Bows & lavender is a wedding photography duo otherwise known as Jessy & Brandon. We are based in Toronto, Ontario with a focus on weddings & portraiture. Our style is described as cinematic, timeless, warm & candid.
How did you get into the wedding industry?
We started in weddings by accident, a family member got married specifically a brother. We jetted off to a warm Country full of culture surround by a bunch of family and friends and the rest is history. We fell in love with the people at weddings and from there has trickled into what we are now :)
Tell us about one of your best experiences at work?
One of our best experiences at work, hmm, there is a lot to choose from. So it's hard to narrow down. One memory that i'll never forget, is walking along a rail path with a couple and their family, making their way to the dinner from the ceremony place on foot. I remember walking along and shooting pictures of the group moving and moseying along. And I looked up and saw a bridge, and thought out loud, " sh*t f*cking sh*t" as the groom looked at me startled. He asked if I was okay, and I smiled realizing I just swore obnoxiously at the whole crew. Unintentionally of course, I was upset because I realized that would have been a great vantage point to shoot the whole group that I knew they would have loved to see. Well low and behold, I walked a few more steps, gazing up upon the giant bridge, with the light slamming into my face from above as I saw Brandon's camera peak over the ledge and shoot away. He had run ahead of us, about 5 minutes previous to our arrival and prepared the shot. That was the moment I knew I needed to step my game up because my second shooter/husband just blew everyones socks off with a shot they'll never forget.
What equipment do you use?
Canon 5D MKiii (3)
24mm, 50mm & 135mm
1 Canon Speedlight / 2 Alien Bee Strobes + Battery Pack
an assortment of batteries & memory cards
1 pack of Hot Tamales
What's your favorite part of the wedding day? Why?
The time alone with the couple, or the time alone with their parents, usually during the getting ready portion. We like a lot of alone time :)
Jessy - The hobbit
Brandon - Any Marvel Comic Book
The world is full of magic patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.
Any advice for Brides and Grooms?
Ask other brides and groom their experiences and go from there ;)
Any personal advice for fellow Photographers & Videographers?
Be genuine by focusing inward and less on what you portray outward; the art will manifest through what comes from within.