Boudoir Casting Call!

Boudoir_Casting_CallHey ladies!!  Have you been wanting to do a Boudoir photo session, but haven’t had the funds, the motivation or the opportunity? Well, now’s your chance!  My new Montreal photography studio is all equipped, filled with fun, sexy props and I’m ready to create some artful masterpieces celebrating YOU.    I will be working on a short promotional video all about the Boudoir experience and I need a few  adventurous ladies to be the stars of the show so I am giving away 3 Boudoir sessions – complete with makeovers, valued at $750 each.

I am looking for all types of REAL women, with different body types, hair color, style and ethnicity between the ages of 21 and 40.   No modeling experience is required, but you must be comfortable in your own skin – and in front of a camera:-)

The Details:

  • You must be female and over the age of 21 ( no exceptions!).
  • No photographers.
  • I cannot have photographed you as a client within the last year (just looking for diversity in my portfolio).
  • The Boudoir sessions will take place in my Ville St. Laurent (Montreal) photography studio this September.
  • You will be required to provide your own lingerie – and must have at least three outfit changes.
  • You will receive a complimentary makeover (hair & makeup) by my professional stylist as part of the experience – and you will be photographed and videoed from start to finish.
  • Before & After images of your makeover and SOOC (straight out of camera) and fully edited versions of your final photos will be included in the video and in other promotional materials.
  • You will be asked to sign a model release so I can use the images and video footage for promotional purposes.  This means the images WILL be shared on social media, my website, blog, etc.  Please make sure you are comfortable with this before applying.
  • In addition to the complimentary makeover and Boudoir session, you will also receive fully retouched, print-ready digital image files of your 10 favorite images from our session and will be eligible for a 20% discount on any other products you would like to purchase.

If this sounds like something that makes your heart go all aflutter with anticipation, then please complete the form below by no later than August 31st, 2014 and keep your eyes peeled for an e-mail from me letting you know that you’ve been selected.  I thank everyone who applies, but only those selected for the video shoot will be contacted with details about the shoot date.


Julie - August 19, 2014 - 8:36 pm

I think its time to live on the end before I turn 40! I’ll be 39 in September & it’s time to let loose & feel comfortable with my own body ! I think it will be a blast if you select me :) !!!!!!!

Andrea Nagy - August 19, 2014 - 12:50 pm

What a fabulous idea! I’ve wanted to do a boudoir photo shoot for some time now. I’m a cute, curvy blonde and comfortable in my own skin. I would be thrilled to win this opportunity!

Mandy Ting - August 18, 2014 - 10:56 am

Hi Victoria, I have always thought of doing a boudoir shoot and just didn’t know where to do it, but then I saw your website and photos and I am really you would pick me! I am Chinese, I am 5’3 and I am currently planning a wedding for next summer and I’m hoping to do something new and fun to pamper myself during the planning (stressful) process. I hope I’ll receive an email from you :) thank you!


Heidi Theriault - August 15, 2014 - 6:44 pm

Oh yes just to clarify i am between the ages that you specified. Thanks again!

Heidi Theriault - August 15, 2014 - 6:42 pm

Hi, I am so interested in modelling for you! I love the thought of being glamoured and sexified! I am a mother of 4 and grandma of 2. I am physically fit, have great features, long dark hair. I am 5’8” weigh 130 lbs. I am extremely photogenic and I’ve even had photographers stop me in public to ask if i would do a photo session with them but unfortunately i never had the time! I would love the opportunity to be part of this project with you! Thanks so much for the consideration and i hope to hear from you soon!


Samantha - August 11, 2014 - 11:44 pm

Hey victoria
I would love to be chosen for one of your shoots. Your pictures are absolutely amazing.

Courtney Zylinski - August 8, 2014 - 9:00 pm

Hi Victoria! Would love love love to do a boudoir shoot! I have been wanting to do one forever, so much fun!
Courtney :)

Vicky Martin - August 8, 2014 - 11:06 am

Si tu es capable de me rendre séduisante avec le corp d une fille qui a accouchée il y a 4 mois i m in ;-)

Natalie Gaanderse - August 7, 2014 - 8:41 pm

Oh la la! We met at a wedding this past May…remember me? I was the unknowing “dirty girl” Matron of Honour! I’ve never done something like this but have wanted to since finding out about these sessions. This would be an AWESOME experience! Thanks for considering me!

Emily Forget - August 7, 2014 - 8:39 pm

I would love to do this and I would be comfortable doing the shoot with you. I have plenty of kinky outfits, even a black feather boa. Here’s hoping I am a selected candidate!

Lizzie’s Smash the Cake Session | Montreal Family Photographer

It was so much fun having Lizzie in my new Montreal studio to celebrate her first birthday with a fun “Smash the Cake” session.  She was a little reluctant at first – after all the giant cupcake from Connie’s Delights was almost as big as she was!!  I don’t think Lizzie had ever seen so much sugar and deliciousness all in one place and she kept looking over at mom to be sure that this was really all for HER.

