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

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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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.

Boudoir shoot à la Dita Von Teese with Marie

I wanted to try my hand at a little more boudoir and was inspired by Dita Von Teese.  She has the retro or vintage look all the while looking rather contemporary.  If found a model who when posed the right way looks so much like Dita she could be her sister.  We had a great time doing this shoot and hope that it will lead to more in the future.

Interested in doing a boudoir shoot with me that has a vintage twist to it?  Just contact me. I’ll be thrilled to oblige.

Enjoy the results of our shoot.

À la Dita

Dita Von Teese, inspiration for your shoot

Marie à la Dita, her idol

Contemplation 

Playful boudoir

Temptress

Vintage corsette with modern accessories,

50s and 60s Vintage Fashion Shoot at the Old Montreal Port

In June, I had the priviledge of working with an amazing hair and make-up artist called Tomoko Hidaka and a clothing stylist called Camille Perreault.  They managed to work together in order to help me make my vision of an outdoor vintage shoot come to fruition.

Vintage 50s Fashion look in Rue Des Artists, Old Montreal

Vintage 60s look in rue des Artists, Old Montreal

Old Port with the Jacques Cartier Bridge in the background

Vintage 60s look in at the Old Port in Montreal

50s Vintage Fashion or Retro Fashion Photoshoot, whichever you prefer

A few weeks ago I had the wonderful opportunity to work with Bobbi from Tarte Nouveau who is a creator of fastenator hats.  We thought it would be great to shoot these little hats on models as opposed to doing a catalogue type shoot that would just show case the hats.  In using models, we are able to show the public how these hats can be worn.

The day was very long as I live on the south shore of Montreal and Bobbi lives on the North shore, but once we reached our destination, the two models were ready and willing to do and try anything and any location to turn this into something wonderful.  We also must not forget Bobbi’s husband who was generous in feeding us both lunch and dinner.  He’s the type of guy a girl must hang on to.  However, I digress.

If you like what you see please do not hesitate to leave a comment, follow my blog or contact me.  As well, If you would like to obtain a wonderful little fastenator hat for yourself, check out Bobbi’s website at:  http://www.tarte-nouveau.ca/

 

50s Retro look brought into the modern era

Vintage setting using a retro color scheme

Look at me! Sweet Madame Blue

Blue Retro Fashion

Vintage Polly in Retro stair setting

Polly

Rose hat with pattern

Flapper Girl

Vintage 30s and 40s Flapper girl

Pink and white checkered hat

Retro Fashion

Pin-up style 50s vintage

50s Vintage

Black and white fastenator hat

Vintage look and hat

Fastenator hat

http://www.tarte-nouveau.ca/ to optain hats

50s Vintage Photoshoot in Old Montreal

A couple weeks ago I had the priviledge to work with two wonderful and amazing people who enabled me to produce some pretty darn good images for my vintage photography series.  These amazing people where Tomoko Hidaka a make-up artist who has been in the business for quite a few years and donated her time to my cause.  You can check out her work on her website at: http://www.tomokoh.com/tomokoh_makeuphaircreations/Welcome.html and the other amazing person I worked with was Camille Perreault who is a clothing stylist.  You can view her work on her website at:  http://camillepstyling.carbonmade.com/about.

I also worked with two great models Emilie Benoit and Emily O’Connor and was assisted by En JuLee.  All together we made an amazing team.

I am attaching a few images of my Vintage Shoot.  These were all done in Montreal near the waters edge.  The setting was beautiful and the temperature was equally cooperative (not always the case in our part of the world).  The clothing was supplied from H & M with some of the clothing and accessories being vintage pieces provided by myself and Camille.  This shoot was inspired by a Vogue shoot that I had run across a while back.

Hope you enjoy the images.  I will be posting more in a few days time.

50s Vintage inspired shoot done in Old Montreal

Ballerina style pose

Walkway in front of the St. Lawrence River

Glamorous Vintage Photo Shoot (4 to 5 Hours)

Glamorous Vintage Fashion Photo Shoot (4 to 5 hours)

Have you ever dreamed of being treated like a movie star? How about feeling like one?   Now you can, with an exceptionally unique vintage photo shoot.  This is an experience unlike any other.  You will arrive in our studios or we will go to a location of your choice.  You will be treated with drinks and hors d’œuvres to ‘get you in the mood’ while we discuss the actual shoot.  You will then be whisked away to get your hair and make-up (if you’re a woman) done.   Once you’re ready we will have approximately two to three hours to get that amazing shot we all dream about.  So treat yourself or someone you love today.

The experience includes:

  • Consultation on photography and clothing before the actual shoot day
  • Hair and make-up stylists
  • Hors d’oeuvres and drinks
  • Vintage props
  • 20 fully retouched high-resolution images via web or CD
  • 12 X 12 hardcover photobook(20 pages)
  • Montreal and surrounding areas
  • Periodically I go to Québec City


Vintage Fashion Shoot at Hotel Nelligan in Old Montreal

Last week I had the priviledge of being able to shoot some vintage fashion at Hotel Nelligan in Old Montreal.  The results were very dramatic and I was very satisfied with how the entire couple of hours evolved.  You will find below two of the images and there will be more to come.

Emilie, Vintage Fashion at Hotel Nelligan

Caroline - Vinage Fashion at Hotel Nelligan in Old Montreal