Tara & Family

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I love working as a Personal Branding Photographer but when clients want to come back for photos with their family, I’m always thrilled!

I photographed Tara last year and this time she brought her sweet and smart daughter and husband for the photoshoot. It was time to capture special moments and create beautiful photographs that can be hanged on the walls, gifted to family and cherished forever.

We created beautiful photos for Tara and her family which they will treasure forever. I also made sure to take photos of Tara and her husband - my favorites were black and white.


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Payal Bhakta, The Eastern Bazaar

Payal Bhakta of The Eastern Bazaar

Payal Bhakta of The Eastern Bazaar

I loved working with Payal on her Personal Branding Photoshoot so much it’s really hard to find the right words to describe it but “magic” could certainly be one of them!

Payal is an Interior Designer and a true visionaire. The set up for her photoshoot actually started two days prior, because we wanted to feature quite a few statement pieces from her store, like the iconic peacock chair or Balinese parasol and of course crystals.

We loved decorating multiple photo sets with crystals, which made me realize they truly go with all types of interior design. They looked amazing in a Scandinavian bedroom, eclectic living room and bohemian garden.

We simply had to take advantage of a beautiful summer day and also take photos outside!


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Dressing professionally & creatively as a Photographer

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Dressing in black and being creative with your outfits at the same time?

When you’re a professional working with people one on one, your presentation is always important. You can never dismiss the power of first impressions, how you dress and carry yourself also says a lot about you. You even show you respect your clients by dressing in a clean and professional manner for them. Even if it’s on a subconscious level, they will always appreciate it!

Before I became a Photographer, I was in another creative field which allowed me to dress in a fun way and I could be as creative with my wardrobe as I wanted. When I became a Professional Photographer, I had a bit of a hard time with the fact they dress mostly in black. So I made it my own! Even though I'm a bit limited with colour, I now love playing with different styles, textures and lines. I think it’s quite great to be able to show that we’re creative through our wardrobe.

This dress is one of my favourite work outfits for the summer. It's so flowy it doesn't restrict my moves in any way. The asymmetric lines are fun and creative (plus flattering!) and I still look professional. I usually pair it with black flats for work. After hours, I can easily make this outfit more casual by adding more summer-themed accessories.

Summer with Personal Stylist Christie Ressel

Personal Stylist & Youtuber Christie Ressel

Personal Stylist & Youtuber Christie Ressel

Summer is in full swing!

It’s my favorite time to dress up so another photoshoot with Christie Ressel was just what I craved. Vibrant colours, fun outfits, creativity at it’s finest. I always feel so “charged” after a photoshoot with Christie, because of her positive energy.

We started off this photoshoot with a great kimono outfit. Kimonos are such a must-have this summer, they go with almost everything!

Healthy mindset is a topic that comes up often in our conversations with Christie. This time we were talking about the “Someday Mindset”. I love Christie’s thoughts on the subject:

“Oh, I’m going to buy ______ for myself when I’ve lost all of my weight.”

I’m all about creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but I do worry about the message many are sending themselves by putting off things they deem special, investment oriented, or feel good for a body or image ideal that is somewhere down the road.

What does that mean we’re communicating to our PRESENT self?

While having goals are good, it’s also JUST as important to love and appreciate yourself AS YOU ARE while you embark on your lifestyle journey. .

Just because your jeans size may not be your ideal, doesn’t mean you hold any less value.

You are beautiful.

You are valuable.

You are worthy of all the things you desire; now and in the future”

Express yourself. Find what inspires you. Experiment with things you’ve always wanted to. Allow your inner light to playfully come out through fashion
— Christie Ressel

If you enjoy Christie’s outfits, like her style and fashion and philosophy, head over to her website or YouTube channel, you’ll find so much inspiration there.

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We finished off this photoshoot with one of my favorite outfits on Christie ever! The creative combination of shapes and patterns made me fall in love with this outfit.

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Summer Favorites

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It’s been such a beautiful and busy summer so far!

