It’s been very difficult for me to write this blog post because (I kid you not) the group chat that we have going with Tammy + O keeps dinging and distracting me! Tammy’s texts look a little like this: “OMG you guyssssss!!!!!! We misssss youuuuu!! 💕💕💕 When can we see each otherrrrr???!!! 🍾🍾🍾🍾💃🏿💃🏿💃🏿💃🏿” And we’re completely obsessed with them (the text messages and the people who send them). Their friendship has been such a wonderful gift, I feel so lucky that life brought us all together.
I can’t speak highly enough about Tammy and O because they truly are very special people. They are both doctors (Tammy is an emergency paediatrician at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, so yeah, she literally saves kids’ lives), they are incredibly kind, generous and so much fun to be around. When we’re together we’ll discuss serious topics like race, but we’ll also laugh til we cry and polish off a few bottles of wine!
After a few years of exclusively photographing destination weddings, Tammy and O were one of the first local weddings we agreed to take on. Tammy’s enthusiasm was impossible to resist and it didn’t take long into our first meeting to realize that we did not want to pass up the opportunity to photograph this couple! Tammy has high standards and she is willing to put in the effort to meet them. This is evidenced in everything she does, and working with her meant we needed to push ourselves too - in the best of ways, I promise! Let’s just say we were not going to be ones to disappoint her!
The event Tammy and O were planning was grand, there was no doubt about that, but it is the strength of their connection that I was most excited to see play out on their wedding day. I had no doubt that emotions would be strong, because they love each other, and are loved by their friends and family, so fiercely. The intensity of this love and the appreciation for it was present throughout their entire wedding day; but it was the moment when O saw Tammy where time really seemed to stand still. They locked eyes from down the aisle, and they did not break their connection for the entire processional. It was a moment that we’d witnessed hundreds of times over a decade of photographing weddings, but it was the one with the most powerful energy we’d ever felt. The ceremony was goosebump-inducing, particularly with the presence of the gospel choir, and the energy continued into their reception. There were more tear-inducing speaches, dances, and performances, but it was the Nigerian money dance that really brought the energy up! It was a tradition we’d actually never witnessed before, but we were so excited to photograph. Luckily we’ve photographed more than our share of the Jewish Horah so this proved to be pretty good training for the intensity (and dangers!) of photographing the money dance!
The next day was rainy and the four of us were understandably spent, so we opted to meet at Espace Gris for some studio portraits. It was a complete departure for us to create portraits in studio, we are more accustomed to using inspiring landscapes and architecture as backdrops, but we were confident that we could create strong portraits that were centred around their connection. It was further emphasized during this portrait session that to be in the presence of their love is to be in the presence of something really special. When they are simply being with each other in front of our cameras, we are silent, or we whisper. It sounds corny, but that’s how sacred their love feels. Every look, every gesture in these portraits was unprompted, it simply came naturally. It was beautiful.
I tried to resist the urge to make this blog post a huge gush-fest but I’m not sure I’ve succeeded! If you’ve made it this far, you get it: we love Tammy and O. I wish them a lifetime of happiness, but I will also selfishly wish for a lifelong friendship between the four of us, because Tammy and O, quite simply, you enrich our lives!