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Jules in January (and LEARNING!)

This is basically a "Coffee and Cameras" Part 2! I lovelovelove coffee dates with this woman. We always have so much to talk about and catch up on and of course always have to spend half of our day photographing each other! One thing (among many things) I adore about Juliana is that she is eager to learn more about the ins and outs of photography and isn't afraid to ask for help. I'm so happy I'm in a position where young aspiring artists such as Jules can come to me for advice and for help!

When I was in that stage of my craft back in 2010-2011, there were so many things I wanted to learn and so many people I wanted to learn them from but I couldn't help feeling too scared or ashamed to ask questions. I figured, these people must've learned on their own so why would they just give me their knowledge? Things were quite different back then when it came to community and artists helping artists as well which definitely contributed to the way I felt. Back then people didn't want to share how something was shot or what they used to shoot it etc. (if you were in the photography world back then you know exactly what I'm talking about!) but I couldn't be happier that outlooks have changed and professional creators are so willing to help amateur artists. 

Sometimes I have to pinch myself when aspiring photographers come to me for advice, want to grab coffee and pick my brain, or even request to shadow me on a shoot because it simply doesn't feel real. If you would've asked amateur Haley if she thought she would be where I am now she probably would've said you were insane.

So, to all you young, aspiring creators of any form this is your reminder to ASK QUESTIONS! ASK FOR HELP! Reach out to the people you look up to because you should NEVER be ashamed of learning. 

Fall Mini with Rachel

When Rachel of Lively Creative Co. contacted me to book one of my mini sessions, I was ecstatic! This woman is such a talented photographer and all around beautiful human and we had been wanting to get together over coffee to chat about photographer things (of course!) so I was honoured when she asked me to create some new images for her. We got together for our coffee date where we discussed the details of her session, and just about everything you could think of! After a week of location scouting to find the perfect spot for her images, we decided on Amherstburg riverfront and it totally paid off! The weather was beautiful, the light was gorgeous, and this woman was radiant! Photographers photographing other photographers really is a blast! 

Rachel is a personal branding photographer working in Tecumseh and her work is absolutely stunning so if you're looking to get some beautiful, unique, personal headshots and professional portraits done for your new business, Rachel is your girl! I can't wait to work with her again in the future!

#HaleyAndAngieCreateMagic

Two weeks ago I got to spend four days at my grandmothers place in Lakeshore dog sitting and on day two of my stay, I had a SERIOUS itch to create something. My grandmothers yard is always so well kept and full of beautiful flowers, a weeping willow, and cute furniture. Her neighbour, Randy (we will come back to him in a minute), also has a beautiful piece of land which he always tells me I'm free to roam if I so choose as long as I've got bug spray handy! I already had this outfit set out for myself and I was going to try and take some self portraits, but it just wasn't working! I wasn't creating what I was envisioning. 

So on this Monday July 24th, I thought about who would be willing to come and take photos with me and after sending out a tweet I remembered my best gal pal Angie lived somewhat in the area and that she usually had Mondays free! I sent her a text and she was on her way over just under an hour later. I walked next door to Randys place, told him I had a friend coming to model for me and to ask if I could use his land as a location and he said to me
"My neice does some modelling! Her name is Angie Guenette!"
Well, if I had a little freak out that second and replied "NO WAY! THAT'S WHO'S COMING OVER RIGHT NOW!"
While Angie was on her way she had mentioned to her boyfriend, Andrew (who was with her for the shoot!), that the address I gave her seemed very close to her Uncles place and when she pulled into the driveway she realized her Uncle was my grandmothers neighbour! It was all too funny of a situation because Randy has been my grandmothers neighbour for as long as I can remember and Angie and I have been friends for a couple of years now but neither one of us had known about how close we actually have been all our lives! Funny how the universe works sometimes, huh?

Anyways, AS USUAL, Angie and I had a blast creating these photos for you and we got SO many mosquito bites but it was so worth it! As always, feel free to comment and share this post if you so choose and don't forget to follow myself and Angie on our Instagram accounts!
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Coffee and Cameras

This beauty right here is Juliana!! She's a fellow photographer here in Windsor Ontario (check out her Instagram!). Her and I met at one of the Windsor Photographer/Model workshops last summer and I thought she was the absolute cutest and sweetest girl. Recently, we became closer friends and we decided to have a photo day!
Before we could get what would be our first, much needed, coffee of the day, we had to roam around a little bit until the café was open so we made our way down to a little park by the river where geese like to hang out. We took some photos of the birds and then a man with a loaf of bread got out of his parked truck and said to us "I can feed the birds close to you and they'll come right up to you!" to which we said "HECK YA!". We spent a good 45 minutes killing time, taking photos of geese and getting them right up to us (face-to-face actually) wondering if we had food, too. It was a lot of laughs and it totally changed my outlook on geese. They're a lot more gentle than I thought!
After that, we made our way back and she took me to this adorable (and totally aesthetic!) café in Sandwich town called Sandwich Post Café where we had coffee, played a few games of "Connect 4" and talked about our aspirations. Once we finished our coffee, we went back outside to take some photos of each other which was SO much fun! It was a pleasure having this gorgeous girl in front of my camera and I can't wait to have another photo day with her! 
Now the part you've been waiting for, THE PHOTOS!  

Wake Up Call

My beautiful roomie Lauren and myself decided to take a night walk on Friday April 28th around our block in London, as it would be our last chance to just take a stroll around our area together since I would be moving the next day! While on our walk, we discovered some really cool little locations such as the beautiful blossoming tree and some ally ways. Lauren turned to me during our walk and said "some of these spots would be really cool for a photoshoot!" and continued dishing out shot ideas for me, and boy was that a proud "mama" moment for me. So, since we knew this would be our last chance for a while, we wanted to do this shoot together. The next morning we woke up at the crack of dawn and began our journey around the block with our coffee in hand. 

Lauren has grown so much as a "model" and I'm glad we were able to shoot one last time for a little while since I would be moving back to Windsor. During this shoot, I barely had to give her ANY direction and she came up with different, elegant poses on her own. She has no intention of modelling as a career or even for small time hobby photographers - in fact she told me I'm the only person she will offer to model for - but might I say she has gotten a LOT more comfortable in front of the camera since the first time she stepped in front of mine. What an absolute pleasure to have this lovely woman as a best friend and muse. 

Be sure to click on the photos to enlarge! 

xoxo

Oksana Fitspo

Oksana is a personal trainer, kickboxing instructor, and motivator to everyone and I was so excited when she contacted me for a session! I hadn't really had the opportunity to photograph fitness type portraits before so this was new for me and I had a blast! Oksana and I have known each other since we had been through grade school together so it is always nice to hear that old friends are keeping up with your work! 
Not only is she kick-ass strong, but she is CRAZY BEAUTIFUL! Such a kind, wonderful soul and it was an absolute pleasure working with her. Go over to her Instagram and give her a follow to keep up with her workouts, meals, and motivational posts! Check out some of my favourites from that day below!