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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Dramatic Wedding Inspiration in an Old Theatre

This styled shoot was inspired by the incredible theater venue space at The Great Hall in downtown Toronto.  It was created as almost an afterthought, following another series of light and airy branding shoots in the venue's gorgeous front event rooms.  I happened to poke my head into the construction area and was immediately smitten with the gorgeous light, old theater balcony, and gilded walls.  The Great Hall was so wonderful to let me shoot in here before the space began renovations, I can't wait to see how they're turning into a new Toronto wedding venue!  Following another shoot, as the light was fading, and the room was growing cold, we quickly created our final look and dashed into the old theater before it became too dark.  The result is one of my favorite creative shoots from the past year, with dramatic light, stunning accessories, and a theatrical vibe that is completely different from what I normally create.  The team I worked with was absolutely amazing pulling the look together, and trusted me to create some creative images with limited time and an almost completely dark room at the end of our long shooting day.   I've been sitting on these for quite a while, not sure if they fit with my usual style, but I continually find myself returning to these photographs for inspiration, and couldn't resist putting together a little blog post.  I hope you enjoy, but either way I had a blast with this shoot and the other amazing vendors involved!

Don't forget to checkout their work below if you're interested in seeing what they can create for your own wedding!
Photography: Corynn Fowler Photography
Makeup: Katie Marie Bridal
Hair: Bridal Hair Collective
Dress: Sash & Bustle
Shoes: Rachel Simpson Shoes from Sash & Bustle
Venue: The Great Hall
Florals: Leaf & Bloom
Jewellery: Lillianes Fine Jewellery
Model: Rachel

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. 

Toronto Waterfront Bridal Style

I'm so excited to finally share more photos from this beautiful styled bridal shoot, conceived and created along with Amy from Bridal Hair collective, and pulled off with an amazing team of Toronto and surrounding area vendors.  Our Scarborough Bluffs wedding shoot was featured on The Wedding Co. blog last week, and you can follow the link here to see more photos of our work from that day.  The feature highlighted the natural bridal beauty aesthetic we created, from our bride's bare feet, to the leaves in her hair and minimal makeup complementing her natural beauty and features, to the simple and elegant Saja wedding dress.  The soft and romantic dress fit beautifully with the beach-y venue as the layers blew gently in the breeze, and the off-white colour suited the blue and grey pastels of the beach and cliffs.  Her bouquet was made of wild-foraged greenery accented with stunning pops of white flowers that our creative floral artist arranged to create a wild and free feeling, with big branches, flowing ribbons, and beautifully unconventional greenery.  The feature also highlighted one of the many beautiful and little known areas around Toronto where you can escape to take stunning natural wedding photos if you're getting married in the city. 

Take a look through our shoot, and be sure to get in touch with any of the vendors listed below if, like me, you absolutely love their work here!

Photography: Corynn Fowler Photography
Hair Styling: Bridal Hair Collective
Makeup: Katie Marie Bridal
Florals: Ashley Elaine
Dress: Saja from Sash and Bustle
Jewellery: Hattitude Jewellery
Model: Clare from B&M

 

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

Shooting Film: An Introduction

Last year I decided that I was going to begin incorporating some good old fashioned film photography into my professional wedding work.  I love everything about film.  The colours, the textures, the way film reads light differently from my digital sensor, the thought and time that goes into planning each film shot, I was (and still am) absolutely infatuated with every aspect of being a fine-art wedding photographer.   So, in the fall I started getting the ball in motion to move my business in this direction.  So far, it hasn't been an entirely easy process, so for the sake of both my own reflection and helping anyone else who is interested in moving towards film, I've decided to write about what I'm learning along the way.

I'm a meticulous planner, organizer, and maker of 'Pro's and Con's' lists.  I spent countless hours researching and agonizing over minute details between camera bodies and film stocks, lens coatings and light meters.  I finally went out and bought my first medium format film camera, a gorgeously restored old Hasselblad 500CM with a zeiss lens; and 50 rolls of film, fuji 400 colour in 120 format.   This used up a significant portion of my savings, so my camera then sat in a heavily padded bag for several months, emerging only to be photographed by my digital camera.  Ironically.  I was too scared to start shooting with it and risk 'wasting' money on developing rolls that didn't work out.

Eventually, I realized that I would have to start shooting with my new investment in order to actually learn how to use medium format film, so I started researching how to shoot properly.  Somehow, in all my hours of camera body research, I had neglected to look up how to actually USE my camera.  I found out that colour film can create all kinds of different 'looks' based on how it's shot and processed, so I turned to the pro's at Richard Photo Lab to teach me all about pushing and pulling film, light conditions, and how I can create my own personal film aesthetic through working with them. 

To start with, the Richard Photo Lab blog is fantastic and I learned so much just by spending an afternoon scrolling through their posts.  I definitely recommend checking out their blog next if you're interested in using film.  On top of that, they've been fabulously helpful chatting with me by email about learning to shoot film.  They're based in California, so with foreign exchange and shipping it's been a bit pricey to develop my rolls with them, but to work with a lab whose work I consistently like, and who have been endlessly helpful to me as a learning resource, it's been well worth it!

Below are some of my first rolls of 120 film I shot.  I created these images at a styled shoot, which was the perfect place to get started.  I could work at my own pace without any of the external pressures of a wedding day, but I also HAD to shoot some rolls because the other vendors involved were keen to see it in action.  I'm happy with some of the results, and not so happy with others.  I still have a lot to learn about using my camera smoothly, and a long way to go to know how my film with react to different light, (to be honest I'm even still learning how to use my light meter properly), BUT I can't wait to shoot my next rolls of film and keep working towards shooting professionally with my Hasselblad (aka learning how to keep track of my dark slide).

xo
C

Vintage Inspired Bridal Shoot Featuring the Copper Collective

I worked on this amazing bridal editorial shoot in collaboration with the talented girls who own The Copper Collective, a curated online vintage clothing company based out of Collingwood, Ontario.  After finding a gorgeous second hand wedding dress on one of their shopping trips, we started pulling together plans for a clean and rustic styled shoot focused on their amazing vintage find. As with all inspired creative projects, the pieces for this shoot fell into place beautifully, and I had the most fabulous time working with such a talented group of people to pull off our first styled bridal shoot!

Vintage wedding dress:  The Copper Collective
Florals:  Janna Dekker of Wildernis Florals
Calligraphy:  Alex Ruston of Honour Bright
Hair: Pure Organic Hair
Venue:  Tremont Cafe
Jewelry: Jessica Wolfe Design
Model: Claire Woodhouse

Thank you all so much!

xo
- c
 

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.