Sophie & Éric’s First Look @ Château Vaudreuil | Montreal Wedding Photographer

One of my favorite moments at a wedding is when the groom sees his bride for the first time – and when she sees him.  In that moment, no one else exists.  In that moment, the world stands still and everything melts away except for the connection that exists between these two people as they think about their future together.  As an observer, I find it one of the most romantic elements of a wedding… and professional etiquette aside, it gets me a little weepy every time (though I usually claim the red eyes are from allergies!).

During a traditional ceremony, that moment is fleeting for the bride and groom – lasting just a few seconds before the presence of the invited guests and the urgency to get down the aisle pulls their attention away from each other.    When a couple chooses to do a “First Look”, before the ceremony, however, that moment can truly be savored…

Sophie and Éric wanted to do a “First Look” before their civil ceremony at Château Vaudreuil this July so that they could take their time and enjoy that moment together.  I spent the morning with Sophie as she had her makeup done, donned her gorgeous gown, strapped on her sexy sandals, enjoyed a toast with her friends and prepared for her big moment with Éric.  It was so much fun to watch the anticipation build as we got closer to the time when she would be able to see her man…

Meanwhile, Mike (my 2nd shooter, extraordinaire) brought Éric out to a secluded location on the grounds that we had scouted out a couple of days earlier… and then this is what happened:

Sophie and Éric had lots of time to admire each other, whisper sweet nothings (I’m assuming here, because I was not close enough to hear!) snuggle and even enjoy a few kisses – and then we whisked them off to do their portraits and the portraits with the bridal party before the ceremony, so that afterwards they could enjoy cocktail hour with their guests.  The perfect start to a perfect day 🙂

Chateau Vaudreuil, First Look

Chateau Vaudreuil, Wedding

Suzanne Marcil - August 25, 2013 - 10:29 pm

Whatever Gaetan & Sherry said goes double for us. It was the best wedding I have ever attended. Thank you for having us as your guests, it was truly appreciated.
We can’t wait to see the full range of photos and hear about your trip.
Thanks again for having us.

Gaetan & Sherry L. - August 11, 2013 - 11:50 am

This was by far the best wedding we’ve attended. All was synchronized and performed perfectly.
We enjoyed the location at Chateau Vaudreuil-Soulange, the ceremony itself had a twist of humor, the celebration afterward was fantastic. The music was extremely inviting to dance and celebrate. The background slide show was unique and entertaining.
Of course, the bride was stunningly beautiful; the groom looked very sharp and handsome.
I can’t wait to see more pictures and hear from their trip to Europe.

Beyond the Status Quo | Montreal Wedding Photographer

I have never been the kind of person to be happy with the status quo.  When Sidney Poitier said, “To simply wake up every morning a better person than when I went to bed” I could totally relate to what he meant.  When it comes to my photography, I feel even more strongly about improving, evolving and ultimately becoming a more compelling and unique artist.

When I first started making photographs for other people, my priority was on the basics:  I was fanatical about tack sharp images, perfect exposure and pretty pictures.  It took me what seems like forever to grasp the connection between ISO, shutter speed and aperture.  I bought books, I took online workshops, I joined a camera club, I went out shooting with other photographers who were far more talented and knowledgeable than me and I eventually GOT IT.   It was not so much an epiphany, like in the movies, where the music hits a crescendo and rays of light shine down from the heavens illuminating our hero… it was more like working endlessly on a Rubik’s cube, sometimes getting one side perfect, but all the others would be a mess… and then suddenly one day, all the colors just lined up.

Once I had nailed the basics and was able to consistently produce pretty pictures, I wanted more.  That’s when I made a commitment to myself that every year I would attend at least one major workshop to help me move forward as an artist.  Each year when it comes time to choose, I think about the evolution of my style and the direction I want to take it.  I think about what I want to learn about and who inspires me.   Ultimately, I think about what I can do to bring my photography to the next level.

This year I decided that I wanted to work on creating more dramatic compositions.  I wanted to attend a workshop with a photographer who thinks creatively, does not follow the crowd and would help me to see things differently too.  When I learned that David Beckstead was coming to Canada, I immediately signed up for his 2-day Frame Design workshop in St. John’s.  David has this amazing ability to create dramatic images in the most mundane of locations.  I’ve seen photos he’s shot in grimy back alleys that could easily grace the pages of any wedding magazine.  He sees beyond the obvious and creates stunning images from the obscure.  Check out some of his work here to see what I mean.

