City Hall Wedding Photography

8.21.2014

Hi!
So yes I am horrible at posting and keeping this updated. But I had to share this wedding I did in June.


After being together for a while, it makes sense to make it "legal" and for me, it makes sense to do it on the "not-so- expensive" side. Don't get me started on weddings that cost 50,000 dollars. I have been trying to organize one since 2008 and I always get sidetracked.

Anywho, enough about me. I was glad I shot this wedding.
I even got to be a witness! Loved that they kept it to the basics but still have great pictures (ahem).

And in two hours of coverage.
Including "getting ready shots" that we took when we snuck in the public bathroom at the Sheraton across the street, and even with the weird lighting we got the traditional dress and shoes shots. You know, for artistic purposes. Not even sure if anybody ever prints those pictures but I take them anyway.

Shoes are nice to look at.

Here they are! Andrea and Olivier married in June. On a really nice saturday at City Hall. Trying out this app for collages. I should water mark after, sorry.


The ceremony, and me signing :)
In the ones below, I accidentally made Oliver crack up, when I said: "Do not worry about my squatting with a skirt, I am wearing shorts!" He wasn't expecting neither my squat or my comment :)





Thanks for letting be part of your day! I had fun.
Oh and this last picture makes me smile. We are all blurry. I am so used to my camera that when I lend it to someone I forget that the auto focus finder is to the side. Almost a nice pic :) no age spots freckles.

So yes I am available to shoot weddings! Small ones, odd ones or elopements and shotgun.
More wedding samples that I forget to blog: http://mj.dphoto.com/#/folder/3fe5ap


Guest Post: Tips for Choosing Lingerie That Flatters

7.11.2014

Hi there! I have a guest post here from Heather McNiel. I figured since someone want to write here, I will let them! I have several posts cooking and not enough hours in the day. Enjoy!
MJ


I know (or at least hope) I’m not alone when I say that finding clothes that both fit right and flatter is a challenge sometimes. Pressures of American society to look a certain way aside, coming across a pair of jeans that fit my hips, legs, and tush (and make all that jazz look awesome at the same time) is hard. And when it comes to shopping for lingerie? Multiply the challenge by a hundred, because of the near-nakedness factor, of course.

I’ve always found that a second opinion comes in handy when shopping, but it’s not so easy to ask the woman in the fitting room next to yours at Victoria’s Secret what she thinks of the mesh teddy you’re trying on. But never fear. With these tips for choosing lingerie, you’ll be more than prepared to venture into that lace and satin jungle.




Know Your Size


Whether you’re getting ready for a boudoir photography session or just shopping for some new lingerie pieces, knowing your proper size is of utmost importance when it comes to undergarments. You’ll want to keep the girls supported and looking their perkiest, and getting professionally fitted for a bra is the way to do just that. Any lingerie store worth their salt (or in this case, underwire) will offer a free fitting and guide you to options that are perfect for your true size.


According to Fox News, as many as 80 to 85 percent of women are in the wrong bra for their body. Not only does an ill-fitting bra look bad (I’m looking at you, back bulge and cup gap), it can also have negative long-term effects on your breasts, back, and posture. Because underwire is the foundation of many pieces of lingerie—whether it’s in your everyday bra or a special occasion slip—make sure you start off right.




Flatter Your Shape


You may be a pear shape, or a little on the leaner side, hourglass, petite, muscular, plus-size—every figure is equally as sexy in the world of lingerie. To feel your most confident, focus on the parts of your body you want to show off and pick pieces that work for you rather than against. Love your small waist? Try a corset to make it look even tinier. Not crazy about your tummy? Opt for a babydoll chemise or slip that will draw attention to the neckline while camouflaging a fuller lower half.



Woman’s Day showcases a ton of flattering lingerie options for every body type and occasion, from essential pieces to racy numbers that will (hopefully!) never make it out of the bedroom. Just remember that no matter your shape or size, there are no set rules for what you should be wearing. Choose the pieces that make you feel good, sexy, comfortable, beautiful, and completely yourself.


