Amanda’s Boudoir Sneak Peeks | Montreal Boudoir Photographer

Spent a lovely afternoon with Amanda today creating some H.O.T. boudoir images for a very special calendar for a very special man this Valentine’s Day… Here are a few sneak peeks from our session:

Victoria de Martigny - April 28, 2016 - 3:23 pm

Hi Anelle, I sent you an e-mail with more information on the investment in a Boudoir session… but just in case you didn’t receive it, you can find all the information on my Boudoir-only website in the “Investment” tab: http://www.boudoirbyvictoria.ca.

Anelle - April 20, 2016 - 12:24 am

I would like to inquire about how much you charge for one of your boudoir sessions.

Vanessa - May 20, 2015 - 6:18 pm

How much are your wedding sessions for boudoir. How does it work

Samantha Ray - February 2, 2013 - 11:57 pm

These are freakin’ beautiful! I wish I had the confidence to do this kind of thing for my boyfriend…

John - February 2, 2013 - 9:11 pm

Am I the lucky man? I’ll take one of those calendars ;-)~

How to tell a “Faux-tographer” from a Pro

Last May, I read about Meagan Kunert, an Arkansas-based photographer who was caught stealing photos from several photographers, putting them on her website and claiming them as her own to promote her new wedding photography business.  After an overwhelming public outcry, Meagan fessed up in this blog post, apologized to everyone concerned and then shut down her entire online identity.

I was shocked.  I could not even imagine claiming someone else’s photos as my own.  I’ll admit, I will sometimes see a photo from another photographer and wish that I had taken that shot, but I would never actually TAKE the shot from their website and claim it as my own!  I was sure that this must be an isolated incident.   The internet makes the world a very small place, so you’d have to a be living under a rock to think you could get away with stealing work from another photographer and claiming it as your own… wouldn’t you??  Not to mention, one photographer stealing from another is just lower than low… it’s like dating your best friend’s X-boyfriend:  YOU.  JUST.  DON’T.  DO. IT.

Last December I became aware of another incident which hit much closer to home, with a photographer I knew personally and had once admired:  Montreal photographer Hera Bell.   Hera had always spoken very highly of herself and gave the impression that she was a successful photographer who did commercial work, portraiture and even weddings in Montreal and abroad.  In an extensive discussion on DP Review here, it came out in December 2012 that Hera had allegedly stolen several photographs from a number of photographers around the world – and claimed them as her own, often accompanied by invented stories on her blog.  In one case she had even used one of the allegedly stolen photos in an art exhibit in Montreal!!  While Hera initially denied the accusations, within days she had taken down her blog and her website, and seemed to have gone into hiding.  You can decide for yourself if she’s the fraud she has been accused of being by reading through the evidence that has been compiled at www.whotookthisphoto.blogspot.ca.

Then just a couple of weeks ago in early January 2013, yet another Montreal wedding photographer was outed as being a fraud.  In the case of Paskal Thériault, he was so oblivious about the wedding photography industry that he stole a photo from one of the most well-know wedding photographers in the world:  Jerry Ghionis!  And then he actually used the stolen image in multiple print ads in wedding magazines including Marions Nous and Mariage Québec.  It didn’t take long for Paskal to be called out by fans of Jerry’s work and soon evidence of his fraud was featured on the Stop Stealing Photos blog when it was discovered that he had stolen LOTS of photos, from LOTS of photographers, claiming them as his own in an effort to lure brides into hiring him to photograph their weddings.  When I called Mr. Thériault earlier this week he informed me that “The company is having big problems” and that he “Will no longer be able to practice photography”.  He has subsequently shut down his website, removed all his images from 500px and effectively erased his entire online presence.

