"Al and Pat became members of our family that day"
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“The first vendor we hired”
Unscripted Photographs of Elegance & Joy
"A SECOND MAID OF HONOUR WITH A CAMERA!"
Alecia, Patrick, Isla & Alfie
We are Al & Pat (she/her & he/him), a Canadian wife and husband wedding photography team, and also parents to our two sweet kiddos, Isla and Alfie. For the past ten years, we’ve spent 6 months of the year in Canada (in Prince Edward County), and 6 months of the year living abroad in Switzerland, Germany, Denmark and Wales, all the while travelling all over Europe.
We are currently building a sustainable house in Prince Edward County. We plan to spend our days outside in the garden growing our own food or on the hockey rink. Our nights will be spent inside by the fire playing board games and drinking local wine and cider (maybe someday our own homemade brew).
We discovered our love for weddings while planning our own wedding (9 years ago) in Ireland. We took our parents and siblings for a two-week adventure throughout Ireland, tying the knot with a monk in Killarney. Having a once in a lifetime experience with our immediate family was our top priority. Looking back on that moment now we are so grateful for that time together, and the photographs that help us remember.
"They have a way of putting everyone at ease with their
Our land in PEC (Our house building project is underway)
This is our family
Why choose to work with us?
Teamwork makes the dream work
Either of us could photograph your wedding independently - we choose to work as a team to give you the best experience possible. As wife and husband we are in sync, reading each other’s minds, but even more importantly we reflect on each experience together. We review what is working in our partnership and what needs to change. We’re constantly pushing each other to be the best version of ourselves, for you, for your experience, for your wedding memories.
THE WAY WE SEE THE WORLD
Here’s a secret, you want to hire us because you connect with the way we see the world. You’re drawn to our photographs and want to know how we will document you. If you just wanted snapshots that look like everyone else’s you’d go with a photographer who is just starting out, who is still replicating the inspiration they find on social media.
WE DO NOT OVERSHOOT AND BURN OUT
We pour our hearts and souls into your wedding to give you the best experience possible. Everyone has off days, we’re all human. We prioritize work-life balance so that when we are working, we’re fully there, committed and genuinely excited to be with you. We do not photograph “double headers”, racing from one wedding to the next. You won’t find us photographing 30-40 weddings in one season and spending the entire fall editing in a cave. We don’t do hustle culture, we have kids and each other and we practice presence and intentionality with our home life as much as we do on your wedding day.
JOY IN A BOOK
Do you want to know what our kids’ favourite book is? Our wedding album. Not only do we have one, we have multiple family albums as well. Technology is incredible to allow us to share our photos with friends and family, however, photos get lost and forgotten on hard drives and phones. Not ours. You will fill joy seeing your photos everyday hanging on your wall. Watching your kids flip through your wedding album sitting on your coffee table.
We take our time, editing your photographs with intention. True colors, maximizing light, minimizing distraction. No heavy-handed presets with unnatural skin tones. You will see yourself in your photos, and all your favourite people. We know you’re going to love your photographs for the rest of your life, we treat them like the family heirlooms they are.
"So much love for @twocheeksstudio. The kindest, most genuine team who truly captured our essence"
Our 3 step approach to posing on your wedding day
How we break it down
Documentary Style - 90% of your day will be documentary style, which means we follow the stories that unfold organically. We are not crime scene photographers, haphazardly clicking and delivering snapshots. We intentionally compose our frames based on the interaction, the light, and the competing elements to make the moment sing in the finished photograph.
Couples Portraits - 5% of your day will be "posed portraits” with your lover. Our approach is probably not what you expect. We will act as directors giving you prompts to connect with each other, cueing you through movements that look and feel natural. No chin adjustments here.
Family Formals - 5% of your day will be set aside for Family Portraits. We plan for and painlessly photograph these very important family heirlooms. We will get a list of all the combinations you want beforehand and have someone close to you help corral your family members. One of us will then place and organize you (no sunglasses, phones in pockets etc), while the other one will take the photos. Our favourite Family Formals are a bit quirky, the ones where the kids run through the frame, or grandma makes a funny face, your job is to relax and trust the process.
your wedding Photography Experience
Before your wedding day, On Your wedding day and after your Wedding day
Professional Development - We invest a lot of time and money into continual learning, experimentation and perfecting our systems. We love to collaborate with other creatives whether it’s styled shoots, curation groups or industry critiques or competitions.
