Category Archives: Fashion Photography

Beachy Bohemian Chic Bridal Session

What an amazing, incredible, unbelievable few months we have had. We’ve been very busy photographing heaps of weddings and engagement shoots in Toronto and globetrotting to exotic destinations shooting some pretty unreal weddings (coming soon!) But that’s not all… We have also been photographing some fabulous styled shoots and our work has been published on such blogs as WedLuxe, Style Me Pretty and now Australia’s go to wedding blog for Aussie brides, Polka Dot Bride. Since we split our time between our Toronto, Canada and Perth, Australia studios we have the awesome opportunity to share our international work with our readers from both sides.

We loved working with Wedding Planner extraordinaire Crystal Adair-Benning from Distinct Occasions on this shoot. She is an amazing talent that dreamed up the concept for the photo shoot. Like us, Crystal divides her time between Toronto, Canada and Perth, Australia catering to the wedding seasons in both countries.

I have to say that this bridal session was a lot of hard work but equally as fun. The shoot was so inspirational! When we saw the concept come together it was some serious eye candy for us photographers.

The rugged Australian terrain was so beautiful to photograph. I love the way the trees twist and curl in the background. Perth’s landscapes are just phenomenal! We feel so blessed to get to live in such a beautiful place.

Crystal flew over to Bali and found these amazing little pieces in Ubud for the shoot. The Balinese umbrellas are so detailed and gorgeous and the little baskets and bowls were an amazing find. It makes me want to do a little shopping trip of my own 🙂

Acscents Floral’s did the wedding flowers for this bridal session. They are absolutely amazing and this is why Dave and I chose them to do our flowers for our wedding last February at Cottesloe Civic Centre!! Val, the florist, has such a creative eye. She creates interesting designs, more like floral works of art. I love the design she created for this shoot. Gorgeous floral’s trailing out of this unique nautilus shell.

Isn’t the light in Perth, W.A. out of control! I love breezy, glowing images like this.

I love this Kuste VW Kombi we had the pleasure to photograph during the bridal session. Why not get creative with you wedding and drive your crew around in style in this sweet ride.

For it’s age, it was amazing that this vintage Kombi was so immaculate. It was like new and an amazing detail for our shoot. Sooo beachy chick. Doesn’t it just make you want to load it up with friends and have a bbq on the beach.

Thanks to all of our Perth wedding vendors that took part in this day full of fun, you guys are the best. A special thanks to Rosin from Alpha Models for our stunning model Anique.

Infinity Dress Fashion Shoot

Hello readers!! I know it’s been a while since we’ve chatted but we’ve been SO busy around here! This month alone we’ve photographed multiple baby shoots for my new site Rainbow Eleven, Sandrina and Jay’s and Lelia and Matt’s awesome weddings.  And in no time (3 days to be exact) we’ll be shooting Fiona and Bobby’s incredible beach wedding on the white sands of the gorgeous Mayan Riviera, Mexico! Phew! You can see why we haven’t had much time to chat. I thought November was supposed to be the off season, lol!! Before we hit the tarmac for Mexico, I had to post this awesome fashion shoot I recently photographed with my great friend and favourite model Ada A!

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Ada, as you can see is stunningly gorgeous and an absolute pleasure to photograph. When planning this fashion shoot for the Infinity Dress, I just couldn’t think of a better model.

Hehehe, I love this shot below… Our dogs Fritzi (left) and Greta (right) got in on the fun.

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Ok time for a fun fact!!!  Ada is currently in the running for Miss Universe! How cool is that? I truly believe she possess all of the attributes of a perfect Miss Universe so I have no doubt in my mind she’ll take home the crown 🙂 If you’d like to take a moment to help Ada get closer to winning the title please vote here, Ada  is at the top the list of contestants and you can vote up to 5 times a day!!

WOAH… I love the fluidity and motion of  these shots… Watch out Marilyn!

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Thanks so much Ada, you we’re an awesome model once again!! Ada will also be featured as a model in our next Wicked Wedding Workshop here in Toronto. We’ll post more info and dates on our new, bigger, better, information overloaded wedding photography workshops coming soon!

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One Haute Engagement Session

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Wow, this was one smokin’ hot shoot! And what a stunning couple, meet Simon & Noel! While planning their engagement session, they mentioned that they’d love to have a high fashion vibe to the shoot to really give their images drama and elegance. With three wardrobe changes and some of the most beautiful gowns I’ve ever seen you can see how putting that little extra into styling the engagement shoot really does wonders! Honestly, with the gorgeous and style savvy couples who hire us, Dave and I should really open up a modeling agency ;).

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Many of our recent couples have asked to shoot at the Berkeley Church. I guess they’ve been checking out our blog and all of the great wedding photography workshop photos we’ve taken there. Like us, they think it’s one of Toronto’s best photography locations! As you can see from this shoot we managed to get a totally different look to the shoot from Sara & Hami’s engagement pictures. There are just so many options… My goodness, I do love the Berkeley Church :).

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These guys were so fierce, the pic above could easily be used in a Chanel ad! What a dress. Noel, I must know where you got that turquoise number, absolutely stunning!

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Oh, how awesome are Noel’s shoes, all of you shoe addicts out there know what I’m taking about… Christian Louboutin… Helllloooo!!! I am totally hitting up the Louboutin boutique when we go to Paris next week! Louboutin shoes, with their trademark red sole, are as desirable as they come. I’m pretty sure it’s an essential destination for any fashionista in Paris. I don’t know if Dave will actually let me through the doors with my credit card but looking is free, right!?!

