Yearly Archives: 2012

Boudoir Special just in Time for Valentine’s Day!

Your session will include: Pre-session phone consultation to establish your goals. Full makeup with a professional makeup artist to give you a gorgeous new look. A 40-minute mini-session in  swanky downtown hotel, where you can dress up, have fun and let loose your inner diva! Champagne and sweet treats. One archival quality 8″x10″ portrait, mounted on […]

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Creativity Doldrums

Most days, I feel incredibly lucky that I have been able to build my love of photography into a succcessful business.  I feel so fortunate to have clients who I genuinely like and so honored that they put their trust in me to document some of the most special and important days of their lives; engagements, weddings, births, family […]

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Paal Juliussen - November 19, 2012 - 9:56 am

This lady has the eye of a true artist. Your photographs are truly inspiring!

Karine Lê - November 18, 2012 - 10:02 pm

The pictures are wonderful. And your words have made me reflect too. So thank you.

Tamara Stimpson - November 18, 2012 - 6:40 pm

These images are incredible! Your talent just grows every time I see new photos of yours!!! I am so glad to hear that you found the antidote to your creative doldrums!!!!

Sarah Cartier - November 18, 2012 - 5:33 pm

great shots and i am happy that you found an antidote to your creativity blockage!

I really like how natural she looks and in the natural light, very sexy indeed

Vincent Lamoureux - November 18, 2012 - 5:29 pm

Great post Victoria! Lots of important messages in there! Nice images too! My favorites are #6 and the second from last. You worked that natural light!

Michel Feugeas - November 18, 2012 - 7:24 am

Nice work Victoria ! And it was a pleasure to meet you with the whole group during the workshop. Hope to meet you again sometime 🙂


Michel Bourgeois - November 18, 2012 - 1:26 am

MAGNIFIQUE!!! J’aime celle où elle attache ses bas!

Isabelle L'Italien - November 18, 2012 - 1:13 am

Super! J’aime beaucoup ta façon d’écrire. Et tes photos sont magnifiques!

I always thought we would have more time…

On October 10th, 2012 my younger brother Michael de Martigny died at the age of 42 of a massive heart attack.  He had been struggling with Crohn’s and Colitis his entire adult life and had undergone countless operations as a result of the disease.  Despite all these operations, he was also required to take several kinds of […]

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Vanessa & David del Burgo - October 29, 2015 - 10:42 pm


I’m so sad to hear about your loss, heartbreaking. Time and love are so precious in this world, it seems the older we get the deeper those words hold meaning.

My sincere condolences to you and your family, your brother sounds like he was a wonderful person, who will live on through you and his loved ones.

Big hug and kisses,
Vanessa & David

David Kuehlein - September 18, 2014 - 6:50 pm

Dear Victoria, Linda and Kirsten,

I am so sorry to hear about your loss and for my delay in forwarding my condolences. I am not sure if you will remember me as it has been close to 30 years since I have seen any of you and probably 10 since I last saw Mike. I have so many great memories of Mike and all of you, both in Oakville and during my visits to your family when you were in Beaconsfield. Mike was one of my best childhood friends and will live on in my memory for ever, from our mis-adventures in a dingy on Lake Ontario until the last time he popped into my life in what must have been 2000 or so. As you said Victoria, it always seemed like there would be time to catch up with each other in the future and I deeply regret not having seen more of my good friend over the years. I thank you for the wonderful words and sharing Mike’s beautiful pictures.

Catherine - November 16, 2012 - 12:54 pm

I am so very sorry. Thank you for sharing your memories with us/your blog readers. Love and peace to you and your entire family. (The photographs are lovely.)

Emilie - November 7, 2012 - 10:10 pm

So sorry for your loss… Your article is really moving and heartfelt.

linda schmaltz - October 30, 2012 - 6:08 pm

Victoria is my daughter,she is my friend, and during the days following my son’s death she was my rock.She took me to Caledonia to make the final arrangements for Michael and throughout this process she was unflinching in her support. We endured sorrow that no one should ever have to experience. She kept my mind busy , so that I wouldn’t have too much time to think( I was not allowed to drive),she accumulated all the e-mails sent by friends of Michael,talked to several of his close friends and when we came back home, scanned hundreds of photos to produce a Memorial Album that will forever be treasured. Victoria put together a family slide show and a slide show of Michael’s photos that formed the tribute paid to him last Sunday,she is quite a girl my Victoria and I am extremely proud of her. She may have forgotten ,but a few years ago when Michael was hospitalized with a perforated bowel, Victoria was the first person on the scene, something Michael was very touched by.All of you are correct when you comment on her blogs and her facebook page, she is a very special person. Her Mom

Clara Campanile - October 29, 2012 - 11:11 pm

So sorry for your loss Victoria. God Bless , may he rest in peace xoxo

Sam Yam - October 29, 2012 - 8:19 am

Your tribute really touched me, it was beautifully written and I am sure your brother knew how much you loved him!! xxox

Babi Rosch - October 28, 2012 - 10:18 pm

My deepest sympathies. It looks like he was a gifted observer, as are you.

