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Surprises and Inspiration

Let me just start by saying, this girl managed to surprise me through our entire session. Let me explain why:
Nikita contacted me to do one of my mini sessions this fall and I thought she and I had met previously at one of the Windsor Photographer & Model workshops, so I figured she just wanted some new portfolio updates! We planned for our session at Malden Park on what was originally Wednesday but due to our weird weather, we postponed until Saturday (thank goodness!!). When we finally met up on Saturday afternoon, the weather was absolutely beautiful with nothing but sunshine and a couple clouds. 

As with every client, before we started our session I asked her what kind of images she wanted to create today and if she had any inspirational images she loved that she could show me. She showed me her images and continued on to tell me that she had never done a photoshoot before but that she had always wanted to!! Now, I was confused as I knew I recognized this girl and thought it was from one of the workshops but she said she had never been to any! So we continued through Malden, started creating our images, and while I was guiding her this girl seriously surprised me with some BEAUTIFUL looks!! It's not very often that you get someone doing their very first photoshoot and they already give you some serious model vibes! I had taken about 15 shots at this point and was already so happy!! This woman was killing it!!

We moved to different locations where we actually got a little leg workout in (FEEL THE BURN!) going to the top of the hill where the skyline was visible. This is seriously a pretty amazing sight so if you're a Windsor local and HAVEN'T checked this spot out yet, you need to! Nikita continuously slayed these images and as we talked some more she mentioned how she's known me since high school and how one of the images I had taken of her back then at a Multicultural Festival was still one of her favourite images to date. Mind you, this was about 7 years ago when I had just picked up my very first DSLR! At this moment, I shouted "OH MY GOODNESS! WE WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL TOGETHER! THAT'S WHERE I KNOW YOU! And, I'm so sorry for your eyes that saw my very amateur work.."
She laughed and said that she'd been following my work since back then and although at the time she thought my amateur images were great, it's been even better to watch me grow and my style change. 

This really got me thinking about my roots and how sometimes it's good to just go back - sometimes waaaaay back - to your old work and just remind yourself of where you started and that everyone starts somewhere. This doesn't just apply to photography, either! Whether you are a fellow artist, a personal trainer, a model, an accountant, a landscaper, and everything in-between, we all started with a curiosity and desire to try something new and even if you knew it was going to take you a while to get on the same level as the people that inspired you in the first place, you did it anyways. Just like Nikita here, I took a chance on photography years ago because it interested me and now I could never imagine doing anything else for the rest of my life. If you've been waiting for a sign to go and try that new profession, hit the gym, start that hobby, go into that new program, this is it. Go out there and just get that thing that you're curious about because the worst thing that could happen is you fail and try something else, but maybe.. just maybe.. it'll be the start of a whole new life. 

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!

Seeing Differently

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of attending an InstaMeet (if you're unfamiliar of what that is, it's when a bunch of local photographers and aspiring models get together and take photos!) in London Ontario hosted by two of my friends, Tom Hortiz and Adam Knapper. I met SO many new, incredible people who share the same love for photography as me and I'm glad to call them all friends. After we spent almost 6 hours of shooting (and I even did some modelling!) a group of us who were left decided to continue the night and grab some grub at Crabby Joes which was just a table of lovely stories and laughs. Once the day was done, I was so extremely happy with all of the images I was able to get, I started editing the images immediately after arriving back to where I stayed for the weekend. 

I found myself in a rut, as most artists do, but it was for a completely different reason than usual. I normally find myself in a rut when I haven't shot in a while, but this time I had only been shooting weddings which although very lovely can diminish your creativity! Whenever I can't be creative, shoot, or even plan shoots, I feel empty. I realize how "emo" that sounds but photography is not just my career, it is my passion. Without photography, I am not the best me I know I can be. So, this is a thank you to every single person who attended the InstaMeet for making me feel so loved, appreciated, and beautiful. I can't believe I get to call all of you amazing people friends.

Without further ado, here is a collection of my very favourite images from that incredible day (in no particular order!).

MODELS IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE: 
- @kailyncozy
- @nikkicamara6
- @kidsnapz
- @neisa_long7
- @joshmankz
- @fvanpuyenbroeck
- @aidanrempel
- @christianaubino

"Aqua Woman"

ANGIE IS BACK!!
On Monday May 29th I finally got to see my favourite girl Angie after months of not seeing one another and we had such a blast! When Angie texted me to meetup and catch up and presented the idea of a pool shoot, I was ecstatic! I hadn't done a pool session before (not for professional purposes anyways) and I was finally getting the chance to see this chick and collaborate on something we both loved! 

Our day started off at her lovely home where we fired off so many photos and a couple different outfits. I'm not usually one to do a shoot in direct sunlight because as photographers, we are taught in school and out in the real world that "direct sunlight is bad" but after this session I really beg to differ! We managed to achieve the vibes and look we were going for and actually if it hadn't been for the direct sunlight, I don't think the images would've been the same! So I was already SUPER happy with how these were looking. 

Once we finished our little session, we proceeded to lunch at a cute little vegan/vegetarian place in Tecumseh called "Healthy Mama". We both ordered the "jackfruit pulled pork sandwich" and we both gave it and the restaurant a 10/10! So if you're in the area and haven't been to that place yet, GET YOUR BUTT OVER THERE! It was delicious and the service was lovely! 

I was SO excited about these photos, I had completely culled, edited, retouched and delivered them that same night and anybody who knows me knows that this is normal for me, haaha! I can't help myself! I think one of the best things about the way I run my business is that my clients can expect their images - in most cases - that same week. I like to post BTS (behind the scenes) images on my Instagram story during sessions, and it just doesn't make sense to make people wait weeks or even months before they can see the final product. That is just my personal opinion and the way I like to run my business, so if you do this and like doing it then keep doing you! 

As for the title of this blog post: usually during my editing sessions, I enjoy sending little sneak previews to the client to give them a peak into my process and because anticipation always KILLS them. Giving them sneak previews can put their mind at ease knowing that I'm working on their photos for hours at a time, and gives them the opportunity to give me feedback as I'm going along. ANYWAYS, as I was sending Angie her previews, she made a comment that made me laugh out loud. She saw the first photo in the collection (view below!) and said "WHO IS THAT AQUA WOMAN?!" and it stuck. I thought it was a cute little comment that fit quite well.

SO WITHOUT FURTHER ADUE, HERE ARE A COUPLE OF PHOTOS FROM THAT DAY!

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