been to and 2015 will be my third year in attendance. It really has been an eye-opening experience on a personal and professional level. The convention offers a well-rounded group of people at all stages within their photography businesses. Sometimes when you are in your own little world of business you can lose a sense of direction. I find the convention is like a reset button for me. Allowing me to write things down, get inspired and refocus on my passion. Definitely beneficial!


What does it mean to you personally to be a young wedding photographer in Canada?
This is an amazing career! Canada has a ridiculous amount of talent and the community of fellow photographers is like nothing else. People from all over the world want to get married here, the opportunities are endless!


Tell us about a pinch-me moment that you had where you just couldn’t believe that this became your life.
I pinch myself often! But if I had to choose, I would say this: Last year I was in Pemberton photographing a bride getting ready, she was already dressed in her beautiful gown and all the sudden her son needed to breast feed. She went in the bathroom, sat on the toilet pulled half her dress down to allow her son to eat. I could not help but photograph this moment and she was more than comfortable with letting me do so. I thought to myself “This is real life, this is what my job is about”. I want to capture moments that are true and not contrived.


What’s one thing you would say to another photographer that’s just getting started?
Be patient. Try not to compare yourself and your business to others. Everyone builds and grows their businesses differently, so when you start comparing, you are just crippling your success. It may take you more time to get everything going, but everyone has to go at their own pace. As Ralph Waldo Emerson says “Life is a journey, not a destination.”





To see more of Darby’s work, check out her website here.

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