MEET THE FOUNDER
I am so glad you're here!
Hey there, I'm Clarissa! I'm so excited you're interested in learning more about the person behind the lens and the team behind Golden Hour Photo Co. Thank you so much for stopping by!
Everyday starts with a black coffee in my world, and a walk with my pup Scout (the cute Black Lab on the left).
Scroll to learn more about how I got started and meet my team.
How It All Began
Photography has always held a special place in my heart.
I am mesmerized by the way photos can transport you back in time, and stir up all sorts of nostalgia.
I've always had a nagging desire to start my own business. When I was 19, I took that risk and owned and operated a summer painting franchise while I was in university. I can proudly say that I grew it to half a million in revenue with 8 rockstar student painters working with me every summer. But, as much as I enjoyed the success and running that business, something was missing for me - passion.
After building a career in the corporate world, I decided it was time to follow my heart and seek out that passion I was missing. I took everything that I learned as an entrepreneur and business coach, combined it with my love for photography, and ta-da, Golden Hour Photo Co. was born!
Since then, my team and I have been given the incredible opportunity to help over 110 couples document their love story on their special day, capturing their memories for a lifetime.
When we meet, I can guarantee two things: first, that we will share plenty of cheesy jokes that will leave your cheeks aching from laughter. And secondly, that I will capture beautiful memories that you will cherish years down the road.
Let’s grab a virtual coffee and see if we’d be a good fit!
Get to know me
On a personal level, my loved ones describe me as kind, ambitious, creative and down-to-earth. I'm told I have an uncanny ability to make people feel comfortable. I'm not one for surface level small talk – I want to get to know the real you! I truly believe that digging deeper is the best way to build a connection and meaningful relationships. And, that's exactly what I strive for when we meet.
By truly understanding who you and your partner are, I can document and preserve your love in the most genuine way possible.
three fun facts
I'm an INFJ
If you’re familiar with the Myers Briggs personality test, I am an INFJ (and if you are not, I highly recommend you to take it!) Being an INFJ makes me more relatable and empathetic towards others. And because I'm an introvert at heart, I find it easy to help get you out of your shell. I've learned that the best way to capture authentic photos is by creating a relaxed and fun environment, rather than stiff posing. So, if you're worried about feeling awkward or uncomfortable in front of the camera, don't worry! I’ve got you.
I've got the travel bug
One of the things I love most about my job is the opportunity to travel to stunning venues and different cities, capturing unforgettable moments along the way.
Throughout my life, I've been incredibly lucky to have lived in 4 different countries including my home country in Canada, as well as the US, England and Italy. The travel bug has definitely bitten me, and I dream of visiting all of the continents (including Antarctica) someday!
I love good tunes
Music has a way of transporting me to a creative space. I love discovering new music! Personally, I am a big fan of country, indie folk, classic rock and acoustic tunes. Think John Mayer, Shania Twain, Fleetwood Mac, and The Lumineers.
During our photo session, I’ll bring along my bluetooth speaker and we’ll blast your favourite tunes as you make memories and I capture them all!
Meet the team!
Hi, I'm Sam!
I'm one of the wedding photographers here at Golden Hour Photo Co.
I've been taking photos since 2012 and haven't stopped since! I joined Golden Hour Photo Co two years ago and have had the opportunity to work with so many wonderful couples.
For me, photography is all about the decisive moment - that split second when everything comes together to create an unforgettable image. I love being in the moment and storytelling, which is why I focus on capturing the emotions that make each wedding day unique.
Get to know me
My loved ones describe me as light-hearted with a sarcastic sense of humour, and I bring positivity with me everywhere I go! When you work with me, you can count on an enthusiastic approach that will help you feel confident and comfortable in front of the camera!
three fun facts
I'm an ENFJ
As an ENFJ on the Myers-Briggs personality test, I'm an outgoing and intuitive person with a focus on relationships and planning!
Whether I'm behind the camera capturing beautiful moments, or chatting with your wedding party and making sure everyone feels at ease, being an ENFJ allows me to bring a fun and dynamic energy to every wedding day. I love what I do on the Golden Hour Photo Co team, and I'm so excited to keep bringing my passion and personality to every wedding I shoot!
A Social Gym Junkie
When I’m not taking photos you can find me at the gym or hanging out with my besties! I value spending time with loved ones, and taking care of my body.
It's important for me to keep my body and mind in top shape so I can give couples my all when I'm on a shoot!
I'm an Equine Photog, too!
When I’m not shooting weddings with Golden Hour, I am an equestrian photographer and owner of Doswell Creative! I've always been fascinated by horses and the connection with their owners - there's really something fulfilling about capturing their grace and the bond between horse and rider.
From wedding days to equestrian events, my goal is always to tell a story and capture the moment in a way that will be cherished for years to come.