video | special occasion

The day has finally arrived when I can share my latest project, a little video titled "Special Occasion" that I've been working on for many months.

I created this video to share my portraiture philosophy, which is that everyday life is precious and that in-between moments are deeply worthy of documentation. Yes, I photograph many weddings and engagements, and I continue to revere their importance, but I also wanted to express my love of photographing people moving through their lives and thoughtfully pausing at intervals to say, "this matters to me."

So please, take a few moments and listen to the stories of my wonderful models.

Special Occasion


Dallas Curow




It was important to me to take a documentary approach for this project, so everyone featured in the video is appearing as themselves, and I'm photographing them for the very occasions they mention. I wanted you to hear their stories in their own voices, so everyone either sent me their audio clips via email, or if possible, we recorded them on-site at the time of shooting.

I tried to put very little advance planning into these shoots. I didn't do storyboards or even shot lists. I wanted to push against my natural urge to plan in order to go with the flow of each person, couple or family and what the day brought us. Whenever possible (if people were willing to brave some inclement conditions) I tried not to reschedule due to rain or even snow, as I maintain that all types of weather can set a sumptuous scene. I shot in lighting conditions (high noon sun! dreary, overcast winter mornings!) that most photographers, including myself, find undesirable at best. The truth is that gloomy weather and bad light are not scary if you know how to use them to your advantage, so I thought this video might educate people about what you can do if you're willing to be a bit adventurous and have a trusting relationship with your photographer.

I am not a trained in video or editing, but I do know how to use my camera to shoot images and I like experimenting with its video functionality, so I thought it might be cool to take a DIY approach and show you how I work with people. I look forward to hiring a professional video team to help me produce a more polished video in the future, but until then, here we go!

I'll be sharing the finished images from all the shoots here on my blog in a series of upcoming posts, so you'll be able to see how everything turned out now that you've peeked behind the curtain of production. Each and every one of these people is lovely inside and out, and I'm excited to share their images now that you've heard their stories.

If you're interested in scheduling a shoot of your own everyday special occasion,

get in touch




To everyone involved in the project, thank you SO much. Lia, Jon, the Leon family, Meredith, Lorraine & John, Amy & Derek, the Claudino family, Sam, Noelle & Michael, Ann, Debbie, Maya & Matt, you guys are just wonderful. To my brother Jeremy and my partner in life Brian who helped film some behind-the-scenes footage. To everyone who recommended friends and family members to be my models. To Christina and Jordan for letting me film in your home. To Dolce, our animal actor and Ida, the official dog babysitter :) To Enoteca Sociale and Soop Soop, for being generous enough to let me take some shots in your businesses. To my local laundromat in Toronto's Little Portugal neighbourhood for being the perfect escape from the rain to take Sam's headshots. Lastly, to all my family and friends who helped me conceptualize and tweak this project along the way.


Director/photographer/makeup/styling: Dallas Curow  //  GoPro footage of Noelle & Michael's 1st Anniversary shoot: Jeremy Curow  //  Flower crowns in Lia's Boudoir shoot and Meredith's High School Graduation shoot: Jordan de Ruiter  // Filmed on location in Toronto, Burlington, Richmond Hill, Oakville, and Aurora, Ontario.

mothers, exist in photos

As winter draws to a close, I start getting excited about some of my favourite celebrations. My birthday and wedding anniversary are in the spring, just two days apart which makes for a fun few days. I also always look forward to Mother's Day, as it gives me a chance to celebrate with my mom and mother-in-law and let them know how much I appreciate them and all they do for everyone in their lives.

As some of you may know, my mom is a photographer herself. She gave me my first camera, would take glamour shots of me and my childhood friends at my birthday parties, walked me though everything I needed to know before shooting my first wedding, and supports my dreams every day. She will be the first to admit that while she was busy taking beautiful images of our family's story all throughout my life, she spent most of her time behind the camera. The rare photos we have that she is in are extra special to me. I treasure each image that shows her as the strong and inspiring woman she is.

I'd like to encourage all mothers to step out from behind the scenes or behind the camera and be in the photos with their kids of all ages. Inspired by photographer Sue Bryce and her #ExistInPhotos campaign, I created this video with the help of my friend Alex and her daughter Whitney.

With Mother's Day approaching, I would love to photograph mothers and their children together. I'm keeping some dates open in my calendar in late April and early May, so please get in touch if you're a mom who would like to book a portrait session with her kids, or if you'd like to treat your mom to some family portraits. Let's make some memories together!

lovely moments video

Good morning! I'm taking the day off today to take some much-needed time away from my computer. But before I go, I just wanted to share a little video I've been working on. I realized at some point this month that I had a year and half's worth of video clips that were just sitting around. so I wanted to give them a home. These are some great memories from July, 2013 up until last month. The footage was shot in Madison, New Glarus and Spring Green (WI), Chicago, Toronto, New York, Vancouver and Owen Sound.

Thank you to all my family and friends who are featured in the clips. I'm looking forward to working a lot more with video in 2015.

our third anniversary

Today is our three year wedding anniversary! This past year has been a grand adventure, and I'm so grateful to have this man by my side throughout it all. I usually write a letter on our anniversary, but this year I'm doing things a little differently because I FINALLY finished editing our wedding highlights video! The footage is quite dark and this video is very lo-fi, but it captures the essence of the day and brings back so many amazing memories. On one hand I can't believe the time has gone by so quickly; on the other, I can because so much has happened in between then and now. We've grown and we've travelled and we've moved (many times) and our love has evolved in myriad ways. Much has changed but you're still the mumbling dreamboat I fell for nearly 10 years ago. Happy anniversary, Brian!
Dallas & Brian Wedding Highlights from Dallas Curow on Vimeo.

Note: you guys will know from all my other videos that I always used licensed music. This time I didn't because it was really important to me to use the songs we actually played on our day. This video is only for personal use, not commercial, and I'm just sharing it here because you are my friends and readers and I thought you might like to see it too. I have another new video coming up soon that will definitely use only licensed music, promise!