WAY back in 2019, before the world fell apart, we taught a workshop in London, England. Max and Dee agreed to be “models” for our demo shoot, and “model” they did –– with 15 curious photographers following their every move.
Jenny and Jesse are one of the amazing couples we got to meet through the filming of our photography course, Two Mann U. They had to contend with, not only the buzz of our photography, but the nerve-racking secondary dimension of a film crew. Almost paparazzi-style, we traipsed through the beauty just outside of our doorstep. They never missed a beat.
Jenny and Jesse, thanks for coming out to play in front of the many cameras and rising to the challenge of having to perform for for our students’ benefit (and by perform, we mean, be yourselves). We hope these photos show exactly what we saw and felt in you – a powerful love that just radiates between you. Thanks for letting it shine so openly, right into our lenses. Next time we hang out, we are definitely bringing beers!
We also got to meet their awesome sons. Thank you, Easton and Steele, for being so cool (but not too cool for us to see the beautiful bonds you share). We hope these photos help you never forget the magic of your family. Next time we hang out, we are definitely bringing Madelyn and Timmy.
It’s a bloody miracle Brett still wants anything to do with us. Having spent the better part of the last two years witnessing, recording, watching, and editing our life, he knows more about us and our creative process than anyone ever should.
The journey to Jenna and Will’s wedding was wrought with unimaginable obstacles; a global pandemic being the easy part. Through it all, their dream was kept alive by loving family, adoring friends, and an indomitable wedding planner. Being there with our cameras, to document it finally come true, was an incredible honour.
The result of any creative process is just the tip of an iceberg that we can’t begin to understand or appreciate. The art we look at, the poems we read, the music we listen to; it’s not creativity, it’s the result of creativity. The process from which it was produced is rarely considered, and even more rarely exposed. But that’s where the magic is. And that’s where Two Mann U shines it’s most important spotlight – not on the results, but on the process that gets us there.
A Story of Relentless Obsession
If you know us, you’ll know we can be relentlessly determined (especially me), brutally honest (especially Erika), and hopelessly ambitious (both of us).
When it comes to anything that we care about, we just can’t seem to half-ass it. It’s full-ass, or no-ass.
Case in point, the past 42 months has been full of sweat, cursing (think; Winnebago Man), fighting (which we excel at), making up (which we also excel at), and pushing through to birth a giant amazing baby into the world.
That baby; is Two Mann U.
These photos tell the story of Nikki, James, Heather, Finlay, and Otis. It’s the story of an intimate, relaxed, family wedding in the midst of a global pandemic. It’s also the story of someone who is not physically present in the photos, but present nonetheless.
Elaine had the kind of quiet wisdom you didn’t necessarily notice in the moment, but its absence is loud. Like her family’s tartan, from her Scottish heritage, her wisdom was strong. It was bold while being subtle and understated. It was a distinct pattern of white, green, and dark blue, with the most beautiful vibrant yellow lines running through it. Its tight weave thick, protective, and rugged. A little itchy next to the skin, letting you know it’s there. Durable. Dependable. An heirloom passed down for generations.
Elaine’s tartan, with its yellow streak of wisdom, weaved into its pattern, blanketed James, Heather, and Finlay, in warmth and protection.
As she got closer to death (from esophageal cancer), the tartan’s protection became tighter, more enduring. As the yellow got brighter, the wisdom got stronger. So strong you could feel it in the air that surrounded her, without even exchanging words. When Elaine passed into another world on Feb. 3, 2015, the tartan’s yellow streak shone brighter than ever. The tight weave of the fabric, steeped in warmth, knowledge, and durability, wrapped around her family as tight as it could.
Slowly, and unknowingly at first, the tartan began to loosen its tight weave. It still protected the family, but the weave loosened just enough for another, completely unique fibre to weave its way into the already bold pattern. The new fibre was different than the yellow streak.
It was silky. It was smooth and it was a bright blue. It felt nice against the skin. It was also durable. And it was also wise, but in a completely different way. It was warming, comforting, protective, accepting, non-judgemental. It was pure. Pure love.
This is also Nikki’s story.
Nikki’s love became woven into the tartan, making it stronger, with a brand new bright streak next to the yellow. It became a pattern so beautiful for its inclusiveness, commitment, and its vibrant contrast.
This is the story of Nikki, James, Heather, Finlay, and Otis. And of Elaine. A beautiful, technicolour family of many weaves and dreams.