Kathryn is one of my all-time favourite people. Fate brought us together and we laugh as we continue to find out just how connected we are: Someone relatively new to me is oftentimes well-known to Kathryn; it is through a random chain of events that we then discover the small degree of separation. At 23, Kathryn is well on her way to knowing exactly what she wants for her future and is working hard to achieve it. She is an excellent hair stylist -- so much so that LeMarLUXE in Prescott, Ontario immediately snatched her up upon graduation to add to their team of talented stylists ; in fact, Kathryn's work can be seen on just about every one of my Contemporary Portrait subjects. This time, however, it was Kathryn's turn to be in front of the camera and not working behind it. By her own account, she was totally out of her comfort zone, but you wouldn't know it. Beauty like that -- that comes from within -- cannot be held back or affected by mere nerves. Thank-you, Kathryn, for taking the risk, exposing your beauty and knowing that "life begins at the end of your comfort zone". xox
I have yet to meet someone who could transform themselves as easily as Joudel does into so many amazing and stunning looks. Fresh-faced and youthful, Joudel could easily pass as a teen -- you would have NO idea she is a mother of FOUR very young children. Makeup on and hair styled, Jodi becomes a siren, projecting style, elegance and glamour. Jodi can go from girl-next-door to royalty to seductress to ethnic beauty to demure bride -- all within a matter of minutes. Good thing because Jodi has signed on with MIM, Models International Management. She has her own Facebook page showcasing some of her work and can be found at: Jodie Janoska. What an absolute pleasure it was for me to work with Jodie to create portraiture that reflects both her inner and outer beauty.
It's hard to get Gloria to stop smiling -- but who would with a smile that genuine, warm and inviting? I don't think I have had someone enjoy their session as much as Gloria did: she smiled, laughed and danced throughout. For a short time, she wasn't Gloria, Jason's wife and mommy to very little ones, Jaz and Micah: she was Gloria focusing on Gloria, having fun, letting go of everyday life and the responsibilities that come with it, radiating confidence, good-naturedness and balance. A perfect session. I smile everytime I look at your pictures, Gloria, remembering how much fun you were having. xox
I love it when I work with women who are strong, confident, healthy and inspirational. At 65, Mrs. C. is all that -- and more. She is a wife, mother and grandmother who not only prioritizes her family, but also herself, eating well, exercising (she kick-boxes!) and taking great care of her health and well-being. And it shows. She's a spunky little package -- her husband affectionately calls her his "CEO" -- who has beauty, brains, health and personality all caught up in one. Thank-you, Mrs. C. for the privilege of photographing your strength and elegance. xox
Oh, Angela, you are SASSY and SPUNKY and just plain FABULOUS. Angela proves boudoir and glamour can be fun, energizing and full of laughter. Angela is inspirational: a mother of two working in a typically male-dominated profession, she prioritizes good eating, health and fitness -- and has a great time doing it with her family and friends. I love that she is healthy, confident and happy -- and it shows. xox
Whoever says teens have a tendency to be impatient, has yet to met Mekayla. A delayed turnaround did not phase this girl: she has had the patience of a saint waiting on her images to be showcased. She also displayed such grace and maturity during her session, weathering the summer heat with smiles, good-naturedness and great style. (Oh, and she's a ham.) At 14, one can already see the beautiful woman -- inside and out -- she will become. Thank-you, O'Grady Family, for allowing me the honour of photographing your "little girl" as she moves on to another phase in her bright, bright future. xox
Colleen is one part Portrait of a Lady and one part 50 Shades of Colleen: Classy, elegant and smoking hot. Can you believe this woman is in her 50's? We should be so lucky to look this fabulous! What a fun, fun, fun session too -- lots of laughing, smiling and carrying on -- definitely one of my favourites. (It is said that the fruit doesn't fall too far from the tree and apparently Colleen has a smoking hot mother and daughter too -- oh what I'd give to do a multi-generation mother-daughter beauty session with this trio! ) Colleen, it has been my pleasure meeting you and working with you! So grateful we have crossed paths.