They met at work, though they didn’t actually work with one another. Bell and Laura Secord, their respective workplaces, were located right beside each other. Their first encounter was seven years ago when the Bell store was short of change and Benson decided to ask next door. Ever since this day, Tomomi, literally the girl next door had caught young Benson’s eye. Sparks must surely have been flying as it quickly became obvious to others who tried to get them together.
They enjoy going to new places and taking on fun new adventures (especially nature adventures!) together but they love to play video games. One of their most memorable adventures together was when they went to NASA’s shuttle launch in Florida. Benson, an electrical engineer, enjoys to ‘geek it out’ and watch documentaries about dinosaurs, history and space. Tomomi, a graphic designer by day, has a huge fascination with the hubble space telescope and loves to join her boyfriend in star gazing at night.
In order to capture the essence of their relationship, we ventured over to Port Hope, a beautiful small town in Ontario, Canada where we could enjoy mother nature without any light pollution. As we arrived at Port Hope, we discovered acres and acres of gorgeous farmland. We then waited until night where we could see the bright night sky. We were extremely lucky as there was not a cloud in the sky. Instead, the sky was completely filled with bright shining stars. Perfect for star gazing and perfect for me in capturing them under the beautiful star-lit sky!
If I had to describe this couple myself, I would say: fun-loving and adorable! I loved the way Tomomi danced around Benson with such joy and vitality for life while Benson watched her in absolute adoration. Although it has been seven years since they first met, with just one look at each other they can still very easily make each other laugh and smile. When I look at these photos, I remember the way I felt when I photographed this shoot. There was so much love, care and happiness which filled the air, even in this wide open field.
Photographer: Samantha Ong Photography