2019 was a fabulous year. You have seen all the amazing ADM Couples we get to work with, featured on our Best of Engagements and Best of Weddings blog posts. What you don’t see is all the fun we have behind the scenes! Behind all the pretty and romantic photographs, you don’t see the stuff we do to “get the shot”, you don’t see the way we interact with our clients, you don’t see US. So! Here are some of our most fun, awkward, and silly behind the scene photos of 2019!
Before we begin, let’s get this important question out of the way. Who squatted better? Alex…
Our job description consists of a lot of things. Sometimes it requires that Alex act like the bride…
And sometimes it requires Ariana to be standing up at the front, alone, with the sun in her eyes…
With all these test shots, you’d think we were pros at striking a pose for each other…
Sometimes, not so much…
Occasionally it makes for great Instagram content (part of the job is acting like models. lol jk)…
But most of the time, it’s awko-taco! We tend to catch each other off guard…
Other times, the struggle is remembering that we don’t need to come up with a different pose for each test shot…
Especially when done in front of a bunch of people…
“Stop the paparazzi, please!”
We work hard to help our ADM Couples look their best!
Along with all their friends and family, too!
To make life easier, we’ll bring our handy cart along to carry all the things…
And if your session is in Toronto, you’ll occasionally see one of Ariana’s sisters lending a hand as well!
We’re basically directors. And being a director often means a lot of weird hand movements captured. Ariana always looks like she’s directing a choir…
And Alex tends to channel his inner CIA agent.
This is what I’m actually doing though lol!
From teaching our couples how to shake champagne bottles to collecting your wedding party’s phones to avoid pocket bulges, we’ve got your back!
We’ll do anything to get the right angles for you! We’ll go high…
And even attempt to climb large objects just to get the shot!
We’ll test all types of light and make sure you get the best one…
We believe teamwork makes the dream work! Shoutout to the videographers who gameplan with us for the best footage from all cameras present!
They even help us make sure every detail is perfect!
And shoutout to your pups for keeping us company 😉
You’ll most likely catch us dancing while we work…
It’s no secret we love what we do…
It’s because of all of you!!! #ADMCouples #ADMCouplesSelfie #DelMundoSandwich
Thank you for such an amazing 2019!! We love you all!
Much love, Ariana & Alex
January 31, 2020
“We don’t just get to grow old together, we get to grow up together – and that’s the real adventure”.
My favourite quote, the one that truly embodies our relationship, for my favourite day of the year. Happy 4th year anniversary to us!
If you know our story, you know we didn’t know each other for very long before we decided to get married. Sometimes I can’t believe we’ve only known each other for a little over 4 years. But at the same time it feels like we’ve known each other forever. Because we only knew each other for a short period of time, there were a lot of things I never could have imagined would blossom into our lives since being together.
I never imagined that I, the one who wanted to be a teacher since the 2nd grade, would be running a business with my husband where we are constantly looking for ways to innovate and improve ourselves, our business, and the experience we provide out clients.
I never imagined that I, the girl who grew up in Toronto and is a city girl through and through, would be living in Guelph while my husband attends the local university – a city we both absolutely adore and a university where we’ve made cherished friends and met so many other amazing students because of our job.
I never imagined that this guy, the one who had his sights on computer programming, would fall in love with photography and change his major to studio art.
I never imagined that this guy, the one who hates dancing and married himself into a dancing-loving family, would be the one to start showing me dance moves we both try to attempt in the silliest ways.
I never imagined that this guy, the one who cautioned me while we were dating, “I’m very sarcastic and not sensitive”, would be such a charming sweetheart who is very intuitive to my feelings.
I never imagined that we, the ones who had a low-budget wedding because we were only engaged for 3 months, now invest in anniversary sessions every year to capture how we’ve changed and grown over the years.
Forever grateful for my partner in all things. Happy 4 years to us, Bebeko. Thank you for being you. I love you, lover!
Keep scrolling for some of our favourites from our anniversary session with Jess Imrie!