Unfortunately, this type of fraud is rampant in the photography community… so as a bride, looking for someone to capture the priceless memories of a once-in-a-lifetime wedding day, what can YOU do to make sure your photographer is legitimate?  Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Ask About the Photos
    • See a photo that you LOVE either on the photographer’s website or at a wedding show?  ASK where it was taken, who shot it, how it was set-up, and if you can see more photos from the same event.
    • If the photographer cannot answer basic questions about the photo, that’s a definite red flag and could mean that they didn’t actually take it.
    • If the photographer cannot produce more images from the same event, that is a HUGE red flag.  It could indicate that either the photo was obtained fraudulently – or that it was just a lucky shot and all the other photos from that event are so bad they’re embarassed to show you.  Neither of those scenarios should inspire confidence!  Any legitimate photographer will archive client images, often for several years, so they should be able to go into those archives and show you more images from the same event.
  2. Look at Printed Products
    • Although you may not want to purchase a wedding album, reviewing your photographer’s albums offers some assurance that they actually took the photos you’re looking at, since photo thieves most often steal images from the web, which are too low-resolution to print.
    • Make sure you look at albums that showcase an entire wedding.  Even my mom, with her point & shoot can get a couple of lucky shots (no offence mom!), but it takes skill and knowledge to get consistently good shots throughout the entire wedding day and into the reception.  Make sure that you’re not looking at an album of “lucky shots” from multiple events…
  3. Speak to References
    • It’s easy to write up fake testimonials and slap them up on a website or blog, so ask to SPEAK to past clients who have worked with the photographer.
    • Go through their website or blog, pick a wedding that you like and ask to speak to THAT bride (or groom).
    • To be sure that the “client” you are speaking to is not just a friend of the photographer, ask for their full name and send your request through Facebook – where you can see photos of the person and match them up to the wedding photos on the photographer’s website.  Even if the person is not your Facebook friend, you can still send them a message.
    • Speak to at least 2-3 references to be sure the answers are consistent.
    • While some clients may not want to give a reference, if your photographer cannot find 2 or 3 clients who are willing… that should concern you.
  4. Ask About Business Practices
    • A professional photographer will have things like; a website, a place of business, a contract for you to sign, GST/PST numbers, business insurance and memberships in professional associations.  Some photographers will have all of these things, some will have only a few… but if your photographer has none:  RED FLAG.
    • While most brides these days are on a budget, don’t let PRICE be your only deciding factor… many newbie photographers have no idea what is actually involved in photographing a wedding or the amount of work involved in retouching the photos afterwards, not to mention the equipment necessary to do the job right.  If a photographer’s price looks too good to be true… it just might be.
    • Does your photographer have a plan in the event that something happens to them and they are unable to be at your wedding?  A fly-by-night photographer will not have thought about this, but a professional will have a carefully thought out contingency plan that they can discuss with you.
  5. Trust Your Instincts
    • You should never be afraid to ask questions, and your photographer should be willing to give you the information you need to feel comfortable.
    • If you get the impression that they are avoiding or changing the subject… or that they are trying to hide something… or that they are just not being honest with you, trust your instincts and move on.

There are many, many, many photographers to choose from.  Unfortunately, the recent epidemic of frauds and “Faux-tographers” has made it even more important for you to do your homework before entrusting someone with the responsibility of capturing every precious moment of your wedding day.  Be diligent – and choose wisely.

Valerie Pyke - January 21, 2013 - 8:40 pm

Wow. I’m stunned! This is the first I’ve heard of the Hera Bell case, and actually know her, or so I thought. Well written and thank you for sharing!

Andrea DeMers - January 20, 2013 - 7:46 pm

Beware of anyone who self-aggrandizes & shows a complete lack of humility…

Lindsey & Jason’s Labrador Winter Wedding

Many moons ago, one of the first jobs I ever had was working as a flight attendant for Quebecair.  The route I flew was between Montreal and Wabush.  Don’t know where Wabush is?  I didn’t either, until the first time I had a 2-hour stopover – and was afraid to venture outside because it looked COLD beyond the warmth of the airport lounge.  This weekend I had the opportunity to go beyond the threshold of that lounge and explore this beautiful area of the Labrador north as I photographed Lindsey & Jason’s New Year’s Eve wedding and many of the events surrounding it.

New Year’s Eve was cold and windy, with light snow flurries… but Lindsey had her heart set on doing the portraits outside.  Her entire bridal party found their inner furnace, rallied together and toughed out the cold to make it happen.  I was dressed in a ski suit, long johns, a hat, scarf and big winter boots and I was cold… the bridesmaids were wearing little more than their sheer dresses and tiny wraps but I didn’t hear ONE complaint.  They were determined to give Lindsey the outdoor photos she wanted.  THAT is true friendship.  Gotta give props to the guys too:  I know that deep down inside, they probably would have preferred a cold beer and a warm seat at the bar, but instead they kept us all laughing and having fun.

Here are a few sneak peeks of our outdoor photos.  I hope that when Lindsey, Jason and their ROCKSTAR bridal party see them, they will forget their frozen toes and numb fingers and have a little more warmth in their hearts…

Lindsey & Jason, I am so honored that you chose me to be your wedding photographer.  You and your families and your friends all made me feel so welcome here in Labrador that I truly feel like I now have an extended family in the North.  You’re all very special and Wabush/Lab City will forever hold a special place in my heart.

 

Catherine Hynes - January 3, 2013 - 9:20 pm

Absolutely amazing! WOW

Bern and Olive - January 2, 2013 - 8:54 pm

Lindsay and Jason
Your pics are just stunning!!!!!

