the feeling of fragrance | roses

It's time for the next edition of my The Feeling of Fragrance series, where I show you the final image that was included in my collection, then share some other options and talk about the stories behind the images. Today I'm sharing shots from my "Roses" portrait. Here is the image from the show:

These portraits were shot in late September, 2014, just around the corner from my apartment. We shot in the quickly fading light of dusk, with almost no direct light. In fact, many of these portraits were done after the sun had set using only the lingering ambient light and shot at a high ISO. I chose the shot above as my final image after much internal debate and suggestions from family and friends. I landed on that image because it captured the feeling of buying or receiving a giant bouquet of roses, and the buoyant effect their aroma can have on your mood. I think my friend Paige did a wonderful job of embodying that blissful feeling where just for a moment your reality is elevated by a fragrance alone.

The coolest thing about prepping for this shoot was walking home from different flower shops with all the roses I bought. Almost every person I passed would break into a grin when they spotted the bouquet. A lot of people even said "aw, for me?" or "congratulations!" as they passed.

I wanted this look to be very natural. Paige arrived with her hair and makeup done, so I just added a few touches of products that I always use for natural light portraits, such as luminous cream and extra blush. And though it took me a few tries to get the colour right, I finally found the perfect lip shade to complement Paige's both colouring and the roses. Part of the reason I asked Paige to model for this portrait is that I thought her peaches and cream complexion and vibrant hair would look really lovely with the multi-hued roses.

While scouring the entire west end of Toronto for roses (I'm not exaggerating!) and finding so few, I discovered that early fall is when many florists have their lowest stock of roses. Obviously they stock up for the holiday season, Valentine's Day and springtime, but apparently roses just don't sell well in the fall. Luckily, I found Poppies, and the friendly ladies who work there were able to help me. The introduced me to the creamy/pale yellow roses in the bouquet known as Crème de la Crème, which are incredibly gorgeous and startlingly fragrant.

Paige, thank you so much for spending an evening with me in your very chic outfit. I appreciate your time and assistance so much!