With a little encouragement, she investigated the cake and was instantly fascinated by the candle… but after a taste of the icing she could not hold back from getting her fingers and even her toes into the action and she tore into the cake with gusto.  Eventually mom and grandma joined in – who could resist all that icing?!   See for yourself:

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Do you have a little one who will soon be celebrating a 1st birthday?  Contact me at to get more information about reserving a “Smash the Cake” photo session.

Linda - November 17, 2014 - 3:39 am

What a cute cake smash photo session. Cute cake and what a little cutie.

Creative Perspectives Photography - November 12, 2014 - 12:47 am

Hi Rima!

Thanks so much for your message.

A “Smash The Cake” session is a great way to celebrate your little one’s first big milestone – and you don’t even have to mess up your own home to do it! My studio is centrally located in Ville St. Laurent on Edouard-Laurin, steps from Cote Vertu metro and close to highway 13, 15 and 40.

“Smash The Cake” sessions cost $250 +tax and include:
– A 45 minute photo session at my studio
– A fun birthday cake in your choice of colors and flavors
– Print-ready digital files of your favorite 10 images, free of any watermark and with print permission
– A Facebook timeline cover layout so you can share the fun with your family & friends
** Add a personalised chalkboard poster with all your little one’s favorite things for an additional $35 (must be ordered 10 days in advance).

If you would like to discuss anything further, or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at at your convenience :-)


Rima fany - November 11, 2014 - 11:51 pm

How much is your session for “smash the cake?” Thank you!

Séance Photo Portrait de Famille | La Famille Rodrigue (2014)


Barrie Macleod - July 16, 2014 - 8:11 pm

This is really good work !!! Congrats ! To each their own specialty :-)

Jess CC - July 15, 2014 - 9:48 am

Wow they are simply gorgeous!!! Love the pics with the Lille ones… Not so much with the snake but overall, beautiful

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Felicity Robichaud - July 14, 2014 - 2:57 pm

I’m never suprised when people gush about your photos. You truly capture the essence of the people you photograph :-)

Sarah-Ann & Jonathan’s Old Montreal Engagement Session

Cette séance pré-mariage à Vieux-Montréal avec Sarah-Ann et Jonathan s’est passée en avril.  Souvenez-vous?  Quand il était encore un peu froid extérieur…

La complicité entre ce couple était presque palpable. Ils étaient tellement un plaisir à photographier. Espérons que vous apprécierez certains de mes préférés de la séance -  en attendant de voir leurs superbes photos de mariage en Republique Dominicaine.


Have Fun with your Formals | Montreal Wedding Photographer

Your wedding may be your first time being responsible for a big event, and formal group wedding photos are one of those things most people feel obligated to do – while at the same time, they dread that part of the day…   Standing in the hot sun for hours, flashing an endless fake smile while a parade of long-lost relatives lines up to pose with you, wondering if it will ever end… Hold up:  It doesn’t have to be like that!

As a professional Montreal wedding photographer, I have photographed plenty of formal group portraits, so let me share some of the tips I give my clients on how to make formal group wedding photos natural, fun and even creative:


1-      Have a plan

Some things to consider:

  • Can you break up the group photos?  How about doing some of the family shots during your “getting ready” time in the morning?  Everyone will be fresher in the morning, and it will make the formal portrait session after the ceremony go faster.  Maybe you can also do some of the larger group photos at the ceremony location.  The steps at a church make photographing large groups much easier.
  • Are you doing a First Look?   This gives you more flexibility in your timeline for the day, and you won’t feel so rushed to do everything after the ceremony.

              (Not sure what a First Look is?  Check out THIS post for an example and THIS post for more details)

  • What if it rains?  If your plan was to do all your formal group portraits outside in the garden, have an INDOOR back-up plan for rain.  It’s better to have your plan B lined up BEFORE your wedding day than to be standing in the rain, losing time, while you discuss options…
  • Do you need a permit?  Although most public parks and wedding venues don’t have any restrictions for taking wedding photos – some locations require a permit (Stewart Hall), reservations (Pointe du Moulin) or permission (Fritz Farm).  Make sure you inquire before your wedding day and take care of any paperwork ahead of time so that you’re not disappointed.
  • Is there a fee to get in?  If so, make sure that someone in your bridal party has money to pay the entrance fee – and also call ahead to ask if there are additional fees for wedding photos.  I recently visited Quinn Farm and was shocked to find that although their regular admission fee is $5 per person, they wanted to charge us (four people total) $150 to take photos there!!


