The Great Hall Bridal Look Book Video

This spring, a group of Toronto wedding vendors got together to create a bridal look book filled with wedding style inspiration and ideas for the upcoming wedding season.  You saw a few of my photographs from the shoot on the blog a few weeks back, and now I'm here to add the beautiful video from the day created by Jessica from Charuk Studios, who was both our videographer and concept stylist for the day. 

Hooked on that bright, airy, minimalist vibe, we of course chose The Great Hall as our wedding venue.  With its' perfect high ceilings, wooden floors, white walls, and big windows, this venue is a photographers' dream! Jessica pulled together a variety of styles using different dresses and accessories from local designers and stores like Maureen Patricia Bridal, Ferre Sposa, the LuvyT Shop, and florist Mimi & Ry.  Many of the dresses were beautiful shades of off-white, from a lovely dove grey wrap dress, to a soft blue tulle piece, to compliment the pastel colours of the spring wedding season, and to play with some more creative bridal looks.  Our hair and makeup team UnoJo and Prerna & Co. did a fabulous job of creating several different and beautiful hair and makeup styles for our bridal looks.  From soft wavy curls, to elegant up-do's, to beautiful waterfall braids, I had so much fun shooting such a variety of looks!

Take a look at Jessica's stunning video below, and checkout the rest of the photos from my blog post a few weeks ago if you missed it. 

xo
-c

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The Great Hall, Styled Bridal Shoot

Styled bridal shoots have quickly become one of my favorite creative processes to play with new techniques, tryout new equipment, play with fun lighting, and have given me the chance to work with a variety of other amazing wedding vendors who I totally fan-girl over on Instagram on a daily basis.  Over the past year and a half since starting my business, I dove headfirst into the world of wedding photography, and on looking back I realize that nothing else has helped me learn and grow as a photographer as much as creating styled shoots has. 

Having the chance to experiment and shoot creatively without as many outside pressures and distractions has helped improve my confidence tenfold when shooting real weddings.  Shooting diligently and consciously on styled shoots has helped me get to know my equipment inside and out, and although I doubt I'll ever fully understand the intricacies of photo editing (dumb question alert: what the frick actually IS a tone curve and how do I use it properly?!?!) I've learned more and more about my style and what kind of look I like in post.

Most importantly however are the relationships I've been able to build through collaborating with other amazing wedding vendors.  Working with other vendors, from florists, to hair and makeup artists, to stylists and venues, has helped open the door to developing a wide range of both personal and professional relationships with people in the industry whose work I admire.  This was so important for me as I transitioned from being a girl running a small organic farm in the country, to a downtown toronto dweller working in an entirely different industry from anything I'd studied or understood before.   Creating a community as a work-from-home entrepreneur is so important and so daunting when you're getting started, and I owe so much of where I am now to the friendship, trust, and support from people like the amazing vendors listed below who helped pull together this beautiful styled shoot.

If you're ever looking to collaborate, chat business, or just starting finding your own place in this massive wedding industry, send me a message! I'm always happy to chat. :)

Photography: Corynn Fowler Photography
Hair: Bridal Hair Collective
Makeup: Mobile Makeovers
Venue: The Great Hall
Dress: Hayley Page from Sash and Bustle
Florals and Table Styling: Leaf and Bloom
Calligraphy: Cecile Lau Calligraphy
Veil and Accessories: Laura Jayne Adornments
Ring: Anouk Jewelry
Model: Brynne from Plutino Group

A Branding Shoot With Leaf & Bloom

Jaimie and I spent the day at her farm foraging, styling, and taking photographs to help her with the re-brand of her business, Leaf and Bloom.  Jaimie is a passionate florist with an eye for wild arrangements, incredible blooms, and unique bridal bouquets.  I had the pleasure of getting to know her at first when I photographed a wedding she created the floral work for.  Needless to say, it was spectacular; and when I shared the photographs with her I just had to mention that I would love to work with her again! 

I was so excited a few months later when I received an email that she was re-branding her Toronto based floral company and needed some new photographs for her website and social media accounts.  This was one of my first forays into the world of small business branding photography, and it's quickly become work that I feel very passionate about and hope to do much more of in the coming years. 

I shot a mixture of film and digital work throughout the day as Jaimie created stunning bouquet arrangements, styled delicate boutonnieres, and put together a beautiful tablescape despite the wild wind we were working with that day.  Her dogs roamed the farm around us, quietly becoming part of many of our shots, and we finished the day sitting on the back porch chatting about life and business as the sun finished setting.  Since then I've been hooked on branding photography and working closely with other entrepreneurs to craft photographs unique to their business.   

I truly can't recommend Jaimie's work enough.  In addition to being the most lovely woman to work with, her floral styling work is absolutely stunning, and I always look forward to our next styled shoot together! 