Brenda Spearing - January 2, 2013 - 8:27 pm

AMAZING!!!!!

Kera Beck - January 2, 2013 - 8:09 pm

these are amazing pics!!

Terry Saunders-Smith - January 2, 2013 - 6:01 pm

Absolutely amazing!!!! 🙂

Susan Hollett - January 2, 2013 - 5:45 pm

Great pictures!!!

Kim Brown McGarrell - January 2, 2013 - 3:02 pm

Gorgeous pics!

Cynthia Brown-Taylor - January 2, 2013 - 3:00 pm

Beautiful pics:)

Stacey Mills - January 2, 2013 - 1:59 pm

Congratulations Lindsay!! You’re pictures are unbelieveable!! Absolutely beautiful!! xo

Sheila Bruce - January 2, 2013 - 1:28 pm

Just beautiful !!! The outdoor pictures of the Labrador scenery are breathtaking !!! Wish you years of wedded bliss !

Catherine Keats - January 2, 2013 - 12:38 pm

Beautiful Pics!!! Congrats Again!!!

lenora - January 2, 2013 - 12:31 pm

Wow, absolutely beautiful! Almost makes me want a winter wonderland wedding!

Carolynn Withers - January 2, 2013 - 12:06 pm

Congratulations Lindsey!!! Your Pictures are Stunning!!

Kelly A Porter - January 2, 2013 - 11:39 am

Congratulations Lindsey! You looked absolutely stunning!! Beautiful pictures 🙂

Courtney Lane - January 2, 2013 - 11:32 am

Beautiful pictures Lindsey! Looks like it was a beautiful day. Congrats again! Great photographer.

Debbie Wellon - January 2, 2013 - 11:06 am

Breathtaking!!

Glenda Gillam - January 2, 2013 - 11:02 am

WOW…..there ain’t nothing else to say….WOW…..

Heather Watkins - January 2, 2013 - 10:35 am

Awesome pictures,can’t wait to see more!! well worth braving the cold.

Chris Power Kayla Edwards - January 2, 2013 - 9:51 am

WOW!!!!!! The pictures are absolutely amazing!!!!!

April Watkins - January 2, 2013 - 9:44 am

Oh my god just looked at the pic’s couldn’t help but cry! They r amazing!!!!!!!! U know my obsession with picture taking! I’m completely and utterly jealous! I want beautiful photos like this!!!! Think Shannon will marry me again!!! Lol

Helen Bull - January 2, 2013 - 9:32 am

Awesome job!! Well worth freezing for!!

Melissa Chapman - January 2, 2013 - 8:48 am

Wow, that was so worth freezing their toes off.. the photos are incredible!!

Lindsey Brown - January 2, 2013 - 1:17 am

You did an amazing job !!!!! 🙂 and you know you are always welcome !!!

Kris Gay - January 2, 2013 - 12:23 am

Lovely work!!!

Vincent Lamoureux - January 1, 2013 - 11:22 pm

Amazing work and story! These outdoor shots are priceless! And I am only seeing them on my bb now!

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 styrene and ready to frame.
  • High-resolution digital files of your favorite 5 images.
  • Personal ordering session at my office in Ville St. Laurent.

Expect to feel pampered, sexy and special!

Once you reserve your spot, we’ll set up a time for a personal phone consultation so that I can get a good understanding of your expectations, your goals and any insecurities you may have.  It’s not every day you get nearly-naked in front of a complete stranger, so taking the time to get to know each other before the session will help me make your experience everything you hope for.

MY goal for our session is to help you feel gorgeous and sexy and to create timeless images that show off all your best assets. 

On the day of the shoot, before the camera even comes out, Julia, our professional makeup artist, will work with you to create the perfect look.  We’ll have champagne and sweet treats available as well as my own Boudoir music mix playing in the background to help you feel relaxed.

We’ll look through your outfits together and come up with a plan for the session.  You can also feel free to poke through my extensive assortment of props and we can incorporate anything you like into the shoot.  Once your makeup is done, you’ll be left alone to change and when you’re ready we’ll begin shooting.

During the session, I will work with beautiful and artistic light, guiding you into poses that flatter your body type and which can be as subtle or as scandalous  as you’re comfortable with.  Whether you choose to be completely nude or very modest, when you look back at these photos in 10, 20 or 30 years from now, you will love the way you looked today!

Reserve Now!

If this sounds like the perfect Valentine’s Day gift from you to you… or from you to your special someone, then call (514-242-5022) or e-mail (victoria@creativeperspectives.ca) today to secure your space for this one-day-only special event. 

A $200 non-refundable retainer is due at the time of booking.  We accept Cash, Cheques, PayPay, e-mail money transfer or Visa.