David does cool things with lens flare and reflections and always has strong, bold compositions.  I am naturally drawn to all those things too… yet I often find myself shooting the safe, pretty shots instead, because I know that’s what clients expect… and on many wedding days there is just not enough time to do both.  During my two days in St. John’s,  I had the opportunity to go beyond the status quo; to incorporate flare, patterns, lines and other graphic elements into my shots.  We didn’t even shoot anywhere beautiful… I was expecting scenic seaside locations with crashing waves and lighthouses, but instead we shot in downtown St. John’s in a parking garage, by the side of a condo complex, in an alley, on the main street… and I LOVE what I created in those “boring” locations:

I made a decision sometime during my two days with David Beckstead:  I decided that I am going to start doing more of what I love to shoot and less of the normal, safe, expected shots.  So if you like what you saw above, then for a limited time Glam The Gown session fees will be 50% off.  Contact me at victoria@creativeperspectives.ca for details or to book a session.

 

Stacy Squires Photography - July 10, 2013 - 5:13 am

Stunning photos

Omar Berr - July 9, 2013 - 2:34 pm

Mestro, genio!! 🙂

Gary Theran - July 8, 2013 - 3:58 pm

me gusta la naturalidad y el manejo de la luz..

Sherine Jardine - July 8, 2013 - 4:48 am

Stunning! You are so talented. I would love to do glam the gown. I wish we lived closer to each other. 🙁

Rand Allabade - July 7, 2013 - 11:02 pm

Beautiful pictures!! I am absolutely in love with them – I agree with you, I much prefer this style too 🙂

Sarah Cartier - July 7, 2013 - 10:12 pm

Feel free to come check out my hood for abandoned lots, cool alleys and parks. The light by the canal is pretty awesome!

Sarah Cartier - July 7, 2013 - 9:59 pm

You totally achieved your goal of creating dramatic images with non-traditionally beautiful locations 🙂

Jordana Leigh - July 7, 2013 - 7:44 pm

Amazing…

Lucas’ Baptism Book | Montreal Baptism Photographer

Lucas is a very special little boy, who fate brought into the loving home of David & Sarah in March of 2011.  I did his first official photo shoot with the family a couple of months later – and watched the proud new parents coo over this precious angel that had turned their lives upside down – in a good way.  Even Estaban, the family’s feisty chihuahua was instantly enamored and protective of the new addition to the family.

Last August, I had the pleasure of photographing the baptism of little Lucas.  The story of how he came to be a part of David & Sarah’s family is a touching one, which his parents shared during the ceremony…  so a few weeks ago when they asked me to create a PhotoBook with those images to document this important milestone, I asked if I could incorporate their words into the book.  They agreed – and have also allowed me to share the book here, including their very personal and heartfelt story.  Although the words are in French, for those of you who cannot read/understand the text, I’m sure you will still appreciate the love and tenderness that shines through in the photos.  It makes my heart happy to know that there are people in the world like Sarah and David…

Thank you so much David & Sarah for entrusting me to document the growth of your family 🙂

Sexy Couple’s Boudoir Session | Montreal Boudoir Photographer

People have lots of reasons for hiring a professional photographer;  family portraits, engagements, weddings, the birth of a new baby, baptisms, holiday cards, graduations, birthday celebrations… the list goes on.  I’ve noticed that the deciding factor for my clients between taking the photos themselves versus hiring me, is the significance of the milestone and how they want to remember it once the event has faded into their memory…

Tony came to me because he wanted to celebrate his wedding anniversary in a very unique way… Not only did he want to do a photo shoot with his beautiful wife to capture the essence of who they are as a couple, he wanted it to be a Couple’s Boudoir session.  I was dubious at first because his wife had just given birth to a new baby boy four months before, but after meeting with them both it was clear that they were both serious – and very enthusiastic about the idea.

So on a sunny Saturday afternoon in April, at a swanky downtown Montreal hotel, I met with this amazing couple we created some fun, sexy, artful images that demonstrate the awesome connection they share. I am so grateful that they trusted me with this incredibly intimate project – and that they are as proud of the end result as I am… and willingly agreed to let me share:


Thanks also to Chastity Chevy for Mel’s marvelous makeover!

 

 

 

 

Anne - May 17, 2013 - 6:12 pm

WOW! This is so amazing! Love the shots. Very HOT!