Take a look at her Website and Instagram account here to see more lovely work from Leaf and Bloom. 

The Great Hall, Styled Wedding Shoot

This fall I had the privilege of putting together some new styled shoots with my friend Amy from Bridal Hair Collective.  We were working at The Great Hall, one of Toronto's stunning new venues this season.  It has just been renovated and re-opened as a beautiful, classic old Queen St. West building, with an elegant and minimalist vibe inside the airy white rooms.  It has tall windows and even taller ceilings, as well as a spectacular old stage theater complete with balconies and velvet drapes that filter in the most dreamy dramatic light.  I had no idea what a treat I was about to experience my first time shooting here, and immediately hopped-to scheduling more time to shoot at this amazing venue with the most inspiring light and a fabulous team of talented Toronto vendors.  This is the first part of 3 shoots from our work at The Great Hall, and I already can't wait to share the rest with you!

One of my absolute favorite elements of this shoot is the vintage jewellery provided to us by the lovely Lilliane from Lilliane's Fine Jewelery.  Take a closer look at the beautiful vintage watch our bride is wearing.  I absolutely loved the idea of using a watch as part of the bride's jewellery, especially when it's such a gorgeously delicate piece of silver!  The contrast of a functional piece like this watch only serves to make the brides' look appear even more elegant.  And the bonus? She doesn't have to worry if she's on time!

As always, my favorite part about working on styled shoots is the chance to connect with such a wonderful group of wedding creatives, who all believe in supporting each other, and working off everybody's talents and strengths to create a beautiful collaboration together.  I could never capture beautiful styled shoots like this without the work of talented hair and makeup artists, florists, designers, and models.  I feel so lucky to be part of such a skilled and supportive group of people to work with!

Photography: Corynn Fowler Photography
Hair: Bridal Hair Collective
Makeup: Katie Marie Bridal
Dress:  SAJA from Sash and Bustle
Venue: The Great Hall
Florals: Leaf and Bloom
Jewellery: Lilliane's Fine Jewellery
Model: Rachel from Carolyn's Talent

Small Business Branding Shoot with Bridal Hair Collective

After connecting with a group called The Rising Tide Society (although, shamefully I have yet to make it to one of their monthly meetings) I've been finding myself having SO much fun working with other small businesses creating photographs to be used for their business branding.  Having strong visual components to your website and social media accounts is so important in these days of fast visual communication, and I've discovered that I absolutely love the challenge and creativity of working with small businesses and designers to create photographs that portray who they are and what their business is about. You've seen some of this work on my blog in the past, and will hopefully see more of it in the future after I use some of my free time this winter to add branding photography work to my business plan!

The photos in this post are from a shoot I did with the beautiful and talented Amy, owner of Bridal Hair Collective.  Amy and I connected through the Rising Tide instagram hashtag #communityovercompetition and quickly decided to work on a styled shoot together (which will be appearing on The Wedding Co. blog next week!).  After having so much fun working together, I was honoured to have Amy bring me onto her team to help create the new look for the Bridal Hair Collective re-branding, along with creative business branding designer Odds and Ends Creative.  Together, we crafted images that portrayed Amy, her style, and a new look for her business that reflected her work and the beautiful brides she works with.   Take a look through some of the images below, and be sure to checkout Amy's new website to see her beautiful bridal and event hairstyling work!

Thank you so much for the chance to work together Amy, I love the new look and can't wait to shoot together again soon!
- C

Studio: Gesture 1

A quick creative shoot looking at the movement and details that pull a series of photographs together.  I've loved working on creative collaboration projects like this one with other vendors and artists over the winter.  Continuing to practice shooting in the off season, getting to work with other photographers and learn new shooting styles, and really having the time to dissect my work without having it pile up has really helped me become much more comfortable using my camera as a tool to create the images I see throughout a real wedding day.  Despite the business of the wedding season, I hope to keep working on shoots like this to continue growing as a photographer, so that one day, maybe, I'll find my portfolio feeling like that of a true fine art wedding photographer.  #workgoals

HMUA: Mara Bundi
Model: Lauren Shea from B&M Models
Dress: Ulla Johnson
 

Studio Tour: Honour Bright Paper Goods

Alex and I drove over the escarpment and back down again to get to her old barn studio, tucked into a country property near Collingwood.  As we arrived, she apologized for the state of the place (as all creative types with inspiration everywhere must do), but I stepped inside and immediately fell in love.  Two studio cats ran around my feet and into the back room, a horse walked by the window (and later stuck her head into the studio through the horse door on the side), and we immediately turned on space heaters to warm the old wooden floors.  Plants fill the corners, little paintings and stitches of inspiration cover the walls, and the whole room has the beautiful smell of paper and old books, courtesy of her enviable collection of antique books in the back room. 

