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Winter Engagement Session: Chanel & Sam

December 15, 2012

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Chanel and Sam first met in the Summer of 2007. A group of their mutual friends were headed out for a night on the town–and Sam was immediately drawn to Chanel. But Chanel describes their first meeting as “no fairytale” and “not love at first sight.” She did think Sam was the most hilarious person she had ever met but absolutely not “her type.” Sometimes, relationships take time. And throwing all those ideas of “our type” out the window. ;) So… although Sam and Chanel occasionally saw each other, they weren’t an official couple until two years later, in 2009.

A few things about their relationship… they love traveling, eating, grocery shopping and are passionate about all things Batman. Chanel makes it her personal mission to find the best cupcake bakery in every city she visits. She loves driving with Sam; him at the wheel, her in charge of the radio. She loves watching how excited Sam gets over sports, and she loves how he humours her love of music and concerts–not so much his thing. Sam wrote Chanel simply feels like “home” to him. One of their favourite songs as a couple is “Chicago” by Sufjan Stevens (SO good) and in response to “What’s unique to you as a couple?” Sam wrote: “She gets 80% of the bed, and I only get 20%.” Hahaha!

I had SO MUCH FUN photographing these two this morning. We had incredible locations: the rooftop of Chanel’s uncle’s apartment (with falling snowflakes! They turned to rain. But we had snow!) and then a tattoo shop called Sacred Heart. Chanel has quite a few tattoos (some of them gifts from Sam) and she wanted to capture the next one on camera. Such a cool idea. Sam & Chanel’s first dance song is going to be “Stay With You” by John Legend, so Chanel had the words “Stay With You” inked on her upper arm in Sam’s handwriting. Ahh so fun. After the new tattoo, it was back to the apartment for some fun with Christmas lights. Safe to say, Sam & Chanel’s October 2013 wedding at Brix Restaurant is going to be incredible. Many, many thanks to Tess & Adam for the referral.

Enjoy!

  1. s h e r r y

    December 15th, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    :) Absolutely love the tattoo! So special.

  2. Hannah Nicole

    December 15th, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    ahhhh. these are too cute and fun and just crazy GOOD. love ’em.

  3. Amanda Jackson

    December 15th, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Jamie, I LOVE these images. What a neat idea to have his handwriting be the new tattoo and to have it photographed!! AH! So sweet. I think my favorites are of them tangled in Christmas lights together. You captured their love so well! :)

  4. Natalie Young

    December 15th, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    This is so cute and outside of the box Jamie! love it. awesome work as always! :)

  5. Tova

    December 15th, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Love this one Jamie. Great photos.

  6. Julia Nielsen

    December 15th, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Love all your pics, you two make such a beautiful loving couple…. Can’t wait to come home for your big wedding…..

  7. Gina

    December 15th, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Jame these are PERFECT!! Great shots!

  8. Jessica Lauren

    December 15th, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    these are fabulous! love the last few with the lights- so fun and cozy. :)

  9. sachin khona

    December 15th, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Killer ending to an awesome session Jamie!

  10. Gail

    December 15th, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    What a FUN couple! These are so beautiful! I especially love the Xmas lights — such a sucker for those!

  11. Brittany Cook

    December 15th, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Amazing! Chanel, you and Sam are such a cute couple! So happy for you!

  12. Tina

    December 16th, 2012 at 5:17 am

    What a fun session! I always love when sessions are a little different like this:) Gorgeous!

  13. Kjersti and Dan

    December 16th, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Sam and Chanel you two are such superstars, the photos are just perfect! Can’t wait for your special day!
    Dan likes fashion forward Sam in the henley and hat ;)

  14. Monica Justesen Photography

    December 16th, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Oh man, I love, love, love this shoot! Great images, and a gorgeous couple to boot!

  15. heather ss

    December 16th, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Congrats Chan n Sam! Love the pics you both look great!!

  16. Joelynn

    December 16th, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    I love this session it’s so beautiful! The photos are incredible, so amazing!

  17. Miriam

    March 8th, 2013 at 7:15 am

    Such a cute session, my favorite is the very last frame.. it concludes their day so beautifully!

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