Mother/Daughter Elegant Photoshoot

When people arrive in my studio, my ultimate goal is to give them an amazing experience where they will leave and have had a fun, exhilarating day.  I recently did a shoot whereby the mother only wanted pictures of her daughters taken.  I managed to convince her to join in the fun and have her hair and make-up done and have a few shots taken with her daughters.  I even went as far as to convince her to borrow one of my black gowns for some rather elegant portraits of herself.  Below are some of the results.

Getting all prettied up

Getting Ready

young girl drressed in a tutu and looking like a little ballerina

young girl drressed in a tutu and looking like a little ballerina

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Pensive

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Little ballerina

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Little Fairy Princess

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Little Princess

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All Grown UP

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Two Peas in a pod

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The ‘Girls’

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Beautiful Smile

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Young Looking Mother of Teenagers

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Elegant Portrait

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Elegant Portrait in Black

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Typical Teenager

All Grown up Beautiful Teen It's all in the Eyes

 

Vintage Inspired Wedding Shoot at Château St. Ambroise in Montreal

A few months back, I did a vintage inspired wedding shoot at Château St. Ambroise in Montreal with the wonderful Fanny Wong and MUA Kitty Mann,  Here are some of the results of that shoot.  The enitre shoot was conducted with ambiant light only.  So no flash, a high ISO and at times a reflector.  Enjoy the results.

As we women know wearing high heels all day long can get quite painful, so here is an image 'au naturel' in regards to shoes

As we women know wearing high heels all day long can get quite painful, so here is an image ‘au naturel’ in regards to shoes

Thinking on the big Day

Thinking on the big Day

Stairs and Passageways

Stairs and Passageways

One eyed Bride

One eyed Bride

Giggles in the Maze

Giggles in the Maze

Bannisters and Lines

Bannisters and Lines

Framed

Framed

Hats and Hands

Hats and Hands

Backlit Window

Backlit Window

Pretty in Flowers

Pretty in Flowers

Woe on Black

Woe on Black

Cars at Château St. Amboise

Cars at Château St. Amboise

The Making of a Glamour Photoshoot with Me

Women often wonder what happens during a glamour/fashion photoshoot. This video will give any woman considering treating herself to such a fun and unique package a good idea of what happens behind the scenes to get those amazing shots.

With Edith Ross Photography you will be made to feel like a star.

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The Making of a Glamour Shoot

Sapa – North Vietnam

During our travels to Vietnam, Sapa was probably the most eye opening, beautiful and destabilizing of all.  However, in the three weeks that I was in Vietnam, I will remember the people of Sapa the most and I was only there for two days.  I could have spent weeks here and never gotten sick of the place or the amazingly nice people.  The children were cute as buttons, the women so hard working and strong in both mind, body and spirt it was humbling, the men, kinda scarce.

On our first day in Sapa we travelled to the Bac Ha Market to see how the locals traded and lived.  It was a feast for the eyes. The colors, the smiles, the bartering and bargaining was enjoyable.  It always amazes me that some tourist will squable for a buck when these hard working people have so much less then we do.  Share the love people.  Very enjoyable to see how they lived, work and socialized.

Our second day was spent trekking with the Sapa Sisters.  This is a very small organization of a few women who are trying to empower women in their country.  They give trekking tours in the rice fields and villages and are absolutely charming, entertaining and knowledgeable.  They are also very good with the english language and are pretty easy to understand.  When we went I was disappointed at first because it was raining and misting and we debated on cancelling the trek.  But we had taken an overnight train from Hanoi to see Sapa and I didn’t want a little rain to deter us.  So we I rented some mud boots (they had none in my husbands size) and we bought cheap rain coats and off we were.  Our Guide Pen was absolutely awesome.  We were also followed by two other young women who one day aspired to be tour guides and followed us for 7 hours in order to sell us some of their goods but also to try and learn english.   In the end they saved both my husband and I from slipping and falling in the mud quite a few times and deserved the big tip we gave them.    I had also brought along some warm clothing for the children and this were handed out by our guide to everyone she knew.  She only kept one item for her daughter.  Quite different from our culture.  So when we said our goodbyes to Pen, I gave her my fur lined hoody.  She was so taken aback that she tood a bracelet off her arm and very gently put it on mine.  Needless to say, I still wear it today.  So if you are ever in Vietnam, don’t miss a trek with the Sapa Sisters, you will not be disappointed.

Check out my post on the Children of Vietnam to get a better insight into these amazing little ones.

Tribes women

Tribes women

Rice fields,  These are all done by hand.  No heavy machinery here.

Rice fields, These are all done by hand. No heavy machinery here.

Young woman selling bags to tourist at the Bac Ha Market

Young woman selling bags to tourist at the Bac Ha Market

Shoes

Shoes

Woman selling yams

Woman selling yams

Woman watching the men negotiate the sale of a water buffalo

Woman watching the men negotiate the sale of a water buffalo

Water buffalo, they run wild on the farms and are used to work the fields.

