We fell in love with photography long before we fell in love with each other…
For the past 11 years, Topher has been strolling around the world with a camera, both for work and just for the love of it. Working first as a photojournalist for two news publications and now documenting meaningful moments for our clients. Rae’s interest in photography originated from her love of drawing the human form. Around 7 years ago, she picked up a camera to combine photography, sketching, and poetry with the intention of creating art to embody the individuality of her subjects. Today, she still embraces the uniqueness that each client brings.
Together, we have been photographing weddings, people, places and events for 4 years. In January of 2014, Topher & Rae Studios became our full time gig. Topher loves documenting our clients’ candid moments and Rae enjoys creating authentic and artistic portraits. Our complimentary styles provide clients with a wonderful mix of images and art to cherish during their lifetime.
Why Topher & Rae Studios?
There is so much beautiful imagery being created out there but we strive to make our images authentic to you. How do we do that? We work to build relationships with our clients so you trust us enough to just be yourself. That way when our cameras are pointing in your direction, YOU shine through… not as just another pretty or handsome face. Our biggest compliment has been “Wow, you have really captured who we are!”
Building a connection is important to us because we hope to photograph you and your loved ones throughout your life. We encourage our clients to exist in photographs for future generations. We would love the awesome job of being your personal visual storyteller.
Your love story shouldn’t just be about the beginning.
Our Life & Love Story
We went looking for ourselves and found each other…
We weren’t fishing for love when we hooked each other. Neither of us believed in fate, yet there was a bit of kismet in us meeting. We were both in Halifax for schooling and for a fresh beginning. At the time, Rae had just arrived and Topher was arranging to leave the country very shortly. Through a lovely friend (Thanks Anj!), our paths crossed and on our first coffee date, we opened up about everything… our past, the present and what we wanted for our future. Three weeks later we knew that we wanted to build a life together. Needless to say, Topher’s plans to leave were forgotten. On the one-year anniversary of Rae’s move to Halifax, we tied the knot in a small intimate DIY ceremony outside Peggy’s Cove with our closest kin (See our photographer, Erin Woodgate’s Blog about it HERE).
Since then, we do pretty much everything together. We finished our undergraduate degrees in psychology while taking every class together (We believe that since our relationship could make it through us both writing our thesis at the same time, we can make it through anything!). Four years ago as a part time summer gig, we started our photography studio. Now, Topher & Rae Studios is full time for us. We feel so lucky to have found each other. We help each other grow and keep each other grounded. At Topher & Rae Studios, we share a passion to build genuine relationships, create unforgettable experiences, and capture beautiful artistic images that our clients will cherish as keepsakes for years to come. We would love to hear your story!
learning what it means to “get out of his own way” in life, and is recovering from too much schooling and not enough wonder, and is getting a bit chubby but trying not to be too hard on himself, is in love with photography, psychology, peanuts, philosophy, and Rae (not in that order), and is usually grammar-conscious but is indulging in this one run-on sentence, and is a workaholic with more than enough curiosity about what’s around the corner.
Rae loves Topher’s
sweet sincere eyes, rockin’ kimchi fried rice and spaghetti dinners, wooly beard & brows, infectious smile, obsession with peanuts, boundless vocabulary, childlike curiosity, endearing determination, omelette perfecting, technical saavy, guitar strumming face, ability to bring out the best in me, alligator hands, supportive and nurturing nature, adeptness to make me laugh without holding back, simplicity, knack for teaching the unteachable, kisses, snuggles and cuddles, goofy artsy-fartsy interpretive dances, and his gemini duality of seriousness and complete silliness.
a wanderlusting, beard admiring, quirky half Korean, Kentuckian, bright coloured vintage dress and red lipstick wearing, psychology studying, thrift shopping, yoga, chakra, & authenticity practicing, Andrew Bird, Little Dragon, Ane Brun, Feist, Fiona Apple, Damien Rice, The Civil Wars, City & Colour listening, feline fancying, owl collecting, crafty seeking, skittle addicted, sewing pattern hoarding, flowers, pickles, photography, and Topher Lovin’, funny face making, dancing to the beat of my own drummer tomboyish girly girl.
Topher loves Rae’s
post-accountant, tattered type-A personality (which is now bursting at the seams with artistic fancy), the earnestness with which she lives, her courage to stay true to herself, the genuineness of her heart and the softness with which she snores when she has a headcold, her receptive eyes, her patience, her exquisite good looks, her head-scratching obsession with unicorns, drag queens, and owls, her out-of-the-blue periods of totally inspired ramblings, and her inclination of explaining everyday stuff with reference to the chakra system.