model portfolio images | lee

Earlier this summer, I met up with Lee G of Orange Models Toronto to do a collection of shots for her portfolio. To date, she had mostly studio work in her book, so we did a mix of lifestyle, fitness and relaxed natural light portraits. Working with models who are just kicking off their careers is one of my all-time favourite things, and shooting with Lee was no exception. Wishing you the best of luck in all your adventures, miss Lee!

reimagined winter wedding in toronto

This has been my first winter in Toronto, and it's been a chilly one, so I was very enthusiastic about teaming up with some fellow wedding industry professionals to create a styled winter wedding that we would shoot indoors! During our initial brainstorming session, we talked about how we wanted to do a winter shoot that felt light and dreamy instead of heavy and dark. So instead of wrapping our bride in blankets and trekking into the snow, we decided to set our sights on a sunlit indoor space and create a styled celebration that felt like a warm haven on a cold day.

Here's our planner/stylist The Event Room to tell you more about our concept:

The inspiration for this shoot came to us after a heavy snowfall blanketed the city of Toronto, Canada — a once bustling city was transformed into a dreamlike snow globe, something truly magical to behold. We sought to capture the look and feel of freshly fallen snow, crisp winter skies with a softened urban/industrial vibe. 

Our vision for this styled shoot was a modern, reimagined winter wedding, light and soft, ultra-feminine with a masculine edge, the perfect affair for a stylish metropolitan couple. We incorporated a soft colour palette of snowy whites and icy blues, soft lines and layered textures. The main design elements featured a white on white sweetheart table setting, with lush and creamy florals, faux fur rugs and cozy pillows on Louis ghost chairs. Gold touches, pale blue chargers, crystal quartz prisms and fluffy cotton added warmth and depth to the delicate tablescape. The invitation suite and paper goods created by Paula Lee were modern, dreamy, soft, and like a snowflake, completely unique as they were artfully created by hand with beautiful white calligraphy on vellum. The dessert table followed suit, with macarons, a simple watercolour cake on white pedestals, and in the background a glowing neon heart sign. 

We fell in love with the idea of working with local Toronto vendors to create a unique local vibe. Uniting with graphic designer Elemenopee Design, we worked to make Toronto front and centre, with the backdrop of the shoot being a one-of-a-kind map of the City, with a heart spotlighting the venue, Artscape Youngplace. For our beautiful bride, we imagined two looks, an elegant white gown for daytime and a light-as-air black number for when the sun sets and the neon lights are aglow. 

The floral design was created by Karen of Cedar & Stone Floral Studio.

The elegant calligraphy was done by Paula Lee. I loved the white on vellum look.

This gorgeous white dress was provided by LoversLand, a super cool new boutique on Toronto's Ossington strip.

This awesome multi-frame map of Toronto was made by Elemenopee Design. See if you can spot the heart that marks the location of our shoot.

The cake and macarons were provided by the talented folks at Le Dolci.

As I mentioned, when we were imagining our winter wedding concept, we loved the idea of the bride changing into a dark gown for the evening portion of her day. This knockout number and chic accessories were provided by Clementine's Luxury Resale, a lovely new shop in Rosedale.

Thanks to friends at SOOP SOOP for lending us this pretty neon heart.

Thank you so much to all who contributed to this shoot!


Venue: Artscape Youngplace  //  Planning and styling: The Event Room  //  Photography and makeup: Dallas Curow  //  Floral design: Cedar & Stone Floral Studio  // Calligrapher: Paula Lee  //  Model: Anastasia/Orange Models  //  Bride's dress (white, Nicole Miller) provided by LoversLand  //  Bride's dress (black, Theyskens' Theory), shoes and gold necklacke provided by Clementine's Luxury Resale  //  Bakery: Le Dolci  //  Graphic design: Elemenopee Design  //   Rings: Brazen Design  // Crystal earrings: Kate Spade  //  Gold earrings and bracelet: Joe Fresh

portraits of olivia

Earlier this summer, I had the chance to photograph Olivia from Orange Models. She's a fresh faced model who's just getting started, but already shows a lot of promise. Her lovely demeanour and quiet grace will serve her well as she pursues this career, I'm sure of it. It was great to get to know her and discover that she just graduated from the same high school I attended in Burlington. Small world! Olivia, best of luck with the year ahead.

portraits of jada

Let me introduce you to one of the loveliest models I've ever met. This is Jada Jasmine (named by her parents after Jada Pinkett and her brother after a certain Disney princess) and she's a model with Orange Models here in Toronto. Last month, I met up Jada her and her wonderful mother, Juliet, to take some portraits for her portfolio. This fifteen-year-old high achieving student is going places, and will undoubtedly be inspiring others along the way.

Makeup and hair by me; styling by the three of us.