Canadian summer is simply amazing and I always want to make the best of it. It’s always a challenge, because on one hand I want to enjoy it for myself and on the other hand, it’s truly the perfect time to create stunning imagery for people, so I’m also very busy with work. So even tough I don’t normally drink coffee, this summer I’ve been starting pretty much every day with not one but two cups of coffee or green tea matcha!

Here are some of my favorites so far this lovely summer.

  1. Southwest Ontario

I think it’s so important for creative professionals to take the time to get inspired. The reason behind our family getaway to Southwest Ontario was exactly that. I’ve never been to this part of Ontario, but Krystle’s Southwest Ontario Travel Guide made it so easy! We started our trip by visiting Bonnieheath Estate Lavender & Winery, then we spent a day at Point Pelee Provincial Park, we also had a great time in Leamington, Amherstburg, countless wineries and beaches in the area. I don’t think I need to add the house we stayed at was beyond stunning. I hope to do more photoshoots here for sure.

2. Little White Dress

White cotton or linen dresses are simply the best in the summer. They make our tan look stunning, they easily go with every accessory and they photograph beautifully. My love for white means of course I have way too many white dresses, but I simply can’t resist to get more…

3. Monsieur Big Mascara

In the summertime, all we need is some mascara and lip gloss. I’ve been struggling to find a good mascara that works for me for some time but this one has quickly become my favorite!

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4. Art of Marina Kimono

Meeting and working with Art of Marina meant finally seeing her products in person. I’m not an online shopper but when I can see a quality product, actually feel it and touch it, I can become a loyal client. Marina’s kimonos stole my heart (I’m hardly the first one!). This cashmere one feels incredible against your skin, I love throwing it over a swimsuit when I’m ready to chill by the pool after a hard day of work.⁣

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5. Formal Dress

Clients ask me all the time where to go shopping before their Personal Branding Photoshoots. My top answer is always Simons. In addition to a great variety of styles, the clothes are really good quality. This dress is the perfect example of why Simons is my favorite store. It’s elegant and timeless (finding a summer dress with long sleeves is not easy!), it also fits like a glove.

6. Prayer Beads & Mugs from Decor by Christine

Some time ago I had a chance to work with a great Interior Designer Christine Da Costa. Christine brought such amazing photoshoot accessories from her online store. I had to get prayer beads and mugs for myself, they are such a beautiful but also soulful addition to any home!


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Art of Marina

Watercolour Artist & Kimono Designer Marina Billinghurst

Watercolour Artist & Kimono Designer Marina Billinghurst

What a treat it was to finally work with Toronto Watercolour Artist & Kimono Designer Marina Billinghurst!

Marina’s work is becoming super popular not only in Toronto but also across the world. We had the pleasure of photographing the artist herself in her stunning Junction studio before heading out to Pure Studios for more photos.

Marina’s dreamy watercolour patterns adorn not only wall art but also accessories and of course her stunning kimonos. It was time to photograph it all!

Marina’s photos are just like her personality: effortless, free-spirited, creative, dreamy!

Marina is super warm and you simply want to be around her, but this lovely spirit also possesses an incredible strength. When she suffered a horrible car accident and learned about her mom being diagnosed with cancer shortly after, she decided there was nowhere to go but up.

Life is short and we just don’t know when or why it’s our time.

But we do know when we have to do something.

And we do it.
— Marina Billnghurst

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Raj Girn

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How lovely to work again with Raj Girn!

Raj is a multi-award winning media and events entrepreneur, brand strategist, marketing consultant, confidence coach and entertainment personality. This photoshoot was all about her new branding and new website. I can’t believe it’s been 4 years since Raj’s last photoshoot with us - time truly flies!

I always ask people to bring at least one white clothing item to their photoshoot. A white outfit is crisp and fresh, it will never go out of style and it’s a perfect canvas to show off your personality.

This time around, I finally got to photograph Raj in white!

When you love what you do, you want to do it all day, every day.

I could honestly photograph Raj for hours on end. The work our whole team did was so passion-driven. From incredible make-up by Shirley Wu to the help of Raj’s friend, designer Allia Qureshi.


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