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We're Samson and Kelsey Anne, a husband and wife wedding photography duo. We capture intimate moments of tender souls and adventurous lovers all over Nova Scotia and beyond. Aesthetically, our imagery tends to be bright and soulful, with a colour palette rooted in natural + gem tones. We work as a team to thoughtfully capture every moment of your wedding day, events and more. we're queer, dorky romantics with tender hearts & a love for DIY. This page is an intro to us!
Our Love Story
We met years ago, like another lifetime ago. We've known one another for over half our lives, and we started as friends of friends, then friends with each other. Our lives took us down a variety of different paths but every time they'd cross it was delightfully easy, we felt a connection full of laughs and sincerity. When the pandemic landed in Canada and we didn't have much else to do Samson posted a lot about his chickens on the ol' instagram, and Kelsey had a lot of free time to offer her unsolicited but humorous advice on chicken taming. She actually convinced Samson to build a swing for his chickens and even more amusing is that they actually used it.
In the depths of isolation (the third or fourth lockdown?) Kelsey Anne and Samson both needed connection and they started writing letters to one another. Trusted friendship turned into curated playlists, long conversations, tears, support, growth and eventually romance. Built on a solid 16+ year friendship is was definitely a risk but totally worth it. We've lived our happiest lives ever since.
In September 2022 Samson and Kelsey Anne tied the knot, surprising everyone who came to their housewarming party. Shocked faces turned into joyful tears, tight hugs, then laughter and dancing all night on the front lawn. Being it was a surprise and all, sadly a few key friends and family were unable to attend, so 10 days later under a massive oak tree on Kelsey Anne's grandparent's property we shared our vows once again and there wasn't a single dry eye around.
Together we live on the south shore of Nova Scotia, learning new skills, tinkering, swimming in rivers and updating one another on the backyard wildlife. We take pride in our humble home and our simple life, our carefully curated shelves of photos, keepsakes, memories and momentos.
A short list of beautiful things:
▽ Misty weather
▽ Mulch on a worn garden path
▽ Cabins, new and old
▽ Pulsing embers in a fire
▽ Steam rising off morning water
▽ Autumn leaves on rolling hills
▽ First page of a new journal
▽ Handholding and affection
▽ Dried and fresh flowers
▽ Carpets of moss
▽ Buoys and nautical folk art
▽ That day the buds open in spring.
▽ Handmade mugs and bowls
▽ Old cameras and curled photographs
▽ Weathered textures
I grew up on the east coast of
Canada in Round Hill, Nova Scotia;
a tiny little village where the woods are mysterious playgrounds, tall ferns are hideouts, ATVs are about as common as bicycles and there's always a story to be told about something.
Growing up in Mi'kma'ki, the son of a scallop fisherman, I have a deep respect and admiration for the ocean and environment around us. I appreciate Atlantic traditions, the folklore and mystery that surrounds this land and our rum runnin' roots. But storytelling in these parts stretches back further than any of my settler ancestors, all the way to the indigenous peoples, the true stewards of this land and keepers of it's oral traditions.
Storytelling is integral component of our lives that I remain inherently and deeply drawn to.
Most would agree that story and emotion are a perfect pair. It’s that combination that I love photographing most, what I strive for in my work. My thirst for travel, experiences and studying film had me fall deep in love with the art of documenting. I'm constantly anticipating, exploring, looking for that story and the emotion. Whether on the road or on the job I am wildly adaptable ... if things don't go as planned you can bet I will roll with it, help out however I can and make the most of what's happening.
Like Samson, I grew up in a small town in the Annapolis Valley
of Nova Scotia. We actually grew up 40 minutes away from one another and only met in our late/teens early 20s in Halifax. I spent a lot of my early years exploring the farm, forests and fields of my grandparents property, feeding cows and fairies, imagining and exploring different worlds. I've always had a creative imagination rooted in what I know to be true and valuable.
Some of my earliest core memories are meeting my ancestors and relatives through family heirloom photographs. Hearing their stories told to me and brought to life by my grandparents. I learned about my mischievous late uncle, my drag king great grandmother and so many more amazing branches of my family tree this way.
That connection to our history and creating keepsakes for future generations is such a fulfilling and meaningful component of this job.
Being as dedicated as I am to family, and the reverence that I hold for our elders, my approach to photography is tied so tightly to holding on to those precious moments and relationships. Holding on to a photograph can stir those feelings and be that connection to moments passed, keeping hazy memories fresh and stories preserved, ready to be shared again and again.