When I first met Alexandra and Ian over coffee, I noticed that they were two extroverted individuals that love deeply, stand up for justice and equality (they are active members and supporters in the LGBTQ community), and enjoy being playful and having fun. With Alexandra and Ian, I wanted to capture their energetic & outgoing personalities, but also their deep emotional side…
THIS is what I love to do!
Olga and Ilya are a free-spirited fun couple that are both very creative (singing, acting, painting, ect) - and just adorable together. So, I got SUPER inspired and asked them if they would like to partake in a styled photoshoot. They agreed. I was happy. and then got to work!
I really wanted to bring out their character and capture them organically as a couple. I decided that the words to describe them both were - playful & free - so I made it the theme of the photoshoot. I got my friend Sherry from Fun Flower Stand to make me a beautiful flower crown for Olga to wear - one with earthy tones and wild looking. I also went shopping (my favorite part!) for a dress I thought Olga would look great in and one that matched the theme - so I found one at Free People ! Lastly I got the amazing Lisa Kavanagh to do Olga's makeup for the day! She is amazing for anyone looking for a makeup artist for weddings or any other events. The location of the photoshoot was at Scarborough Bluffs on a beautiful sunny Fall day!
Thanks for being so naturally yourselves guys! You're the best <3
wowza, what a crazy year it's been thus far! It's brought upon so many changes in my life that I couldn't have even imagined a couple years ago. From getting to know Soren, to 5 months of backpacking around Asia, to getting my yoga teacher certification in India, to teaching yoga every Thursday in Toronto, to completely re-branding my website - it's truly been a year of change and courage.
Change... a word many of us are scared of: It brings out a sense of vulnerability; it drops us right inside the world of the unknown; it brings us to a state of un-ease, as if we're hopping on a pogo stick, unable to stand still. Yep - change is scary, but it is also extremely rewarding.
Have you ever thought about doing something you were scared of doing, but KNEW that if you DID IT, it could change you? That was me - about a year ago. I decided to listen to that voice of intuition and start the journey back to myself. After travelling for 5 months and doing a month long intensive yoga teacher training, I came home feeling refreshed, more mindful and more in-tune with who I am. Luckily, Soren was supportive of my solo journey (although it challenged both of us at times... maybe it did a lot... but we both learned and grew from it).
I came home, looked at my website and cringed at it. I wanted it to reflect more of my personality and the personality of everyone and everything I wanted to photograph. With lots of brainstorming and help from those around me, I came up with Northern Wildflower. The term wildflower became synonymous to "our true self" and it was a term that resonated with me a lot while travelling solo. I liked it so much that I was in contact with a minimalist tattoo artist in Thailand, deciding what kind of wildflowers to put on my forearm. After quite a few exchanges and lots of patience on his part, I couldn't settle on any of the designs so I never ended up getting one (just didn't feel right, yet). When Soren found out I wanted a tattoo of wildflowers, he panicked a bit (tattoos are for life after all) and asked why wildflowers? So I wrote him a pretty detailed email:
There it is - that's me - a wildflower from the north wanting to photograph other northern wildflowers.
I am so excited to focus my intention on capturing only the truest forms of who you are. Whether its who you two are as a couple , who you are as a family, who you are in your business ect... I love the natural shots, of you doing what you love, of you interacting with eachother or the enivironment. Just pretend I am not there! (okay, I know that is a hard one) - but you get it, right?
Stay tuned for more photo sessions and travel blogs!
Thanks for reading, Namaste <3