(A Signature DREAMSCAPE design by JONETSU)
VANCOUVER WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS CHADWICK BENSLER AND CAMILLE FORTIN BENSLER - JONETSU STUDIOS
Written by Camille Bensler
We spend an incredible amount of time together and we wouldn't have it any other way. We met in 2000, the same year I started JONETSU (Jonetsu means 'passion for life' or 'love fever' in Japanese... longer story).
Chadwick began assisting me on his weekends (he was working in the film industry)... carrying gear, loading film and bending light. Working together and dating simultaneously made for a raw and transparent courtship, leading to our marriage in 2003. In 2007 we joined forces full time photographing as a team.
When you choose a partner in life, and you get to see that face you crush on daily.... life is good.
We split our time between our Vancouver loft studio (where we shoot portraits, meet our couples and showcase our artwork) and our home (one hour outside city life) where we do our post-production + album designs, slowly peck away at renovations, cook and get out into nature with our dogs.
Every year, we love to travel somewhere new. On the agenda (some booked, some imagined!) is Africa, Northern Japan (but we'd take Osaka or Tokyo anytime, thanks), Singapore & somewhere magical for snorkelling and proper relaxation (or as we like to call it "relax times").
We choose to be wedding photographers. For us, that means choosing love and people. The opportunity to soak up all that "engagement love glow" and family celebration... well, it keeps us loving what we do.
(centre: hound snuggles- our favourite. clockwise from upper left: wedding preparation photos at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel, engagement session rooftop Shangri-la Hotel Vancouver (this was specially accessed, no public access fyi), wedding day portraits in the Vancouver forests of Stanley Park, dancing with our couple & their families days before their destination wedding in Bogota, Chadwick keeping some distance at Holy Rosary Cathedral in Vancouver, Whistler engagement session, Chadwick couldn't help but rock out at this Terminal City Club wedding, Gastown engagement photos at night)
After 15 years of incredible relationships with couples we've had the privilege to photograph in Vancouver and around the world, it feels like the heart and soul we put into our work is well placed. Our reverence for love and family and good times shines through in how we choose to live and appreciate each day.
Your wedding day is quite like each day... and it isn't.
Every day offers a glimpse into your own beauty- who you are deep down (and on the surface), how your partner moves through life- the way he looks at you after you made him laugh (like he's really comfortable and happy) or how her hair moves when a gust of wind blows by. The connections we share everyday with the people we love are beautiful, complex and important. Your wedding day is the same, with extra layers of emotion, visual expression and outward commitments/declarations.
Chadwick and I live each day seeing and appreciating the subtleties in our relationships and in the environment that surrounds us... and that's how we shoot weddings. We shoot with an eye to the genuine spark between you two, and the (sometimes micro-second) moments when people reveal their true feelings in their expression.
Our love of design, decor, food + drink make it a real pleasure to photograph all of the personal details you've thought to showcase and share on your wedding day... your most grand entertaining experience to date!
Sneaking you away for a bit of peace and quiet in nature is a signature plan for us- just eye connection, touch, fresh air. We love making photographs in the forest or at the sea.
We're rather obsessive about light- in all forms. We geek out on light every day- the way light affects mood and ambiance is significant. A completely different feel can be achieved in a photograph depending on how it is lit. We enjoy the challenge and creative freedom associated with our photographic style. Your wedding will inspire the way we tell your story with anticipation and light.
A soft and airy wedding in a sun-lit venue will inspire one lighting approach and a glamourous city club wedding in the evening will inspire another.
Your engagement album and wedding album will tell your story. When you see the heirloom albums we create for our couples, you will understand how we're passionate about capturing the uniqueness of each partnership. We really enjoy getting to know you and telling the story that will naturally be there. We will listen to you and help guide you during the process leading up to your pre-wedding shoot and your wedding day to collaborate on locations and concepts that help to illustrate your story.
We love to work with you to come up with a fresh and authentic way to capture your life as a couple. Adventure awaits!
Above all visual aspects of our style, comes the experience being photographed itself. We seek couples who are happy with who they are and wish to be captured as such. Our dynamic is friendly, approachable, stealth at times and directing at times- whatever the moment calls for. Our team works incredibly hard from start to finish and we are able to put you and your guests at ease immediately. We offer an experience that leaves you feeling like being photographed was actually enjoyable- so much so you'd be happy to do it again :) For you to feel more connected and present after we photographed you means we've done well!
We believe your wedding images and engagement photography should blow your mind... should show you your beauty, the emotion between you two and should feel like the dream that actually occurred. Images need to go beyond pretty... they need to be meaningful.
The custom albums and artwork we hand to you will tell your story for generations.
Please be in touch if our approach and images resonate with you, we'd love to hear about you and your wedding!
JONETSU Studios is located in Mount Pleasant Vancouver, and visits are by appointment only.
(clockwise from upper right: JONETSU silk fine-art folios, several wedding albums and engagement albums on our studio table, a wedding day canvas from a sweet moment of bliss, the JONETSU crane logo hot foil stamped into an album, wedding album gift copies getting wrapped, Elnaz unwraps her engement album for display on the wedding day)
THE HOUNDS: JONETSU STUDIOS MASCOTS.
NiNi and Mya are our Whippets- sometimes they visit the studio. They start off in their little house for most of our meeting, and then they'll offer incredible cuddles or pets (if you'd like) later on.
As you can tell, we love animals. If you'd like to incorporate your dog or cat or chinchilla (or whatever little soul you call your pet) into your shoot- we're game!
(centre: our last Christmas card cover using our vintage frame with Gloria's design (the Flower Factory). clockwise from upper left: Whippets love playing frisbee at Spanish Banks, NiNi and Mya racing through our local forest, Mya passed out on the studio couch during a phone meeting, NiNi passed out on Chadwick during an early morning computer session, NiNi hanging out with Camille on the hammock, hounds frolicking in the field, NiNi sitting on the studio couch (on the blanket he's not allowed on but he's cute so it was ok), hound twist.)