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About Us

Madalena and Marcelo Cohen are a Brazilian-Canadian couple team with creative minds and warm hearts based in Vancouver, British Columbia and travelling the world to shoot authentic weddings.

Wedding Experience

 

215

Weddings Photographed
(and counting…)

 

Places we'd love to shoot

Italy
Greece
Portugal
Banff, AB

Love stories around the globe

Vancouver, BC
Bordeaux, France
Palm Springs, CA
Oahu, Hawaii
São Paulo, Brazil
Okanagan, BC
New York, NY
Gambier Island, BC
Tulum, Mexico
Yosemite, CA
Pemberton, BC
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
Whistler, BC
Miami, FL
Winnipeg, MB
Chicago, IL
Victoria, BC
Florianópolis, Brazil

10+

Years of experience

 

Places we'd ALWAYS go back

Palm Springs, CA
France

 

Madalena

I was born in Brazil, where I spent my time eating guava, starfruit, tamarind direct from the tree and I used to swim with alligators. After living in D.C., London and Florianópolis, I moved to Sao Paulo, where I met Marcelo and graduated in Tourism and finished my post grad in Photography.

After six years working as a Photo Editor, I decided to follow my dreams and be a photographer. I started shooting for travel magazines, then families and, finally weddings. I attended workshops in France, Los Angeles, Recife, New York, Vancouver and Sao Paulo and I was Speaker at conferences in most of these cities, too. I have probably over a hundred photos published in a variety of magazines and blogs around the world.

That being said, I’m also a Scapegoat Survivor on the healing journey of Severe Complex PTSD and an advocate on this cause being open and honest using vulnerability to heal and help others that survived similar types of abuses. Also, I’m a Full-Blown Empath, which means I am very sensitive and an emotional sponge who absorb both the stress and joy of the world. I have an extremely reactive neurological system and feel everything. Most things can be overwhelming for me, but I can also capture all the good vibes of someone and fill my heart with joy. Judith Orloff wrote a great book for empaths and I love this quote “People who are sensitive in life may suffer much more than those who are insensitive. But, if they understand and go beyond their suffering, they will discover extraordinary things.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti.

"You have special eyes", once said Amy Arbus.

 

EXHIBITION

REFLEXOS DO BRASIL International Exhibition in Milan, Italy, at Palazzo Giureconsulti. April, 2013







AMOR
wedding photography exhibition in Winnipeg, MB.

SPEAKER AT

The Wanderers Community - 3rd edition - 2018


Photo Field Trip - 3rd edition - 2016


Photo Field Trip - 2nd edition - 2015


Feira Fotografar 2015 in Sao Paulo, Brazil


Fhox on the road 2015 - Recife, PE - Brazil

ACADEMIC DEGREE

SENAC - Postgraduate
Photography as Contemporary Art



University Anhembi Morumbi
Tourism



ICP New York
Wedding photography a different approach

 

Marcelo

I was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil. As a kid, I travelled the world! From Egypt to Switzerland, from Jamaica to Israel, I still love to travel with my own family! Before I fell in love with photography, I had a career in the corporate world as I owned a Brazilian Travel Agency for 14 years, it grew from 6 to over 100 employees through the years. Then, Madalena and I started shooting weddings together, as she needed an extra pair of eyes to help her out with her photography business, we then decided to follow our dream and move to Canada. I studied Business and Marketing.

I enjoy talking about technology and co-housing lifestyle, you can easily find me walking Bacon at Olympic Village, driving a Modo car share around Vancouver and riding a Mobi bike share at the Seawall with Bacon in a backpack. Also, I often like to share ideas about sustainable solutions for housing and the planet.

I am a person with strong empath tendencies and I am quite intuitive. What I enjoy the most is working with people, it makes me stronger and more open to new ways of thinking.

Aside from photography, I’m a member of the Board of Directors of my co-op, I’m part of the monthly Co-op Cafe meetings, mostly vegan in the past couple of years and I volunteer at least once a week in my community (from shared meals to hosting socials).

 
 

SPEAKER AT

The Wanderers Community - 3rd edition - 2018


Photo Field Trip - 3rd edition - 2016


Photo Field Trip - 2nd edition - 2015


Feira Fotografar 2015 in Sao Paulo, Brazil


Fhox on the road 2015 - Recife, PE - Brazil 

ACADEMIC DEGREE


University Anhembi Morumbi
sales and marketing management



University UNIP
Business Administration

 


Fun facts

We've met in a night club in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2005 and traveled to more than 20 countries together.

There is this fascination about weddings, we got married TWICE and we keep thinking about a third one.

 
 
Sambajoy - Madalena and Marcelo having fun!

Photo by Shari + Mike Photographers

 

Stuff we love

MADALENA

pugs
cacti
karaoke
tamarind
road trips
palm trees
(vegan) cake
classic chairs
avocado sushi
Amélie Poulain
True Crime podcast
everything midcentury
Wedding Photography
Bacon in his backpack

MARCELO

pugs
Paris
cooking
pistachio
Travelling
pumpkin seed
vegan carrot cake
Back to the Future
Economy podcasts
talking about Co-Op
working with my wife
Car share + bike share
Wedding Photography
watching storms with a cup of coffee