We are thrilled to announce the birth of our sister photo studio, Star Portrait Studio! This new branch of our studio will focus entirely on portraiture – business and actor headshots, elegant portraits, kids photography, model tests and personal brand portraits.
Please welcome this new kid on the block, give it some social media love and spread the word!
We love capturing our muses’s personalities and beauty with professional portraits in our studio. Our muse, Miss L, brought glamourous dresses to our studio, which we captured in a classic and feminine photography style.
Enjoy our selection!
As part of our recurring series of interviews, The Power of Her, featuring remarkable women, we are proud to present to you an interview with Valeria Lipovetsky, a mother, a model, a beauty blogger and an inspiration to many young women today.
I stopped putting so much stress on myself to be everything for everyone at all times and that made my life much happier.
Although I loved and still love modelling I always wanted to have more influence and a voice. I think at some point I decided I’m over this “waiting to get picked” type of approach and more about creating my own opportunities.
Social media gives us the stage to do exactly that. You build and talk and film what you want and how you want, I love that.
I was always interested in beauty and decided to bring my years of experience in the fashion and beauty industry to every girl’s mobile device.
Sharing is caring.
PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOUR PAST & CURRENT PROJECTS AND WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO CONTINUE ON THIS PATH.
Currently I keep investing my time and effort into building my social media, connecting with people and talking about things that matter (and some recommendations for amazing lipsticks too!).
I started diving into the beauty world more and more and this time into the internal aspect and not so much the exterior. I learned that once I took a chance and started talking about things that I’m passionate about like self love, empowerment, self esteem etc., I found my purpose.
Today Im building my brand online thinking about how can I influence these young women to embrace themselves and be happy – it’s not about posting selfies and getting validation from people anymore. This is my modern way of bringing real issues to the table but in a light way. I have so many ideas and opportunities that I can’t wait to bring to life, but in baby steps.
I still do modelling as well so its nice to have a little variety.
WHAT DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE AND AND HOW DO YOU JUGGLE YOUR BUSY WORK SCHEDULE AROUND BEING A FULL TIME MOM OF TWO ADORABLE BOYS?
I don’t really have a typical schedule because it depends on my to-do lists that day. Sometimes I have modelling jobs, so after dropping my boys at daycare I go to the studio and shoot for 8-10 hours, pikc them up, feed them, zombie play with them and put them to sleep. The days when I don’t model, I drop them off, hopefully get to the gym, then come home and start filming/editing/responding to emails and fan mail, etc.
It’s crazy and time flies by WAY too fast, but I try to take it day by day. I’m aware how lucky and blessed I am to be able to do the things I’m passionate about and to have a family.
Sometimes it’s a shit show, but thats ok, I don’t strive to be perfect. I stopped putting so much stress on myself to be everything for everyone at all times and that made my life much happier.
WHAT IS NEXT FOR YOU CREATIVELY AND PROFESSIONALLY, WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE?
That’s a tough one. All I can say is I have the end goal in my mind and I’m working everyday to get there. I am at a point in my life where I finally feel that I can do anything I set my mind to and I am extremely comfortable and happy with myself – which makes life so much more exciting. So I think I’m on a quest to spread that energy with every person I can – thats the plan!
WHAT DID YOU THINK ABOUT THE PHOTOSHOOT IN OUR STIDO WITH DARIA PEREV AND WAS IT SPECIAL FOR YOU?
The photoshoot was wonderful, easy and natural. I loved the creativity the team had and the space just felt so warm and welcoming! Cant wait to come back soon.
Follow Valeria’s beauty advice on her YouTube channel.
Follow Valeria’s journey on her Instagram account @valerialipovetsky
Photography by Daria [email protected] Kissed by Light Photo Studio
Model Valeria Lipovetsky
Make-up & Hair Jennifer Yang
As part of our recurring series of interviews, The Power of Her, featuring female artists we love, we want to present to you an interview with a founder and owner of Anouk Jewelry, Anat Kaplan. Enjoy her story and breathtaking photographs featuring her latest collection photographed by Lora Vertue.
Please tell us about your jewelry and unique style that defines your current designs.
I create fine jewelry inspired by nature and the ancient world. The bohemian and rustic look of my creations is achieved by hand carving, which results in highly sculptural and textured designs. I love working in all shades of gold, incorporating natural gemstones, especially raw diamonds and green sapphires.
What are your sources of inspiration?
I draw inspiration from the organic elements, especially water, its colours, flow and shimmer, and the textures that compliment it, like sand and rocks. I’d like my pieces to echo the raw beauty of nature, and to evoke that serene feeling of timelessness.
How did you decide to become a jewelry artist, tell us about your background?
I come from visual arts background; I fell in love with ancient jewellery during my university years studying art history. I took a course on ancient Greece and Rome and they showed us some jewellery pieces that blew me away. These treasures had so much character and personality, they really spoke to me. Still today ancient jewellery is endless source of inspiration.
Who are your clients, what kind of people come to you?
My clients are those who look for something different than the traditional wedding jewelry. They are often nature lovers, or creative folk, who appreciate local, artisanal pieces.
