Julie @ Pointe-Claire Village | Montreal Portrait Photographer

I used to work with Julie back in the days when I wore high heels and business suits – and she wore a lab coat and steel-toed workboots… Julie has since moved up a couple of rungs on the footwear ladder and now works in Toronto where she is a senior project manager – and she TOTALLY rocks the high heels!  I too have moved on and spend most days in flipflops… but I digress 🙂

Julie was in Montreal last week on business and asked if we could do a photo shoot together while she was here.  I had a pretty packed week myself, but we managed to squeeze in some time in Point-Claire Village on Monday before her flight home.

I have not had time to go through all the shots yet, but I had to post at least one, because I still can’t get over what an absolute HOTTIE Julie has become!!!  Maybe it’s the absence of the lab coat and goggles (yeah, I forgot to mention, she used to wear goggles at work too!!), or maybe it’s her newfound confidence… whatever it is, she looks GREAT and I can’t wait to share more photos from our shoot (soon, very soon, I promise!).

OK, maybe just one more:

Luv ya girlfriend!!

Julie - August 4, 2010 - 11:09 pm

Victoria, you ROCK! I had so much fun and you’re SO talented, you could make a lamp post feel sexy! I hope we get to do it again sometime!

Secret Admirer - August 4, 2010 - 6:24 am

Is she single?

Maria & Tito @ Chateau Vaudreuil | Montreal Wedding Photographer

Maria is originally from Montreal, but moved to Italy to attend university.  That’s where she met Tito and fell in love.  Although they now live in Milan, they chose to get married in Montreal and arranged to have the ceremony at the beautiful St. Thomas church in Hudson, followed by an elegant reception  for close friends and family at the  Chateau Vaudreuil.

Maria contacted me from Milan and we coordinated the entire wedding shoot via e-mail!  I met the couple for the first time a week before the wedding and I instantly liked their fun, laid-back attitude.  Tito kept glancing at Maria with a look that only a man in love has.  It was so sweet! 

Tito had that same look of adoration and anticipation in his eyes while he waited for Maria to arrive at the church.  Maria was fashionably late… It seems that while the friends & relatives from Italy all managed to find the church, the bride and her family (who were from Montreal) had problems with directions 🙂

After the ceremony, we headed to Chateau Vaudreuil for portraits.  While the adults enjoyed champagne on the terrace, the kids relished in the opportunity to be kids… When it came time to get all those little nieces and nephews together for photos I really wished I had an assistant with me – or maybe a professional wrangler!  Whew, did I ever have that much energy??

I had so much fun being a part of this special day with this amazing couple, who as I write this are off on a whirlwhind honeymoon around the world.  Just wish they had hired me to photograph THAT!!


paul - August 25, 2010 - 8:35 am

u r an incredible person

Not your average bride & groom!

A few weeks ago as I was filtering through the spam in my inbox and perusing my morning e-mails, I came across an announcement from CreativeLIVE that got me more excited than the time I peed my pants with Uncle Mitch (which is a whole other story for another day).  This time I didn’t pee my pants (I am much more mature now!), but I did squeal with glee. 

Jasmine Star, the ultimate wedding photographer and one of my secret idols would be giving a 5-day wedding photography workshop in Seattle from August 25th to 29th and she would be choosing six lucky photographers to participate.  The workshop would also be broadcast live on the internet via creativeLIVE, but I decided immediately that I HAD to be there IN PERSON.  These kinds of workshops are just not available in Montreal and as far as I know, this would be the first time that Jasmine would allow other photographers to shoot an actual wedding with her.  Oh, did I forgot to mention that they are also giving away a free wedding to this lucky couple?  Well they are.  How cool is that?!

So, to enter the contest, I had to create a 60-second video saying who I am, where I’m from, what I shoot and my question for Jasmine.  I had so many ideas for the video, but after reviewing the (nonexistant) special effects budget and realizing that Brad & Angelina were not available on short notice, I had to improvise.  I brought all my props, accessories, gear and models over to Stephane Brazeau‘s house to film the epic blockbuster hit.  This is what we came up with:

My video entry for the Jasmine Star / CreativeLIVE workshop

We later decided to add bloopers and comments from some fellow LCC members:

Blooper Reel

The contest closes today and then early next week they will announce which six photographers will be lucky enough to participate live in Seattle in August. 

