Melanie + Alex | Montreal, QC

September 30, 2010

Written by Davina Palik. Photographed by Davina Palik & Daniel Kudish.

We could not have asked for anything more from Melanie and Alex’s engagement session. It was rainy and cold that morning, but it cleared up and warmed up a few hours before our scheduled meeting time. We had the whole apple orchard to ourselves – well, us and the goats of course. And these goats even cooperated in creating framing for a few of our photos. We enjoyed the fresh air, the scent of apples in the air, AND I got to climb a tree! Oh, and Melanie and Alex were up for anything, including some frolicking in the apple-dotted grass (fact: apples do not make a comfortable bed). It was such a fantastic way to spend the last official day of the summer.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have an apple crumble to make!
A few of our favorites from their session:

  • Brandon Wong: Love the first shot guys :) (09.30.2010 03:34pm)
  • Amna Hakim: oh my these are just beautiful! (09.30.2010 03:39pm)
  • Sarah Kealing: (hoping to beat Adam with this comment...) AMAAAZING! Love love love the first and last shot especially. Phenomenal as always. :) (09.30.2010 03:42pm)
  • Adam Kealing: Yes!!! This is so awesome! Only you guys would think to frame a picture with a goat! Love it. (09.30.2010 03:43pm)
  • Melanie: Can't wait to see the rest of them :))) (09.30.2010 03:49pm)
  • Jeremy: That last shot is such a win! Incredible work, as usual. (09.30.2010 03:50pm)
  • Liz: Love the first one! (09.30.2010 09:10pm)
  • Citlalli Rico: Love the colors D+D, First and last are dreamy!! (10.01.2010 12:42am)
  • small: eek! Love that photo with the goat! (10.01.2010 12:32pm)
  • Kevin Wrenn Photography: Oh good lord you two. I'm still shuttering from the last image. Astounding! (10.02.2010 09:11pm)
  • Leo Timoshuk: That is the sweetest shot...sooo awesome! (10.02.2010 09:18pm)
  • Sam@Shuttersnap: I love the way you both frame your images. You always come up with something original and beautiful. (10.04.2010 02:25am)


Marina + Hisham | August 29th 2010 | Montreal, QC

posted in Weddings
September 26, 2010

Written by Davina Palik. Photographed by Davina Palik & Daniel Kudish.

When Marina and Hicham started planning their wedding, there was one guest who they hadn’t accounted for… their soon-to-be son, Julien. Needless to say, in the midst of the craziness that is wedding planning, it was quite a surprise for both of them to discover they were expecting a child! After postponing the wedding to start their family, when the wedding day did come around, Julien was an integral part of the day. Even when he wasn’t around, his presence was felt through the incredible bond his parents have. This little family is so full of love, it was just a pleasure to spend the day with them.

Marina, Hicham and Julien live in Morocco and Daniel and I can’t wait to take them up on their offer for a visit!
In the meantime, here are a few of our favorite photos of the day:

  • Kevin Keefer: wonderful! my fave is #8 (09.26.2010 07:15pm)
  • Richard from Purplest: Outstanding work once again! Love the flared ones! (09.26.2010 10:44pm)
  • Steve young: A really nice set guys! (09.26.2010 11:05pm)
  • Sarah Neal: #1... are you serious!? How do you manage to turn out so many pieces of perfect art out from every wedding?? (09.27.2010 07:54am)
  • Sasha: Rock on, guys!!! Awesome photos! (09.27.2010 09:40am)
  • ed atrero: word! (09.27.2010 01:33pm)
  • John: Mind Blowingly good. Seriously. Love your work. (09.30.2010 03:37pm)
  • {15:51} photography: Just much emotion! (10.03.2010 01:37pm)


Alana + Eric | August 22nd 2010 | Montreal, QC

posted in Weddings
September 20, 2010

Written by Davina Palik. Photographed by Davina Palik and Daniel Kudish.

The month of August has been by far our busiest one the summer so we apologize for being slow on posts lately!

Alana and Eric’s wedding was one of many for us at the Montreal Science Center. It’s definitely a challenge for us to make it different for each couple, but that’s part of the fun too! I know the gloomy, rainy weather was a disappointment for Alana and Eric, but I have to admit that it gave the venue a different look, one that I found very cozy and romantic. I never wish for rain on anyone’s wedding day (I would never do that to our brides!), but let’s just say I’m never sad to see it either!

