I recently got to work again with my favourite Ottawa based team on this editorial for MINT magazine: stylist Erica Wark, makeup artist Melody Iafelice and hair stylist Kirsty Macdonald, as well as Angie's Model Tara, who did an amazing job. I fell in love with both the 20s to 70s inspired styling, as well as this beautiful Victorian house we shot in! <3
Today was a blast at the studio! I teamed up with super talented ladies Melanie Rose and Amanda Fox for a 1970's inspired fashion editorial with the one and only Paul Mason. Stay tuned for the full editorial out soon! Thanks to the best assistant Anastasija Smirnova for these behind the scenes shots :)
2014 was a year filled with dreams, big decisions, daring moves, a lot of surprises, a ton of work, many challenges, and successful achievements. The thing that influenced my whole year was undoubtedly my move to Toronto. Moving to a new city is a big step. It has been a great challenge for me, which caused me to grow even more than I expected. I could never be where I am right now if I did not make that decision. This proves once more, that it is important to always keep challenging yourself. And it brings me to an exciting beginning of 2015, with amazing projects in the making.
This year also made reminded me how much I love what I do. It is true that if you don’t wake up every morning jumping out of bed with a smile on your face, then you should reconsider your job / career choice. I am fortunate to have found my passion and to make it my “work”!
A huge THANK YOU to everyone who has supported over the years, but especially in 2014. I met and worked with with incredibly talented people this year, and I am very grateful to being able to continue to do so in the next. :)
To everyone I wish you an outstanding 2015! XO
In this world where perfection is the ideal, our society shows us an image of what we should look like. This makes so many people feel uncomfortable with their body, and makes them feel as they have to change it, or rely on some product, makeup and cosmetics, to make themselves feel better.
Over the years I have shot with many models, and while in the fashion industry, we do use makeup almost 100% of the time, I found that models were often more beautiful without anything on their face. So before every recent high fashion editorial shoot, I decided to sit them in front of the camera to snap some shots. I wanted to capture something beyond just the face - an emotion, or a personality trait. And prove to the industry, and the rest of the world, that we don't need any cosmetic to be beautiful.
Hope you enjoy this series. :) T.
- * Special thanks to models from the following agencies : Angie's Models, Models International Management, Peggi Lepage Model Scout, Paul Mason Management, Elite Toronto, Plutino Group.
1- You are not alone - Toronto is filled with photographers!
This can be a bad thing if you see photographers as your competition, but it can also be the best thing for any photographer! Share your thoughts on photography, your tips and techniques, and you will in return get inspired more than ever if you make them your friends. In fact, photographers should be your best friends.
2- Most people in Toronto have an open mind and are supportive.
A big percentage of people in this city do encourage artists and entrepreneurs. Work at being creative and standing out of the crowd, and you will be successful without a doubt. There are many organizations and communities for artists - I highly suggest looking into them!
3- People are friendly.
Before I moved to the big city, I heard so many times that Torontonians were rude and cold. But it’s basically a generalization that people have about bigger cities. After I moved, I met so many down to earth and friendly people, so you really have to see for yourself. One thing that is true - Canadian are nice people. Which makes it easier for artists and entrepreneurs to make friends and connections.
4- There are a LOT of opportunities.
Everywhere you look. If something doesn’t work out, you can be sure to find something else without too much trouble. Just keep your eyes open at all time!
5- The money is here.
Being good at business is a must, and if you excel at it, the money will flow. Toronto has this great advantage over smaller cities in Canada.
6- The city keeps growing.
This means even more of everything in the future - more people, more talent, more jobs, more opportunities, more art. :)
What other reasons makes Toronto a great city for photographers and artists? Share your thoughts below. :)