El Cortez Tattoo Bride

More and more as of late, I feel the need to prioritize collaborating on styled shoots. The ones that are designed to encourage the people participating in them to spend some time together to play, try new things, and generally just have fun with what they do. This isn’t always easy during wedding season, but I’m happy to share this super fun one from a shoot in Edmonton.

In this profession the same team (more or less) works together regularly. Among the weddings, engagement sessions, family sessions, and special events, our clients have a specific look in mind, and we don’t always find the time to stretch our creativity on personal projects. The beauty of styled shoots is that they give us an opportunity not only to find new inspiration for ourselves, but to inspire others, and most importantly, to come back to our clients with renewed energy and creativity!

The objective of this shoot was to inspire women to show their own unique style, while incorporating traditional wedding aspects. We wanted to focus on a more edgy look and of course, those awesome tattoos and show that every woman can be a blushing bride, no matter their personal style. Now more than ever, couples choose to introduce elements into their events to better reflect who they are and their story. No two couples are the same, and those little details outside of the norm are ALWAYS my favorite.

We had such a blast doing this shoot, working with such talented artists is so inspiring. We don't always find much time to exchange while working as we are so focused on our clients and our role in their event. These creative sessions bring us closer together, give us greater insight on each other's professional processes (which can be super helpful!) and remind us how important it is to know who we are referring our clients to. Without a doubt, all the babes involved in this shoot are AMAZING! You wouldn't regret working with one or all of them.

A huge thank you to everyone who participated for their creative brilliance, and for always inspiring me to push a bit harder!

Photo Credit: Jill Coursen Photography

Stylist: Rebecca Koziak, High Culture

Location: El Cortez

Floral Design: Fabloomosity Floral Atelier

Bridal Boutique: Novelle Bridal Shop

 

Sayulita beach shoot

Being back in Edmonton's winter wonderland(ahem) has me dreaming of the beaches and vibrant beach culture of Sayulita. On this chilly day, it felt like the perfect time to share images from a Sayulita photoshoot last April with a couple of amazing babes! After all, this chill needs a serious dose of that Sayulita heat and sunshine to warm up!

During wedding season, it can be difficult to make the time to do personal projects or collaborative work, but when I do, I'm always so inspired and excited to get back to my clients with a renewed vigor. I'm so fortunate to work with such a huge number of talented and inspiring people in not one, but two different places! This shoot was special one, as it was with one of my favorite Sayulita photographers, Taryn Baxter , and my lovely friend and Second Artist Justine,  and it was exactly what I needed. 

The day of the shoot was a tough one for me on a personal note. My dad had been in an accident back in Canada the day before and was seriously injured. After discussing with my family, we decided to evaluate on a day to day basis whether I should go home. Taryn and Justine were up for anything I was, so the shoot went on and boy was that ever what I needed! Those few hours doing what I love with two so genuinely fun and sweet women were amazing. It felt good to feel normal for a few hours.  They may not fully know how grateful I was(and am) for their compassion, love, and caring during those days, especially on that one. The good news is that my dad is back to his old stubborn self causing a rucous daily.

Ultimately, laughs were had when there was no reason to, and we three made some pretty amazing memories.

Enjoy!