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Get to know 515 – Mike Caringi

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Ever wonder who is behind the lens taking all these beautiful photographs? We thought it might be fun to get to know the 515 crew a little better. And who better to start with than Mike Caringi – principal photographer and creative director. Mike was a founding partner in 515 way back in 2001.

  1. What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

There are two things that come to mind for this. The first – I am completely fluent in Italian. I have lots of family in Italy and like to get there as much as possible. It really is just one of the most amazing places. It’s a second home for me. The second thing that might surprise people is that I am really good at Hula Hoop.  I can keep that thing going forever. It’s all in the hips!

  1. What’s your guilty pleasure?

Where do I start? My guilty pleasures are all food related. I have a sweet tooth and I love cookies! Mr. Christie Chocolate Chip Cookies especially. I’ve been eating those with a glass milk since I was a kid. For savoury treats I love Jamaican beef patties. Oh! And don’t forget about gummy candies.

  1. What’s your party trick?

This could be filed under party trick or another thing that people would be surprised to know about me. I’m a really kickass whistler! I can whistle anything really. I find myself whistling while I’m alone in the studio or setting up a shot, taking a shower and driving.

  1. Bucket list?

My bucket list is all about places I want to travel. I have been so fortunate and have been so many beautiful places – check out our destination wedding photos. But the places left that top my list are Spain, Greece, and Argentina.

  1. Favourite cocktail/boozy Bevy?

It really depends on my mood. If I’m having a boozy night out or I’m going out for a fancy dinner I like to start with a vodka martini (Tito’s, Belvedere or Kettle One). And I like my martinis dirty, extra olives and on the rocks. In the summer or in warmer climates, rose is usually my go to.  You may have seen some of my favourites  here.

  1. What are you currently listening to/watching?

Just like the rest of the world, I am obsessed with Game of Thrones. It’s just so good! I’m also currently watching Vampire Diaries and Broad City. Broad City is just so, so funny. As for music, I actually like to listen to some Italian music. This is also something that people might be surprised to know but when I was dating my now husband I used to send him lyrics of Italian songs.  It worked didn’t it! You can listen to some of them here: here and here.

  1. Favourite Toronto hidden gem?

We are so lucky to live in Toronto. It’s such an amazing, diverse city. There is really just about everything and anything you can think of. I live in the west end and I love walking around Roncesvalles. I get a strong coffee from Cherry Bomb that helps kick-start my day and the cocktails at the Ace are just amazing. They might not be hidden gems, more like my neighbourhood gems.

Do you have any questions you want to ask any of our crew? Tell us your party trick or tag is a pic of your guilty pleasure or hidden gem. We want to get to know you too!

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We’ve been to over 1500 weddings, not to mention the 1200 engagement shoots, showers – bridal and baby, bar/bat mitzvahs and industry events. We’ve seen it all. Calling us experts wouldn’t be too far off. But all that expertise and knowledge is wasted if we don’t share it and that’s what this blog is about.

This blog is for you. You have questions. We have answers. Questions you didn’t even know you should ask? We’ll talk about those too. But it’s not just about weddings. That’s just one day – a big one for sure – but what about the days leading up to it and real life as a couple happily ever after it? We’ve got you covered there as well.

At 515 we take our work seriously and your photos will be seriously beautiful, but we also know how important it is to enjoy the simple pleasures in life. We’re going to share some of our favourite things that just make life that much better, simpler, easier, and tastier!

You’re going to get to know us and we’d really like to get to know you! This isn’t going to be a one sided conversation. Is there something we’ve missed or anything in particular you’d like to see? Do you have burning questions needing answers? That’s what we’re here for. Send us a with your questions or feedback.  We’d love to hear from you.

At least once a week we’ll be posting some really cool stuff we hope you’ll enjoy. So mark your calendars and bookmark this page.

And by the way, we are always available as taste testers if you try out any of the recipes we post – especially the cocktail ones! And we want to see your pictures too! Don’t forget to tag us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

True Colour

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For over fifteen years 5ive15ifteen Photo Company has been documenting couples in love. What’s our secret? Our fully integrated studio is dedicated to capturing your story, in an organic way, using our signature photojournalistic style. We have everything you need for the process; photographers, editors, print technicians and graphic designers – all ready to work together to tell your story as truthfully, and as detailed as possible!

We have one simple goal: to provide you with imagery from your special occasion that you will cherish for many years to come. Thanks to instagram, filters are a hot trend these days. When in doubt, add a filter! They make everything (and everyone) look better. Different filters have gone in and out of style in the past few years. While filtered images look great now (and they certainly bring your iPhone pictures to the next level), we don’t want to date your images; we’d rather you cherish them forever!

So how do we make that happen?

We focus on True Colour Correction – colour tones that are true to the human eye. A few years after your wedding, you may find yourself forgetting small details – we want you to remember your day like it was yesterday! That means keeping the colours as true to real life as possible. We want you to remember your special day the way it happened, which is why we don’t add any colour casts. We don’t cut corners. Every photo gets the same, detailed treatment to keep it looking as timeless and beautiful as possible. And as a result, you will look timeless and beautiful!

Our professional editors individually correct each photograph, and give them a natural, clean aesthetic. We apply that philosophy to all our photographs, whether they’re weddings, engagements, or anything else we capture. Our editors make sure that each photo keeps the crisp and vibrant aesthetic that we are known for. Ultimately, we want you to remember your day just as it happened, and a big step to that is our colour correction process.