I will start by saying I am grateful I know this woman. I have known Janette since I was three years old, we are best friends. When I was visiting home over the holidays we got together one afternoon to create these. This series explores who she is in this moment, through her form and expression. Film photos were shot on Kodak Portra 400 and Tri-X with Brian's Hasselblad.
I am not even sure where to begin, really. If you can imagine the most eclectic wedding you've ever been to, this one probably tops that. I think I should start with letting you know that Kip planned out their first look. He knew very early that he wanted to bike up to Zoe in front of a mural in the east end of Toronto that they both loved. Needlessly to say, he set me up to take some emotional and meaningful photos. From there we headed to Allen's, a bar on the Danforth, where they held their traditional Irish ceremony with ceremonial ribbon tying and all. There was bellydancing, burgers, and a Star Wars cake (made by Zoe herself). Not to mention they had customized Guinness inspired coasters with cartoon versions of themselves on them, a storm trooper helmet, and a Holga for guests to take photos with. Oh and on top of it all Zoe and Kip are an amazingly kind and generous pair. Their priority was to have a special day with their friends and family, doing things they loved - and they achieved just that. I am so grateful I got to be a part of this joyous day and to become friends with these two people. Every little detail throughout the day was carefully crafted and held so much meaning to Zoe and Kip, as well as their family and friends. The way they approached the day was a great reminder that a wedding is a celebration and you should create an environment that makes you happy.
I met Alexis and Manuel for the first time at their engagement session, which is unusual for me. I meet almost all my clients before they book me, I will take them out for drinks or coffee and we really get to know each other. Even though I didn't get to meet Alexis and Manuel before we decided to work together, they were so easy-going and comfortable with me that it felt like we had already gotten to know one another. We spent an early Sunday morning walking around the University of Toronto, where they both went to school. I always like it when couples choose meaningful places to do their engagement sessions. We wandered the Hart House, grabbed coffee, and really just had a fun time talking and taking photos.