Hi! We’re Chris and Samara! Do you need a friend to help capture those big events in your life? We can’t help but geek out over the big moments, and we’re sure you feel the same way! Let us take the stress and need out of trying to capture the biggest stepping stones of your life by yourself and transform them into your story minus the need to pull out your iPhone. Whether it’s the day you both say “I do” or become parents for the first time, there’s no limit on time or photos needed to tell your story the way you want it told. We’re here for you.
Chris & Samara
Samara is the brains of the operation. She knows exactly how and when to plan photoshoots for many special moments, adding a super structure and level of organization to everything and topping it off with her extra special flourish of creativity. Upon graduating from college in 2007 she had shot over 200 weddings worth of photos, and it is with this experience under her belt that Sarelle Photos was born. Her love of photography and travel from childhood onward shines in every photograph she’s taken.
Chris has worn many different hats in his life, not just for taking photos. After much time spent after graduating from high school he finally applied his love for many things such as cooking, architecture, nature, travel, exploration, and a lust to discover the unknown in to his true calling: photography. It is because of his outgoing, creative, and fun lifestyle that gives Sarelle Photos that certain edge you can only find in creative photography.
How it all began
Sarelle Photos is originally created by Samara, but she’s all alone – it’s a solo project. If only there were someone else to help her out…
We met at a professional printing lab for photographers in Montreal; Samara was the boss/manager of 4 employees—one of them being Chris—so right off the bat we worked well together. We find out that, amazingly, we were both born in Ontario but were raised in Montreal QC, we both graduated from the Dawson College Photography program with a keen eye for lighting, and we both LOVE animals. Talk about having some things in common!
Chris gathered enough courage to ask Samara out on a date after being good friends with her for a year. She said yes! 3 months later, we moved in with each other; 6 months after that we took a 4-month road trip across the US in our Honda Civic with only our imaginations for a long-term plan.
Chris photographed his first wedding after lots of encouragement from Samara, who had been shooting weddings since 2004. Our first little fur baby, Soya, joined the family. We spent the next 3 years living in tiny spaces to a large loft, adventuring around, photographing everything and anything.
Sarelle Photos is officially brought back to life! What began as Samara’s personal project has blossomed into a beautiful, shared love between two professional photographers working side by side.
Chris proposed. She said yes! From that point on, the next stage of Sarelle Photos was planned – photoshoots for weddings in Ontario, seeing and experiencing all we could see in Montreal – all this while planning our own wedding gave us lots to do!
We moved in with Chris’s parents during a transition to Ontario, to a 50 acre farm – which was also the place we would later say “I do.” Every day we spent after getting married was filled with exploration, and we fell in love with the countryside with each passing day. It was wonderful to come home to a quiet space where we could spend our days editing and reflecting on our hard work, dreaming up where our next adventure would take us.
Our biggest adventure was to Arthur ON, a little unknown town northwest of the GTA (Greater Toronto Area). It was then and there where we found our dream home: a nice combination of country living and access to major routes so we could drive off into new adventures and continue to be present for those lives we’ve touched. We moved in to our new home and also brought with us Tofu, our second fur baby.
These past two years were our busiest years to date, enjoying our travels in and around Ontario for all different types of shoots – not just focusing on wedding photography but also capturing those special moments of becoming parents, of popping the big question, of wonder and excitement beyond the wedding day. These two years have brought us to many new places: Seattle, Mexico, Vancouver, way up in northern Ontario, Alaska…and that’s all just to name a few.
It’s all about you. We want to be there with you as you celebrate the moments that make life so special. Dinners with friends and family, Saturday morning pancakes with the kids (yes, we understand kids get up unnaturally early and we’re OK with that) and movie nights in the living room with your love. Whatever makes you feel makes life so awesome, we want to be there to make sure it lasts as long as possible. Anytime, anywhere.