Audrey Belliard Smit - October 28, 2012 - 10:14 pm

So so sorry for your loss, Victoria.

Tony Limongi - October 28, 2012 - 10:00 pm

quite a tribute Vic, thans for sharing…

Dianne Sessenwein - October 28, 2012 - 9:08 pm

Beautiful to read. I can see you really did love him. I am so very sorry for your loss. Its so hard to lose a sibling.

Sarah Cartier - October 28, 2012 - 7:40 pm

Your speech was heartfelt and honest and beautiful. Even though I never met him, I could tell through your speech and slide show that you both appreciated beauty and Nature. You did a wonderful tribute to him today xx

Andre T. Jandke - October 28, 2012 - 7:36 pm

Sorry for your loss Victoria.

Tracy Batten - October 28, 2012 - 7:15 pm

Victoria, this was beautifully written 🙂 Thank you for sharing your most previous memories. You are a wonderful sister xxxx

James Warne - October 28, 2012 - 7:08 pm

Victoria – a beautifully written tribute to your brother, and some remarkable photographs to boot. He was talented. As Vincent said, feeling guilty for life having taken you down slightly separate roads later in your relationship with Michael is something you must try to overcome. My sister died in 2004 suddenly, and like you and Michael we were extremely close growing up, but for the decade or so before her death we had simply not been as close. I was living in Canada, she mainly in the UK but also travelling a lot to exotic places. We exchanged emails once every couple of months and saw one another perhaps every 18 months. We didn’t love each other any less, we just were leading our own lives more independently of one another for a time.

Strangely I did not feel guilt about this when she died. But like you, I do feel incredible sadness and an overwhelming sense of “I thought we’d have more time”. Time to get closer again, share more, see my kids grow up with their Aunt Sophie and may be one day be an Uncle myself (we learnt she was engaged after she died…she’d been planning to tell my parents the day after she died when she had planned a visit. She never made it.

I do hope you can continue to find solace in the wonderful memories you clearly have of your childhood with Michael. It sounds like he was a very lucky brother to have you as a sister.

All the best – James.

Jordana Leigh - October 28, 2012 - 7:07 pm

Beautiful write up Victoria… Xxx

Felicity Robichaud - October 28, 2012 - 7:03 pm

Beautiful … <3

Vincent Lamoureux - October 28, 2012 - 6:44 pm

Dear Victoria, thank you for sharing your feelings about your brother’s passing and for displaying his photography. I understand your feelings of loss as my brother also passed away at a very young age. We know however that feelings of guilt will not change anything in the situation. The best we can do is to focus on enjoying life with our loved ones and for you to continue to be the outstanding person that you are. You are such a wonderful person as a wife, daughter, sister, friend and, yes, photographer!

I offer you my sincere condolences and count my blessings to have you among my friends.


Isabelle David - October 28, 2012 - 6:17 pm

C’est un très bel hommage à ton frère.

Candice & David’s First Look @ Golf St-Raphael | Montreal Wedding Photographer

Wedding traditions have changed over the years and modern brides are starting to incorporate new ideas into their wedding plans.  One of my favorite of these is the First Look, where the bride and groom see each other for the first time before the wedding ceremony.  While the more traditional brides may balk at this idea, […]

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Kathy Coffin - October 7, 2012 - 9:58 pm

Such beautiful pictures:) Thanks so much again Victoria for helping to make this such a wonderful day.

Candice Adams-Barbiero - October 7, 2012 - 9:16 pm

I am so happy we did this. Thank you Victoria! These are amazing 🙂

Sherine Elshami - October 7, 2012 - 1:19 pm

Wonderful idea! Wish we would have done that.

Kayleigh & Travis @ Stewart Hall | Montreal Wedding Photographer

I first met Kayleigh and Travis at Tom & Jordana’s wedding back in 2010.  I reconnected with them in the summer of 2011 when I needed models for a workshop I was teaching and they volunteered to help out, along with Jordana and Deanna (another amazing girl in their entourage).  When they arrived at the workshop, I learned […]

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Jess G - October 3, 2012 - 3:39 pm

What beautiful pictures!!!!

Sarah Cartier - October 2, 2012 - 4:55 pm

so bright and happy! you captured it!

Elisa - October 2, 2012 - 1:48 pm

Victoria, how beautifully you have captured Kayleigh and Travis’ special day. The love and the emotion you have conveyed through this series of photographs, particularly the more candid ones, is palpable. To see the father of the bride’s reaction to seeing his beautiful daughter, the parents of the bride’s embrace, was overwhelming to me. And the happiness and joy! There is so much joy in all of these photographs, you can just feel it. Once again, an amazing series.

Melinda - October 2, 2012 - 8:20 am

Absolutely amazing photos. Congradulations to both of you. xoxo

Dianne Sessenwein - October 1, 2012 - 10:20 pm

Beautiful Kayleigh and Travis. You are a georgeous couple!