Often people come to me in search of a unique piece that would reflect their personality and those are my favourite clients to work with. Together we translate their story into gems and metals, creating a one of a kind, bespoke piece of jewelry.
Please tell us about your recent collection.
My most recent collection is the Golden Leafs line (http://anoukjewelry.com/product-category/collections/golden-leaves/), it was born in anticipation of spring after a long winter, and it’s all about growth, renewal and awakening.
How did you feel about working with KBL’s Lora Vertue on the recent photoshoot?
Shooting with Lora is always a big treat for me. I’ve worked with many photographers, but Lora’s impeccable style, great attention to detail and professionalism truly stand out.
But most of all, she’s a true artist with a unique creative vision and an amazing talent for capturing beauty. I can’t wait to work with her again!
Where can we find your jewellery?
My line is also available at:
Made You Look, 1338 Queen Street West, Toronto, Canada
Magpie Jewellery Westboro, 430 Richmond Road, Ottawa, Canada
Magpie Jewellery Glebe, 799 Bank Street, Ottawa, Canada
FireWorks Gallery, 1569 Barrington Street, Halifax, Canada
Gallery of Jewels, 4089 24th Street, San Francisco, USA
Photography: Lora Vertue of Kissed by Light Studio
Model: Fredau Wallace
Styling: Ameri Ozigis of Kissed by Light Studio
MUA: Irene Sy
Over the years of capturing the beauty of our clients, we came to realize that a professionally done make up and hair styling are some of the key elements of a successful photoshoot. We are all naturally beautiful, just the way we wake up in the morning, but a boudoir photoshoot requires a very specific type of make-up due to the way the camera reacts to light and shadows. A regular day-to-day make up will simply not work, as our eye sees the make-up differently than the camera does. Even the very popular today “natural” make up look requires a touch of a professional make up artist and about an hour of application to achieve correctly. That is why we have only the top experts from the wedding and fashion make up industries in our team, who have the skills and artistic vision to make our clients look their very best on the day of the photoshoot and create make-up and hair styles perfect for our photoshoots.
And that is why we include professional make-up in all of our packages. Hair styling is also highly recommended, and is either included, or is available as an add-on option for some packages.
We’ve narrowed it down to 5 main reasons to use the services of our professional beauty experts for your boudoir photoshoot:
1. Be stress free on the day of your photoshoot!
Best way to avoid stress? Let the professional do what they do best. Your make up will be done in the studio prior to your photoshoot by one of our team’s skilled make-up professionals, who will work with you to create that flawless look perfect for a boudoir photoshoot. All you have to do is arrive at the scheduled time and be ready to get pampered. Our make up artists use top of the line make up and hair styling products (eye lashes, hair products, etc. will all be provided), so there is no need for you to bring anything else (except hair extensions, which you can bring to the studio and our hair stylist will style them for you; or any special products that you would want our make up artists to use). Please inform us about any skin products sensitivities ahead of your photoshoot.
2. Camera ready make-up is different than typical make-up.
The type of make up needed for a boudoir photoshoot is different from an everyday make up or from an evening style make-up. The closest description will probably be something in between, but with a more enhanced contouring and special products to make sure your make-up stays in place by the end of the photoshoot. As you will have a multiple outfits to change into during the photoshoot, our make-up experts will find a style and colour palette that will not only enhance and compliment your facial features, but will match your skin tone as well as the colours of your outfits. While some women know a make-up artist they trust and work with regularly, we will not be able to provide direction during their make-up application and therefore will not be able to guarantee the end results, as opposed to our team’s MUA’s, which we know very well and trust to create exactly what we need.
3. Learn more about professional make-up techniques!
It is not every day that you get a chance to work with a beauty industry professional, so this is an experience on it’s own. This is also a great opportunity to learn something new about your skin, facial features and hair care products that work best for you, ask questions and get answers from a skilled professional. Our make up artists have an in-depth knowledge of current trends, various beauty products and techniques to make you look your best on a daily basis and are happy to share these secrets with you!
4. Try something new!
Ever wanted to try a different make-up style, go for a bolder lip or wander what a perfectly done smokey-eye would look like on you? Our make-up artists will be happy to make that happen in a professional way, to combine just the right colours that work with your individual facial features and skin tones. The best part – you can customize your look, as we are completely open to your ideas and want to create the make-up that you will love and will be happy with (and if we feel that intense 80′s eye-shadow look will not work with your eye shape, we will be completely honest about that too!).
5. The results are guaranteed.
Unless you are a professional make-up artist or a hair stylist yourself, there is a good chance you don’t have as much knowledge as our experts do. Sorry, but it is true! Our beauty experts live and breath make-up and hair styles and grow their knowledge on a daily basis working in a fashion and wedding industries, doing make up on myriad of skin tones, different faces and hair types. They will know which look would suit you best, while also work to create the make up and hair style that matches your style and that you will love!
All before & after images are a courtesy of our talented make-up artist, Irene Sy. Visit her website to see the scope of work that she does: www.irenesy.com