We are Isle + Oak Photography
We are Sam and Chris.
Are we married?
We are not, but you are probably going to think we are when you meet us. We are each other’s partner-in-crime and commonly referred to as the “old married couple.” Our journey began together almost 10 years ago in University where we met in Photography 101 and quickly realized our mutual style and aesthetic in photography. Since then our friendship has grown and our time together has taken us on a number adventures including a journey across the U.K. and the decision to ultimately embark into the exciting world of wedding photography.
We are driven in life by the connections we make with people. To put it simply, we have taken this adventure in wedding photography together because we value the opportunity to connect with our clients and play an intimate role in what we know will be one of the most important days in their lives. The most rewarding aspect of our job is knowing that we have made so many friendships that we know will truly last a lifetime.
Above everything we value the little moments. Those moments that are often overshadowed and passed by. It’s not our goal to create a dramatic scene, but rather to document the organic moments as they happen, and create real memories from your day. We aim to capture the love between our clients. We have what we believe to be a photo journalistic approach to our craft and we strive to leave each and every client with a collection of images that will ultimately allow them to relive their day for years to come.
We are honoured that you have taken the time to read our story and would truly love the opportunity to sit down, buy you a coffee (we also enjoy beer) and talk to you about how we may be able to provide you with photography services on your big day.
Sam + Chris
CHRIS (WRITTEN BY SAM)
The things Chris loves: his adorable pug Chester (and making #fitpug a thing), a cup of coffee (or three) in the morning, and a decent gin and tonic (preferably Hendricks, our creative juice of choice). Thankfully he also likes beer, so he will be very supportive as I make my way through school to become a brewmaster. He also has an impeccable sense of style and always looks on point. Especially his amazing sock game, he will always wear his most fancy socks for your wedding.
Chris loves to travel, the more tropical the better so he can get under the waves and start scuba diving. I managed to convince him to visit me in Scotland, and then made him drive stick shift on the opposite side of the road, which he handled like a champ! He is always ready for an adventure, especially when it means checking out an amazing venue for an upcoming wedding. And he will immediately jump on a plane, camera at the ready if (and when) we get a destination wedding for Iceland, it is at the top of our bucket list. We always have such an amazing time shooting together, whether it’s a wedding, engagement or family session, and have a lot of fun while we do it!
His photography style has grown over the years and matured into an impeccable ability to capture moments in time, our specialty at Isle + Oak. He doesn’t believe in over processing his images, but instead focuses on capturing candid memories with his personal artistic flare.
Chris is the sweetest person and the most caring friend one could ever ask for. I know that no matter what I do he will always have my back, as well as have that ever-ready advice for me whatever the situation. He is also a wonderful uncle and you will most likely hear the latest anecdote about his niece when meeting with us.
I am so blessed to have him in my life and to call him a best friend. I couldn’t have asked for more in a business partner.
SAM (WRITTEN BY CHRIS)
A few things you should know about Sam. She is genuinely sweet – a rare quality to find these days. She has the hair of a super model (no joke). She bakes the best banana bread in the world and has mastered a hummus recipe that would stop a war. She sees the good in everyone. She brews beer (No, you didn’t read that wrong and yes, she will absolutely bring you a sample). She is quiet at first but once she opens up she is as expressive as she is kind. She has mastered the art of wearing black (and on a wild day dark grey). Overall, she is hands down one of the greatest human beings I have ever met. Without a doubt she will change your life for the better if you let her. She has certainly changed mine.
Sam has been following her passion for photography for some many years. Her taste for editorial fashion images sprouted her love for the craft and has since evolved into her seamless ability to capture candid moments in time. No two images are the same with Sam. She has an impeccable eye for the small details and mastered the art of making them significant. She views each new frame as an opportunity to capture a new memory. Combine her brilliant photo skills with her kind nature, open personality and genuine soul, this girl right here is truly like no one else.
Above all Sam is truly a tremendous person. Spending only 5 minutes with her will show you that she was put on this earth to make people smile.
Want to get a sense as to what your day will look like with us? Make sure to check out our galleries and of course the blog. Each and every session has a home on the blog and we would love for you to go take a look!