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Maternity series in black and white

 

Just like most modes of self expression, photography is undoubtedly subject to ever evolving trends. Fashion, boudoir, and maternity photography evolves each and every season. Work of some of the most known publications and, in today’s world, social media accounts, often leads the change in photography with introduction of new styles, looks, and fashion. So what is one to do when choosing the style to go with for one’s very own photo session? What if the looks that seem so unique and fresh today look downright silly in ten years time? Afterall, when it comes to personal photography, you want it to look beautiful for many years to come as it turns into a precious memory. We find that the answer lies in balance – we love to try out new looks and styles at the studio but always seek to incorporate timeless and personal elements that may never age or go after style.

Such was the case when we had the opportunity to work with our lovely muse Miss A. Together, we worked to create a session that is both modern yet timeless, incorporating her elegant style into every shot. And, to give it that extra touch of elegance, we made part of the session in an effortlessly classy black and white style.

We hope that you enjoy this lovely maternity series!

Strong and beautiful

 

 

“Inspiration is all around you” is a phrase that we have all probably heard before, and is one that we can get behind on a hundred percent! Afterall, in our line of work, we really do get an honour and joy of working with some incredibly inspiring people, every one of whom has left a special mark on our studio over the years. Through collaboration with our muses, we get to invent many of our studio’s very best set ups, poses, and looks, as they influence our photo sessions and inspire us for new creations. But it often goes beyond style and beauty as their strength, love and incredible journeys often influence us on a more personal level. Through our blog, we hope to convey at least a little bit of this inspiration and share with you the beautiful photography results and snippets of their story.

Our returning muse Sandra happens to be one such great inspiration to us! Incredibly charming, smart, dedicated, and stylish, Sandra is a beautiful mother of three with a passion for fitness and wellness. Throughout what has now been quite a few years, we got to be there for some of her important personal milestones as her beautiful family grew (see one of our past sessions with her: mother with daughters series). And, recently, we were really delighted to be a part of her new social media project called Strong with Sandra Levy (@strongwithsandralevy), where she shares her knowledge on the topics of health, wellness, and athleisure. We created a series of photos for her new endeavor, featuring some lovely scenery from Toronto’s very own Scarborough Bluffs Park. Sandra’s vision for the session and great style choices made this session really unique and inspired us to try some great new photography techniques. To see a little video from behind the scenes of this session, take a look here – BTS. We are really excited for Sandra’s new project and will definitely be following many of her smart fitness routines!

Capturing new beginnings

 

Amidst what seemed like endless interruptions, restrictions, and lockdowns, our studio, just like so many others, had to close its doors for most of the past year. Despite the pause, we wanted to continue envisioning and aspiring for a new and better future for the studio in all its aspects: from set up design to boudoir posing and style evolution. And as we are reopening our doors to photo sessions once again, our team is putting in all of the inspirations they dreamed up during this difficult, albeit renewing time. Embracing new set ups (and long forgotten classics), new makeup styles (courtesy of our lovely makeup artist Angelina who continued perfecting her techniques amidst the pandemic), and new angles is giving some of our latest sessions that fresh breath.

So it was a great delight to work on a maternity photo session with our lovely Miss Nelly, a close friend of our studio and a talented artist (see her past session with us here), who wanted some charming and varied captures of her very own new beginning as she expects an addition to her lovely family. From contemporary to light and airy, we wanted to capture Nelly’s different styles, in what was a delightful and fun session to do. Nelly was a little bit ahead of our usual 30-32 week term pregnancy, so her belly is a little bit smaller than in our usual maternity captures but it only added to the session’s relaxed look.

We are sincerely wishing this lovely family great happiness on their new beginnings and hope that you enjoy viewing this lovely photo series!

 



Power dressing

 

We often wondered, what is the secret of the outfits that make you feel like the most confident, empowered version of yourself? It is a question that may, perhaps, only be answered individually, but one thing we know for certain – there are absolutely no restraints or rules when it comes to the looks that empower you! Be it unique colors, cuts or accessories, the potential for self experession is limitless, and, at last, genuine self expression is becoming the new form of power dressing. Originally a form of establishing authority in professional and political environments dominated by men, power dressing for women is becoming more and more about true confidence as old standards and prejudice are gradually starting to fade away. More and more companies are embracing relaxed dress code policies while business women expand on their personal branding, adopting looks that express their true self and make them feel powerful.

In our studio, we love to do photo sessions that expand on our lovely muses’ business vision and create captivating content for business’ web pages and social media. It is an undoubtedly very fulfilling kind of work where we get to expand on looks and set ups that make our muses feel their most confident, and the best part is that we get to be creative and have fun in the process!

Recently, we had a great pleasure working with a lovely and talented Melissa! A mindset strategist (see her page @mj_mindset for some wonderful motivational content), she was updating some of her web photography and, together, we created imagery following her personal branding style. With a great eye for beauty, she has brought some wonderful outfits that spoke of power dressing but in her own fun and unique way. And, to add an extra special note to the session, we finished it with one of our creative ballerina doll looks!

We hope that you enjoy viewing this lovely photo series!

 

Pin Up!

 

What might be boudoir photography’s most famous incarnation, pin up photography is an all around fun and glamorous genre! The term itself originates from the 1940’s, when photographs featuring glamourous models were printed in magazines and posters for informal display or to be “pinned up” on a wall. Full of history and cultural significance, today, this genre lives on in the hearts of many women who like to embrace a glamorous pin up model within themselves. And we can wholeheartedly understand the fascination – feathers, pearls, intricate lace, excquisite curls… How can we not fall in love with this style?! In fact, you will notice that many of our modern boudoir looks still often pay an homage to their pin up past as the feathers, pearls and perfect curls find their way into many of our photo sets.

So when we had a chance to work with the talented and stunning burlesque dancer Maddie on our very own pin up photo shoot, we couldn’t be more excited! The shoot was a real whirlwind of glamorous set ups, lingerie, accessories, and vintage outfits. Maddie looked absolutely stunning in her perfect burlesque look and we had lots of fun experimenting with some of our favorite set ups and burlesque posing. The results are absolutely wonderful and we couldn’t be more honoured to present this magical collaboration to you!

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