2003 – Our Start
In 1994, Tony Oh immigrated from South Korea to Canada. He arrived in Vancouver not knowing what to expect. Tony had been a wedding photographer in Korea for 3 years; however, he knew that as an immigrant it would be difficult to start his own business. So, he worked as a full-time gardener for two years before pursuing his passion in wedding photography again. In 1996, he quit his job and opened his first studio in Vancouver. Over the years, the business grew along with his passion into wedding photo albums. In 2003, Tony opened his second business “Bonmatch Albums”, and launched their first product the “Metallic Cover Album”.
2006 - A Growing Reputation
As a photographer, he knew there were high demands for products in the professional photography industry that were not being fulfilled within Canada; so he was determined to create more services and products that would satisfy the professional market. From 2004 to 2006, Tony began attending local trade shows, which lead to traveling across the United States promoting his brand and working with renowned photographers.
Looking for new ways to spread its wings, Bonmatch ventured into non-album product developments. In 2006, the company had launched their first Album cases, bags, frames, and more. Bonmatch began working with renowned photographers across North America, who later on represented company.
2008 - 2016 - The Stretch
Bonmatch had expanded into the American photography market, however, due to the economic crisis from 2007 to 2008, business with American photographers had become a challenge - so the company redirected their focus towards the local market. Since 2008 to 2016, the company had served local photography businesses.
2017 - A Consumer Market Expansion
In 2017, Tony’s son Philip had joined the team. They had redirected Bonmatch to the online market and re-branded “Bonmatch Albums” to “Bonmatch”. The company had opened its doors to all consumers, no longer just focusing on businesses but to end clients as well. Since 2019, products and services that were exclusively available to professional photographers were now accessible to everyone.
Today, Tony and Philip stand by Bonmatch on a mission to bring joy to this world by sharing your story. From immigrating from another country and starting with a camera, Bonmatch has grown into a Christian family business. The company stands today, serving an extensive range of products and services for everyone to enjoy. Before there is joy, there is always an idea.