2-      Make a list

There is so much going on during your wedding day, THAT is not the time to decide if you want a photo with your great aunt Martha or with your twelve sorority sisters who flew in for the event.  Do yourself (and your photographer) a favor and make a list BEFORE the big day.  This will give you the opportunity to really think about which formal group portraits are important to you and your family – and to be sure you don’t leave anyone out because you winged it while itching to get to cocktail hour.

I typically meet with my clients about a month before the wedding to finalize the official Formal Portrait List.  I provide a basic list as a starting point and then each couple can add, remove or modify based on their needs.  I also ask for people’s names to be included (as opposed to “bride with her siblings”) so that on the wedding day I know exactly how many people will be in each shot and I can address those people more personally than, “Lady in the pink dress”.


3-      Allocate time

Before you finalize your invitations (because once they’ve been sent out, it’s too late to make schedule changes), make sure you have allocated enough time for all your group photos AND for your couple’s photos… and don’t forget to calculate travel time if your ceremony, photo location and/or reception are not at the same place.

If your ceremony is from 3:00-4:00 PM and cocktail hour starts at 5:00 PM, 30 minutes away, that doesn’t leave you much time for photos.  That’s fine if you only have a handful of group shots, but if (like many of my clients) your list has upwards of 20 groups – and you want to mingle with your guests during cocktail hour – you’re going to run out of time.

I use the following rough calculations to determine how much time I’ll need for group photos:

  • Up to 9 people = 2-3 minutes per group
  • 10-20 people = 4-5 minutes per group
  • Photo of ALL guests = 15 minutes
  • Couple’s photos = 1 hour MINIMUM (more time makes for more variety & creativity in the photos)

These are just ROUGH numbers and always depend on how cooperative your guests are… In some cases I’ve worked with fantastic bridal parties and families who enabled me to get all the group photos done in half the time – but I’ve also been at weddings where due to some of the points I’ll discuss next, we were not even able to complete the list.


4-      Consider relationships

Every family has its own unique dynamic and as your photographer, I find it very helpful to be aware of anything that may affect the photos.

If mom & dad are divorced, I don’t need to know WHY, but if I know they’re not speaking, then when I am placing all the family members for your large group portrait, I’ll be sure not to position them side by side holding hands.  Likewise, if you’re not crazy about your brother’s new girlfriend and decide that you don’t want her in the family formals, I can diplomatically get those shots done without offending anyone.

I don’t need to know all the details about your grandmother’s hangnail surgery either (seriously, DON’T tell me ‘cause I’m kinda squeamish!) but it would be helpful to know that she cannot stand for long periods.  With this information I can plan to do any formals where she is included first – and have a chair handy for her if she needs to take a break.


5-      Let people know

One of the biggest challenges with formal portraits at weddings is that guests wander off and are not available when we need them.  If your ceremony and portraits are at two different locations, then traffic, the risk of getting lost or pit stops along the way also become a factor that could delay your portrait session.

Since you’ve created your list long before the wedding day, you know who you’ll need for the formal portraits and at what time.  Simply let them know when and where they will be expected for portraits and most people will be eager to please.


6-      Designate “People Wranglers”

Even with the most efficient plan, the best communication and the most well-intentioned guests, you cannot control the inevitable need for a potty break… or the call of cocktail hour and a cool beverage on a hot summer day.  People will wander off, so be prepared for that.

Designate one person from each side of the family to be responsible for wrangling the guests who are needed for photos – and let them know about this very important job BEFORE the wedding.  This task should be given to people who actually KNOW all the members of your family and who will be able to pull them away from the band, the bar or the buffet.  Oh… and your wranglers should not be people who are IN the family formals.


7-      Restrict Access

These days EVERYONE will have a camera at your wedding, whether it’s a super snazzy DSLR or an iPhone – and you can bet that you’ll have your own posse of paparazzi for most of the day!  While it can be fun to have every moment of your day instantly memorialized on Instagram or Facebook, during the formals multiple cameras can be quite distracting.

If you don’t want your family looking in 10 different directions because they’re not sure whose camera to look at… If you prefer your face to have the flush of happiness as opposed to the green spots from uncle Bob’s pre-flash… If you’d like to get through the formals before the sun goes down and dinner is served… Let your guests know that you’ve hired a professional to take these photos and that you’d be happy to share the photos with them so that they can enjoy cocktail hour.  It’ll be more fun for everyone that way.  I promise:-)


8-      Have fun!

Formal group photos do not have to be dreary or boring.  These are the photos of you and your family and your closest friends – the people who YOU chose to be on that list.  So instead of standing in a line like a firing squad with a stiff smile and a dazed look in your eye – smile.  Laugh.  Enjoy the moment.  Kiss your husband.  Hug your mom.  Giggle with your girlfriends.  Let the connection you have with the people you love shine through in your photos – and you will treasure those moments for years to come.


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Vincent Lamoureux - June 23, 2014 - 10:39 am

What a great post! And your photos are simply amazing!