Alana joked that she initially wanted a barn, country wedding and that her mother, who played a big part in the planning of the wedding, “definitely captured that feel.” Having had the chance to spend the day with Alana and Eric, I’m convinced that they would have been blissfully happy getting married anywhere.

Here are our favorites from their wedding:

  • Kip: These images just split my brain in half. Uh-mazing use of negative space and light. (09.20.2010 11:43am)
  • Brandon Wong: Last shot and second shot blew my mind. Always amazing sets guys. (09.20.2010 11:59am)
  • monique simone weston: The last shot needs to be submitted to some contest somewhere, and if it does not win, let me know and I will deal with the judges! (09.20.2010 12:32pm)
  • adam Kealing: AAAAAAAAAAAAAMAZING!!! Last shot and the one with the groom walking in with the umbrella... epic. all of them. epic. (09.20.2010 01:37pm)
  • Rich Smith: Have to comment on a blog post with a bride named "Alana"! That's my daughters name and don't run across it too much. Love your photos from their wedding and Alana is stunning! Amazing job as always! (09.20.2010 02:06pm)
  • daniel usenko: sick, as always (09.20.2010 07:29pm)
  • Julian Abram Wainwright: Been admiring your work from afar for a while guys. Great to see you exploring new moves, while tweaking and perfecting your "go to" frames. The off-camera flash is wicked! Always a pleasure to spend some time on your blog. Great stuff! (09.20.2010 07:39pm)
  • Gardner Hamilton: as always you guys rock...and getting 1000 de gaucheter in the photo...great location indication for downtown Montreal...awesome shots guys good luck from your fan in Chile Gardner Hamilton (09.20.2010 08:16pm)
  • Kevin Wrenn Photography: Love the one with the groom and the umbrella being held. Also love the one of the bride holding the grooms hand with the blue in foreground. The guy with the that is awesome! Nice work you guys! (09.20.2010 11:53pm)
  • Julia: Insane! Everytime I see your photos I get giddy at the realisation that you will be with us on our wedding day! (09.21.2010 04:20am)
  • Roxanne: Amazing. (09.21.2010 09:33pm)
  • Casey@HelloLovePhoto: Awesome and so unique! That shot of the groom waiting outside under the umbrella is fantastic! (09.22.2010 08:40am)
  • bartek: #6, #14 and the last one are killer. (09.22.2010 06:36pm)
  • Krystle: This session is amazing. I love your work and can not express how much I love this very last photo. It's so timeless. Thank you so much for sharing their day with us. Keep up the great work! (09.23.2010 10:33am)
  • Liz: That last image is breathtakingly beautiful. (09.24.2010 11:50am)
  • Ashley Scobey: Oh. My. These images are amazing. And that last shot? Gahhhhh!! (09.30.2010 03:33pm)
  • molina: did i tell you how much i love this wedding? cause i do. that last shot is so money. (09.30.2010 06:43pm)


Our new studio

posted in Day to Day
September 7, 2010

Posted by Daniel Kudish.

After working out of our home for the last 4 years, we’ve finally moved into a spacious loft! We’ve been editing photos, teaching classes, and receiving clients here for the last couple of months, and all we can say is that we absolutely love it! (not to mention it’s right across the street from us!) Last week, we held a cocktail party and had friends, industry vendors, as well as past and future clients over for some appetizers & drinks. Of course, the photobooth was as popular as ever. Scroll down to see some of our favorite images, kindly left by our guests…

