One of the founding principles of AUGUSTE was to have a holistic approach to our editorial process in a way that focused on highlighting authentic and idiosyncratic details about the events and couples we photograph.
In the past, I sometimes obfuscated these details in pursuit of some pre-conceived standard of beauty or aesthetics. Spaces and scenes made to feel different from what they truly were by way of careful, and sometimes precious, framing and composition. While this occasionally made for cleaner, easier to parse, and more traditionally beautiful shots, it often robbed the photo of its sense of place and history, not to mention of its context within the story I was trying to tell.
Karey and Clarence's wedding was the first I officially shot for AUGUSTE last year. It was exciting and invigorating — my first steps into this new adventure — though somewhat tempered by the absence of my partner Kim. It was also perfect grounds to start laying the seeds for what AUGUSTE was and still is to become. The couple had chosen to celebrate at Café Ferreira, nestled between Montreal's downtown high-rises. This is an area that I would have traditionally avoided for portraits for a number of reasons; the streets are jammed with cars and people, the architecture is inconsistent and messy, and the noise and bustle aren't naturally conducive to intimate photo sessions.
This time though, I wanted to lean into it. This meant highlighting what it's like to get married downtown in summertime rush hour — leaning into that very bustle I used to try to avoid. But also to try and find beautiful light and interesting nooks hidden just behind the streets and storefronts we take for granted. These are a few of my favourite images from that day. In the coming weeks we'll be sharing some more of our favourite moments from AUGUSTE's first year. Thanks for reading.