Read last year’s anniversary post: Anniversary Session at Dundurn Castle | Happy 3 Years to Us
August 1, 2019
We’re all about buying experiences over things, so when I first saw ads on Instagram for HideSeek, a pop-up experience in downtown Toronto, I knew I had to get tickets right away! HideSeek is an interactive museum inspired by childhood nostalgia. I am a ’90s baby and someone who is very nostalgic (give me anything that gives me a little blast from the past and you’ll be pulling at my heart strings!), so I really wanted to dive into this experience!
I searched Pinterest for ’90s wardrobe inspiration (I’m also a huge lover of dressing up for the occasion lol). Most people on HideSeek’s Instagram and/or on Pinterest were wearing jeans…but I HATE jeans. Instead I wore black Gym Shark leggings–not ’90s inspired, but was comfy and neutral for the occasion. I purchased a couple of 90’s inspired tees from Forever21, wore a bright pink jacket, tied a denim shirt around my waist (adding the denim effect without actually having to wear it on my legs), popped in some hoop earrings, and broke out my old black converse!
My sister’s sister in law, Lacey-Rose, and her daughter, Hazel, joined us for our trip. They were SO ADORABLE wearing matching outfits — denim on denim, Mickey Mouse t-shirts, high-top hair buns, and hoop earrings.
Overall, HideSeek’s instalments were great to look at, but I felt like it weighed more heavily on the photo opportunity experience. If you’re looking for a place to actually play or learn, I would go somewhere else. I was fully underwhelmed by the lack thereof. If you’re looking for a place to take cute Instagram photos, this is definitely the place! It hasn’t put a damper on my itch to visit other interactive museums in the area! Currently on my bucket list:
On the photography aspect:
I’m trying to get better about documenting our own memories and blogging about our personal experiences. I did it SO often growing up, which is how my love for photography started! Now that I professionally document memories for others, I try no to bring my camera to personal things so I can be present and not “work”. ⠀
But I tried REALLLLY hard this time.⠀
Alex took the majority of the photos (as you can probably tell)! It was quite the challenge trying to go through the interactive instalments swiftly, yet still try to get the settings right. ⠀
I did the editing and wowoweeee that was a challenge. We are really good at finding the right light (natural light) and finding backgrounds that work well with that light. We also typically have our reflector to help manipulate light, as well as our strobes for when we have a lack of it. We obviously could’t lug all our equipment around for the sake of taking our own personal photos. Although I thought it was “awful lighting”, all it really was was just d i f f e r e n t . And things that are different or things that push us out of our comfort zone help us grow. It was a fun challenge to try and nail these photos!⠀
Did you grow up in the ’90s? Which were the most nostalgic instalments for you to look at? Tell me in the comment section below!
July 2, 2019
Today we celebrate three years of marriage and the only quote I want to post is one I’ve shared many times: “we don’t just get to grow old together, we get to grow up together-and that is the real adventure”
My parents were best friends. Growing up, all I knew was I was “supposed” to be best friends with whoever I was supposed to marry. There was supposed to be history. There was supposed to be time together before we started a new adventure. If you know our story, then you know 3 things: one, we dated for 3 months; two, we were engaged for 3 months; and three, we met online and I knew before I even met him in person that I was going to marry him. That was a really scary thing to know when you were taught your whole life to marry your best friend.
And so even though I had never met him, I knew where it was going to go. He knew it, too.
So maybe we didn’t have years together like my parents did or his parents did. But we have three years. Three years of adventures, three years of making and reaching goals, three years of hard work, three years of learning, three years of happiness, three years of tears, three years of cooking and dancing in the kitchen, three years of late night movie watching, and three years of SO MUCH FUN. And we have forever to go.
Remember, your legacy of love does not start or end with you (refer to my post from my parent’s anniversary). My fraternal grandparents’s legacy of love shows in how we dance together as a family. My maternal grandparents’s legacy of love shows in the way that no matter what life throws, we stick together. My parent’s legacy of love shows in the way we spend time together. And i hope that one day our children will see that our legacy of love is shown in the way we trust each other and the way we trust God and His timing
Here are some of our favourite photos from our anniversary session with Micaela Joy Photography!
August 1, 2018