Hit the Dressing Rooms


The only way to know if something is working for you is to try it on. Just like with dating, the first one isn’t guaranteed to be a keeper (but if so, you lucky girl, you!). So slip on as many options as you can manage when shopping. Though shampoo, purses, and late-night infomercial offerings are great to buy from the comfort of your very own home, lingerie is not. It’s important to brave the stores and bare it all if you want to find the most flattering pieces.


Maybe more important than how lingerie looks in the mirror is how it feels against your skin. Pay attention to the fabric of a piece—do you prefer the silky caress of satin or the light sensation of sheer chiffon grazing your skin? It’s tough feeling like the sex goddess you are when a scratchy sequined G-string is riding up your derriere or when you’re worried about how your tummy looks in that sheer nightie.


What's important here is that you're comfortable and confident, a notion that's backed by Adam and Eve in their take on lingerie: "When you wrap your body in the finest lingerie, you may discover a whole new level of confidence and sexual inspiration!" To that end, don't be afraid to dabble outside of your comfort zone when shopping for lingerie, because who knows what you may find yourself loving with an open mind.


Now that you’re armed and ready with these tips for choosing the perfect lingerie pieces, you can shop the racks with confidence knowing exactly which kind of sexy suits you.

Tip: Shoes for Boudoir session

5.08.2014

I might have a small shoe fetish. I can't wear them, but if no one is looking, I will caress them. I have like 6 pairs that I just like saying hi every now and then. I am an awkward high heal walker too. Like my grandma used to say: You walk like a chicken with thorns on your feet. A thorny chicken. It sounds as ridiculous in spanish.

Anyway. Since then I kinda know how to walk if I practice for a bit before I have to actually go anywhere, but in reality the occasions to wear them are very few and far apart. And I feel like a giant if I go out with hubby. So flats are my thing.



As a general tip, when you come to a boudoir shoot, it is nice to have a newish pair of shoes for the shoot. Your heels go all over the place in weird positions that I make you do, but you can see the heels in some shots.

HERE IS THE TOP SECRET TIP: 


"Buy a new pair and return the pair the next week." You really are not walking anywhere except from one corner to the bed.

A suggested this to a client that wears flats and has the one pair of very used high heals, you know, thinking she is getting a $60 dollar pair at winners or something. She came in with a freaking pair of $1,200 Louboutins. OH NO SHE DIDN'T, YES she did!

She is my hero now. I am making room on my credit card so I can do that. To at least feel what a nice pair of shoes feel like. Apparently this is done a lot for styling photo shoots and movies. The trick is to use the non-stick painters tape if you are going to practice your walking. If you are just lying down for photos then you do not have to worry about it.

There is something sexy about that darn red sole...








It might be the proximity to the butt as well. :) 
It's funny I started looking in the archives and apparently I have shot a lot of Louboutins. Even those pink ones. Pink and red look good together without looking like roger rabbit. Who knew!

Oh and if your credit card doesn't have the room for a pair like this like me, just paint a newish pair.

Old jar of red nail polish here I come.










How to choose your boudoir photos... part of the FAQ's

1.29.2014

So! I don't know why I didn't write a blog post before about this, since I practically have written novels on how to choose your images on clients' emails.

I usually have 3 types of clients:

A - the one who loves photos of herself  - knows angles and how to pose - I hardly have to direct her.
B - the one who loves only 10% of the photos of herself - kinda stiff at the beginning but gets the hang of it.
C - the one that just wants pics and is not picky - mostly relaxed, but still have to work to bring the sexy out
D - hates the camera

I think most of us are a under the B category.  Some days even D. Sure we have our non- awkward moments and those you pray that no one uploads and tags you in. Like the image bellow. Totally me.



