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a year ago…

we were doing this…

the sun was shining & the snow was melting in the mountains of colorado… & we were surrounded by a lot of beautiful people coming together to learn how to love people through documenting their broken, messy & beautiful stories. how to not give up on your dream. it’s something i’ll never forget.

we’ve been lucky enough to have a few times in our lives now where… how do i explain it… out of seemingly nowhere we’ve been given a gift that has been exactly what we’ve needed. it reminds me that whenever i feel an inexplicable pull to do something for someone, even if i don’t understand it, to just go for it. it might be exactly what they needed & be really meaningful to them.

seriously every time i watch this video i’m reminded of how loved i felt, and it’s the feeling that i try to bring to everything dave & i create with the people we photograph.

we have a massive amount of thanks & love to the parsons for inviting us to be there at their workshop & for making this video for us.. i love it so much.

jenn and dave don’t give up from WE ARE THE PARSONS on Vimeo.

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this is the story of sarah & brad’s winter wedding

toronto wedding leaving church lady of sorrows

spending a calm morning getting ready at home : sarah at the lovely home they’ve made together, brad at his family home where he grew up. a surprise telegram. a video sent from family far away. a hand-crocheted bride & groom. married at the church where she grew up. surrounded by a million candles, a library of books, & dear ones as they ate the wedding meal, toasted, and danced the night away. heart-shaped glasses & shamrock-shaped glasses, both to commemorate a day filled with love, luck, and irish blessings.

this is the story of sarah & brad’s winter wedding — it was such a delight to have been there with them, surrounded by lots of laughter and one heck of a party! x

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song : the distance between us by message to bears / see more recent weddings here :

this is how rachel & andy spent their 4780th day together..

a rainy morning. our first introduction to the

this is the story of arianne + rom, married on a rainy fall day

i can see the smile on her face through her email the

laura + fraser get married

at laura + fraser’s wedding, laura’s

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  • Taylor Roades - The video is wonderful. Jenn and Dave your work always makes me smile xoxoxoReplyCancel

  • Phil Muller - Totes Amaze-balls!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kassandra Wowk - Amazing work as usual! Great job of capturing the vibe of the whole wedding.ReplyCancel

scarlet at home

the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars / jack kerouac

a couple months ago our dear friend scarlet asked me & dave if we could come over and take some pictures around her space. ever since i first met scarlet, this quote has always come to mind whenever i’m thinking of her. she is one of those people who burns. she has a way of re-lighting life and passion into people. she feels things deeply, and through that the things that she creates are full of meaning and depth. our conversations always stretch me and get me excited about whatever i’m creating and exploring, and they give me courage that my dreams are possible. :)

i love spaces. i love when you step inside a home and it’s like peeling back another layer of that person. when the walls tell you stories of past adventures and the things that mean something to them. scarlet had recently had her place re-done and walking in there was like a little oasis in the midst of the city, a soft pillow to fall into, a place to inspire creativity and remind you what matters. i wanted to move in!

scarlet doesn’t go far without lucy at her side — isn’t she the sweetest little pup?
scarlet’s office reminded me so much of our own! pictures and postcards, handwritten notes and memories stuck all over the walls. nostalgia is something we share, and i think one of the bonds that ties us together in what we believe about taking photographs for people.

scarlet’s space was remade with the supreme talents of the lovely & infectious tiffany pratt. she brings magic to spaces all over toronto, and to weddings too — please go check out her work here!

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  • athena - Goodness I want to be her friend. All that glitter! And the antlers! And the polka dots! And that “Start every day like it’s your birthday” print. Gah. I love it all.

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our portfolio is refreshed & updated. (yay!)

phew. always a daunting task updating our portfolio. but it’s done! and we would love if you’d take a look around! got a few new stories in there that we loved getting to tell. we are also partial to our travel section and our ode to the woods, and well, just everything!

visit H E R E.

we also re-wrote our section about us… shared a bit more of our story & how we got here. figured if we want to tell your story, we should open up a bit and tell ours. it’s always hard writing about yourself, wondering what will be interesting to people and what they would want to know.. but in the end i just wrote from the heart and i did love writing it & being able to reflect on things. these days i’m trying to be more open & just share without over-thinking it too much.

would love to hear what you think :)

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sarah & brad

one kind word can warm three winter months / japanese proverb

the first time we met sarah & brad they overflowed with warmth, kindness, and constant smiles — they’re the kinds to warm even the coldest of days.

and photos in the snow is one of our favourite things.

toronto / january 2014

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