We Meet - We are not the perfect fit for every couple, we’re not guacamole after all. It’s important to us that you feel 100% comfortable working with us. This is a partnership that hinges on open communication and clear expectations. Ask all your questions - we’re ready for them!
We Meet Again - Your engagement session gets you comfortable in front of the camera, and with us. Also it’s really fun to just get to know each other before we spend your big day by your side.
Vendor Recommendations - We’ve worked with some absolute gems, we’d love to introduce you. For a head start check out our Favourite Florists here, Officiants here, and Venues here, here, here and here.
Timeline Consultation - How do you want your wedding day to feel? We’re here to guide you through a timeline that aligns with your priorities. Traditional or unconventional, the only limitation is your imagination. Just remember, everything on your wedding day takes longer than you think. Your wedding day should not be condensed, squeezed in or made to fit your photographers coverage.
Location Scouting - For venues or locations we have not been, we make a point to go check it out beforehand to help us prepare. Although we can never predict the weather and the light, we can prepare for the changing elements so we can remain 100% focused on capturing your day. If it’s not possible to scout beforehand (e.g. destination weddings) we have years of experience planning and scouting for travel locations!
Plan Family Formals - We’ll walk you through planning your list of Family Formals. On your wedding day we bang them out painlessly and then hop right back into documentary mode.
Communication - We will answer all of your questions and explain our process so there are no surprises. If there is anything missing or you have more questions, please ask! We respond to emails within 24-48 hours Monday- Friday 9AM - 4PM.
Wedding Day Prep - As you can already see, we spend a lot of time preparing for your day. We make a point to not overbook ourselves so we can take the time to give you the attention you deserve leading up to your wedding.
2 Photographers (wife/husband) - Very important. 2 photographers to document your day. You get 2 professional photographers who could photograph your day and run our own businesses solo- thankfully we choose to do this together. You get 2 partners who can read each other’s minds, anticipate each other’s moves, and both choose to prioritize moments and how your experience feels over everything. We take great pride in planning, documenting and delivering your photographs.
Same Day Backup - We shoot every single photo to two memory cards. We then download the photos and save to multiple locations immediately after your wedding.
Be Present in the Moment - We will do our part to make everyone comfortable having us around. Your job is to be fully present with the people you’ve surrounded yourself with. Do your best to put your phones away and be confident that we will capture your day. We will plan ahead with you so we are fully aware of any particular moments, heirlooms or traditions you absolutely want documented.
We Work Really F*cking Hard - One of the reasons we don't photograph back to back days is we work really f*cking hard on your wedding day. We give it everything we have. We keep our cameras up all day and we never stop moving/thinking/shooting.
High-Res Photographs - Included.
Culling - We personally curate your gallery of photographs.
Custom Edits - Pat edits all the photos in our signature style which we have spent years refining.
Sneak Peak - This is a surprise, that's all the information we are going to give you. Oh, and you’ll love it.
Delivery - You get your photos in 6-8 weeks.
Grand Premiere - Once you’ve set up a date night together and sent us a selfie we’ll send over your Premiere Slideshow. Tuck in with a big screen and relive your wedding day for the first time together.
Online Gallery - Your photos are delivered to you via Online Gallery.
Online Gallery Backup - We keep your photos backed up for 1 month after the wedding day while your online gallery is available for 12 months. Upon delivery we encourage you to backup in multiple locations. You can keep your online gallery safe and hosted with us, ask us for more details.
Share with Friends and Family - You can easily share your entire gallery with family and friends. You also have the ability to hide specific photos if you would like to further curate the gallery for specific people.
Fine Art Heirloom Albums - Made in Canada, check out our albums page here.
Album Design - We will design an album for you and send it your way. We will then schedule a call and go through each spread 1 by 1 until you are happy with your album design.
Online Store - Purchase prints and wall art directly from your gallery via the Online Store. We have hand-selected the print companies and options to give you the best products possible. *Prices are subject to change.
Priceless Memories - We want you to remember how your day felt and the people you were with, not having your picture taken.
We choose Prince Edward County because of the scenery, the food and the people.
Prince Edward County is full of sand dune beaches, fields of wildflowers, rocky beaches and more wineries, cideries and microbreweries than you can count. You will find luxury bed and breakfasts, boutique hotels and a mix of other unique properties. Our favourite thing about PEC is the mix of incredible talent and down to earth people. We love it here, and we know you will love your experience here too.