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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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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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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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Writer Kate Freiman

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Meet award-winning, national best-selling writer Kate Freiman. Kate is an author behind many romance novels and Toronto is her home. In her private life, as she says, Kate tends her garden, fixes things that break and finds things that get lost, reads voraciously, and acts as personal assistant to two cats, a dog and a horse. ⁣
⁣Kate’s elegance and poise truly impressed and inspired me. I’m so grateful she trusted me to capture her. Our Stylist for the photoshoot was Rinat Samuel.

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