  • Jenny: Love the new photobooth background! (09.07.2010 05:21pm)
  • John Edgar: Beautiful studio space! (09.07.2010 05:23pm)
  • Bartek: Oh. My. Gawd! That is absolutely hilarious! (and slightly embarrassing...) We had such a fun time with you guys, thank you! And your studio is drop dead sexy. (09.07.2010 05:24pm)
  • Gaby: The studio looks amazing! This is such a fun post... thanks for making me smile! (09.07.2010 05:25pm)
  • Kevin Wrenn Photography: Congratulations you two! (09.07.2010 07:49pm)
  • Ruby: Ah! love the new studio! looks great-- beautiful furniture.. Congratulations you guys! (09.07.2010 07:58pm)
  • Sarah Kealing: FUN FUN FUN! Love the kodak leggy lass, and I'm pretty sure that rug is currently in our "cart". :) Beautiful studio. So happy for ya'll! (09.07.2010 08:40pm)
  • vick: Once again Congrats guys, Nice party good times !!!! (09.07.2010 09:35pm)
  • molina: can't wait to see your new place. that blow up of kate looks hawsome! (09.07.2010 10:20pm)
  • Laura: WOW! The place looks amazing. Congratulations and looking forward to seeing it in person one day. (09.08.2010 06:58am)
  • daniel usenko: awesome! (09.08.2010 04:25pm)
  • annalie: Great fun and great people, thank you! And your studio is so so beautiful! (09.09.2010 08:41am)
  • Montreal Photographers: Wow! Good starting Guys .It's nice studio and very funny photos Best Of Luck!!! (09.16.2010 04:24am)
  • josep alfaro: love it! and your work too.... congrats! =) (09.16.2010 04:29pm)
  • Richard from Purplest: Hahah good times! Thanks for inviting Shierly and me! Studio looks awesome! Best of luck! (not that you need any...) (09.17.2010 03:25pm)
  • Liz: Looks fabulous - congrats!! (09.24.2010 11:51am)
  • Megan: Davina + Daniel, where did you get your furniture for your studio?! IT IS RAD!!!! Love the couch, the wood side table and the lighting! (10.06.2010 01:01pm)


Debbie + Fady | Montreal, QC

September 2, 2010

Written by Davina Palik, Photographed by Davina Palik and Daniel Kudish

When Debbie and Fady suggested we got to La Ronde (Six Flags) for their engagement shoot, there wasn’t much convincing to be done. We’ve actually always wanted to shoot there and when they “pitched” the idea to us, they had us at “lights at night”! We got there early and went through most of the park by day, but we did it all over again when the lights went on at nightfall. We had to take about 6 rides on the carousel and were all a little dizzy by the end, but it was so romantic and beautiful, I think it was worth it for everyone!

Spending this much time with Debbie and Fady was a great way to get to know them. We learned that with them, no topic is off limits! And let me tell you, with Fady specializing in gynecology, there’s a lot to discuss that I never would have imagined discussing with clients! These guys are so much fun, we can’t wait for their wedding in just a few weeks.

Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Gardner Hamiilton: AWESOME SHOOT and a very well scouted location....looks like LaRonde in Montreal? (09.02.2010 10:41am)
  • Debbie: Love! You two are amazing! Love the's like they're watching us! We had a great time with you. Thank you!! (09.02.2010 10:45am)
  • {15:51} photography: Wow...I just love the carousel beautiful! (09.02.2010 11:03am)
  • Richard from Purplest: Another great photo session! LOVE IT! (09.02.2010 11:05am)
  • azar: Debbie and Fady are awesome!!! Wedding will be beautiful!! Can't wait!! (09.02.2010 01:30pm)
  • molina: laronde! why didn't i think of that!! wicked. (09.02.2010 07:15pm)
  • micheal b: Bananas! (09.03.2010 06:44pm)
  • fer juaristi: your framings are out of this freaking world! love your style guys. (09.06.2010 01:15pm)
  • Roberta Crumplin: Love your work guys - have had a client recently ask me to shoot them at the local carnival but ours is only once a year and so I have to wait till 2011! Wanted to ask, how did you shoot the 4th pic? It's just perfect! (09.07.2010 12:15pm)
  • John Edgar: Beautiful Images guys. And your studio looks amazing, love your sense of style. Keep up the amazing work. (09.07.2010 05:22pm)
  • Erin R: gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! (09.07.2010 05:34pm)
  • Nicole at Southern Weddings: This shoot is amazing! All of the lighting/colors/angles are blowing me away! I love the tone it sets. (09.09.2010 07:55pm)
  • Sarah: Gorgeous pictures, but I'm surprised no one stopped you. You aren't supposed to take pictures at La Ronde. Be careful next time. :) (09.10.2010 11:20am)
  • Chi-Liem: What a nice couple! The photos are awesome! (09.13.2010 08:16pm)
  • Liz: Love these! So much fun - love the bananas (09.24.2010 11:53am)
  • mariqia: Wonderful pictures! (10.01.2010 01:30am)