I very briefly met Jackie and Skylar at the Gladstone Love Market back in February and it was not until a few months later where we were able to connect and get to know each other. Little did I know, these two people are both remarkable individuals (though I could have guessed) and incredibly talented dancers for the National Ballet of Canada. As you would expect, they are both very elegant and graceful (which made my job easy) but their relationship is also so soft and deliberate. Their appreciation for being present and embracing their environment really created the atmosphere of these images.
In an homage to Skylar's skater days back in LA (where he grew up) we started at Underpass Park and then headed west to where they now call home, The Candy Factory. They told me they are continually inspired by the industrial charm of the building and that they have spent a lot of time making it into their home. So maybe the photo of their couch with their stuffed animal dogs may seem hilarious or trivial, to them it's a documentation of their space in this moment in time. Where, in one year of living there, their philodendron has spread across the wall and taken over.
When I think about the photography that I do for others, being able to capture things just the way they were becomes really important. Photos will always trigger memories but they should also trigger emotion and I feel like that is my job.
I can easily say that I am looking forward to their wedding next year in Los Angeles, but I'm even more excited to spend more time with these two and sharing what will definitely be a once in a life time experience.