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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 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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Starting Summer with Personal Stylist Christie Ressel

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It finally feels like summer is coming to Toronto. I don’t know about you but I’m always beyond excited to jump into summer clothes. So excited in fact that I usually forget about sunscreen the first day of nice weather and get completely burnt. It’s the same story this year and I’m as red as a lobster as I’m writing these words.

Together with Christie Ressel, we were waiting for some time now to finally photograph summer clothes! I loved every outfit Christie brought to this photoshoot. It always amazes me how all of Christie’s clothes go together since she’s a big fan of the capsule wardrobe concept.

There is no reason to put off wearing items that make you feel special and that ARE special. They’ll put an extra pep in your step, make you feel good, and will create some really beautiful looks in your wardrobe. If you feel they are too “dressy”, pair them with casual items in your closet to make them daytime appropriate
— Christie Ressel

Isn’t it amazing how the right outfits make you feel ON? Confident, energized, capable, inspired? Purchasing only outfits that make you feel your best is a big part of Christie’s wardrobe philosophy. It’s so important to bring those outfits to your photoshoot!

When I asked Christie which city would represent her brand well, she answered without a doubt: Paris and London.

Even if you don’t live in your Ideal Brand City, you can still find lovely places that have a similar vibe. It’s exciting and so fulfilling to find those little gems. The cafe in the photos below was actually created by a couple who lived in Paris for years and decided to bring a piece of Paris to Canada.

If you enjoyed 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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5 years of solopreneurship

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Hello loves! For those of you who are new to our blog and website, my name is Agnes and I’m a Photographer. My specialty is portraiture and personal branding photography for women. My superpower is making everyone comfortable in front of my lens and making them look their best.

I love sharing about my business/solopreneur journey and featuring other lovely fempreneurs on my blog. That’s because I’m very passionate about women empowerment. Things are changing in the world and I truly believe that We Rise Together.

With the 5th anniversary of my solopreneurship coming, there’s a lot of reflecting and strategizing for the future. I won’t lie to you - even though I didn’t struggle long to create a successful business, it wasn’t easy and it definitely took much more than just positive thinking. I gave it all I had!

Looking back, I can honestly say that investing in myself was the best choice I ever made. We all have talents but we also all have areas needing work and improvement. You need to spend time or money (or both) working on those areas or you will stay stuck. In my third year of entrepreneurship I finally invested into learning about marketing and business from a great mentor who also specialized in my niche. The true growth only started after that and oh my - was is fast! Things literally changed over a few months and grew from there.

It’s not easy, but I know one thing: everything is possible with a positive mindset, true passion for your work and the willingness to learn and work!

Wishing you a great week ahead.

xoxo,

Agnes

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Spring with Pink Avocado Nutrition

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We had so much fun shooting with Cathy from Pink Avocado Nutrition for her new, beautiful website. Cathy is a Nutritionist & Accountability Coach (that’s a combo to make things happen right there!), a Super Momma and such a ray of sunshine.

I always admire women who went through serious struggles and didn’t let those struggles break their spirit and get them stuck in victim mentality. If you didn’t know Cathy’s back story, you’d never think this energetic, creative, nurturing lady went through so much in her life. I’m always so grateful for the opportunity to work and learn from women like Cathy. It inspires me and helps me with my own struggles. We all go through hardships from time to time and growth isn’t easy!

I started my 40s with struggles. I had a child that was in and out of hospitals, a terminally ill father and to top it off a failing marriage! But these struggles lead me to dig deep and find what I had forgotten - belief in myself. I found a coach and realized I needed accountability. I stopped trying to lose weight, I stopped seeking approval from others & I gained the courage to believe in myself again. I focused on the process and let the results speak for themselves
— Cathy, Pink Avocado Nutrition

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Spring with Christie Ressel

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It’s been lovely to finally welcome spring with Stylist Christie Ressel!

Everything is waking up to life and we are coming out of our hibernation mode. It’s always such an inspiring time to refresh your style and your closet. If you’re like me and you’re drawn towards greys and blacks during winter, you’ll like the energizing pop of colour in Christie’s spring outfits.

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I’m a big lover of white, so obviously I loved the bright outfits Christie styled for this photoshoot. I especially like how the coral top goes with Louboutin’s soles in the outfit below.

Here are some of the items I realized I truly need to get for this spring after working on this photoshoot with Christie: a new pair of jeans, 7/8 pants, a feminine tank top, colourful shoes and a statement necklace!

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I work with Agnes on a regular basis for my photos and she’s made life so much easier for me! Photos were always such a source of frustration for me. Now, thanks to Agnes, they’re a breeze! She sources locations for our shoots, keeps my branding colours aligned in the photos, and always delivers the photos to me so quickly; she’s such a pro! On top of all of that, she’s a complete delight to work with. I highly recommend working with her when it comes to your business; you won’t regret it!
— Christie Ressel
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Spring Favourites

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Spring Favourites!


Spring is here and I don’t know about you but for me it’s the perfect time to make some changes & do some shopping! I’m not a shopping addict at all, but when seasons change from winter to spring, I’m always inspired to refresh my wardrobe and my home. Here are some of my Spring Favourites:

DRESS

This dress is not something I would usually try on! I love pairing it with cute pantyhose, hats, it goes great with both jackets and coats. A good reminder to get out of your comfort zone and try something different.

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ACCESSORIES

I purchased quite a few pairs of earrings from Simons. I photographed a very stylish Realtor Lara Stasiw a few weeks ago and she brought the most beautiful earrings to her photoshoot. It pushed me to refresh my neglected jewellery box.

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PHOTO OF THE SEASON

This photo I took of Hair & Makeup Artist and Educator Tuhina reminded me of the Tale of Two Wolves:

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.
“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”
He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

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BOOK

My favorite book recently was “Sapiens”. It’s a grand overview of the history of humankind. I may not agree with the author on all his points, but I enjoyed it a lot, not to mention learned a lot as well. It really made me think about our species, what we’ve accomplished and where we’re going.

TV SHOW


I honestly can’t remember the last time I laughed (out loud!) so much watching a TV Show. Rachel Bloom, the creator and main star of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” is a breath of fresh air. Don’t let the title fool you, in addition to being extremely funny, this show is also really smart. I was surprised to see it was a musical - but the songs are absolutely hilarious, I think “I’m So Good At Yoga” and “Let’s Generalize About Men” are my favourites!

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QUOTE

I think this quote says it all. Life can be a crazy ride and the only thing we truly have control over is ourselves and our attitude!

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I hope you enjoyed my Spring Favourites and found them inspiring! Wishing you the most beautiful Spring!

xoxo

Agnes


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