bridal beauty lookbook

portraits of samantha in toronto

I'd been wanting to meet Samantha for years after hearing how awesome she was from our mutual friend Christina. When I was looking for models for my bridal beauty lookbook, Christina sent me a message officially introducing us and recommending Sam for the project.  Luckily, she was on board and we found some time on a Friday morning in Toronto to meet up at Christina's shop, SOOP SOOP.

I did another soft and simple makeup look for Sam. This is one of my favourite looks for natural beauties who typically don't wear makeup. The trick is finding shades that complement a person's natural colouring, using a light hand, and blending like crazy. More details to come about this look and all the others when my beauty lookbook is ready later this year.

Sam, thank you so much for lending me your time for this project. You're even cooler than I'd expected, and I look forward to the next time we see each other!

portraits of shannon in owen sound

This is Shannon. She is one inspiring young lady who dedicates her life to helping others. She recently took time out of her schedule to help me work on my bridal beauty lookbook, and I couldn't have been happier to work with her. Her makeup look was really natural and youthful, with a touch of gold on the eyes and flushed cheeks and lips. I added some bright peach, coral and pink tones to her naturally strawberry dark blonde hair, which suited her really beautifully.

Shannon, thanks so much for helping out with my project. You were an absolute natural and a sweetheart and I hope to work with you again in the future.

portraits of katie in toronto

Katie was the second person to model for my bridal beauty lookbook. I met her at the beautiful home she shares with her husband, Eric. We did a soft and natural makeup look with big, flowy hair and shot the photos in her home and on her balcony. Katie and I first met, years ago, through the magic of the internet and mutual friends. She was one of the first people to volunteer for me over six years ago when I was building my porfolio after moving to Montreal. We met and shot at Hotel2Tango in Mile End, where Katie and Eric (both musicians) were in the middle of lending their talents to a friend's album.

It was so much  fun to photograph her back then, and even better now, many years later. Katie, you've grown even lovelier over the past few years and it's so great to have you in front of my camera again. Thanks for always being so generous with your time for my projects!

portraits of sara in toronto

I've been working on little projects this summer in my spare time. In the few open hours between shooting and travelling and editing, I've been doing more of the exact same things, but for my own side projects. One such venture is a bridal beauty lookbook. It will be a little booklet for my clients filled with different makeup looks to help them describe to me what they're seeking for their big day. It will essentially function as a beauty menu, and a jumping-off point from which we'll customize and tweak and create the perfect look for them.

After dreaming up the various looks, I've been testing them on some sweet models, people who have graciously offered their time and faces to let me experiment. My first volunteer was Sara, who I met when she was a bridesmaid at Staci and Dan's wedding. Sara was in town from Ottawa, and worked with me for a few hours in the sweltering summer heat of Toronto. In addition to the close-up portraits for my lookbook, we did some portraits, just for fun.

Sara, you're such a lovely lady. A big thanks to you and Lex for giving up a few precious hours of your weekend visit to come help me out. You're the best!