Portrait Possibilities: Styling & Posing for Portraits

Portraits don't have to be boring or feel like a different version of you, and to illustrate that I shot this concept last Friday with the intention of showing how portraits can actually be uniquely tailored to you. With just a few simple changes you can completely shift the feeling and mood of a photo. I teamed up with hair and makeup artist Katie Elwood to produce 3 looks in 3 hours in the same location. 

Our beautiful model Claire had her makeup done once, we switched up her lip colour, hair, outfit, and poses to quickly achieve three looks and show different versions of not only who Claire is but how a portrait can be used to tell a story about you.

- classic makeup & naturally styled hair
- all black outfit
- a variety of expressions (smiling, laughing, serious)
- white backdrop & chair with armrest

Posing: powerful posing (ie. standing and sitting in a chair WITH an armrest)

bright lip colour added & hair pulled to the side
- black shirt from first look
- no smiles
- white and black backdrop for moodiness
- tight shots so less context visible
- use of props to shoot through

Posing: feely, moody, and mysterious posing (ie. eyes closed generates a feeeeeeeling that is more intimate, the addition of a black backdrop and props makes it interesting)


- netural lip & fun bun hair
- an outfit that shows personality: I asked Claire to bring one outfit that she felt the most herself in
- vibrance, bright eyes, smiles

Posing: playful, fun, comfortable posing (I asked Claire to sit on the ground and just get comfy)

So, the whole point here is that portraits and headshots don't have to be boring. They can be fun, playful & professional. You can still feel like you. 

Katie and I are excited to be teaming up to offer portraits like this at a special rate on December 9 & 10 - check details here


Inspiration Walls & Sanity

Being a photographer means a LOT of time in front of a screen - preparing photo briefs, keeping up with administrative responsibilities like email and invoicing and generating new business, and then editing, culling, uploading, etc etc etc blah blah blah...

So, lately I've found so much joy in finding other ways to both do what I love AND stay sane. This means working with my hands, cooking a lot, riding my bike to and from the office (when the rain doesn't stop me...) and playing with flowers. 

For the last couple months I, with the help of a lovely team, have been planning our first-ever Florals & Fotos Workshop, happening tomorrow at L'Atelier. I'm soooo excited. 

And I also put together an inspiration wall at home for the Impressed App blog. Check out the photos below. 

Happy creating!

Rustic Autumn Picnic: Styled Shoot

I spent the last couple weeks on the east coast, first exploring and being inspired in New York City and then home to Ottawa for Thanksgiving with my family. I also had intentions of making some creative connections in my hometown of Ottawa, and with the help of an amazing community pulled together a last-minute styled shoot.

The vision was centred around an earthy, rustic fall picnic. I wanted to focus on rich, earthy textures, subtle desserts, and cool, autumn colours (no orange pumpkins allowed). The moody editing brings out the richness of the changing season.


Florals by Pollen Nation Floral Studio.
Props by When Sparks Fly Events.
Desserts by Serendipity Cakes
Photography by me

Shoot Location: Nicolls Island in Manotick.