Here is the thing, you are trusting me to narrow down the pictures I take and not show you the not- so flattering ones. And it helps that you have your hair did, your make up is expertly applied (ahem) and you are working those peepers with those fake eyelashes that are awesome. See example bellow: From smokey eye, to cat eye to a "natural" look.




AND THE STUFF THAT NO OTHER BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHER WILL TELL YOU:

You get the unedited 50ish to choose from. You are going to LOVE about 3 - where I caught you just right. You will like and see the potential of another 5 or 10 (depending on the package). Then! here is the tricky part you have to choose some with a guys perspective in mind. Yes that one with the butt- or the boob- or your finger in the mouth.  Those ones.

So no matter how picky or how much you do not like your picture taken- someone is waiting to see those pictures and you have to choose those too.

AND THEN THERE IS THE PHOTOSHOP CONTROVERSY:

Extreme photoshop :(
For me, is a case of "hell, remove that cellulite and those stray hairs and that extra roll on top of the underwear". I know about all that self respect, that airbrushing just perpetuates an impossible standard of beauty and all that jazz. Which I agree with 100%. The airbrushing goes sometimes too far. Like this sample of Jennifer it's just ridiculous. The angle of this pose would make a twig look chunky. I worry more about how flattering the pose is than trying to edit it later.

I have a light hand. It will still look like you but no extra stuff. The lighting helps, the pose and the lens, I am just going over little things. My philosophy is that guys don't really pay that much attention to all the bumps, lumps and marks we care about. They are just happy to see you naked. I don't think they even know what thigh gap is. So this "enhanced" version of you is just how they see you and how you should feel about your self.
We women are often too hard on ourselves, dissecting every little flaw, but I say we should not aim for the photoshop skinny, we should just aim to be healthy.

So there! Let's celebrate nakedness and bodies of all shapes, and the clone tool that deletes stress pimples. Because nobody wants to see those immortalized.









Studio set up for portraits and family shoots

11.11.2013

With my latest set up I am able to welcome families and folks who do not need boudoir pictures and still take advantage of a natural light space with several options.

It's great for small family shoots or for people that don't have a space to do a session at home, plus if you are getting your make up done as well, I have everything I need.


For boudoir it looks like this: http://marlenjames.com/tips.html

And here is a sample of a maternity shoot I had the pleasure to shoot for a returning client with her husband and her furry baby.
:)
MJ

Make up tips for family pictures

10.25.2013

Hi! I am on a roll, I made this as a quick reference guide for your next family pictures. We are going for natural day time make up with emphasis on eyes and a bit of colour on cheeks :)
And brave person that I am posting my mug everywhere, I took the pics and didn't retouch them.  But wanted to show you what a little make up does, even if you have a bit of age spots freckles.

The main trick here is to use a little bit and blend! Even when you feel you are a bit too rosy, the photos tend to wash you out. You want to look like you just ran a block to get the bus (the only running I ever do)

And here it is so it can go viral on pinterest. wink wink.
yeah that is a wonder woman mirror :)



Wedding season

7.22.2013

I am not sure how this happened - since I really don't advertise for weddings. There are waaaaaay too many wedding photographers out there, just google Wedding photographer Toronto and you get close to 2,400,000 results. HA!  I tried finding my site through that and after page 30 I gave up. who has the time to compete with that. I ain't paying those bleep SEO people a penny, ever, I refuse- stop calling me. I focus on boudoir really so a lot of my non-boudoir clients stumble upon my other work, weddings and family by pure luck. Which I don't mind.

Thanks for the couples that trusted me to be part of their day!
I have to update my wedding gallery that is for sure.
In the meantime here is one and a reason why I haven't posted in a while, besides the boudoir and baby Lily that is keeping me busy.

Karina and David







To view more highlight samples click here
Group portraits: Queen St. and Augusta Ave. (graffiti alley)
Couple portraits: Lakeshore and Kipling area park
Reception: Mississauga Grand Banquet Hall 



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