Water buffalo, they run wild on the farms and are used to work the fields.

Wise old woman in Bac Ha

Wise old woman in Bac Ha

Woman selling their vegetables at the market

Woman selling their vegetables at the market

Young woman of Bac Ha

Young woman of Bac Ha

Wise old woman of Bac Ha Market

Wise old woman of Bac Ha Market

Eating lunch in a village house in Bac Ha

Eating lunch in a village house in Bac Ha

Elder of the family

Elder of the family

Woman and child

Woman and child

Sapa, this was one of the recipients of clothes that I had brought.

Sapa, this was one of the recipients of clothes that I had brought.

This was a woman from the Red Dao village tribe

This was a woman from the Red Dao village tribe

One of the young women who followed us and aspired to one day be a guide.  She was trying to learn english.

One of the young women who followed us and aspired to one day be a guide. She was trying to learn english.

Trekking with Sapa Sisters

Trekking with Sapa Sisters

Trekking

Trekking

Trekking

Trekking

When we stopped for lunch, our Guide Pen was giving out the childrens clothes I had brought.  This woman was a happy recipient.

When we stopped for lunch, our Guide Pen was giving out the childrens clothes I had brought. This woman was a happy recipient.

Another happy Sapa Woman

Another happy Sapa Woman

On the left our Guide Pen with our two 'followers' and another young recipient of children's clothing and accessories.

On the left our Guide Pen with our two ‘followers’ and another young recipient of children’s clothing and accessories.

View from our lunch cafeteria

View from our lunch cafeteria

Our guide Pen's aunt in her home.

Our guide Pen’s aunt in her home.

Woman working at her sewing machine.  It was really dark in the house and all she had was a little light on top of her head with lots of smoke coming from the fire on the ground.

Woman working at her sewing machine. It was really dark in the house and all she had was a little light on top of her head with lots of smoke coming from the fire on the ground.

Woman at work in Sapa

Woman at work in Sapa

Getting a helping hand from Pen.

Getting a helping hand from Pen.

Just a 'little' muddy

Just a ‘little’ muddy

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay is in the China Sea and is a Unesco protected area.  The cliffs and mountains of this beautiful area are simply breathtaking.  The movie Avatar (the floating mountains scenes) were filmed here and no wonder.  Movies, pictures, postcards, it’s very difficult to give this area justice.  However, In our travels I took many, many pictures of this area, and even though I’m pretty good with a camera, I was never satisfied with the result.  It is so much more beautiful to be there and smell the smells, and feel the warmth and colors and just feast on this beautiful area.

Tourist boats on this beautiful bay

Tourist boats on this beautiful bay

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This boat is the Dragon Pearl and was the exact same boat that we were on. We were on the more recent Dragon Pearl II

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Fisherman in Halon Bay, note the impressive mountain formations.

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Fishermen in Halong Bay

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Typical fishing village anchored to the side of a mountain in Halong Bay. There are thousands of such formations. How they find where they live is beyond me as most formations look very similar.

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Squid fishing boat. These fishermen go out at night and turn the lights on, on their boats. This attracts the squid.

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Not a big yard to run and play in. Sitting on the beams of the house.

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The market comes to the fishing village.

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Josephine Inspired Vintage Shoot

Josephine Baker sashayed onto a Paris stage during the 1920s with a comic, yet sensual appeal that took Europe by storm. Famous for barely-there dresses and no-holds-barred dance routines, her exotic beauty generated nicknames “Black Venus,” “Black Pearl” and “Creole Goddess.” Admirers bestowed a plethora of gifts, including diamonds and cars, and she received approximately 1,500 marriage proposals. She maintained energetic performances and a celebrity status for 50 years until her death in 1975. Unfortunately, racism prevented her talents from being wholly accepted in the United States until 1973. (quote from the official Josehpine Baker website http://www.cmgww.com/stars/baker/about/biography.html)

This is a tribute to her marvelous performances and talent.  This was Krystyna’s idea, she did her own hair and makeup as she is a makeup artist and we put the wardrobe together.  She was an absolute joy to work with, following direction and inputting her own inspiration as the day unfolded.

Please enjoy the images.

Pretty in pink with Krystyna

Killer Smile

Posing

Posing was second nature to Josephine, here Krystyna plays the part beautifully

Thinking of her next performance

Contemplation

Serious at the keys

Serious at the Keys à la Josephine

Comedic Act

Look at me clowning around

Boudoir Photoshoot with a look at Before and After.

I recently did a photoshoot with a beautiful you woman.  Everyone believes that they can take a good picture with their point and shoot camera or their iphone’s, blackberry’s etc.  However,  the difference between a good picture and a great picture takes planning.  Make-up, hair, clothes, setting up the sceen, how do you want to be represented, and lastly post-production or retouching.  I wanted to show everyone how a little planning will get you the great shoot.  Check out the following:

 

Before & After

Boudoir Photography

Getting your model comfortable and posing her to get her best feminin angles.