I have never won anything in my life… Actually that’s not true, I did win a plastic salad bowl in the shape of a leaf at a church social when I was about 15… but surely that doesn’t count in the karmic realm of winning stuff??  If so, I will gladly return that salad bowl for the opportunity to attend Jasmine’s workshop. While I wait to discover my fate, here is a little souvenir of my adventure: Wish me luck! 

cheri - August 26, 2010 - 11:33 am

My cats…. wouldn’t sit still this long! Love this shot… I’m going to have to go watch the video because if it has cats – it has to be adorable.

You must be having a blast at the workshop.

WW Photowalk 2010

 This was my first year participating in Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photowalk so I had no idea what to expect – or what to pack.  Considering that the walk was to take place in Old Montreal, from 2:45ish to 6:00pm, I knew it would be hot so I wanted to travel light.  Well, if you know me, you know that even when I travel light I wind up with a very heavy camera bag! 

It must be my years of being a Brownie with that motto of “Be prepared”, because I always fret over not bringing something and then realizing halfway through a shoot that I should have brought it because I need it now!!  Most of the time this is OK, because I can fit almost everything in the back of my CRV, but when I have to WALK… for 3 hours… and carry everything on my back… yikes!!  STRESS!!!!

For this field trip with the Lakeshore Camera Club this is what I finally decided to pack in my camera bag:

  • Lenses:  50mm f/1.4, 14-24 f/2.8, 24-70 f/2.8, 70-200 f/2.8
  • Flash:  SB-900
  • Batteries:  2 camera batteries & 16 AA batteries
  • Extras:  Flashlight, Gary Fong difuser, lens pen, lint brush & cleaning cloth
  • Camera:  Nikon D3S

This is what I did not pack… and wished I would have:

  • Polarizing filters (Why do I always forget those?!)
  • A second body (Much easier to have a second body than to fiddle with swapping lenses when doing street photography).

Alas, despite my packing issues, I had a wonderful time on the walk.  I led a small group of Lakeshore Camera Club members as well as some new friends from Nikon-Digital.ca through the streets of Old Montreal where we photographed everything from street musicians and artists to cityscapes and flowers.  At last count we also came across six weddings! 

By 5:00pm we were starting to feel a little parched, so I allowed my fellow walkers to twist my arm into hitting the (AIR CONDITIONED) restaurant a little early.  We made our way to Méchant Boeuf where we settled into their plush, comfy chairs, ordered some sumptuous libations (the raspberry mojito is to die for) and relaxed to the eclectic collection of tunes from DJ Skwik E Kleen.  A delicious dinner followed as we compared notes, shared photos from the day and chilled out – literally.

Here are some of my favorite shots from the day:

Hello world!

Welcome to my blog!

The photo I chose for my Blog header is very representative of how I see life.  I shot this during a wild road trip through the US the day after the woman I was travelling with decided to up and fly back to Montreal – leaving me to drive home from Colorado on my own. 

Instead of wallowing about her departure, I decided to extend my trip by a couple of days to drive WEST (yup, the opposite direction!) and visit Grand Teton National Park to have some “me” time.  The next day as I departed from the hotel and drove through crazy thunderstorms across the border into Wyoming, I saw this magnificent double rainbow extending across the road in front of me.  It was truly an amazing moment as the rain stopped, the sun peeked through the clouds and the rainbow appeared, as though by magic.  

The way the rainbow appeared to me that day just reinforces my belief that if you have a positive attitude, good things will happen.  We all have bad days and bad experiences and stress and turmoil in our lives, but no matter what life throws at me, I always hold out for the rainbow…

So that’s a little about my perspective, which I try to bring into my photos.   I hope you’ll join me as I continue to search for those special moments that make me smile… and that as I share them with you here, they’ll bring a little sunshine into your day too.

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

cat - September 9, 2010 - 1:33 am

Hi, Victoria

– Love your photos and loved your being part of the J* sessions. Your being there, for me, was quintessential for the KIR factor. On many levels, I related mostly to you, and I got more out of those sessions, maybe because of this, than if you hadn’t been there. Thanks for that, and for “Keeping it Real.”