exist in photos

Rita & Olivia

It is the joy of my profession to be able to capture people and the story of their lives. I met Rita few years back when she was updating her business portraits. It was such a pleasure to photograph her again, this time with her teenage daughter Olivia. There's a beautiful bond between them that we captured for all time in timeless style!

Photography: Agnes Kiesz/Pure Studios
Hair & Make-up Artist: Sara/Elegant Make-up


Beautiful Inez called me looking for business portraits, but then opened up about the fact that she really wants to exist in photographs for her husband and two boys. We had such a wonderful Session and she blew me away with her beauty, both inside and out!

Photography: Agnes Kiesz/Pure Studios
Make-up Artist: Sara/Elegant Make-up

... and here's a look Behind The Scenes of Inez's Session:

Decorating with Portraits - 3 Easy Ways

Seaside scenes, landscapes and abstract works all have their place, but nothing will ever be as meaningful and cherished as beautiful portraits of you and your family. Your portraits displayed proudly celebrate your family, fill the rooms with it's history and simply make you smile every single day you look at them. They add indescribable warmth and make your home truly Yours.

Today I want to share with you 3 of my favourite, creative ways of decorating with portraits that are easy, elegant and modern!

  1. Gallery Wall

A Gallery Wall is such a creative way of displaying your portraits. It is always a big conversation-starter in our home. Sky is the limit here! You can mix different styles of frames to create a more eclectic look. To add a twist, I hanged the frames, but left the middle one leaning on the wall. You can add photographs to your wall as you create more memories and as your family grows!

  1. Portrait Shelf

A Portrait Shelf gives you so much freedom - you can move your portraits around, try different combinations and easily add to it as you go!

3. Sideboard Portrait Display

This is a very traditional way of decorating. My tip to make it more contemporary is to not only use frames! Right here I mixed frames with beautiful bamboo blocks to add versatility and depth.

Few last tips:

  1. Use mainly Black & White Photographs – they are timeless and will not create a messy look.

  2. Use Matts – even a small photograph in a matt looks elegant and grand!

  3. Choose Candid Photographs expressing emotion in addition to traditional portraits for Variety!

What are some of your favourite ways of decorating with portraits? How did you decorate your home? Do share - I would love to know!

Laura De Sanctis

Laura is a Holistic Nutritionist and Digestive Health Coach. It was wonderful to photograph her again. This Personal Branding Session took place mostly in the kitchen and was so colourful, fresh and fun!

You can find Laura at gowithyourgut.org

Photography: Agnes Kiesz/PURE studios

Here's a look at Laura's Personal Branding Session:

Daniel Pillai

I remember the first time I photographed Daniel two years ago. As outgoing and camera-experienced as he is as a Media Personality, he was still a little shy and even brought a friend with him for support. Since then, he was in front of my lens many more times and it has been such a treat to watch him on his journey of self-acceptance and self-love! He has developed into a confident human being who expresses himself freely and inspires other people to do the same.

Everyone should be touched by Agnes’ angelic artistry at Pure Studios at least once! What I find so amazing about Agnes’ work is her ability to truly “know” each of her subjects, discovering their personalities and their desires and allowing them to shine in front of her lens.

I have had several photo shoots with Agnes and each time she completely dedicates herself to understanding my purpose, my goals and my comforts making the experience working with her truly memorable and very personable. Throughout the shoots, she allows me to work out of my comfort zone by establishing an intimate connection with me - and through this all, my inner light is captured beautifully.
— Daniel Pillai

... and here's a look Behind The Scenes of Daniel's latest Personal Branding Session:

Annu Gaidhu

Some people have this LIGHT inside them...

Annu Gaidhu is a Yoga Instructor and Health Educator, she also holds Miss Canada 2014 title.

Photography: Agnes Kiesz/PURE studios

... and here's a look Behind The Scenes of Annu's Personal Branding Session:

João Vicente

João Vicente is a Media Professional with over 10 years of experience. Canadian-Portuguese community knows him very well as the Host and Producer of Canada Contacto. It has been such a pleasure to help João with updating his Personal Branding photos.

Photography: Agnes Kiesz/PURE studios