I recently interviewed Jessica and Jason Hill the team behind A Brit & A Blonde. I'm pleased to showcase this creative duo that bring a fresh take to wedding photography...
MJ ~ Your company name is quite clever... can you tell me about how you guys became "A Brit & A Blonde"?Jessica ~ Hahaha, well thank you. I actually came up with the name while I was taking a bath one day. Sometimes the most creative ideas appear when your mind is clear and relaxed. Jason - aka "A Brit", aka my husband and partner in crime - and I met about 10 years ago. Jason had recently moved to Canada from England. We were both working in advertising agencies in Toronto (TAXI, John St, ZiG, Crispin Porter, Zulu Alpha Kilo) which is a small and incestuous industry where everyone knows everyone. So I guess we were bound to cross paths at one point. 5 years ago we were planning our wedding and had a ton of trouble finding a wedding photographer that was our style. At the time, wedding blogs were virtually non existent and Style Me Pretty had literally just come on to the scene. We really wanted to have images that we loved and were our aesthetic. But what we were seeing was cheesy, posed and frightful. We finally found an awesome pair of photographers that we loved. And that sparked the idea in our heads -why don't we become the wedding photographers that we had been looking for. We had always adored photography, but it was our hobby and not our day job. So we decided to make the leap. We quit our cushy ad agency jobs and set out on our best adventure yet!
MJ ~ What is it about "A Brit & A Blonde" that stands out from other photographers?Jessica ~ We always joke that we had a completely other life before A Brit & A Blonde. And I think that other life working as Mad Men in ad agencies really prepared us for everything and anything. So we really do come from a totally different background than most wedding photographers out there. We use to create award winning campaigns for big brands like Telus, Bell, Canadian Tire, Mini Cooper, Ikea - Jase even won a Cannes Lion for his work on some memorable Viagra TV campaigns. Just like we use to create a brand story - we see ourselves as wedding storytellers for our couples. So getting to know them is super important to us. Seeing how they are together, how they hold hands, how they look at each other and joke around. Our style is photojournalistic with a dash of editorial art direction and sprinkled with a good amount of fun and whimsy.
MJ ~ Your favs about what you do?Jessica ~ Being with people on their best day ever is pretty much the best thing ever. We take our jobs insanely seriously - capturing big moments, once in a lifetime moments, mini moments, fun moments, sweet moments and my personal fave - moments between the moments. We are shooting for the couple but also for their future kids, grandkids, and great grandkids. When their kids one day look at the images from their wedding day - we want them to know exactly what it must have felt like to have been there celebrating, dancing, laughing and how rad their parents looked.
MJ ~Any tips for couples looking for a photographers?Jessica ~ Finding the right fit is incredibly important. You will spend more time with your photographer than any other person on your wedding day. Since we are there from the getting ready prep shots through to shaking a tail feather on the dance floor. Your images, your memories and keepsakes from the day are captured through the eye of your photographer. The person you select becomes your wedding storyteller - so making sure you love the way they tell stories is so important.
MJ ~Is there a certain wedding or photo shoot that stands out most to you and why?Jessica ~ We have shot over 100 weddings - all over the world: Toronto, Montreal, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, St Maarten, Vermont, New York, Maine, New Hampshire and Portugal. From sweet intimate elopements in Costa Rica, to barn weddings in New England, to shooting a wedding in the former King of Portugal's summer Palace - it has been epic. If I had to pick one, I would have to say Carter & Breken's wedding. They got married during Pride Week in Toronto a couple of years ago on a float for Toronto Tourism. I still remember the unbelievable energy and cheers from the 1 million "guests" once they realized that they were up there on the float saying their I do's. I was crying behind the lens from the power of all the love they were getting. It was like nothing I have ever experienced. It was incredible.