As with all of my favorite spaces, Alex's studio is made up of bits and pieces put together over time.  She and her dad re-did the inside of an old barn building, ripped up the grimy old flooring, and white washed the walls, hence the horse-entry door.  The room is furnished with old pieces of furniture picked up at estate sales, found, and accepted as payment for work.  Everything is refurbished by hand, from pain jobs to shelving overhauls, and the little plants, books, and sheets of inspiration scattered around are fascinating to look at.  Everything has a story and a meaning to her.  It's truly a creative's space. 

Alex and I were styling and shooting vignettes of her custom designed paper goods for her website, and I couldn't resist snapping shot after shot of her studio while we worked.  We spent the rest of the afternoon taking photos of beautiful paper goods, dancing to old music (and I mean true oldie goldies.  I loved it.), playing with greenery, and hunting for the cats.  It was arguably one of my favorite ways ever to spend an afternoon. :)

Take a look through below, and be sure to checkout her company Honour Bright next time you need cards, letterheads, or any custom paper work done.  Her wedding stationary is beautiful and was also part of our last shoot at the Tremont Cafe!

I absolutely love doing studio shoots and tours, and am hoping to turn this into a series over time.  So, if you or any creatives you know are interested in taking part please send me a message!

Enjoy the beautiful studio tour below, thank you so much for sharing Alex!

xo
- c

Away in Awenda Park

Although it may not be the prime season to share photos from a fall styled bridal shoot, I just couldn't wait any longer to post some shots from this creative collaboration with Tara from Exchanging Vows Bridal Shop.  I'm also SO excited to see this editorial featured in the 'It'z Your Day' Bridal Guide for the Georgian Bay area, thank you It'z Your Day Event Planning!

We put this shoot together to create a whimsical forest look, while accentuating how simple and classic a fall wedding can be.  Keeping the details simple and letting the scenery and stunning Ontario fall colours do the talking is a fabulous way to achieve a striking wedding look with minimal fuss.  I'm completely smitten with the little details that pull together a wedding in the cooler seasons.  The fur shawl pictured below kept our bride warm though the shoot, and she stayed comfortable into the evening as the sun went down over the water by changing into a thick knit sweater and fur hat.  A beautifully simple bouquet and classic dress make the perfect pairing for what really must be the best venue available, an Ontario fall forest.

The amazing vendors who contributed to this shoot really did an amazing job, checkout their work if you're getting married in the Georgian Bay area, or love the idea of a fall wedding!

Dress and Styling:  Tara from Exchanging Vows Bridal Boutique
Flowers: Leuk
Fur Headpiece: Appeal Boutique
Calligraphy: TypeGrace
Venue: Awenda Park

Menswear Shoot

This styled menswear shoot was really one of the first times I've photographed someone in the studio (having just practiced on myself and food settings before this) and I had such a blast working with our lovely model and makeup artist.  I can't wait to put together another styled shoot in the studio soon!

Hair and Makeup: @caitlinsam.makeupandhair

Model: Nicole Zorkin from @carolynstalent

Fall Lookbook

I've been lucky to get the chance to work with the three amazing ladies who have started 'The Copper Collective', an online vintage clothing company dedicated to repurposing and recycling gorgeous, high-quality, pre-loved clothing.  We pulled this fall lookbook shoot together quickly at a park near Thornbury and had a fabulous time styling and shooting!  I already can't wait to photograph their winter lookbook.  In the meantime, follow their Facebook and instagram pages to keep your eye out for their pop-up shops!
http://www.coppercollectiveshop.com/ 

 

Headshots and Tea

A new blog post is long overdue here.  My goal to post new work every 2 weeks (or lets be honest, once a month) has quickly been overshadowed by my goal to edit mountains of photographs on time.  I'm not complaining, that means work has been good for my first full summer as a wedding photographer!

This was an incredibly fun session I did to put together some new professional and creative headshots for a friend.  The bluffs is once again, one of my favourite sunset shooting locations of all time, combined with an awesome person and a beautiful day made for one of my favourite sessions of the summer.  Clearly, I'm a photographer, not a writer :), take a look at the photos for a quick peek at what we created.

To The Badlands (my little Ontario version at least)

The crack of dawn is my absolute favorite time to take photographs.  Over the past few years I have struck out in the dark on countless early morning photo adventures, making a giant mug of tea, tossing some snacks in a bag, and racing the sun out the door.  Watching the sun rise in the morning over this impressive landscape was definitely a memorable one!

Oh Canada

My good friend Kaitie came to visit me from Regina this past week, lucky me!  She's the most infectiously enjoyable person and is always game for anything, so I was very happy to have her around for some adventures!  We spent the week hiking, swimming, and photographing our way around Tobermory, Lions Head, and Collingwood, these are a few of my favorite photos and memories from the trip :).

Cheers!

- Corynn