One of the greatest blessings of this job is the amount of magical people it brings into my life! Karly, aka, Soo She is a prime example! From photographing her from the start of her drag career to her wedding in Vegas, this queen won my heart from the start! Here’s a few snaps from our shoots in her apartment over this past year. Follow her on Instagram to catch all her upcoming performance dates XO.!
I met Noelle at Bridal Fantasy last January and was struck firstly by her beauty and secondly by her adorably quirky sense of humour asking how I felt about a dinosaur-themed wedding. Fast forward a few weeks and I met her and Donald for a coffee where I asked, “So you guys are dinosaur people?” To which Donald responded, “Are you asking if we’re hybrids?” LOL. As you can tell, relationship was off to a hilarious running start.
So as their September wedding day approaches - Banff was graced by a beautiful early fall snowfall making the whole day seem like a true wedding fairytale! Not the autumn colours Noelle was hoping for, but I think the snow actually made it extra magical. Complete with dinosaur centrepieces, dino-topped donuts, and I think the best wedding playlist I’ve heard yet - their wedding day felt intimate and authentically them. I hope you love these images as much as I do! (and YAS, her dress, the bouquet, the furs, everything was to die for!) Thank you Noelle and Donald for including Allison and I in your special day, wishing you all the happiness this world can bring! XO
Greetings dear friends, seriously, where did 2017 go? I cannot believe a whole year has passed and I am sitting here once again, getting ready to prep a booth for the expo, to meet all your gorgeous brides and to also gather all my thoughts and gratitudes for this amazing experience.
This past year was defined by truly amazing, genuine relationships in my life. Through grieving the loss of my dad - it's not that immense loss that stands out in my mind but the golden hearts that expand big enough to fill that empty space back up. I would never have been at The Fairmont with the Bridal Fantasy family in the first place if it wasn't for Janine and her team at Fabloomosity for taking a chance on me many moons ago over a bridal editorial for Instagram. I cannot express my gratitude or love enough because truly - where would I be without you guys?
The whole Bridal Fantasy team that they assemble for these shoots is just .... downright gobsmacking. I wish I was a poet in moments like these. But I'm not, I'm just a tiny Ukrainian girl with a laptop + a glass of wine trying to put together something that might one day resemble a functional blog. Thank you ALL from the very bottom of my heart for including us in this whirlwind. Here's to 2018!
Check out Harrison at Glass Stone Cinema's incredible BTS video of the shoot:
My dearest dreamers, this might be my favourite memory of the year! Three days ridiculousness and wedding magic at Jasper Park Lodge! How does the story start?
It starts back in April with my first meeting with the FaBLOOMosity team. Every now and then a moment will stop you in your tracks, and you know that life will be different from here on out. And this was one of them. Finding a team of local madhouse geniuses that see magic in the mundane, live to create and have dark romantic souls just like you... well that's one in a million. We were instant friends and this Bridal Fantasy magazine shoot marked our first project out together!
Next up, the Bridal Fantasy team... holy BANANAS! Words do no justice for how much I love you all! I remain in a state of sheer gratitude for getting to join the team on this project. Meeting you all was the best part of it all! Glass Stone Cinema Brandie Sunley Grant Olson Photography you are all major rock stars, major!
If this trip was a flip book, you would see: frozen models in elegant furs, a rose garden of dreams, two stunning grooms roaming the grounds, giant bouquets straight from a dreamland, sun-laded days to snowy mornings, Janine scaling a mountain, pastel smoke bombs and Janine scaling a mountain, a herd of mountain sheep, more of Janine scaling a mountain and the entire team creating a confetti storm of rose petals.
The cherry on top of this all was that I got to share this experience with my photo warrior and sister, Donna! We've travelled the globe together. We got bed bugs together. We drink too much whiskey, laugh and cry together. This was the ultimate way to end of the wedding season together! Until next time, XOXOX!
A little more than a year ago I met the most talented, ridiculous, kind-hearted, genius, metal/history buff couple that you could EVER FIND. Legitimately, I tell everyone that Amy and Tanner of Paragon of Design were born in the wrong lifetime. They are the definition of "Renaissance" in the modern day! Masters of All Trades, there is nothing they can't do! Back in the summer we were chatting about how rad a goth wedding editorial would be (stick with us...you wouldn't be this far if you too didn't have a dark soul!) Picture Apocalyptica meets wedding! Before you know it, the team was assembled and as per usual we were already too far off into our photoshoot dreamland!
This is Amy's wedding dress, can you believe it! Top hat, cake topper, guest book, entire outfits, accessories and styling all handmade by Paragon of Design. You just don't meet people who have this many incredible skill sets anymore! Special thanks so my forever teammate Donny Lynn Photography for shooting this with me!! You always keep my laughing and keep my energy checked when I am spinning out. And to you, sweet Kaespo, thank you for painting my cello! I know that was a terrifying, nail-biting experience! You did a stellar job. Even more amazing now that I get to keep that as a memory to tell my kids about when they pick it up! Stunning makeup by Ashley Skrocki and hair by Stephanie Herwynen. Enjoy XO!
I absolutely ADORE hair collabs, I live for them in fact. Especially when we find each other through the Instagram waves and bond as sisters over strange cocktail combos at Earls! Kaitlyn is an extremely creative stylist from Eveline Charles and had wanted to do some create some grunge-editorial portraits with gels and vintage styling. The location was set for Hotel Macdonald and Kaitlyn's team of mega-talented women was assembled! Not to mention our gorgeous models Anya, Joyce, Emily and Brandi... I mean, look at them... this city is full of the most gorgeous creatures! Thank you to everyone for joining us on this adventure - it was a cold long day, but my soul is completely spilling out everywhere in joy at these images! XO
I truly cannot say enough beautiful things about our city. Everyday my heart is overfilled by all the stunning people that I meet. The story behind this magazine is no exception! I met Jen Hammer years ago in Renee Robyn retouching workshop. Flash forward a couple years and we're both off working in our respective fields photography and she contacted me to inquire about a feature in her new magazine, DragonHaus. It's an awesome local spotlight on the subcultures of our city! Cool alternative artists, musicians and tattooists. Please check it out and send her all your love and support! Thank you Jen for this double editorial + cover feature, you have my endless gratitude!
Goth Bridal: Florals by FaBLOOMOSITY | Dresses: The Bridal Boutique | HMUA: Emily of Blushed Beaute \\ London Fashion: Styling by Miss Aniela and her infamous team (Endless FSE Love!) | Location: MC Motors
If you live in Edmonton and have had the pleasure of meeting Malorie Shmyr, you are a lucky one. This woman is completely loaded with enough charisma, talent and ambition for four humans! One golden star amongst her list epic accomplishments is creating Opalus Magazine. This is a stunning, wonderfully off-centre fashion and art mag. You must click through and check it out, you will not be disappointed! Thank you Malorie for the interview and including my images in this issue! Truly an honour - you are a gem to our city.
I leave you with the images from my French Fairytale feature. XO!