Come meet our nerds, we're super nerdy about all sorts of stuff

Hi Friends!

Hi I'm Michel, I'm nerdy (like so, so, so nerdy) about light and about my dog Solomon and about industrial felt. I'm weirdly obsessed with concrete and the color grey and plants and adventures. I quirk-i-ly make up words, and I need to touch everything. I love to hike mountains, and travel, and talking to my dad about anything. I choose run-on-sentences and errant commas and laughing loudly and loving hard. The people I consider my family don't all share my blood. I am weird about sharing food (I'm sorry, I blame growing up with a hungry older brother) but I'm working on it. I love new paper and old paper, and I really wish my handwriting was legible. I sing from the diaphragm in cars when I'm alone and when people are with me, and I have a pre-game ritual before weddings that includes Maroon 5 (because Adam Levine is my boyfriend) you're welcome Rachel. I'm from Saskatchewan and a "hooded sweatshirt" will forever be a bunny hug. Every time I visit home, my dad has a few Bohemian beers in the fridge for me-I'm super nerdy about Boh.

photo of me by my sweetest pal Shauna of Roughley Originals

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quirky, fun, adventurous - behind the scenes

Rachel

Hi! I'm Rachel, side-kick to Michel on weddings that require a second shooter and new associate photographer! I'm a lover of the colour pink and christian rock songs. I am basically the mumblings of a 90 year old man trapped inside the clothing style of a 12 year old girl. It's quite the combo. I received a text from my husband one day asking me if I was crossing Jasper Ave because he could see my orange shoes from his 12th floor office. When I'm not singing in a legit choir, I'm usually hanging around the legislature or writing policy reports because I also have a day job where I am super nerdy about educational policy. I quite enjoy the history of small Canadian towns and strive to bake a perfect sourdough bread.

Michel photographed my husband's and my bacon-filled nuptials in 2014 and I was so much fun to be around, she kept me as her own and named me her work wife. She shares her meatballs with me though, so I'm a happy camper.
See Rachel's associate portfolio page

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I’m Isaac! film maker and day dreamer. I’m a clumsy light chaser and proud Edmontonian. I love the Oilers, and being at the lake with my family doing all things water. I can’t get through a speech at a wedding without crying and if you ever witness it for yourself, you’ll think I’m sneezing and coughing and hiccuping all at the same time but nope, just crying. What can I say? I’m a sensitive Dad! I married my best friend, Alicia and together we love our life with daughter Jaala, the cutest little spunk of energy ever. 

Michel and I have worked on over 10 weddings together. We decided to be a team on wedding days so our ideas are cohesive and we can create a film that mirrors your wedding images. I’m nerdy about movement and music and love working on the perfect song for each film. I am suuuuuper nerdy about cool cars and the big man upstairs and nachos, clearly not in that order.
See more of our films on the portfolio page

Tiiu

Hi guys!! I'm Tiiu, (pronounced T-U) I am the resident beautifier to all Ampersand Grey boudoir and head shot clients and plenty of brides on their wedding days too! I am so excited about glitter and gold and sequins--I am drawn to shine like a crow-swoon. I have been a working makeup artist since 1999 and love to try new products with layers of colour and sparkle to contour and enhance and PLAY. I have an artistic crush on my idol Pat McGrath and her love for bold colour and fascination with fashion and all things beautiful. But I'm not just a pretty face, my former nerdy self achieved a degree in anthropology and art history focusing on ancient cultures of Mesoamerica and the middle east, hows that for nerdy? I just love museums!! Michel and I started working together nearly exclusivity after I did her make up and didn't make her look like a tramp (her words, not mine).
You can see my full work on my website

Bark!

Hi I'm Solomon, I'm the Ampersand Grey mascot and furball greeter for all meetings and consults. I am 6 years old. But I mostly still act like a puppy. I like to test my Mom and not sit on my bed when she asks unless tasty treats are involved. Some of my favourite pastimes include barking at every single person, dog, leaf, grass blade that blows by my yard, begging for snacks & snugs, shaking my hair all over everything, leaning on you as if I was an actual cat (especially if you're wearing black) and rubbing my head on your leg so you scratch my ear--mostly so you forget about all that other stuff that is annoying, and you fall deeply in love with me-which is inevitable.

Clearly I'm the brains behind this operation.
Photo by Talia Unger
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