PEOPLE BEHIND THE CAMERA
joel and justyna
Destination Wedding Photographers
based in Ottawa, Canada (but we really do shoot everywhere)
Best friends who spend 24-hours a day together, with two very fussy dogs in tow, and after over a decade together are very much not sick of each other, and still want to spend even more time together. While shooting we use telepathy and a very gentle baseball-like umpire sign language. You won't even know we were there. Your guests will most likely ask us how we know you - and will be surprised to know the four of us aren't life-long friends (high chances of that happening, truth be told). There's more to know - click below.
your wedding is not a photoshoot.
it's not a series of poses.
it's a reflection of all the love in your lives. we count ourselves lucky to be able to capture that for you.
Joel and Justyna are wedding, fashion and editorial photographers documenting celebrations and projects around the world. we blend classic film work and with a modern documentary approach - focusing on joy, feeling, sentimentality with the most light handed touch.
It's difficult to describe in words what we actually capture as wedding photographers. Our aim is to photograph your true self, your relationships with your friends, family and spouse, and the real feelings that you felt even if only for a moment.
All of that goes beyond a pose, beyond being "directed". It's spontaneous, surprising, unscripted and true universal magic. You can't plan for it, but we can capture it.
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A GUEST OF THE HAPPY COUPLE
I was at the wedding yesterday and really admired the effort you put in your weddings. You can tell you truly love what you do and that your sole focus is to make the bride and groom happy and to capture the best possible moments for them.
I saw Justyna sit in front of the bride for a very long time just waiting for moments to capture. She scouted the house to find places to take pictures. On the other side, I asked Joel to take a picture of me and my husband, he just didn’t snap a quick photo and let us go. (Which he could have totally done and we would have been happy!) but he went above and beyond and he took us outside to find the perfect spot. I was in awe.
I had my own wedding two weeks ago and my photographer didn’t put a quarter of this effort with us. They made me feel like I was bothering them when I asked them to come out of cocktail hour to take some pictures of us. When I was getting ready, they were chatting with my videographer and I feel they missed so many important moments.
I’m writing this to say that I really admire your work ethic and your efforts with your couples. We didn’t book you guys initially but I now deeply regret it. I wish you both the very best in your work and life together and will continue to admire you and your work! Maybe we will be able to work together someday.