lifestyle photoshoot

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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Relationship Coach Fareen Jaffer

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It was great to work with Relationship Coach Fareen Jaffer!

Fareen has not just beauty but also infectious energy and a compassionate soul. Her Branding/Website Photoshoot was as fun as she is.

The most important word when it comes to Branding/Website Photoshoots is “consistency”. In the consultation before the photoshoot, we talk in detail about colours, style and mood of the photos so they can be consistent for a website and social media platforms.


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Realtor Sylvia Smith

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Meet Sylvia Smith, a GTA Realtor with extended knowledge about the investment market! Sylvia’s photoshoot was bright and effortless. Lavender is her favorite colour, so we made it the accent colour for this branding photoshoot. We were very lucky - lilacs were in full bloom the week of Sylvia’s photoshoot!

As with every Branding Photoshoot, the goal was to show Sylvia's professional persona and style. Lifestyle photography done in a tastefully decorated property is always a great idea for realtors. When choosing props, we kept in mind Sylvia's brand colours in order to create a very consistent look.


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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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Michelle Zare

Michelle Zare of Zare Paralegal

Michelle Zare of Zare Paralegal

Recently we got a chance to work with lovely Michelle Zare on her Branding/Website Photoshoot.

Michelle is the Founder of Zare Paralegal and has over a decade of experience in the field of WSIB law. With an educational background in social justice, Michelle started her practice with a vision to provide guidance and assistance to those who cannot advocate for themselves.

Michelle opted for strong branding colours with dominating white, red and black.

Our Creative Team:

Stylist: Christie Ressel

Make-up Artist: @makeupworx_meaghan

Hair: @koupistudios


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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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Nicole Blair Events

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Meet Nicole of Nicole Blair Events, an Event Specialist. Nicole specializes in planning and curating weddings and other events in Toronto and beyond. It was a pleasure to work with this girlboss on her Website/Branding Photoshoot because we’re both lovers of minimalist style! Black and white with touches of mauve and magenta was the timeless palette for Nicole’s photoshoot.

The most important word when it comes to Branding Photoshoots is “consistency”. In the consultation before the photoshoot, we talk in detail about colours, style and mood of the photos so they can be consistent for a website and social media platforms.

As with every Website/Branding Photoshoot, the goal was to show Nicole's professional persona and style. We made sure to capture headshots and lifestyle photography for all marketing needs! When choosing props, we kept in mind Nicole’s brand colours in order to create a very consistent look.

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