Jen - May 16, 2013 - 9:10 pm

Oh lawdy I love these. Times a million. I can’t even deal with how much I love these. Gorgeous. Hot. Love that you went full naked when most photographers won’t with a couple. Steamy and fabulous. LOVE the black and whites that are just the chest with the other behind. Phew, off to go cool down. Well done.

Dianne Sessenwein - May 15, 2013 - 10:11 pm

Wow, what fantastic photography and bodies! And more importantly…a beautiful and in love couple!!

Karine Lê - May 14, 2013 - 8:53 pm

Incredible pics, and incredible body. 4 months ago???Fantastic.

Raymond Fong - May 14, 2013 - 6:36 pm

Oh BTW, I like the pictures too. 😉

Stephanie Gagne-Luce - May 14, 2013 - 5:59 pm

Beautiful pictures!!

Kim Frances - May 14, 2013 - 5:48 pm

All these comments about the girl… what about the delicious man candy on display!? Too bad he’s married, he’s hot!!

Samantha Yim - May 14, 2013 - 4:42 pm

Amazingly sexy photos- I cannot believe she gave birth 4 months ago her body looks amazing!!

Raymond Fong - May 14, 2013 - 2:22 pm

Nice site Vic!

Tamara Stimpson - May 14, 2013 - 12:29 pm

Wowee! That’s awesome!!

Amy Grauer - May 14, 2013 - 12:22 pm

Wow! Just to a peak! HOT HOT HOT!!! Love the one at the end, with her hands peaking up and covering!!! Some great work!

Julie Tougas - May 14, 2013 - 11:18 am

beautiful. Would love to do something like this with my boyfriend

Elisa Elliot - May 14, 2013 - 10:21 am

Holy hotness!

Christina Hultquist - May 14, 2013 - 10:13 am

That is how its done!! Great job!

Sarah Cartier - May 14, 2013 - 10:03 am

hot hot hot! big props to you and this sassy couple xx

Alexandra Castronovo - May 14, 2013 - 9:50 am

I love pictures like this but my bf is was toooo shy 🙁

Joel Seguin - May 14, 2013 - 9:50 am

Well done Victoria

Irene Guy-Morrissette - May 14, 2013 - 9:43 am

Both are beautiful… it’s a shame that our North American society has banned the human body in its natural form.

Vivian Doan - May 14, 2013 - 9:43 am

smokin’

Beryl Saunders Russell - May 14, 2013 - 9:42 am

Gorgeous!!

Chastity Chevy - May 14, 2013 - 9:39 am

beautiful!!!

Kathy Coffin - May 14, 2013 - 9:38 am

WOW!

Frank DiMeo - May 14, 2013 - 2:29 am

Wow what a great couple and very hot photos Victoria! Great job!

Chinese New Year | Montreal Family Photographer

Who doesn’t love looking through old family photo albums, reliving memories of family gatherings to celebrate birthdays, holidays and other events?  Family photos are such an important part of our heritage since they are the lasting record of the people and the milestones that shape our lives.  But if you are like most moms, you are probably behind the camera, capturing the memories more often than you’re in front of it, being a part of the action.  The result is that your record is incomplete.  You have beautiful photos of your children, your husband, your siblings, parents and other family members… but YOU are not in those photos.  More importantly, because you are preoccupied with taking photos, you don’t actually get the opportunity to relax, enjoy the moment and participate.

Karine, a married mom of two, gets that concept.  Although her bustling household is home to many cameras, when it came time to celebrate Chinese New Year this February, she hired me to come in and document the evening so that she could enjoy it with her family.  This was such a fun family photo session for me to shoot, because Karine wanted candid images showing the natural dynamic of her family.  I spent about 3 hours with everyone, was treated to some of the best garlic shrimp EVER, got sloppy wet kisses from Spike (the dog!) and saw first hand the love, fun and camaraderie that is shared by this amazing family.

If you have a special family gathering coming up and want to forgo your picture-taking duties to enjoy your family time instead, contact me for a quote.

Marie-Eve Roy - April 2, 2013 - 8:28 pm

Wow, Victoria, les photos sont vraiment bonnes et Karine, tu as une belle famille!!!

Isabelle David - April 2, 2013 - 7:42 pm

Great pictures!!

Saliba Farida - April 2, 2013 - 6:41 pm

wow j’ai adoré vos photos…. c’est beau et spontané…nice

Karine Lê - April 2, 2013 - 5:45 pm

We all enjoyed your company AND the pictures, of course.

Benoit Champagne - April 2, 2013 - 9:33 am

Great work as always 🙂