Today’s Photographer Spotlight features the Canada-based husband and wife team, Two Mann Studios. With a true zest for adventure, photography and love, Erika and Lanny are a perfect match for each other and for creatively documenting weddings with photos that are simply out of this world! Read on to learn how they got their start at shooting weddings and what it’s like working together throughout Canada and the world.
Junebug: Describe your wedding style in less than 6 adjectives…
Erika and Lanny: Bold, dramatic, lush, extreme and unexpected.
Junebug: What makes you give yourself a mental high 5?
Lanny: Creating something in my camera thats like nothing I’ve ever seen.
Erika: Creating an image that speaks emotion.
Junebug: What gets your heart racing personally and professionally?
Erika and Lanny: Creating. Creating magic. Creating the unexpected. And pressure. Pressure to perform. Pressure to impress. Pressure to live up to our entirely unrealistic expectations of our ourselves.
Junebug: How did you get into wedding photography?
Erika and Lanny: Unprotected sex. Before kids, we were documentary adventure photographers. We climbed and skied and explored the world and documented it with our cameras. Thats how we first fell in love with image making and story telling (and each other). Then 2 extraordinary little creatures came along and flipped our world upside down. Suddenly, we were in the midst of the craziest, most beautiful adventure wed ever known. Skis and crampons were replaced by diapers and fairytales. Our friends no longer invited us into the mountains, they invited us to their weddings, one of which we eventually photographed, doves sang, and the rest was history.
Junebug: What is it like working together, as a couple?
Erika and Lanny: Absolute hell on earth, and the best thing in the world.
Junebug: How has witnessing so many weddings impacted your life?
Erika and Lanny: Working as a husband and wife team has to be the hardest thing on our marriage. However, listening to the vows wedding after wedding reminds us of the important things in our lives together. We all need reminding of these things and were fortunate to be reminded of it 20+ times a year.
Junebug: What is your favourite wedding location?
Erika and Lanny: The next one where weve never shot.
Junebug: Where do you want to shoot next?
Erika and Lanny: Oh man…thats a tough question…there are so many naturally beautiful and culturally exotic places that wed love to shoot. Were lucky to live in one of the most spectacular places on the planet (the Canadian Rockies), but nothing fuels our creative juices like shooting in new and exciting locations. Heres a taste of our dream list of places wed love to photograph people in love:
Amidst the spires of Torres del Paine in Patagonia, Amongst the Buddhist monasteries of Buhtan, Beneath the midnight sun (or aurora borealis) in Alaska, On the salt flats of Solar de Uyuni in Bolivia (after a fresh rain), In the Blue Lagoon or the Crystal Ice Caves of Iceland, Amongst the ancient temple ruins of Cambodia, At the Pamukkule Hot Springs in Turkey, In the Himalayan mountains of Nepal, In Santorini or Meteora in Greece, At the Lencois Sand Dunes in Brazil, In Scotland’s Fingals Cave, In China’s Red Flut Cave, In Cinque Terre in Italy, On Maldive Archipelagos. We could go on and on…
Junebug: Favorite image you’ve taken recently?
Erika: The image above is one of my favorite new photographs taken by Lanny. I love it for the blend of light and composition and the fact that he had to stay up till 3:45 AM to make it.
Lanny: And this one below is my favorite new photographs taken by Erika. Erika spent the whole first dance stalking this image. I love it because it tells more than one story and is just so darn cute.
Junebug: Name three photographers that you admire or have inspired you.
Erika and Lanny: Mauricio Arias from Chrisman Studios whose images are beautiful and daring and push the boundaries of wedding photography into a whole new realm.
Paul Zizka opened our minds to the photographic possibilities of the night sky.
Davina + Daniel Kudish opened our minds to how much a photograph can speak emotionally.
Junebug: What are you looking forward to the most right now?
Erika and Lanny: Thats another really hard question. Personally, watching our kids growing up into the amazing little people they already are. Photographically, how about 3 things?
1) Were really fired up to just keep pushing our art further and further. 2) Were really excited to be shooting destination weddings around the world this year. 3) Were super stoked to be speaking at the 2014 Canada Photo Convention, alongside so many talented photographers whom we admire.
Junebug: What gets you up in the morning?
Erika and Lanny: Our 3-year old son Timmy, who usually wakes us up at 6 AM. This is sub-optimal on mornings after having shot for 17 straight hours.
Junebug: Best advice you’ve ever received about being a happy human being?
Erika and Lanny: Watch the sunrise at least once a day. – Phil Dunphy from the television series, Modern Family
Junebug: What is something that has inspired you recently?
Erika and Lanny: All of the participants who took part in our latest Balls Out! Wedding Photography workshop. Their energy and enthusiasm was amazing!
Junebug: How do you know you’ve done a great job for your wedding client?
Erika and Lanny: When we wake up the morning after their wedding and can barely walk. When were so mentally and physically exhausted, we know there is absolutely nothing more we could have done to work harder to capture their day.