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Wow, another jaw-dropper! Love this one below, it’s just fabulous. You can tell Simon loves Noel sooo much I couldn’t believe how he proposed. Talk about popping the question… Simon and Noel had their first date down by the docks on Polson st, here in Toronto. When he asked Noel to be his wife he wanted to bring an element of their first date into the proposal. Simon arranged for a Helicopter to drop them at the helipad at the end of Polson street and a limo drive to a private table he had arranged on the beach. Awaiting their arrival was a 5 star chef with a fabulous meal for the occasion. Oh no, wait, it gets better! After the private dinner for two on the beach, Simon took Noel home for a surprise engagement party with all of their friends and loved ones waiting to celebrate the next chapter of their lives together! Wowza, good work Simon, now that’s a proposal!!!

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Our high fashion engagement shoot wrapped over a cup of coffee in Toronto’s Distillery District. Thanks guys for another fab shoot at the Berkeley Church! Congrats to you both, you make an amazing couple!

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Suzie McNeil Photo Shoot

Celebrity hair stylist, Roger Dukeshire, is excited to be releasing a fun and fantastic new line of hair products, Silky Strands!! As a part of the launch, his ad campaign will feature some of his Toronto celebrity clients and their fabulous hair. Our first shoot was with singing sensation Suzie McNeil! Some of you may recognize this singer/songwriter and vocal powerhouse from her latest tour with P!NK! Suzie McNeil just released her sophomore album “Rock n’ Roller”, featuring her latest Top 20 hit “Let’s Go”. Dave and I were pretty stoked to have this exclusive photo shoot with such and icon, her song “Hung Up” is one of my favourite songs!! Suzie also appeared on the hit reality show Rock Star INXS, blowing away the viewers and judges with her powerful pipes.

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Suzie’s song “Believe” is also well known as the anthem for the 2010 Olympic games and also the very popular reality TV show, “The Biggest Loser”. For the shoot Roger really wanted show off Suzie’s style and of course, beautiful hair. Roger is so talented, he just has this amazing ability to transform your look and make you shine! I love his work and his products, they’re so incredible.

If you haven’t yet, run out and buy Suzie’s latest album. We know you’ll love it as much as we do! A BIG, big thanks to Suzie and Roger for choosing us, we had an awesome time shooting with you both!

Carnival Nationz Launch Party & Fashion Show

We just got back from doing one of the most fun and exciting shoots we’ve ever had…The Carnival Nationz Launch Party/Fashion Show to kick off this years festivities! Check out our pics on the web site !!! This was way more incredible then we could have ever expected and an absolute overload for the senses.

Dave and I were on opposite sides of the stage shooting the Fashion Show and couldn’t resist boogie-ing a little to the beats in between shots lol!!

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Look carefully… Dave grabbed this awesome shots of the models in the reflection in the window- super cool!

We had so much fun I feel guilty calling this work, everyone was so friendly it was really more like a party. I really can’t say enough about the costumes you’ll love checking out the photos… I totally wish I could just try one on they’re soooo awesome!

Our friend Natasha was a model in the show on the “Green Team” she’s the one in the gigantic green wings. With a costume like that you’d think that they would have trouble with the weight, but Natasha says the costumes are literally light as a feather 🙂 We met some great people running the event and did we mention beautiful models??!!

The models for the Fashion Show were absolutely stunning and so exotic, with gorgeous subjects like these Dave and I had photo ops everywhere we turned! Stay tuned for more posts and pics as Caribana comes to town. Don’t forget August 2 is the big day so come party with us like your in the islands! Here are some of our favourites… Enjoy.

Carnival Nationz Pre-Launch Party

Every year us Torontonians are lucky enough to host one of the biggest Caribbean celebrations in the World, that’s right it’s Caribana time again! Dave and I are super stoked to be lucky enough to be a part of it all as the official Photographers for the brand new Carnival Nationz Website !! Carnival Nationz is one of the many Masquerade Bands of Caribana. What exactly is Caribana you ask? Caribana is Canada’s embracement of its Caribbean community, the world famous festival attracts over 1 million tourists and spectators globally to the Greater Toronto Area each year. It has become one of the largest annual events held in Canada. Caribana is a wonderful experience for all the senses. You’ll see beautiful people dressed in absolutely amazing elaborate costumes. These colourful costumes truly are incredible works of art and can reach heights of 15 feet in the air!! You’ll have a chance to taste some delicious Caribbean cuisine like mouth watering (and my personal fave) Jamaican Jerk Chicken and maybe even cool down with a Carib or Rum Punch. Listening to the rhythms of the Soca-Calypso vibe you’ll feel your body move as the parade rolls by and you can’t help but "Jump up and wine"

Caribana hits Toronto August 2nd, but before the parade begins a lot of work goes into the party, lets take a look behind the scenes of Carnival Nationz! It all starts with a great group of people. Organizers, web designers,costume makers, highly skilled make-up artists and of course the absolutely beautiful models all do their part to make it come together. Before the show starts the model wait for hair, costume and make-up to arrive. Dave grabbed a shot of the girls patiently waiting before the show with the Ring Flash (I love this one)…ahhh the life of a model…hurry up and wait…

We really were so honoured to be a part of it all as the photographers for the Fashion Show check out the pic he took with the models from the White Team backstage 🙂 Sooo much goes into the Show not to mention the parades. Each model has make-up artists that carefully creates nothing short of an absolutely stunning work of art for each of them. Little tiny beads and jewels are applied to the models faces, glitter glitter glitter galore and my favourite…feather eyelashes!!!


After make-up, it’s time to get into costume. These costumes are so incredible, they’d give any Las Vegas Showgirl a run for her money!! You’d think that the costumes would be really difficult to wear but they are so well designed and aren’t heavy at all. Stay tuned for more blog posts on all of the Caribana fun…