I realized I never officially introduced you to my Green couch, which is also my dream couch.
I bought this couch when I moved to my new apartment after leaving a relationship which was not working anymore. I have never been a materialistic person, and owning a specific brand or object has never been a goal of mine.
But I love interior design and I love beautiful spaces. I have never lived in a house where I picked the furniture. My former partner never “allowed” me to pick the sofa that I wanted. Everything had to be practical and cheap, aka brown and ugly.
So, when I moved to my new apartment, and I was finally in charge of decorating my own space for myself, I decided to buy this beautiful green velvet sofa from Article.
I had dreamed of a place where I would feel at home. A place where I could come home and feel good and inspired. In fact, I truly believe that living in a home which is uplifting and inspires you is key to help you become the person you want to be.
Now every time, I come home and I open the door, and I see my green couch (also known as the Freedom couch), I have a feeling of gratitude and peacefulness that I never had before.
Knowing that this place is my safe haven. That I can be whoever I want here and I can find peace and inspiration in this safe space. How wonderful is this feeling?
And if you want to see more home decor inspiration, feel free to follow me on Pinterest.
When I decided to focus on women’s portraits three years ago, my goal was to photograph women in every stage of their life. However, I did not get a lot of inquiries for maternity sessions or family sessions because I am not per se a “maternity photographer” and people don’t see me as a traditional “family photographer”.
But I have always been fascinated by portraiture, and by women, and maternity and motherhood is part of some women’s lives. And I am happy to document it!
So I was delighted when Paige (who won my silent auction for a Truth in You session at the Stollery Women’s brunch on January 27th) asked me if we could take some portraits of her 9-month-old baby and her. Absolutely yes!
This session was a dream. Paige’s makeup was done by Elizabeth Segura from Blushed Beaute. We shot at Paige’s house and she asked me to bring my flowers backdrop. And baby Lainey was absolutely adorable!
This is a quick edit in black and white because Paige and I both love black and white (our inspiration for the shoot was mainly black and white images from Vogue editorials!). But I had to share something today!
Wow! I can’t believe I never blogged these images of Mary in the forest, taken in 2017 in British Columbia. It’s about time!
Also, a portrait from this session has won a final place at The Voice competition organized by Clickin Moms and Click Magazine. And I got to win my own print of my photo!
The winning photo combines two of my favourite subjects to photograph: nature and a woman’s face. Maybe it will be the beginning of a series, actually. In fact, there is something magical about a woman photographed in a forest, surrounded by trees and leaves, sitting on the ground and celebrating her life and her beauty. So, I hope these photos make you stop and think for a second. Indeed, think of nature, think of the beautiful women in your life, think of what you want your images to be, and what you want people to feel when they see them.
For the technical details:
Photographed with a Nikon D810 and a Sigma 50mm 1.4
I just got this amazing backdrop and I would love to get some people in front of my camera.
First, I thought of doing a “marathon” day of shoots where I would have maybe 10 people coming in one day for a 30 min session.
However, I realized that I was doing these marathon shoots because everyone else was doing it. But to be honest, I hate being stressed and these days would be extremely stressful for me. One of my life goals is to live a peaceful life aligned with my values, and basically, these shoots would just kill my soul.
I love talking to people, I love taking my time, especially if I am photographing you. Even if it’s a 30 min shoot, I want to take the time to get to know you. I don’t want to rush you out the door if we are having a meaningful conversation.
So, I am breaking up with the marathon shoots, or mini sessions or whatever you want to call them.
But I still want to photograph you and offering affordable portrait sessions for people who need a good and simple portrait.
***We don’t even have to use this backdrop. We can use my plain walls or a beige backdrop.
So here are the details of these simple portraits: