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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?

You’re welcome to view my designs on my website www.anoukjewelry.com and to get in touch at [email protected]

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
www.diamondfoundry.com

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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

A beautiful album with bridal boudoir photographs is one of the most unique and special gifts you can surprise your husband-to-be with on your Wedding Day. Moreover, it is not only a gift for Him, it is a gift for Yourself! Bridal boudoir photoshoot is a fun and empowering experience, capturing your beauty at one of the most exciting stages in your life. We can always find a creative way to incorporate your veil and other bridal accessories (even the wedding dress!) into a bridal photoshoot. Our photography studio is the perfect setting for a bridal boudoir photoshoot – our unique character Toronto West loft is always filled with beautiful soft light and is furnished with glamorous props. And did we mention yet that we are a GIRLS ONLY studio? Our make up artists, stylists and photographers, are all females and we are there to make sure you have a blast on the day of your Bridal photoshoot, that you feel most comfortable and get stunning results that will leave Him speechless!

Guess what, we also have a special GIFT FOR YOU, lucky bride-to-be! All our studio clients booking a bridal boudoir session until the end of 2016 will receive our cutest print product as a GIFT – our fabulous MINI BOOKS. These pocket-size pretty minis are a great gift on its own (plus you get extra copies to show your bridesmaids as well)!

Follow this link to see a full list of our print products: PHOTO PRINT PRODUCTS.

See one of our Bridal Boudoir Photoshoots here: Bridal Boudoir Photoshoot.

We are very happy to announce that Kissed by Light Studio has moved to a new gorgeous location at 1655 Dupont Street! What began as a nightmare for our studio team this Winter, turned into something beautiful in the Spring. Forced to vacate our photography studio space at 224 Wallace Avenue, we began a search for a new space that would reflect Kissed by Light Photography’s sophisticated style and will have elegant rustic atmosphere that is characteristic of our photographs. We found exactly what we were looking for (and much more) in a heritage Toronto building at 1655 Dupont Street. Our bright and spacious corner unit is located on the third floor of a historical building now belonging to Planet Storage. This character building was built in 1929 and used to be a Viceroy Rubber Factory. During the renovations, the building owners have kept the original window framing and left exposed brick (and we are so glad they did!), keeping all unique architectural details intact. The building has many artist’s studios and is considered a creative hub in the midst of the up-and-coming Junction area of Toronto.

Our new home is light and beautiful. We feel inspired here more than ever and are looking forward to working in these beautiful walls for many years to come!




Our clients often wonder what would be their partner’s reaction to their gift of boudoir photographs. Will he be surprised, will his jaw drop, will he laugh and, most importantly, will he remember it when years pass? Whether you give him a luxury album filled with spreads of beautiful images, digital images on a USB or a fine art print, it is always a very special and anticipated moment when he first sees the gift. Over the years, we’ve often heard our client’s feedback about how incredibly excited their partners were and how special they felt treated to such a unique and personal gift.

We are very happy to share with you this beautifully touching review written by the Happy Husband himself:

I must be the luckiest guy out there/this album literally changed my life.

My wife, whom I just married last weekend, decided to give me an album as a surprise, the morning of our wedding. I opened it the second I woke-up, and was in shock the moment I turned the page. Trust that I when I say shock, I mean that I was left speechless at how stunning, seductive & drop-dead gorgeous my wife looked in the photos. I mean, she is such a beautiful girl anyway, but these photos just took her to the next level and I just need to applause you.

I wasn’t nervous waking up, but as soon as I saw the pictures I started feeling anxious/nervous because she just looked so incredibly beautiful and I thought to myself “your telling me I get to marry this person??” I wish I had a camera on my face the moment I opened the album because I’m pretty sure my jaw dropped to the floor in seconds and my eyes grew to their maximum size without bursting out of my face.

I haven’t stopped thinking about this album since – it just makes me so happy. The pictures are so amazing. My wife looks so incredible. I just don’t know what else to say.

Daria made my wife feel super comfortable and was able to get the best out of my wife, using her expertise. It was clearly a team effort and something I just need to applause. I Highly suggest doing this sort of photo shoot for any new bride to give to her partner.

This is something I’ll actually cherish forever, and will hopefully look at everyday before I go to bed.

For more reviews visit our Google Plus.

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